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DIY Pirate Costume – How to Make a Pirate Halloween Costume

Yo ho, yo ho, is a pirate’s life for you? This iconic Halloween costume is just about as easy to assemble as they come, as long as you have a few essentials. Plus, it works for all ages and genders, so there’s room on your pirate ship for everyone! Before you head out for the Seven Seas, you have to start dressing the part — but don’t worry, we did the hard part for you and rounded up everything you need for perfect pirate’s costume.

Whether you’re trying to duplicate Jack Sparrow’s iconic ensemble or need family halloween costumes for the whole crew, hop aboard for all the essentials you’ll need to dress up as a pirate for Halloween:

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For a convincing pirate outfit, all you need is a headscarf, blouse, corset, and skirt. You’ll look like you’re ready to set sail (without the seasickness).

WOMEN’S PIRATE COSTUME ESSENTIALS

Red and White Striped Shirt

Red Corset

ThePirateDressing
amazon.com

$29.95

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If you need a partner out on the high seas, gather up a few items to mimic Jack Sparrow. You can’t buy Johnny Depp’s acting chops, but luckily, you only need a few things to recreate his iconic look from Pirates of the Caribbean.

MEN’S PIRATE COSTUME ESSENTIALS

Brown Leatherette Tri-fold Pirate Hat

Medieval Pirate Lace Up Shirt

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Bring your kid along as the skipper of your crew. For extra accessories, add costume jewelry and a sword that will have your little one saying “Arrr!” all night long.

BOY’S PIRATE COSTUME ESSENTIALS

Gold Beaded Necklaces

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Girl’s Pirate Costume

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Your girly girl can become a pirate, too. Go for a tutu and little baggy or pirate doubloons (which makes for a great trick or treat bag!)

GIRL’S PIRATE COSTUME ESSENTIALS

Black Girl Tutu Skirt

Jane Shine
amazon.com

$11.49

Pirate Drawstring Bags with Gold Coins

Podzly
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Kid’s Pirate Hat

Fun Central
amazon.com

Toy Parrot with Shoulder Strap

Captain Hook Pirate Costume

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Quite possibly the most famous pirate, with a Wendy, Peter, and little Tinkerbell by your side, the whole family can get in on the Neverland fun.

CAPTAIN HOOK AND PETER PAN PIRATE ESSENTIALS

Peter Pan Toddler Costume

Captain Hook Costume

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Girls Tinkerbell Costume

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Last-Minute Pirate Costume

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That goodness for two day delivery on Amazon Prime! By throwing on a few accessories like an eye patch, striped shirt and hoop earring, everyone will know what your costume is.

LAST-MINUTE PIRATE ESSENTIALS

Pirate Headband

Fun Express
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$6.55

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For your Captain Jack Sparrow-in-training, a pirate costume works for kids of all ages — including babies! A pirate onesie certainly does the trick (especially if your little one is fussy about clothes) but a tiny pirate hat will look extra adorable.

BABY PIRATE ESSENTIALS

Baby Boys’ Pirate Costume

Ahoy Pirate Onesie

Starlight Baby
amazon.com

$19.99

A Pirates Life for Me Onesie

Pop Threads
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$7.99

Pirate Bucket Hat

Stephen Joseph
amazon.com

$15.60

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Dreamgirl International Brand Spotlight | 3Wishes Lingerie & Costumes

3Wishes.com, online
distributor and manufacturer of sexy lingerie and costumes, has been providing the world with
intimate apparel for over 18 years. Our biggest and most popular brand, Dreamgirl®, offers some of
the more innovative and new concepts in lingerie and costume design for men and
women.

As
a highly respected distributor in the intimate apparel industry, 3Wishes.com is
proud to be one of Dreamgirl’s only 20 international distributors. Dreamgirl®
was founded in 1978 and has risen to the top as one of the most respected and
highest quality lingerie and costume brands available worldwide. What sets
Dreamgirl® apart from other brands is quality and consistency. They exceed all
expectation in design, production, service and price. That’s why 3Wishes.com
regularly sells out of Dreamgirl® products, because people know the brand and
they want it.

Dreamgirl®
uses the highest quality fabrics, trims and embellishments and offers a full
range of internationally-lauded styles, including luxe hanging lingerie,
playful bedroom costumes, flirty loungewear, provocative hosiery and sexy,
cost-conscious packaged intimates. Dreamgirl® is dedicated to fulfilling the
dreams of and desires for men and women of all sizes. This means that whether
you’re a size 00 or a 3XL, Dreamgirl® has something that will look sexy on you
and flatter your body shape.

