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Shaking it in the Streets & Our Homegrown Rosie

Richmond Loves a Great Event!

Yes, every city loves their events. They bring the community together and give us a chance to show off ALL THAT GOOD ENERGY. But be forewarned – we love to shake it in the street! It might be a live band at a festival or an evening of Zumba, but we’re out there stepping to the beat together.

Take a look and add these events to your calendar or itinerary – and we’ll see you there!

SKIP TO EVENTS

A Living Rosie Legacy at Visit Richmond

How does a little girl grow up in Richmond without knowing about Rosie the Riveter, and then go on to carry the torch for her hero? Let me share a little bit about Desiree Heveroh, our Office Manager and Rosie, with you.

It’s hard to describe just how much Rosie the Riveter means to Desiree. But I’ve witnessed it in many ways: in how animated she becomes talking about Rosie; in her excitement when she can “dress Rosie” for an event; in her anticipation of ANY Rosie-related event, including the annual Rosie Rally Home Front Festival; or just in how touched she feels when hearing “a Rosie” speak at an event or reading one of the many Rosie Diaries at the Rosie the Riveter Museum /WWII Home Front National Museum & Historic Park.

I’m going to share her story!

Richmond’s Annual Events

Community events ignite Richmond! May was a great month in Richmond. The city celebrated three outstanding annual events: Cinco de Mayo on 23rd St – a fun filled cultural festival, the traditional Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast at the SS Red Oak Victory Ship and A Taste of Richmond at Rigger’s Loft Wine Co., showcasing Richmond’s great eateries, caterers, and craft beer and wine makers.

A Taste of Richmond always leads us into summer, beginning with our Annual Richmond Rainbow Pride event at Marina Bay Park.

And we know summer is happening when the schedule for summer concerts is posted. The first Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival is slated for Friday, June 14 at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond. Concerts are held on the second Friday of each summer month through September, from 5:30 – 7:45pm. It really is a fun street party with lots to eat and drink and a time to hang with your neighbors and friends. Our board vice president Rauly Butler of Mechanics Bank has been a sponsor of these concerts for years and our Mayor Tom Butt created this community festival when he first moved here.  It started in a parking lot and grew to become a street festival!

In June the Members’ Art Show opens at the Richmond Art Center. Each year, members are invited to showcase their work in the Main Gallery. This tradition presents a wide variety of art media, styles and themes by aspiring, emerging and established artists. And it’s one of the oldest and largest non-juried member exhibitions in the Bay Area! Really worth taking a look. It runs through mid August.

Hilda Robinson, ‘Jump So High’ Courtesy of the Richmond Art Center 

On June 29, Richmond Main Street hosts its Annual Healthy Village Festival, a super fun health and wellness celebration! It will be held from 10am – 2pm at the Community Green Space @ Harbour Way & Macdonald Ave. Family-friendly and Free Admission. Health Tips, Fitness Breaks, Music & Dance Performances, Pop-up Farm. Pony Rides, Arts & Crafts, Lawn Chess and much more. Plus the faire signals the start of their Celebrate Downtown summer music event series – Music on the Main summer concerts are July 24 & August 28; and Spirit & Soul Festival is September 21. Great music and great community spirit!

Independence Day in Richmond is unique. We celebrate it on July 3rd – Independence Eve, at the Craneway Pavilion with the Oakland Symphony, at Rigger’s Loft Wine Co. with great bands, wine, cider and food trucks and then aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory Boat with a BBQ – all watching City of Richmond’s fireworks out over the water from each venue.

During the summer you can also plan to take a walking tour of historic Pt. Richmond and along the waterfront with VRC board member Karen Buchanan. You learn the area history and mystique through all sorts of stories on this fun urban hike.

There’s a lot going on this summer, and Richmond celebrates community with each event!

Desiree has been busy attending Corporate Travel shows with great success and I’ve been going to the Chinese Market shows. We like to tell our story that Richmond is ready to welcome you! Enjoy your summer! And of course, Desiree and I are looking forward to the August 10, 2019  Rosie Rally Home Front Festival! Come join us!

See you at there!

Matt & Desiree (Rosie) and Frangi who looks forward to all of her many dog-friendly events, restaurants and parks!

Matt Lewis,
Executive Director
Visit Richmond CA

Desiree Heveroh
Office Manager
Visit Richmond CA

Frangi, Visit Richmond Mascot

Frangi
Mascot
Visit Richmond CA

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Our Homegrown Rosie

A Living Rosie Legacy at Visit Richmond

How does a little girl grow up in Richmond without knowing about Rosie the Riveter, and then go on to carry the torch for her hero? Let me share a little bit about Desiree Heveroh, our Office Manager and Rosie, with you.

