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Arrr, It's National Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yo-ho-ho! High seas to the battlegrounds

Yo-ho-ho!

Ahoy, me hearties! Not only is today Monday and the start of another glorious week, more significantly, it is International, as well as National Talk Like A Pirate Day. Well, shiver me timbers, ye scurvy scallywags! We wait all year for this yearly recognition of buccaneer lingo and linguistics, and now the time’s come and ye scurry about your house to get it in shipshape condition. Arrr, you’re not even ready for a rum-soaked celebration and to stuff your mouths with that Pirate’s Booty. Ya’ see, matey, it’s time to get a little squiffy in the afternoon from too much grog, ‘cause Jack, we’re not lily-livered landlubbers. It’s our day and we’re here to celebrate. So bottom’s up!

Of course, you realize that I am simply referring to hydrating. To paraphrase a quote of our beloved quarterback, Tom Brady, I suggest we celebrate NTLAPD by drinking plenty of water. After all, water was always essential for successful pirates on the high seas.

Happy Pirate Birthdays

Did you know that besides celebrating NTLAPD, and Hydrate Like a Pirate Day — HLAPD, I just made that up — it is also birthday celebrations for Jake LeVan, Dan Schrager and Aaron Nickelsberg. How lucky can they get than to be able to swagger around on their big day? Actually, they only got to begin celebrating it like swashbuckling pirates back in 1995, when NTLAPD was first designated. At that time, Aaron turned 3, Jake turned 11, and Dan turned ... well, I’m not at liberty to say. So let’s just say, Dan turned around and said, “Avast, me mateys! It’s my birthday.”

Henry Knox — The Corsair (?) General of the American Revolution

Tonight, historians and buffs can attend the American Revolution Round Table. Mel Bernstein will moderate a discussion on Mark Puls’ book, "Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution." Boston native (gangsta really!) and former bookstore owner Henry Knox is best known for his foresight and strategy in the American Revolutionary War. He engineered the transport of 59 heavy cannons 300 miles during the heart of winter from Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York to Cambridge, Mass. to deploy for the siege of Boston. Knox also engineered the famous crossing of the Delaware by George Washington's army in brutal wintry weather on Christmas Eve, 1775.

In addition to the Knox discussion, Mel Bernstein will deliver a report on the First Congress of American Revolution Round Tables, which was held in Richmond, Va. on May 14.

The Round Table was established at Minute Man National Park a year ago. It is a nonacademic forum of laymen and women, and a few experts, who meet in an informal atmosphere to discuss books and exchange ideas about recent findings that provide new insights and better understanding of the American Revolution.

Visitors are welcome and should contact the Round Table Moderator to reserve a place — visitors will be seated according to available space. There is no charge for the first meeting. Calls and question should be directed to Mel Bernstein at 781-259-9926, or email him at mbern9@gmail.com.

Do you have something to share? Contact me at mcb23@comcast.net or Stefanieac@comcast.net, and we will be happy to help you spread the word.

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