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NEIGHBORHOODS WE LOVE From quirky Sunnyland and Lettered Streets in Bellingham, to Skyline’s proximity to Anacortes Community Forest Lands hiking trails, each of our neighborhoods have something special. We take a look at ‘hoods in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties, and why residents love to live where they do.


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Featured Home  Historic Lairmont Manor


By the Numbers


Remodel  Garden from Scratch


Lasting Image


Premier Homes




Wonder Woman  Melissa Rice


Community  Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series


In the Know  Lummi Island Wild


In the Know  The Hub


Book Reviews


Who Knew?


Five Faves  Campgrounds


In the Spotlight  Actress Kayleigh Finnegan


In the Know  Bellingham Railway Museum


Boxes & Bears


Necessities  Helping Dad Chill Out


Around the Sound  Ellensburg Blue


Savvy Shopper  Pearl Buttons Vintage Style


Nutrition  But First, Food


Fitness  Restorative Yoga




Dining Guide


Review  Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage


Sip Rosé


Mixing Tin  The Temple Bar’s The Illuminati


8 Great Tastes


Featured Event  Lake Padden Triathlon


Out of Town


The Scene  One Spirit Medical Missions


Editor’s Letter




Letters to the Editor


Meet a Staffer  Mikayla Nicholson


Final Word


Neighborhoods We Love

June 2017


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’ve lived in New York state; Baltimore, Md.; South Carolina; South Florida; Colorado; and now Washington. That’s a lot of places. It’s also a lot of neighbors. This month’s issue features neighborhoods (Pg. 48) and includes stories told from the perspective of a person or family that lives within. While you get to pick your neighborhood, you rarely get to pick your neighbors. For better or worse, you’re stuck with them. For me, it has mostly been for better. Having a good neighbor is gold. In busy, densely populated South Florida, my first home was a condo development with mostly short-term residents. That didn’t stop me from baking brownies and ringing the bell of my neighbor a few days in. A 20-something single woman cautiously answered the door, eying me and my Saran-Wrapped plate like we were from Mars. I plowed ahead, introduced myself, and made small talk by asking what she did. She said she was a dancer. I got the feeling she didn’t want to chat. It wasn’t until later I realized she really meant “stripper.” I never remember seeing her again, maybe due to our conflicting work hours, and don’t remember getting my plate back. After a move to a longer-term condo, I met Chic and Ellen, retired New Yorkers. We hit it off right away. Our ground-floor doors were across from each other. We’d have long talks in the breezeway or out front, where they’d move their lawn chairs for the three months a year when the humidity wasn’t stifling. Chic told stories of his days as a Vegas driver in the 1960s, when Frank Sinatra was at the height of his star power and RatPacking around. I was initially skeptical of Chic’s claim that Sinatra knew him by name, but over the years he had too many stories and too many details to be making it up. My next home, in Colorado Springs, I moved to a townhouse above Lu, a retired woman in her 70s. Lu was tall and had the easy, friendly nature of an educator who enjoyed being around younger people. I was in my 30s. I like that she called me “kid.” These days, I live in the Samish neighborhood with my husband and yellow Lab. We hit the neighbor jackpot with Chuck, who’s right next door and holds our house key and just the right kind of dinner parties – lively, funny, rich with characters. Chuck will drop off cookies when he’s baking them, and sends our dog, Cooper, into a daily frenzy with Milk Bones, large-size. On the other side of the fence, the Watsons repaired a gate so we can bring Cooper through to walk their neighborhood. We have seen their kids grow from single-digits to teens, and I already miss the now-infrequent shrieks from backyard soccer or badminton showdowns. These days, the most consistent noise comes from four households’ worth of dogs convening for their daily bark fest: Cooper, Dewey, Wally, and Luna. Fences (and dogs) might make good neighbors, but sometimes you just have to be lucky.

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NOTES Contributors


Libby Keller Libby Keller grew up in Spokane, Washington and moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in journalism. She is currently the morning news producer at KGMI radio and she continues to live in Bellingham with her boyfriend.  p. 26, 30, 58, 60

Shannon Finn Shannon is a lifestyle photographer, specializing in natural light portraits, food, landscape and events. Through the camera, she works to capture moments, both ordinary and special, that reveal the beauty in and between people and the world around them. She’s a lover of vintage anything, the ukulele, healthy eats and rom-coms.  p. 31, 44, 48, 77

Laurie Mullarky After teaching for 27 years, Laurie decided it was time to hang up her pencils and poetry and become a professional reader. She now writes a popular blog at that reviews both fiction and non-fiction as well as the latest hot novels, focusing on giving book clubs ideas for provocative conversations. Her classroom motto was always “The more you read, the smarter you get.” Not a bad sentiment for life!  p. 27

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Getting out

Thanks Ken, beautifully written and a much-needed reminder to feel our lives as they happen.

Such a nice publication: the paper, the pictures. I’m a senior so I don’t always like to adventure out to try something new. Your magazine has local recommendations and it’s so nice to try those.

Daryl M., Redding, CA Thanks so much for this, Ken. I’ve reread it several times. It’s a dignified memorial to a man who impacted a lot of people, and it has some very human observations about life, and death, and how a person who makes that crossing carries some of the spirits of the people who loved him. Bob will be missed by many. Thank you for your eloquence in his tribute.

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Deborra G., Bellingham Correction: Last month’s cover photo was a project of Tanna By Design. Bellingham Alive welcomes comments and feedback for our Letters to the Editor section. We’d love to hear what you have to say and are open to story ideas about the people, places, and happenings in the North Sound (Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan counties). Let us know what you like, and what you’d like to see in the magazine! Contact editor Meri-Jo Borzilleri at






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NOTES Meet the Staffer Every issue we introduce you to a staff member at Bellingham Alive.

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K&L Media? I’m an editorial intern, and I just got here at the beginning of April. I attempt to articulate the people I meet and food I eat, among other things, in a descriptive and engaging way. Mainly, I’m trying to stay on top of my deadlines and not trip up the stairs.

What is your background? I grew up in Ocean Shores, for the most part. After that, I lived in Spokane for a second, where I went to Whitworth and then Eastern Washington University. I came back to the west side for a brief stint at the state legislature in Olympia, and now I’m finally about to graduate from Western with a degree in journalism. I like to try a little of everything, like window shopping but with more debt.

What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine?

Mikayla Nicholson

There’s more creative freedom here than I expected. There’s an opportunity to take risks and add a bit of color to my writing, which is nice. It’s also a treat to learn more about Bellingham. No matter how much I think I know the place, it continues to surprise me with new pockets of communities and culture.

What are some of your hobbies and interests? I think they call it cinephilia. Someone once described me as “more movie than person,” and I took that as a compliment. Last year, I interned for Pickford Film Center and helped coordinate Doctober and Bellingham Music Film Festivals, which were both blasts. By night I sling DVDs at Film Is Truth, the local video store. I can be found playing Frances Ha and Inside Llewyn Davis on repeat. 


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Living for Ice and Dust Mountain Science Prof Who Survived Crevasse Now Leads New Program at Western WRITTEN BY HANNAH AMUNDSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAYLIN STIEFER


ohn All, the founding director of Western Washington University’s new Mountain Environments Research Institute (MERI), says the Cordillera Blanca mountains in Peru is one of the best mountain ranges in the world. “I always go back there because it’s a great place to work,” All says. All’s research has taken him across the globe, to places such as the Himalayas, Africa, and Nepal. In 2014, he survived a frightening fall into a 70-foot crevasse in Nepal, where he broke 15 bones. … continued on page 22

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… Even with his experience in search and rescue, the fact he managed to climb alone out of the crevasse, using an ice ax and just one arm, was remarkable. He even had the presence of mind to video his predicament. The video showed him bloodied and wracked with pain, a small circle of daylight far above him. It took six hours to climb out, according to reports. The story made international news. All’s days in recovery were spent writing a book, “Icefall,” about his adventures and events. After his fall, All came to the realization that he couldn’t be climbing mountains for research forever. He needed to give people the skills to do these types of research. “I wanted to make sure nobody else got hurt like I did, and provide training for students to be safe,” All says. Each year, MERI will be hosting a study abroad trip in Peru. The trip will be during the summer and the students will be visiting Lima, hiking in the Andes, visiting local villages and taking samples of glaciers. From years of research, All learned that scientists do great work, but few can climb to do mountain research. Climbers, on the other hand, want to get involved with something bigger, but don’t have the research skills to know what they’re doing once they are on the mountain. All’s plan? Get the two groups together for research expeditions. Western’s MERI program was born. The mountains are in All’s blood, and in his hands. As All talks, he is intently focused on the samples he collected on his most recent trip to Peru. He puts the samples in a container, illuminated with a light from below. All’s focus: the dust in mountain glacier ice. He has taken samples from mountain glaciers from all around the world. Sampling the dust within the glacial ice is critical because for one, dust makes glacial ice melt faster. Finding the dust’s origin is also key — did it come from fires, wind patterns, or climate impacts? All says older climbers have told him how much the mountains have changed in the past. They told him, back in the day, that Mt. Everest was easier to climb. MERI students will study the ice in glaciers as part of Western’s certificate program. They will also learn how to plan exhibitions, write research proposals, and study mountain permaculture. After students finish MERI classes, they’ll receive a Mountain Research Certificate. The certificate allows students to be more qualified for mountain-related jobs and gives an additional training boost. All says students interested in pursuing mountain research could get jobs in the national forest or park service, in environmental research, environmental consulting, or geological exploration.


All says that getting a Mountain Research Certificate can give mountain or ski guides the qualifications to do more on their job. Since they already have the ability to access mountain areas, the certification can give them research skills to study glacial ice. “For snowboarders that enjoy shredding the mountain, getting this certificate could add to their love of the mountain but also do good for the world,” All says. “And most importantly, get money.” The container’s light blinks off and All studies the samples again. He’s still talking, but hasn’t taken his eyes off the glacier dust. 

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he Curiosity rover has been treading the surface of Mars for more than five years with a team of NASA scientists watching its every move. Part of the elite team of scientists working it is Western Washington University professor Melissa Rice. Rice came onto the Mars Science Laboratory mission just before Curiosity landed. Curiosity’s nuclear power source is an upgrade from the solar-powered Opportunity Rover, which is still going strong in its 13th anniversary year. While Curiosity’s nuclear power source has a finite life, an estimated 10–15 years, it has an advantage over Opportunity. Curiosity doesn’t take nights off. The Curiosity rover launched at the end of 2011 and landed on Mars in August 2012. According to NASA’s website, Curiosity set out to answer the question: “Did Mars ever have the right environmental conditions to support small life forms, called microbes?” Early in the mission, Curiosity made news when it found chemical and mineral evidence to answer the question “yes.” And the rover continues exploring to find more evidence of past Martian life. Life on Mars is a hot topic — witness 2015’s hit movie and Academy Award nominee “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon — putting Rice in demand as a public speaker. She always had a curiosity for planets and knew that she wanted to study them in college. Originally from the east side of Seattle, Rice attended Wellesley College outside Boston. After getting her bachelor’s degree, she went to Cornell for her master’s and Ph.D. She worked in Southern California at the California Institute of Technology just prior to getting involved with the Curiosity Rover project. Even though NASA headquarters are in Washington D.C., Rice says it’s normal to have people work from afar. When you’re managing a rover on Mars, what’s another 3,000 miles between colleagues? “There’s dozens of people all over the United States working for NASA,” Rice says. While Rice isn’t with the team of scientists studying a planet 33.9 million miles from Earth, she is exploring the Pacific Northwest. Rice has been living in Bellingham for 2½ years and says she is still getting her bearings. She enjoys hiking and exploring the mighty hills on Chuckanut Mountain or kayaking in one of the numerous bays or lakes in Whatcom County.

At Western, Rice also teaches geology and physics in addition to her NASA work, a manageable combination, she says. “It’s easy to still be a part of Western,” Rice says, “I teach and advise for undergraduate and graduate level programs, and have all the fun responsibilities as a professor.” NASA has plans to launch a new rover in 2020, and Rice is helping build the rover’s camera. The new rover isn’t the only thing NASA plans on sending up to Mars. NASA is reportedly working to send a human there in the next 20 years, while billionaire innovator and entrepreneur Elon Musk plans to beat NASA to it. Game on? Rice isn’t sure. “NASA has been saying that for the last 50 years,” Rice says. 

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Sounds of Summer Return Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series WRITTEN BY KATE GALAMBOS


he Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series will be bringing the groove to our summer nights once again starting on June 15. In partnership with the Eldridge Society and Bellingham Parks and Recreation, the free concerts have been a Bellingham summer staple for more than 20 years, said concert coordinator Marla Bronstein. “I live on the park and I remember hearing the music and the families every summer,” she said. The series features bands every Thursday night from 6–8 p.m. for 10 weeks. The event, held at one of Bellingham’s oldest parks, hosts food trucks but keeps it family friendly by being one of the only music venues in Bellingham to not allow alcohol. “I think is nice for the bands to have the opportunity to play for crowds under 21,” Bronstein said. The music varies in genre, but is similar in its closeness to home. Bronstein said she tries to support local bands, usually filling the roster with about 90 percent local artists. About 30 to 40 bands apply for the 10 spots every year, Bronstein said. The types of music are “pretty mixed,” she 24

said. “We’ve had Celtic, jazz, marimba, blues, etc. I try to make sure there is a show for everyone.” While the concerts don’t begin until June, Bronstein has the complete list arranged by the end of February. This summer concert goers can expect to see bandZandt, one of the more popular of the local bands again, alongside newcomers Heroes, a young Bellingham band. Bronstein said she prefers to book bands with not too large of a following to avoid overcrowding the park. Usually each concert draws about 400 to 500 guests, which is just right to keep things moving without chaos. “I’m looking for bands with between 500 and 750 likes on Facebook,” Bronstein said. Picking smaller bands means the artists’ friends and family can attend, and it keeps the event community-oriented. While many come for the music, others come just to spend time with their family or to support their friends, Bronstein said.  1000 Walnut St., Bellingham



Sustainable and Flavorful Lummi Island Wild WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS


ummi Island Wild is one of few fishing companies to practice the ancient and sustainable practice of salmon reef netting. Reef netting, used in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years by Native Americans, requires fishers to wait for the fish to come to them rather than the other way around, said Lummi Island Wild president Keith Carpenter. A net is suspended between two platforms over an artificial reef. When “spotters” stationed on tall towers see salmon swim over the net, the net is lifted and the fish are rolled into a live well full of seawater. While in the well, the fish can relax and release lactic acid, produced by stress. Finally, the unwanted fish are sorted out, returned to the sea, and each caught salmon is bled before being put on ice. There are two major benefits to this method: sustainability and flavor. The practice allows Lummi Island Wild to avoid harming unwanted fish, use the same location every year, and keep their fish flavorful by bleeding each individually and eliminating the chance of catching stressed-out salmon. Sustainability has been important to Carpenter and Lummi Island Wild partner, Riley Starks, since the company began in 2004, and it hasn’t

gone unnoticed. In January of 2015, Patagonia sought out the company as their sole supplier of pink salmon for Patagonia Provisions, the company's food division focused on sourcing products from sustainable farmers, ranchers, and fisherman. “They source from us because our pink salmon are so sustainable. Those guys walk the talk. They really do believe in sustainability,” Starks said. Not only does Lummi Island Wild partner with Patagonia, it counts upscale resort The Willows Inn and Microsoft as customers as well. And for the public, Lummi Island Wild fish can be purchased in Haggen stores, Whole Foods, a handful of coops, and online. While big commercial fishing companies may be faster, said Carpenter, quality is not as good. The importance of the salmon species to the Pacific Northwest cannot be overstated for Lummi Island Wild fishers. “The salmon are to the Northwest as the buffalo were to the plains. They don’t have any left, but we do, and it is essential we keep it that way,” said Carpenter. Not only are the fish themselves a healthy and delicious food, but the salmon act as an indicator species for a number of ecosystems. Since the fish travel from forest, through rivers, and into the ocean, their well-being can indicate the health of a broad array of environments, Carpenter explained. Unlike most species, they do not spend their entire lives in one type of environment. “Supporting the salmon is a good way to support the entire Salish Sea,” Starks said.  3131 Mercer Ave., Ste. 105, Bellingham 360.366.8786 |

