21-gun salute to 9/11 victims highlight this weekend’s Pirate Fest

A 21 Gun Salute to the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center will highlight this weekend’s 4th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Fest in Stuart. It’ll be all hands on deck on the Mulligan’s Riverwalk Stage at noon on Sunday, September 11 for the ceremony, a remembrance of the men, women, and children who lost their lives in the attacks on the twin towers in 2001 and the heroes who gave all in response. 

The festival will be stilled at 12:00 noon for a full minute of silence in honor of the victims of the attacks on our country 10 years ago. The moment of silence will culminate in a 21 gun salute executed by the Port Royal Buccaneers, a group of professional historic Caribbean era pirate re-enactors. The 21-gun salute will be followed by a complete black powder demonstration featuring traditional pistols, rifles, blunderbuss, flintlock and percussion, and cannons.  

The salute is part of Treasure Coast Pirate Fest in Historic Downtown Stuart this weekend.  In addition, volunteers from the Road to Victory Military Museum will be stationed at the festival gates Saturday and Sunday to collect items for troops overseas. Donations of sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, personal toiletry items, and non-perishable food will be collected and shipped to soldiers deployed overseas.  A complete list of recommend items for donation is available at http://www.treasurecoastpiratefest.com/images/SUPPORTTHETROOPS.pdf.

The Treasure Coast Pirate Fest is an annual event organized by the Stuart Downtown Business Association (DBA) and organized by Pirates of the Treasure Coast.  The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 10 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday September 11 with costume contests, a children’s treasure hunt, live music, street performers, pirate demonstrations, pirate-themed vendors, an array of arts, crafts, and food, and a living history pirate encampment – plus a special pirate’s ball Friday night from 7-11 p.m., and an all new three-day pirate pub crawl. Admission is free, but a donation of “A Buck an Ear” is encouraged at the gate to support the DBA’s efforts to promote and market the downtown area and its businesses. 

A portion of the proceeds also benefit Honor Flight Southeast Florida and the Road to Victory Museum. For more information, contact Patty O’Connell at 772-283-1077 or Pirates of the Treasure Coast at 561-792-9260. Event details are available at www.treasurecoastpiratefest.com or www.facebook.com/TreasureCoastPirateFest

The event is sponsored by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Treasure Coast Toyota-Scion of Stuart and Treasure Coast Lexus of Fort Pierce, Landshark Lager, Seacoast National Bank, City of Stuart CRA, PNC Bank, and Crown Car Care as well as Stuart Inn Hotel, Laurie Goldstein P.A., Treasure Cost Harley-Davidson, and On Shore Roofing Specialists. Media sponsors include Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Pirates Magazine, Sunny 104.3, WIRK 107.9, The Breeze 93.7, Jack 99.7, Coast 101.3, 103.1 The Buzz, WAVW 92.7, Oldies 103.7 and Real Radio 101.7.

The Downtown Business Association (DBA) of Stuart formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart’s Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group is an advocate for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to “cookie cutter” mall shopping. The DBA plans events, promotes Stuart’s history through the Stuart Heritage Museum downtown, and provides a platform for business people to air concerns. The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, please visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.