“Marvelous Mothers! It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me!”

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“Marvelous Mothers! It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me!”

Hi, everybody! I hope that you had a fabulous month of May. I dedicate this month’s blog to my mother that’s always there for me, and to all the mothers of the world.

Unfortunately, my communication device stopped functioning, and I wasn’t able to read to my fellow Arc Participants (using YouTube.) But I did ask my classmate to read for me. I chose the books, “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman and “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long.

During the month of May, some of The Arc Participants and I wore pirate hats and clothes to celebrate the upcoming the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean named Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The Pirates of the Caribbean film series of fantasy swashbuckler produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney’s theme park ride. The original version at Disneyland, which opened in 1967, was the last attraction whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney.

The ride, which tells the story of a band of pirates and their troubles and exploits.

The ride gave rise to the song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” written by George Bruns and   Xavier Atencio.

It also became the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, which debuted in 2003. Since 2006, Disney has incorporated characters from the film series into the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland versions of the rides.

In 2003, the Disney Company released Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp as Captain, Jack Sparrow.         

It is has been followed by four sequels: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006, At World’s End in 2007, On Stranger Tides in 2011, and Dead Men Tell No Tales that will be release on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

I was blessed enough to be able to see the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (my favorite movie in the series because of the mermaids) movie with my mom in a theater in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, while we on vacation in Orlando, Florida in 2011. I love all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies since the beginning, partly because I have a slight crush on Johnny Depp.

The other Participants and I also learned about the Saint Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum in Saint Augustine, Florida. The museum houses forty- eight individual exhibit areas and states it contains the largest and most authentic collection of pirate artifacts ever displayed under one roof. Among its exhibits are: Blackbeard’s original blunderbuss, pieces of gold retrieved from his warship the Queen Anne’s Revenge, one of only three remaining authentic Jolly Roger flags in the world, and Thomas Tew’s original treasure chest (the only known authentic pirate treasure chest in the world.)

The museum was started by entrepreneur Pat Croce.

We also learned about the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. On the day of the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla accompanied by a fleet of hundreds of smaller boats, sail across Tampa Bay to downtown Tampa on the Jose Gasparilla, a 165 foot long pirate ship which was specially built for this purpose in 1954. . It is held in late January and hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, and it celebrates the invented legend of José Gaspar (also known as Gasparilla,) a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly operated in Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. The theme and focal point of Gasparilla is a friendly “invasion” by mythical pirate José Gaspar and his crew. Once the ship lands, the pirate captain demands that the mayor hand over the key to the city in a playful ceremony which has had different outcomes in different years. Whether the mayor actually “surrenders,” the pirates hold their “victory parade” through the streets of Tampa.

All of The Arc Participants had an extremely fun day with our mateys and they’re anxiously awaiting the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

On Wednesday, May 4th, the other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members commemorated Intergalactic Star Wars Day.  May 4th is considered to be a holiday by the Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture, books, and films, which started in 1977 directed by George Lucas. The date of May 4th has been chosen by fans around the world to correspond to the Jedi motto “May the Force be with you. The phrase used to wish luck or good will, generally when individuals parted ways or the object of the expression was facing some sort of challenge. We also made masks of our favorite Star Wars characters. With the help of my friend, I wore a mask of my favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, wise and all knowing. My favorite movie in the film series is, “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” As a writer, I love knowing the backstory of Darth Vader.

During the month of May, some of the Arc Participants and I and the Staff Members wore red clothes or handmade red noses to support the Red Nose Day Campaign and Charity.

The Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The money raised for the Red Nose Day Fund in 2017 will go to charities working on the ground to deliver the basic needs of kids living in poverty. People across the country came together to have fun and raise funds and awareness.

 If you would like to have more information on The Red Nose Campaign, please feel free to go to: www.rednoseday.org

We were very happy to support this helpful and hilarious day.

I am so very thankful to have my mom in my life. I love her so much!

I hope that you and your family had a great Mother’s Day and a wonderful start to your summer season and may the wind be ever in your sails!

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