A Historically Fun Evening with Kevin Duffus & the Motley Tones
7-10pm: Heavy hors d’oeuvres by OcracokeStyle, 1718 Brewing Ocracoke beer, wine & desserts.
The Motley Tones: Rollicking Good Music and Fun
Hailing from the famous sea port of Raleigh, they have no shortage of seafaring and piracy songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Well, the 1760s, 1770s and 1780s. Their harmonious renditions of songs of love and the sea will help set the mood for the fabulous weekend of piracy. Don’t be shy. You will want to sing and laugh along. And if not, in the true spirit of piracy, they are sure to insist on it!
Kevin Duffus: Was Blackbeard Murdered?
When the notorious Blackbeard spotted five dozen sailors crowded on the decks of two small trading sloops being rowed toward his anchorage at Ocracoke Island on the windless morning of Saturday, Nov. 22, 1718, he knew trouble was brewing. What he did not know was that he and his men were about to engage in what one historian called “one of the most pivotal naval engagements in American history.” He also could not foresee his imminent and gruesome death. But was Blackbeard attacked and killed lawfully by Lt. Maynard and his Royal Navy sailors? What authority did Virginia’s government have for sending armed forces into her neighboring colony? What was the secret purpose of Maynard’s mission? Was Blackbeard murdered? On the eve of the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Ocracoke, noted researcher, historian and author Kevin Duffus shares his shocking findings and answers these questions in his ultimate and surely-to-be provocative Blackbeard lecture.