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ince 2002, the HUB Community Bike Shop has been catering to Bellingham’s cycle-friendly community. But now, after 15 years, the neighborhood looks very different. New apartment buildings surround the HUB’s location at 9031/2 North State St., and Kyle Morris said it’s a different view than the one he saw when he first founded the HUB. “There were no apartments around us,” Morris said. “We watched it grow.” With the neighborhood continuing to change, it could mean new locations for the HUB and other businesses renting space are right around the corner. “It’s the talk of the town,” he said. “We’re bracing ourselves because the writing’s on the wall.” Morris said he’s been looking at some new areas and trying to figure out what the HUB’s next step is. But even if that next step is moving, Morris said he doesn’t see it as bad. The location is ripe for a housing development and he foresees new businesses and even an underground parking garage taking the HUB’s current place. He hopes its next location will be a step toward establishing more permanence for the business. But the biggest challenge will be finances. “We’re trying to figure out how to be able to support our next move financially,” Morris said. The HUB serves as a full-service bike shop, a self-service station, and a bit of a gallery. Art pieces made from old bike parts hang on the walls along with decorated mannequin heads and signs. It’s part of the vibe Morris said the business has built over the years. “I think it’s very colorful; it’s very honest,” he said. “We definitely have opinions, but [we’re] not trying to push anything one way or another.” That vibe is what Morris said he wants to preserve wherever they go next, and that part of the HUB’s mission is preserving the community flavor. But he does have plans to make the HUB even bigger and better. He would like to expand education about recycling unusable bike parts and create a larger fabrication shop to repurpose parts. But whatever happens, Morris is grateful to be able to do what he loves. While it can be overwhelming and emotional at times, he couldn’t even fathom doing anything else. “This is just like one giant, crazy story where everything was woven together,” he said.  903½ N. State St., Bellingham 360.255.2072 |

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Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister 308 pages Sourcebooks Landmark

Beartown by Fredrik Backman 336 pages Simon and Schuster

Many of us have heard of the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency, born in Chicago, and hired by presidents, railroads, and banks to recover stolen goods or track down criminals. But did you know it hired women? Kate Warne was hired as the first woman detective, ultimately heading a department of women investigators. Macallister’s story covers Kate’s first cases, gender discrimination, an attempted assassination of Lincoln, and ultimately, Pinkerton’s system of Union spying during the Civil War. An eyeopening saga into a little-known piece of American history, this engaging book has a stellar main character leading the charge into women’s rights through her bravery, her sass, and her intelligence.

The author of the international bestseller, “A Man Called Ove,” is back. On the surface, “Beartown” is a novel of a small town obsessed by hockey, driven to watch, cheer, and kowtow to anyone connected to the rink, and willing to look the other way for both small and large offenses. Yet, hockey only grazes the surface. This is the story of Amat, the phenom who skates for free while his mother cleans the rink; and of David, who needs to win and will motivate his boys any way he can. It is the story of Benji, a player with a huge heart and an even bigger secret. Dynamic characters are drawn together and tested as a tragedy strikes the hockey family, and ultimately the entire town.

June 21, 6:30 p.m. Race and Culture Book Club Ferndale Public Library 2125 Main St., Ferndale 360.305.3600 | Open to all, this month the Race and Culture Book Club is reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley. The group will discuss ways of becoming antiracists partners through analysis of fiction and nonfiction works dealing with race.

June 22–24 Chuckanut Writers Conference Whatcom Community College 237 W Kellogg Rd., Bellingham 360.383.3000 | Featuring speakers, writing workshops, receptions, and readings, the annual Chuckanut Conference is a meeting of literary minds. Taking place across Whatcom Community College, Village Books, and various locations in Fairhaven, the conference includes sessions on everything from rewriting classic fairy tales to how to give and receive useful critiques. Student rates and Early Bird Registrations are available.

WHO KNEW? Spokane Washington lays claim to Father’s Day, which began in Spokane in 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd, daughter of Civil War vet and single father William Jackson Smart, proposed the idea after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day, which began in 1908. Sonora and her father raised her five brothers on a farm in Eastern Washington after their mother died. When Sonora died at 96 in Spokane, her obituary included this sentiment: “…don’t you think fathers deserve a place in the sun, too?”

Cards Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending holiday. According the greeting-card behemoth Hallmark, average Father’s Day card sales (72 million) trail only Mother’s Day (113 million), Valentine’s Day (114 million), and Christmas (1.3 billion). Hold on to your dad jokes, because humor cards account for a quarter of all Father’s Day card sales. Today, Hallmark carries more than 800 unique Father’s Day cards, including cards addressed from pets. Because we are certain if a cat had opposable thumbs, they would write Father’s Day cards.

Gifts Dads can be tough to buy for, least of all because they’re content with what they already have, but also because dads won’t tell you what they want. Thankfully, the internet is here to help. Most websites break their dad gifts into Dad Categories: booze, outdoors, office. Gifts range from kitschy and playful to ornate and refined. Grill accessories, unconventional bacon snacks, artificial chilled stones to keep drinks cold without diluting the flavor. Ultimately, if you go with your gut, your dad will probably dig it.

Movies There are two prominent movies specifically about dad’s day. First, “Father’s Day” (1997) a Robin Williams, Billy Crystal slapstick comedy which was poorly received upon release. The second, “Father’s Day” (2008), is an American-Canadian co-production, featuring B-movie violence and gore. For something more family-friendly, I recommend the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962), featuring possibly the world’s greatest dad. Or, if your dad is willing to try foreign fare, “The Bicycle Thieves” (1948), is a tragic story of dedication and fatherhood set in Italy. Different strokes for all your folks! June 2017 27



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MORAN STATE PARK Reserve early. The best state campground in the San Juans has four freshwater lakes, two with lakeshore sites. Thirty-eight miles of hiking and biking trails are topped by 2,400-foot Mount Constitution and its spectacular, sweeping view of the sound. 3572 Olga Rd., Orcas Island 360.376.2326 |

DOUGLAS FIR AND SILVER FIR The Nooksack River’s North Fork is the star of the show for these two low-key campgrounds on SR 542 en route to Mount Baker. Stately firs tower over the (combined) 30 campsites. Grab one by the river, hike Horseshoe Bend trail, then day trip to Artist Point for jaw-dropping scenery. State Route 542. From Bellingham: Douglas Fir – E on State Route 542, about 35 miles, just past Glacier. Silver Fir – continue E another 12 miles. 360.856.5700 |

STEAMBOAT ROCK STATE PARK It’s a drive from Western Washington, but you’ll be rewarded by a 5,043-acre park and a radical change in scenery — basalt cliffs, reservoirs and dry climes. Banks Lake (27 miles long) is great for water sports, and you can hike and bike right from your campsite. Massive Grand Coulee Dam is just 11 miles away. 51052 WA-155, Electric City 509.633.1304 |

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ot every 8-year-old has to worry about inviting their third-grade teacher to their movie premiere. But for Kayleigh Finnegan, it was a real predicament. “Where do you have to make sure you end up the next day?” her father, Brian Finnegan asked. “School,” Kayleigh said. While she started acting in 2015, Brian said she’s been with the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth since she was 4 years old. “There’s a pretty strong children’s arts community here, and BAAY is kind of a fundamental school,” Brian said. In 2015, Kayleigh caught the bug after a friend of hers acted in a movie. “When I saw his movie trailer…I thought it was the coolest thing, so I had to do it too, because I wanted to see myself on the screen,” she said. From there, Kayleigh’s mom, Jody Finnegan, said they brought Kayleigh to the agency Seattle Talent. After being accepted, she began taking acting lessons. The next step was a talent competition in Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association. Kayleigh placed fourth in acting for her age group, Brian said. After that, came callbacks and auditions, Jody said. That eventually led Kayleigh to be cast in the movie, “Shattered,” which debuted at the Pickford Film Center in March. The film is a drama surrounding a political family in the South. Kayleigh plays the sister of a boy with severe mental health issues. The movie offered Kayleigh’s parents the first chance to really see the final product of one of her roles. Jody said Kayleigh has been in other projects, like a music video and commercials, but “Shattered” was the first time they got to see her on the big screen. This July, Kayleigh will be busy filming another movie, “Before I Go.”


Acting isn’t the only thing Kayleigh’s interested in. In fact, her schedule is bursting with activities like dancing, martial arts, piano, ultimate frisbee, and 3D art. “She’s a busy little girl,” Brian said. In addition to film, Kayleigh has also done stage productions like the Wizard of Oz and The Aristocats. However, she says she prefers the theater because there’s no camera following her around and you don’t have to do scenes over and over again to get the right angle. “If you want to do acting, you have to have confidence and bravery,” Kayleigh said. “You have to have bravery because everyone will be watching it eventually, and you have to have confidence to actually do it.” Jody and Brian agree that having a child involved with acting can be tough as well. Jody owns 12th Street Shoes in Fairhaven and Brian owns WestCom Properties and is a partner in Landmark Real Estate Management. But they both manage to find time to take Kayleigh to classes and auditions. Jody says kids in the acting business should be prepared to hear a lot of rejections. “It’s a real grind, several auditions a week, you’ve got to show up, you hear no all the time,” Brian said. “You have to let that just wash off your back and focus on the positives.” Kayleigh has goals outside of acting. She said she wants to branch into the literary world as well, and she already has her first idea. She wants to write a book about a girl who is bullied for having Down syndrome. She said she was inspired by a girl in her class who has the syndrome, a chromosomal birth defect. She said she wants the book to teach people that there’s no difference between people with Down syndrome and those without. “They’re not contagious, it’s just some DNA from their parents [that] got changed,” she said. Whatever form Kayleigh’s future projects take, she has the support of her parents. If she decided to be an astronaut, Brian said he and Jody would support her. But when it comes to acting, Kayleigh had one final piece of advice. “Believe in magic,” she said. “Anything is possible.” 

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Making Tracks into History Bellingham Railway Museum WRITTEN BY JAMES HEARNE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN


he sound of children at play filled the Bellingham Railway Museum, along with the recorded sound of a train engine at full speed. The model trains took up a large majority of the room, as they made a circuit through the miniature landscape, highly detailed with trees, stations and logging equipment. Michael Lower, president of the board for the museum, said that the models are all made by museum members and volunteers. The trains are models from around the world. Lower, nearly 80, has been with the museum since 2007, when he first came to Bellingham after living in the San Juan Islands for many years. “I happened to be on Commercial Street, and I needed a place to store my model trains,” Lower said. He happened upon the museum, came in and asked if it was OK if he ran some of his own trains on their track, since they were the same scale. The museum agreed, and has been Lower’s sanctum for his hobby ever since. The museum was founded in 2003, when a club of train enthusiasts decided they needed a space to call their own. The museum board formed the museum as a non-profit the same year. Some members of the Bellingham Society of Model Engineers wanted to use larger trains, so they split off and formed their own organization. The museum board also wanted to educate people about the role of trains in Whatcom County. The history of Bellingham is the history of its railways, said Lower. In fact, four communities — Whatcom, Sehome, Fairhaven, and Bellingham — were settled along Bellingham Bay, with people drawn by logging, salmon, coal and the excitement of a proposed transcontinental railroad terminus. But it never happened. The area lost out to first Tacoma, then Seattle, and the towns eventually consolidated into one. A museum wall hosts an array of photos from the late 1800s that show the burgeoning communities of Bellingham, with the railroad tracks, as well as the street cars that used to be in service. Eventually, Bellingham’s location between British Columbia and Seattle made it ideally suited to be a hub  for the railroad, said Dale Jones, a founder and the historian for the museum. “Trains opened up the West, and Bellingham was part of that.” The museum is open for all sorts of groups and gatherings in addition to the general public. “Birthday parties, school trips, senior centers, we get all kinds,” said Jones.  1320 Commercial St., Bellingham 360.393.7540 |

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ou might feel like you’re just passing time when playing a game or working on a puzzle, but there are other cognitive functions at work. In many board games, players work on a variety of skills including logic, memory, deduction, math, planning, and sportsmanship. Playing games in a group setting helps strengthen social bonds. Ask anyone who’s ever enjoyed a game of Cards Against Humanity. Historical or fact-based games like Trivial Pursuit can educate players, while working on a puzzle boosts problem-solving skills. So you’re really passing time, but in a productive way. Dianne Moritz, owner of Boxes & Bears in Anacortes, knows all this and more. “People are really concerned with what’s going on in the world right now, so board games and puzzles are a good diversion.” Not only does Moritz enjoy games and puzzles, but she built her business based on customer demands. … continued page 35

Moritz is a retired federal worker who wanted to fulfill a desire to be a shopkeeper, so she opened an antique shop specializing in antique boxes and stuffed bears. One day a customer inquired about buying a jigsaw puzzle, which Moritz didn’t have in stock but ordered for him. Then other customers began asking for board games. It was an easy decision to special-order products. She began to “keep an eye on what people are asking for.” Slowly the antique boxes and bears were replaced with board games and puzzles. About a year and a half ago Anacortes native John Van Deusen stopped in. He was shifting career gears after playing in a band for almost a decade. Moritz had known Van Deusen for some time and jokingly offered him a job. She thought he was just being funny when he said yes. Turned out he was serious. Today, Van Deusen is the manager of Boxes & Bears and is routinely lauded for his excellent customer service. The duo has made the store a welcoming place, chock-full of every game imaginable. The open floor plan makes it easy for patrons to locate a desired item. Games and puzzles are neatly stacked on perimeter shelving with smaller displays scattered around the store. If you want classic playing cards, choose from standard red- or blue-backed or perhaps cards printed with puppies or kittens. On the game shelves you’ll find all your favorite classics: Monopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, dominoes, and Trivial Pursuit, to name a few. Catan and Risk line multiple shelves alongside Magic: The Gathering cards, a popular game produced in Renton. Magic is so popular, in fact, that

the store hosts a weekly Magic: The Gathering event where players ranging in age from preteen to 40-plus come together. Moritz hosts the event, provides the cards, and sometimes even prizes. The Magic events became so enjoyable, she began hosting more events where players could choose other games to play. It’s a laid-back gathering intended for participants to socialize and have fun playing a game or two. Caddy-corner from the game section is the puzzle area. Puzzle enthusiasts won’t get bored with the various sizes and prints. You can work on an enchanted forest puzzle, Seattle skyline puzzle, or even a graphic resembling a drawer that could be an “I Spy” picture. Check out the wooden 3D puzzles and Rubik Cubes, or trendy coloring books perfect for relaxing after a busy week. During tourist season Moritz stocks up on portable games as well. The kid’s section appeals to young gamers and those more interested in toys. There are a few dinosaur figurines, match cars, and Beanie Babies stacked alongside age-appropriate games like Operation and Apples to Apples. Finally, remaining true to the store’s roots, take a look at the beautiful carved wooden boxes from Poland’s Tatra Mountain Region, and a few plush bears scattered throughout the store. But just in case you can’t find what you’re looking for, Moritz and Van Deusen will place a special order. After all, Moritz’s goal with Boxes & Bears is to “provide a place for people to find games and socialize with each other.”  709 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.9593 |

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hen the Kittitas Indians shared their discovery of blue agate, it was so stunningly beautiful only tribal chiefs were allowed to wear the vibrant mineral. Blue agate was rare enough to require directions for those that sought it. “Walk with the sun over your left shoulder,” was the Kittitas tribe’s advice. Word got out quickly, and the blue was popularized in the 1920s by Alfred Kunz of Tiffany Jewelers. The hunt was on, and it continues today for what’s now known as “Ellensburg Blue Agate.” According to Forbes, Ellensburg Blues are the third rarest precious gem in the world, and you can only find them in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. What is it that makes blues special? Simple — scarcity, color range, variety, hardness, and adaptability to a variety of settings. Intrigued rock hounds flock to Ellensburg’s Rock ‘N’ Tomahawk Ranch to try their luck, and their patience, at finding the elusive blue. Make sure you call beforehand, so Bernice Best can give you the proper orientation before sending you on your way. Best is the salty-but-lovable landowner who lends blue hunters her 160-acre spread for their quest. Seasoned seekers know to follow the honor system that asks for $5 and your contact and vehicle information to be placed in the ranch’s white box. Then you are free to hunt until the cows come home. The hunt begins with a thorough orientation where hopefuls learn the history of the blue and get an eye on what exactly they’re looking for. “You’re always looking for blue, but never discount what else might be there,” says Best. Ellensburg Blues were formed nearly 50 million years ago when glacier water flowed over volcanic basalt. People say that no two blues are alike because each stone has a unique mineral structure. Blues are extremely hard and durable (some claim as hard as steel) and range in color from light sky blue to deep purple, though the vibrant cornflower blue is the most prized of all. Even if you don’t find anything blue, you will at least go home with some unique agates and jaspers, and a hunger for more. And you can always move the hunt to certain shops around Puget Sound and Ellensburg that stock it. Good luck!  Rock ‘N’ Tomahawk Ranch 2590 Upper Green Canyon Rd., Ellensburg 509.962.2403

Where can I buy Ellensburg Blue Agate? • Art of Jewelry, 709 S Main St., Ellensburg 509.925.9560 | • Ellensburg Agate & Bead Shop, 201 S Main St., Ellensburg 509.925.4998 • Earthlight Gems & Minerals, 46 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland 425.828.3872 | • Gem Heaven – Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place #408, Seattle 206.381.9302 | • NW Rockhounds, 2720 NE 115th St., Seattle 206.364.1440 | • Third Planet, 200 W Holly St., Bellingham 360.778.3765

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Happiest Girls Are The Prettiest Pearl Buttons Vintage Style WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES

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THE SHOP Pearl Buttons Vintage Style in Anacortes sells old Hollywood glamour. The ultra-feminine clothing store is decorated with feathers, drop crystal chandeliers, and ruffled tablecloths. The lovely turn-of-the-century-style dressing rooms are complete with plush seats and dressing tables. Don’t be fooled by the name though, their inventory consists of new products in vintage style, not vintage pieces.

