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ur office here at Bellingham Alive is usually a pretty quiet place. Productive, yes, but quiet. That changed one March morning when the office was abruptly transformed into a fashion studio for our Inner Beauty photo shoot (see Page 58). A conference room became a hair-and-makeup salon. Our meeting room hosted catering, and a back office turned into a dressing room. The lobby, one wall draped by a white backdrop, was converted to a photography studio. With piped-in music providing a soundtrack, a local team of hair stylists and makeup experts set to work, with trademark efficiency and precision. Blow dryers whirred. Cosmetics artists chatted and scrutinized their work. Wardrobe pros fitted, refitted, and added flourishes. Photographer Katheryn Moran clicked away in the studio/lobby. The stylists were there to prep five “Wonder Women” — those featured in past issues in our series that profiles women known for their leadership. The women — Jeni Cottrell, Germaine Kornegay, Emily O’Connor, Morgan Paris Lanza and Rose Lathrop — are major players in the world of community service here. Chances are you know, or have heard of, at least one, or all of them. Their jobs require skill in seeing the big picture while adeptly managing the day-to-day. They’re not celebrities, but on this morning, they were meant to feel like one. For us and them, this unusual setting yielded an unexpected bonus. These Wonder Women share similar leadership qualities, vision, and challenges. They knew of each another, but didn’t necessarily know one another. This was, someone said, the first time they had been in the same room together. There’s a magic and a power to leaders sharing a room. Consider the collective experience and wisdom. We hope it will extend beyond this fashion session. Now that these Wonder Women have shared a photo shoot, maybe it will open doors to sharing more. Maybe a future collaboration will produce the spark of an idea or a future community project. Maybe it will result in an epiphany that solves a problem affecting the lives of the citizens they already admirably serve. In any case, it was fun. And noisy — in a good way. — Meri-Jo Borzilleri
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Grande Dame Mount Baker Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday WRITTEN BY HANNAH AMUNDSON
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hen you step inside the 90-year-old Mount Baker Theatre building, you are greeted by a Moorish-Spanishstyled interior. Lush red tones adorn the walls, paired with rich dark wood. An opulent chandelier hangs above, surrounding the theater with cascading warm light. Amy Guerra, the marketing director of Mount Baker Theatre, says stepping inside of the theater is almost like you’ve stepped inside of a ship. And just like a ship takes you to a different land, the Mount Baker Theatre aims to take you on a journey from everyday life with each performing act on stage. … continued on next page
The theater has been transporting audiences for nine decades now, and it’s time to celebrate. An open house is set for May 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The actual birthday of Mount Baker Theatre is April 29, 1927, when its grand opening jammed the theater for what would be the first full house of many. The building was completed after just one year of construction, surprising considering the elaborate design by theater architect R.C. Reamer. The 90th birthday event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Attendees can hear about the building from tour docents, eat birthday cake, and watch a 45-minute video, made by local artist Lanny Little, about the grand theater’s history. Screenings are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event encourages people to tour the building and immerse themselves in the grandeur and charm of one of Bellingham’s iconic structures, recognized for its trademark red-topped tower. Guerra says the event may even include a cameo by the theater’s signature organ, a top-of-the-line Style 215 Wurlitzer theater pipe organ. In 1978, the theater became a national historic landmark. But just a few years later, Canadian investors considered razing it. But public outcry — buttressed by swift legal work — eventually resulted in the city purchasing the theater, now managed by the Mount Baker Theatre Corporation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. After the theater became city-owned, serious renovation and restoration began. Renovations included repainting, implementing a good wiring system, and removing asbestos, among other things. One of the corporation’s missions is “to preserve the restored historic Mount Baker Theatre as a home for local performing arts organizations, film, a venue for touring performers, and community events.” Since ticket sales account for only about half the money needed to run the theater, the organization relies heavily on members, donors, sponsors, advertisers, and special events to keep the venue, and its audiences, humming. Touring performers have complimented the almostcentury-old theater, admiring how well-kept the facility is, said Brad Burdick, the theater’s executive director. Burdick says the admiration from performers helps the reputation of the theater, since performers talk and their appreciation of the facility spreads to other artists. Situated between two major metropolitan centers in Seattle and Vancouver, the theater has significant pull in drawing big names. Just in the past year, the theater has lined up people such as Garrison Keillor, Lewis Black, and Arlo Guthrie. So much rich, abundant history is evident on — and within — the walls of the red and white painted theater on North Commercial Street. Hopefully, the Mount Baker Theatre will continue whisking attendees away from the everyday and will remain a beloved landmark for at least the next 90 years to come.
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Wonder Woman Noémi Ban WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
oémi Ban has a story to tell. And tell. And tell. She is a Holocaust survivor who has been sharing her story with audiences since 1995. If living well is the ultimate revenge, Ban has gotten the best of the Nazis. At 94, she is a great-grandmother and still has a twinkle. On a winter morning, she’s sitting in her living room, warm and snug in her beige-white house banked with a cushion of new snow and a gaze-worthy view of Bellingham Bay. Surrounded by light, you’d think the gray horror of Auschwitz would be long ago and far away. But Ban chooses to revisit it, relentlessly. A year after she and then-Western Washington professor Ray Wolpow met in 1995, she started touring local schools. Soon, she was giving 100 free talks a year. They figure she has given thousands of them. She has slowed, but only some. She talks sitting alone on stage, no notes, just a glass of water. Each time, she swears she can still smell the smells and feel the thirst. When she was 21, she and her family (mom, 12-year-old sister, six-month-old brother, grandmother) were herded into cattle cars for Auschwitz. When they got there, she was directed one way and her family the other, never to be seen again. She remembers, she says, her mother’s last, penetrating look, telling her to take care. She talks of brown water for breakfast; soup with rotting vegetables for lunch, shared from a single container; people fainting with hunger and taken away for good. But worst of all was finding, from a guard, the fate of Ban’s and others’ “dear ones,” and seeing and smelling the chimney smoke every day. The reaction to Ban’s talk is the same: silence. For nearly two hours (with one small break), her listeners are frozen in their seats. Schoolkids too. “I was just in Granite Falls” she says, where she gave her presentation to about 250 eighth-graders. “They were all…” Ban makes the zipped-lips motion. “I am telling the most horrible things in the world. I am not making it beautiful.” She is expressive and warm, a former award-winning sixth-grade teacher. She speaks with a Hungarian accent so thick you have to listen hard. She delivers her talk with pain and even incredulity all these years later. But most of all, she’s insistent. This happened. Remember this. Angry and upset about toppled Jewish tombstones and presidential administration-led targeting of immigrants? Think how Ban must feel. “It’s almost unbelievable, the behavior of this man and the group of people around him,” she said. “I can’t believe I am dealing with this now, this racism.”
But Ban sees something else too. “Not everyone is saying yes to this. People are speaking up,” she said. “That is freedom too.” Her age means she doesn’t fly any more. She points to a bright-red, wheeled walker. “This is my Cadillac,” she says. Her wall calendar has at least two to-do items scrawled in every square for months. She still plays piano, and later tonight, she’ll turn on classical music. She loves life. One drill in exercise class has her punching air, one arm, then the other. “I think about the Nazis,” she says, impishly. Ban is not discouraged. She doesn’t hate. “It’s very important to show that after what I went through, I can still be a human being.” She is spanning generations. A Burlington teacher, once a rapt eighth-grader, recently engineered her return to his school. Will her thousands of talks be enough, when Ban and the last of the Holocaust survivors are gone? She has a feeling it might. Most times, when she’s finished with her horrible, hopeful story, a knot of kids surround her. Sometimes they ask for selfies. Then, inevitably, they ask if they can give her a hug.
Support When Your Teen Needs It Oasis Daylight Center & Oasis Teen Shelter WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES
hen asking for help is difficult, having a steadfast haven for teenagers to visit can be life-changing. “Every day at Oasis is supportive and affirming,” said Katie Lohman, the director of Oasis Daylight Center & Oasis Teen Shelter. Located in an unassuming home on a quiet Mount Vernon street, the Skagit Valley Family YMCA-operated house consists of two facilities: an after-school center called Oasis Daylight Center, and a short-term emergency shelter called Oasis Teen Shelter. Operating since 1997, Oasis serves youths aged 13 to 17 and can shelter up to eight kids a night for up to 21 days each. Lohman oversees both programs. A marketing major, she found herself drawn to community-based work. This past September, she took on the fulltime role of Oasis’s director, where she’s excited to tackle everything she enjoys: marketing, non-profit work, direct service, and advocacy. Fourteen experienced staff members ensure the visiting teens feel supported. Although their credentials vary, each of the staff members has previously 20 NorthSoundLife.com
worked with youths, and/or with at-risk populations. They’ve taken the initiative to stay on top of innovative counseling techniques and educate themselves on LGBTQ issues that directly affect teenagers. So what exactly happens here? Oasis Daylight Center is open in the afternoons and on the weekends. Staffers conduct organized discussion groups, have art classes, and hold focused workshops that spark creativity. There are art supplies, a computer lab, and a small recording studio for teens to work and utilize their creative outlets. It’s meant to be a safe space to teens to hang out in and socialize. For a teen seeking emergency shelter, a rear door to the house goes directly into the Oasis Teen Shelter. Upon entrance, safety and stabilization are paramount. A staff member checks over the teen and offers a meal, shower, or a seat to take a breath. Within 24 hours the teen will meet with a case manager who develops an action plan. Oasis will also check in with outside groups such as Washington State Patrol’s missing children agency. Oasis will contact a parent or guardian for
consent to allow the teen to stay at the shelter, unless there is evidence of abuse or neglect, in which case they notify Child Protective Services. Oasis’s priorities when helping troubled teens is reconciliation with the family, then emphasizing education. Lohman said staff strongly encourages teens to be in an educational program. If regular public school isn’t an option, they’ll help enroll the teen in an online program, a GED program, or will help find trade classes that fit. For long-term mental health, Oasis offers resources such as Teen Talk, along with focused workshops, and when they aren’t equipped adequately, the teen is referred to other counseling agencies. Local counseling groups work together to help provide the best support network for troubled youths. The Oasis Daylight Center and Teen Shelter lives up to its name, providing all youths with a sanctuary, whether they are troubled or just looking for a safe space to socialize. The work they do is indispensable. 125 N. 5th St., Mount Vernon 360.419.9058 | skagitymca.org
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ebecca Abdelbaki opened Bellingham Escape the first weekend of March with the hope of creating a space for friends, families, and co-workers to socialize while exercising their minds. Escape rooms are adventure games where a team of participants have a set time to “escape” a room by using elements and solving puzzles inside the room. Bellingham Escape hosts groups to solve puzzles in one of two themed rooms: Pirate Cove Plunder or Lost Teddy. The first is designed for adults and gives participants 60 minutes to solve several puzzles. The Lost Teddy room is for children and lasts 30 minutes. While the rooms are called “escape rooms,” team members are allowed to leave the game at any time. Neither room is designed to be scary; rather the puzzles are meant to bring people together, Abdelbaki said. “It can bring people together in a way that is engaging, and allows everyone to contribute to a fun activity.” Karen Funston visited the Pirate Cove Plunder room as part of a work event and said the experience was perfect for co-workers. The puzzles keep people engaged and give them something to do rather than just socialize, which works well for work groups who might otherwise not interact outside the office, Funston
said. While her group of eight wasn’t able to solve the puzzle, Funston said she thinks they came very close. The adult room is meant to have about a 70 percent success rate, Abdelbaki said. “People are surprised by how difficult it is,” Abdelbaki said. The processes started out slow, Funston said, but once the group got the hang of how the puzzles worked, they found a system. “Each person was interested in different pieces of the puzzle, so people we work individually and we would periodically check in with each other,” she said. Since the room is pirate-themed, the puzzles revolve around hunting for treasure. And it’s not just the puzzles that give the game a nautical feel, the room is decorated with jugs, crates, and features an ocean soundscape track to get participants fully in the mood. There are chests to be unlocked and maps to be followed, Funston said. Each time they found a clue, she said, they felt successful. “I really enjoyed it. I personally love puzzles. And it was nice to do something with a group that required teamwork.” Rather than another night at the movies, or a date over a cocktail, Bellingham Escape provides an active and engaging activity, Abdelbaki said. 1417 Cornwall Ave., Ste. A101, Bellingham 360.519.9213 | bellinghamescape.com
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All Women, All In Ski to Sea Team Advocates for Women — and a Mountain-Bike Leg WRITTEN BY KATE GALAMBOS
irsten Jensen has been participating in the Ski to Sea relay race for four years as a part of an all-women’s team. But not just any women’s team. Many of its members are part of Queens of Dirt, a year-round mountain bike and cyclocross race team. For Ski to Sea, the team is called Jack’s Bicycle Center. Most of the women are in their mid-20s to early 40s, and have a passion for engaging young women in racing. “For us, racing does more for women than just racing, it builds confidence, and gives them a sense of resilience,” Jensen said. The annual race, a roughly 90-mile relay from Mt. Baker to its bell-ringing finish at Bellingham’s Marine Park, has been contested in its current format since 1973. It consists of eight-person teams competing in seven different sports: crosscountry skiing, downhill skiing/snowboarding, running, road cycling, canoeing, cyclocross biking, and sea kayaking. On May 28th, Jensen’s team will try to continue its string of successful finishes — the team has placed second and third in past years. That’s no easy task. The team began participating in the race as part of the Whatcom County Women’s Division, but moved to the competitive women’s division two years ago because members wanted to include friends from Skagit County. But it really isn’t about winning, Jensen said. “We are not an intense team. Our main goal is just to have fun and do your best.” Not only is the team diverse in age, team members come from different backgrounds. “We have some moms, professionals, journalists, it’s really a mix,” she said. But what they do all have in common is a strong hope for the return of a mountain biking leg to the Ski to Sea course, Jensen said. After the grueling relay race, teams are welcomed at the Historic Fairhaven Festival. The all-day street party is free to the public and hosts live music, a beer and wine garden, food vendors, and plenty of activities. The Ski to Sea relay, coupled with the Historic Fairhaven Festival, make up the largest one-day event in Whatcom County and brings visitors not only from throughout the Pacific Northwest, but from around the world.
