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300 years in the making Pirates will take to the streets, causing mayhem and mischief, during the annual Bath Fest at his- toric Bath at Bonner's Point May 19. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Bath Fest has been in existence in its present form for about 14 years, with the theme 'Where Arts Meets History'," said Phoebe Wahab, organizer. "Previously Bath Fest was known as Bath Fun Day with a focus more along the lines of a big com- munity block party." But the event will be different this year because it is being held while the Queen Anne's Revenge traveling exhibit is on display at the Historic Bath State Historic site's new exhibit hall. Bath Fest 2018 will commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death of Blackbeard, Wahab said. Through living history, you will step back in time 300 years to recreate the time the notorious villain Blackbeard and his crew of scalawags called Bath home. They lived in Bath in 1718. When Blackbeard and his crew sailed into this sleepy little village, it became quite a lively place. The pirates traded their ill-gotten gains at reasonable prices, engaged in wild sprees and replenished their ships for additional trips to keep the cycle going. This brought economic prosperity to that region because people came from all over to buy foreign goods in the shops in Bath. The hotels were crowded with boarders. In addition to bringing prosperity to Bath, the pirates enchanted the villagers with wild tales of their adventures on the high seas. Blackbeard was known as a sea robber, but quick- ly became a subject of fascination on land, too. People came to meet and talk with him. Black- beard gained celebrity status in Bath because he was a notorious villain seeking retirement in their town. Members of The Loose Cannon Company will interpret the Golden Age of Piracy with a sense of Bath Fest will commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death of Blackbeard as well as remember the history of one of the United States' most notorious pirates. By Becky Barclay

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