THE ATMOSPHERE As a woman, walking into Pearl Buttons makes you feel like you have permission to indulge yourself in something beautiful. Staffers go out of their way to provide such a one-on-one shopping experience that they’ve garnered a loyal following, including annual tourists.

KEY PEOPLE Jackie Knapp, has owned Pearl Buttons for five years. Knapp also owned a store in La Conner in the early 1990s and used to run Island Chicks, a vintage market. She has a background in graphic design and explained her drive to work in retail is “part of that artistic expression.” Her husband, Duane Knapp specializes in brand strategy. He helped develop the store’s brand, and put in place their focus on hospitality. Jackie believes in paying it forward and tries to do something kind for her customers everyday whether that be free chocolate samples, champagne on busy Saturdays, and even gifting items to customers. She strives to give individualized attention to every patron and empowers her employees, the Pearlistas, to do the same.

In December 2014 Knapp hired Talyn Budnik. Since then Budnik, who has a fashion degree, has become the store’s stylist and Knapp’s right hand. Gregarious Budnik enjoys putting outfits together and the one-on-one interaction with customers, “If my customer leaves smiling, I know I did my job,” she says.

WHAT YOU'LL FIND Pearl Buttons is first and foremost a clothing store, but they stock plenty of gift-ready and pampering items such as fragrances, lotions, foaming bath liquids, and even locally made Beach Castle Sweets Chocolates. As for clothing, expect a variety of prints and layered outfits made with the prettiest fabrics: detailed lace, gauzy chiffon, silk, organza, and plenty of pieces detailed with tiny pleats, appliqués, and ruffles. The bridal corner is teeming with cream, white, and ivory-colored dresses. Accessorize with glittery, long necklaces, or dainty bracelets. Try on a Holly Golightly-inspired wide brimmed hat, and don’t forget some pretty lace underthings to tie an outfit together.

OWNER'S FAVORITE With the inventory theme changing seasonally, Knapp dedicates a lot of time to choosing the best pieces. She loves every item — after all, she only stocks what she likes. Staffers are encouraged to wear the clothes, because, as Budnik explains, “Women come in and want to see how we’re putting things together.” The Pearlistas seem to enjoy wearing the clothing, each translating the various pieces into their individual styles, which offers customers a glimpse into the myriad of looks possible with a single item. 

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ou cannot cheat with food. You eat food.” — Robb Wolf When I read those words, I had one of those aha! moments because for as long as I have been talking to people about food and what they should and should not eat, it drives me crazy every time I hear someone say, “I cheated” or “you’re cheating.” It’s food. You can’t “cheat” on food. Ten years ago, I woke up one morning and came to the realization that I was so tired I was actually too tired to be tired. It wasn’t because I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. So why was I, a 40-year-old, relatively active woman, dragging my butt around day after day, feeling more like someone at least twice my age? Granted, I had some minor health issues through the years but nothing chronic or debilitating. … continued on next page

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here is something to be said for the simplicity of a salad. There’s a lot more to be said for salad’s sheer versatility. You can put this together in a matter of 30 minutes. So let out your inner chef du cuisine (French for “boss of the kitchen”). Andale! Serves: 4 | Prep: 10 minutes | Cooking: 30 minutes Assembly: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 each red, orange and yellow bell pepper 1 medium white or yellow onion 8 cherry tomatoes 8 leafs green lettuce 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought. Just make sure it’s only spices; no nasty chemicals) 2 tablespoons avocado oil 1–2 teaspoon chili powder juice of 1/2 a lime pickled jalapenos Guacamole 2 large or 3 medium-size avocados 1 small shallot Juice of 1 lime 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS • Place chicken breasts in a baking pan. Coat evenly with olive oil and taco seasoning. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 for 25–30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180. When ready, remove chicken from oven, set on plate and let rest. • Finely chop shallot. Place in bowl, cover with juice of 1 lime. Let stand for 10 minutes to “cook” the shallots while you chop and sauté your vegetables. • Cut peppers and onion into thin strips. Heat avocado oil in skillet. Add vegetables. Season with chili powder and juice from 1/2 a lime. Add salt to taste (a couple of pinches). Sauté until soft to the bite (don’t overcook). Remove from heat and set aside. • Cut open both avocados and scoop flesh from skin. Place in bowl, mash until smooth. Add shallot and lime mixture, chili powder, garlic powder and salt and stir. • Slice chicken into strips. • Wash lettuce. Place 4 leaves on each plate. Slice chicken and add to salad. Add sautéed vegetables, sliced tomatoes, and a large dollop of guacamole. Serve. Enjoy! Check out for more nutritious recipes. 42

DOCTOR’S VISIT I decided it was time to get to the bottom of this. I told a doctor how … I was feeling: lethargic, trouble concentrating for any length of time, always feeling bloated no matter what I ate. I also told him that based on my scientific research (Google) I was certain that I had celiac. Or maybe Crohn’s. Obviously, I had some sort of condition that required some serious medical intervention. The doctor listened intently and made notes. When I was finished with my diagnosis, he showed me what he wrote down: Food. Huh? I was pretty sure I had this eating thing down to an art: ate all the major food groups every day, ate three meals a day and sometimes snacks between. By the end of our conversation we decided that he wasn’t the best person to help, but he pointed me in the right direction and left me with one thought: “Always start with food.”

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE He suggested I keep a food journal for a few weeks and then stop eating certain foods for a period of time to determine what was causing my problems. So a few years later (have I mentioned I’m a late adopter?) I did what he recommended. I also did a little research on food and how, from a scientific point of view, it affects our health and ultimately our well-being. And down the rabbit hole I went. Over the past seven years of studying diet and nutrition, I found it always comes back to food. Take all the vitamins and supplements you want, work out three hours a day, get vitamin cocktail injections, drink all the protein powder you can stomach. But if you don’t figure out what foods you need to eat to give you the best nutritional support, nothing will really change. Now, before you jump in both feet first (which is a great attitude that will go a long way when it comes to making a change, so keep it in your back pocket) here are a few things to consider: • We are all unique individuals, especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. What works for me might not be exactly what will work for you. Don’t go into this with a

one-size-fits-all attitude. For instance, I can’t eat grains. I know this for a fact. I’ve even gone so far as to do a seven-day carb test to prove it to myself (even though looking like I’m eight months pregnant after eating a slice of bread, some rice, or beans should be proof enough). • This is going to take some mental toughness, but I’m certain you’ve got it in you. We all do. Sometimes you just need to remind yourself of that. • Your family and friends may rail against you when they find out what you are up to. Remember, change is scary, especially when it goes against what they/you have been told for years. • Diet (food) does not equal dogma. Don’t get all fanatical about what you eat. But at the same time be responsible for your choices. Don’t feel guilty if you eat something you “shouldn’t.” Be accountable. • The USDA “My Plate” food guide guideline still needs some fine tuning; use it sparingly. • Stop counting calories. If you focus on getting your calories from nutrient-dense food you won’t need to. • Refined carbs, oils, and sugars are probably causing you a lot of problems so not eating foods that contain any of those is a good place to start. One last thing: no matter what you read or what anyone tells you, sugar is not a food group and should be eliminated from your diet completely. I’m talking white refined sugar, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, etc. Just say no to sugar. So, if you have some extra weight that you are tired of carrying around or you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, or you just know deep down in your gut that you can feel so much better than you do, here’s what I suggest you do: change your food. 

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Reaching for the Sky Yoga Brings Peace to Women in Transition WRITTEN BY PATRICIA HERLEVI | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN


n one of the least likely places, the chapel of the Lighthouse Mission, women temporarily forget the harsh realities of their daily struggles while yoga instructor Sarah Willett, face aglow, shares a different set of life skills — ones that involve stretches, breathing, and expansion. While there are no lithe bodies dressed in Lululemon active wear here, yoga instructors have been doing their community time (usually funded by grants) at prisons, women’s shelters, and other venues that focus upon improving the human condition. While we associate yoga with the Hindu tradition, Willett bases her practice on another religion — she teaches Christianinspired yoga at the Lighthouse Mission and at the Hillcrest Chapel in Fairhaven. Willett includes Bible passages as inspiration as her students strike a Warrior Pose and stretch their arms up to the ceiling while their fingers reach for the sky. Prior to 2012, Willett was a college student and soccer mom who found yoga as a way to relieve the stress of raising teens. At first, she found restorative yoga relaxed her. Then later, she experienced a vision. While working full-time in wellness industry sales, completing her bachelor’s degree and crisscrossing the state for youth soccer, she realized yoga was a gift her mind, body and spirit craved. “It was soul food,” she said in an email interview. Her academic studies propelled her to help others and she returned to active volunteering. “I call it ‘up-serving,’” she said. “Others had given to my success, and I could lean in and serve forward.” At the time of this interview, Willett taught yoga at the Agape House (Lighthouse Mission Chapel), and Lydia Place as part of her community outreach. Willett already had extensive yoga and community service training under her belt, including Yoga Behind Bars, a program where yoga instructors teach at prisons. 44

Lydia Place program coordinator Cherish Larson said Willett made a good impression in just one class. Participants said they felt relaxed and centered. “Many reported that this was their favorite life skill class of the past six months,” Larson said by phone. Back at the Lighthouse Mission Chapel, Willett focused on the change of season. Despite the wind and rain lingering outside, a tranquil ambiance resonated inside. The students struck a warrior pose as Willett said softly, “This is the standing pose that makes us warriors for a day.” Willett gently reminded the women of their courage to show up for no one but themselves. As the class concluded with the Dead Man Pose — everyone reclining on their mats — Willett’s voice was soothing. “It is the shelter of each other that people live,” she said. Class complete, the women ambled from the chapel wearing tranquil expressions. Peace felt palatable even in the dismal setting of white tiled concrete floors, banks of lockers, and a giant wooden cross dangling from a wall across the chapel. For these women, yoga provided a temporary respite. Originally from the United Kingdom, Willett has lived in the U.S. for 28 years. At 42, she has carved a niche for herself that revolves around community leadership and yoga, also teaching spiritual and secular yoga classes throughout Whatcom. “I am profoundly in awe of the tenacity, bravery, and beautiful raw spirit of humanity that each woman brings to her yoga mat and out into her life’s journey. We are energetically and community interconnected, yet often we disappear into the crowd,” says Willett. With restorative yoga, Willett hopes these women keep reaching. 

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f you’re one of the estimated 60 million Americans who live with seasonal allergies (or allergic rhinitis), you know it’s the little things — like pollen or dust — that can make you feel miserable. Fortunately, there are also little things that can make you feel better. Here are two key strategies for surviving the season:

Combat the culprits that cause your allergic reactions. Do whatever you can to keep pollen, mold, dust, dander or other allergens down and out.

AT HOME • Leave shoes and jackets at the door to keep from bringing pollen or other allergens into the rest of the house. • Dust and vacuum with a HEPA filter weekly — or even daily in the spring. • Close windows and doors, again, to block allergens from getting in. • Bathe after being outside to get rid of pollen; it’s especially helpful at night so you don’t bring allergens into bed with you. • Change your bedding weekly. • If you use an air purifier, be sure to change or clean the filter every month. • Do you have houseplants? Make sure they aren’t adding to your misery.

ON THE GO • Wear glasses — sunglasses or safety glasses — to keep out allergens. • Wear a mask when the pollen count is especially high. Not a fan of the look? Look for fashion-forward options online. • Keep your car windows up and don’t use the vent. • Clean your vehicle weekly — inside and out — during the height of spring.

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REDUCE STRESS Studies have shown that stress makes allergic reactions worse. Here are a few tactics to try: • Massage (a side benefit is that lying face down can help drain sinuses) • Meditation • Music • Aromatherapy • Foot rubs • Yoga or other gentle exercise • Drink water, hot teas, broths and other soothing drinks to flush out mucous. • Use a humidifier, vaporizer or steam with or without menthol or other herb. • Hang a sprig of eucalyptus or use an essential oil in your shower. Some people find eucalyptus helps reduce stress and improve breathing. • Take garlic — in food, as a supplement or in steam — to open up airways. • Exercise indoors when pollen counts are high. • Use breathing strips. • Apply a compress — either warm or cool — to alleviate pressure behind your eyes and nose. Everyone is different. Do what works for you to breathe a little easier this spring. Get more healthy living tips at Courtesy of PeaceHealth

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Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan County



city’s downtown may shape its identity to outsiders, but it’s a place’s neighborhoods that give it character. If you really want to know a place, visit its residential areas — their homes, parks, landmarks, gathering places. Neighborhoods are the enclaves we come home to each day. Whatcom County’s neighborhoods range from Bellingham’s distinct, park-rich districts to the jaw-dropping view from Ferndale’s Lawson Church Hills neighborhood. In the San Juans, pocket neighborhoods are subsets of each island’s personality. Skagit County’s La Conner, Anacortes, Mount Vernon, and Burlington feature neighborhoods shaped by water and agriculture. We set out to find what made each place special by talking to a resident or family, each of whom spoke with pride about where they live. We hope you feel the same.

*Information for On the Market homes is current as of this writing.

