It just might be the biggest year of change at Marin Magazine since we came into existence. In the span of one year we get bigger (larger pages) and prettier (complete redesign). We are also purchased by Open Sky Media, and we launch our first-ever home tour, a new camps guide, and new offerings like an app and RSVP Hot Ticket. We experiment with cover lines and let a highway give new direction for our Editors’ Choice feature.


MARCH We launch our very popular summer camps guide.

APRIL We cohost the first-ever Marin Home Tour with Dwell magazine. MAY Bob Weir makes musical history when he performs Grateful Dead songs with the Marin Symphony.

JUNE Major works by Pablo Picasso come to the de Young in a very rare exhibit.

JULY We run two versions of our cover, one with cover lines and one without, and ask readers to vote their preference.

AUGUST For this year’s Editors’ Choice, we take a cue from Marin’s most important highway and give you 101 picks. 

SEPTEMBER Is that my Marin Magazine? Readers are treated to a complete redesign printed in a new larger format.

OCTOBER Kevin Spacey makes waves at the Curran Theatre as Richard III.

NOVEMBER On 11/11/11 we join titles like Austin Monthly and Gulf Shore Life as part of Open Sky Media. The magazine is still run by the same staff and leadership.


In this October feature by Jim Wood, we dive into the history of a 37-year-old English sea captain named Sir Francis Drake. We find that his three-year journey from England to the Pacific Ocean (and Marin) was probably more difficult than what today’s astronauts face. Did he do it? We think so.

“If they come and put their trucks in here, there’s going to be trouble. It’s going to be a matter of civil disobedience.” Katharina Sandizell-Smith, about PG&E plans to
install SmartMeters in her neighborhood


In Q&A, we sit down with a 15-time Emmy Award–winning chief investigative reporter for ABC7 News, Dan Noyes. The reporter and waterlover chose to live in Tiburon to enjoy waterfront walks with his wife at sunset or go kayaking with his boys.