April is the Coolest Month

Poster from RBMA  |  post by Larry Clinton

Sausalito is shrugging off the winter blahs with a variety of go-to events this month. Here’s a collection of happenings designed to get us out and about:

City Wide Yard Sale April 13. The City of Sausalito’s annual City Wide Yard Sale features more than 80 seller booths at the MLK Parking Lot at 610 Coloma Street. This year’s sale will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Seller booths are still available; booking instructions and a map of sites can be found on the yard sale website. Any questions about the yard sale can be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152 or by email. As a bonus for families, drop-in admission at Playland in the MLK Gym for ages 1 to 8 will be discounted to $5 from the usual $13 (residents) or $15 (non-residents).

Tall Ship Sail April 13. The Richardson Bay Maritime Association (RBMA) is close to completing its fundraising campaign to restore the paddle wheel from the ferry Charles Van Dame for public display in the new park at Waldo Point Harbor. Those who contribute $1,000 or more will be invited for a donor appreciation sail aboard the tall ship Mathhew Turner from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine will be served by Deerfield Ranch Winery and Wine Spies, and sea chanties will be performed by the Marin Men’s Choir.

Music and Mariners April 13. That evening, Spaulding Marine Center will host an evening of wooden boats and folk melodies from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Featured performers the Hot Clams, Cantadora Sephardia, and True Life Trio will carry listeners across vast oceans with Basque mountain melodies, 1960’s Greek taverna songs, Brazilian carnival tunes, and Sephardic lullabies. Food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Kids 12 and under are free. Spaulding Marine Center is located at 600 Gate 5 Road in the Marinship district.

Anchor-Out Documentary April 14. The following evening the Sausalito Library presents a special showing of Nic Mosher’s new documentary, Love is the Law (2024, 54 minutes). The film tells the stories of Sausalito’s anchor-outs and unhoused community members, including the Admiral, who has been voluntarily unhoused in Sausalito for over three decades, and Peter Romanowsky, an anchor-out who has lived on his boat for forty years. The film will start at 7:00 p.m. on the big screen inside the library. Please help staff gauge attendance by registering in advance for this free program.

Tall Ship Celebration April 20. Call of the Sea will host its Tall Ship Celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Bay Model Visitor Center. Admission is free. In addition to touring the ships, enjoying free educational activities, and tapping your toes to tunes by the Waterfront Pickers, you will have the opportunity to support Call of the Sea with purchases of logo shirts and hats, food and beverages, and sailing tickets. The Bay Model Visitor Center is located at 2100 Bridgeway in the Marinship.

Opening Day on the Bay April 28. This annual extravaganza marks the official start of the local boating season. The Blessing of the Fleet, at 10:30 a.m. in Raccoon Strait, is hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club. The decorated boat parade begins at Noon, led by the San Francisco fireboat St. Francis, so participating in both the blessing and parade is possible.