Whatcom County

Written by Shannon Finn | Photographed by Dean Davidson

Church Hill

Place with a View


On the Market 2544 Sievers Way, Ferndale $375,000 | MLS# 1093655

STATS Number of Homes 59 Average Days on Market 99 Median List Price $360,000 Schools Eagleridge Elementary School, Horizon Middle School

This three-bedroom, twoand-a-half bathroom house has no homes behind it, allowing for added privacy for a family. With dark cabinets and granite counters, walk-in closets, and a gorgeous master suite, the home offers elegant touches and beautiful contrasts between the colors of the features and the light wood floors. On a sunny day, one might be able to catch a glimpse of Mount Baker as well.

ord is the view from Yvonne and Eugene Goldsmith’s balcony is the fourth-best in Ferndale. Eugene says he has yet to find the other three. “You can repair and replace anything on the inside, but you can’t replace that view,” says Yvonne, a resident of the Church Hill neighborhood. Perched on a hill with a view of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and the Puget Sound, residents are blessed each day with breathtaking scenery, something the community does not take for granted. Those who live on the hill stay on the hill. The Goldsmiths have lived in the neighborhood for about 28 years, with those around them ranging from 15 to 28-plus years. When the Goldsmiths first moved to the area, Church Road, the main road through the neighborhood, was narrow. Once the road was widened, those who lived north near the city limits and those at the southern end started to walk the road, adding foot traffic to the area. When Eugene works in the garden, neighbors stop by, chat, and usually end up with something from the garden to take back with them. Circa 1953, the “neighborhood” consisted of a dairy farm and the Goldsmith’s house — before the Goldsmiths. Over the years many more homes were built, including a bedand-breakfast right next door. Downtown activities and some businesses are a quick five-minute drive away, but mostly banks and restaurants occupy the spaces. Easy accessibility to the highway makes shopping convenient. “Everyone we have met in this neighborhood has just been very welcome with open doors,” says Yvonne. “Nobody’s pretty closed off, we are all really friendly.” Whether neighbors walk down Church Road and stop to chat, or host dinner parties where everyone is genuinely interested in getting to know you, Church Hill is a safe, stable, and friendly community with quite a view. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to that scenery?

June 2017


Whatcom County

Semiahmoo  Written and Photographed by Kaylin Stiefer

On the Market 8849 Goldeneye Lane, Blaine $839,900 | MLS# 1064409 This three-bedroom, threebathroom custom home on Turnberry Pond features lush landscaping outside and, thanks to southern exposure, lots of light inside. The 4,055-squarefoot home, on a corner lot, includes extensive tile work, upgraded appliances, new interior paint, and carpet.



A Throwback Era for Families


emiahmoo is more than just a hot spot for retired couples and vacation homeowners. It’s a community for families. Len and Tara Saunders found their home in Turnberry Wood in 2004 after Len’s job led them to the U.S. from Canada. Tara is part of a three-generation family at Semiahmoo. Tara’s grandmother lived in one of the very first homes in that neighborhood for more than 20 years. Now Tara’s parents live only five houses down from their daughter and her family. Turnberry Wood is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Semiahmoo with only 25 houses, which Tara says gives the neighborhood a 1950s feel. Everybody knows each other, neighbors look after each others’ kids and keep the small park and pond in the front looking clean. “You don’t get that a lot these days,” says Tara. “It’s very safe.” Most of the kids in the neighborhood go to school in Blaine, which allows families to age together. Parents can be part of their children’s activities. Len and Tara’s children, Payton, Justin, Cameron, and Carly, have friends nearby and in surrounding neighborhoods that are only a short bike ride away. They like to golf on the course behind their house, sell golf balls and lemonade to golfers passing by, go down to the Semiahmoo Spit, and jump off the docks in the marina during the summers. Tara says she hopes more families with kids will move into the neighborhood. She puts toys and bikes in the driveway whenever there is an open house to attract more families. With such a strong sense of community, everyone can feel at home here. Each year, the neighborhood puts on a summer party where the families gather to play games and barbecue. Older residents are like grandparents to the young generation. “People don’t last long here if they don’t get involved in the community,” says Tara.

Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham At 241 acres, Whatcom Falls is the biggest park in the city and has something for everyone. With a playground for the kids, many different paths, and a spectacular waterfall and streams, visitors will never be at a loss for something to do. The main entrance is at 1401 Electric Avenue. Cornwall Park, Bellingham A small park, its creek is great for dogs. Cornwall Park has a playground and its own shelter that can be rented out for private parties and functions. It’s ideal for just about any occasion, or just a quick walk. 3424 Meridian Street. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale A city landmark, Hovander is part farm, part park. It has a historic farm house and barn, and includes farm animals to pet, as well as a playground. Its walking trail extension is complete, and its open fields are heaven for dogs. Located at 5299 Nielsen Avenue.

Favorite Neighborhoods with WATERFRONT VIEWS Edgemoor, Bellingham Located in the southern end of Bellingham, Edgemoor’s sloping geography allows for gorgeous views from almost anywhere. Homes in the area come with a little more space, so there’s room to grow. Plus, with Fairhaven just to the north, Edgemoor residents have access to a bustling retail district. Semiahmoo, Blaine This neighborhood is about as northwest as you can be before ending up in Canada. Situated in the western section of Blaine, Semiahmoo, with nearby Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa and the new Semiahmoo Shores development, has breathtaking views of the bay from Drayton Harbor. The area is more remote and private for those who like to get away from the traffic and noise of the city. South Hill, Bellingham Views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands combine with prime access to Bellingham’s amenities to make South Hill a desirable location for residents. The neighborhood includes beautiful Boulevard Park and its scenic along-thewaterfront trail. The neighborhood’s Ridgeway area also includes some homes that have been around since the early 1900s.

June 2017


Whatcom County

Cornwall Park  Written by Shannon Finn | Photographed by Dean Davidson

A Place to Grow Up, Then Stay


magine a block of homes with blooming gardens and the street teeming with children, surrounded by a park. In the 1960s and 70s, this was Marilyn Mastor’s view from her home with her four children and husband. So many children lived in the neighborhood that the mailman at the time, who gave all the children Valentine’s with dimes in them, called the neighborhood “fertile valley.” Parents with same-age children held gatherings, and those who owned boats went boating together. As the children grew and moved away and families moved on from the neighborhood, gatherings diminished and now only a half-dozen children live in the neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed, but many of the families and couples that live around Mastor have been there for 20 or so years, and the welcoming feel persists, with an open door always provided. Mastor has lived in Whatcom County since age 4. She grew up in the Columbia neighborhood, got married at 21, moved into the Cornwall Park neighborhood, started a family, went back to school to get her design degree, started her own interior design business, and retired a year-and-a-half ago. Drawn to the neighborhood for the sizable house, family-friendly neighborhood, and the nearby park, Mastor and her husband moved to Cornwall Park 1954 — three years after the house was built. Spending most of her life in Bellingham in those two neighborhoods, Columbia and Cornwall Park, she has lived near parks in both. To this day, at age 83, Mastor still walks around Cornwall Park, the crown jewel of the neighborhood. Despite the quieter streets, the gardens still bloom and the park holds the timelessness of nature.


On the Market

2523 Broadway St., Bellingham $375,000 | MLS# 118426 Built in 1926, this two-bed, 1.75-bath Broadway Park Craftsman is 903 square feet of restored charm with quaint front porch and oak hardwood floors. Can’t beat the location in Broadway Park. Includes breakfast nook, detached garage, tidy lawn.

STATS Average Days on Market 28 Number of Homes 880 Median List Price $425,500 Schools Columbia Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham High School, Cedar Tree Montessori

Whatcom County

Written by Kate Galambos | Photographed by Shannon Finn

Lettered Streets

A Stroller’s Paradise


$509,000 | MLS# 1103981 2422 F Street, Bellingham A four-bedroom, 2.5bath home in Lettered Streets — home to mostly cozy, historic houses — is a rarity. This modernized Colonial has a remodeled kitchen, a peekaboo view of the bay, and an outbuilding roomy enough for storage and even a studio.

On the Market

ith beer, ice cream, and Bellingham Bay just blocks away, the Lettered Streets neighborhood is one of Whatcom County’s most prized for location. Lisa Kaufman, Todd Eastman, and new four-legged companion Zeke have been enjoying their quaint Lettered Streets house and yard since 2003. It was Bellingham’s accessibility to the outdoors that brought them here, Kaufman said. The couple lived on Bellingham’s outskirts for a year before moving into their current home. Kaufman staked out the neighborhood by parking in front of the house every day to walk to her job downtown. Then one day, a “For Rent” sign appeared. “I did everything in my power to get this house,” she said. As for the neighborhood, the two said they love the community feel developed through neighbors, who spend plenty of time strolling along the blocks and tending their gardens. People take pride in their gardens and homes in the Lettered Streets. With so much activity outside, neighbors get to know each other on an informal basis during a daily dog walk or the route to school. In the summer, music fills their home from all directions. With open windows, the couple said they enjoy the tunes from Downtown Sounds and the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series, as well as any major parade headed down Cornwall Avenue. “You don’t have to plan to go to these events, you can just walk out your front door,” Kaufman said. While the houses don’t tend to get too big, many are old and full of character. According to a neighbor who had spent her life in the home her father built, Kaufman and Eastman’s lot was once the home of a neighborhood market.

STATS Average Days on Market 47 Number of Homes 1,200 Median List Price $346,500 Schools Columbia Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Whatcom Middle School, and Bellingham High School

June 2017


Whatcom County

Sunnyland Written by Shannon Finn

On the Market 1539 Grant St., Bellingham $319,000 | MLS# 1096224 Steps from downtown Bellingham is this two-bedroom, one-bath home. The living room’s arched ceiling, the sizable bedrooms, and the full bath situated between the two bedrooms give the house a spacious feel despite its 864 square feet.

STATS Number of Homes 996 Average Days on Market 30 Median List Price $320,000 Schools Sunnyland Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham High School 54


Up and Coming

Written by Meri-Jo Borzilleri Photographed by Kaylin Stiefer


here’s no such thing as the perfect neighborhood. Everyone has different needs and desires. But for Tina and Kirby White, Sunnyland has it all. Sunnyland is where they live, work, and play. A few blocks away from their home is their restaurant, Homeskillet. It’s a breakfast and brunch place that has gained wild popularity, even outside its Sunnyland borders — Homeskillet is known as Sunnyland’s “worst-kept secret.” The Whites were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of their home, as they already had easy accessibility to Kulshan Brewing, Cash and Carry, and Trader Joe’s. Even downtown is only a 10-minute walk. When a nearby space opened, they created Homeskillet. At that time, they were not financially ready to open a business. But a Sunnyland friend and business owner took a chance on them and helped out. Four years, 11 months, and three weeks down the line — not that they’re counting — Homeskillet has become the restaurant it is today. The location of Homeskillet has deepened the White’s connection with their neighbors and others in Sunnyland. Neighbors will yell their names or “Homeskillet!” as they’re walking their dogs, will stop to chat, or pull them into Kulshan to talk and drink a few beers. Homeowners since 2002, they’ve found that “as soon as artists move in or eclectic individuals move into a neighborhood, then suddenly it becomes an area that people want to move into,” says Kirby. That’s what’s happening in Sunnyland. Sunnyland once lagged behind the Lettered Streets and Columbia in popularity because of its industrial areas and the lack of “hangout” spots. But now people are looking to Sunnyland for its quaint houses and walkability. Sunnyland was once an overlooked, affordable place. Not any more. In the 15 years that the Whites have been residents, Sunnyland has changed. The people are what make this neighborhood what it is, say the Whites. Sunnyland has grown to become a place where people care about each other and their community.


n November, a string of home break-ins put Bellingham residents on edge. The burglaries followed a pattern: multiple suspects breaking into homes, particularly on sunny days when residents were out. One neighborhood after another got hit. Christy Nieto, an 11-year Bellingham resident, and her Birchwood neighbors felt the unease. They flocked to their neighborhood association meeting to see Dante Alexander. Alexander and Eric Osterkamp are Neighborhood Police Officers, dedicated exclusively to neighborhood duty as part of a program created by police chief Clifford Cook that debuted in January 2015. “Everyone I talk to, and myself, love it,” said Nieto. “We actually get to know the police officers…They’re approachable, easy to talk to.” During the break-ins, Alexander and Osterkamp visited association meetings, giving citizens information. How were the crooks getting in? What types of houses are they hitting? What are they stealing? How do we make our homes safer? Nieto said the burglaries eventually stopped. But the information helped empower residents. NPOs also answer emails and phone calls — check to contact them—and deal with everything from noise complaints to suspected drug houses. At a time when fatal clashes between police and citizens have prompted national outrage and angst, the NPOs’ work can help prevent an us-vs.-them mentality. Personal connections help. As an NPO, “I can spend 20 to 30 minutes with (residents). They feel they can be heard,” said Alexander, an eight-year police veteran. Alexander and Osterkamp split Bellingham’s 25 neighborhoods. That’s about 40,000 people each. The NPO program has spawned Bellingham Neighbors Together, which launched this year and seeks volunteers to partner with police. See for more information.

June 2017


Whatcom County

Columbia  Written by Mikayla Nicholson | Photographed by Dean Davidson

A Place to Grow Together


he weather is a comfortable middle area, between shedding the last of winter and the opening notes of spring. Residents of the Columbia neighborhood are coming out of hibernation. People are outside jogging, walking their dogs and cycling. Lori Pobuta is pouring a cup of coffee and serving up donuts, observing the quiet commotion from her window. Long before Pobuta built her house in the Columbia neighborhood, she knew little of Bellingham outside of the Bellis Fair mall. Pobuta moved to Bellingham to be closer to her family in Canada. After exploring the area, she felt like she had discovered a secret. Bellingham was the ideal location: a charming, safe, affordable place to live with a good quality of life. “Bellingham got ahold of me,” she said, “like it does everyone.” Pobuta lives in an immaculate home with a modern minimalist design, but peppered with decorations made of sheep’s wool, a mix of style and comfort. She rents out the ground floor accessory dwelling unit to traveling nurses. Nearly every window in the house has a scenic view. The stairwell windows look to Mount Baker, the front windows to the water and sunsets. “I had never seen a golden light like that, coming off the bay,” she said. As a single woman living alone, one who had just built her first house no less, Pobuta said she was thankful for the surrounding community. Neighbors gave an abundance of supplies and advice when she started her vegetable garden. Neighborhood newsletters, written and distributed by community organizer Flip Breskin, help keep everyone in-the-know about events and emergencies. The community cares for its own, from returning lost pets to sharing surplus garden goods. Pobuta started a summer cycling club, which includes pit stops at “the neighborhood beer fridge,” Elizabeth Station. She also enjoys taking strolls to Elizabeth Park and Squalicum Beach. The sidewalks of the Columbia neighborhood are lined with trees and different kinds of shrubbery. “Most residents treat gardening like therapy,” said Pobuta. “Things grow here.” After moving to Bellingham, Pobuta said she learned more, she started shopping local and eating more organic foods. Turns out, plants aren’t the only things thriving in the Columbia neighborhood.


STATS Number of Homes 1,600 Average Days on Market 31 Median List Price $360,000 Schools Columbia Elementary, Whatcom Middle School, and Bellingham High School

On the Market 2919 Meridian St., Bellingham $269,000 | MLS# 1106555 This two-bedroom, one-bath single-family home was built in the 1920s. Its open floorplan joins kitchen and living room, and sees plenty of natural light from the large windows. The charming 1,015-square-foot home has a brick fireplace and plenty of room for gardening in the front and back lawns, this house is full of classic Bellingham character.

