The Rockport Public Library will present Pirate Pizazz as part of its summer reading program on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Rockport Opera House. The program is free and open to the public.

The Pirates of the Dark Rose, Tom Crudbeard and Bloodthirsty Barbara, will come ashore to talk about life as a pirate. They will bring some of their salvaged booty and stories of life on the high seas. Attendees will have a swashbuckling good time but also be tested on knowledge of what it takes to be a real pirate. This motley crew will teach how to keep off from the scurvy and other important lessons from a life of a buccaneer.

Tom Crudbeard was raised in tha mountains of the Lord Protectorate Colony of Carolina. He made his way down ta tha sea, an was foolish enough ta volunteer fer tha Royal Navy o Good Queen Anne (he was a young lad at the time). After learning tha trade of a gunner in tha Navy, he got tired o tha floggings, deserted, an fell in with Edward Teach. He were Blackbeard’s master gunner fer years, putting many a hole in a pirate’s prey, until Teach’s untimely demise. Tom missed the life on tha account, and fell into melancholy, taking ta tha grog shops. After Bloodthirsty kindly declined ta put a sword hole in Tom one night in a drunken brawl, they joined together ta form a crew of scoundrels themselves, an he returned ta tha sweet trade.

Bloodthirsty Barbara was a-swillin’ grog in Port Royal one night when some drink-addled sailor made th’ wrong remark, and out came th’ blades. Lucky fer Tom Crudbeard, she let ‘im live, an they agreed ta form tha Pirates of the Dark Rose. As a young Estonian lass, she was captured by Cossacks and sold ta tha Mongols, where she learned tha art of falconry. Rescued by tha Turks, she became a sailor, and driftin down ta tha Spanish Main, began ta sail under tha Jolly Rodger.