A Day in the Park—Frequently Asked Questions

The Jims will return to A Day in the Park | photo by Julie Durbin | post by Larry Clinton

Q: When and Where is the A Day in the Park? 

A: The FHA’s community celebration is on Sunday, October 29 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at Waldo Point Harbor’s Van Damme Park located between Issaquah Dock and Charles Van Damme Dock.

 Q: Who puts on the A Day in the Park event and why?

A: A Day in the Park is presented by the Sausalito Floating Home Association (FHA) and this year we have corporate sponsorship!  The FHA holds this event to encourage membership and raise funds for the various community events and activities we sponsor, but most importantly, we do it to bring the floating home community together for an afternoon of food, music, art, and fun.

 Q: Is this event free?

A: Yes, entrance to the event is free but we do ask for donations. Food can be purchased.

 Q: Do I have to be a member of the FHA to attend?

A: No, but we encourage you to become one, and you can do that at the event.

 Q: What kind of things are planned?

A: Just to name a few . . . there is music by local musicians all day . . .  artists and authors will be showing and selling their work . . . a silent auction . . . a bake sale and baking contest . . . pumpkin carving and bubble show . . . the always popular pet costume parade . . . chili and soup with Portside Bakery bread will be served by Davey Jones . . .  a magic show by Jay Alexander . . . acrylic painting class for kids . . . the first ever shopping cart relay race . . . tie-line tug of war . . . and this year we are adding a second stage with music and information on houseboat living.

 Q:       What’s the Schedule of Events?

A:       Here is what it’s looking like now but specifics might change some:

The Waldo stage (main stage)

Emcee – Heather Lerner

  • 12:00 – 12:45:  Music by Alchemy – (Dave Pangaro, Peter Hanneforth, Arnel Panganiban)12:50 – 1:25:  Pet Parade and Costume Contest – Judge: Sausalito Councilmember Jill Hoffman1:30 – 2:10:  Music by ChauntiAna Thomas, Performing Stars

    2:15 – 2:25:  California Assemblymember Damon Connolly

    2:30 – 2:50:  Jay Alexander mentalist and magician

    2:55 – 3:35:  Music by Encore with Jennifer Jones, Art Hernandez, and Bob Hermann

    3:40 – 4:10:  Poetry by Antanasia Cook, Performing Stars; Bake Off awards; Silent Auction countdown; Marin County Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters (Tentative)

    4:15 – 4:45:  Shopping Cart Races

    4:45 – 5:15:  Music


    The Van Damme stage (parking lot)

    Emcee Tam Morgan

  • 12:00 – 12:45:  Houseboat Living Q & A12:45 – 1:30:  Joe Tate and Maggie Catfish, music and storytelling

    1:40 – 2:10:  Q & A with Sadler Insurance

    2:10 – 2:25:  Assemblymember Damon Connolly on Waldo Stage

    2:30 – 2:55:  Music by Hauser

    3:00 – 3:40:  Houseboat Living Q & A

    3:45 – 4:30:  Music by The Jims

    4:35 – 5:15:  Music by The Diatomics

 Q: Someone told me I can exchange or refill my fire extinguisher at this event.  Is that     true?

A: Yes it is.  We have invited Gabe with Bayside Fire back this year to refurbish that old fire extinguisher or sell you a brand new one.  Gabe prefers payment in cash. He will be set up in the parking lot.

 Q: Winter is coming, and I need to prepare.  Will there be information on Emergency Preparedness?

A:  Yes! We will have our Emergency Preparedness table open and staffed with CERT members to assist with your questions.  This year we are also featuring information on Power Outage Readiness.

 Q: I have questions about houseboat insurance and whether I should fix my concrete barge. Will there be someone there who could answer my questions?

A: Yes, come on by the Van Damme stage to listen to Q&A from Sadler Insurance and others and submit your question. One of our experts should be able to help.

 Q:  Someone told me my kid can take a painting class at this event, is that true?

A:  Yes it is.  Come on over to the booth and sign your young artist up for a class in acrylic painting taught by art professor Katrina Wagner.

 Q:  Can I pay my membership dues at this event?

A:  Yes.  Volunteers at the Membership Desk will be able to accept checks, cash, or credit card payments for membership dues.  You’ll also be able to check your membership status.

 Q:  If I have an entry for the Bake–Off Contest, when do I need to bring it to the table?

A: Please register for the baking contest at the table beforehand but plan to have entries at the table no later than 2:30 p.m.

 Q: How do I pay for stuff?

A: This year we are using handy QR Codes for the purchase of food, FHA memberships, Silent Auction item bidding, Bake Sale items BUT cash, checks, and credit cards will also be accepted. 

 Q: Are there beverages for sale?

A: No.  But we will have spring water available in glass coolers. Stay hydrated, and bring a water bottle!

 Q: Will it be OK if bring my own chair so I can sit and watch music?

A: Yes. Feel free. But remember to bring chairs with low backs so you don’t block the view of those behind you.

 Q: Who are the dedicated individuals who set up, help out during the day, and tear down this event?

A: Volunteers do. And we are looking for people to lend a hand.  Use our online form to sign up.

 Q: Is it too late to be a sponsor?

A:  No! Click here for sponsorship levels and more information. And thanks to those who’ve already pledged their support: Sadler Insurance, Hawser Marine Insurance Services, Renewal by Anderson and Bay Area Escrow Services.