COAL MINES OF BELLINGHAM Written By Meri-Jo Borzilleri


ellingham’s neighborhoods have their own character, but some share a feature you can’t even see: a wide network of underground coal mine tunnels. Hundreds of miles of abandoned coal passageways honeycomb Bellingham’s depths, none bigger than the massive Bellingham Coal Mine beneath the Birchwood and Columbia neighborhoods. The mine, which operated from 1918–1955, was the last to close, ending an era that began with coal’s discovery here in the early 1850s. Still, the tunnels are part of Bellingham lore. Bellingham’s coal mine era featured about a dozen mines, including several near Lake Whatcom and one directly beneath the heart of downtown. In 1997, an abandoned coal tunnel, just 88 feet below ground level, was discovered near the corner of Railroad and Holly, where the Starbucks and office building now stand. The city had hired an engineering firm to do exploratory drilling — maps detailing the location of the mine, owned long ago by a California firm, had burned up in San Francisco’s Great Fire, said engineering geologist Dan McShane. As for underneath Birchwood and Columbia, the mine’s depth ranges from 300 to 1,100 feet through 11 levels of tunnels, the shallowest near the mine’s sloping entrance. No trace of the entrance remains, paved over by a shopping center where the shuttered Albertson’s supermarket at 1650 Birchwood Ave. is located. Ventilation shafts have been sealed and experts believe the tunnels have compacted over the years, says Whatcom Museum photo archivist Jeff Jewell, with few instances of sinkholes or major settling reported on the surface. Yet McShane calls it “fortuitous” that the Bellingham Country Club’s golf course was built instead of houses — he suspects the course stretches over ground less stable than that in the surrounding neighborhood. Still, neighborhood residents have blamed the mine for everything from sandy backyard soil to potholes, and some worry how much worse an earthquake would be to a neighborhood with an abandoned mine under it. Jewell, a Columbia neighborhood resident himself, says the Bellingham Coal Mine’s football-field-depth is a buffer to residents worried a sinkhole will someday swallow their car or house. But the mine’s unsettling existence lingers. Sometimes, when the housing market booms in Bellingham, realtors regularly bring jittery clients to Jewell’s office to pore over the mine’s massive blue map. It’s hard to forget what lurks beneath. Residents just hope it’s far enough.

June 2017


Skagit County

North Big Lake  Written and Photographed by Libby Keller

From Summer Vacation to AllYear Family Fun


orth Big Lake was once a summer vacation destination for Margie Holdt and her family, but now it’s home. When Holdt and her late husband began thinking of retirement about 20 years ago, they opted for an upgrade, rather than a downsize. “We had three adult sons and we decided that we wanted something large enough that they could come and spend time here with their families. too,” Holdt said. So, they chose to build a home along Big Lake in Skagit County. It’s a location they picked, Holdt said, because of the small-town atmosphere of surrounding Mount Vernon and Burlington. One of Holdt’s sons and three of her grandchildren currently live in the house as well. Her grandson, Keegan, also agrees that the location of North Big Lake is a big plus. “You’re close to a lot of things,” he said. “You drive an hour south and you’re in one of the most progressive cities in the entire country. You drive an hour north and you’re in an entirely different county.” North Big Lake has a lot to offer in and of itself. Along with the beautiful water views, lake access and peaceful atmosphere, Holdt said the people in the area are friendly and care about their fellow neighbors. “I think people, generally, are good-hearted and it kind of has that small-town feeling of caring about one another,” she said. It also helps that Holdt’s sister owns the property next door. She said it has allowed for many family holidays to be spent together along the water. Permanent residents aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the water. There’s a public boat launch along the west edge of a lake where trout, salmon and bass are catchable. While North Big Lake may be small, Holdt said there’s always something happening.


On the Market 17075 Lake View Blvd., Mt Vernon $389,900 | MLS# 1097818 With Big Lake just across the street, this two-bedroom, two-bath home comes with large windows to soak up all the wonderful views. This home offers 1,104 square feet with an open floor plan, laminate and bamboo floors, fenced yard with patio and a jetted tub in the master bathroom.

STATS Number of Homes 175 Average Days on Market 86 Median List Price $389,750 Schools Big Lake Elementary

Skagit County

Written and Photographed by Emily Bylin

Shelter Bay

A Seafarer’s Haven


STATS Number of Homes 829 Average Days on Market 80 Median List Price $240,000 Schools La Conner School District

On the Market 814 Shoshone Dr., La Conner $399,500 | MLS# 1112769 Asian influences highlight this fourbedroom, four-bathroom home with marina and water views just across the street. Single-level living area features an octagonal living room and a lower level for entertaining. Deck, fireplace, formal dining room and solarium make this place an original. Options include moorage.

anny Hagen grew up in the Shelter Bay house that he now lives in with a family of his own — his wife, Nicole, and their two little ones, Kaysen and Duncan. The Hagens moved into the neighborhood in 2014 because they were about to start a family, and could afford a four-bedroom house in Shelter Bay for the price of a two-bedroom apartment elsewhere. Having grown up there, Hagen knew it would be the perfect place to watch his family grow. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor seeking shelter from stormy seas, or a fresh-faced family hoping to find your first starter home, Shelter Bay may be the perfect Northwest neighborhood for you to hang your hat. The Hagens sure think so. They love their neighborhood and its smalltown charm. They love the tourism, the industry, and the activity happening just across the bridge in downtown La Conner. There’s always something fun to do and something yummy to be eaten. They also appreciate the quality of the La Conner school district, where Hagen coaches basketball and where they look forward to sending their kids in a few years. Shelter Bay is located just west of historic downtown La Conner, across the Swinomish Channel. The land is owned and leased by the Swinomish Reservation, making Shelter Bay an affordable option for many, like the Hagens. The neighborhood boasts scenic views of the Rainbow Bridge and the Swinomish Channel, the Skagit flats, and majestic Mount Baker. A stone’s throw from the marina, Shelter Bay is prime real estate for the nautically inclined. Located on the south end of Fidalgo Island, Shelter Bay has marine access to the San Juan Islands and the inner channels of the Puget Sound. Hagen says Shelter Bay is “a great neighborhood for walking. There’s tons of paths and very low traffic.” Neighborhood amenities include two community swimming pools, one for all ages for the kids, and one for adults only. There’s a nine-hole, par-three golf course, tennis courts, a playground, parks with BBQ pits, and beach access to two private beaches.

June 2017


Skagit County

Skyline  Written and Photographed by Emily Bylin On the Market 5103 MacBeth Drive, Anacortes $450,000 | MLS# 1099340 A three-bedroom home with sweeping views of Burrows Bay, the Islands, the marina, and the Olympics can be enjoyed on your own private deck. Featuring many updates including new flooring, new appliances, and two new bathrooms, any family would be lucky to call this home.

Watching the Neighborhood Grow


hen Denise Hewitt and her husband moved to Eaglemont about 20 years ago there were hardly any other homes. Now, it’s become an established neighborhood. “It’s a great community,” she said. “It started out being mostly retired people and then as the years went by, lots of families [came].” There’s plenty to do in Eaglemont to keep a family occupied. The Eaglemont Golf Course serves as a neighborhood hub, featuring an 18-hole course, the Fireweed

Where the Forest Meets the Sea C ourtney Blackston and her family moved into the Skyline neighborhood a year and a half ago, and are happy to call it home. The Blackstons are a military family, and they fell in love with Anacortes for the school district, the downtown amenities, and the community feel. They instantly felt welcomed by all the other military families in the neighborhood, and Blackston loves that they all watch out for each other — especially the little ones. Skyline is a place where the kids can be kids. “It’s a safe environment and a safe community. I know all my neighbors,” she said. Laid-back island life meets mainland convenience in Skyline, a quaint community. Spanning from the southern tip of the Anacortes Airport, along Anaco Beach Road and over to Washington Park, Skyline is one of Anacortes’ most desirable neighborhoods. You can’t go wrong anywhere on Fidalgo Island, but Skyline is a local favorite. From 1970s ramblers to newer Craftsman homes, you’ll find a number of architectural styles in this neighborhood. Many homes feature sweeping views of the

Terrace Restaurant and Lounge and a clubhouse that includes a fitness center and other facilities. Hewitt lives with her own family, her husband Dan, their two kids, Dane and Darbie and Darbie’s 2-year-old daughter, Aliyah. Hewitt said she’s grateful to have a home large enough to accommodate their children and their friends while they were growing up. “Part of the problem about living in a big house is that your kids don’t move away,” she added with a laugh. But having a home bustling with children isn’t all Hewitt likes about living in Eaglemont. In fact, she said the quiet, peaceful atmosphere is something she greatly appreciates. Hewitt is fond of spending nights in the hot tub, with only the occasional train or plane to disturb the silence. Despite being quiet, Eaglemont isn’t secluded. With its location along the eastern border of Mount Vernon’s city limits, residents have easy access to all the amenities of a city. Access to I-5 also makes travel to the rest of Skagit County convenient and schools are only minutes away. While Hewitt wishes her home cleaned itself and that the Washington weather could be a little less wet, she’s also fond of the Eaglemont neighborhood. “It’s a great area to live in,” she said.

Eaglemont Written and Photographed by Libby Keller 60

Skyline Marina out to Burroughs Bay, including Allen, Burroughs, and Whidbey Islands, and of course, the Olympic Mountains. Skyline is a walking neighborhood with large sidewalks, and there’s 50 miles of trails — the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL Trails) — in the backyard. Kids can ride their bikes, ride horses, take the dogs, and explore to their hearts’ content. There’s even a handy trail map so they’ll always know the way home. One of the highlights for the kiddos is a zipline park, just around the corner. If you head down the hill toward the water, you’ll run into Tugboat Park, with public access to water where the kids can swim and play on the beach. Talk about a kids’ paradise. If you need something from the store, there’s no need to go into town because Old Salt’s has everything you need. They’ll even special order whatever it is you’re looking for if they don’t have it.

STATS Number of Homes 1,134 Homes Curreyntly on Market 49 Median List Price $240,000 Schools Anacortes School District

Favorite NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS Washington Park, Anacortes A massive 220-acre city park that offers hiking, camping, a boat launch, picnic tables, and a scenic loop road. It’s also a fantastic place to observe marine life. Everything from porpoises to sea lions frolic in the harbor. Located at 6300 Sunset Avenue. Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon This wooded park has a tennis court, climbing structures and a sheltered gazebo with a wood fire place in the middle. The park is surrounded by sky-high evergreen trees. Open fields are ideal for pick-up games soccer or football. 1717 South Street. Little Mountain Park, Mount Vernon With a hiking and biking trails, and spectacular views of Mount Vernon, this park is the premier hiking spot in the area. With picnic tables and viewpoints galore, it’s any outdoor enthusiasts dream. 2773 Little Mount Road. Skagit River Park Playfields, Burlington A beautiful park located right next to the Skagit River. The park gets its name from the multiuse athletic fields and baseball diamonds that are available to reserve. There is also a kid’s playground, and a trail for a pleasant walk. Located at 1100 South Skagit Street.

STATS Number of Homes 195 Average Days on Market 30 Median List Price $427,000 Schools Big Lake Elementary, Mount Baker Middle School

1416 Alpine View Place, Mt Vernon $479,000 | MLS# 1087943 This 2,317 square foot home overlooks the 14th fairway of the Eaglemont Golf Course. Along with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this home features a large deck, custom upgrades, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, all for $479,000.

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Favorite Neighborhoods with WATERFRONT VIEWS Cap Sante, Anacortes Anacortes is full of beautiful water views, but Cap Sante is hard to beat. Residents can enjoy gazing at Fidalgo Bay while enjoying the privacy of the neighborhood’s secluded location at the northern tip of Anacortes. A quick drive will bring you back downtown to enjoy even more water views, as well as shopping. Skyline, Anacortes What completes a lazy day at home better than watching boats sail in and out of a marina? That’s exactly what Skyline residents can enjoy along with their picture-perfect views. Plus, members of the homeowner’s association have access to the amenities like a clubhouse, cabana, private parks, and activities. Samish Island A beautiful, rural piece of Skagit County for those looking to get away. While you won’t find any grocery stores on the island, you will find captivating views of Bellingham and Canada across the water. About 30 minutes northwest of Mount Vernon, Samish Island is a great location if you like a strong sense of community.

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Lopez Island  Written and Photographed by Catherine Torres

STATS Year-Round Residents 2,400 Average Days on Market 256 Homes Currently on Market 39 Schools Lopez Island Elementary, Middle, and High School

On the Market 214 Doe Rd., Lopez Island $570,000 | MLS# 935704 With a spacious interior, large deck, and generous gazebo, this three-bedroom, three-bath 2,866-squarefoot waterfront home is great for large gatherings. The property shares a dock with two neighbors and offers beach access with recently rebuilt stairs directly to the water.


“Slo-Pez” Neighbors Revel in the Rural


hen visitors come to Lopez Island, they feel like they’re part of the neighborhood. Known as the “Friendly Isle,” inhabitants wave to everyone they pass. Rumors claim the kind gesture isn’t actually about being friendly — it’s from Prohibition times when islanders discreetly warned one another that federal inspectors were on the island. Nowadays it’s simply a sign of pleasantness. Lopez Island is on the quieter side compared to Orcas Island and San Juan Island. Its rich farmland grows everything from grapes to apples, even kiwis, and grazing sheep are a common sight. It’s not uncommon for locals to have two or three jobs. A reflection of the island’s hardworking mindset, its real estate appeals to homeowners who want a good deal and are OK with doing a bit of renovation work. There are serene bays and 63 miles of shoreline to explore. The gently rolling hills, sparse traffic and miles of back roads make it a bicyclist’s haven. The island even hosts Tour de Lopez every

Favorite NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS Eddie and Friends Dog Park, San Juan Island A two-acre park just outside of Friday Harbor. With a gazebo and a smaller fenced-in area for older and small dogs, this is a fantastic area for dogs of any kind. It even has off-street parking. What else do you need? On Mullis Street, just before the fire department. John O. Linde Community Park, San Juan Island An extensive community enterprise, with athletic fields, playgrounds and trails to walk. The playground is the most recent addition, having just opened in December of last year. The park is still under development, particularly the athletic fields, but should still be a fun time. Located at 565 Carter Avenue. Agate Beach, Lopez Island This county park is somewhat cut off from the rest of the island, making it a serene, tranquil, almost meditative spot. Perfect for taking in a beautiful sunset. Located along Mackaye Harbor Road. Orcas Island Dog Park This off-leash dog park, in Eastsound, is a sanctuary for those who want to let their pooches run free. Located by the Orcas Island Airport, it features opportunities for play and a grass field for general running around. Located at 1066–1074 Mount Baker Road.

Favorite Neighborhoods with WATERFRONT VIEWS spring. Quiet Lopez Village is the business center of the island, housing a few shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. In winter the activity drops significantly with many locals migrating to warmer climates. Heidi Hernandez, owner of Village Cycles and a real estate broker with Windermere Lopez Island, finds the biggest challenge for locals is learning to deal with winter’s solitude. People “either head to warmer climates or take up a hobby,” she said. On the other hand, the smaller population lends itself to building very strong community ties. Becca Ramon, an employee at Just Heavenly Fudge Factory, has had family on Lopez Island since the 1920s. She was raised here, moved away, but came back when it was time to raise her kids. She values the strong community, but does wish the island had some more commercialized establishments. But “that’s exactly what I don’t want,” chimed in a colleague. With island laws in place that prohibit chain restaurants and stores, it looks like Ramon won’t be getting her wish any time soon.

Hannah Heights, San Juan Island It’s hard to not find excellent water views on San Juan Island, and Hannah Heights is a perfect example. Head to the island’s west side and you’ll find it along with the private park and beach maintained by the neighborhood association for homeowners. There, you can lounge to your heart’s content while only 15 minutes from Friday Harbor. Lopez Island While Lopez Island isn’t divided into strict neighborhoods, there are areas throughout the island where residents can get spectacular views of the water. Along Fisherman Bay Road, there are sub streets like Dragon Run, Mariner Drive, and Whiskey Hill Road that feature homes with views of the bay. Plus, they’re all close to Lopez Village, the commercial hub for the island. Roche Harbor, San Juan Island At the northwest tip of San Juan Island, you’ll find Roche Harbor. With whale watching, trails, kayaking and parks, residents of Roche Harbor will never be bored. Enjoy views of the marina and the wooded shoreline. If you want a better view, you can even fly into the harbor’s small airport or take a seaplane that takes you right to the marina’s dock.

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Orcas Island  Written by Catherine Torres


On the Market 277 Enchanted Forest Rd. Eastsound $480,000 | MLS# 1046642 This two-bedroom, 1.5-bath cozy home is a short walk from Eastsound, but its treelined property make it feel worlds away. Updates like granite countertops, a propane fireplace, and a walkthrough master closet make it stylish and functional.