It’s hard to describe just how much Rosie the Riveter means to Desiree. But I’ve witnessed it in many ways: in how animated she becomes talking about Rosie; in her excitement when she can “dress Rosie” for an event; in her anticipation of ANY Rosie-related event, including the annual Rosie Rally Home Front Festival; or just in how touched she feels when hearing “a Rosie” speak at an event or reading one of the many Rosie Diaries at the Rosie the Riveter Museum /WWII Home Front National Museum & Historic Park.

Homegrown — 3 Generations of Richmond Natives

Rosie, er, Desiree, is a native of Richmond, growing up in the house her grandparents bought when they came to the city in the 60’s, and where her parents were born. And her own daughter was born and raised in Richmond, making it a Richmond family of four generations — three of them native born!

She attended Richmond schools, and was recruited to the Middle College High School Program on the Contra Costa College Campus where students complete high school and their first two years of college at the same time. She double majored in Biological Sciences and Liberal Arts because her dream was to be an Orthodontist. She didn’t end up going to dental school because she had a child, but did become a dental assistant – a job she loved for over 20 years!

But growing up she didn’t learn much about Richmond, or the Homefront, or Rosie the Riveter.

Learning to think Rosie-style

Desiree knew who Rosie the Riveter was but didn’t know that her origins were in Richmond. She had more of a Norman Rockwell image of her.

But over the years she took her daughter to the pancake breakfast and the 4th of July BBQ on the Red Oak Victory Ship, part of the Richmond Museum of History, and that’s where she started to learn about the real Rosie the Riveter (and Wendy the Welder). She joined the museum’s board of directors and learned more about Rosie, the shipyards and Henry J. Kaiser.

She was amazed to learn that Rosie is from Richmond and loved hearing “the Rosies” speak. Rosie used to represent a general sort of Girl Power,  but after hearing them speak, the history meant so much more. She says, “It meant that we can do more. Women were taught from infancy that their role was to get married and raise children. The war was an opportunity for Women to realize themselves much more capable. Having to leave their shipbuilding jobs after the war and go back to housekeeping as if they didn’t just realize the power that lied in their potential — that conflict really made me realize that women are amazing and they found out they were amazing in that time of Rosie.” This is what the image represents to her now. Rosie is a universally recognized symbol and Desiree is able to start a conversation about Richmond with anyone in the world through Rosie.

Desiree meeting Kermit the frog at LA travel show in 2019

Branching Out, Rosie-style

After her daughter grew up, she was free to break away from the 9-to-5 and branch out to follow her passions, which ultimately led her to us!

She got to know just about everybody in Richmond when she worked for “John Z” (John Ziesenhenne of MA Hays) during his mayoral run, assisted Marsha Tomassi in her long-time Richmond catering business, and joined the board of the East Brother Light Station. Each experience taught her something important about people, events, and most of all, Richmond.

And through Marsha Tomassi she was introduced to Visit Richmond where she started on a part-time temporary basis. Many years later, she’s still with us!

Unorthodox Rosie

Desiree thinks her approach is a little unorthodox because she goes where her heart leads her but for us at Visit Richmond it works out well — because she LOVES people and events. And she’s truly in it for the people – she can talk to people from all walks of life and find a way to connect with them about Richmond in a way that interests them. See her on the cover of KTVU’s story!

When she came to Visit Richmond she had the idea of dressing as Rosie for our events and it’s become a fun part of our brand. She doesn’t always have time to do her full dress, so she created “Business Rosie” — a navy blue dress, red shoes, and the kerchief, which she unveiled at a City Council meeting. It was a big hit!

If you want to get Rosie Talking, mention the Light Station

Her favorite Richmond “gem” is the East Brother Light Station. She says “YOU HAVE NO IDEA how bad you wanna go there!”

Desiree has been involved with the Lighhouse for 10 years, first volunteering and now on the board of directors (for 7 years). She says there’s always a way to get to know the Light Station.

  1. Sign up to be a volunteer and be there. Do a little work and get free lunch. Roam about!
  2. 4 Hour Day Trip. $25. Take lunch or pay $25 for all organic and local and gourmet. Explore!
  3. Overnight $385-425. (You can split it with a bunk buddy!) Tours and meals included.

But whatever you do, you will be back – it’s that special.

The Richmond Brand according to Rosie

“Like the rest of the Bay Area we’re changing. We’re sprouting up business and residential opportunities everywhere”, says Desiree.

