BELMAR, NJ — A bounty of nearly 30 Belmar businesses are joining in the mayhem and merriment for the third annual Pirate Walk to be held tomorrow, June 15.

The festivities will kick off at noon in the downtown district, featuring swashbuckling action, songs of the sea, a free treasure hunt for children and free gift auction for adults, as well as the first-ever costume contest for lads and lasses of all ages.

Watch for more prize announcements and activity updates in this TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como story — right up until the Pirate Walk kicks off on Saturday, June 15 at noon.

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Back by popular demand will be two regionally recognized groups that will offer real-life glimpses into the golden age of piracy — the Valhallas Pirates, who will engage the crowd with its lively re-enactments of sword fights and other amusing antics, and the Sea Dogs, a musical troupe that performs traditional sea shanties.

Also making an encore appearance will be the Schooner Pursuit Historical Society, a group of historical interpreters who are starting a living history museum about the privateers during the Revolutionary War.

Come dressed for pirate pageantry and have a chance to win “swag bag” prizes awarded to boys and girls separately in the following age categories: 1- to 4-year-olds, 5- to 7-year-olds, 8- to 10-year-olds, 11- to 13-year-olds and 14- to 17-year-olds. There also will be top honors for best adult female and male, best couple and best family or group.

Face painting by Dot Your Face Children’s Entertainment and other activities for children will be offered. In addition, participating Belmar businesses in the downtown district, as well as on Route 71 and along Ocean Avenue, will be offering specials for landlubbers and salty dogs alike.

Pyanoe Plaza at Main Street and Ninth Avenue will serve as the hub for the event, sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership.

“We are pleased to once again bring this family event to Belmar,” said event coordinator Pat Tecza, chairperson of the BBP promotions committee and owner of Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing at 903 Main Street. “While the region’s most popular pirate groups are returning for their third year, we are introducing our costume contest as a way to get everyone in the spirit for this afternoon of pirate fun."

Free registration kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at Pyanoe Plaza, situated at Main Street and Ninth Avenue. Rain date is Sunday, June 16.

For more information, contact BBP, the nonprofit corporation that manages the borough’s Special Improvement District, at info@belmarbusinesspartnership.com or 732-894-9022

BOUNTY OF BOOTY FOR BELMAR PIRATE WALK

Here’s a sneak peek at what businesses will be reveling in the merriment of the fun-filled day.

Establishments participating in the treasure chest hunt open to youngsters up to age 10 include:

  • Beach Haus Brewery 
  • Beach Music Studios 
  • Creativity Lab
  • Don's Pizza King
  • Hazel Boutique
  • Hoagitos
  • Go Play-Retro Arcade
  • JB Couture Cupcakes
  • Lofidelic Records 
  • Main Street Donuts
  • Midnight Candle Company
  • Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing
  • Pro Skateboard Shop
  • Sonny's Grille
  • Sweet!
  • Sweet Tease Tea Room
  • Taylor's Hardware

Establishments donating items to the potpourri of “swag bag” prizes for the costume contest will be:

  • Beach Music Studios
  • Creativity Lab
  • Don's Pizza King
  • Federici's On 10th
  • Go Play Retro Arcade
  • Hazel Boutique
  • Hoagitos
  • Jacks Tavern
  • JB Couture Cupcakes
  • Jersey Shore Whale Watching Tour
  • Lofidelic Records
  • Lynette's Healing Touch
  • Main Street Donuts
  • Midnight Candle Company
  • Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing
  • Pro Skateboard Shop
  • Sonny’s Grille
  • Sweet!
  • Sweet Tease Tea Room 
  • Tandem Bike Inn

Judging will begin at about 3:15 p.m. in Pyanoe Plaza.

Businesses contributing to the free gift auction are:

  • Klein’s Fish Market & Waterside Cafe: $100 gift certificate
  • La Dolce Vita: $100 gift certificate
  • Smiles By The Sea: Custom whitening gift certificate ($375 value)
  • Taylor Hardware/Belmar Business Partnership: Two beach chairs with two Belmar annual beach badges ($210 value)

The drawing will take place at about 3:45 p.m. in Pyanoe Plaza.

 

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