East Pier Gets a Book Shed

East Pierians Carole Angermier and Teddie Hathaway love the way the denizens of the dock share books. But books left out for neighbors to view often got caught in heavy dew or even, on rare occasion, rain. Plus, the green transformer box which was used to display no-longer-wanted items could...

Artists@Issaquah Plans a Comeback

Living on the water refreshes and inspires. The Artists of Issaquah show, founded in 2003, nurtured both pre-professional and established artists, celebrated creative expression, and aimed to develop the artist within all of us. It returned in 2018, reborn as Artists@Issaquah, but then the pandemic ended plans for 2020. Now,...

Dino Valenti, Waterfront Influencer

Singer-songwriter Dino Valenti, though little known today, was an early mover and shaker in Sausalito’s houseboat community. Born on the East Coast in 1937, Valenti (real name: Chester William Powers, Jr.) began performing in Greenwich Village and North Beach coffeehouses, occasionally with Karen Dalton, Bob Dylan, Lou Gossett, Josh White,...

Dancing in the Sunshine on Liberty

On a spring-like day in February, Donna and Eric Colson hosted a Liberty Dock party on their roof to celebrate the completion of work on their home. Neighbors danced for hours in the brilliant sunshine, to music by a band appropriately named The Barnacles. The Colsons served fresh sushi, sliders...

Chairs Honor Those We’ve Lost

Last week FHA President Michael Labate installed two Adirondack chairs on the viewing platform in the new Waldo Point Park. The chairs bear brass plaques memorializing two neighbors who passed away last year: Waldo Point employee Dimitrio Aparicio and Issaquah Dock’s Barbara Duncan. Earlier, a chair honoring Pam Bousquet was...

A Dock Comings and Goings

Former 25-year San Franciscan Mira Pickett crossed the Bridge to explore life on this side a year ago. Originally renting on Yellow Ferry Harbor, Mira knew that that would be a temporary move as the owner occupied his home for a good chunk of each year. A furnished rental became...

Straight Outa’ Brooklyn

They departed corporate New York and the ultra-cool Brooklyn scene directly to our floating homes lifestyle—they jumped right into purchasing their East Pier home before even testing their 3000–mile leap by renting! Tracy Corbin and her husband Scott knew that they had made the right move to live waterside.  Not...

A Bit of North Beach on West Pier

“When I walk home down the pier, I am walking away from a noisy, hectic world, away from the dirty sidewalks of San Francisco. I am walking above the water, by the birds, seeing the weather approach me, towards my view of Mt. Tam—to quiet and peace.” Running a restaurant...

Strumming Along on Gate 6 1/2

Filmmaker Helen Vandeman of Gate 6 ½ has posted a 32–minute video of her neighbor, legendary banjo virtuoso Carl Lunsford, reminiscing about this musical career and his move to the floating homes community in 1974. Self–taught as a boy, Carl became a mainstay of many great traditional jazz bands, including...

Tsunami Rolls in — Barely

On Saturday morning, phones were buzzing with voice mails, texts and emails warning of a tsunami advisory. Triggered by an underwater volcanic eruption in the South Pacific, a series of wave surges was expected to plow into the bay throughout the day, with water possibly rising to king tide levels....