The Mare Faire, Mare Island, August 8 and 9
- The Mare Faire has quite a program of scheduled activities, displays, exhibits, music, and food the weekend of August 8 and 9. The hikes and tours provide access to areas that have been off-limits for 150 years. The views can be breathtaking from a hilltop vantage point.Second Saturdays the preserve is open but this weekend is going to be extra special, http://www.mareislandpreserve.org especially http://www.mareislandpreserve.org/Visit/Events_files/MareFaire2-pageSchedule2008.pdf.Of special note is the 65th Anniversary Commemoration of the "Port Chicago Mutiny" 1400-1530, Sunday, August 9, at Berth 24, south end of Railroad Avenue. There is a book on this historic US Navy event and much can be found on the Internet, http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4RNWE_enUS327US327&q=Port+Chicago+mutiny+book.For more on Mare Island see: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4RNWE_enUS327US327&q=Mare+Island.Phelps HobartWeb YeomanPacific Central Region, NLUS______________________________________________
The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is a 215 acre parcel located at the south end of Mare Island in Vallejo California on land that formerly served as the U.S. Navy's first Naval Ammunition Depot, founded in 1857. Until now, the property has been off-limits to the public due to past sensitive Navy munitions production and storage operations and more recent environmental cleanup. The property was granted by the California Legislature through the State Lands Commission to the City of Vallejo for development as a historic and nature focused park for all Californians in 2002.
Regular, but limited access to the 98-acre first phase of the regional park that includes the oldest naval cemetery in the Pacific founded in 1858 and a 1-mile scenic trail along a paved road leading to the hilltop vista point, is provided through open days, guided outings and tours and special events hosted by local non-profit groups. Planning is underway to open this acreage on a more frequent basis following careful analysis of the existing cultural and natural resources and fund-raising to make safety and public serving improvements and cover the costs of daily operations.
For outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, photographers and artists, the southern "original" hill and shoreline of Mare Island is an unique attraction. On behalf of Arc Ecology, I invite you to hike, bike, explore, paint, contemplate, picnic and participate in tours, outings and events during our monthly Second Saturday Public Access Day. The Sierra Club-Solano Group offers guided hikes to the Historic Southshore. The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation offers pre-arranged tours of Mare Island that includes a stop at the cemetery for a fee. These groups provide public access through arrangements with the U.S. Navy and the City of Vallejo.
Our annual summer gathering at The Preserve, the Mare Faire, was Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, 2008. We commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Mare Island Naval Cemetery and the 64th anniversary of the Port Chicago Mutiny, an important event in American military history which took place in Vallejo just across the Strait while the men were under the command of the Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot. See the slide show link to the left by Sue Wilson. Mark your calendar! Plan to participate in our August 8-9, 2009 2nd Annual Mare Faire.