9. ‘BLUE BARGE’ PRIVATE WOOD-FIRED DINNER FOR UP TO 25 AT MARINSHIP STUDIOS, SAUSALITO
This winter Bolinas Museum presented the popular exhibition Ship of Dreams to celebrate the rich history of the famed Sausalito ferry, the S.S. Vallejo. It’s neighbor, the ‘Blue Barge’, has also been part of Sausalito’s vibrant art and cultural narrative since its early maritime days. It was a sinking hay barge in the 1940s until it was purchased by Frances Anshen in 1952, a friend of artist Gordon Onslow Ford who bought the S.S. Vallejo for his studio. The barge was converted into a residence by the first Eichler architect, Robert Anshen of Anshen and Allen architects and became the first vessel docked on the south side of the Vallejo, which then led to friends parking their houseboats on either side of the barge and the beginnings of a miniature culturally eccentric marina.
Between the S. S Vallejo and the ‘Blue Barge,’ as it was initially called, an eclectic community began to thrive, which included now famous artists, writers, builders, and thinkers like Ruth Asawa, Maya Angelou, Jean Varda, Gordon Onslow Ford, Pirkle Jones, and Allen Ginsberg to name a few. To this day, the barge continues to inspire and promote creative gatherings, dialogs, and events as part of Marinship Studios.
Enjoy Birdview Distillery cocktails and a wood-fired family style dinner with seasonal Gospel Flat vegetables and locally sourced seafood prepared by Bolinas artist Kurtis Major who keeps a jewelry / metal working studio at Marinship Studios while taking in the historic barge and a unique view of the restored S.S. Vallejo in all its majesty that only a few lucky people can enjoy. Offer good though September 1, 2020 on a date to be mutually agreed upon with two months advanced notice.
Estimated Value: $5,000