Thursday, September 19, 2013

A RHS Take On Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy mateys! September 19 be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and nobody loves celebrating pirates more than the Red and Pink Hatters of the Red Hat Society. In fact, we have Chapters dedicated to Pirate Wench fun and they really get into their roles, wearing eye patches, carrying blunderbusses and gleefully celebrating “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Why do we have Pirate Chapters? No one could explain it better than one of the original Pirate Wenches, Lady Di, THE RED Wench, Second Mate to Wenches Gone Wild: 

WHY NOT?  In addition to regular ‘Red Hat gatherings’ that most Chapters do, we have ladies who like to attend historical or other themed events such as Victorian Teas, Dickens Festivals, Civil War Re-enactments, Renaissance Faires, etc., and they want to dress “Red Hat” when they do.  What a great way to spread the Red Hat Society message and Legacy – to women we might not otherwise encounter. 

 RHS Pirate Chapters started in 2008 when Red Hat Society held a Regional Convention in Savannah GA, and one of the events was dinner at an authentic Pub historically used by Pirates.  Several members, unbeknownst to one another, decided they should dress up as pirate wenches for the dinner.  When we all showed up at the restaurant, over half the room was filled with Red and Pink Hat Pirate Wenches!  We were a sight to behold, and we’ve been “ARRRrrring” ever since.

The very first official Pirate Chapter – “Wenches Gone Wild”, Orange County California, was founded Sept. 19th that year, that date being the anniversary of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (founded Sept 19th 1995).

Thanks Lady Di! Now, we hope you'll enjoy these pictures from RHS Pirate Wenches around the world celebrating 2013 International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

1 comment:

  1. Goddess Wench here. Pirate Chapters are the way to go! I'm in Wenches Gone Wild and we started out looking a little ragged around the edges, more like bilge wenches than Pirate Queens. But over time, our brown hats were spray painted red and our pants were replace by sassy purple skirts. One of pirate sisters said that she didn't want to look like a everyday pirate. SHE wanted to manifest the role of the "Govenor's daughter" who was captured by the pirates and showed up in the prettiest turn of the century dress complete with pearls! To each her own, arrrg...

    One interesting phenomenon to come from the Pirate interest is that at every RHS International Convention since we have met as Pirates - the last gathering had over 200 in attendance. Pirate Chapters spring up where we go. Purple Pirate Princess, The Pink Diam Pikrates, The Lady Pirates, the Bodacious Pirate Babes of Booty Call Bay, the Pirates of Pez Hats and more. Being a RHS Pirate Wench is great fun. Try it.