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Children’s Songwriter Dana Cohenour WRITTEN BY JAMES HEARNE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
s Dana Cohenour’s children’s music class let out, the smiles were in abundance. The students, about 4 to 5 years old, thanked their teacher and ran to their parents. Cohenour happily says goodbye to her students. “See you guys next time!” Cohenour is a nationally recognized children’s songwriter and performer who has released six studio albums and won 20 awards so far. Her most recent release, the album “Dana’s Best Jump and Jam Tunes,” was released in April. Cohenour’s career began in New York, doing musical theater, and then shifted to writing songs. She would perform in cabarets and piano bars. “I was singing in smoky lounge bars in the middle of the night in New York City,” she said with a laugh. That changed when Cohenour’s first nephew was born, in 1992. “I wrote some lullabies for him,” she said, “and it evolved into my first recording for children.” Her first children’s album was called “Gather Your Dreams.” She won several awards for it, and started receiving a lot of recognition. “I was so inspired by writing for children that I felt like I had found my niche.” Cohenour said that one of the keys to writing for children is to not condescend to them. “I don’t like to speak down to them,” she said. “I think they’re capable of taking in a lot more than we realize.” She said that when she first started, she had someone tell her that she was using too big a word in the lyrics. Rather than remove it, she looked at it as a learning opportunity. “Well, it’s a good way for them to learn that word.” She says her motto is “Real music for kids.” In fact, it was also the name of her first company. Cohenour is not one to cut corners, either. She uses real musical instruments, for the most part, rather than the computer-produced sounds that a lot of children’s music uses. “Children deserve real music,” she said. Cohenour travels from her Blaine home to Nashville to record all her music, and uses professional musicians. She says she writes with adult ears in mind, knowing that adults will most likely be listening as well. “I think kids can understand a lot more than we give them credit for,” Cohenour said. To that end, she tries to incorporate rhyme in her lyrics, to aid their cognitive development. Cohenour’s focus now is to expand and promote her music. She plans to start a YouTube channel soon, and spread her music nationally and internationally. She would like to maybe look at the Bellingham music scene one day, but for now she’s focused on pushing her music to as wide an audience as possible. danasmusicplayground.com 26 NorthSoundLife.com
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Encompassing Health at Your Doorstep Achillea Natural Medicine WRITTEN BY KATE GALAMBOS
r. Julia Hipp opened the doors of Achillea Natural Medicine in January to bring healthcare to her patients. Literally. Hipp’s clinic is no ordinary natural medicine center. She offers house calls, believing that each patient, no matter their schedule, deserves encompassing healthcare. Beyond providing accessible healthcare, Hipp believes in treating the root of problems rather than merely symptoms. Naturopathic medicine utilizes natural therapies to address the cause rather than the effect of an illness, Hipp said. Naturopathic doctors “believe the body has the innate ability to heal itself, and it’s just when things get in the way of that process that things can go wrong,” Hipp said. The key to health is a person’s lifestyle. Factors like diet, stress levels, and exercise can be hugely impactful, Hipp said. For her, the goal is to eliminate the need for people to take medicine daily. “Because we are getting to the cause rather than the symptoms, people can get off medicine. People end up feeling more relaxed and have more energy.” While Achillea Natural Medicine is not the first naturopathic medical center in Bellingham, it is the first with a “mobile” component. Hipp makes more than just house calls for her patients. She does phone calls, video calls, and
will even visit a patient at their workplace. It is important to offer house calls because not everyone can get to the doctor easily, Hipp said. Her flexibility is meant to help people with kids or people who work full-time during the week. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and every first and third Saturday of the month between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to accommodate schedules. “I got into naturopathic medicine to help everyone. That is why I include the housecall options.” Hipp provides various types of treatments depending on the issue and the individual. She is a trained as a primary care provider but specializes in digestive health and hormonal imbalances. Treatment can vary from changing a patient’s diet, testing for food sensitivity and using various herbs for better digestive health, to body work. Body work is a therapeutic method used to get rid of deep tensions that might be stored in the body’s tissues, Hipp said. Hipp often performs body work at people’s home to keep them relaxed and comfortable. “I think naturopathic medicine is so special because the whole treatment is individualized,” Hipp said. She makes it a priority to develop strong relationships and spend quality time with each of her patients. The most important thing is that people get back to doing the things they love, Hipp said. 1050 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham 360.296.9267 | achilleamedicine.com
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Eco-Friendly Fashions Cotton, Cotton, Cotton WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES
hen Gail and Randy Schnee came to the San Juan Islands for a kayaking trip, they weren't expecting to stay for good. Originally from Orlando, Fla. and tired of hurricanes and bustling crowds, the couple found Washington's mild climate and Friday Harbor's small community ideal. They fell in love with Friday Harbor and immediately began looking at small businesses they could run successfully without any experience. In Florida, Gail had worked at Universal Studios as an executive assistant and Randy worked at Walgreens. They wanted a career shift that allowed more time to enjoy life. The clothing store, Cotton, Cotton, Cotton, hit the market, but it was out of their price range. The owner was ready to sell and relocate, so she slashed the price, allowing the Schnees to become shop owners. Now they just needed to figure out how to run a clothing store. … continued page 31
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… Inventory was key to their success. In order to appeal to a larger demographic, the couple sought out appealing clothing for younger women and summertime items for men. The Schnees visit trade shows in Seattle and Portland, but maintain a level of exclusivity with vendors, especially in the small town of Friday Harbor. Sometimes Gail will even place inventory orders with loyal customers in mind. All in all, Cotton has to stand behind every product they sell, which they do. “We love the clothes we sell,” said Gail. This attention to inventory selection has resulted in a store invested in eco-friendly products. Being located in Friday Harbor, this philosophy resonates well. Gail explained that sustainability and eco-friendly products are “really important to all the islanders here.” Additionally, about 70-80 percent of Cotton's inventory is U.S.-made or adheres to fair trade standards. The Schnees first look for U.S. merchants with exceptional eco-friendly clothing and accessories. If they find something beautiful, but made outside the country, they check the company's fair trade practices. Just as the Schnees adopted the Pacific Northwest way of life, their store has adopted a mission to provide sustainable, eco-friendly, and humane products. There's something for everyone in the brightly lit store. A Solmate Socks display in the window is sure to catch a passerby's eye. The incredibly soft and wacky-colored socks are made from recycled t-shirts. They also make hats, gloves, and children’s socks. Perusing the racks, you’ll find flowy tops that are great for keeping cool during summer days, yet fight off the chills from cool evening breezes. Try on one of the Lur tops, made from recycled water bottles. From the luxurious feel, you'll never guess the fabric was once hard plastic. Colorful printed
scarves line the back wall, and sleek 3-in-1 handbags are difficult to walk away from. In summer Cotton carries men's Aloha shirts. Is there a better way to dress on vacation? There’s more than just clothes at Cotton. Friday Harbor artist Penny Torkington sells her baubles here, and Linda Jensen's delicate drop-stone earrings top the clothing racks. Check out the vegan leather bracelets and clutches from NW 58th St. by Margaux Jones. The Seattle-based designer prints original art on cotton, then affixes it to vegan (man-made material and cork) leather. The statement pieces work with just about any outfit. Cotton also carries Naked Bee lotion. Made in Tennessee, the Naked Bee lotions are 70 percent organic and contain olive oil, honey, and beeswax. There are no dyes or mineral oil, and the company doesn't test on animals. Finally, it's not wearable, but definitely worth checking out: San Juan Puzzles. The puzzles feature local photographs and are printed on recycled materials with soy-based inks. A father-son team, Tom and Levi Doenges, run the small business, which began as a way to teach Levi about finances and business. A portion of the proceeds are donated to whale research funds. Eco-friendly, business education, and helping out whales — that's one valuable product. Cotton, Cotton, Cotton’s inventory materializes the Schnee’s goal to promote sustainable, eco-friendly products while boosting their community’s economy. In the end, this kind, humble couple just wants to “provide good products and help our customers feel good about themselves.” We'd say they've succeeded. 260 Spring St., Ste. 9, Friday Harbor 360.378.3531 | cottoncottoncotton.com
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A Mermaid’s Treasure Mystical Mermaid WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES
THE SHOP The Mystical Mermaid gift shop in Friday Harbor has been around for more than 25 years, passing through the management of several owners. One thing that hasn't changed in decades is the eclectic and rare treasures you'll find inside, as well as the store's loyal followers. "There are people who stop here first when visiting the island, with their luggage, before even going to their hotel rooms," said current owner Brian Moore. We can attest: Mystical Mermaid is a memorable store with something for everyone and well worth the visit.
THE ATMOSPHERE A spicy scent of incense welcomes patrons into the space. Bright teal walls highlight paintings, photographs, and wood carvings. Trinkets are organized neatly on shelves and tables. Though there's a lot to look at, generous shelf and floor space help prevent feeling overwhelmed. Moore, a father who's experienced shopping with a stroller, ensured a stroller — and wheelchair — friendly floor plan.
KEY PEOPLE Moore and wife Rebekah are owners of this shareholder business. In a former life, Brian worked as a research scientist at the University of Washington. He and Rebekah honeymooned on Friday Harbor almost 16 years ago, deeming Mystical Mermaid one of their favorite stores. They returned to Seattle with fond memories of the island, and life continued. Around the time of the 2008 economic crisis, funding for research projects took a nosedive, resulting in Moore's termination from UW. Destiny stepped in and, as Moore describes it, "Things fell into place." The Moores moved to Friday Harbor and took over Mystical Mermaid. 32 NorthSoundLife.com
WHAT YOU'LL FIND Moore's goal with Mystical Mermaid is to sell items that visitors can't find at home, but also things that locals can't buy online. As a result, he's curated a collection of singular finds and pieces made by local artists. About 50 percent of the goods come from on-island artists, like Joan Mann the Woodwizard. Mann arranges pieces of multicolored wood into one-of-a-kind wall hangings in the shapes of hummingbirds, whales, and snakes. Except for the black in her orcas, she doesn't paint any of the pieces, just adds a clear sealant. This writer fell in love with the Sasquatch hanging. It’s now in my son's woodland-themed nursery. There's not just artwork in Mystical Mermaid, you'll find functional items as well. Decorated Czech glass nail files from Portland artists sit beside a bowl of glass heart paperweights. Sturdy metal mermaid bottle openers will make any party more fun, and hefty amethyst slabs are beautiful and functional as bookends. Music lovers should check out the stone guitar picks made with Montana agate. Stone, unlike plastic, doesn't absorb sound, allowing for crisper, cleaner notes. Dreamcatchers line the doorway into a room displaying incense and mermaid decor. Further back you'll find a room filled with cacti, succulents, and air plants. Moore repurposes objects like porcelain statues and radios into air plant holders, making for unusual additions to any decor. There's enough to keep a shopper happily browsing and coming back for more. Mystical Mermaid's appeal lies in its everchanging store front and inventory. Said Moore: “We don't want to be predictable.”
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OWNER’S FAVORITE Mystical Mermaid has a large following of rock and mineral enthusiasts. "There's a special energy [on the island],” said Moore. “Many people connect with rocks and minerals that contain that energy." Moore himself is drawn to the energy and beauty of these various rocks and minerals. There's the deep purple sparkle of amethyst, the incredible black shine of obsidian, and the unique color and reflective properties of labradorite, believed to have strength and protection energies. Moore is working to set up crystal healing light therapy by the summertime. It's a bed of crystals and a healing light bar that will realign and energize chakras. This way patrons can leave Mystical Mermaid with their new purchases in hand, feeling energized and refreshed.
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Radishes: The Crown Jewel of Spring WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY SARA SOUTHERLAND
pring has officially sprung in the Pacific Northwest and that makes local food geeks like me giddy for several reasons:
SPRING IS MY FAVORITE SEASON FOR LOCAL VEGETABLES. Fresh, spicy greens, beautiful French breakfast radishes, the cutest baby veggies (beets, carrots), sweet, succulent sprouts and peas; it’s heaven. What better way to pull us out of the winter than the cleansing, fresh foods of spring?
IT’S TIME FOR CSAs. Right now is the best time to sign up with a local farmer to receive a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. CSAs are where you sign up with a local farmer at the beginning of the season and receive a weekly box of seasonal produce — and the excitement feels like Christmas every week. It’s the most direct way to support local farmers, it’s a great value, and a fun way to eat with the seasons. I’m looking forward to getting weekly deliveries right to the office! … continued on next page
RADISHES, RADISHES, RADISHES. Spicy, delicious jewels that they are — and also the featured Harvest of the Month item for May. Harvest of the Month is a program that started in schools, where a local produce item was featured on school menus. Now you can also find the item on restaurant menus and featured in grocery displays, farmers markets, and around the community each month. It’s shining the light on seasonal produce and giving our thanks to farmers, as well as helping us learn more about what grows well in our region and how we can intentionally eat more with the seasons. My first experience with radishes was from my story book of fairy tales, and the tale of Rapunzel: A young mother-to-be has an obsession with the ruby-red radishes her neighbor next door grows and can’t be without them. Her dutiful husband goes out every night to quietly snip radishes for his eager wife to enjoy. Until one night, the next-door neighbor, who turns out to be an evil witch, catches the husband in his nightly ritual and declares that because he has taken something precious of hers, she will take something precious from him — his firstborn child! What a fee for a few radishes! Thus, Rapunzel is thrown in a tower. The yearning glimmer in the mother’s eye for radishes stuck with me, and to this day, I often treasure radishes as the precious red jewels the story depicted. Radishes are usually eaten raw or in salads, or with dip. They can also be sautéed or roasted along with other root vegetables. Radishes are great for adding a bit of crunch and zest to any recipe. And can we talk about the greens? Yes, you can eat radish greens! Not only are they incredibly nutritious, it’s an awesome way to get the most value from your food. Radishes are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of fiber, potassium and zinc. The recipes below are both simple and delicious. You can find most of the ingredients at our local farmers markets too! Happy Vitamin D, and here’s to celebrating the bounty of our region.
Radish Salsa A fun new way to try radishes mixed with other fresh flavors, giving a new, zesty spin on more traditional salsas. Recipe modified from Mark Bittman.
Ingredients 1 ½ 1 1 1
pound radishes, cut into small cubes cucumber, cut into small cubes green onion, chopped clove garlic, minced Tbsp minced fresh chili (like jalapeno or serrano), seeds removed for less spice 2 Tbsp lemon juice ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions • Add all ingredients to a bowl, and add salt and pepper to taste. • Taste and add more chili, lemon or salt as needed. • Serve with chips or crackers of choice. 36 NorthSoundLife.com
Baguette Slices with Mandolined Radishes, Butter and Sea Salt A simple, yet delightful addition to a spring brunch, lunch, potluck or picnic
Ingredients 1 1 2
Breadfarm Baguette, cut into slices bunch radishes, mandolined or sliced thin Tbsp Breckenridge Farm butter Sea salt sprinkled on top
What to do with radish greens Don’t throw them away! One way to get the most from your grocery budget is to use ALL of the vegetable, and not only are radish green perfectly edible, they can make a peppery and delicious addition to many recipes. Radish greens tend to wilt quickly, so it’s best to remove from the radishes, wash and store in a plastic bag, and use within a few days. Here are some ideas to use those greens: • Sauté with onions and add to an egg scramble • Add to a stir-fry • Make radish leaf pesto — substitute for any other herb in the recipe • Add to soups
Resources • For a full CSA Farm List, visit eatlocalfirst.org • For a list of what’s in season and farms that offer products, pick up a new Whatcom Food & Farm Finder • The Bellingham Farmers Market runs every Saturday through December from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • The Twin Sisters Farmers Market (Deming & Kendall), Ferndale Farmers Market and Lynden Farmers Market all start in June
Dance In Bellingham Open Classes Encourage All-Comers WRITTEN BY ALEXANDRA HAUPT | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
neighborhood cafe links, window to window, with a wide-open space — symbiotically, a dance studio. At the Firehouse Café, lattes are not the only treats on the menu. Open dance classes are offered in the next room over. Ballet, modern, and contemporary are taught throughout the week. An open dance class is a place for movers of all shapes, sizes, and skill level. All you need is the ability to exercise and the willingness to let go…and dance! On a Monday in March, a Bellingham Repertory Company dancer, Juliette Machado, teaches modern dance at the Firehouse Cafe. She begins the class with an ode of togetherness. We sit in a circle, introduce ourselves and answer two simple questions: What is our favorite fruit? What is our favorite flower? After this moment of greeting, we spread out on the floor. Let the day pour away and breathe, she says. The class begins with improvisational movement, also called improv (the process of spontaneously creating movement). We are told to walk around the room to feel the space. Then warm-up takes place. She leads us to floor work, tendus, pliés and choreographic sequences to get the body ready for across-the-floor. Machado then teaches a movement phrase. The dance we learn swings our bodies up and down with a few flares, a fondue arabesque for those ballerinas out there, and a butt roll to stand-up pike. This is contemporary dance, a way to move, exercise, and experience the art of expression.
