Kids learn pirate songs at library

Children in eye patches, pirate hats, and skull-and-crossbone bandanas filed into the basement of Loutit District Library on Wednesday. What would have been a startling sight any other day is expected during the Michigan Pirate Festival, which runs all week at the Grand Haven library.
Lydia Coutré
Aug 11, 2011


Several kids clutched foam swords as they belted out pirate anthems during Wednesday’s pirate sing-along. They joined together to clap, jump, dance and sing songs including the classic, “Drunken Sailor.” Pirate re-enactors taught the children a call-and-response song with the chant, “You can’t be a pirate with all of your parts.”

“When you think of a pirate and how a pirate looks, what do you see mostly?” said Wendy Ransom, addressing the young pirates. “When you’re thinking of pirates, what do you think? Patch over the eye, hook for a hand, a peg leg. They’re always missing some part.”

The kids happily sang the chorus to the song, clapping and waving their swords.

Re-enactor Jessica Masserant of Fowlerville said she’s been “pirating” since 2006.

“I think this is my fourth pirate festival,” Masserant said. “… I love doing the children’s events. I love bringing stories to life. I love bringing the joy of piracy in its romantic form — in all the fun and glory that it was — to the kids, who are all kind of pirates at heart.”

Masserant — or Captain Tigerlily, as she is known to the pirates — said the sing-along teaches kids that music was a huge part of pirate life.

A “So You Want to be a Pirate” class for ages 9-16 will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Program Room A of the library, 407 Columbus Ave.

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