August 15, 2019

Hello Dear Readers:
September is nearly here and if you were in Chile right now, you'd find out that its time to welcome spring and to celebrate the Chilean Independence, observed on September 18th but celebrated--pretty much--all month long.

The good thing about Catholic countries is that they have lots of holidays that translate to many days off in honor of numerous saints. Yet in Chile, although very much a Catholic country, Independence Day is the favorite festivity and it's taken most seriously with the tricolor ( red, white and blue) flags everywhere, traditional folk dance and music-- la Cueca -- lots of empanadas and mucho, mucho vino tinto.

Seven other Latin American countries commemorate their Declaration of Independence in September: Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua; and in the United States, September kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month. For us in San Francisco, September brings on a break from the cold summer weather.

With so much to celebrate, I hope you can join me at Chile Lindo on Chilean Independence Day, Wednesday, September 18th, for a freshly baked, delicious, empanada. You may bring your own bottle of wine, as long as you share it with the owner.

Local events that commemorate Las Fiestas Patrias will be listed in the events section of this newsletter.

¡Viva Chile!
Paula Tejeda
Chile Lindo
Herbert "Herbie" Weiner (QEPD)

Memoria Service
Celebration of Life
Sunday, September 22nd, 3:00 p.m.
Gabrielson Park
Sausalito, California

I regret to inform my readers that former Sausalito Mayor Herbert "Herbie" Weiner passed away, unexpectedly, from a sudden illness, on July 25th.

Herbie Weiner was truly one of a kind and it's hard to accept that he is no longer with us. I met him through my work with the Sausalito - Viña del Mar Sister Cities program and witnessed his commitment to the success of not only the three Sister Cities partnerships (Sakaide, Cascais, and Viña del Mar), but also, countless initiatives that he undertook to make Sausalito the special place it is. Herbie was the kind of man that instantly took action to tackle any task, and took on the one chore that most would avoid while brushing off accolades with a half-smile and a shrug.

I can't say enough about his commitment to the Sausalito - Viña del Mar program. His can-do stance was the initial force that restored the Sausalito-Viña del Mar hermandad when Viña del Mar's Mayor Virginia Reginato visited on July 2010.

Whenever Viña's delegation, the entrepreneurial women of Agep-V (Trade Association of Entrepreneurial and Professional Women of the 5th Region), visited Sausalito, Herbie did everything possible to make their stay extra special. So much so, that the Agep-V ladies chanted “Herbie, Herbie, Herbie” when he entered the room.

This year the Agep-V delegation returns to Sausalito on August 27th. Herbie will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by us all.

Agep-V delegation visits Chile Lindo.

¡Bienvenidas Socias de Agep-V!
Delegation Schedule
August 27th to September 8th.
As I mentioned in last month's newsletter, Sausalito is ready to welcome eight women representing Agep-V: M. Britania Salinas, Paula López, Karina Andrade, Gladys Córdoba, Carmen Yáñez, Elena Ríos, M. Antonieta Allamand (Agep-V President), and Silvia Villablanca.

You may also recall that María Britania (Mitty) Salinas Mayne will participate in the highly competitive Sausalito Art Festival , and thus will get the opportunity to exhibit and sell her artwork at this highly acclaimed and competitive annual event. She has been working hard preparing for the exhibit. Following are some of her latest pieces.
Art Festival Logo

Aug 31 at 10 AM – Sep 2 at 5 PM
Marinship Park
2200 Marinship Way
Sausalito, California 94965


...and while on the subjects of Independence Day and Sister Cities, Sausalito's 4th of July parade holds a float competition and this year's 1st Place went to Sausalito Sister Cities.
(left to right) Brenda DeBruyn, Lizzie Jeremi, and Monica Finnegan

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Happening tomorrow...
Danny Grewen welcome back to San Francisco!

A few year's back I produced a number of concerts for Catalina Claro, a Chilean singer, musician, and composer. I tracked down some of San Francisco's top jazz musicians to accompany her, and trombonist Danny Grewen was willing and able. One of the gigs was a performance at the 40th Anniversary Grand Reception for the Golden Gate Business Association held at the War Memorial Opera House. Catalina and the band were a hit! Following is a photo of Catalina Claro with the local band, and former Mayor Ed Lee, who was gifted a GGBA football.

(left to right) Danny Grewen, Vinnie Rodriguez, Dan Neville, Ollie Dudek, Catalina Claro, and former San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
Since then, Danny Grewen has left the San Francisco scene for the good ol' South, North Carolina to be exact, and there he joined up with a new band, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles. Following is how they describe their New Orleans inspired sound:

" Ellis Dyson & the Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from early New Orleans jazz to Piedmont murder ballads. The result: foot-stompin’ and eccentric original songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical live shows and dazzling musicianship. The original compositions evoke a bygone era while contributing to the vast tradition of storytelling through songwriting. The group released their 3rd full-length album “Greetings from Shambylvania” in April 2019. The album, deliberately written as a full group, is a series of whimsical vignettes from the fictional town of Shambylvania. "

So if you can make it to the Hotel Utah tomorrow... you're in for a swingin' time!

Ellis Dyson and the Shambles
Sunday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
Hotel Utah Saloon
500 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107


Centro Chileno Lautaro
Picnic Dieciochero

Sunday, September 15th
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, CA 94002

Gran Fonda Cero
Saturday, September 14th

 Great Wines of the Andes

San Francisco Grand Tasting
September 29, 2019
Presidio Golden Gate Club
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

San Francisco: Taste the Andes' best wines with internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling!

Almaviva, Aresti, Aromo, Bisquertt, Casas del Bosque, Clos Apalta, Clos de Luz, Cono Sur, Dos Almas, Emiliana, Errázuriz, Hacienda Araucano, Haras de Pirque, J. Bouchon, Lapostolle, Leyda, Los Vascos, Matetic, Maquis, Miguel Torres, Montes, Mujer Andina Wines, Nerkihue, Odfjell, Polkura, Santa Carolina, San Pedro, Santa Ema, Santa Rita, Sur Valles, Tabalí, Terra Noble, Tringario, Valdivieso, Veramonte-Neyen, Ventisquero, Via Wines, Vik, Viña Casablanca, Viña Don Melchor, Marques de Casa Concha, Viña El Principal, Viña Koyle, Viña Marty, Viña San Pedro,
Viña Tarapacá and Viu Manent

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Beautiful and brave Greta Thunberg is sailing first to the United States, to the UN Climate Change Conference and then to Chile, to COP25 .

To follow up on her trip to Chile check out the non-profit FIMA (you can translate on google translate )
United Nations Climate Change Conference

Santiago Climate Change Conference - December 2019
02 Dec, 2019 - 13 Dec, 2019
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