Bellingham Repertory Dance (BRD) offers contemporary dance on Sunday from 10 – 10:30 a.m. and Monday from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The dancers rotate, which means that the classes change as well. Each instructor teaches with his or her own style and class structure. Machado explained this gives people a chance to experience a variety of movement aesthetics. These dance classes welcome any dancing spirit to participate. “I love teaching BRD’s classes at the Firehouse because of the diversity of the people that come through the door to take class,” Machado said. “Their love of movement is palpable, and the fact that they create space in their weekly schedules to dance with me continues to fuel my fire for dance.” A few studios in Bellingham offer open adult dance classes. ABCDance offers tap, swing, and jazz in a charming building on North State Street. Tabetha Clark, the founder, says on her website the focus is on creating a strong technical base while nurturing each individual’s creativity. La Vida Dance Studio downtown offers Dance Fitness with Sonja Hintz. This is a class for core, cardio, balance and strength. Other classes include: Authentic Movement, Belly dance, and Tango. Presence Studio offers a variety of movement classes and workshops. Three Sixty Step is offered on Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings. This is an aerobics class that combines energy, fitness, and wellbeing. Contact Improv is offered on Wednesdays — a class rooted in listening (to the music and the response of one’s body). Bellingham is a place where runners, hikers, bikers, and yoga enthusiasts thrive. We are a pretty active community. There are plenty of ways to stay healthy and fit. Dance just happens to be a great to way to stay fit as well, and is available throughout Bellingham.
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Cosmetic Enhancements WRITTEN BY JENN BACHTEL
f you want to enhance your image, you have more options than ever before. Like any surgery or procedure, there are always risks involved. But cosmetic enhancements have become easier, less expensive, and more mainstream than you may realize. We are taking a closer look at some of the more commonplace and minimally invasive procedures on the market today.
After the brows are drawn on and even, there is a short tweezing break to clean up the area around the new brow design, set up a sterile work space, and prepare her tools.
STEP 4 Woodworth calls this her “first pass” step. She tattoos four to five hairstroke lines along the length of the brow on each side that just scratch the surface area, and then numbs the brow with a lidocaine anesthetic gel. This allows the gel to penetrate the brow area so you feel no pain. She gives this a few minutes to take effect.
STEP 5 Now Woodworth goes to work making precision hairline tattoo strokes throughout the entire new brow area, pausing to wipe clean the area and even numbing again midway through. She checks in several times with her client for a comfort check. I checked in with the client myself several times and she reported zero pain or discomfort and even nodded off for a few minutes.
STEP 6 After finishing the hair strokes, Woodworth does a last tweezing pass for stragglers, measures again to be sure, and hands over the mirror. Her client was beyond pleased. I checked in with the client after seven days and she reported feeling no pain or side effects at all, and loves her new look!
More people are popping up with perfect liner, great brows, and fuller-looking hair, all thanks to the permanent makeup industry. I had to see what this was all about so I shadowed traveling permanent cosmetic artist Bobbie Craft Woodworth. Woodworth specializes in permanent makeup and scalp micropigmentation — the ultimate in non-surgical male and female scalp grooming. The procedure has been hailed by some as a life-changing treatment where natural pigments are applied at the epidermal level of the scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair follicles. Woodworth invited me for a behind-the-scenes look at Permanent Cosmetics on the eyebrows.
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STEP 1 The initial conversation is crucial, Woodworth said. This is the time when you decide on the shape, color, length, and overall look of your new brows. Taking care to be sure a client is voicing all of their expectations is crucial, she said. Pro tip: Have several different looks drawn on and spend time looking at each one before you decide.
STEP 2 Woodworth begins the process of drawing on the brows as a guide for the tattoo. She takes great care to get them just how the client wants, and even measures several different points to be sure they are even. She checks several times and has her client check as well. 38 NorthSoundLife.com
CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected. The treated fat cells are frozen, then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
Q: How much does CoolSculpting cost? A: The price varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals.
Types of Cosmetic Solutions:
Q: Does it work? A: Yes. The CoolSculpting procedure is based on proven science and was created by two Harvard doctors, according to a story on the CBS This Morning website that detailed how, in 2014, the FDA cleared CoolSculpting for specific areas of the body.
Q: What does it feel like? A: During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator are applied to the targeted area. Applicators vacuum the tissue into the applicator cup. You may feel pulling, tugging, and mild pinching. Controlled cooling is then delivered to the targeted fat, so you may feel intense cold. This sensation typically subsides within 10 minutes as the area becomes numb. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.
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Botox relaxes wrinkle lines in the face caused by expressive muscles. The wrinkle-softening effect typically lasts three to four months, though some patients see benefits lasting up to six months. Pro tip: You’ll want to make sure that your injector is experienced and an expert for the specific area being treated (usually the face or an area on the face).
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SOME COMMON QUESTIONS:
Q: Is there a giant needle? A: No. The needle is tiny.
Q: Are the injections painful? A: Typically, the injections are not uncomfortable.They may sting a little, but any slight pain usually abates in a few seconds. Your care provider may apply numbing cream if needed.
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Q: Does it work immediately? A: Botox starts working as soon as the day after injection, but it can take up to two weeks or more before you see the full effect.
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Q: If I stop using Botox will my wrinkle lines look worse? A: This is a common question and the short answer is yes and no. If you stop using Botox your wrinkle lines can look worse than when you were getting the treatment. However, stopping Botox doesn’t make your wrinkle lines look worse than they did originally.
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Chuckanut Ridge Trail (from Cleator Road Overlook) WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
pring hikes can sometimes mean giving up those spectacular views we are spoiled with in the Pacific Northwest. It can also mean rain, snow, and mud: not the most appealing conditions for a hike. Luckily, Whatcom County still has a variety of hikes that keep you out of the mud and allow outdoor people of all skill levels to enjoy our beautiful scenery year-round. For an easy spring hike that doesn’t skip out of on those jaw-dropping Mount Baker views, spend the next sunny day exploring the Chuckanut Ridge Trail. The trail is perfect for spring conditions because of its high elevation, though hikers will gain little elevation during the hike itself because the trail is accessible from the Cleator Road overlook. The overlook will allow you to skip the incline and the mud. But be aware that the relatively level terrain makes the trail popular for mountain bikers as well. Avoid getting in anyone’s way by staying alert and stepping off the trail if necessary. The trail meanders along a ridge line in the center of Larrabee State Park. To the west, you’ll get views of Bellingham Bay, glimpsed through the dense forest. But be sure to pay attention to small lookout points on the east side of the trail. This is where you’ll find views of snow-capped Mt. Baker. I recommend picking one of these little lookout spots for a trail snack before heading back. To get there, take Highway 11 (Chuckanut Drive) and turn on Highline Drive.The road veers left to become Cleator Road. Follow the road to its end and park at the overlook. Backtrack about a tenth of a mile and you’ll see a fence marking the trail on the right. 40 NorthSoundLife.com
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Our Guide to Style in the North Sound celebrates what we are as much as what we are not. We are not, for example, Seattle or Vancouver (thank goodness) or the suburbs thereof. We live with our own kind of flair here in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties. With that in mind, we tapped into some local style icons and experts on topics such as dressing for bad weather, manners, bike commuting, backyard entertaining, and hair and makeup. And yes, we even got style advice about our pooches, those flesh-and-blood accessories we can’t seem to live without. Here’s hoping you find something useful, fun, or even beautiful, in the following pages. © Alex Hayden
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How to Decorate Your
Home with Art WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN Lori Hill
In the street markets of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Lori Hill started intensely collecting art, and has been building her collection ever since. Hill, residing in a home in Bellingham with perfect views of Mt. Baker and Lake Whatcom, is a local artist who works mostly with oil paintings. Her work is on display in Banner Bank, the Art Market in Fairhaven, and in exhibits. “Art should be chosen because it speaks to you and stirs something inside of you,” says Hill, as she walks through her home, pointing out personally evocative pieces. When choosing art in the home, Hill said the biggest mistake people make is choosing art to match their color scheme and furniture. “Art that evokes an emotion will never go out of style,” she said. If you love the art that you choose, it will work in your home. There are no rules of which art medium to have in your home, or what style or color, said Hill. If the art piece makes you happy, or leaves you feeling relaxed and tranquil, then it’ll fit in your home. Conventional wisdom says to match frame colors and materials, but Hill says to do whatever feels right to you. When it comes to placement, art should be everywhere — bathroom, living room, walk-in closet, etc. Hill even has a framed painting in her pantry. If you have the money and resources, buy an uplight or downlight lamp to make the art really pop. If you don’t have access to those resources, work with natural light. How does it look in that area during morning light or afternoon light? Experiment with lighting to see how to best highlight the artwork.
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Art displayed in your home is like your vision board, whether it’s an abstract piece with colors that stir certain emotions, or a landscape that shows where you want to go. For Jody Bergsma, her home and the art on her walls is a vision board of her life goals. Bergsma is a local artist in Bellingham, who from a young age won awards for her art and has now produced more than 1,000 paintings. Her style merges creativity and her love for math to create unique pieces. “Color affects everyone — it’s entirely personal,” says Bergsma as she walks in her living room where her own abstract paintings are displayed. The reds and blues of the pieces give a feeling of warmth and coziness. When starting a room or trying to find what art to show, start with the color. Bergsma asks herself: What are my favorite colors? Find what colors feel good to you. We live in a region where it’s mostly grey and cloudy, so bringing in colors that feel good allows happiness to bloom in a room. To best illuminate the pieces in her home, she installed track spot lighting on her ceilings. Bergsma is adamant about allowing art to be lit and not put in a dark corner. If you’re on a budget, and buying art from a local or original artist is really not an option, Bergsma suggests going to a department store like Lowe’s. She has recently seen good canvas paintings there. However, she offers this option: An artist wants you to have their art in your home, so ask if you can pay a little each month, i.e. $100, to work up to the full price of the artwork. Also, by keeping in touch with the artist this way, you get to know the artist better and the art will be more personal. Don’t pick a piece because it’ll impress others. As Bergsma says, “the home is your sanctuary.” Peaceful and relaxing, home takes you away from life’s stresses. Art can help heal you from the craziness and the chaos. Your home and your sanctuary, she says, “is your piece of art.”
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Backyard Entertaining So you want to throw a stylish backyard party — something classier than a barbeque but not as fancy as a Gatsby bash. As founder of SKB Events (skbevent.com), Sarah Brand has seen her share of elegant outdoor shindigs in 11 years of producing domestic and international social functions. We asked Brand to give her advice on holding backyard parties in the North Sound’s great outdoors, some things to avoid and some tips we never would have thought of (cat food? It’s not what you think).
People will serve food not meant for al fresco
dining. They will try to be too fancy and make a crown roast of pork or French cheese canapes. They’re either too heavy for eating outside, or it’s too weird to use fine china when it’s on your lap. Stay away from things like artichokes, spaghetti, soup. You’re not going to eat Pho outside. Keep it simple.
The theory of entertaining is to know your
audience. We do 10 events a year for the same clients. We don’t do weddings. Know what you want and what they want.
Terrified of bees? We can make all the centerpieces out of mint and tarragon, little tiny herb gardens. They repel bees. If you pick really stinky flowers and lavendar, you’re going to get bees. We have a cat food trick. Take wet cat
food, put it in really shallow bowls on the party perimeter. Bees love it. Bees and bugs. Black flies and bees for sure.
Use lemon balm to repel mosquitoes. The most successful party is a party
with a theme. Mexican. South Texas — have ribs, eight different kinds of barbeque sauce. I’m really big on the buffet idea. You put the salsas on. That’s big when you’re having a party with kids.
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Torches are fun and elegant. You don’t have to use Tiki torches. There are plenty of other kinds out there.
Linens are really important. White or red-checked,
you can really change a space with linens’ texture and length. To make it more formal, go to the ground. There’s always a dry cleaner.
Use tap lights. They’re circular. Get them at Home Depot. Put a long linen, a 132-inch circular linen, atop a cocktail table and poof it out like a skirt. Place four lights underneath. It glows. It’s very elegant and very grown-up. Candles are important. For a dinner party, it’s all about the mood. No need for plastic cups. Don’t have to use fine china. But no one wants to drink champagne out of a sippy cup. Get a tent. We never do an outside party without backup plan. It’s important to be flexible. If you have no backup plan, you are just screwed.
Grow Your Garden
Honor the architecture on the site. Design to embrace, extend, accentuate the details of your home. Embrace multiple important systems with a
feature: Consider building a raingarden to filter storm water while providing beneficial habitat for birds and insects, and creating a vibrant garden focal point.
Create destinations in the garden. Locations to stroll to, meditate within, enjoy the views from. Plant in layers for impact over multiple
seasons. Balance flower and foliage color with overall plant form for dynamic planting beds.
Play with formality. Invite symmetry and order into a corner, or use it to guide the entire layout. It’s a classic garden design structure that endures in style forever. Bring the sound of water into your garden. This blue urn creates a simple statement of beauty and it is plumbed above an invisible reservoir to capture and recirculate the water that flows over its rim. Leave space for art. Consider ducks! They are the new chickens! They lay eggs more regularly than chickens and are more heat- and cold-tolerant. They are healthier, their eggs are superior and they are undeniably cute. Make the journey through your garden a delight. Create a path that is a pleasure to walk upon whether you are heading to take out the trash, or unwinding among rich plantings after a long day. Screen unsightly elements with shrubs and con-
structed elements. Build a beautiful fence to enclose your vegetable garden, garbage cans, utility areas.
Tired of the same-old, same-old? Molly Maguire of Molly Maguire Landscape Architecture offers some tips on how to turn your garden and backyard into a thing of beauty — and make it helpful for the environment too: Marry form and function. Spend the extra time and dollars to invest in the crucial foundation infrastructure of your garden first. When conditions allow, celebrate it with beauty.
Behaving with Style: WRITTEN BY CATHERINE TORRES It seems life has become a lot more casual, but that’s no excuse for forgetting your manners. Arden Clise of Seattle’s Clise Etiquette, an etiquette school specializing in business and children’s etiquette classes, agrees. Clise said so much communication is through digital means nowadays, the lack of face-toface interaction makes it easier to be rude. Even in our increasingly technological world, the truly stylish know manners aren’t optional.
At the Table Bad table manners are becoming the
norm: clattering forks, smacking lips, talking with mouths full of food. Clise has noticed people tend to talk loudly while shoveling food into their mouths, and seem to have no qualms about asking to eat other people’s food. The dining experience has turned into something resembling a primitive act. But you don’t have to join in. Take small bites, chew thoroughly with your mouth closed, and focus on your own plate.
While in dining establishments, keep your voice and laughter at appropriate levels.
If you’re at a fancy table with
multiple utensils and glasses per place setting, know which ones are yours. Check out our table setting illustration for guidance.