“We’re sort of an under the radar version of everything that’s around us AND we’re close to everything. We’re very central and we make everything accessible. We are one of the few cities you can get to by auto, rail and water and we have our own bridge to Marin. It’s a great place to start for San Francisco sightseeing, UC Berkeley visits, and so on.”

The Heart and Soul of Richmond

“But the heart and soul of Richmond to me is the melting pot that it is, thanks to the brilliance of Henry J. Kaiser. Kaiser didn’t care what color or gender you were – if you could DO the job you HAD the job. He advertised all over the U.S. and he was paying triple. He didn’t care if you’re black or white, man or woman, so people were working side-by-side with each other every day. Richmond was the original melting pot.

“Since the times of the shipyards and that influx of workers, Richmond had to have different thinking:  more tolerance, more acceptance, more openness. It makes me proud. Richmond is capable of really amazing things. As Richmond changes, this is what stays the same. We work side by side. Just like Rosie.”

-Matt Lewis, Homegrown Rosie’s Biggest Fan

And Frangie!

Desiree & Matt at the 2018 Rosie Rally

Desiree & Shirley Butt at the 2018 Rosie Ralley

Desiree & Cesar Zepeda Rosies at the 2018 Rosie Ralley

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When the Big Boat Show comes to Richmond

When Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry, moved their West Coast boat show from Oakland to Richmond, Richmond embraced the challenge. In its first year, even though extremely bad weather hit Richmond, the show was a hit. Last year the show was amazing and this year it’s shaping up to give us, at Visit Richmond, even more to be excited about! If you’re local or traveling to the show, we hope you can visit at least two out of the four show days, April 4-7 2019, to take in all that one of the West Coast’s largest celebrations of marine sports, the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show, has to offer. Whether you’re new to sailing or a weathered sea captain, the show has plenty to see and do!

Be sure to stop and chat – we’re at booth E8 in the Craneway Pavilion this year.  We’d love to meet you and help you get the most out of the show and your stay in Richmond. Pick up a Richmond Trail Guide and the popular free pass to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store, right around the building from Craneway.

Visit Richmond CA Office Manager Desiree Heveroh showcasing Richmond at the 2018 boat show

Visit Richmond CA Office Manager Desiree Heveroh showcasing Richmond at the 2018 show

Richmond on the Bay Trail Guide

Pick up the Richmond Trail Guide and find great places to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play after the show!

2018 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show

2018 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show

Boat tours down on the docks

Boat tours down on the docks

Traveling here for the show?

If you’re planning a trip to Richmond for the show, remember area hotels book up early. If you plan to stay near the show, or if you’re looking for a dog friendly hotel, call us for recommendations and be sure to make your reservations well in advance. Here’s our list of Richmond Hotels.

Getting to the show

The Craneway Pavillion is a beautiful venue at the tip of Ford Point. From the Craneway you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Marin, and of course the San Francisco Bay and its beautiful sunsets. And like all good things, getting there can be confusing the first time, but well worth it. If you’re driving from S.F., you’ll exit the 580 on South Harbour and drive through gates into the shipbuilding yards, then follow the signs to the show. Ample free parking is adjacent to the Craneway. Of course, if you’re taking the ferry from San Francisco, you’ll disembark right at the door to the show – it doesn’t get any easier than that! For ferry schedules visit https://sanfranciscobayferry.com/richmond-sched

Getting around at the show

Exhibits are in two locations: in the Craneway’s indoor hall, and outdoor at the Marina. The indoor exhibits include all manner of boating equipment, new high tech gear and the latest technology, including the super cool new SiOnyx Night Vision Camera, The outdoor in-water displays at the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor include  boat tours of the latest models and an opportunity to talk with the experts, plus demos that let you play skipper and take the wheel!

Shuttles run every 20 minutes the short distance to the in-water displays, but we highly recommend you bring walking shoes and taking a little stroll – the pathway is charming, the views are incredible, and it’s a great chance to relax and unwind.

2018 best booth winner Helly Hansen

2018 best booth winner Helly Hansen

Can’t miss them – H&M’s red engines

Can’t miss them – H&M’s red engines

Historic Restored Boat open for tours

Historic Restored Boat open for tours

Hobie ‘s booth always has new boats loved by all

Hobie ‘s booth always has new boats loved by all

Making a day of it

If you’re making the boat show part of a bigger excursion, there are plenty of nearby restaurants, including Ahn’s Vietnamese Kitchen just steps from the in-water exhibits. Enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine and Richmond’s East Brother beer out on their patio overlooking the water, then head over to Rigger’s Loft for a great selection of local wines. And if you visit on a Friday night, you’ll usually find live jazz and a lively crowd, and some truly beautiful nighttime bridge views.

