Red Hat Society's Pirates Chapter sails high

Say Arrrrr! Members of the Pirates Chapter (l-r) Eva Coppersmith, Elizabeth Heagy, Carolyn Watkins and BJ Young enjoy an adventure. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 24, 2014

A newly formed 45-member Red Hat Society Chapter, The Pirates, has had several adventures since its inception on Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19, 2013. The Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash took members back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries through historical presentations and demonstrations. Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend in Rock Hall, Md., included a pirate wedding, displays, stage shows, minstrels and re-enactors.

Members also enjoyed a luncheon at the Paradise Grill off Long Neck Road; a Delaware Bay & Indian River Cruise, where their mates were included in the fun; and an excursion to the Lewes Ferry Terminal, where the Kalmar Nyckel is docked.

The Pirates group is open to women 21 older who are members of the Red Hat Society; although chartered under the RHS, it is not a typical chapter which meets monthly. Pirate chapters meet occasionally purely for fun and adventure. The Pirates may dress in any fashion and any color of pirate attire; however, members are required to wear red and purple on a hat, scarf or feathers and a Red Hat Society logo pin. Members also invite their male mates on some excursions.

Those interested in finding out more can check out Facebook for Pirates of the RHS Only and a open group, Pirates of the Delaware Bay. The Red Hat Society advocates fun and sisterhood; it is the largest international women’s social organization.

Local Ambassador Queen BJ Young can be contacted regarding local inquiry at Anyone interested in learning more about the Red Hat Society and events should go to