Properly butter a roll by tearing off smaller pieces and buttering those. Don’t simply smear butter on the entire roll.
Bite into a piece of gristle or an olive pit?
Remove it discreetly with your fingers and hide it on your plate or tuck it into a cocktail napkin. Don’t spit into a dinner napkin, especially a cloth one, because then you won’t be able to use the napkin properly. 46 NorthSoundLife.com
Attending a Party Hostess gifts are always appropriate. They are a way of thanking your host or hostess and showing them your appreciation. Gifts do not have to be extravagant or expensive: a bottle of wine, some flowers, and, for casual get-togethers, some beer or homemade dip is good. The only time you can forego the gift is for potlucks. Since potlucks are a combined effort, your dish is your contribution. Offer help to a party host, but don’t continue to insist if he or she declines. During parties carry food or drink in your left hand so you can still shake hands with your right. You’ll enjoy your drink and gracefully say hello.
For more table etiquette, we asked Bellingham bon vivant Zacchoreli Frescobaldi-Grimaldi, our food and dining expert, for his advice.
Your bread plate is at 11 o’clock. Your glass (wine, water, etc.) is at about 1 o’clock.
Which fork to use when?
In general, start from the outside. Far left is generally the salad fork (it’s usually smaller), then the entrée fork, then dessert fork (smaller).
What about that tiny fork at 12 o’clock? Usually, it’s for seafood. What spoon should I use?
This is more obvious. The outermost spoon (bigger) is for soup. The other spoon is to stir coffee.
Top Manners Mistakes We’re Still Making RSVPing. Guests need to RSVP by the date requested, even if you won’t make it. Otherwise it’ll be a headache for the party planner to have an accurate guest count. Don’t make the planner guess if you’re showing up or track you down to ask. If you say you’ll attend, you are obligated to show unless there’s an emergency. If you say you won’t attend, don’t surprise the host by showing up.
Phone use. It’s easy to talk too loud on a cell phone. Monitor your
voice in public places. Turn off your speaker — no one cares to hear your conversation. Don’t check your phone in a dark theater, or while having a conversation, or — ick! — while in the bathroom (not only rude, but unsanitary). Remove your phone from the table while eating — putting it face down does not count. Simply having the device on the table tells your dining companions that their company is not as important as potential notifications. Exception: when the phone is central to the conversation, i.e. you’re sharing pictures with your dining companions, planning an outing, or researching together. Finally, if you’re on a job interview, don’t even think about taking a call or sending a text. Unless you don’t want the job. And if you don’t, why are you there?
Little things. We’ve become accustomed to living in our own
bubbles. Clise reminds her clients that it’s the “little things that make a difference.” Greet other people. Even a quick smile to acknowledge their presence will suffice. Saying “thank you” isn’t just for children — it demonstrates your appreciation for someone’s effort. For gifts or kind actions that required a friend to go out of his or her way, a verbal thank you should be followed with an email or handwritten note. You’re expressing gratitude and letting someone know you appreciate them.
What about a spoon and fork at 12 o’clock?
Use those for the dessert course. Dinner Table Don’ts: When finished, place used utensils on your plate, not on the tablecloth.
How to hold a wine glass
Formal: By the pedestal. Hold it like a saucer. Frescobaldi-Grimaldi rests the pedestal on three fingers. Informal: By the stem with the fingertips. Dinner Table Don’ts: Don’t cup the goblet, which is wrong in two ways. Your body temperature warms the wine; you might break the glass.
How to drink from a wine glass Right: Pick a spot and drink from the same place Dinner Table Don’t: Drink from all over, leaving lipstick (or lip-prints) on the glass. Tip: Find the maker’s mark, point it to 6 o’clock each time you drink.
How much wine should I pour?
Fill about 1/3 of the glass.
What to do with a napkin
Right: As soon as you are seated, place the napkin on your lap. Tip: Use the corner and dab. Dinner Table Don’ts: • Use it like a washcloth. (You’re eating, not exfoliating.) • Place the napkin on the table if you leave temporarily. Instead, it’s proper to place it on your chair.
How to Redo Your Closet
WRITTEN BY HANNAH AMUNDSON
One of the most personal, and hidden, spaces in your house, the closet is usually the last feature you consider when it comes to an upgrade. Since you’re really the only one going in there, it’s easy to put off. But in the name of self-improvement, and spring-cleaning, maybe it’s time. Sam Drake from Drake Closet Design in Bellingham is an expert on how to redesign your closet with style. Here are his tips and tricks.
Consider Function First Before the aesthetic of the closet and the storage aspect, look at the functionality to start. Study your own closet. Make notes on what you want it to do. After that, think about looks. A tip: Are you right-handed or left? Arrange accordingly. Drake says people use their dominant hand to reach for items.
Optimize your Space You don’t want to feel claustrophobic in your own closet. Maximize space with a two-tiered hanging system instead of the standard one-tiered. Drake: “When you double up, you create space and there’s more room for shelves.
Don’t Put Baby in the Corner One of the biggest mistakes in closet design is to use corners for shelving. That makes shelves harder to reach and limits space. So you’re less inclined to use them. That’s how you end up with a bunch of clothes on the floor.
Meet with a Professional You knew this was coming. But sometimes you need a neutral party, an objective view, a stranger’s dispassionate look at your personal space to achieve the closet of your dreams. Many professionals offer a free consultation to discuss options, and since each closet is different it can be helpful to consult with a pro. © Courtesy of Organizers Direct
Building a Stylish Bar
Variety is key when entertaining, and having several options within reaching distance for you and your guests is best. Theme bars from spirits to brews are popular, and adding an elegant or rustic chalkboard menu to feature your selections is a wonderful introduction for guests
WRITTEN BY TANNA EDLER, TANNA BY DESIGN Inspired by the relaxed vibe of their favorite pub or intimate lounge, many of my clients are creating a place of their own to entertain. Basements, garages and even hall closets are being turned into trendy residential bars. We have converted larges rooms and small spaces. Here are a some of the key components we included in each design.
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Shaker, jigger, muddler, bar spoon and bottle opener are just a few of the items you should have in your drawer. Many of these items can be purchased in a set and they make the perfect host/hostess gift. And don’t forget the bar towels!
Barware Glassware in the bar is mandatory. Have fun stocking the appropriate beer, wine, cocktail and outdoor glasses, depending on your occasion and location. Use stylish stemware for a night in or durable polycarbonate for poolside parties, picnics and barbecues. Whichever you choose, have plenty easily accessible to your guests as well as a visible utility tote for dirty glassware. © Tana Edler
Ice Cubes If a cold drink is what you are serving, it must be frosty! Frozen ice cubes, whisky rocks or a kegerator are all essential items in your bar. The key word is “in.” Within close reach you will need a tap handle, freezer and/or ice bucket. And, chilled mugs are sure to delight!
Munchies With any great drink comes an equally important pairing. Again, depending on the menu, easy edibles are ideal when entertaining. Quantity and portions are important to keep in mind when you send your invites. And be creative — use your barware as serving pieces.
Seating Bar stools, cozy chairs or a community bench are all necessities as you take pleasure in your favorite beverage over an enjoyable conversation. Having stackable options in a storage room is also smart when the party is a little larger. © Tana Edler
Workout Sweating with Style: What to Do and What to Have WRITTEN BY CATHERINE TORRES Sure, you love running or your 8 a.m. yoga class, but mixing up how you get your daily burn is a fun way to achieve a complete body transformation. Cross-training is in vogue and for good reason: changing up your workouts challenges different
muscles in different ways and that helps you become stronger, leaner, and less tired. Afraid you’ll enter a workout unprepared? You have to have a multi-purpose wardrobe too. We’ve got the essentials you need for every workout, with some even working double-duty. You’ll feel great and look stylish!
Monday Start the week swimming. Like the activity but hate looking like an owl afterward? Try the Speedo MDR 2.4 Polarized goggle. The wide lens widens your frame of vision, while elastomeric technology lightens the pressure on your eye sockets.
Tuesday Ultimate Essential The perfect pair of athletic pants are Joules Athletics Ashley legging. Perfect as a base layer for cold activities like skiing or snowshoeing, and ideal for flexible moves. The stitching is done in a way that to prevents chafing, so lace up those running sneakers! Plus, like any good leggings, the back is higher than the front to avoid the dreaded “bend over and give everyone a show” ordeal.
Try a class that lengthens your muscles. Barre, acrobatic yoga and pilates will do the trick. For any noshoe studio classes, keep your feet clean and secure during the most challenging poses with grippy socks. We love Gaiam’s Grippy Yoga-Barre Socks. In addition to the non-slip bottoms, criss-crossed elastic straps keep the socks in place.
Spike up your endurance with a spinning class. Keep your momentum strong with a water bottle big enough to quench your thirst but small enough to fit into the bike’s drink cage. A plus: Being able to pop it open with one hand. Try the Nalgene Everyday on the Fly Water Bottle.
Thursday It’s time for some heavy metal. Strengthen those muscles by lifting weights. Maintain a good grip while protecting your palms from callouses with lightweight lifting gloves. We like the minimalist feel and grip of the Contraband Pink Label 5537 Women MICRO Weight Lifting Gloves with Grip-Lock Padding. (P.S. They come in many colors, not just pink)
Saturday Gear up for an outdoor run. Your body is working hard enough without you having to deal with chafing. Use Waxelene Anti-Chafe Balm. It’s made simply with soy oil and beeswax with a light, clean scent.
Friday Get some serious OM during yoga class. Is drippy sweat or unruly hair a problem? Try out a Buff. It’s versatile enough to wear as a thick or thin headband and even a hair tie. Off the mat, the Buff is great for protecting against wind, UV light, and cold during outdoor activities. This is one essential that will see you through many activities.
Sunday Recover with a comfortable walk either in town or on one of our many beautiful trails. Experiencing some soreness? Help boost your recovery with The Stick, a plastic rod surrounded by plastic spindles that roll independently to help knead out sore muscles. It’s been used by top athletes since 1988, so you know it can handle your tight hamstrings.
Workout Bag Essentials Pack your gym bag with a few key items and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. We asked Eat the Frog (ETF) personal trainers Kaylene Giri and Shelly Geist, both coaches at Thrive Community Fitness in Anacortes, what they keep in their gym bags to stay fresh and stylish. With these essentials, it’ll be easier to go from sweaty to glowing in minutes. If you’re always in a time crunch to fit in a workout and find yourself trying to go from red-faced to put-together instantly, then try some of these tips: To dispel redness, Giri washes her face with cold water. To style sweaty hair quickly, use dry shampoo like Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo, or don a wide headband, like Geist does. You’ve managed to wash your hair, but have no time to dry it? Pull it into a ponytail, do a simple braid, then wrap into a bun. Secure with bobby pins. You have a chic, polished look and your heavy, wet hair will help keep itself in place.
Extra pair of socks, hair ties, and sports bra (Lucy Support Sport Bra shown). You never know when you’ll be running late and forget one of these crucial items.
Baby wipes, dry shampoo, and spray deodorant to freshen up without a shower.
Pre- and post-work-out snacks like Sports Beans, a good PowerBar, or protein mix. A snack will keep even the busiest of exercisers satisfied.
Your favorite pain relieving gel, like BioFreeze. May 2017
If You Like Craft Beers... and Getting Caught in the Rain!
Dressing for Northwest Weather WRITTEN BY EMILY BYLIN PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHAD COLEMAN
You wake up in the morning, sun’s out, birds chirping. It’s going to be a beautiful day. By lunch, it’s hailing. By the time you get off work, it’s nice and sunny again, so you decide to go out for happy hour. You take a seat on your favorite patio when an ominous cloud rolls in, then the telltale drip, drip, drop. Classic Pacific Northwest.
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Happy Hour & Beyond A well-constructed dress and a comfortable pair of heeled booties can take you from work, to happy hour, to a night on the town. Throw on a leather jacket to contrast a feminine outfit with a sense of cool toughness.
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A Weekend Adventure A good pair of all-weather boots is an important staple for keeping your toes dry on a Northwest adventure. I love the look of a classic flannel with a ball cap for whatever Mother Nature has in store. Don’t forget your rain jacket.
Off to Work As someone who sits at a desk all day, dressing for work is all about comfort. A quality pair of leggings is essential for pairing with a nice tunic or dress. Top it off with a long cashmere sweater, a stylish trench coat, and a classic pair of boots.
Tips on Wearing a Hat Wear It Like You Mean It A hat can be overwhelming for someone who lacks the confidence to fully support the weight of an accessory as bold as a hat. Wear it loud, and wear it proud. You must wear it as the queen herself dons the royal crown
Find the Right Hat for You Don’t be afraid to experiment. I’m a fan of wool because of the texture and weight. Maybe start with a smaller brim, like a trilby or a fedora. Try out different shapes like a porkpie, homburg, or a bowler. Find something that is classic and timeless.
Mind the Hat Hair A good hat can either cover up a bad hair day, or it can draw even more attention to it. The hat and the hair must work together, as one. If my hair is a frizzy, tangled mess, I like to tame it into a loose braid.
with Class Frame the Face There’s something about a bold pair of eyebrows sitting just below the brim of a great hat that is sultry and enticing. Eyebrows are in, so don’t be afraid to let them grow and fill them in. The bigger the better.
Ditch the hood In the Pacific Northwest, we are quite attached to our rain jackets, and for good reason. I like to keep a hat in my car at all times in case of rain. The wide brim keeps me dry enough, plus it adds infinite cool points to any outfit.
Sarah Guenther has heard it all. Even in Bellingham, one of the biggest bike-commuter cities of its size in the nation, people give excuses not to ride to work. But Bellingham made a huge commitment to its pedal-loving citizens with its 2014 Bellingham Biking Master Plan, committing $20 million over 15 years to boost its network to 170 miles of cycling routes in the city, including 50 miles of “non-arterial” (neighborhood) streets and 45 miles of bike lanes. Guenther, as the events educator at The Beauty InstituteSchwarzkopf Professional on Railroad Ave., knows how to look good after a bike commute. (She also works for Mad Dash Bicycle Couriers). Her go-to product for a last-minute touchup: The Balm’s Meet Matt Hughes lip color. Takes two seconds to apply, and gives Guenther a style confidence boost Guenther’s favorite, don’t-leave-home-without-it item: Wool leg warmers, made from recycled sweaters from the Ragfinery. Cut off the sleeves, and bingo! Toasty leg warmers that will insulate even when wet.
WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI & SARAH GUENTHER PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
you are). Wear gloves and pack a second pair for the ride home. Most people pay more than $200 in car payments, gas, insurance per month. You can get a bike rack for $30 and fenders for the same price. Don’t feel like splurging for new bike bags (around $100)? Find them on Craigslist or make your own.
4. My bike has a flat tire.
Take your bike into The HUB Community Bike Shop and ask them to teach you how to fix a flat! For $5 an hour you can work on your bike and there are staff and volunteers there to help you. You can get a repair kit (patch kit, levers, pump) for $27, the equivalent of an entrée and drink.
5. I would if I didn’t have kids.
Sarah Guenther’s Rebuttals to the Top 8 Excuses for Not Riding Your Bike to Work
Most kids will trust you and love what you love, especially if you start them out young. There are many ways to transport kids of all ages. Teaching kids that being gentle on our environment is probably the most valuable lesson we can give them to prepare them for the future. It also encourages exercise, which is good for your heart, your head and your health. Teaching children that they don’t have to rely on gasoline encourages independence!
