Pi­rateFest is com­ing to Kent Is­land VFD

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CH­ESTER — The Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment will host the 2016 Pi­rateFest, Boat Show and Drink Del­marva Fes­ti­val from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13, at the fire­house, 1610 Main St., to raise funds for the fire de­part­ment.

Ad­mis­sion to this two-day, fam­ily-ori­ented, pi­rate-themed fes­ti­val is free. The fes­ti­val is pre­sented by The Star Demo­crat and Bay Times to ben­e­fit the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment in its ef­fort to pur­chase and main­tain a new am­bu­lance for the com­mu­nity. Jody Schulz, the fire de­part­ment pres­i­dent, is a stal­wart in Queen Anne’s County and is a tire­less worker when it comes to en­rich­ing and bet­ter­ing the lives of those who call the Eastern Shore home.

“The lion’s share of our op­er­at­ing bud­get for the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment comes from do­na­tions and events, such as this fes­ti­val. It never ceases to amaze me the level of sup­port that Queen Anne’s County and the sur­round­ing Eastern Shore area con­tin­ues to of­fer us,” Schulz said. “The pro­ceeds from this fes­ti­val will help us to pur­chase and main­tain our new am­bu­lance, mak­ing your emer­gency sit­u­a­tions much safer in the years to come. We are hon­ored and hum­bled by the level of sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion by every­one in­volved with this event.”

The KIVFD will of­fer free tours of the fire­house with op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren to pose for pic­tures with the fire­men and the equip­ment. The first 250 chil­dren in at­ten­dance will re­ceive their very own fire hat.

The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann will be on hand with a va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tional hand­outs and ac­tiv­i­ties. Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter also will host ac­tiv­i­ties and demon­stra­tions.

Keep­ing with the theme, chil­dren and adults alike are en­cour­aged to at­tend dressed in their best pi­rate garb. Prizes will be awarded for the best cos­tumes.

There will be ven­dors ga­lore with dozens of crafters, ar­ti­sans and lo­cal busi­nesses man­ning booths for the hol­i­day shop­ping con­ve­nience. KIVFD will be op­er­at­ing a cash bar of­fer­ing its Orange Crush, Rum Punch, beer and wine by the glass, as well as mixed drinks.

Once of he high­lights of the event will be the “Drink Del­marva” tent, spon­sored by Eastern Shore Den­tal Care. The tent will be filled with lo­cal and re­gional pur­vey­ors of rums, spir­its, wines and craft beers. A $20 en­trance fee will en­able fes­ti­val­go­ers the op­por­tu­nity to try un­lim­ited sam­ples of more than 50 brands.

Eastern Shore Den­tal Care is ex­cited to spon­sor the 2016 Pi­rateFest and tast­ing event. The prac­tice, op­er­ated by Dr. Scott Billings and Dr. Christo­pher Mur­phy, has proudly called Kent Is­land home for more than 30 years.

“We’re so thrilled about the op­por­tu­nity to help raise money for a cause that will di­rectly im­pact the qual­ity and safety of the emer- gency med­i­cal ser­vices right here in Queen Anne’s County,” Billings said. “The KIVFD means so much to so many peo­ple In this area. And that is why we hope this event is a huge suc­cess, for the bet­ter­ment of every­one who lives and works on the Shore.”

Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing, Mary­land’s premier craft dis­tillery, was founded on a vi­sion of re­viv­ing Mary­land’s dis­tin­guished dis­till­ing her­itage by craft­ing pre­mium-qual­ity spir­its us­ing the finest in­gre­di­ents, sup­port­ing lo­cal farms, busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity and is proud to sup­port KIVFD by be­ing in­volved in Pi­rateFest, said Jon Cook, Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

“KIVFD is an im­por­tant part of our lo­cal com­mu­nity so we are proud to par­tic­i­pate in events that ben­e­fit the first re­spon­ders who work year round to make our com­mu­nity safer. Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing is a pi­o­neer­ing brand ob­sessed with qual­ity, in­no­va­tion and a love of the craft. We look for­ward to pro­vid­ing our qual­ity of­fer­ings to our fans at the event,” Cook said.

With the 2016 boating sea­son wind­ing down, close-out deals from lo­cal and re­gional boat deal­ers will be avail­able. Dozens of boats will be on dis­play with “boat show pric­ing.” Lo­cal and re­gional par tic­i­pat­ing deal­ers in­clude Wye River Marine, An­napo­lis Boat Sales, An­napo­lis Yachts Sales, Clarks Land­ing, Knott 10, Pocket Yachts, Ch­e­sa­peake Whaler­town, Tri State Marine, Jim’s Marine, BOE, AM PM Marine, A&M Marine and other marine ser­vice providers.

Fred Fred­er­ick Ram of Eas­ton is the of­fi­cial truck dealer of the boat show and will be on hand with spe­cial sav­ings on Dodge Ram trucks.

Fletch Gowen, gen­eral man­ager of Fred Fred­er­ick Dodge Ram, said, “We have been sup­port­ing first re­spon­ders and lo­cal fire de­part­ments for years, pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional pur­chase dis­counts and ve­hi­cle so­lu­tions for emer­gency re­sponse. We are ex­cited to once again give our sup­port with this event, help­ing the Kent Is­land Fire De­part­ment raise money.”


Fes­ti­val go­ers are en­cour­aged to wear their best pi­rate garb.


KIVFD Pres­i­dent Jody Schulz in­vites the com­mu­nity to Pi­rateFest on Nov. 12 and 13.

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