It was a dark and stormy day

Editor's view
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Much like buccaneers in the days of old, youngsters were not deterred by inclement weather at the El Dorado Hills Dauntless Privateers fair at the library on Saturday. I saw children use the trebuchet to launch fruit, take tours of the Dauntless privateering vessel (a mock “ship” following the layout of its real counterpart), listen to live music and learn a little bit of history in the process. With my own children tagging along, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Should they dress up? Wear pirate outfits? Talk in pirate voices? I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of all the re-enactors. From sword fighting to armory demonstrations, there was plenty for kids to do. For parents, the live music was just swell. Kudos to the El Dorado Hills Library staff, particularly Carolyn Brooks, for all their efforts to put on the festival. My kids, as well as many others, had a great time. It was also nice that it happened to be my 10-year-old daughter’s birthday. Parker said, “It was the best party ever.” Here’s looking forward to next year’s bash. For all the events going on at the local library, visit Don Chaddock can be reached at