Pirate Fest 2017 raises money for Southside, honors memory of Joyce Cole at Kismet


More than 300 people headed to Kismet on Fire Island last month for the third annual Pirate Festival to raise money for Southside Hospital’s Bohlsen Family Emergency Department and other hospital capital improvements.

The day at the beach included treasure hunts, face painting, caricatures and a boat decorating contest for adults. There was a pirate-themed tennis clinic and yoga as well.

And it all culminated in the annual pirate and mermaid costume parade.

This year, the funds were raised in memory of Joyce Cole, who owned the Kismet Inn with her husband and two sons. Joyce died earlier this year, on May 23.

Joyce had spearheaded the child-centric Pirate Festival parade, costume contest and special raffle, according to the hospital.

“In addition to raising funds for Southside Hospital through the raffle, Mrs. Cole and her husband, Larry, donated all of the money collected at the Marina on the day of the Pirate Festival back to Southside Hospital,” reads an announcement from Southside.

According to the hospital, a second phase of construction for the Bohlsen Family Emergency Department, which includes a clinical decision unit and contained critical care area, is nearly complete.

And two new cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs with a dedicated 17- bed recovery area are slated to open by the end of the year.


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Photo: Pirate Festival committee members and other volunteers at Kismet. (courtesy)