The BPKFL is like no place else on earth, and it is our guests who make it special. Here are some of the stories that made 2015 especially memorable.
2015 Pirate Party
By Pam Francis
For several of the wenches and two new swabbies (first year crew) and a couple interlopers (one who abandoned ship), the Pirate Party started a week early with pillaging and plundering of the brethren of Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge.
In pirate attire and a laden down coffer (chest to keep their booty), flying the flags of the brew and 500 Jell-O shots. They paraded through the BPKFL with pistols, swords and a cutlass at the ready. The bounty they received was very generous – enough to provide gallons of grog to the picaroons (scoundrels) who came for the revelry on the first Saturday of March.
To help accommodate all the landlubbers and lasses in the office, who try to juggle reservations for all who want to celebrate with us, now and forever the Pirate Party will be the first Saturday of March. Avast me hearties!
The admirals Joan and Brian once again helped out with the grub at 5 bells. The beauties and strumpets of Pirate Alley served about 250 questionable characters in 30 minutes, so the merriments and misbehavior could commence with Rockin’ Shirley, who by the way, was given an award for Most Honorable Honors for putting up with the shenanigans of the past 9 years with her First Mate Big Red!
Ahoy! Let the scuttlebutt (gossip) be heard! The 2016 will be the Big-O of the Pirate Party. Every year we say it was the best ever and we will never top it, but for the 10th annual Pirate Party will be the best every! Grub& rum for all!
Every year the participation and attire of the scalawags out together get better and better. First timers, and only here for two days, Jacob and Judy, got so into the celebrations that they were awarded the Hornswagglin Scoundrels button for best dressed couple. Thank goodness for the Salvation Army!
Our sweet beauty, Margaret Heyward, got the coveted Saucy Wench award for being the best dressed lass. On the male side, the best award for Bawdiest Buccaneer went to our Canadian matey Len Payne. What a swashbuckler (one with a sense of humor, chivalrous and witty) he was!
Rocky Holloway, the son of a Pirate Alley wench Marty Taylor, was honored with the Scurvy Ole Sea Dog award. Rocky, ye smell like ye been swimming in the bilge, ya salty, scrappy sea bass! Blimey!
Then there are those who come to play but can’t find anything to wear. We call them cowardly landlubbers but love them just the same. Keep on coming to play with us Marv Bohen!
We always compete for the best blower of the conch. We mixed it up this year a bit and Connie Mattice walked away with the Bunglin’ Blower award, for being the least talented blower at the party. There’s one in every crowd and this year, Bob Burns was the Plundering Strumpet. Will that picture ever leave our minds? Bob, your breath could kill a kraken, ye parrot-lovin’, mutinous rouge!
And even though he should have been made to walk the plank, the little rapscallion (a mischievous person) Rusty Clauss was this year’s Grog Blossom (loaded to the gunwales), but avast me hearties, he had fun. A special award was given to Danny Wojnowski for his enthusiasm and helpfulness during Pirate Week, the Arrrr-Bucko award. We were as thrilled as he was to have his help.
A huge thank you from the crew of the Pirate Alley and the Interloper. We love putting the block party together and are always thinking of ways to keep it new and fresh so it will always be the best party of the year. Arrrggh!
True Story, Not a “Dream”
By Bill McGlynn
When making our reservations at the BPKFL for one week in May this past year, who could image that a man from New York (whose name escapes me, my apologies) would be bringing his recently purchased 2004 Sailfish boat, the very same week. Upon arriving at the BPKFL, a few of our longtime friends said that they thought our former boat, which we sold approximately six years before, was docked on the canal.
So, of course, we went to check it out. Sure enough, it looked just like our boat. The name had been removed, the T-top and bottom had been changed to black (ours was white), but the windshield still had two stickers on it – one from Sea Tow and a curtesy sticker from a Coast Guard inspection. The outside of the hull was green, as was ours, but surely they made several green hulls in 2004.
The owner came along as we were looking at the boat. We explained to him that we, once, had a similar boat. He said he was from New York, and so we quickly put the thought out of our minds, (we live in Florida) — this could not be our boat. After talking to him for a few minutes he mentioned that he had only owned the boat for about a month, he had bought it, sight un-seen, from a man in West Palm Beach, Florida. This got us thinking, since we are from West Palm Beach. This could be our boat!
When they pulled the boat out of the water, we looked at the boat trailer and it said “Marine Connection, Lake Worth, FL” same place where we bought our boat in 2004. They parked the boat overnight in the corner of the parking lot, and we went over to take pictures. Right there on the stern of the boat, at a certain angle, with the sun on it, you could read the imprint of the words “Dream Weaver,” the same name that we had given to our boat.
Originally, we sold the boat to a good friend of ours, and he sold it about a year later. We were able to confirm that the person he sold it to was the same person that the man from New York bought it from. What are the odds – six years later – seeing the same beautiful boat at the same beautiful spot where we enjoyed using it, so much!!
Bill and Marianne McGlynn are longtime summer guests at the BPKFL.
Funny Stories From Around Camp
Gary Betzold’s wife Diana told him to use coconut oil as no-see-um deterrent. He was in rustic camping and when he sat down three Key Deer came up and licked him, one on his face, one on his shoulders and one on his legs. He stayed still until Diana got a chance to get a photo. They both agreed that the coconut oil is definitely not a Key Deer deterrent!
Joan went down and knocked on BeeBop’s door. When BeeBop opened the door and saw her standing there, the first thing he said was, “What have I done if Joan is coming to visit?” Joan told him he wasn’t in trouble but he should be nervous because she was there to ask him to do something for her. Then she asked him to play Castro at the Big-O birthday party. When BeeBop heard that he instantly said, “Joan you have overstepped your authority!” Joan got a big kick out of that, because he thought she had enough authority to get him in trouble, but she lost all that authority when she made her request. BeeBop did play Castro for her and everyone enjoyed his performance.