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of the most fascinating parts of Dreamgirl® is the design process itself, more
than 10% of all initial sketches don’t meet the rigorous Dreamgirl® standards
and won’t be brought to life. Dreamgirl® actually creates and produces
materials with its fabric partners that are exclusive to Dreamgirl® and their
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models of varying sizes. This process is never rushed to ensure Dreamgirl® has
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innovation, on-trend designs with attention to the smallest detail. Dreamgirl®
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Spotlight: Legoland California | Visit California

Now you no longer just visit fantasy land, you live in it. LEGOLAND California has two hotels right outside the Carlsbad theme park entrance—each with their own colourful themes, restaurants, pools and playful features—from a disco lift to a slide in the lobby.

Both properties are designed with travelling families in mind. The hotels’ junior-suite-style rooms—emblazoned with colourful walls and LEGO models as art—have separate sleeping areas for grown-ups and children. The children’s quarters have bunk beds, their own TV and a LEGO brick box for impromptu building. Both foyers feature giant mosh pits full of plastic bricks, so kids can build away while grown-ups check in. Plus, all hotel guests enjoy both complimentary breakfast buffets and early entry into the park (up to an hour, depending on the season).

Choose your hotel based on the theme: the original, 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel offers four room themes—pirates, adventurers, LEGO friends and Ninjago warriors—and larger-than-life LEGO sculptures, made with more than 3 million bricks, all over the hotel. Head into the Bricks Family Restaurant and neighbouring Skyline Café, and check out the mini cityscape that has Spider-Man scaling a building and a wizard reading a book by a rooftop pool. Industrial-strength glue holds the sculptures together, so go ahead and touch. Outside, there’s a real pool, too, with soft LEGO bricks that can be used to build in the water. Meanwhile, don’t miss the hotel’s disco-themed lift, which is nearly a ride in itself.

The LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, meanwhile, opened in 2018 with 250 rooms based on three kingdom-oriented themes: wizards, knights and princesses, with LEGO art ranging from owls to cats and fire-breathing dragons, and tiny star lights embedded in the ceiling over the children’s bunk beds. The Castle’s lobby offers its own diversions, from the slide that runs parallel to a flight of stairs, a Knock Knock Door that tells jokes and a small ‘dungeon’ ready for photo ops. Its courtyard area has its own pool, a LEGO-stocked playground and a big screen TV set on a small lawn, playing LEGO films daily. The hotel’s Dragon’s Den restaurant has live entertainment (jesters who take requests when you spin the wheel on the wall), and a parent-friendly bar.

With either hotel, remind your children to pack their LEGO Mini Figures, which they can trade with staff at the hotels or in the park.

Weekend Spotlight: Live music outdoors, superheroes, and hiking with goats

This is the weekend to get outside and do all of the things we couldn’t do last summer, like enjoy some outdoor concerts and music, check out the unique art and crafts from makers all over the state, dress up as your favorite superhero or villain, and go for a stroll with goats. We’re in the longest days of summer now, so enjoy yourselves!

Live Music Outdoors

Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27—Midcoast

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How good is it to be going to live events again?

Friday and Saturday night sees Skyfoot, a jam-rock quartet from Boston on par with the sounds of Phish and the Grateful Dead playing at Thresher’s Brewery in Searsmont at 6 p. m. FMI: Tickets and info.

On Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.  Red House, a rock and blues band will be jamming down at the Rockland Harbor with two other bands in Marine Park from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Then, later Saturday, pop on down to Waterman’s Beach Brewery for a pale ale and a free show from The Mai Kheet Trio, starting at 5 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Bait Bag, an all-female punk band we did a story on, is doing a live free show at 15 Oak Street Rockland at 8:30 p.m.

Living Room Circus will be rocking the annual Warren Day Fireworks Saturday in a free show, at the Village Bridge in Warren from 7 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, the Strand Theatre is putting on a limited outdoor concert (only 100 tickets allotted) for the indie duo, Oshima Brothers at 4 p.m. FMI: Tickets and info.

The Rogues, a country, blues, and Americana band will be performing a free show Sunday, from 1- 4 p. m., at the new Outback Saloon and Happy Clam, located on Rt. 131, in Tenants Harbor.

And musician Madigan Shaw will put an acoustic spin on pop, country, classics, and her own original songs on ukelele on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Mary Lea Park next to the Rockport Opera House.


 Belfast’s Arts in The Park

Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27 — Belfast

Lemon Bowl and Pitcher, from 2021 Artist of the Year Lacey Goodrich, of Laceypots, in Portland. Photo courtesy Lacey Goodrich.

