musical fireworks

by Geezer on June 30, 2015

jazzBay seniors ready to swing out this holiday are invited to the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10-6. A non-stop stellar lineup will be playing on 3 stages. 12 blocks, between Jackson and Eddy, will be closed for the occasion. Free. Art, crafts, food from Asian to Cajun. In case you didn’t know, this area in mid-century was a major jazz center with clubs that showcased Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, et al.

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power on parade

by Geezer on June 30, 2015

tankBay seniors, despite lingering pacifist sentiments, might appreciate modest displays of military might in local July Fourth celebrations. In Novato parade organizers traditionally include tanks from the WW II US Military Museum in San Rafael. The collection there spans 65 vehicles including a gun motor carriage as well as historic bunkers, uniforms and equipment. No phone or email available so I can’t tell you the hours or the admission. A vaster collection, in fact the largest private one,  is at the Military  Vehicle Technology Foundation down the Peninsula where group tours are available starting at $500.

 

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enlist now

by Geezer on June 29, 2015

patriotsBay seniors who can trace their lineal bloodlines back to ancestors who had a hand in the Revolutionary War are invited, depending on your gender, to join the local chapters of either the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution. Documentation of your family history is definitely required. The groups support military and ROTC exercises, colonial reenactments, veterans’ events and “green projects.”

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floats that float

June 29, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors on the lookout for a really splashy Fourth of July celebration are advised to head to the Russian River on July 3 and stake a seat on the beach at Monte Rio. The floats in the parade here really float, right downstream.Things get wildly original at dusk when the bridge there is […]

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sports roundup

June 23, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors may have noticed the sudden increase in strange new sports like the x-games but I dare you to find one that surpasses the silly fun of bubble soccer where players don inflated plastic shells and start kicking away. I imagine it’s great for our age group since it outdoes every sport in […]

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now open

June 23, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors who are curious, like everyone else, to see how the 1% relaxes, are invited to the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show on Sunday June 28 at the exclusive Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. This handsome building on the east side of Belvedere Island was built in 1886. The Show is an opportunity […]

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gotta dance

June 23, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors in the mood to celebrate freedom by shaking to the irresistible beat of zydeco music are encouraged to book now for this year’s 4th of July bbq at Rancho Nicasio. Its cowboy bar and restaurant sits snugly half an hour away in the swollen, golden hills of West Marin. Built in 1941 it […]

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bombs away

June 22, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors cross their fingers every 4th of July hoping the summer fog lifts long enough to see the fireworks which get more  spectacular every year. The shoreline viewing areas become crowded early. Why not watch the exploding show from the Bay itself? The Red & White Fleet has four 2.5 hour cruises that […]

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codgertations #13

June 16, 2015

Tweet The water faucet sounds like Niagara Falls. Dishes being stacked slam like a 6-car traffic accident. My own voice comes out like I’m speaking on a microphone in an echo chamber. Yes, I have just started wearing my first hearing aids and have not yet gotten used to the jingly jangly, silvery, metallic audio clatter […]

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fast getaway

June 9, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors looking for a kicked back retreat less than an hour’s drive from the City should set their GPS for Port Costa, a funky, historic hamlet on Carquinez Strait. Up a rustic canyon there you’ll find the Bull Valley Roadhouse, a very welcoming restaurant and bar. The menu is a mix of country […]

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