There is talk in the On Saturday
October 10th, the City of Lynn presented the 6th Annual Dungeon Rock Day
hosted by the Friends of Lynn Woods.
What is Dungeon Rock Day? It
celebrates the legend of Captain Thomas Veale, a seagoing pirate who became
a Lynn resident to hide his sinister past. Legend has it, Captain Veale came
to Lynn Harbor in an effort to hide his treasure and escape the British who
were hot on his trail. He was able to find shelter in a cave and hide in
relative peace becoming a resident of Lynn, hiding his true identity. During
1658, an earthquake shook the surrounding New England area causing a
collapse in the cave Captain Veale was hiding in. Captain Veale was never
seen again (no public records) and the assumption was that he had became
entombed in a Dungeon of Rock and perished.
That’s the legend anyway; Dungeon Rock
Day provided a brief fictional reenactment of the events surrounding the
legend of Captain Veale’s hidden treasure. A number of local volunteers
dressed-up like pirates, British Soldiers and vagabonds to reenact the
different scenes depicted in this legend. Among the list of volunteers for
our 3rd year of acting were a few members of Dieselbikes.
The fictional story this year revolved
around the kidnapping of Captain Veale’s daughter by British Soldiers. The
British Solders were attempting to take Veale’s daughter back to prison in
England unless Veale turned over the stolen gold. The play comprised seven
different scenes, the Dieselbikes crew acted in scene #4.
In scene #4 the Dieselbikes crew were
swash-buckling pirates who were attempting to steal gold coins from the
crowd by passing off a fellow (male) pirate dressed up as Captain Veale’s
daughter. We were hilarious, assuming that was why the crowd was laughing,
as we tried to get audience members involved during the show.
With over 1,000 people in attendance
it made for a long day, but it was super enjoyable! This event helps
generate needed money for the Lynn Woods Park Ranger Fund that in turn
supports the trails we all love. We plan on attending next year’s event and
work with the Friends of Lynn Woods. You’re all invited to attend and join
in the festivities – acting parts may even be available if you sign up soon!
If you wish to read more about the
legend of Captain Thomas Veale and Dungeon Rock please visit The Friends of
Lynn Woods Website:
Posted By: Diesel