Pirates set sail for El Dorado Hills

By: Eric Laughlin Telegraph correspondent
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It’s an event that’s become so popular among the youth in El Dorado Hills that it might as well be hoisted right up there with Halloween and Christmas. For the fifth straight year, the pirates are returning to grassy area outside the El Dorado Hills Library, and they’re bringing their 80-foot-long ship that’s complete with cannons, flags and planks. The pirates are part of the local non-profit known as the Dauntless Privateers, and they tour not just El Dorado Hills, but the rest of the country in their mission to educate young people about maritime history. Kids who come out to the event will see firsthand how cannons are fired, the wounded are mended and how prisoners are guarded. They’ll also be privy to face painting, archery, catapult demonstrations and storytelling. “It’s history in an engaging manner,” said librarian and pirate enthusiast Carolyn Brooks. “And that’s how kids learn. And it’s pretty hard to beat pirates when teaching maritime history.” Brooks’ two sons Alec and Jake have been dressing up as pirates since they were young children, participating in Renaissance fairs and other events. Both said they enjoy being able to have an impact on the kids in the community. “It’s not only fun for us to dress up but it seems like they enjoy it just as much,” Alec Brooks said. But the Brooks brothers and other “Dauntless” pirates will be docking their ship in peace, welcoming pirates from other fleets; the group has invited participants to come wearing their own costumes. And if you can’t seem to find your eye patch or hook for a hand, don’t worry because there will be such items on hand for purchase, with all profits going to support the library. Carolyn Brooks said there will be a $1 entry fee for the first time this year, which reflects budget cuts, and the recent theft of a jar of donation money from the library. But she added that all money raised will support the library and that the event will feature a full day’s worth of fun for the entire family. Valerie Richards is a teen advisor and said she’s been looking forward to the pirates’ visit. “I just think it’s great for the community,” she said. “What a nice way to bring everybody together to learn about history and have fun at the same time.” The pirates are set to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. and pull up anchor at 4 p.m. For more information call (916)358-3500 or log on to * * * KNOW AND GO What: Pirate Fair at the Library When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 20 Where: El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway Cost: $1 per person Info: (916) 358-3500,