Richmond has great eateries for breakfast or lunch before the show – from coffeehouses to pub grub to food trucks to fine dining. Pick up a Trail Guide at our booth to find some local favorites, or visit VisitRichmondCA.com to explore.

It’s a party!

The gathering area outside the pavilion holds a small bandstand with live music. Gourmet food trucks and ample seating make it the perfect place to break for some fun and gab. Next door, Assemble Restaurant has beers on tap and serves re-tooled American Classics, including a great clam chowder.

And if you’re taking the ferry back to San Francisco, enjoy a cocktail on board!

After-show parties

Last year Friday and Saturday night parties were packed! Latitude 38 will once again host a Friday night party at Assemble Restaurant offering small bites and Richmond’s East Brother Beer Co. beer on tap. Partnering with Latitude 38, Twin Marine Insurance will provide excellent wine, as they did last year.

Cruising Outpost will host their party Saturday at 6pm in the bandstand patio area adjacent to the Craneway Pavillion. The Eric Stone Band will play, and expect lots of giveaways including a one-week charter in the British Virgin Islands! Proceeds go to help the Call of the Sea, which works with The Educational Tall Ship Foundation that is building the Mathew Turner Tall Ship in Sausalito, CA.

Latitude 38’s TGIF Party at Assemble Restaurant

Latitude 38’s TGIF Party at Assemble Restaurant

Inside Riggers Loft Wine Co. nearby on the Bay

Inside Riggers Loft Wine Co. nearby on the Bay

Lunch outside the Craneway on SF Bay

Lunch outside the Craneway on SF Bay

Views as you walk to the Marina Bay yacht Harbor for the in-water boat displays

Views as you walk to the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor for the in-water boat displays

Learning at the Boat Show, and the perils of the bay

Be sure to sign up for a seminar or two – many are free. Over 50 seminars are offered on topics ranging from Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems by well known expert Nigel Calder, to Planning Your Cruise Around the World: One Destination at a Time, to Reading the Weather. And did you know the San Francisco Bay is one of the most challenging places to sail in the world? We want you to stay safe out there, especially those new to sailing.

2019 Captain Kira Maixner (left), Instructor & Panelist Moderator re. Women & Sailing in the SF Bay

2019 Captain Kira Maixner (left), Instructor & Panelist Moderator re. Women & Sailing in the SF Bay

Young people have a great time learning at the show! Exhibitors love to answer questions and hear what our young folks are thinking about boating and boats. Free kayaking and Stand Up Paddling lessons are especially fun for the younger crowd. And for the kid in all of us, racing the battery operated model yachts from the docks is a blast.

The show is a great opportunity for students to learn about science and technology.  Groundwork Richmond, a group training our next generation of environmental stewards, offers STEAM based learning as they restore the local environment. You can meet them when you take your free kayaking lesson. Call us for youth group rates, ticket giveaways or if you are looking for other ways to get youth involved in the water, water sports, and sailing. Richmond is a great place to celebrate the environment!

On Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm you can watch an actual U.S. Coastguard Helicopter Search & Rescue demo out on the shoreline park. Last year it was amazing to watch the helicopter land!

Over 50 seminars at the 2019 boat show

Over 50 seminars at the 2019 boat show

Young environmental stewards Groundwork Richmond teaches free kayak lessons

Young environmental stewards Groundwork Richmond teaches free kayak lessons

Richmond’s 510 Waterline teaches mini-intros to Stand Up Paddle

Richmond’s 510 Waterline teaches mini-intros to Stand Up Paddle

US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demos Sat/Sun of the show

US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demos Sat/Sun of the show

Bay Area trip planning

If the show is part of your larger San Francisco Bay Area trip, you might also want to check out these happenings: The US Olympic Sailing Team will be training on Treasure Island and the U.S. SailGP team will be out on the San Francisco Bay practicing for the upcoming competition on their F50 wingsailed catamarans — with hydrofoils speeds of over 50 knots!

One of three bridges across San Francisco Bay

One of three bridges across San Francisco Bay

If you’re an annual visitor to the show, be sure to get in touch and subscribe. We’ll keep you in the loop with show press releases, area guides, new things to do, special rates and deals, and anything else we can provide to make it a great trip.

See you at the show!

Matt & Desiree (And Frangi! Dogs aren’t allowed at the show, but she’ll be waiting to hear all about it from Matt afterward at one of our many dog-friendly restaurants and parks!)

Matt Lewis,
Executive Director
Visit Richmond CA

Desiree Heveroh
Office Manager
Visit Richmond CA

Frangi, Visit Richmond Mascot

Frangi
Mascot
Visit Richmond CA

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