Fado, Portuguese Wine & Petiscos
For 3 years now, the sister city program has brought Fado to the local community, hosting fadistas and musicians in a traditional setting in Sausalito in conjunction with Portuguese wine tasting and food. Fado is a traditonal form of urban folk music in Portugal dating back to the 1800’s that is now considered the national song of Portugal. Fado singers, or fadistas as they are called, are usually accompanied by guitarists; they sing passionately about love, joy, sadness, pain, and hope. It is a dramatic genre and makes for a good show. They say that to truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience “Uma Noite do Fado” (A Night of Fado). We offer this to our local community with Portugeuse wines that are gaining international acclaim and Portuguese tapas or Petiscos
Partnered in the publication of a bi-linqual children’s book – Maria & Her Lost Calf – which tells the tale of a Portuguese dairy farmer’s daughter in the Marin Headlands at the turn of the century. The book has won several awards.
We are also working with Ocean Riders in West Marin to establish a Portuguese Dairy Interpretative Museum at the site of former Golden Gate Dairy by the equestrian stables in Muir Beach.
Calcadas Public Art Installation
The City of Cascais gifted the City of Sausalito with a Calcadas public art installation – offering to provide and ship the Calcadas stones as well as send an artisan to install them. We have been working with local city officials to bring this project to fruition. Calcadas is a old-world mosaic art form from Portugal. The Sausalito installation would be a traditional compass rose design which is seen throughout Portugal.
First international Youth Sailing Exchange
In addition to the numerous artistic and cultural exchanges they have orchestrated, the Sausalito-Cascais Sister City organization hosted the first international youth sailing exchange in July 2015. This 10-day educational student exchange program between the Sausalito Yacht Club and Clube Naval in Cascais, was met with great enthusiasm. Student sailors, coaches and a delegation from Cascais were hosted by Sausalito; in July of 2016, Sausalito Yacht Club student sailors and a delegation from Sausalito will travel to Cascais for more competitive racing, on-the-water sail training, and cultural exchange.
Program to be reviewed in late 2016