May 17, 2012 — To mark the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 27, 2012 several San Francisco-based businesses, including hotels, museums and tour companies will celebrate the San Francisco landmark with special fondness.
Sunset cruise under the bridge
Red and White Fleet
This month, the Red and White Fleet — a collection of historic ferry boats that cruise the San Francisco Bay— will offer a "Golden Gate Bridge California Sunset Cruise" to celebrate the bridge's anniversary. During the two-hour cruise, passengers will enjoy views of the city’s sunset over the Pacific Ocean, live music and a buffet of appetizers, as well as beer, wine and soda from ship's bar. For those on the cruise on May 27, the date of the bridge's public celebration, passengers will have an up-close and personal view of the fireworks under the bridge starting at 9:30 p.m. Adults (18 years old and up) are $54; youth (five to 17 years old) are $36; and children (under five years old) are free. Media contact: Molly Blasdell, [email protected], (925) 300-7252.
Tribute out of toothpicks
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, 175 Jefferson St.
Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com
The Hyatt Regency , located in downtown San Francisco near the Ferry Building, will host a special Ripley's Believe It or Not! exhibit of several San Francisco-influenced items, including a 13-foot model of the Golden Gate Bridge, constructed out of 30,000 toothpicks and glue. Free and open to public, the exhibit will run through June 30, 2012 in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. Media contact: Courtnie Lim, [email protected], (415) 202-9850.
Bridge views via Segway, electric bike
Electric Tour Company
To celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, the Electric Tour Company will be running two, unique tours May 23-28, 2012. The "Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour" will feature a new stop, and a spectacular view of the bridge from the end of Maritime Pier in Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as offering participants commemorative photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and a Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary rider certificate. Tours depart at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. from 757 Beach St. in San Francisco; reservations are encouraged. Participants must be 12 years old and weigh more than 100 pounds.
In addition, the tour company will offer a guided "Golden Gate Bridge Electric Bike Tour" that will run from Fisherman's Wharf across the bridge to Sausalito, from which participants will return to San Francisco via ferry. The tour, which includes commemorative photos and a Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Rider Certificate, departs at 10 a.m. Note: All bike tour guests must be age 16 or over and weigh more than 95 pounds. Bikes pedaled while on the bridge will have no power assist. Media contact: Brian Huber, [email protected], (415) 692-0925.
An indoor, downtown, pop-up park
Westfield San Francisco Centre, Level 4 Under the Dome, 865 Market St.
To celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge anniversary, the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Market Street will set up a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge and a pop-up park of Crissy Field under its dome on the top floor of the shopping mall. Running through July 31, 2012, the pop-up park includes a life-size chess set, lawn chairs and a picnic table, as well as video screens showcasing images from the bridge's history. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors who snap a commemorative photo with the Golden Gate Bridge replica, and post it to Westfield San Francisco Centre’s Facebook page, may enter to win a $500 Westfield shopping spree. Media contact: Courtney Finley, Glodow Nead Communications, [email protected], (415) 394-6500.
Bridgefest at the Academy
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park
On May 24, 2012 the California Academy of Sciences will host an evening event, "BridgeFest NightLife," to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with swing music and a pop-up exhibit that features the Kinter collection of photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge construction. In addition, Wells Fargo will host a mobile museum, "History on the Move," about history of stagecoaches, the Gold Rush and the Golden Gate Bridge. There will also be an acrylic model of the Golden Gate Bridge made by students of California College of the Arts. Visitors will also be entertained by live performances including swing music of the 1930s by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. Admission is $12 per person ($10 for Academy members). Media contact: Helen Taylor, [email protected], (415) 379-5128.
A bridge's cocktail
To celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, Campari America has created a cocktail recipe to make at home.
Golden Gate 75
2.5 ounces California sparkling wine
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce blood orange juice (or substitute regular orange juice)
0.5 ounces rich simple syrup* ( to make rich simple syrup, please see recipe below)
1 dash orange bitters (Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6 is recommended)
orange peel for garnish
Directions: Blood orange juice helps turn this cocktail a color resembling the Golden Gate Bridge. Add Campari, orange juice, simple syrup and bitters to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and fine strain (to remove any pulp) into a champagne flute or coupe. Top with sparkling wine. Zest the orange peel over the top of the drink and drop the peel in the drink or discard. Note: to make rich simple syrup, heat two parts sugar to one part water and stir until dissolved. Store covered in the refrigerator between uses. Media Contact: Monica Powers, Andrew Freeman & Co., [email protected], (415) 781-5700
A celebration of an era
Clift San Francisco, 495 Geary St.
From May 25-27, 2012, the Clift San Francisco will be hosting a 1930s inspired weekend to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. With no entry charge, the evening events will include live music, 1930's-themed cocktails, and vintage films from the era. Media contact: Erin Janzer, Syndicate Media Group,eri[email protected], (310) 691-8575.
The Fairmont San Francisco’s Diplomat Suite Dedicated to Tony Bennett
The Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason St.
