Ladysmith Maritime Society’s, (LMS), marquee summer event, Kids’ Pirate Day will look very different this year.
Typically, Kids’ Pirate Day is a one day celebration filled with pirate festivities that is hosted at the Ladysmith Community Marina. Due to challenges posed by COVID-19, LMS is now hosting the event entirely online.
Beginning August 24, LMS is hosting Kids’ Pirate Event, a five-day celebration of maritime life in Ladysmith with a swashbuckling theme. Each day will feature a 30 minute episode covering a different theme, like marine safety, marine environment, and Ladysmith’s industrial heritage.
Episodes will also feature activities like knot tying, treasure hunts, songs, and colouring pages.
“We decided early on to explore how we could make the event virtual. There was big support from our board, and the community to do Kids’ Pirate Day in this fashion,” LMS executive director Richard Wiefelspuett said.
Dean Richards, CEO of MyLadysmith.com was recruited to film and edit the videos for Kids’ Pirate Event. Richards said that working on the project has been a great experience.
“I love it… I’ve been involved in writing, directing, and editing. Plus it’s working with community – which I love. It’s one of my favourite things that I’ve done.”
Filming locations centered around the Ladysmith community marina, and outside the Ladysmith RBC. Throughout the filming process, all the volunteer actors maintained social distancing or filmed with people that were in their COVID social bubbles.
The Ladysmith RBC Branch is sponsoring the event and providing 200 interactive goodie-bags to go along with each day of videos. Pick-up locations for the goodie-bags have not yet been determined – that information will be shared by LMS and RBC in the coming weeks.
“We’ve been sponsoring Kids’ Pirate Day for the last seven years or more, and working with LMS,” RBC financial advisor, Joel Nikkel said. “This is a great opportunity to stay connected with the community, and do it in a safe manner that follows provincial and federal health guidelines.”
The event is funded by a B.C. Gaming Grant, a Town of Ladysmith Grant in Aid, and numerous local sponsors.