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The Home Front Festival by-the-Bay celebrates the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Richmond, California has been nationally designated to exemplify the war effort of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The festival celebrates the coming together of all cultures in a life-changing effort to meet the nation's extraordinary challenges during time of war.The Festival weekend consists of historical, cultural and educational activities for people of all ages within a beautiful, safe environment by the bay
The festival will be held on October 4 th & 5 th, starting at 1414 Marina Way South extending down the street to the Lucretia Edwards Park on the waterfront. We also will be using the historic Ford Assembly Craneway Pavilion - a short 3 minute walk along the Bay Trail - for the Main Stage Entertainment.
As our title indicates, our theme is built around our "Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park". In addition to the traditional festival with arts & crafts, business booths, non-profit information booths, food and children's activities, and carnival, we have several major events planned. Friday night starts off the weekend with the immensely popular USO Dance, Saturday the Delphinus will be giving docent lead shoreline tours and we will have a VIP Reception for our headliners - The Spinners. Sunday morning the YMCA's Fun Walk/Run will happen again, the SSS Northland which is our local Sea Scout's Ship which will be giving tours and demonstrations, and the highlight of the weekend the "Rosie the Riveter & Home Front Worker's Reunion" is back in the Ford Assembly Building all day.
Wait, I'm not finished...The Red Oak Victory Ship (which is being restored by volunteers and is one of the sites for the National Park) will be open and hosting a play, "Rivets" on Saturday, and the play "Coming Home" on Sunday. The ship is about 3 miles away from the main site, so we will have shuttles going back and forth. AND...there will be a Train Exhibit complete with a "Super Chief" dining car "Acoma" along with a diesel BNSF engine, and the Richmond Railroad Engine and Caboose, along with a reconstructed "boxcar home" from the Native American Village that was in the Santa Fe rail yard. Oh yeah, almost forgot the Classic Car Show at the festival on Sunday.
- Michelle Itagaki
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