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Mendy Smith


May 13, 2008 at 5:03 AM

My community orchestra is doing a Pirate concert in a few weeks. There has been much debate and discussion on how much we may or may not diverge from our dress-code.

Tonight we were delivered the final verdict. ONE Pirate related accessory will be permitted. Said accessory shall not interfere with our ability to play our instrument (that rules out eye patches, or hooks on the hand - except for maybe our triangle player). Hats are permitted if they do not interfere with the people behind you from seeing the conductor. We were instructed to bring in our Pirate accessory during "dress" rehearsal to make sure it will not interfere with our playing or those around us.

Now I'm faced with a dilema. What should I choose as my Pirate accessory? I have no hat, and no time to shop for one. I do have a few colorful scarves that could be used in some way. What to do? Arrrrrrrrgh!

From jake bush
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 5:30 AM
Buy a talking parrot that will hum along with the melody, and then proceed to fly amongst the rafters and poop on the audience's heads.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 5:53 AM
A swashbuckle!
From Neil Cameron
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM
Scarf = bandana = problem solved.

Failing that, a cutlass often works well.

Neil :)

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM
After the concert, we want pictures!
From sharelle taylor
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 11:44 AM
a peg leg?
From Christian Abel
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 12:03 PM
Bandana with an eye patch flipped up, but that might count as two items. If so, go with a bottle of rum.
From Bernadette Hawes
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 12:48 PM
Bandana or scarf, and if you can carve out a moment, a few beads on a string attached a la Jack Sparrow attached to the lower edge of the bandana (provided it doesn't get in your eyes or rattle against the instrument). :D
From Terez Mertes
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 1:30 PM
Oh, how cute! Have fun. Pics, please.
From Karin Lin
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 5:01 PM
I don't get how an eye patch interferes with your ability to play.

No bright ideas from here, but I can recommend this shop here in my hometown (they ship):

From Donna Clegg
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 12:38 AM
Yes, pictures please and programming too!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 3:47 AM
Karin, I love the things in your pirate catalog. Mendy, I think if you take a look at the photos in that catalog, you should be able to transform a kitchen knife into a dagger. I also like bandanas, especially if you can get something outrageously brightly colored. A stuffed parrot would be fun. Maybe you can get a beanie baby or similar item that is a bird. By all means, send us photos.
From Mendy Smith
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 3:48 AM
Karin - Eye patches are out, at least for me. I can't imaging playing this stuff with just one eye! Thanks for the link! This gives me a few ideas!

Bernadette - I like the scarf & bead idea!

All, here is the link to the concert flier:

I'm sure someone will be taking pics and posting them on the orchestra web-site. When they are, I'll let everyone know. :)

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