Buccaneers, swashbucklers, pirates, privateers ...

They all sailed "the Spanish Main" during the days of frigates and sloops, brigs, schooners and galleons.

The heyday of the buccaneers was from circa 1650-1725 when working either individually or in great pirate fleets out of strongholds like Port Royal of Jamaica, they raided as far north as Canada and as far south as Brazil and equatorial Africa. Their targets of choice were not only Spanish treasure galleons and rich merchant vessels but also coastal towns and cities in Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the many small but valuable islands of the Greater and Lesser Antilles chains of the Caribbean Sea. Though mainly a 17th and 18th century phenomenon, piracy in the Caribbean did have a brief resurgence around 1820 before disappearing.

Some swashbucklers operated legally, by commission, in time of war such as the privateers (private vessels licensed by their government with a "letter of marque" to prey upon enemy commerce) which abounded during the naval wars of the 1600s, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Others were entirely outside the law. Still others moved in and out of legality with ease as the circumstances suited them.

They were Englishmen, Scotsmen, Welshmen, Dutchmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Portuguese, Danes, Americans, Indians and Africans. Some were loyal to their king, some to their fellow buccaneers and some only to themselves. Some had impeccable manners, some were implacable thugs. Now and again they would gather and celebrate the success of a great raid from which all returned laden with booty.

But in 2017 it will all be in good fun with We Make History's annual Buccaneers' Ball!

Yohoho...  Avast there matey... Pieces of eight, pieces of eight... Dance a proper jig or walk the plank.  Booty for all and plunder a'plenty.  Shiver me timbers and boarders away... A r r r r ...

We look forward to seeing ye shipboard ....

When:  The evening of July 22nd, 2017 at 7PM with a social time at 6:30PM. The Ball will conclude at about 10:30.

Where:  The SE corner of Center St. & 1st Ave. in Mesa, AZ in the fellowship hall

Fashion:  Piratical or seafaring attire is encouraged! Wear piratical or nautical attire or any historic attire from the 1650s to the 1820s. Dress as a pirate, buccaneer, beachcomber, sailor, naval officer, explorer or castaway. Alternately dress modern but with piratical touches such as a bandana over the head or an eye patch. Be creative! Have fun with it!

Music will be lively and the dancing an enjoyable mix of simple historic styles which we will teach. (After all, most pirates probably didn't know much beyond a jig or two!)

Booty: There will be light refreshments.


18th Century prices in Advance by PayPal    "Ahoy!"

By PayPal we ask a contribution of $13.50 each plus a small amount to cover postage. (Your passes will be held under your name to pick up when you arrive at the Ball.)


Passes the evening of the Ball are full price!

At the Ball:

21st Century Prices at the Ball    "Yaaaar!"

At the Ball we shall request a contribution of $25 per person.


What ship is that?

Required! Compulsory! Mandatory!    All attending as pirates must have a pirate name and be ready to say "A r r r r r r....."

If ye don't have a pirate name we'll assign on to ye on the spot! Arrrrrrrr!

The Buccaneers' Feast

In the Ships' Galley immediately after the Ball.

("In n Out Burger" on Stapley just south of the US60)


We look forward to seeing ye shipboard.... but first...

Allow us to state the obvious.

The real pirates of history were not nice people.

No one wants to recreate negative aspects of their behavior or activities in any actual or literal sense.

But after 300 years of time passage, the idea of a 17th or 18th century pirate has become a mere caricature, a light hearted bit of play acting which many have a good time with.

For us the idea of the Buccaneers' Ball is simply to "open things up a bit" with an unusual theme for our guests to enjoy and in which to exercise their creativity and imaginations.


Join Ye Crew!

Seafarers sail in on the high tide arriving in their most colourful garb for the merriment of the annual Buccaneers' Ball. They hail from many charted lands - as well as parts unknown. All captains have agreed to a truce for the evening and laughter is heartily interspersed with tales of the sea.

With the sound of the fiddle, the telling of sea tales is abruptly finished, swords slip back into scabbards to be stowed safely away and a cheerful chorus of ARRRRRRR accompanies the Buccaneers into the Great Hall.


Fashion Pirates


Every year the editors of BQ (that's Buccaneers' Quarterly for you landlubbers) are on hand to applaud established seafaring fashion icons while keeping a "lookout" for new talent as well. Whether on gangplank or runway, strolling the quarterdeck or pivoting on the catwalk these "Vogue Rogues" are making a fashion statement.


A R R R R R R R R R R R R R R !


Ahoy There! Read Our Ship's Standards.

We are grateful to our wonderful guests who make the effort with us to create a special ambience and atmosphere of respect. We uphold these standards out of regard for our much-appreciated friends and for the sake of the integrity of our events.

1. The use of either tobacco or alcohol is prohibited.

2. Videotaping is not welcome other than by our house videographer. We work hard to create a special and comfortable historic ambience that all will enjoy. Discreet photography is welcome but please leave video equipment at home.

3. No unauthorized distribution of literature is allowed. Nor is this event an opportunity to recruit persons for purposes either modern or historical. Please allow all of our guests to enjoy the evening in peace. That is why they came.

4. Historical, Nautical or Piratical attire is requested, either historic reproduction attire or at least a modern attempt at looking piratical.

5. Appropriate footwear is required. (i.e. historic footwear, dress shoes, dancing slippers, ballet flats, etc.) Sandals and beachcombing type shoes are allowed for the Buccaneers' Ball. For the sake of your safety as well as event ambience dancing barefoot is impermissible.

6. We ask that one not enter to be an observer, chaperone or curiosity seeker without having a ticket and being properly attired.

7. Please either order advance tickets by the publicized cut-off date (in time to be mailed back to you) or be prepared to obtain your tickets at the door (if available) for a higher amount. These events are publicized far in advance in order to serve you well. They do sometimes fill up early.

8. We do not offer refunds or exchanges.

9. Our standard age policy is that ages 13 and up are welcome to participate and that ages 8-12 may participate if parents deem them to be sufficient in manners and maturity. The dress standards for these young ladies and gentlemen are the same as those for adults. (Please see #4 above.)

10. Gracious and respectful conduct & conversation are expected of all, to all and at all times.

11. We desire to be good stewards of the facilities we use, to treat them with care and to leave them in at least as good of condition as when we arrived.

12. For the good of all, any who might consider themselves exempt from any of the above may be asked to leave.


Please also see our Etiquette & Expectations page.




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