Sailor Slang & Sangria
National Talk Like A Pirate Day might not be for another 10 months, but you can start preparing early at Sailor Slang & Sangria, a night of education, fun, and of course, a few drinks, at The Whaling Museum and Education Center.
Author Cynthia Barrett will be there to discuss her book, Three Sheets to the Wind, which explores how the sayings of drunken sailors have permeated our everyday speech. Did you know that when you tell a loud friend to “pipe down,” you’re actually referencing the whistles that told sailors to be quiet and go to bed? You’ll also have the opportunity to find yourself “three sheets to the wind” (another nautically-based saying!) with free wine and sangria provided at the event (although you might not want to imbibe until you’re three sheets to the wind.)
The Whaling Museum & Education Center provides a number of unique and fun educational opportunities like these throughout the year, but it’s worthwhile to stop in whenever it’s open. It explores Long Island’s rich whaling history and the region’s nautical past, and their collection includes a whale skeleton and rare historical artifacts. (You can even swab the deck of an interactive whaling ship.) The museum is located in the charming village of Cold Spring Harbor, once a major whaling center and now the perfect place to spend a scenic autumn day.
Sailor Slang & Sangria takes place on Thursday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission is $10 and tickets can be reserved in advance online. Best of all, sangria is free! If you’d like to make a day trip out to the Whaling Museum, it’s open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 5:00 and Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 to 4:00.