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 traditional 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 Portugese wines that are gaining international acclaim and Portuguese tapas or Petiscos.
Partnered in the publication of a bilingual 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.