The Happy Pirates Set Sail at The Strong Museum April 22 & 23

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

March 29, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Happy Pirates Set Sail
at The Strong® Museum
April 22 & 23

Sail in and join Rochester’s beloved Happy Pirates on their newest adventure at The Strong museum on Saturday, April 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 1 and 3 p.m. Gary the Happy Pirate has been promoted to admiral and has handed over his ship to a whole new crew. Jump on board and sing and dance to all the Happy Pirate favorites—and look out for a few humorous surprises—aboard the new crew’s maiden voyage.

“My friend Doug Ladd and I started performing in 1989 as Doug and Gary, and I carried on performing as Gary the Happy Pirate for another 20 years,” says Gary Smith, who also runs the charitable Pirate Toy Fund to provide toys to children in need. “I've loved entertaining thousands of kids in the Rochester area and beyond, but now it's time to entrust my ship to the next generation of pirates—and I couldn't have picked a better crew to be at
the helm!”

The new Happy Pirates crew is made up of Captain Gully, the ukulele-playing, fun-loving leader; Scuttle, the prankster; and Sharkbait, the silly crewmate with a big heart. The three characters are played by John Barthelmes, Matthew Roy, and Ryan Turco, who are improvisational artists, stage performers, and friends.

“Many of us grew up watching Gary the Happy Pirate and have been huge fans of his work,” says Turco. “I'm so pleased that he's entrusted his legacy of great family entertainment to my friends and to me. We plan to continue his brand of fun-loving, interactive music that is enjoyable for children and adults alike. And there's no place better to launch our first voyage from than The Strong!”

The Happy Pirates performances are included with general museum admission fees. Programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.