Little Yellow House and Town Commons
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West Marin Commons invites members of the community to participate in our calendar of planned events and activities for 2013 at the Little Yellow House in the Town Commons. We welcome projects and local activities that demonstrate our broad and thriving commons and efforts for community wellness – art, education, celebration, basic needs, sustainability, craft, skills. If you are a local artisan, skilled worker, non-profit organization, or have a sustainability project - we invite applications for creative use of this central gathering space for a day or a weekend.
Based on the community and stakeholder response to uses during 2012, we have adjusted the general guidelines for the use of the Town Commons for further consideration by the community and stakeholders during 2013. These guidelines limit the use of the Town Commons grounds (as separate from the Little Yellow House) to events sponsored by community organizations. Therefore, any flea market or event held in the larger Town Commons "grounds" that involves individuals selling or promoting products or services would have to be sponsored (and presumeably of interest to) a local community organization. We ask individual sellers interested in more than the Little Yellow House rental to approach an appropriate local community organization for sponsorship of their event.
(As an example, a flea market that allowed for community members to sell their craft or excess posessions, could be something that a local non-profit might think of as a community benefit consistent with its mission. The sponsoring organization would be responsible to vet the participants and manage the event.)
The Little Yellow House is still available for any West Marin individual, business or organization to conduct "pop-ups" subject to availabilty. The use of the LYH would include the stage, the front porch and the limited area in front of the LYH. Regularly scheduled events (i.e. weekly or monthly) will be considered on a quarterly basis. First time uses will be given priority. West Marin Commons will be responsible to vet participants and oversee management of any event.
The Little Yellow House is sweet as can be and the location couldn’t be better – at the corner of Main Street and Fourth, where Highway One bends (near the Bovine Bakery and across from the bank). In 2012, volunteers repaired the house and created a beautiful new deck that opens onto the outdoor gathering space. We are making every effort to implement best environmental practices including a solar power proposal and fund for the building so that electricity can be generated for use in and around the building.
The opening event was launched in November 2011 when local artist, Pauline Greenfield rented the building to display her beautiful handmade organic soaps. The Tomales Bay Youth Center had a successful bake sale during the week the Bovine Bakery was closed for repairs. And Home Base/Love Field raised funds selling oysters to support healthy activities for young people. In March 2012 the West Marin Compost Project presented an Interactive Educational Workshop in the Town Commons.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012 we participated in a simple ceremony to honor and remember our co-founder and beloved community member, Jonathan Rowe, on the one year anniversary of his death. On that morning we inaugurated the Jonathan Rowe Memorial Cottage Garden around the little Yellow House with a simple ceremony and the planting of a pink currant and a blue ceanothus.
During Western Weekend in early June 2012, local historian Dewey Livingston, presented a Point Reyes Station History display with support from the Jack Mason Museum and West Marin Commons. In late June, Larner Seeds of Bolinas presented native plants and seeds. And Point Reyes Music Center presented an Instrument Petting Zoo.
This past year brought
- flea markets
- a joint event with CLAM (Community Land Trust of West Marin) and GRO (Gallery Route One)
- Art by Sue Gonzalez and the Point Reyes Open Studios weekends
- Abalone Sky Fine Vintage and Ethnic Collection
- and more ...
The following local organizations have used or plan to use the space in 2013:
- Geography of Hope Conference
- West Marin Commons (Apple Pressings)
- Tomales Bay Youth Center
- Latino Photography Project
- First Five – West Marin School Readiness
- Main Street Moms
- Occupy Point Reyes Station
- Paper Mill Creek Children’s Corner
- Home Base
- Community Land Trust Alliance of Marin
- Gallery Route One
- Jack Mason Museum (Dewey Livingston)
- West Marin Community Resource Center
- Environmental Action Committee of West Marin
- Tomales Bay Library Association
- KWMR Community Radio
- West Marin Senior Services
- Tomales Bay LIbrary Association
To stage an event in the Town Commons or to rent the Little Yellow House, please download the following forms: WMC.TownCommonsFacilityUseForm.April2012 and Guidelines for Use of Town Commons and Yellow House.April2012 or request them by emailing: email@example.com
Applications may be emailed or sent by postal mail to PO Box 127, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. The cost is sliding scale and will help cover our basic expenses.
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