STATS Year-Round Residents 5,000 Average Days on Market 256 Homes Currently on Market 138 Schools Orcas Island Elementary, Middle, and High School; Oasis Alternative School, Grades 7–12 64

Big Island, Small World

rcas Island, known as the “Gem of the San Juans,” is the largest of the archipelago. It boasts the highest mountains on the islands, most of which are in Moran State Park; waterfalls, and numerous hamlets, with Eastsound the first stop for many tourists. You can choose to live close to a town or far off the beaten path. Homes facing west get the most spectacular sunset views, and many properties are shaded by the island’s abundant trees. Orcas Island is ideal for adventure seekers who relish outdoor activities on land and in water. Plenty of people are out and about during the day on Orcas Island. Neighbors wave and offer a friendly honk along North Beach Road, Eastsound’s main stretch. Kelly Koral, a real estate broker who moved from California to Orcas Island about 30 years ago, enjoys the friendliness on the island. “It’s very supportive. People go out of their way to help other people,” she said. Koral also likes the idea that even though the island is large, there’s a sense of having things within your reach, and notes that you “can be as busy as you want.” For example, you can go on a hike, then be back for lunch in town before spending the afternoon fishing or running errands. There are ongoing volunteer opportunities, hobby-centric clubs, and plenty of restaurants and local theater productions. It’s an island that truly celebrates living life to the fullest. Orcas Island particularly attracts creatives and renowned chefs who want to work in an environment where the natural beauty and a celebration of life feeds their creativity. Yet even the most famous, accomplished individuals are treated just like anybody else. Celebrity sightings include actor Chris Pratt and his wife actress Anna Faris. Renowned chef Raymond Southern works at The Mansion in Rosario Resort, while Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, cartoonist Gary Larson, and ski movie pioneer Warren Miller call the island home. Like a humble prize winner, Orcas Island offers locals and visitors a low-key atmosphere with notable surprises.

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Written and Photographed by Catherine Torres


Island with Bustle

amantha Bryner moved to San Juan Island 44 years ago, and has worked in real estate for more than 30 of those. On her first ferry ride into Friday Harbor she remembers being taken aback by the island’s beauty. “Enchanted. I have to live here,” she remembers thinking. This tends to be a sentiment shared by many islanders. It’s an ideal island for people looking for a quieter, laid-back lifestyle, but still want to be surrounded by bustle. Crysta Griffith, a waitress, is a seventh-generation San Juan Islander. She’s fond of the island’s familiarity, “It’s nice growing up here and still having childhood friends nearby,” she said. Having children now, she praises the excellent school system and natural beauty, although admits she doesn’t stop to take in the scenery enough, “It’s easy to forget to see how beautiful it is here.” Bryner explained over the last 40 years how San Juan Island has undergone a transitional phase. At the turn of the 20th century, the demographic consisted mainly of fishermen and farmers. The inhabitants bought pieces of land, then built customized homes for their families. Over the last for decades, the island’s main demographic has shifted to retirees and families looking for Pacific Northwest island living. Today, it’s not uncommon to see an older, charming farmhouse next to a solar-paneled log cabin. San Juan Island is the most populated of the San Juans, with Friday Harbor acting as the island’s epicenter. Roche Harbor, on the island’s northwest tip, has developed into a bustling marina village. It’s the only island with mass transit, suitable for a place that’s known as the most urbanized of the San Juans. Don’t confuse urbanized with city-living. A typical dinner party for Bryner will include dining with couples in their 20s, 50s, and 80s all at the same table. “In cities, you tend to hang out with people in your demographic,” she said, but on San Juan Island, age really is just a number. This tendency of islanders to incorporate various ages of friends into a social circle “puts a lot of new opportunities out there.”

San Juan Island On the Market 445 Tucker Ave. Friday Harbor $329,000 | MLS# 1082510 This four-bedroom, 1.75bath is an ideal family home close to the action in Friday Harbor. The 1,600-squarefoot home offers an open and roomy interior, ample deck space, and fenced-in yard. A cozy fireplace is the perfect gathering spot for the family after a day of exploring.

STATS Year-Round Residents 8,000 Average Days on Market 269 Homes Currently on Market 114 Schools Friday Harbor Elementary, Middle, and High School; Griffin Bay School | Private: Stillpoint School, Spring Street International School

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istoric homes can be a focal point for neighborhoods. In Bellingham, few are more famous than Lairmont Manor, in Fairhaven’s Edgemoor neighborhood. Originally named The Larrabee House, it was designed in 1914 for local power couple Charles and Frances Larrabee by renowned Seattle architect Carl Gould. Gould designed a 25-room Italian Renaissance-style estate with sweeping views of Bellingham Bay and plenty of gardens for their four children to enjoy. While Charles died before completion of the estate, before his death he was one of the most influential men in Whatcom County. He partnered with Nelson Bennett to help found the town of Fairhaven. After his passing, the Larrabee family continued to give back to the community. Frances hosted countless social, political, business, and musical events throughout her life in the home. The Larrabee Family is also responsible for donating more than 1,500 acres of land to Washington state for what became Larrabee State Park. Today, the home is carefully cared for by owners Joel and Barbara Douglas, who purchased the property in 1967. The name Lairmont was Douglas’s way of combining the Larrabee name with the second owner’s name, the Mount Saint Mary’s Novitiate, a hospital and nursing school. For more than 50 years the home has served as a stunning venue for weddings, concerts, memorials, and business functions. The original beauty continues to impress visitors.  … continued on next page

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f you think the compacted-soil, rock-hewn, lifeless plot of land on your property could never support a garden, we have a story for you. More than 100 volunteers recently transformed the empty gravel lot across from the Bellingham Food Bank into a garden in a massive project that included installing a six-foot wood and wire mesh deer fence, 32 raised beds, and a market stand to sell produce. Oh, and they did it in one day. It’s the new home for the “We Grow Garden” program, the work of Bellingham’s Northwest Youth Services, where homeless and at-risk youths plant, grow and harvest flowers and organic produce, then sell them. The program’s garden moved from a lot on State Street near NWYS headquarters to the new site near the food bank and Whatcom Creek Trail. The project was part of Comcast Cares Day, a day of community

volunteering throughout the state by Comcast/NBC Universal employees. It was one of about 30 projects planned for April 22, Earth Day. Local companies joined in, with SilvaStar donating lumber and RAM Construction providing irrigation, soil and labor. NWYS produced a time-lapse video of the single-day transformation. Seeing it in real time was impressive enough. “It was amazing,” said Patricia Lenssen of the Bow-based Philbin Group, who donated her landscape design services. “I couldn’t believe how many people they rallied and how many donated material. It was pretty incredible.” The space was laid out with a perimeter that would allow tools, a shed, and gathering space for learning. The northeast corner will remain public space. “We wanted the garden to be visible so it felt safe, and wanted

to keep it open and maintainable,” Lenssen said. The site features a pedestrian gate, shade and a place for communal seating. She hopes the future might include orchard, nut and fig trees, and a hoop house. While the development is somewhat portable (the property is leased), the location near Whatcom Creek has potential for native restoration and a native edible garden. The garden’s location will fit with low-income housing for the homeless planned nearby through NWYS and the Opportunity Council. The 22 North Housing Development is expected to break ground in the fall. “It was just the perfect location for what they wanted to do,” Lenssen said. “I think they will grow in this location.” 

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omfortable soft blue leather chairs, Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” playing in the background, a classy atmosphere, light entrees, and vast choices of cocktails and mocktails — that’s what’s to be expected at Northwater. Northwater, a modern restaurant and bar which opened in late March, is part of the Holiday Inn and Suites hotel, across from the Bellingham airport. From I-5, take the Bakerview Road and Bellingham International Airport exit (exit 258) and follow the signs to the airport. Whether you’ve just arrived after a long flight or need refreshing food and drinks at an affordable price, Northwater, on Mitchell Way, would fit the bill. Northwater, the name and concept, was created to be evocative of the Pacific Northwest experience — abundant rain, meandering streams and rivers, graceful beauty of the lakes and bays, the peace of a foggy morning, the chill of the air — and the tastes that invite you to stay. … continued on next page

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From breakfast to late night dinner, Northwater’s 185seat restaurant features Pacific Northwest dishes made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. We found the restaurant’s wait staff to be personable and enthusiastic, and eager to answer our queries about ingredient sources and what desserts they’d recommend. Executive Chef Christy Fox has created a diverse menu of classic dishes with a twist, like the Seafood Sausage Corn Dogs with blueberry mustard ($9) — sweet from-the-citrus cornbread and spicy from the mustard. Try the Fried Chicken and Waffle ($5), featuring savory flavors of garlic and herbs drizzled with a pepper syrup. Fox’s 25 years’ experience as a chef have been rich. She has a thorough knowledge of regional cuisine and is co-owner of gourmet local chocolatier Evolve Truffles, famed for its a pop-up chocolate lounge. For happy hour, offered daily, try the Laced Whiskey Sour, a smooth whiskey featuring star anise’s lingering subtle sweet licorice flavor ($7) and a side of the Parmesan Tomato Focaccia and Tapenade, served complimentary with each meal. If alcohol isn’t your scene or you’re under 21, give the Driver Mocktail ($5) a taste. The drink will be a surprise — literally, as it’s a concoction of house-made ingredients unique to whichever bartender makes it. Fruity, bitter — you name it. A similar idea for a drink with spirits is


the Trust in the Bar ($15) — name your base alcohol and trust the bartender to work their magic. Entrees include the Exposed Burger with no bun ($11) and the Dry Aged Pork Chop with a sweet cider and pear sauce ($24). Give the Calamari Steak a whirl. It’s served with homemade angel hair pasta and vegetables that complement without overpowering the tender calamari ($18). As the saying goes: “there’s always room for dessert,” and that is true with Northwater. Each of their dishes, whether appetizer or entrée, is light and won’t make you achingly full, leaving just enough room. The white chocolate cheesecake is one to rave about. Using 35 percent cocoa butter white chocolate, it is creamy and rich, with the perfect mix of coffee whipped cream and Bow Hill juicy blueberries to complement. From appetizer, to mocktail or cocktail, to entree, to dessert, all infused with the flavors of the region, Northwater leaves you longing for one more Pacific Northwest bite.  4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.398.6191 |

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12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes 360.588.3800, Located within the casino, 13moons is sure to catch your attention. Situated on the waterfront, 13moons has a warm and inviting lodge atmosphere. The menu offers a wide variety including first plates, entree salads, seafood, and steaks. We started our meal with generous pours of wine, then moved on to the roasted beet salad. I am always skeptical of this dish, as it needs to be just right, and they did not disappoint. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection and mouth-watering. This is a great choice for an evening out. You will walk away satisfied, and you’ll understand why it is becoming the go-to place for locals and visitors alike.

SAN JUAN DOE BAY CAFÉ American 107 Doe Bay Rd., Orcas Island 360.376.8059, Whether you’re heading toward the San Juan Islands or don’t mind taking a trip for an unbelievable meal, be sure to make reservations at the ever-popular Doe Bay Café. Owners Joe and Maureen Brotherton have stuck to their philosophy of taking good care of their visitors by providing world-class seafood and vegetarian dishes. Choose from breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections such as Huevos Rancheros with free range, organic over-easy eggs with black beans on griddled corn tortillas, Goat Cheese French Toast, or the Pan Roasted Troller Point King Salmon.   FRIDAY HARBOR HOUSE Regional NW 130 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.8455, It’s hard to beat the view of the ferry landing, marina and San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor House, the hotel and restaurant elevated over the water to provide a sweeping panorama of water and sky. The restaurant’s new “Brunch on the Bluff” allows you to linger over the view while experiencing island dining at a high level. If you like, you can also have a drink — San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor House is one of the few island restaurants to offer a full bar at brunch every day of the week. Executive chef Jason Aldous, known for his use of Pacific Northwest ingredients and seasonal dishes, developed new menu offerings that include eggs benedict and Belgian waffles, along with pork belly egg fried


CALICO CUPBOARD American 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.293.7315 720 S. 1st St., La Conner, 360.466.4451 121-B Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon, 360.336.3107, Since 1981, Calico Cupboard has been serving the purest, most heart-healthy, and high-quality ingredients. Made with freshly milled, organically-grown, whole grain and unbleached flour, the cafe aims to promote its local farmers and gratify your body in the process. Sit down for breakfast or lunch, or just order from the bakery and grab an espresso to go. From cream puffs to eclairs to gluten-free berry crisp to cinnamon rolls — the bakery more than satisfies your sweet tooth. On weekend mornings, there may be a wait. However, the food is worth it — with options ranging from omelets to hashes to focaccia sandwiches to burgers. Calico Cupboard will leave you full, but feeling homey, healthy, and happy.   COA MEXICAN EATERY Mexican 102 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon, 360.840.1938 214 Maple Ave., La Conner, 360.466.0267

ANELIA’S KITCHEN Polish 513 South 1st St., La Conner 360.399.1805, A welcoming atmosphere, local food prepared with care, and great music make Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage a must-visit. The more than 25 house-infused Polish vodkas and myriad of local beers on tap will make you wonder why you didn’t visit sooner. Na zdrowie!   A’TOWN BISTRO Regional NW 418 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.899.4001, Colorful photographs of farm scenes dot the walls of A’Town Bistro, summing up all this restaurant stands for: fresh, local, seasonal food. Even the inside of this Anacortes restaurant feels farm-like, with simple wooden tables and flooring and no unnecessary flourishes. The kitchen is open, and sends out entrees such as Smoked Salmon Cakes (which contain nothing but king salmon and breadcrumbs and come with a tomato-caper coulis and garlic aioli), Pork New York (pan seared with an apple cider gastrique), a Wild Boar Burger, and Ancho Chili & Chicken Stew. Appetizers include the restaurant’s signature fries, which are twice fried and tossed in truffle-parmesan salt. Both beer and wine are on tap here. Both taps and bottles offer some great representatives from local and international producers. Settle in, and enjoy food, drink, and a fire that roars away between the entrance and the dining room, keeping diners warm in both body and spirit.  –

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One way to reel customers in is to offer dollar tacos on Tuesdays and $5 margaritas on Fridays. That’s just the start. One bite of a taco or one sip of a margarita and you’re hooked. Even on a different night, with the choice of fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, or flan, you won’t be disappointed. Fan favorites include the fish tacos with local grilled fish and spicy mango Pico de Gallo, carne asada burrito seasoned to perfection, and tres enchiladas with an addictive green crema sauce. COA Mexican Eatery also offers the last Monday of every month as customer appreciation day, where customers get 50 percent off food. Deals and good food — what more could you want?   CONWAY PUB & EATERY American 18611 Main St., Conway 360.445.4733 Don’t let tiny Conway fool you — this pub packs big flavor. Though the town is unincorporated, business is never slow in this watering hole. Farmers often come here after a hard day’s work, as well as bikers making a pit stop on a scenic weekend ride. Their food matches their patrons’ big appetites, such as the blue cheese burger topped with crisply, fried shoestring onions or the mouthwatering oyster burger. Packed with flavor and Americana spirit, Conway Pub & Eatery is a Skagit Valley icon.

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f you’re looking for a cozy restaurant with live music serving up European food with a Pacific Northwest flair, look no further than Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage in La Conner. Jennifer Ferry grew up in Pittsburgh cooking alongside her Polish grandmother, Anelia. Babcia Anelia taught Ferry how to prepare traditional Polish dishes from scratch. She’s the reason Ferry’s potato and cheese pierogies are perfectly crisp on the outside with an ultra-velvety filling, the homemade sauerkraut is briny and pleasantly sour, and why her golabki, or stuffed cabbage rolls, have tender cabbage leaves wrapped around a hearty filling and smothered in a slightly sweet, zingy sauce. A framed photo of Anelia sits on the counter, overlooking the restaurant’s patrons and serving as a reminder of Ferry’s roots. Ferry had always wanted to open a restaurant. She envisioned a space that gathered together people, food, and music “where people feel comfortable and at home.” That space turned out to be La Conner’s 513 South 1st Street, where a bank once stood. Ferry teamed with Matt Farrell to renovate the space and put her dream into motion. Once the restaurant opened, Farrell took the lead in booking music. Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage books all types of live acoustic music, but you’ll usually hear folk and Americana style. Farrell ensures acts don’t detract from the eating experience with blowout-your-eardrums music. He admits the beginning was tough. To book performers, he spent a lot of time


social-media stalking and organized open mic nights, which sometimes didn’t turn out too well. Thankfully, now great bands come to him. Sometimes patrons even take it upon themselves to have impromptu jam sessions with the stage instruments. With an inviting, homey space and music ready to go, the menu needed to be addressed. Enter La Conner native, chef and farmer Ben Guadagnoli. Before Anelia’s Guadagnoli felt worn-down and creatively stifled at other restaurants. Inspired by Ferry and Farrell’s vision for a music and food-gathering place, he joined the team. “What they were trying to do was exactly what this town needed,” he said. Guadagnoli brings an eclectic, creative style to Ferry’s traditional Polish fare. Inspired by local, seasonal ingredients (which Anelia’s uses in all its dishes), he prepares a variety of options such as Asian-inspired, BBQ, and Spanish. Ferry says the influx of a variety of flavors and inspiration keep it fun and interesting, especially for regular customers. Guadagnoil makes the brats and hot sausages from scratch, using his own spice mix and handcasing the meats. His savory elk-filled Sasquatch pierogies topped with a sweet berry sauce sold out in two hours when they debuted. He’s been known to make Spanishstyle paella just because he felt inspired. It’s not surprising you’ll find some of the best food in a restaurant where a chef’s creativity is celebrated. A welcoming atmosphere, local food prepared with care, and great music make Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage a must-visit. The more than 25 house-infused Polish vodkas and myriad of local beers on tap will make you wonder why you didn’t visit sooner. Na zdrowie!  513 1st St., La Conner 360.399.1805 |

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DINE Dining Guide

WHATCOM ALOHA POKE Hawaiian 1102 Harris Ave., Fairhaven 360.922.7494, Take a personal trip to the islands when you bite into Aloha Poke’s concoction called a poke bowl. The iconic raw fish, doused in a unique blend of sauces, is piled onto a bed of homemade sushi rice. Despite the simplicity of the entrée, customers can garnish their bowls with additional condiments such as furikake, a Japanese nori seasoning. Stop by for a taste of aloha.   AVENUE BREAD Deli Downtown Cafe: 1313 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, 1135 11th St., Bellingham 2301 James St., Bellingham 444 Front St., Lynden 360.715.3354, With several convenient locations in Bellingham and a location in Lynden, Avenue is one of Bellingham’s favorite lunch spots. Fresh ingredients make these sandwiches unusually good — the bread is made in-house,

and the vegetables and meat are all of the highest quality. Avenue also offers one of the freshest, best breakfast sandwiches around — the Eggenue.   BLACK FOREST STEAKHOUSE German/Steak 1263 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.733.9185 638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.306.8342, Black Forest Steak house offers a versatile dining experience. It’s fancy enough for special occasions, anniversaries, and graduation celebrations, but it’s also a place you’ll want to go to any day. Black Forest makes their steaks different than most other steakhouses: They broilsthem in a 1,600-degree oven, leaving the meat tender and flavorful.   BLACK PEARL ASIAN FUSION Vietnamese 1317 W. Bakerview Rd. 360.746.2030 Bellingham has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants; the trick is to find one that stands out — like the Black Pearl. With all the available extras, it is almost impossible to get

the same flavor twice. The pho is clean and refreshing with a variety of sauces to add as extra seasoning. It comes with a variety of types of meat, including round-eye, brisket and chicken, but vegetarians don’t despair, there’s an option for you, too. One nice feature of the Black Pearl’s menu is that it doesn’t only serve pho. Try the chicken or beef teriyaki, or a noodle bowl. The Black Pearl’s selection of crepes is second to none — everything from classic butter and cinnamon to New York style cheesecake with strawberry or raspberry jam.   BRANDYWINE KITCHEN Regional NW 1317 Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.1071, Named for the decadent heirloom tomatoes grown on their farm, the owners source much of their ingredients locally and hold the “from seed to plate” philosophy. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options (like ricePanko Fish and Chips), and includes beer from both Boundary Bay and Chuckanut breweries. Try the Quinoa-Salmon Cakes with red pepper aioli or a BLT with Hempler’s bacon and maple-tomato relish. Don’t miss the Hibiscus Iced Tea for a refreshing sip or treat yourself to a Raspberry Champagne Cocktail.   CHINUK AT FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON

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714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.671.1011, The specialties on the menu at Chinuk include the Ahi tuna burger, fish-n-chips, grilled king salmon, and farro salad with mango. The burger deserves special mention — tender, juicy, and perfectly crafted. Chinuk also has an excellent selection of wine and local brews on tap. But its biggest attribute is its versatility. It’s perfect for a family on the road, a business lunch, or an intimate dinner out.   CIAO THYME ON THE SIDE CAFE Lunch 207 Unity St., Bellingham 360.733.1267, For those who have experienced Ciao Thyme’s gourmet dinners and cooking classes, the new Ciao Thyme on the Side Café is a welcome addition to the delicious work of Jessica and Mataio Gillis, owners of Ciao Thyme catering. As with everything Ciao Thyme does, ­ingredients are fresh, local, and in season. Choose soups, salads, and sandwiches a la carte, or create a plate with a selection of all three for a hearty and satisfying lunch.

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lovitt restaurant CULTURE CAFÉ Eclectic 210 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham 360.746.6558, This inviting, comfortable place has been known for years for its kombucha. All the items are prepared in-house with the exception of bread, which is made by Bow-based Breadfarm. Culture Café’s menu reflects a great deal of care and integrity. Culture Café is a come-as-you-are restaurant serving fantastic food, with friendly and helpful employees.

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If you’re looking for good Italian food without having to resort to a national chain, D’Anna’s may be the place for you. The emphasis here is on the food, not the frills. The restaurant stands out in many ways, but D’Anna’s delicious, homemade pasta is what really makes it special.

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DIRTY DAN HARRIS Steakhouse 1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1087, The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides warm, friendly waitstaff, quaint historic surroundings, and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is owner Kathy Papadakis’ waitstaff. Most have worked here for years — and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. The filet mignon is Dirty Dan’s signature entree. You won’t be disappointed. Leave room for dessert, however, because the selections are dangerously good.

Nickis Bar and Grill on the waterfront in Bellingham serving award winning, hand dipped, tempura style fish & chips. Build your own burger featuring our handcrafted USDA chuck patties and fresh baked buns.

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One word speaks volumes about Fiamma Burger: variety. With six different patty types (including homemade veggie, bison, and salmon) and more than 17 menu options, there are endless possibilities for a burger masterpiece. You can even get a “burger in a bowl,” served without the bread. And with extra things to add on like fire-roasted green chiles or a scoop of chili, it could take a long time to find your perfect creation. All burgers are served on a fresh-baked egg bun, with crisp lettuce, and all the usual fixings. Spice it up with chipotle ketchup, spicy mustard, or curry mayo, then cool it down with a beer or milkshake.

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s little as 20 years ago, rosé wines from Washington wineries were, more often than not, likely to be a novelty instead of a tasting room standard. But since that time, rosés have really caught on, almost to the point that they’ve practically become fashionable among Washington winemakers and consumers alike. Can rosés continue to grow in popularity and shake off the stigma of their decades-old, cloyingly sweet predecessors? That remains to be seen. But for now, rosé and rosé-style wines are the darlings of the Washington wine scene, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. THE ROSÉ-MAKING PROCESS Rosé can be made in a number of different ways, but it usually starts with any variety of red wine grape. After harvest and crushing, traditional rosé-making methods allow for very little contact time between the juice and its red grape skins, seeds, and stems. Anywhere from 12 to 48 hours usually does the trick, and the depth of the color level is strictly up to the winemaker. Once it’s separated from the skins, the juice can range anywhere from pastel pink to salmon and coral hues to more of a cranberry/red currant shade of pale red. And since the intensity of the color is directly related to the length of contact, time is of the essence, as too long will result in nothing more than red wine. Another method gaining favor with Washington winemakers is to start with a white wine varietal high in acidity such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. A small amount of any red grape is then co-fermented with the white; just enough to add a bit of pink color.


Still another alternative is to simply blend a bit of finished red wine with an already-finished white wine. The result is more of a “rosé style” wine rather than what many consider to be a true rosé, although the color and flavor profile can be amazingly similar.

have you covered as well. Try a sweeter rosé as a contrast to spicier Indian and Thai cuisine or saltier foods such as baked ham or anchovies on a pizza or in a Caesar salad. You’ll discover just how versatile these wines can be… at any time of year and for any occasion.

THE SWEET PINK WINE CHALLENGE With no thanks to early domestic pink and blush wines such as Gallo Pink Rosé and Sutter Home White Zinfandel, rosé has faced an uphill climb trying to shake the stereotype of a one-dimensional, sweet pink wine with a cheap price tag. But today’s Washington rosé has evolved into an impressive array of colors, flavors, and sweetness levels. Many early-on rosé drinkers may be surprised to find the wine is now produced in a dry and off-dry style more often than not. By dropping the sugar level and maintaining the wine’s signature, brisk acidity, Washington winemakers have opened the door to rosés that are much more food-friendly pairing partners. Creamy risotto, pasta salads, prosciutto-wrapped melon, barbequed shrimp, and even grilled cheese sandwiches are just a few of the possibilities. And if you still prefer your rosé a bit on the sweet side, Washington wineries

ROSÉ RECOMMENDATIONS Prosser’s Dr. Wade Wolfe has crafted yet another stunning, sensory delight with his Thurston Wolfe Winery 2016 Lemberger Rosé (about $15). The wine’s striking, light ruby color greets the eye, with understated flavors of red currant, rhubarb, and green melon. The dry finish is crisp and clean with an underlying trace of minerality that will allow it to pair nicely with crab, salmon, or halibut. Also from the Prosser area, and highly recommended, is the Martinez & Martinez 2015 May Mae Rosé (about $20). A gorgeous shade of garnet, this wine features plenty of mouthwatering strawberry, watermelon and red cherry flavors. The faintly sweet finish will make you forget you’re drinking a wine made entirely from the normally bold Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Bellingham winemaker Peter Osvaldik took a novel approach in creating his Dynasty Cellars 2016 Rosé Style wine (about $20). He

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co-fermented a 95% base of Walla Walla Riesling with a cheesecloth bag containing 50 pounds of Malbec grapes. The bag was squeezed periodically to release the red juice, and the resulting pretty-in-pink, full-bodied wine is packed with kiwi, honeydew melon, and ruby-red grapefruit flavors along with an off-dry finish with bracing acidity. The Walla Walla Valley is also the source of the Forgeron Cellars 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese (about $20). There’s a slightly spicy quality to this wine, both on the nose and on the palate, along with gentle flavors and citrus, peach, and red berries. Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla briefly aged the wine in neutral oak barrels, and while it carries rosé’s signature acidity; it also finishes with pleasant touch of hazelnut. Also be sure to try the newly released Two Mountain Winery 2016 Rosé from Zillah brothers, Matt and Patrick Rawn. Beautiful white flower aromas lead into flavors of cranberry and raspberry with a crisp finish balanced by a whisper of slightly sweet strawberry crème. Try it with a variety of quiches, fresh seafood, or simply on its own, well-chilled, as a perfect summertime sipper. 




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FILLING STATION American 1138 Finnegan Way, Bellingham 360.715.1839,

The Temple Bar The Illuminati INGREDIENTS: Jameson, Elderflower liqueur, Drambuie, Genepy des Alpes, Angostura bitters, orange flower water, lemon peel garnish. Served on ice. $11

The 1950s vibe resonates within the walls of this all-American burger joint. From the antique gas pump to the car memorabilia lining the restaurant, The Filling Station is Fairhaven’s newest go-to spot to satisfy your hunger. With names like The Chevy Pickup, The Mustang, and the Thunderbird, the menu provides different burger selections along with appetizers like Dip Sticks (deep-fried zucchini strips), Hot Rod (footlong hot dog), or the Junkyard (classic, onion, and tire fries).   FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR Eclectic/Bar 416 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.738.1000, Fireside is out to make a name for itself. By using fresh, local ingredients, and a menu that changes on an almost daily basis (based on what’s fresh at the market that day), the Fireside has a lot to offer the casual diner and those more focused on detail. The Fireside claims to have the largest “by the glass” wine selection in Bellingham, none of which are served anywhere else in the area. Cocktails are based on in-house infusions of spirits and it’s a collection found only at Fireside. Beer options range from local to obscure to international. The decor in Fireside is welcoming and intimate, with couches and armchairs throughout the lounge.   THE FORK AT AGATE BAY Eclectic 2530 N. Shore Rd., Bellingham 360.733.1126,

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his month’s cocktail will have you raving like Alex Jones. With the number of sweet cocktails out there today, it can be easy to overlook a drink like the Illuminati, which would be a shame. It’s sweet at first but this is a bit tempered by the Jameson Irish Whiskey. In addition, the bitters provide their own aspect to the flavor. The scent also bears some mentioning. The lemon peel provides a counterbalance to the sweetness of the drink. The nose of a drink often sets up the initial flavor, which is why a garnish is so important.


A good pairing with regards to food is the cheese plate. Three different kinds of cheeses, some pistachios, and some green olives. Good cheese has the ability to complement a wide variety of drinks, and the Illuminati is no exception. The pistachio’s salt also helps counter the sweetness of the drink. The Temple itself is small, and can feel somewhat packed. But the intimate setting is nice, and the service is pretty good.  306 W. Champion St., Bellingham

As unassuming as they come, The Fork at Agate Bay is a quiet retreat of fine food and wine only a short drive down the east side of Lake Whatcom. Be careful not to be fooled by its quaint exterior; inside you’ll discover a surprisingly upscale atmosphere warmed by a welcoming and rustic charm. Opened in June 2009, it has gained recognition as one of Bellingham’s best restaurants, emerging as a favorite for food connoisseurs. From a simple yet elegant egg breakfast to wild-mushroomstuffed chicken, the menu is a delightful and modern take on the classics. With a full wine bar, an in-house baker, and fresh, local ingredients, The Fork at Agate Bay provides a sophisticated twist on Northwest dining.   GOAT MOUNTAIN PIZZA Italian 211 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.510.6336 Red brick walls, local art, and unusual pizzas sold by the pound are all offered in Goat Mountain Pizza’s space in downtown Bellingham. Served on parchment paper on a wooden board, the restaurant’s original pizzas, like potato bacon, the spicy fennel sausage, and the gluten-free caramelized onion/walnut are among the customer favorites and are worth

a taste. Even though the slices are reheated for serving, the pizza still maintains tenderness — especially in the crust, which contains many flavors and a mix of a soft inside with slightly crisp edges. Pizza isn’t the only entree available, as Goat Mountain also offers options such as a potato leek soup (which is mouthwatering and itself worth a trip to the restaurant!) and the Goat Mountain salad with quinoa, greens, carrots, candied walnuts, orange pieces, red onions, and a sweet maple basil vinaigrette. Topped off with some local beer and cider, the Goat Mountain pizza experience is complete. Also — Goat Mountain Pizza brings a food truck to events! Keep an eye on their social media to have more opportunities to enjoy a slice!




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.

1155 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham 360.306.8510, A peek into The Grill’s kitchen will reveal the lamb rotisserie, which awaits carving for your order of a Traditional Gyro. The tzatziki sauce is creamy and refreshing without being overpowering. The pita is crisp-grilled and holds up well to the moisture of the sauce. The chicken gyro sports very nicely grilled lean chicken. But perhaps the best dish is the crisp, fresh Greek salad with olives, feta, and a Greek dressing that is neither too garlicky nor bland.


