Rockaway hosted it's "First Annual Pirate Festival" this year. We were sad to hear the news--not because we don't love a good pirate--but because it replaced the Annual Jazz Festival. The ocean served as the backdrop for The Jazz Festival and offered wonderful music on a summer's evening as the sun set and stars appeared. Last year, Tom Grant's performance with Shelley Rudolph's remarkable vocals was truly a memorable event. Their rendition of "Midnight at the Oasis" had us both swooning!
Anyway, back to the pirates. This year, we walked down to the Festival and did manage to spot a few pirates here and there among the booths selling the usual beach trinkets. It seemed the hub of activity, however, was the wayside filled with carnival rides. Try as I may, I couldn't figure out the connection between pirates and amusement rides. I pondered for quite a while. Finally it occurred to me, the Galaxy 3000 was not a ride, but in fact, must be the latest in pirate ships. The buccaneers had docked it here while attending the festival. Arr swabbie, a fine vessel she be at that!