The annual Arts in the Park is reinvigorated this year, focusing on local art and fine craft with artists from all over the state participating. The booths will be set up at Steamboat Landing in Belfast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, due to COVID-19, is half the size this year, but it’s going to be fabulous. An entire lineup of music is scheduled to play all day each day with food options from food trucks and concession stands, including the refreshing Perennial Cider. FMI: www.belfastmaine.org/arts-in-the-park


Fort Knox Superhero Day

Saturday, June 26 — Prospect

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I love offbeat events, and this is surely one. Fort Knox, that spooky fort in Prospect is hosting a Superhero Day, inviting about 10 superhero cosplayers from Pine State Heroes to come and participate in a day-long event of activities, photo opportunities, a scavenger hunt, and an all-around day fighting for truth and justice the American way. The event starts with the scavenger hunt at 9 a.m., but the superheroes will likely show up around 10 a.m. and the event goes all day to 5 p.m. The event is free and a treat for kids 5-12 (although adults who love superheroes are also regular attendees). They just ask anyone who arrives in costume not to bring any real weapons. FMI: Superhero Day


The People Who Hike With Goats

Sunday, June 27 — Somerville

Photo courtesy Pumpkin Vine Family Farm

Explore the new hiking trails at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm (217 Hewitt Road Somerville) from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m. with a trail map on your own or go on a guided goat walk (!) offered every hour on the hour. A suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family is customary. And then, when you return to the barn, visit the 50 baby goats and partake of the farm’s smoothies, pastries, baguettes, and cheese. FMI: www.pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com


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Spotlight Theatre History

PROLOGUE

Queensland’s Gold Coast arts scene boasts a community theatre group which celebrates its 65th Anniversary in 2020, has been going strong since 1955 and shows no signs of slowing down.

The Spotlight Theatrical Company started life as the South Coast Revue Company, under the guidance of one Joyce Forbes, who wrote and directed the shows, originally staged at the old Diggers Hall in Scarborough Street, Southport – no-one on the Coast was doing musicals in those early days. Music was supplied by Isobel Williams, who continued with the company and played in about 85 of their shows until her 80th birthday.

In the early days all profits from the shows were donated to local charities; performers purchased their own costumes (and forget mikes and footlights!) and rehearsals seem to have been very interesting affairs, with the cast meeting at an agreed point to find out where rehearsals would be that night. There was a party after every rehearsal, and the shows were well received by an entertainment-starved local audience. The very first show was High Jinks, and the company continued to stage musical revues until TV arrived, when they began to present musical theatre book shows.

LOOKING FOR A HOME

The first big musical was Brigadoon in 1962, followed by White Horse Inn and Calamity Jane. In 1966 the company moved to the newer Diggers Hall to stage Annie Get Your Gun. A stream of major musical theatre productions followed in the 1970s and 80s, with the publicity shots for Showboat (1978) being shot on the new paddle steamer at Dream World before it was open to the public, and shots for Pirates of Penzance (2007) were taken on the pirate ship at Sea World!

The company’s next home was the Southport High School Hall, with costumes and sets stored in private homes and rehearsals held all over the place. Later the shows were seen in the Miami High School Great Hall, Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane, the Albert Waterways Community Hall, and Spotlight was the first community theatre company to stage shows at the new Gold Coast Arts Centre (now known as HOTA – Home of the Arts), for which they had acted as advisors during the building process. They had also assisted in raising money for its construction. However the venue was not financially viable for them and although they staged several shows there (with five losses in a row), it was clear that another venue had to be found.

They became trustee-owners of the Benowa Community Hall in Ashmore Road, the site of the current theatre. The original title on pigskin with the seal of the Colony of NSW bears the date – pre-1857.

They bought the block of land next door, paid it off in twelve months and built a rehearsal hall. At last, Spotlight had a permanent home for rehearsals, although the shows continued to be staged at other venues.

The rehearsal hall was joined by a proper theatre in the late 80s and the company performed there until they built their brand new theatre in 2001. Two musicals a year have now become four, and the Basement Theatre is home to at least two straight plays/ comedies, plus a variety of shows from the extremely successful and busy Youth Theatre.

