WILLIAMSPORT -- Pirates? In Williamsport? Mayor James G. McCleaf II figures there was probably some connection, given the town's proximity to the Potomac River.
"I'm sure there were pirates on the river at one time, but that was a long time ago," McCleaf said.
The town was home to the scraggly characters Sunday as people dressed up like them in the town's first Pirate's Plunder event.
Town officials wanted to have an event to attract people downtown and see improvements that have been made in its business district, McCleaf said. The town has been working to make the town attractive to tourists, particularly users of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Town officials were trying to come up with an idea for a downtown event and while searching around on the Internet, they found International Talk Like a Pirate Day, McCleaf said.
The day was created in 1996 by two men who proclaimed Sept. 19 as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate, according to a program for Sunday's event. The day has grown as a result of the romanticized view of the golden age of piracy and its supposed free-spirited approach to life, the brochure said.