1. It’s dangerous out there.
6. I have to look nice for work.
Yes, it is. But it’s dangerous driving a car, too. On a bike, you must be more aware because you are more vulnerable. At an intersection, be aware of your four corners, and don’t ever run a yellow. Be visible in traffic. Take side streets — the extra few minutes are worth it. Watch for car doors opening. Having that practice of awareness enriches my daily life. It’s a good habit to have.
2. It’s raining.
Wear acrylic or wool clothing and throw some rain gear over it. Bring a change of clothes in your bike bag. Dress in clothing that can be easily changed. Example: Leggings with a dress, or slacks and a sweater.
3. I don’t have the right gear.
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Leave a couple minutes early, bring a change of clothes, spruce up in the bathroom. You’ll need less makeup since you will have that rosy, post-exercise glow.
7. I live too far away.
Bellingham’s excellent bus system allows you to take a bus into town and ride that last mile. Heck, as the days get longer and your strength and confidence grows, you may start wanting to ride home!
8. I‘m not in shape.
Most people can ride a bike, no matter their shape. The cool thing about a bike is that there are so many variations to accommodate your style, size, posture, etc. The great part about making a habit of riding your bike is that it gets you in shape!
Beauty Fixes for Northwest Weather
WRITTEN BY ASHLEY THOMASSON Like so many of you, it’s hard for me to imagine calling any other place than the Pacific Northwest my “home.” Its charm and beauty is hard to match, and the picturesque scenery is fulfilling in every sense of the word. But making yourself beautiful? Sometimes it can be a challenge.
Setting Spray Above anything else, my No. 1 product recommendation is always a setting spray. From weddings to inclement weather, to any other day, this product will keep your looking fresh all day. My favorite: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, original formula. Works for all skin types and performs well without leaving a sticky feeling.
Resurrect Your Mascara
Dry Skin Moisturizer
Continuing my love for Urban Decay products, I recommend Mascara Resurrection. It’s the only product I’ve seen of its kind and I think it’s revolutionary. If your mascara is clumpy after an unexpected cloudburst, or you just need to freshen up before a night out, swipe this on your lashes to de-clump and add moisture. You can stop there or add another coat of mascara to bring your lashes back from the dead.
No matter your skin type, these last two winters seem to have left everyone’s skin more drier and chapped than normal. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream is good for both your hands and face and heals your parched skin fast. It’s my go-to when I need extra moisture in the winter or when traveling.
Hair Tie Bracelet
By spring, I’m needing sun. But often I’m not available to take advantage of spring break travels. If you are like me and trying to find ways to bring the sun to you, try a bronzer to bring some warmth to your cheeks. I love this Pro Bronze Fusion from Makeup Forever. It adds a nice glow without being too shimmery and adds the perfect hint of being sun-kissed.
Probably my worst habit that I just can’t break is wearing a hair tie on my wrist. I never know when I’ll need it and often use it to save my hair if it’s fallen flat. It doesn’t look good, but the convenience is worth it. Enter the best invention I wish I’d thought of first: the hair-tie bracelet. Your hair tie becomes a part of the bracelet. Choose from many cute styles. It’s quick and easy to get on and off, and you no longer need to worry about it being too tight on your wrist.
We know what you’re thinking:
Does a Dog Really Need a Second Coat? WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI In some cases, yes — frail dogs, old ones, skinny, sick,
tiny — all can get cold. But your standard Labrador retriever, the one who can’t pass a puddle without treating it like his own personal playground? In that case, maybe the coat’s more for you, not him. But that’s nothing new. We’ve humanized our dogs, and our pets in general, to create a multimillion dollar industry. Total U.S. pet industry expenditures were $66.75 million in 2016, according to the American Pet Products Association. That is expected to grow to $69.36 million in 2017.
Once the territory of the very rich or the very weird, it’s common now to see dogs sporting sweaters and coats. And Halloween — don’t get us started. A 2014 APPA survey of consumers showed one-third of all dog owners have purchased clothing for their dog, up from 26 percent in 2012.
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To try to get a handle on our dog fashion fetish, we turned to … Canada. That’s the home of RC Pet Products, manufacturer of dog outerwear and accessories sold in pet stores in the U.S. and Canada. The B.C. company is familiar with the understated nature of dog owners here in the North Sound, where dressing your dog in style means being practical — unless it’s Halloween, and you can’t resist that muscled Superman outfit for your miniature Schnauzer. RC Pet Products manufactures clothing to keep
your pooch warm — and, let’s face it, to look cute too. But there’s another practicality: water repellency, said Kasumi Forth, RC Pet’s technical design manager. “It rains so much, we want to (help so) when he comes back inside he’s not soaking wet.” Or muddy. That’s what dog booties are mostly for, unless your dog is training for the Iditarod.
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Forth said RC Pet makes their dog wear with the samegrade fabric as people wear. When it comes to product research, the company looks to two-legged consumers by attending outdoor retailer shows, populated by familiar names like North Face, Patagonia, REI and MEC, to see what’s trending. So, while your dog might not need a second coat, admit it: You might need him to have one. © couresty of RC Pet Products
Stylish Clothes Shopping from Home WRITTEN BY LYNETTE MARTINEZ
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Personalized Wardrobe Delivered to Your Door Used to be that if you needed a cocktail dress for a wedding, or a new suit for a job interview, you faced a trip to the mall or local boutique. Or you’d have to wade through countless websites with no idea about what will fit or look good. Shopping can be fun but, honestly, who has the time? Plus, let’s be honest: Some of us are just clueless when it comes to personal style. Do you know how to dress for your body type? Do you know what current fashion trends complement your personality? Having a personal stylist is a great idea, but how affordable is that? Well, thanks to the technology evolution, traditional ways of shopping have progressed. Websites, apps and even “alternative stores” have emerged, transforming shopping at brick-and-mortar stores into shopping from home (or wherever there is WiFi) with the benefit of a personal fashion advisor.
Cabi brings a personal stylist into your home, where you and a group of your friends get to enjoy a “fashion experience” (best realized, perhaps, with wine and hors d’oeuvres). Viewing, touching, trying on, and buying clothes can now happen in the comfort of your own home, or “alternative store.” Think Tupperware parties — similar concept but all about fashionable clothing and accessories. If you would like to host a Cabi “fashion experience,” go to cabionline.com,
register to host, and then a personal Cabi stylist will be paired with you based on location. Another perk: You yourself can become a Cabi stylist and receive rewards from items you sell.
Feeling like your work wardrobe is drab, or getting tired of wearing black from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday? Log into MMLafleur.com and take a survey that will help a stylist personalize your choices. A Bento-type box consisting of four to six clothing pieces will be sent to your door. You then have four days to try everything on. If you love the piece, you purchase it. If you don’t, send it back. Shipping is free both directions. “We are not a subscription service,” said Caroline Noonan, marketing agent for MM.Lafleur. There is no cost to the consumer other than the items being purchased. Patrons can “re-Bento” as often as they would like. Your stylist keeps in mind items that have already been purchased and will help you build using these pieces.
Known for offering brand-name apparel for women and men, Stitch Fix pioneered the concept of selling fashion items selected by personal stylists. Yes, they have an app. Stitch Fix recently launched a line for plus-size women and already offer petite and maternity sizing. Need a “Fix”? Log on and take a style survey, an in-depth questionnaire to determine sizing and your preferences on fit, style and price. You also have the option of giving your stylist links to your social media accounts to determine items that fit best with your personality. Each Fix of five items will be shipped to your door. In three days, you determine what you want to purchase and send back what you don’t. Shipping is free in both directions. You schedule how often you would like the Fix to come: every two weeks, once a month, every other month or quarterly. With the shipment of each Fix, you will be charged a $20 styling fee, but this fee is a $20 credit applied to your purchase. If you decide to purchase all five items, you receive an additional 25 percent off.
wonÂˇder noun a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.
Written by Jenn Bachtel Photographed by Katheryn Moran Photography
It is with great wonder for the remarkable women in our community that has inspired our ongoing series, Wonder Woman, which profiles women who have made an impact in our community. In the following pages, we have the honor of featuring five of our favorite Wonder Women from previous issues, and saluting their efforts. We brought in local professionals in makeup, hair, and wardrobe to create an outer style to complement these womenâ€™s inner beauty. We hope that their impressive deeds and admirable accomplishments inspire you, as they have us.
Jeni Cottrell’s mission is to bring original works of art to those people and organizations that cannot afford to purchase it themselves. Through her program, Group Art Purchase, Jeni pools resources from our community and purchases art for non-profit centers and other worthy causes. All of the money collected goes directly to the artist. Group Art Purchase has raised funds to purchase artworks for Lydia Place, the Sean Humphrey House, Dorothy Place, and other non-profit organizations. Jeni organizes and implements the entire project with no cell phone, no computer, and no internet, believing strongly in the power of personal contact. Jeni also gathered painter-poets into a visionary show at the Firehouse Theater called Whatcom Women Words and Works. She organized the Fairhaven Art Block Party last year. She is a member of the Bellingham Arts Commission and worked through the city process to get an original sculpture installed at the Fairhaven Library. It is easy to see why we originally deemed Jeni a Bellingham Alive Wonder Woman. Jeni has since brought original artwork pieces to Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services and The YWCA through Group Art Purchase. Recently Jeni’s grandmother, Elsie Richards, passed. Elsie was an avid sewer and in her honor Jeni and her mother have started up a scholarship program through Ragfinery to donate sewing classes to those who are looking to get back on their feet and learn a new skill. It’s clear when speaking to Jeni that she always has an idea up her sleeve to bring her passion for art and compassionate giving to our community.
chose versatile pieces that are perfect for a contemporary look. “IUsing fashionable leggings and a simple tunic as the base of her outfit, we accented her personality with our favorite accessories! “ Kristine Livingston Owner, Pretty Simple Boutique
HAIR Melissa Sturman, Beauty Institute Bellingham MAKEUP Sage Scott, Beauty Institute Bellingham
TUNIC Flutter & Squeek 3/4 sleeve black tunic, $56 VEST Flutter & Squeek black/charcoal striped shrug vest, $78 PANT Lysse’ high waist, hour glass shaping black yoga pant, $62 BOOT OTBT caswell beige/black calf high boot, $138 NECKLACE Journey Stones necklace, $48 PURSE Latico grey authentic leather willis w/ fringe purse, $140
WARDROBE Pretty Simple Boutique, Mount Vernon
Germaine Kornegay is not just a city councilwoman in Sedro-Woolley. She is the only person of color on the council. A Western Washington graduate with a BA in human services, she is now up for her second term this year. She is also a proud member of the Skagit County Democrats. In 2015, she made the trip to the Democratic National Convention as a delegate to nominate Hillary Clinton. She received the C.E.E.D. (Center of Education, Equity, and Diversity) Award for her work in getting a resolution passed that makes spousal rape a felony in Washington state. It was signed into law in 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee. Germaine asked to be on the state resolutions committee to continue making positive changes in her community. Topping her agenda is protecting spouses, namely those who are not the household’s primary insurance holders, from changes to their health coverage without their knowledge. “I spend a lot of time advocating for women, mostly trying to get women to run for office,” says Germaine, on her way to speak at a sold-out training session for women with political aspirations. Germaine does all of this while owning her own business, Animal House Pet Grooming, and as a single mom and roller derby extraordinaire (derby name: Germaine Squeeze). She has quite a support system in Sedro — the local market has named a dish after her, Germaine Squeeze Mac & Cheese. She wears the big gold Bellingham Alive Wonder Woman belt like a badge of honor.
wanted to capture all facets of Germaine’s fierce, friendly and “We fun personality. The lilac modal top is contrasted by the distressed black jean and camo jacket. She was a military wife so the camo print was a fun touch. She loved her new edgy-yet-feminine style. Suzanne Smith Owner, Stylist & Buyer, Betty Be Good
HAIR Brooklyn Matthysse MAKEUP Makeup By Elizabeth Marie WARDROBE Betty Be Good Boutique
TOP Cherish, lilac high neck modal top, $39.90 JACKET Love tree, distressed camo jacket, $44.90 JEANS Cello, super distressed black jeans, $49.90 SANDALS Laser cut sandal booties, $39.90 NECKLACE Silver arrow spear necklace, $19.90 EARRINGS Silver drop earrings, $14.90 BRACELETS Silver gold matte beaded bracelet, $16.90 Vegan leather magnetic enclosure bracelet, $19.90
Emily O’Connor, executive director of Lydia Place, was an easy choice for the Bellingham Alive Wonder Woman honor. A wearer of many hats for the program, which provides housing and support to the homeless, Emily’s talents include grant writing, public speaking and finance and program development. Emily, the former executive director for Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, was named the Whatcom Women in Business 2015 Professional Woman of the Year. In the years since Emily took the helm of Lydia Place, the budget has more than tripled. Emily believes that one way to prevent homelessness is to focus on children in hopes of disrupting the cycle that can trap future generations. When asked to bring a prop to our photo shoot that would represent her community work, she showed up with little guy, Rowan. “As a mother, woman, human, and leader, I am constantly trying — often unsuccessfully — to find balance between my personal and professional lives,” Emily said. “But what carries me through from 6 a.m. waffles to 8 p.m. board meetings is thinking about our community’s children and what’s at stake. If we lead with love and if we get it right for all children, I believe we will have gotten it right for all of us. This is what Lydia Place strives to do through our work with homeless families. For those also looking for ways to balance fun, fashion, and business while making a difference for our community’s children, Handbags for Housing on June 8 is a great opportunity.” Always working, Emily’s compassion for her community and its inhabitants, big and small, and her drive and endless effort to make this community a better place is wondrous indeed.
Emily’s look is ultra-feminine and reflects her natural bohemian “ beauty. We love how the long bell sleeves give this dress a romance while the shoulders steal the show. We added a jean vest for some country flair and a short bootie in camel for a ‘barely there’ look.
Suzanne Smith Owner, Stylist & Buyer, Betty Be Good HAIR Sage Scott, Beauty Institute Bellingham MAKEUP Willa Crank
DRESS Umgee, Lace Bell Sleeve Dress, $39.90 BRALETTE Anemone, Lilac Bralette, $14.90 BOOTIES Cupid, Camel Zip Booties, $39.90 VEST Special A, Jean Vest, $39.90 NECKLACE Hematite Previous Stone Necklace, $19.90 EARRINGS Hematite Teardrop Earrings, $16.90
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Morgan Paris Lanza, executive director for Bellingham Girls Rock camp, uses music as an avenue to bring young girls together and teach them a fundamental lesson: the practice of loving themselves. Morgan has operated Bellingham Girls Rock camp for four years. Her experience working with young groups of girls helped transform misconceptions Morgan held about the music industry, and what that looked like for women. This propelled Morgan further into music, and eventually into pursuing a band of her own, Judy Just Judy. She’s also recently started an all-femme band called Bearcat and a cover band called Wonderhouse that does Amy Winehouse and Stevie Wonder covers. She’s headed to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance international conference. “It’s like camp for camp organizers,” says Morgan. She and her mom opened a gallery and school of fine art in Fairhaven called Cooper Lanza Gallery, where Morgan is the business manager, books live music and teaches voice lessons. This year she will also be piloting an advanced music program for teens. The program will provide girls aged 13–17 with a space to do more in-depth study of music, media, and social justice, and will feature an audio-recording component. The Girls Rock camp was recently given an Appreciation Award from What’s Up! magazine, and in the winter the camp launched the Rock Star Program, a fundraising project to provide scholarships to campers who need financial aid. “I wear a lot of different hats. And I love to stay busy!” says Morgan. Her passion for empowering young women is what makes her a Bellingham Alive Wonder Woman.
