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Monday, August 31, 2009

Coming Up: Sea Chanty in SF - Free

Thanks to Cynthia for this guest blog post. She's an awesome resource for great things to do in SF. And she's a teacher - check out her blog on English (she teaches ESL and memoir writing through the Adult School).

"Step aboard a real sailing ship and sing along with rollicking sea chanties the first Saturday evening of every month down at the Hyde Street Pier.

Down below the Balclutha, Ranger Peter Kasin leads a monthly sea chanty sing-along. The event is free but reservations are required and suggested.

Singing starts at 8 pm, children are welcome, and the songs get bawdier after the break for hot apple cider later in the evening. I’d recommend the program as best for older kids – ages 6 and up or so, simply for the “sit still” factor, but if your kids of any age like music, bring them along. (No worries about the bawdy factor early on, by the way.) And Ranger Kasin not only has a beautiful tenor voice, but is also a storehouse of historical information

It’s warm below deck but sometimes cold above – this is San Francisco ! – so bring a jacket, even in the warmer months. The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park's website will give you more information about the program.

The Hyde Street Pier has many other wonderful programs and tours - check out the park's website for more on that. The park offers a wide variety of programs, including school field trips where kids spend the night on the Balclutha and perform the work of sailors. (No, the ship doesn’t leave the pier!)

Call 415-561-7171 or email Ranger Kasin at peter_kasin@nps.gov to make a reservation for Sea Chanty."

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