Frostburg’s Pirates Ahoy! With Author/Illustrator Julie Fortenberry

Frostburg’s Pirates Ahoy! Welcomes Young Buccaneers, Author/Illustrator Julie Fortenberry

The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre (CLC), in collaboration with the city of Frostburg and FrostburgFirst, will once again host this year’s Pirates Ahoy! event on Wednesday, July 10, in Frostburg. Activities will be held at City Place, 14 S. Water St., and guest author and illustrator Julie Fortenberry will speak at 10 and 11 a.m. in the Palace Theatre on Main Street. All events in this day of pirate merriment, tales and treats are free and open to the public.

Children coming aboard this year’s Pirates Ahoy! will have the opportunity to meet Fortenberry, illustrator of the delightful adventurous tale, “Pirate Boy,” at the Palace Theatre. Fortenberry is an artist and author/illustrator whose abstract paintings have been exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art, but for the last 15 years she has been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Fortenberry’s first digital paintings were for High Five and Ladybug magazines. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s words in “Pirate Boy,” as well as a series of books by Jamie Korngold for Kar-Ben. Her first books were “The Artist and the King,” published in 2014 by Alazar Press, and “Lily’s Cat Mask” in 2017 for Viking, which received a Kirkus starred review. Her next book, “Pearl Goes to Preschool,” will be released by Candlewick Press in 2020.

Buccaneer activities, including arts and crafts, will take place throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in City Place. Starting at 10 a.m., young pirates can participate in a “Mystery Pirate Treasure Hunt” in the Main Street area, where they will solve clues in a bid to locate treasure and fortune. Visiting marauders will also be challenged to complete numerous pirate activities and crafts to become a “Certified Pirate Expert.” All are encouraged to dress as pirates, as prizes will be awarded at a costume contest.

Brand new this year is the exciting “STEM Gauntlet” in City Place Parking Lot, where participants will be able to try new events such as catapult building, jewel pool, token boat building and robotics.

Thirsty pirates can head down to the Frostburg Police Station on Broadway for “Lemonade With the Law,” hosted by the local police force.

Finally, finish off the day with a trip to the “Pirate After Party” at the Frostburg Freeze. Enjoy pirate-themed meals and face painting from noon onward.

Frostburg businesses and restaurants will be open, with special bargains on food and drinks for visiting swashbucklers.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at City Place. Larger groups will register at the Palace Theatre. Space is limited. Pirate crews of five or more are encouraged to contact CLC to reserve spaces.

The activities are designed for children ages 4 to 10 but are not limited to that age group.

For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9:30am

Downtown Frostburg

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Free and open to the public


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