I took some time to get to know Morgan and understand her vibe. “She’s cool, she’s feminine, she’s casual, and she’s a little punk rock. We found a common love for ‘90s hip hop and layering and I took it from there.
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HAIR Willa Crank MAKEUP Melissa Sturman, Beauty Institute Bellingham
DRESS LoveStitch, $68 TEE Ellison, $48 JEANS Flying Monkey, $78 HAT Olive and Pique, $24 NECKLACE $42 SHOES Blowfish, $38
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Passionate, community minded, and up for a challenge, Huxley graduate Rose Lathrop has dedicated her career to sustainable planning and design. Rose’s efforts in making Bellingham a vibrant and healthy community have earned her designation as a Bellingham Alive Wonder Woman. Her work as Sustainable Connections’ Green Building and Smart Growth program manager, executive director for the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and her contributions to downtown revitalization initiative KAPOW have made this a better, and livelier, place to live. Since then she has received the 4 Under Forty award from the NW Energy Coalition, which recognizes clean energy leaders under 40 who model passion and expertise towards achieving a clean and affordable energy future. She organized a Solarize Whatcom Campaign, resulting in 48 new solar arrays and a $1.2 million solar investment in Whatcom County. Recognized as the Whatcom County Association of Realtors Partner of the Year for State Street KAPOW in January, Rose says, “We now have all kinds of fun and new interventions coming to our community, including Bellinghops — Bellingham’s longest hopscotch; Piper Bike Park — a bioluminescent artistic bike rack; State of the Solar System — a solar system scavenger hunt and art installation on State Street. We are also planning a Pop Up Plaza in the Herald parking lot for June 2 and 3 to highlight and celebrate the arts and culture of our community.” Rose remains a woman of great wonder in our community.
to use this opportunity to add a fun new piece “toRoseherwanted wardrobe, so we picked this sassy printed-bell-sleeved dress and stayed true to her style with these super comfortable leggings. We all agreed that this statement necklace made the look complete!
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HAIR Brooklyn Matthysse MAKEUP Makeup By Elizabeth Marie
DRESS Millibon Bell Sleeve Dress, $41 LEGGINGS Niki B Leggings, $20 BOOTIES Bamboo Black Booties, $46 NECKLACE Statement Necklace, $18 EARRINGS Drop Earrings, $8
WARDROBE Apricot Lane Boutique
Bellingham Alive Magazine is proud of our local business partners for their exceptional generosity in helping us honor these women for the ongoing service and outreach they provide this community. We would like to thank Makeup By Elizabeth Marie; Willa Crank; The Beauty Institute of Bellingham students Melissa Sturman and Sage Scott; and Brooklyn Matthysse for donating their precious talent and time in providing hair and makeup to these lovely ladies. Also, thank you to Katheryn Moran of Katheryn Moran Photography for her beautiful vision and photography. We are grateful to the amazing local boutiques who not only styled, fitted, and accessorized our ladies, but who generously donated the full outfit with accessories to the women they styled. Finally, thanks to Whole Foods Market in Bellingham, who catered our entire photo shoot, and to Massage Envy, who heard what we were doing and brought each of our Wonder Women a basket of pampering, including an hour massage or facial. We thank you all. 70 NorthSoundLife.com
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Gem on the Water Lake Samish Row House WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI
his distinctive home on the shores of Lake Samish was built in 2010 with rowers in mind. We want to say its curvy roof and contemporary, minimalist design evokes the smooth, effortless air of a rowing team in sync. But like the sport itself, looks can be deceiving. Bellingham Bay Builders and the Cirrus Design Group, with the owner’s direction, put substantial effort into the interior’s open, breezy feel, starting with a rare LEED-for-homes certification for energy efficiency and environmentally kind features. All-metal roofing adds durability, along with wood beams and timber wood ceilings from recycled Douglas fir. The four-bedroom, three-bath home is destined to hit the market shortly. But like the rowers, elite or recreational, who pull through many misty mornings on this lake, this home is designed to be here a while. Contractor/Builder Bellingham Bay Builders Designer Cirrus Design Group Photographer Peter James Photography Studio … continued on next page
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ntique wood and a sliding barn door in a bathroom? Say it isn’t so! Yes, that is exactly what we incorporated in this recent remodel and the trend has exploded. The juxtaposition of materials and finishes in homes today is exhilarating. As a designer and interior enthusiast, I am enjoying the risks my clients are willing to take while throwing ancient rules out the window. The anything-goes theme is so much fun to work with but my favorite is to incorporate repurposed products with sustainability in mind. My client’s current powder room doubles as a guest room and sits directly off of the entry. It is typically the first stop for most as they enter the front door. In keeping with her ranch home and farmhouse style, she wanted a rustic appearance with a risk. We both were very interested in sustainability and repurposing wherever possible. Also, due to the small space, we wanted to maximize the visual integrity with glass and color. We located rustic-barn siding and selected reclaimed planks that were naturally worn and had a unique saw-cut swirl. The antique and weathered look was ideal for our farmhouse bath. The original cast-iron tub was in fantastic shape and was easily restored and salvaged. To repeat the feel of our wood walls, we installed 12×24 porcelain tiles with a similar grain in a much lighter color way on the floor and selected the same style in a rich brown for the walls. In order to maintain an open concept and enable viewing the gorgeous tub tile, we ordered custom frameless glass bathtub doors with a barn-like guide rail roller. A custom vanity, distressed turquoise mirrors, hand-forged pulls and knobs and simple decor finished the space. Now it is a must stop as each family member and friend pass by. In keeping with her ranch home, she wanted a rustic style to include sustainability and repurposing wherever possible. Using reclaimed plank siding, the original cast-iron tub, tiles with a wood grain, glass bathtub doors with a barn-like rail, distressed mirrors and hand-forged knobs, she got her wish. Functionally, the enhanced space now has double the storage space in the vanity with the multiple doors and organizational inserts. The easy-to-care-for tile will keep the room clean for guests. And, the guide rail rollers on the frameless bathtub doors make it easy to operate for any age. Aesthetically, the enhancements are the exact conversation starters the client was looking for. She enjoys hearing “ooohs” and “ahhhs” each time a new person enters. The rustic wall treatment is a show-stopper and also a responsible environmental choice. The color palette of gray, taupe, cream and brown is a wonderful neutral to bring in a variety of colors with accents and decor. For continuity, we repeated the oil-rubbed bronze finish on the bath and shower hardware, the had-forged knobs and pulls and the charming vintage jar sconces. May 201777
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ucked behind a Shell gas station, right before Highway 20 splits south towards Whidbey Island, is Bastion Brewing Company. Weekday lunchtimes draw the local working crowds. Visit in the evening and you’ll find the barstools filled with patrons sipping well-deserved beers after long days or refilling their growler jugs to take home. The weekends can be a bit louder with bands performing, casual parties thrown by military members, and groups gathered around Bastion’s TV screens cheering on favorite teams. This is laid-back, casual dining at its finest. The word bastion means a stronghold, a fortress, and a person or thing regarded as the standard, but to owners Joe and his wife Cristine Behan, the word stands for much more. A few years ago the Navy couple was deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (today called Camp Shorabak) where a friend of theirs passed away. The strength of the word has taken on new meaning since then. “It’s special,” said Joe Behan. Behan, a former Navy pilot and 22-year veteran, is a down-to-earth guy with a disciplined and well-thought-out attitude when it comes to business. A home brewer for many years before deciding to venture into commercial brewing, he … continued on next page
… didn’t want to start as anyone’s apprentice. Behan hired an experienced consultant to help him build a system, then hired a head brewer for Bastion.Together they focused on building recipes and smoothing the production process. Recently Behan hired an assistant brewer, allowing him to turn his attention to full-time management of the venue. The Behans opened Bastion Brewing Company in September 2016 after a long summer of hands-on renovation. From the start, they’ve used top-shelf malts and aromatics supplied by Crosby Hop Farm in Oregon. You’ll find all your favorite brews done right. The Bastion Amber Ale is slightly nutty while the Bastion Oatmeal Stout is hearty with deep notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Right now, their spring Saison will be on tap as well as a slightly fruitier version of the American Wheat.The brewpub has 13 taps plus a nitro tap. For the indecisive, Bastion serves tasting trays; for the beeraverse, there’s cider; and for the adventurous there are beer cocktails like Lemon Shandy, made with Bastion’s Radbuza Pilsner and Lemon Basil Cider. Order your drink at the woodtrimmed bar then take a seat anywhere. For food, you’ll visit the kitchen side of the brewery. Bastion Brewing Company is divided into two spaces: a dining area complete with booths and a bar area adjacent to the vats brewing Bastion’s beer. A thick concrete slab-topped counter commands the dining space. Order your food at the register, then take a number. A server brings the dishes right to you, regardless of what room you’re seated. You can expect casual, hand-crafted meals with high-quality ingredients. This is a place where hand-crafted really means hand-crafted: handbreaded chicken and onion rings, hand-cut fries, hand-formed patties. Behan believes in the hands-on approach. “We do it with our beer, we might as well do it with our food,” he says. On the menu you’ll find classic salads like Cobb and Garden, no-fuss burgers that can be gussied-up with an array of add-ons, including roasted jalapeños, onion straws, pineapple, and crispy chicken wings drenched in your choice of sauce. 80 NorthSoundLife.com
I ordered a fried-fish sandwich with a side of onion rings. The food arrived quickly — impressively quickly. Even more impressive was the quality of this fast-made food. Hot, crispy onion rings accompanied the equally crisp fried fish. A soft bun held the sandwich together. Biting through the Panko-crusted exterior revealed a succulent, flaky fish filet. Sandwich toppings were meant to complement the fish: fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, tangy pickles, and unassuming melted Swiss cheese. Halfway through the soft bun gave way, turning my sandwich into a five-napkin sort of meal in the best way possible. Kids can share in the fun too. Bastion’s menu offers kidsized meals with a choice of sides that let parents decide if their kids need a serving of vegetables or can splurge on French fries. There’s also a dedicated children’s area with toys, books, and even kid-sized chairs. These small details allow parents to sip a beer with friends without worrying if their kids are having fun. This is the kind of place where local art decorates the walls, the bar tables have trivia cards just in case your conversation stalls, and feel-good music plays in the background — you know, the kind you’ll sing along with after a few beers like The Who’s “My Generation” and Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel.” Bastion offers Hero Discounts for military, firefighters, and police officers. They’ll advertise local businesses on their glassware, and offer generous growler fill-up discounts on Sundays and during the occasional “Kill the Keg Specials” when it’s time to finish one off. This summer Behan plans to rope off the parking lot on weekends to host an outdoor beer garden complete with live band performances. Bastion Brewing Company is the kind of place you go to relax, have fun, and not take yourself too seriously. As Behan puts it: “Beer and chicken wings, what else do you need?” Bastion Brewing Company 12529 Christianson Rd., Anacortes 360.399.1614 | bastionbrewingcompany.com
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SAN JUAN PRIMA BISTRO French 201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, primabistro.com A quintessential South Whidbey dining experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offer options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and world-class views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island. TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine, and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous
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of cuisine, displaying the best flavors Italian food has to offer. With more than 30 items on the entrée menu, the list can be quite daunting. Il Granaio’s dessert menu is just as lush as the entrée menu. The wine menu is expansive, and the beer menu features several local craft brews. Their grappa selection does the Italian cordial the justice it deserves.
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12529 Christianson Rd., Anacortes 360.399.1614, bastionbrewingcompany.com On the Bastion Brewing Company menu you’ll find classic salads like Cobb and Garden, no fuss burgers that can be gussied up with an array of add-ons including roasted jalapeños, onion straws, pineapple, and crispy chicken wings drenched in your choice of sauce. I ordered a fried fish sandwich with a side of onion rings. The food arrived to my table quickly, impressively quickly. Even more impressive was the quality of this fast-made food. Hot, crispy onion rings accompanied the equally crisp fried fish. A soft bun held the sandwich together. Biting through the Pankocrusted exterior revealed a succulent, flaky fish filet. Sandwich toppings were meant to complement the fish: fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, tangy pickles, and unassuming melted Swiss cheese. Halfway through the soft bun gave way, turning my sandwich into a five-napkin sort of meal in the best way possible.
Some of the very best Greek food in our area, Greek Islands does not disappoint. Enjoy favorites like mousaka and souvlaki from the versatile and excellent menu. The food is incredible, the service warm, and the restaurant is inviting. NELL THORN Seafood 116 First St., La Conner 360.466.4261, nellthorn.com This small-town gem located in the heart of La Conner brings in tourists and locals alike. They boast well-prepared and locally sourced fresh seafood as well as an extensive wine and beer list. The charming and cozy pub atmosphere, homemade soups, and generous portions make for a great special occasion or romantic evening. Try the polenta cakes with cured black olives and roasted garlic tomato sauce — you won’t be disappointed.
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517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566 Calle has generated quite the attention with a write up in Sunset magazine. Known for their take on Street Tacos — with six meat fillings to choose from and handmade corn tortillas — but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. Try the Carne Asada, Posole, or Tortas to name just a few menu options. The Spicy Mango Margarita, made with fresh mango and jalepeno, is fast becoming a customer favorite. With 60+ tequilas and mescals to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again. IL GRANAIO Italian 100 W. Montgomery St., Ste. 110, Mount Vernon 360.419.0674, granaio.com
2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, theoysterbar.net The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. The cozy restaurant is housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations. The restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its location alone. The restaurant’s namesake is the draw, and its chef, Justin Gordon, has an abundance of knowledge about oysters — both local and imported — and reveals a passion for working with this native shellfish. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known in the Pacific Northwest for its extensive wine cellar.
Oner and Head Chef Alberto Candivi arrives at Il Granaio in downtown every morning to make the day’s pastas by hand, sculpting basic ingredients into the building blocks for lavish, rich Italian dishes served throughout the day. When the ingredients call for a lighter hand, his restaurant also turns out reserved, delicate dishes. Il Granaio is a practice in the intricacies
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SEEDS BISTRO Regional NW 623 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.3280, seedsbistro.com Seeds Bistro in La Conner is a celebration of the fresh bounty of food offered in Skagit County. It offers simple dishes that highlight the fresh, exciting ingredients found throughout the Pacific Northwest. The menu features local selections rotating with the seasons. The macaroni and cheese features Northwest-favorite Cougar Gold cheese with a butter-crumb crust. Burgers are juicy, cooked perfectly, and served on homemade potato buns with the smallest bit of crunch and a fluffy interior. The whole family can enjoy Seeds’ offerings — comfort foods satisfy children’s desires while more intricate food items appease fastidious palates. SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Japanese
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1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281, sakuraburlington.com Professional Teppan Yaki chefs take you on a journey of delicious and interactive dining at Burlington’s Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and perfect seasonings, they stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast. Choose from steak and chicken to salmon and shrimp; each meal is served with soup, salad, rice, and vegetables. If it’s sushi you crave, they also offer a full sushi bar for even the most discriminating taste buds. TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub 416 Myrtle St., Mount Vernon 360.588.4515, trumpeterpublichouse.com The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, fine dining, and English pub fare. Try traditional pub selections like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an apricot-honey glaze or crab mac & cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with our gluten free dishes, and option to make any dish gluten free. Of course, a gastro pub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews. There’s also a fine selection of wines and other drink choices.
