The nautical term for what followed is a ‘banyan’, an impromptu beach picnic involving drinking and merrymaking. It originally derived from a Hindu term that referred to the open-air markets held by Indian merchants beneath the trees of the same name. By the late seventeenth century it had been adopted by the buccaneers to refer to any open-air gathering on the seashore. Pirates were never known for their moderation, and both Vane and Blackbeard would have made sure that the rum flowed like water, and everyone ate their fill. This party lasted about a week, which was presumably when the rum ran out. Vane and his crew made their farewells, and the Ranger headed back out to sea, sailing north”.
The Outrageous Fortune's banyan is designed to look as much as possible like an historic one - no plastic, camp stoves, or other modern conveniences may be visible. We all bring rustic foods, meat is roasted (this year it was goat), and merrymaking ensues.
Our banyan was held at Kelley Point park, as was the first one. This location is ideal except for the fact that there's no camping. This creates problems for load-out, and also has a habit of cutting the event shorter than I like, so the next banyan will be someplace where we can camp nearby, and leave our party set up on the beach to enjoy a second day.