Cumberland Times-News

June 29, 2013

Pirates Ahoy! promises to be better than ever

Angie Brant
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — “Shiver me timbers,” the 2013 Pirates Ahoy! event promises to be better than ever!

 Each year, the streets of Frostburg are overrun with pirates of all ages, but this year, thanks to PNC Foundation, the July 10 event will include  a mobile learning adventure for children. Now in it’s eighth year, Pirates Ahoy! is an annual summer event presented by the the Children’s Literature Centre, The Main Street Program of Frostburg, the city of Frostburg, and the Frostburg State University Summer School.

 In 2012, more than 450 area children attended the event. Pirates Ahoy! is a celebration of reading and imagination. The day’s activities will include “buccaneer” activities, including music, crafts and treasure hunts. The guest “pirate” author will be Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. She has written more than 20 books, including “The Pirate Princess.”

    After five years of planning, the Pirates Ahoy! program will welcome PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great initiative. The Mobile Learning Adventure tent will be set up in the parking lot of City Place.

    According to Aisling Beecher, FSU graduate assistant, the PNC program will include a Mobile Learning Adventure that will introduce children under the age of 5 to a series of interactive learning stations, crafts and giveaways. Attendees will be given a “passport” as they travel through the stations. Organizers note that children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver in order to participate.

    “We are so lucky to have PNC's Mobile Learning Adventure coming to Pirates Ahoy! this year. This is a traveling exhibit which is highly sought after, and emphasizes the importance of early childhood education,” Beecher explained. “Children will have so much fun in the tent with interactive learning kiosks, and a 'When I Grow up' station, with costumes and props, while parents and caregivers will get free activity books and learning kits to take home and will learn about ways to best help their child and make everyday moments memories.”

    The PNC Foundation implemented the MLA in 2004 as part of PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative, a $350 million, multiyear program designed to emphasize the importance of early childhood education with activities that the entire family can enjoy.

Registration for Pirates Ahoy! and the Mobile Learning Adventure will be held at 9:30 a.m. at City Place and the Lyric Building. The events are free and will continue until 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133.