Soy House WRITTEN BY JAMES HEARNE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
hen Soy House opened a few years ago, you could count the number of Vietnamese restaurants in the area on one hand. Since it opened, it has amassed a reputation for being a solid low-to-mid-price Vietnamese restaurant. Perhaps Vietnamese-fusion would be more accurate. Of course, one can order pho, the Vietnamese staple that involves dipping noodles in soup. There are several varieties of soup, gluten-free noodles, and even a smaller kids’ option. But again, pho at a Vietnamese restaurant is like stir-fry at a Chinese one. The more adventurous diners will be tempted by the Vietnamese pizzas. You have your choice of four different kinds of sauces and several different toppings. The pizzas are personal-sized, and served piping hot. The grilled chicken pizza with red peppers, cilantro and mushrooms is tasty, especially paired with one of the rotating tap beers, a bottle of Sapporo or sake, or one of the in-house bubble tea cocktails. The décor is nice but nothing too fancy. This isn’t P.F. Chang’s. The interior is clean, and the service is superb. The décor is what is appropriate for a restaurant of this price range. All in all, Soy House is a solid addition to Bellingham’s Vietnamese restaurants. It’s not fancy, but perfect for a quick tasty bite. 400 W. Holly St., Bellingham | 360.393.4857 414 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham | 360.393.3585 soyhouserestaurant.com
Top-Tier Winery Goose Ridge Vineyard WRITTEN BY DAN RADIL
ince opening in 1999, Richland-based Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery has quietly and steadily become a major player in the state’s wine industry. Twenty-two hundred vineyard acres, four statewide tasting rooms, and four distinct labels — with a combined annual production of nearly 75,000 cases — easily place Goose Ridge among Washington’s top-tier wineries. IT STARTS WITH FAMILY Goose Ridge is owned and operated by the Monson family, who over the past several decades, have gradually turned the focus of their 3,000 acres of farmland from cattle and orchards to wine grapes. The winery was established in 1999 and has since expanded its production to a beautiful facility in the midst of the estate vineyards located just west of the Tri-Cities. Winemaker Andrew Wilson came on board in the summer of 2014, a Florida transplant who moved to the Walla Walla area in 2003. While there, he studied at the Center for Enology and Viticulture on the campus of Walla Walla Community College and also earned valuable experience working at Forgeron Cellars and Long Shadows Vintners. Wilson is quick to point out the advantages of having such easy access to his vineyard sources at Goose Ridge. “We work with all estate fruits, so it’s a real treat to work at a winery where you’re right in the middle of everything. And the Monsons allow you to continue to develop new (winemaking) programs and try new things,” which, he says, makes his work all the more enjoyable. Richland Manager Kristine Bono, agrees. “The Monsons are a ‘farming first’ family and they always work to elevate the vineyard, but they also give us the opportunity and the space to be productive…to take new ideas and run with them.” GREAT WINEMAKING, GREAT VARIETY…AT EVERY LEVEL Wilson’s winemaking philosophies are simple: “Since I’m working with 100 percent estate fruit, it’s important that my winemaking doesn’t get in the way of the expression of the vineyard. My long-term goal is to refine my (skills) so that when someone opens a bottle of Goose Ridge wine (they taste) the clean, varietal expression, but it also has that ‘Goose Ridge fingerprint’ on it.” He cites the winery’s Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as good examples of estate-grown grapes “that really have a unique character to them. The Chardonnay has a clean, citrus-tangerine fruit character, but behind that is a streak of minerality that lifts the fruit up. The Cabernet has a nice balance of herbaceousness and black olive with dark cherry and 84 NorthSoundLife.com
fine-grain tannins.” Not surprisingly, these are Goose Ridge’s most-planted varietals. In addition to the Chardonnay, Bono lists the winery’s GRV blend (short for Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier) as one of her current favorites. “Andrew does such a great job with our Rhone varietals,” she says, noting that the winery is one of just a handful in Washington that regularly produces the Grenache Blanc grape. The winery also offers four “levels” of wines, beginning with the StoneCap label with wines priced at about $10 each. From there, the Tall Sage and g3 labels offer wines ranging from about $12 to $15 a bottle, and the Goose Ridge Estate label includes the winery’s top-of-the-line selections, so to speak. And not only is there plenty of variety in label choices, there are plenty of tasting room options as well: west of the Cascades in Woodinville, in Central Washington at Leavenworth, and in Eastern Washington at Richland and the recently-opened downtown Walla Walla location. With its opening in Walla Walla, Goose Ridge became the first winery in Washington with four distinct tasting rooms in the state. NEW AND FUTURE RELEASES This spring saw the release of several new white wines, including the 2016 vintages of the Goose Ridge-label Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the 2016 Rosé, a striking salmon/coral-hued blend of Grenache and Mourvedre that Wilson calls, “new and exciting.” He’s also anticipating the release of a 2016 Riesling Ice Wine during mid-2017 and notes that plans are in the works for a reserve-label Malbec. For Whatcom County residents, ordering wine is just a click away at www.gooseridge.com. The winery web site also provides specifics on other current releases, wine club information, and tasting room locations, which are great for a day-trip visit if staying on the west side of the state, or perhaps for a more leisurely weekend getaway if heading to Eastern Washington. Either way, the Goose Ridge family of wines offers solid, affordable choices that should make any Washington wine enthusiast happy. WINE NOTES Tall Sage 2015 Red Wine Blend (about $13) — A core of dark fruit flavors is enhanced with a touch of star anise and baking spice. It’s an easy-to-drink and highly affordable red wine blend. g3 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (about $15) — This tasty red wine provides a mouthful of bold, black currant, dark berry, and black plum flavors. The finish is soft and plush with hints of savory spice. Goose Ridge 2014 Estate Chardonnay (about $28) — Lovely vanilla wafer, baked apple, and pineapple flavors lead off, with a round finish of toasted oak and dried apricot. Elegant and delicious. Vireo 2012 Red Wine (about $38) — Goose Ridge’s flagship wine is a gorgeous, velvety blend of equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah packed with jammy blueberry and ripe cherry fruit flavors. The finish is slightly textured with a hint of vanilla bean. Outstanding! 509.627.6249 | gooseridge.com
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ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL Steak/Seafood 7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, anthonys.com Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees, and drinks. Steaks, seafood, and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections. ARTIFACTS WINE BAR Eclectic 202 Grand Ave., Bellingham 360.778.2101, artifactswinebar.com Artifacts’ goal is to create an experience with wine tastings and light nibbles. Inside, tall shelves of wine bottles overlook intimate tables. The covered outdoor patio allows for large groups to settle in, or a couple to snuggle in the corner. Space heaters keep the area comfortable even in the cooler months. Artifacts cares a great deal about the products they pour into every glass. Artifacts isn’t just about wine. They have an espresso machine and offer small breakfast options like scones, yogurt, and waffles.
Open Tuesday–Saturday Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour 1114 Harris Ave., Fairhaven 360-671-7143 lovittrestaurant.com
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BAYOU ON BAY Cajun/Creole 1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968, bayouonbay.com
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Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun/Creole dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches, and hush puppies, to name a few. A house-made remoulade, which accompanies many of the dishes, is worth the trip alone. The bar offers an extensive list of drink options. Bayou on Bay is a must for foodies as well as people just looking for a satisfying meal. BLUE FIN SUSHI Japanese 102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, bluefinbellingham.com At Blue Fin Sushi, fresh sushi is used to create a variety of tasty options like the Tekka roll, which is seaweed, rice, and tuna. The waitstaff is friendly and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs at work. Blue Fin also offers a full menu of non-sushi food items. Its version of fish and chips, for example, is a must-try: tempura fried salmon pieces served with sweet potato fries with a creamy wasabi sauce for dipping. Blue Fin Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki, orange chicken, and bento boxes.
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COSMOS BISTRO American Bistro, Comfort Food 1151 N. State St., Bellingham 360.255.0244, bellinghamcosmosbistro.com
Redlight Bar Vanilla Bean Whiskey and MexiCoke INGREDIENTS: Redlight’s house-made whiskey, imported Coke, lemon zest. $6
t is almost a cliché to describe whiskey as having a “smoky” flavor. But with the advent of infusion drinks, many different spirits seem to be getting new twists, and whiskey is no exception. Witness the concoction of vanilla bean-infused whiskey and Mexican Coke, which is Coke imported from Mexico that uses real cane sugar to give it a sweeter taste. No, the drink doesn’t have a name. It’s from the house infusions menu. It reminiscent of a rum and Coke, only sweeter. The vanilla bean anchors the smoky flavor of the whiskey. If anything, it’s something of an evolution for the rum and Coke. It retains the character of the classic drink, while adding a sweeter character. It has a smooth aftertaste, and goes down pretty easy for a whiskey. It’s a solid number for whiskey lovers and whiskey newcomers alike. 1017 N. State St., Bellingham redlightbellingham.com
Bellingham’s best local and seasonal comfort food is always made in-house from scratch at their historic Herald Building location. From pork adobo, Mama’s meatloaf, and awardwinning burgers, to the many vegetarian and gluten free options, Cosmos Bistro offers something for everyone. EAT French 1200 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.306.3917, 4u2eat.com The combination of fresh, local produce, fish, meat, and spirits combine beautifully with classic French cooking at this chic and tasty restaurant. The atmosphere is urban charm, and the service is unparalleled. GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Italian 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, giuseppesitalian.com Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood, and authentic Italian pastas. LORENZO’S Mexican 190 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham, 360.527.3181 2121 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, 360.848.7793 902 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley, 360.856.6810, lorenzosmexicanrestaurant.com Lorenzo and Laura Velasco’s restaurant was established in 2006 and brought an authentic Mexican restaurant to the communities of Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and SedroWoolley. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and even owner Lorenzo will stop by tables sometimes to check in with the customers. As chips and salsa are essential to Mexican restaurants, it’s a good thing that Lorenzo’s has some of the best chips and salsa in town. The chips are crisp and the salsa has the right amount of spiciness. If you are craving a margarita, try the spicy mango margarita with Tajin. It contains a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Some of their best plates include the seasoned and perfectly cooked carne asada and the enchiladas with the creamy verde sauce. This is a familyowned restaurant that tastes and feels homey.
LOVITT American 1114 Harris Ave. Bellingham 360.671.7143, lovittrestaurant.com The folks at the newly opened Lovitt restaurant in Fairhaven are giving fair warning: Be prepared to wait a little longer for your food. These things — Lovitt’s “relaxed” farm-totable eating — take time. Owners Norman and Kristen Six say they believe in cooking from scratch: bread, ice cream, and even ketchup and salad dressings are made in-house. An ever-changing menu reflects their adherence to what’s local and what’s in season. Appealing dinner entrees may include Four Mushroom Stroganoff, with morel, oyster, pioppino and shitake mushrooms with a red wine sour cream sauce spilling over handmade egg noodles and topped with crispy kale ($19), and red wine maple-glazed salmon with roasted vegetables ($22). Lunch offers the local, grass-fed beef burger, served on a homemade bun. They’ve got local brews and wine, and a 3–6 p.m. happy hour, with drink and appetizer specials each day they’re open (Tuesday–Saturday). Bring the kids — there’s and even a play area. NORTH FORK BREWERY Brewpub 6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337, northforkbrewery.com Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot, and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof. The brewery produces relatively small batches of beer, 109 gallons, keeping the beer fresh and the options changing. Their staple is the India Pale Ale. The opening taste is a strong citrus flavor, but is quickly dissolved by the aggressive bitterness, making it a quite enjoyable beer to accompany a slice of their homemade pizza. The pizza crust is made fresh daily with a hint of beer. The sauce is well-balanced with tomatoes and spices. Made with fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses, there is nothing not to like about this brewpub. SCOTTY BROWNS North American Cuisine 3101 Newmarket St., Bellingham 360.306.8823 brownsrestaurantgroup.com/scottybrowns Scotty Browns offers an edgy, energetic ambiance, a varied menu of mainstream and upscale creations, and excellent drink options for all ages. Outdoor dining is a popular alternative during warmer weather. The selection of beer, wine, and cocktails is broad enough to accommodate most any mood. If you are into martinis or cosmos, try the Mr. Pink. The name is a little unnerving to order if you are male, but worth the leap of faith. Some items on the menu, like appetizers, change seasonally, so you know you’ll never get bored. Casual to upscale dining options range from hamburgers, rice bowls, and pastas to higher-end seafood and steaks.
GREAT MOTHER’S DAY
The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top eight this issue. Step out and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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Is it enough to simply mention the vanilla-custard-stuffed brioche French toast with preserved berry compote, honey butter and maple syrup at Pierside Kitchen Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine? We thought so.
They’ve already got what some consider the area’s best burgers. For Mother’s Day, Bob’s Burgers & Brew in Birch Bay is beefing up their offerings with slow roasted prime rib, jumbo prawns, Béarnaise chicken, hand-carved ham and more.
Known for its hard-to-beat value, The Nuthouse Grill in Lynden is a great place to please both palette and pocketbook. Omelet bar, salad bar, Eggs Benedict — bringing mom here will be a treat.
For farm fresh, it would be hard to beat BelleWood Acres’ lineup of mimosa bar, a deluxe omelet station, pork tenderloin with pineapple sage glaze, roast chicken with apple chipotle barbecue and a dessert bar.
Mom will love the view of all those boat masts in Squalicum Harbor. Chances are, she’ll also love that on her day, Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor is offering complimentary homemade blueberry coffee cake with a fresh fruit plate at each table. San Juan Island Cheese in Friday Harbor will make it worth the trip. Their prix-fixe, three-course brunch includes cheese board, Coho lox Napoleon, quiches and Croque Madame (grilled ham and cheese sandwich and poached egg in a rich sauce). Don’t leave without trying their signature truffles and cheesecake. If your mom’s the seafood-loving type, bring her to Chuckanut Manor on Mother’s Day. The menu will feature Samish Bay oysters, clams and mussels. Plus, she’ll appreciate the scenic trip along Chuckanut Drive. You’ll get a spectacular waterfront view and an outdoor dining option from Keenan’s At the Pier, but on Mother’s Day, you’ll also get entrees like their Crab Oscar Eggs Benedict, and their Chili Cheese Biscuit.
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The Midtown Men MAY 18, 7 P.M.
ony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, also known as the original cast of Jersey Boys, come together to showcase their album of 60s hits. They have performed thousands of shows across the country. From the legendary Four Seasons quartet to the Midtown Men, they are the first group to have formed from a popular Broadway show, and have performed thousands of shows, sung with orchestras, and appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and “The Chew.” Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance, and come dance and sing along to your favorite hits! Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com
VISUAL ARTS THE ART OF PROTEST MAY 4–11, 2–7 P.M.
In a time of protest and uproar, the Alchemy Art Center brings together a collection of art that expresses the feelings of those who have organized and protested against higher authority. Alchemy Art Center 1255 Wold Rd., Friday Harbor 360.378.5733 | visitsanjuans.com HEALING WATERS — MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS MAY 5–27, 10 A.M.–5:30 P.M.