Located atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco is offering a new Tony Bennett specialty suite to celebrate the anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Diplomat Suite,” has been dedicated to Bennett, who debuted “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” 50 years ago in the hotel’s Venetian Room, and will include a signed giclee print of a Golden Gate Bridge painting by Bennett. Photos and music memorabilia will also be displayed in the hotel’s lobby level by the Venetian Room. Guest staying in the suite who book “The Tony Bennett Suite at The Fairmont San Francisco” package will also receive a box set of Bennett’s CDs, including his Grammy Award-winning "Duets II," a bottle of champagne and a heart-shaped dessert amenity. Note: If you are looking for a room with a view of the bridge, the Fairmont offers views of the bridge from its Tower Building. Media contact: Melissa Farrar, Public Relations Director, [email protected], (415) 772-5041.
Suite, art, cocktails, bridge
Hotel Palomar, 12 Fourth St.
To honor the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar San Francisco is offering a new "Golden Gate Suite" filled with art by local artists that honor the Golden Gate Bridge, including furniture made out of reclaimed steel from the bridge. Guests staying in the “Golden Gate Suite” will receive a complimentary Golden Gate cocktail from Fifth Floor restaurant, the restaurant at Hotel Palomar San Francisco. The cocktail, called Vermillion M.E.S., gets its name from the Orange Vermillion color painted over the steel, chosen by architect Irving Morrow. Media contact: Anna Morris, Seahorse PR, [email protected], (415)278-1515.
Sausalito hotel to host vintage, contemporary exhibit of Golden Gate Bridge
Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, (415) 339-4700
Cavallo Point, a luxury resort and spa in Sausalito, CA amidst the Marin Headlands, is running a special art exhibit to celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary. Running through June 30, 2012, the show, "Visions of the Golden Gate at 75," will feature rare, historical views of the Bridge from the 1935-1937 construction era, taken by land surveyor and photographer W. Gordon Voorhies. The images, on loan from a private family collection, have never before been exhibited. To juxtapose the black and white photos, the show also includes contemporary interpretations of the bridge by Bay Area photographers Robert Campbell, Emil Flock and Chris Honeysett. Media contact: Emily Allen, Graham & Associates, Inc., (415) 986-7212,[email protected].
Presidio to host trio of events to celebrate Golden Gate Bridge
To celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, the Presidio Trust and its partners will be hosting a trio of events: a new exhibit about the Golden Gate before the bridge was constructed, a Golden Gate Bridge film festival, and two evening concerts.
Opening May 23, 2012, the exhibit, "Before the Bridge: Sight and Sound at the Golden Gate," will feature historic photographs, maps, charts, drawings, paintings and computer graphics with the sounds of the ocean, foghorns, sailors and soldiers to immerse visitors in an era before construction of the bridge. Hosted at the newly-rehabilitated Montgomery Street barracks, the exhibit, which is free and scheduled to run through Nov. 18, 2012, will also host a kids’ treasure hunt as well as a variety of evening programs. "Before the Bridge: Sight and Sound at the Golden Gate" will be hosted on the ground floor of 103 Montgomery St. on the Presidio’s Main Post; the exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free.
Presented with the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Golden Gate Bridge film festival, "The Bridge on the Big Screen: Movies Starring the Golden Gate Bridge," will feature seven popular movies showcasing the "international orange" icon. The first three films will be screened outdoors on the new Presidio Main Post Green; the final four films will be screened indoors at the Walt Disney Family Museum theater. Bridge-themed movies will be shown each Saturday through Sept. 15, 2012. Programs begin at 6 p.m.; admission is free; visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic for outdoor screenings. Note: refreshments will also be available from Off the Grid Food Trucks, the Disney Café, and the Presidio Bowling Center. In addition, moviegoers can take advantage of extended hours at the Walt Disney Family Museum. The series kicks off May 26, 2012 with the 1955 film, "It Came from Beneath the Sea." For more information, visit www.presidio.gov/GGB75.
To celebrate music from the Golden Gate Bridge era, the Presidio will also host a two-night "Concerts at the Presidio" series featuring standards from the 1930s and 1940s. The concerts will be held Thursday and Friday, May 24 and May 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Gate Club, at 135 Fisher Loop on the Presidio’s Main Post. Seats may be reserved by calling (415) 447-6274. A $10 donation ($5 for children and seniors) is suggested. Media contact: Clay Harrell, [email protected], (415) 561-5331
Head over heels for the Golden Gate Bridge
House of Air Trampoline Park, 926 Old Mason St.,
Offering beautiful, unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the House of Air trampoline park, located at Crissy Field, will be celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary on Sunday, May 27, 2012 with a family day full of jumping. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the trampoline park will offer special 30-minute jump times and special rates as well as a full cafe for planning a picnic lunch on the lawn facing the bridge. Media contact: Kacie Marshall, Marketing Manager, [email protected] and Shoshanna Moody, general manager,[email protected].
SFMOMA to celebrate Golden Gate Bridge with onsite, online programs
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., (415) 357-4000
Beginning May 26, 2012 and extending through the summer, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will present a series of tributes to the Bay Area’s beloved Golden Gate Bridge, including a special bridge-building family program on May 27, 2012, an online gallery and blog series reflecting on the bridge, and bridge-inspired treats and gifts at the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar and the Museum Store. At Fort Mason, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery will also host an exhibit of artworks showcasing the Golden Gate Bridge beginning May 26, 2012. Media contacts: Peter Denny, (415)357-4170, [email protected] and Robyn Wise (415) 357-4172,[email protected]
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