Earlier this year it was the annual Herring Festival, and in two weeks’ time, on September 10, Sausalito Community Boating Center (SCBC) is hosting an open house, and the first-ever (mini-) Oyster Festival! The crew are taking this as an opportunity to celebrate and share news of their progress with the community, as they draw closer to being officially open.
“We’ve had a terrific year so far with a great many hands on deck, boats and dock, and we are getting ever so close to opening with your help! THANK YOU.”
The party gets started at 9 a.m. at Sausalito’s Dunphy Park and will feature salty sailor activities, live music by the Hot Clams (a Sausalito-based vintage jazz band with a repertoire of music from the ’20s through to the ’50s), food and drinks, and, of course, oysters!
The crew at SCBC have been working hard on completing the center and getting ready for the public. They’ve been building docks, building boats, and developing programming. They also run monthly Second Sunday work parties during which volunteers come together to help complete onsite jobs and tasks.
Here’s a video of the ramp installation that was completed in 2020.
SCBC’s mission is “to preserve a gathering place on Sausalito’s waterfront to engage and educate the public about our rich maritime history and small craft heritage through affordable direct experience.”
“We will offer waterfront education and recreation for all abilities through Sausalito Parks and Recreation. Maritime skills training on the water will target local youth and underserved community members. Experiential youth learning programs in collaboration with local schools will use a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-based curriculum.”
Put the date on your calendar and go along on to the Open House and (mini-) Oyster Festival Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at Cass Gidley Marina, Dunphy Park on Bridgeway, Sausalito, and help the center realize its mission. Plus, if you want to help prepare and run the event, or get the center completed, SCBC is looking for more volunteers. Send your inquiry to [email protected] “… or send your preferred message in a bottle — Thanks!”