Healing Waters — Mixed Media Paintings by Jennifer Williams
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MAY 5–7, 11–14, 18–20, VARIOUS
Venture back to the days of 1927 Chicago in musical fashion. The show centers on prohibition, scandal, fame, corruption, and of course — jazz! San Juan Community Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210 | sjctheatre.org THEATRE UNDER THE STARS — HUMBLE BOY BY CHARLOTTE JONES
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Dennis James recreates musical scores of Ben-Hur, a film that features oppression and absolution in a lifetime of slavery by Roman authorities. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com JOSHUA ROMAN RETURNS!
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Humble Boy, a multi-award winning story, combines beekeeping and astrophysics in a charming, witty, depressing and heartbreaking yet hilarious way. The bumbling astrophysicist main character searches for those larger-than-life answers, while also dealing with smaller family issues. Island Stage Left 1062 Wold Rd. and SJC Fairgrounds, San Juan Island 360.378.5649 | islandstageleft.org
Joshua Roman returns to Bellingham to play the cello with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra — particularly in Elgar’s concerto, ending with Brahms’ First Symphony. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com
Jennifer Williams’ “Healing Waters” paintings reflect nature and landscapes and the need to disconnect from technology. With her art, she has the hope that it’ll help those escape from the chaos of life and reconnect with the natural world. If you’re in need of a disconnect, ditch the phones and go toan art gallery instead. WaterWorks Gallery 315 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor 360.378.3060 | waterworksgallery.com THE DINNER MAY 5–11, VARIOUS
This film, featuring Richard Gere and Laura Linney, centers on a popular government official and his wife inviting his brother and his brother’s wife over for dinner where in one dinner, relationships fall apart and they discover how far each would go to protect their loved ones. Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St., Bellingham 360.738.0735 | pickfordfilmcenter.org A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF SAN JUAN ISLAND WITH MIKE AND JULIE VOURI MAY 17, 7 P.M.
Historians Mike and Julie Vouri come together to celebrate, talk about, and display photographs of the history of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island. With more than 400 pictures, the Vouri’s collection shows how the early years of Friday Harbor have transformed to today. San Juan Island Library 1010 Guard St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3949 | sjmuseum.org
SPECTACULAR, SPECTACULAR VISUALLY STUNNING FILM SERIES: AMELIE MAY 20, 7:30 P.M.
A French romance film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet focuses on an innocent girl, Amelie, in Paris, who overcomes a sad childhood and moves on to change and help the lives around her. Lincoln Theatre 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon 360.336.8955 | lincolntheatre.org DEBORA MOORE: PAPHIOPEDILUM — ARTIST TALK MAY 21, 1 P.M.
From the months of April to June, Debora Moore’s work of botanical glass pieces will be presented. Coming in to talk about her art, Moore will reflect on and explain how she creates her natural orchid and botanical works with blowing and sculpting glass. Museum of Northwest Art 121 S. First St., La Conner 360.466.4446 | monamuseum.org
SPECIAL EVENTS MOUNT BAKER THEATRE 90TH BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE MAY 5, 3–5 P.M.
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Mount Baker Theatre, the local entertainment hub will host an open house celebrating with a birthday cake, historical information tours, screenings of Lanny Little’s video on the history of the theatre, and a short presentation from local officials. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com CHILDREN OF THE VALLEY ART AUCTION ART SHOW AND DINNER FUNDRAISER MAY 5, 5–9 P.M.
Hosting its annual fundraiser, Children of the Valley will raise money for programs to help children of low-income families. Come eat dinner provided by the COA Mexican restaurant, drink from Bertelsen Winery offerings, and support art by local artists and the children from this organization in the auction! Bertelsen Winery 20598 Starbird Rd., Mount Vernon 360.982.2399 | childrenofthevalley.org
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15TH ANNUAL BELLINGHAM BAY BOCCE TOURNAMENT MAY 6, 9:30 A.M.
Thirty-two bocce teams sponsored by various businesses will compete in a tournament, and will offer activities throughout the day for the players, families, and spectators. This includes salmon barbecue, face painting, a beer garden, music, raffles, a bounce house, and more! Bellingham Sportsplex 1225 Civic Field Way, Bellingham 360.676.0122 | bellinghamsportspex.com 10TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION MAY 6, 5:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
The 10th Annual Cinco De Mayo celebration is a Mexican-themed fiesta starting off with traditional Mexican meal, followed by a live and silent auction, interactive raffles, and other activities. All the proceeds and donations go toward the Sean Humphrey House for low-income adults with HIV/AIDS. Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.733.0176 | ihg.com OPENING DAY BOAT PARADE MAY 7, 2:15 P.M.
Boats, boats, and more boats — whether they be sail, power, or human-controlled — come to the Opening Day Boat Parade to view all types of boats. You can enter your boat to win an award! Awards separate into categories such as the most creative display of the current year’s theme or the perfect classic wooden boat. San Juan Island Yacht Club 237 Front St., Friday Harbor 360.378.2688 | sjiyc.com 2ND ANNUAL HAMSTER CRAWL MAY 13, 3–7 P.M.
The Hamster Crawl features restaurants, bars and breweries in downtown Bellingham. Starting at Boundary Bay and moving to other participating restaurants, such as Bellingham Bar and Grill and The Grand Avenue Alehouse, participants with lanyards and the signature t-shirts can enjoy food and drink specials. 92 NorthSoundLife.com
Anacortes Home and Boat Tour
Proceeds go to aiding those with disabilities in the Bellingham community. Boundary Bay Brewery 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.647.5593 | bbaybrewery.com
Skagit Food Distribution Center. To join in, just eat delicious food at the participating restaurants! Various locations in Skagit County 360.848.1972 | skagiteats.com
KULSHAN QUEST ADVENTURE RACE
ABSTRACT PAINTING — 3 DAY WORKSHOP
MAY 13, 10:30 A.M.–8 P.M.
MAY 19–21, 9 A.M.–5 P.M.
Before the start of this race, you are given maps to checkpoints and it’s up to you and your teammate to decide how to get there. If you’d like to try the three-hour course, you’ll be mountain biking and trekking. If the 12-hour course seems more your speed, you’ll be kayaking as well as mountain biking and trekking. Adventure-seekers, this one is for you. Stones Throw Brewery 1009 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham 360.362.5058 | stonesthrowbrewco.com
Taught by a local painter, Yvette Neumann, further or develop your abstract painting skills from a professional in a fully-stocked studio. Throughout the days of painting and one-on-one interactions with Yvette, you’ll be treated to catered lunches and healthy snacks to fuel your creativity! Yvette Neumann Fine Art Studio/Gallery 1893 Kelly Rd., Bellingham 360.306.0878 creativelifeadventuresnw.com
MOTHER’S DAY ON THE FARM
MERCER ESTATES EAGLE AND PLOW RACE
MAY 14, 10 A.M.–3 P.M.
MAY 20, 10 A.M.
To celebrate mothers and all they do for us, come to BelleWood Acres and enjoy brunch, a mom’s mimosa bar, a children’s open mic, and a flower bar to allow mothers to pick their own flowers! BelleWood Acres 6140 Washington-539., Lynden 360.318.7720 | bellewoodfarms.com
To celebrate the warm months of May, the first race held in the Mercer Vineyards, and philanthropic organizations (the Semper Fi Fund and Grassroots Soccer), Mercer Estates Winery and Survivor Champion, Ethan Zhon, collaborate to create a 5K fun run and a 15k/30K mountain bike ride. After the race, a late lunch will be held, prizes awarded, and tickets will be sold to watch Zhon’s Survivor Africa Reel later in the evening in the tasting room. Mercer Estates Winery 15 Peterson Ranch Rd., Prosser 509.786.2097 | mercerwine.com
TAKE A BITE FOR SKAGIT FOODIE FUNDRAISER MAY 18, 5 A.M.–12 P.M.
Dine out at Anelia’s Kitchen and Stage, Cascade Pizza, Willow’s Cafe, and others, to support the Community Action’s
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SEATTLE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MAY 18–JUNE 11, VARIOUS TIMES
One of the top film festivals in North America, SIFF is now in its 43rd year. Watch features, documentaries, short films and animations from around the world over the 25-day festival. Seattle International Film Festival Various locations in Seattle 206.464.5830 | siff.net SEATTLE MINERAL MARKET MAY 20–21, 10 A.M.–6 P.M.
If you’re interested in minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, and mineral books and tools, come to the Seattle Mineral Market and sift your way through these earthworks and more. Lake City Community Center 12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle 206.522.9233 | seattlemineralmarket.com
VANCOUVER Vancouver Academy of Music
VANCOUVER ACADEMY OF MUSIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS A JOHN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE
ANACORTES HOME AND BOAT TOUR
MAY 7, 2 P.M.
MAY 20, 11 A.M.–5 P.M.
MAY 28, 10 A.M.–7 P.M.
Come tour five homes, including a Seattle tiny home, along the Cap Sante Marina, in the 50th anniversary of the first home tour in 1967. Make sure to pop into the W.T. Preston snag boat and Heritage Museum as well! Cap Sante Marina 1019 Q. Ave., Anacortes 360.356.6607 | portofanacortes.com
In honor of the historic Ski to Sea race, downtown Fairhaven is hosting its annual festival with live music on two stages, a beer and wine garden, arts and crafts, food booths, and more! End the all-day festival with watching the Ski to Sea race finish down by the bay. Historic Fairhaven 11th St. & McKenzie Ave., Bellingham fairhaven.com
To end its 2016/17 season, the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to John Williams by playing his scores of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc. Allow your ears to enjoy the music of your favorite movies. Orpheum Theatre 884 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C. 604.734.2301 vancouveracademyofmusic.com
BEER AND YOGA AT KULSHAN BREWING MAY 20, 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Start off the day with yoga — an all-levels practice for all body types and skill sets. After yoga, head to the bar for a Kulshan brew. Kulshan Brewing 2238 James St., Bellingham 360.389.5348 | kulshanbrewery.com
TRADITIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY MAY 29, 10 A.M.
The town of Friday Harbor annually celebrates Memorial Day with a parade and a tribute to those who have given and will give their lives for this country. Come celebrate and watch the parade of those in traditional World War I attire! Downtown Friday Harbor First block of Spring St. 360.378.2390 | historicfridayharbor.org
U2 WITH MUMFORD AND SONS MAY 12, 7 P.M.
The Grammy award-winning band, U2, is back performing their classic album, “The Joshua Tree” — their first number one album in the United States. To accompany them on three of the tour concerts is Mumford & Sons, known for their indie folk rock tunes such as “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait.” BC Place Stadium 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver, B.C. 604.669.2300 | bcplace.com
Interfaith Hope Auction The Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County’s biggest fundraiser of the year is its annual Hope Auction, but this year’s event raised the bar to unprecedented heights. The March 25 silent and live auction, attended by a crowd of 385 people and held at Four Points by Sheraton, raised more money than it ever has — $200,000, an increase of more than $30,000 from past events. The coalition is a nonprofit organization of 44 member congregations, working together to eradicate homelessness and poverty. The auction raises more than one third of the organization’s annual income, and proceeds from this year’s event will also help launch Family Promise, a new program to provide shelter and case-management services to more children and families. Interfaith would like to thank its local sponsors for their support — IMCO, RMC Architects, SPIE, McEvoy Oil, PeaceHealth, Cascade Prosthetics and Orthotics, Community Food Co-op, Carmichael Clark Attorneys at Law, HUB International Northwest and Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery — and say one thing: Just wait ‘til next year. Photos © Jim Wright
The Case for Porta Potties Ken puts a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions in the Mt. Baker Theatre’s suggestion box WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG
hen I attended the grand opening of the Mt. Baker Theatre in 1927, she was a thing of absolute beauty and the pride of the community — and she still is, perhaps even more so now. Ah, the childhood memories. But for all the acts and movies over the years, I never once had to use the restroom. Not once. What can I say? Bladder control has always been one of my strengths. Well, that changed recently, and I discovered, painfully so, that our precious Grand Old Dame was not designed for the baby-boomer generation now in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t blame the original architects and engineers. I mean, who could possibly foresee that WWII would lead to post-war sex? Totally unimaginable, right? My point is simply that no one predicted a large audience of 60-plusyear-old males all at one time. The near-fatal design flaw was no more apparent than at the recent Beach Boys’ concert, when I excused myself to use the restroom. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of waiting about 10 minutes into intermission. In retrospect, I should have excused myself earlier. However, I didn’t want to be rude to my mom, who was having difficulty hearing me clearly with her hands over her ears. I had to first write her a short note to explain that it was safe — the music had stopped. As I emerged from the theatre into the lobby, I was quickly confused — the line to the men’s restroom was three to four times as long as the women’s line. Even more problematic, the line was not moving. Thoughts of Darwin immediately went through my mind and instinctively, I went upstairs to look for relief. The upstairs option was an even worse “pinch point.” Now desperate, back downstairs I went, out the theatre and to the local restaurant on the corner. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Incredibly, there were more anxious theatre-goers in line for the restroom than patrons. “What the heck,” I thought to myself as I returned to stand in the line from hell in the lobby. “What am I missing?” And there I stood for almost 30 minutes, dancing from one foot to the other. I watched one 60-plus-year-old after another emerge with a knowing head nod, as if I should know a secret handshake. Even then, the line didn’t seem to move, or it moved so slowly that some were actually coming back for “seconds.” Still perplexed, the social scientist that I am finally 96 NorthSoundLife.com
got it when I overheard two sharing their thoughts on which urologist in town had the softest hands. The lightbulb was now on. We were all Princess Bride-like victims of POUS (prostates of unusual size). Oh my, times had changed. In our former lives, we would use public facilities at the same time as our female partners and we were always done first. Now, however, we emerge to toe-tapping and “come along already” looks. The humiliation of the experience was no more obvious than when I was actually in the restroom to watch the carnage firsthand as I awaited my turn. Depending on age, these poor souls would stand progressively closer to the wall to ensure “clearance” and appear to be in full prayer mode. One more elderly gentleman stood so close that he actually put his nose to the wall. The experience was depressing. I saw my future and suddenly didn’t care that intermission was over 15 minutes ago. I needed to go home and curl up in a ball. Will I ever venture out to another event at the Mt. Baker Theatre in the future? Of course. But I remain a bit tender emotionally and I would humbly suggest a few changes to accommodate my gender’s age-related shortcomings. First, for the sake of the local restaurant next door, I recommend a suitable number of Porta-potties in the alley, and perhaps fast-acting Flomax could be sold at the concession stands. The two go “hand in hand.” I don’t recommend doing one without the other. That’s asking for trouble. Next, events should be rated like movies, only instead of G, GP, or R ratings, a simple POUS rating will suffice. No need to humiliate us by publicly explaining the designation in your event brochures. Some things are better left unsaid. We will all know what POUS means, okay? And please, no painted footprints progressively closer to the wall with imprinted age numbers. We can self-select and handle that part. Just POUS. Finally, I suggest an announcement of a 10-minute warning before intermission and the free use of the women’s bathrooms during that 10-minute prelude. I already received President Trump’s advance approval of the dual use. At age 70, he was surprisingly sympathetic. Sound far-fetched? Not in the least — necessity is the mother of all inventions. If the theater will simply implement two or more of my suggestions, I personally guarantee the lines will be reduced to a trickle.
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