DIVERSIFICATION

Since 1990 the Company has boasted a “senior” entertainment group. Initially known as “The Golden Girls”, now “STARS” (Spotlight Theatre Artists Review Seniors) the girls entertain at around 60 shows a year in nursing homes and retirement villages. From 1969 to 2012 Spotlight ran The Entertainers’ Festival, a major competition for all ages; a week long program for nearly 600 entrants, many of whom have gone on to perform in the professional theatre. Among other income streams, this extremely successful company also runs its own professionally staffed Costume Hire business. From the early days when costumes were stored and hired out of a garage on the Isle of Capri, Spotlight Costume Hire now brings an excellent return to the theatre, and exposes the venue to a wider public.

Does the theatre have a ghost? Maybe. Long-time theatre supporter Reg Ebbott died tragically of a heart attack at the company’s Annual General Meeting some years ago; his son continues to appear in Spotlight shows.

STILL GOING STRONG

These days the theatre is one of the busiest buildings on the Coast – with Costume Hire open 6 days a week, plus hirings, performances and rehearsals being held in both venues, the Youth Theatre and a myriad of other events in the two theatres.

Long time members put its success down to the strong “family” culture in the organisation; they see themselves as “Custodians of the standards of all those that have gone before; Spotlight is a launching pad, a place where people can display their art and go on to other things”. The infrastructure is strong, with a solid team of front of house, bar, box office and technical people working in a tight and financially secure environment under a forward-looking committee.The company continues to move with the times and, with a membership of over 1200, to present a wide variety of traditional and new shows.

From humble beginnings as the South Coast Revue Company, the Spotlight Theatrical Company is now regarded as big business: SHOW BUSINESS!

Batten down ye hatches: Pirate invasion on tap for Flagler Beach – News – Gainesville Sun

Scallywags and wenches in full pirate regalia are expected to drift to Flagler Beach from across the country for the 3rd Annual Flagler Beach Pirate Invasion Oct. 25-27.

Now that the thunder of Biketoberfest has cleared the coast, an invasion of a different kind is set to take place this weekend in Flagler Beach.

While they may not sail in on a ship as they did in days of yore, scallywags and wenches in full pirate regalia are expected to drift in from across the country for the Third Annual Flagler Beach Pirate Invasion, Oct. 25-27.

Make no mistake, many of these “pirates” are hardworking professionals by day, but when the clock strikes five, they shuck the ties and heels for billowing blouses and three-corner hats.

The invasion is set to begin with a pirates’ gala from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at 608 S. Ocean Shore Blvd., where this year’s pirate king and queen will be crowned. Cost to attend is $45 per person in advance, $50 on site. Attendees also can pick up a “challenge coin” for $20 that provides discounts at participating area businesses throughout the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday will feature free music and entertainment in Veterans Park, including headliners Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, food vendors, an adult pirate costume contest and the swearing-in of new pirates.

For children, the Powder Monkey Treasure Hunt will herald the arrival of the Panama Pearl pirate ship.

“Now is the time to spotlight this hidden gem we all love and cherish,” said event promoter Heather Thompson. “Flagler Beach is open and we invite you all to invade each and every business with your challenge coin.”

Besides gathering for pirate invasions up and down the coast, many of the pirate krewes make appearances at charitable events. Locally, members of the Krewe of 13 and Ye Privateers of Palm Coast help raise funds for organizations like Surfers for Autism and other causes.

“Pirates bring fun and color to Flagler Beach for the young and the young at heart,” said Pat Block, who transforms into the character of “Charity Flint” to cheer on students at Matanzas High School Pirates’ football games and other events.

“I believe the locals enjoy it and I know the tourists do. I have spoken with many through the years. Pirates and charities seem to go hand in hand, especially for me, those relating to children,” she said. “Coming from all walks of life, the pirate community comes together to create fun and funds for those in need.”

Getting in on the fun, Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher says the city is happy to welcome the pirates.

“We’re excited for the pirate invasion,” said Provencher. “It’s a fun event for adults, children, and helps the local businesses by bringing in people to the area during a slower time of year.

Entertainment schedules and other details are available at flaglerbeachpirateinvasion.com.

Song Spotlight: You Are A Pirate :: The LyrInt Blog


Pirates have captured the world’s imagination for decades, but, like cowboys and Santa Claus and hackers, their popular depiction bears no resemblance to reality whatsoever. Never mind; “pirate” is now an archetype character as much as a zombie or a vampire is. It’s a Halloween costume, signifying its complete absorption into Western pop culture.


It also has a new meaning, thanks to the Internet age. That meaning being the illegitimate acquisition of digital media for the purpose of mutual peer-to-peer trade. Like the classic definition, this is an international collaboration and hence very difficult for any individual government to reign in. Right about the time digital piracy got to be a “thing” in popular culture, the song “You Are A Pirate” came out. The video, at 1.5 million views on YouTube: