Bellingham Alive June|July 2013

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Historical Homes of Whatcom County

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The History of Home

We celebrate the rich legacy of historic buildings in Whatcom County, and the organizations that work to preserve them, by highlighting a number of homes.


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Enjoying Washington’s Best

This summer, pack your sunscreen and a picnic and set out to explore one of Washington’s more than 100 amazing state parks.

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Summer Fun

Pampered Pooches


Eat. Stay. Love.


Homeward bound

You can save the life of a dog in need of a home with a loving family.


Dogs – They’re just like us!

Anthropomorphism – we’re guilty of it! We love these photos of pooches acting like people.


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Pamper your dog with the best the North Sound has to offer its ­canine residents, and keep the furriest member of your family happy and healthy.

Making out with Maggie

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Bellingham Festival of Music


Keenan’s at the Pier, sort of


Lasting Image


Meet Chef Peter Roberge


By the Numbers

101 Dining Guide


In the Know

105 Seven Good Things


Real Heroes Bob Esmay and Gene Pierce


Calendar June & July


Quick Trip San Juan Islands


5 Faves Bicycle Shops

106 Seattle International Film Festival set to kick off


In the Spotlight Ryan Stiles

106 Event Listings


108 Mark Twain in Fairhaven SHOP

112 The Scene


Pelindaba Lavender


Necessities Picnic in the park


Savvy Shopper Sempre Italiano


Publisher’s Letter


Around the Sound In the Company of Dogs




Letters to the Editor


Meet a Staffer Maggie Longears



Beauty Inside a Makeup Artist’s Bag of Tricks


Nutrition A fresh take on picnic fare


Calendar Races & Runs


114 Final Word Cats Rule, Dogs Drool


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Dream Home A tour with Tanna

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Historical Homes of Whatcom County

Rosie, a two-year-old goldendoodle, practiced “sit” and “stay” for this issue’s cover shoot. Go to for training ideas!

Washington State Parks Turn 100!

Pampered Pooches: They’re just like us!

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Our homes, our history


he year was 1854. The first white settlers arrived to an area of northwest Washington known as Whatcom. They began building a settlement and making their lives in the wild, forested land stretching between Mount Baker and the Bay. Through the ages many influential individuals and families have resided in our communities and shaped this place we are so privileged to call home. This issue, we pay tribute to a few of these first families, f­ eaturing their homes with past and present photographs and telling the story of these ­buildings that contain so much of our shared history. We learned a lot, enjoyed the p ­ rocess and hope you take away just a little more knowledge about where we live and those who preceded us. In keeping with the historical theme, this year marks the 100-year a­ nniversary of the Washington State Parks. Turn to page 72 to ­discover some of the great parks our state offers, where they are located and what you can expect when you arrive. It is a great time of year to pack up the car and head out to enjoy the great outdoors. Nurture an affinity for hiking and camping at an early age, your kids will thank you for it. Together, you will create some of the best memories, guaranteed to last a lifetime. Finally, our cover photo is dedicated to man’s best friend. “Pampered Pooches” was a thrill to create. We started by holding an area-wide casting call for p ­ hotos of your furry friends acting like humans … the response was amazing. Thank you all for submitting your pictures and stories. One thing is clear – you love your pets. We finished off this feature story with a p ­ hoto shoot with Rosie, our editor’s loyal golden doodle and our cover model, who was a delight to work with. A long morning of pampering at Rover Stay Over was just the thing to tire her out, and a few snacks later, we had the perfect shot. Thank you to Samuel’s Furniture for helping us find just the right chair, and Diane Padys Photography for indulging us and creating something a little offbeat and wonderful. Dogs hold a special place in the family: they become our friends, our comfort in bad times and in some cases, our children. They play, and they heal. This issue we pay homage to those special furry friends with a ­moving and touching ­article, “Making out with Maggie.” It will no doubt touch a place in your heart. We ­welcome a chance to hear stories about your ­furry best friends, whether they are dogs, cats or even birds. Email your photos and stories to Finally, I write this personal note with a heavy heart. As we were fi ­ nalizing this issue, our family pet and office mascot, Maggie, passed away. She was scheduled to be featured in the “Meet the Staff” column, and we have kept mention of her there to honor the role she played in our office. Above all and as always … ENJOY!

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N OTE S Co nt r i b u t o r s Diane Padys Diane has spent a career making beautiful things more beautiful with her photography. She has lived in San Francisco, Milan, New York and Seattle, photographing food, fashion and other fabulous subjects. She now resides in Bellingham, doing commercial photography and environmental portraiture. In addition, she lends her expertise to the advisory board for Bellingham Technical College’s culinary arts program.

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Kurt F. Anders Kurt F. Anders is a nationally-published author and photographer from Southwest Washington, who enjoys sharing his many travels with others, so they can enjoy them, too. Kurt has spent a great deal of time in our state parks and spent the summer of 1986 working for Washington State Parks to complete display projects that are still being enjoyed by park visitors to this day.

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Wedding issue enjoyable for all Great issue. I recently made a visit to my dentist’s office and was reading your current issue. Although I am not getting married, I found the w ­ edding ­inclusion ­refreshing and b ­ eautifully done. Continue your great work; I ­always ­enjoy the ­magazine when I read it. Beth Hansville, Bellingham

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DIY project update As an avid “DIY-ER,” I a­ bsolutely loved your digital toolbox in the ­­Ma­y­/­June issue of Bellingham Alive. I knew one of the websites but the ­others gave me great ideas that I have already started on for my summer ­projects. The one I’m working on right now uses wine corks as garden ­markers … who knew? Thanks again, Carmen Bukes, Lynden

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N OTE S Me e t a S t a f f e r

Every issue we highlight an e­ mployee of K & L Media. To complement the feature story on pampered ­pooches, we had planned to ­introduce you to Maggie, beloved pet of Ken and Lisa Karlberg and our office ­mascot. Maggie passed away earlier this month before we went to print with this issue. A frequent guest of the office, we remember her f­ ondly and hope you enjoy this h ­ umorous look at her contributions to our publication.

Maggie Longears How long have you been with K & L Media? I have been with the company since the beginning. I was gnawing on a bone one day and the ­magazine ­ concept just popped into my head. So, I guess you could say I am one of the co-founders. In fact, the ­original name was supposed to be M & L Media, but one of my m ­ asters has a fragile ego; we went with K (Ken) & L (Lisa) Media, and we let him write the “Final Word.”

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What is your background? Before co-founding the magazine, I retired from a career as a couch-­ tester for La-Z-Boy to operate a ­detective agency called “Marley and Me.” I was the “me.” Between the two of us, we tracked down e­ very lead and sniffed out every clue. We eventually closed the business ­because Marley was a pain – he was so undisciplined and unreliable. I often wonder what happened to him. My favorite case was the mystery of the smelly refrigerator, despite that we were fired by our client due to unexpected delays. It was my woofup. I didn’t anticipate that we could only investigate the suspicious stench

when the refrigerator door was open. Fortunately, Marley’s initial nose poke was right. The source turned out to be leftovers gone bad, not the steak being thawed for dinner. Our “­mistake.” We howled over that one. Must have been quite a sight to watch two dogs playing “rock, paper, scissors” for the right to taste the steak. What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? I love the family perks – free snacks, endless petting and, of course, doing research for the restaurant reviews. My sister, Sophie, and I have our own unpublished “two paws up” rating scale. What are your hobbies and interests? I love sniffing things multiple times that shouldn’t be sniffed in proper company and short walks. My idea of a long walk is a short distance between couches. What can I say? It’s a carryover from my La-Z-Boy days.

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Bellingham Festival of Music Celebrates 20th Anniversary BY LYNN ROSEN

Twenty years ago, a small thing happened at a dinner ­party I attended that led to the launch of one of America’s ­premier virtuoso orchestra festivals. It was 1993, and two ­sailing buddies who just happened to share in common ­careers in music – one, a renowned cellist and the other, an ­international conductor – were surprised by fellow dinner guests who floated the seemingly impossible idea of a music festival in Bellingham. This suggestion of a music festival intrigued them both. Robert Sylvester, who at the time was dean of fine and ­performing arts and director of cultural affairs at Western Washington University, and Michael Palmer, noted American conductor with an international reputation and a ­touring ­orchestra that comprised first-chairs or principal players in major symphony orchestras from across the country, had ­together been throwing their sheets to the wind over the ­waters of Puget Sound. When this crazy concept was tossed on their decks, they reeled in their lines, checked their charts and figured why the heck not?! At the time, Palmer’s orchestra wanted rehearsal time ­before its scheduled season in Europe. Western Washington University had performance space available, and there were people in Bellingham who were eager for live classical music of stunning caliber. It was a perfect fit. Convinced of the idea, Sylvester and Palmer set out to ­procure the necessary money and the means. The guests of that dinner-turned-planning-meeting – Dick and Joan Beardsley, Robert and Jane Sylvester, Steve Giordano and ­myself – worked together to draft an initial list of ­possible ­local s­ upporters. We didn’t know if we could pull this off in just three or four month’s time. … continued on the next page

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And, in hindsight, that was a good thing. We didn’t know any better, and just went f­ orward, buoyed by our enthusiasm. As a television producer at the local TV station, KVOS, my responsibilities would include producing an on-air ­promotion for the festival, taping concerts, and providing publicity and documentation for the season. Others would enthusiastically provide in-kind and financial support for programs, posters, fundraisers, scheduling, salaries and legal advice. A huge cadre of local folks volunteered to open their homes to visiting musicians for home stays. Their hospitality and ­comfortable accommodations became a deeply heartfelt part of the festival and remain so to this day. Several years before that fateful dinner party Western Washington University President Karen Morse, Sylvester and Palmer had expressed a desire for fostering cultural affairs in the city of Bellingham and the greater Whatcom County community. Maestro Palmer continues the story, “We had the ­vision, but there were many tactical, legal, and logistic issues to ­resolve. Joan and Dick Beardsley, Barbara Ryan, Andrew Moquin, Lynn Rosen, Julie Fleetwood and Bob Tull are some of those I remember from that first group that met and ­cogitated and negotiated and ate lots of cookies at many meetings over the year, quite a few of which I was able to ­attend. Finally, we made the firm decision in April of 1993 to produce the first festival the following August. Major funders, in addition to the in-kind support of the University, included Arco, Francis and Irwin Lecocq, Markell and Nick Kaiser and Phyllis and Charlie Self. “ The Festival fell on some hard times, as did we all during the past decade, and was forced to cancel one ­season. However, due to the financial and civic support of Bellingham’s music lovers, the efforts of volunteers who ­secured grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the recognition the Festival has received from nationwide broadcasts, the Bellingham Festival of Music has come back to earn an impressive international reputation. Positive reviews storm in from publications like the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph and Opera News. These are just a few of the prestigious publications and broadcast venues that have recognized the greatness of the Bellingham Festival of Music. The 20th anniversary season will begin July 5, 2013, and conclude on July 21. It will feature celebrated artists, such as cellist Joshua Roman, oboist Joseph Robinson, ­pianist Garrick Ohlsson, guitarist Pepe Romero, mezzo-­ soprano Frederica von Stade and WWU graduate, ­soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. Performance venues range from the Mount Baker Theatre to Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center to a special chamber music concert at Bellingham Cruise Terminal’s Atrium on Bastille Day, July 14. We are indeed fortunate to have an internationally-­revered festival that has brought music of the highest caliber to Bellingham for the last twenty years. More information and this year’s schedule are available at 

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The number of people the “World’s Largest Shortcake” served at the first ever Burlington Berry Dairy Days, which was celebrated in 1937. The festival is held each year during the third weekend in June to celebrate the best the region’s agricultural industry has to offer. Be sure to check page 25 for all the fun festivals and events happening in the North Puget Sound this summer.


More than 400 varieties of lavender are grown worldwide. Pelindaba, a 20-acre lavender farm located in Friday Harbor, grows two varieties for a variety of personal care, home and culinary applications. More than 50 varieties are on display in the meandering paths of the visitor’s center garden. For more on the Pelindaba farm and store, turn to page 36.


More than 80% of pet owners now refer to themselves as their pet’s mom or dad, and 70% include their pet’s name when signing cards from the family. If you have a pampered pooch at home, you’ll be sure to enjoy our reflections on living with dogs on page 81 and our top picks for spoiling man’s best friend.

$430,000 The amount the Ryan Stiles Golf Classic has raised for the Burned Children Recovery Foundation in the last three years. The next fundraising weekend will take place July 12-14, including a night of comedy at Mt. Baker Theatre, a fundraising gala and auction and the golf tournament at Loomis Trail Golf Club. For more information about the fundraiser, and how you can get involved, read the article on page 32.

Book Reviews

I n t he K now


Magical and gripping – let the pages of these summer reading suggestions carry you away. BY LISA GRESHAM

Life After Life

The Orchardist

The Interestings

by Kate Atkinson 544 pgs. Reagan Arthur Books, 2013

by Amanda Coplin 448 pgs. Harper Perennial, 2013

by Meg Wolitzer 480 pgs. Riverhead Hardcover, 2013

Ursula Todd is born on a b ­ itterly cold, snowy night in February 1910 in Fox Corner, England. Her life is an ­unfortunately short one – at least that life. True to the title, Atkinson ­explores Ursula’s story through many lives ­after many deaths. Readers need not be ­familiar with the themes of déjà vu and reincarnation to find r­ esonance with this story. Some will engage with the ­historical events that anchor the ­narrative. Others will find their ­curiosity picqued by the question asked by Ursula’s brother Teddy, “What if you had the chance to do it again and again, u ­ ntil you finally got it right? Would you do it?”

Set at the turn of the twentieth century in the apricot and apple growing country around Wenatchee, Wash., Coplin’s debut novel explores the notion that family, like grafted fruit trees, can be based on more than just blood relationships. In the case of solitary homesteader and orchardist William Talmadge, family comes in the form of two teenage girls who flee a brothel whose owner enslaved them. Hungry and skittish, they slowly come under Talmadge’s care with the help of Miss Caroline Middey, the no-nonsense neighbor, herbalist and midwife who becomes a mother figure for the girls and a helpmate and confidant to the lonely Talmadge. A richly-described setting and characters who get inside your soul are guaranteed to keep you reading.

Meg Wolitzer’s latest novel starts with a journey back to the summer of 1974, to an artsy summer camp where six teenagers, engrossed as only teen­agers can be in developing their ­temperaments and talents, develop an inseperable bond. The novel follows their friendships through subsequent decades, from the clear-eyed convictions of adolescence through the middle-age realizations that talent and friendship have limits. The result is both hilarious and heartbreaking. This should appeal to fans of Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex and Lauren Groff’s Arcadia. Lisa Gresham is a librarian and adult services coordinator with the Whatcom County Library System.

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Selecting a seat

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Before you purchase a bike, make sure it’s the proper size. When sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebar, you should be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground. You should also be able to straddle the center bar with an inch or so of clearance while standing.

Select the ideal seat for your ­riding style. Fitness riders should ­consider a lightweight race seat. Off-road and terrain cyclists should ­select mountain bike seats for their ­slender shape. Riders who wants a more comfortable ride should try gel seats. Suspension seats are ­recommended for traveling through ­difficult terrain.

Finding the right size and style of tire is key to safety and ­comfort on your bike. Knobby tires are better suited to off road travel on rough terrain. Thinner, skinny tires work well for road cycling.

Lubricate your chain about once a week, ­wiping the chain ­regularly to ­remove ­excess lube. Choose the right type of lube for the climate. Pacific Northwest riders will want a waterproof or ­water-resistant lube.

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United We Stand: Bellingham's premier soccer club ready to take it to the next level

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L IF E S T YLE I n t he K n ow


xpectations are high for Bellingham United Football Club after last year’s solid inaugural season. A core of returning players means that Hammers fans can look forward to a strong squad. Last season’s unit ­finished third in the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Premier Division. The PCSL is a highly competitive, adult semi-pro league consisting of teams from Canada and around the Northwest. Leading the charge of returning faces will be 2012 MVP Kellan Brown, a Western Washington soccer product and goal-scoring specialist. Brown led the team with 10 goals last season. Head Coach Lance Calloway said that Brown’s skills will be a big part of the team’s plans for next season. “He’s a unique player,” Calloway said. “He’s got amazing vision for what’s taking place, he reads the game well and he’s explosively fast.” Calloway said that aside from his technical skill, Brown’s competitive edge is what makes him so effective. “He’s a fierce competitor. He doesn’t like losing, and he hates playing badly,” Calloway said. In addition to Brown, Calloway said the club will benefit from the consistency of the rest of the roster. The midfield should be particularly proficient, along with a strong core in the back highlighted by Mitch Barrows and Chris Jepson. The team tries to utilize local players as much as possible, many of whom came up playing with the Whatcom FC Rangers – the premier youth club in the Whatcom 22

community – or other teams from around the area. One of those local talents is former Skagit Valley College and WWU standout Joel Grossman, whom Calloway pointed to as one of the most versatile players on the team. Like Calloway, Grossman said he thinks this year’s team should be able to improve on what they started. “Our expectations are really high,” Grossman said. “We finished well last year and we felt like we could have won in the playoffs. There’s no reason why we can’t be one of the top teams and make a deep run into the playoffs.” Grossman said that fans can expect a fun and electric atmosphere, along with a lot of special and promotional events. Last year, as many as 1,500 fans turned out to Civic Field for home games. This year, the hope is to push that number up to 2,000. “The owners and affiliates have done a good job of creating the club atmosphere and making the event more than just a soccer game,” Grossman said. “The crowd’s really enthusiastic and we can definitely hear it on the field. The atmosphere will just get better and better.” On the field, Calloway said that fans can look forward to a tactically sound, disciplined style of play. The competitive games and strong collection of local talent should make this season an exciting one. The Hammers opened up their official season with a couple of impressive road victories in Victoria, B.C., notching a 1-0 victory of Victoria United and a 3-0 triumph against the Victoria

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Highlanders. In their home opener, Bellingham fell to Estrella de Chile 2-1 in front of a raucous crowd of nearly 1,800 fans. They bounced back from the tough defeat with a 3-1 road victory over the Kamloops Heat, getting a huge game from Kellan Brown who notched all 3 goals and currently leads the PCSL in scoring. Going into their May 26 home match-up against the Vancouver Thunderbirds the Hammers sport a solid 3-1 record. Fans should look forward to the team continuing this strong play throughout the season and are encouraged to come out to Civic Field and show their support. 