HOMESKILLET American 521 Kentucky St., Bellingham 360.676.6218, Owners Tina and Kirby named their restaurant after one of their favorite lines in the movie Juno, when the main character calls a store clerk “homeskillet.” The skillets on their menu came afterward, but are now one of the eatery’s most popular items. A small skillet is filled with perfectly-fried potatoes, eggs, and toppings you choose. Try Tina and Kirby’s personal favorite: the poutine, home fries smothered in traditional gravy, topped with fried eggs, and cheese. Homeskillet can’t be beat with its friendly service, colorful atmosphere and ultimate comfort food.   IL CAFFE RIFUGIO Italian

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The customizable Asian rice/ salad bowls at The Rickshaw offer a wide variety of choices and heaping servings for a low price. Choose either salad or rice, then top it with your choice of protein, sauces, and veggies.

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Every morning the Lynden Dutch Bakery makes a fresh batch of delicious donuts. They make a perfect Monday morning pick-me-up after the weekend closes.


Arguably the best breakfast joint in Anacortes, Adrift restaurant serves up a stellar eggs benedict.

5415 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.592.2888, Richard Balogh has brought fine dining to the “wilderness.” Fifteen miles out on Mount Baker Highway, just past Deming, is a funky old café that has been transformed into an oasis for people who enjoy good food and coffee. Menu items befit their Italian name with pannini and frittatas for Saturday and Sunday brunches; Cioppino is a summer dinner menu highlight. The dinner menu changes weekly, begging for a second trip. A small covered deck with colorful lanterns sits adjacent to the dining room for your al fresco pleasure. Just beyond, in a meadow, sits a red deck used as a stage, and is the centerpiece for special dinners under the stars.


Pizza’zza’s Skagit River Sausage pizza is a meat-lover’s dream. The pie is topped with organic Italian and Cajun Andouille sausage along with red onions and fresh mushrooms.


Nothing warms a chilly June evening like The Black Cat’s Baked French Onion soup. Gruyere cheese seals the heat from the flavorful broth, and soup-soaked croutons add texture. One of the best apps — or meals — around.

Blue Fin Sushi has well-priced Bento boxes that will appeal to even those with a raw-fish phobia. The Spicy Chicken box makes a perfect and filling lunch.

The yam enchiladas at Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro are packed with sweet yams, caramelized onions, sour cream, and mole poblano sauce. Pub food has never tasted so good.

The popcorn shrimp at Bayou on Bay is a great way to start to any delicious cajun meal. The shrimp are crisp and the batter is the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

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Padden Triathlon JUNE 24

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he Padden Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 24 at Lake Padden Park. The course is simple, scenic and wellstaffed, which makes it a perfect race for various skill levels. Participants can choose between the competitive division or recreational. While the competitive course totals about 27 miles, the recreational course is about half that distance. While the races are sold out for 2017, check for cancellations. But still go and cheer on the competitors. They’ll need all the oomph you can give them.  3424 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.778.7000 |



Come out to watch Ballet Bellingham’s rendition of the classic tale of a girl who loses her glass slipper. Cinderella, with the help of her animal friends and fairy godmother, finds her prince and rids herself of her stepsisters and stepmother. Mount Baker Theatre 104 North Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | FREE ADULT ACTING CLASS JUNE 17, 10 A.M.

Have you always wanted to learn how to act? This class could be just what you’re looking for. Nello Bottari teaches you how to act in community theatre and theater-support functions with other local actors.

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Anacortes Community Theatre 918 M Ave., Anacortes 360.840.0089 |

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Learn the firm technique and strength base of jazz with its combination of styles, such as ballet, African dance, musical theater and modern. Open to all ages and experience levels. ABCDance 1844 North State St., Bellingham 360.386.5891 |


Race beneath the sun on the Interurban Trail to Fairhaven Park on a five-mile course to win a prize! Kids can also come join the fun for a ½-mile kids run. Fairhaven Park 107 Chuckanut Dr. N., Bellingham 360.961.9199 |

This play offers further ending to the 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun.” With smart, funny and heartbreaking dialogue, the show follows the Youngers after moving into the new neighborhood, as well as 50 years after settling in. Western Washington University Performing Arts Center 516 High St., Bellingham 360.650.6146 |






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An event made for experienced track stars, beginning athletes and active kids. Starting with the youngest competitors, you can sprint, hurdle, throw shot puts and javelins all summer long!

Northwest Ballet Theater presents the famous story of “Alice in Wonderland” with John Bishop’s original choreography and music by Carl Davis. Alice wanders through Wonderland and tries to find her way home with the help of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Cheshire Cat.

The Mount Vernon High School Instrumental Music Department presents your favorite movie tunes on stage.

Civic Field Stadium 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham 360.778.7000 |


Mount Baker Theatre 104 North Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 |

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McIntyre Hall 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon 360.416.6639 | LAWRENCE OF ARABIA JUNE 17, 7:30 P.M.

In this Academy Award-winning epic, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence is sent to Arabia to be a liaison in the fight against

the Turks, but he rebels and journeys across the desert to attack a Turkish port.

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Blair Griffin, a fading movie star is in retreat at her country hideaway. Facing a divorce, she invites her husband to collect some of his paintings. The mysterious Tony Lombard appears; there is a murder. Local police have to sort it out. A cracking tale with many twists and turns right up to and including the last scene. ACT veteran director Melissa Bridges brings you to the edge of your seat. Anacortes Community Theatre 918 M Ave., Anacortes 360.293.6829 |

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Missing the 60s and 70s? Come rock out to Old 99 Band while they play early classic country rock. The Corner Pub 14565 Allen West Rd., Bow 360.840.0902 | FIREFLY CLASSIC JUNE 9, 7:30 P.M.

This Firefly Classic concert features three talented musicians: Jessica Choe on piano, Cordula Merks on violin and Efe Baltacigil on cello. Jansen Art Center 321 Front St., Lynden 360.354.3600 | PEARL DJANGO JUNE 24, 7:30 P.M.

Northwest’s gypsy jazz kings are coming to town! The quintet of admired musicians are Michael Gray on violin, David Lange on accordion, Rick Leppanen on bass, and Tim Lerch and Jim Char on guitars. San Juan Community Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210 |

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Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s Gallery Series welcomes WACK (Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln) Group Show. WACK, partnered with Allied Arts, offers opportunities for potters from around Whatcom County to showcase and sell their work in the community. Allied Arts of Whatcom County 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.676.8548 | 26TH ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR JUNE 3–4, 10 A.M.

Local, professional artists open their studios to the public to showcase their art in prints, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography and more for a whole weekend. Various locations on Friday Harbor

The Whangara people of New Zealand have always had first-born and male chiefs. But when the sons of a young mother die in childbirth, the grandparents raise the sole survivor, a young girl with great energy named Pai. But her grandfather is too busy mourning the death of the boy he thought would lead the tribe to a better future. Based on the book “The Whale Rider” by Witi Ihimaera. Hands Across The Border

Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St., Bellingham 360.738.0735 |

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JUNE 10, 4 P.M.




PREVIEW: JUNE 16, 6 P.M.; JUNE 17, 5 P.M.

Museum of Northwest Art’s 25th Annual Art Auction connects people with art, diverse cultures and Northwest environment. Wa Walton Event Center 12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes 360.466.4446 |

JUNE 11, 8 A.M.

Share peace and friendship at the Peace Arch with the gathering of American and Canadian citizens celebrate the history of the Peace Arch dedication ceremony. Peace Arch Park, 19 A St., Blaine 360.332.7165 HANDBAGS FOR HOUSING JUNE 8, 5 P.M.

Lydia Place presents Handbags for Housing, a fashion showcase and handbag exchange with a beauty bar, cocktail and wine vendors and local boutiques. All proceeds benefit Lydia Place and housing for local homeless families. Depot Market Square 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.671.7663 | PUPPY RESCUE MISSION YAPPY HOUR

Berry Dairy Days Parade


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JUNE 17, 2 P.M.

Bow Wow & Woofs presents a fundraiser for The Puppy Rescue Mission. Hear the stories of families who have rescued dogs from Afghanistan. Features live music, beer & wine garden, barbeque, silent & live auction, blessing of the animals and pet food representatives. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome! Peace Arch Park 19 A St., Blaine 360.332.3647


As long as the clouds have parted, this free, all-ages event allows you to see craters on the Moon, sunspots on the sun and other planets through telescopes, all from the grassy ground of Boulevard Park. Boulevard Park, Bellingham 360.778.7100 | BERRY DAIRY DAYS JUNE 16–18, VARIOUS TIMES

The 80th Annual Berry Dairy Days appreciates Burlington’s history, agriculture and dairy industry. Berry Dairy Days will celebrate with local food, kids activities, fireworks, live music and the traditional strawberry shortcake! Burlington Visitor Information Center 520 E Fairhaven Ave., Burlington 360.757.0994 |

Tuesdays, July 11 - Aug. 29 6:15 - 8:30 PM San Juan Cruises Bellingham Ferry Terminal

July 15 & 16, 2017 Tickets and Hotel Information at: Partially funded by Mukilteo, Wa. Hotel Lodging Tax Fund and Community Support Grants

Fashion & Fun benefitting homeless families

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Celebrate the great things made in the beautiful city of Seattle! This year, speakers will discuss local industries of technology, food, beer and design.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival

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Out of Town


General Assembly 1218 3rd Ave., Seattle 206.258.7033 | HONK! FEST WEST JUNE 2, 6 P.M.; JUNE 3, 12 P.M.; JUNE 4, 2 P.M.


Explore the risqué history of women and their role in Bellingham and Fairhaven with knowledgeable and witty tour guides. And drinks at Chuckanut Bay Distillery! Downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven 360.389.3595 | LYNDEN FARMERS DAY PARADE JUNE 3, 10:30 A.M.

Celebrate the farmers of the Pacific Northwest in this community parade featuring agriculture and commercial equipment, school bands, 4-H and FFA groups, antique vehicles, draft horses and farm animals.

For the 10th year in a row, brass, percussion and street band culture from all over the world will cover the streets of Seattle for some Honk! Fest fun. More than 25 bands will be performing for this free, family-friendly event! Various locations in Seattle PRIDE PARADE JUNE 25, 11 A.M.

“Indivisible” — this year’s theme for Seattle’s Annual Pride Parade, means we are stronger together. Come out to support equal human rights for all in this parade of color! 4th and Union St., Seattle 206.322.9561 |

Downtown Lynden 360.354.5995 |




JUNE 3–4, 10 A.M.


Let your inner sailor out to enjoy food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and beer. Oh, and of course the Quick and Dirty Boat Building race — where teams build boats all day and then test their floatability, free boat rides from the Anacortes Yacht Club, building wooden sailboats and a display of model boats.

Teams of five or fewer can enter to drunkenly compete in a spelling bee. With traditional-style Japanese kushiyaki, bar food and local craft beer, the night is for sure to be full of friendly fun!

Cap Sante Marina 1019 Q Ave., Anacortes 360.293.3832 |

Q Shi Q BBQ 159 West 4th Ave., Vancouver 604.428.7744 | RBC RACE FOR THE KIDS JUNE 4, 9 A.M.

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be projected in the gym with free popcorn. Set up your blankets and chairs for a cozy family movie night.

Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate in the 5K scenic route or 2K fun run to raise money for childhood cancer research at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. After all the running, a carnival celebration with snacks and activities for the family will be held!

Birch Bay Activity Center 7511 Gemini St., Blaine 360.656.6416 |

Queen Elizabeth Park Midlothian Ave. and Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver 604.875.2444 |

JUNE 2, 7 P.M.


The Scene


One Spirit Medical Missions One Spirit Medical Mission’s fourth annual spring fundraiser on April 22 at the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County facility drew more than 70 people and raised $10,000 toward its $25,000 goal. The money will go toward sponsorship of a medical student, nursing student, and pediatric care for an orphanage and community health training for six communities in Haiti. Auctioneer Michael Watters was also the night’s master of ceremonies, and Samson Winery provided wine. Silent auction donors included Samson, Woods Coffee, Starbucks Bakerview, Rusty Wagon Restaurant, Friendly Foot Products, Wright Natural Cleaning Products, Cabin Fever, Massage Envy, Homestead Fitness, Cool Beans Coffee, Bradlee Distributors, My Garden Nursery and Boundary Bay. For more information, see Photos © Dave Veenbaas


Final Word

The Measure Of A Man’s Life Ken Takes a Walk in his Dad’s Shoes for Father’s Day WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG


left home at age 17 and was estranged from my dad for more than 20 years of my adult life. The past hasn’t changed, but our relationship is different now if only because I understand better. Take a walk with me. When we come into this world, we have no memories or emotional scars. We are a blank slate of experience — and then, life happens. For most, our primal needs for food, shelter, and most importantly, love, are met first by our parents and siblings. Most of us are fortunate. Despite life’s bumps and bruises, we emerge from our childhoods with hope and a sense of security that comes from knowing that if you stumble, your family will be there to catch you. This wasn’t my dad’s childhood. He didn’t emerge; he escaped. To measure my dad’s accomplishments in life, one has to first understand the challenges that he overcame and those that he struggles to overcome to this day. In the most vulnerable and impressionable years of his life, instead of experiencing the safety of a loving family, he survived emotional abuse, physical abuse, rejection, and ultimately abandonment. Understandably, his survival came at a high cost. Survival often does. My dad may deny the cost, of course. Tough guys often do. But his denial wouldn’t be an avoidance mechanism. He is a realist. His denial would be because there was nothing that he could do about it. The first casualty was his childhood innocence. With the sacred trust of family shattered, he moved from one broken home to another and he was forced to deal with the rawness of life and emotions beyond his tender years. More importantly perhaps, he learned early that life can be cruel and unfair and comes with no guarantees, not even parents to love and protect him. In retrospect, he would likely say these lessons proved to be invaluable. They made him into a self-sufficient man determined to make his mark in life and firm in his vision of right and wrong. As his son, however, I can attest that the lessons had a downside, too. His emotional scars from being discarded by those he loved were so great that, in many ways, the void of love came to define important relationships in his life in later years. This may always be his unfinished opus in life — a perpetual work in progress. The loss of his childhood was not the only casualty. He lost his childhood dreams. Many who know him today may be surprised to learn that my dad was a talented multi-sport 86

athlete in his youth. To watch him move with a football, a basketball, or even with a ping pong paddle in his hand, his physical gifts were obvious. He moved with an athlete’s grace, quickness and strength. He had every reason to dream, and yet without the support of his family, he never had an opportunity to pursue those dreams. Instead, my dad played through life’s early injuries as best that he could. He had no choice if he was to survive. For my part, I am reminded that my dad’s life quickly changed after he left home at age 17. Within a few short years, he met my mom, graduated from high school, entered the U.S. Coast Guard, married, and had two sons to support. The pressure must have been immense. Did he shirk his responsibilities? No, he fought through childhood demons and provided for his family as best that he knew how. No one had a right to ask any more from him. No one has a right to expect any more from him. If ever there was anyone who picked themselves up by their own bootstraps, it was my dad. And despite their later divorce, my mom’s respect for him and friendship with him has never wavered. That speaks volumes. But what of his family and his career in education? Ask him and he would no doubt say that his proudest and best work in life are his children. I disagree. The quintessential measure of my dad — his Mr. Holland’s Opus that inspired everyone his life touched — was his determination to live life on his own terms, ethically and honestly with humor and above all, defiantly. Leading by example regardless of the consequences, his courage became my courage. His backbone became my backbone. This is my dad’s ultimate legacy, perhaps the ultimate measure of a man’s life. He didn’t always give me what I wanted, but he gave me all that I needed for a lifetime. The past is the past. Life is hard; being a parent is harder. Without him, I would not have had a richly rewarding and blessed life. But I have, and for that I am forever grateful. I encourage all of our readers to take a similar walk with your fathers on this Father’s Day — today, not tomorrow, because nothing is certain. Tomorrow may never come. Happy Father’s Day, Pa. You will always live on through me. 


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