Re a l H e ro e s


Bob Esmay and Gene Pierce Two lifelong friends become lifesavers BY JESSICA PAIN


ob ­Esmay, 71, and Gene Pierce, 77, have been friends and neighbors for more than 40 years. Esmay ­describes their friendship as brotherly: “We would do anything for each other.” Pierce laughs and says, “The only thing I won’t do is go hunting or fishing with Bob when it rains outside.” On Aug. 29, 2011, the two Marysville residents were fishing on Esmay’s boat in the Sound off Possession Point near Mukilteo. They were enjoying a great day on the ­water. Esmay hooked a 16-pound ­silver salmon, which Pierce netted to bring o ­ nboard the boat. ­Esmay handed Pierce the fishing pole and asked him to prepare his line. Suddenly Esmay heard Pierce say, “Oh my god.” Esmay thought Pierce must have caught a fish. He didn’t think anything of it until Pierce collapsed. Esmay realized Pierce was having a heart attack. He checked for a pulse, but couldn’t find one. Esmay put his CPR training to use, training he acquired years ago as a worker on a Seattlebased charter boat. Esmay began mouth-to-mouth ­resuscitation and chest compressions. After calling 911, Esmay rushed the boat to shore, steering with one hand and continuing chest compressions with the other. Paramedics from the Mukilteo Fire Department were waiting for them when they arrived at the dock. They used a defibrillator to shock his heart back into rhythm and inserted a breathing tube to get oxygen to his

lungs. Pierce was then transported to ­Providence Regional Medical Center. “These medics did a fantastic job,” Esmay says. “They played a huge part in saving Gene’s life, and I’ll never forget that.” Pierce stabilized and recovered, but he was only given a two p ­ ercent chance of survival. He endured weeks of treatment. He was placed on breathing and feeding tubes followed by seven weeks of intensive speech, physical and occupational therapy. ­After three months in the hospital, Pierce was allowed to go home and await his quadruple bypass surgery, scheduled for Dec. 19, 2011. The men recall when the tables were turned and it was Esmay who needed help.

Three years ago, Pierce was riding in the passenger seat of Esmay’s Ford pickup as he drove along State Avenue in Marysville. “I was pulling up to a stoplight and felt dizzy, and I told Gene, ‘You better drive,’” Esmay ­recalled. Esmay passed out. Pierce took the wheel and steered the car to the side of the road, then moved his friend over and drove them to the hospital. “I had a valve replacement and there is no scar,” he says as he opens the neck of his shirt. These two lifelong friends were lucky enough to play a key role in ­saving each other’s lives. They are each other’s heroes and are thankful they can continue their fishing and hunting adventures.  June | July 2013 23


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JUNE & J U L Y Berry Dairy Days JUNE 13–16

In its 76th year, Burlington’s Berry Dairy Days is your best bet for ­strawberry shortcake and hometown fun. This year’s festivities ­feature ­salmon BBQ, carnival rides, truck ­demolitions, live music, fireworks and the annual Grand Parade.

Birch Bay Sandcastle Contest JUNE 22

Celebrating the 30th year of sandcastle masterpieces, the Birch Bay Sandcastle Contest encourages participants to ­create their own sand art. There is no cost to enter, and the final sculptures are judged in either group or individual categories. Watch as a little imagination and a lot of patience can transform the beach into amazing structures of sand.

Northwest Raspberry Festival JULY 19 & 20

This annual Lynden event includes a basketball tournament, kids’ a­ ctivities, a classic car show, and, of course, ­raspberries! Celebrate the ­largest ­harvest of raspberries in North America in Lynden.

Deming Logging Show JUNE 8 & 9

Celebrate our region’s logging heritage with displays of old-time logging prowess at the Deming Logging Show. Events such as log rolling, speed climbing and axe throwing will entertain the whole family, and the show even features some events for the j­unior lumberjacks in the family. Don’t miss the delicious BBQ.

Old Settlers Picnic JULY 25–28

Ferndale’s pioneer spirit will be on ­display with music, a parade, ­carnival and the grand dance. The ­picnic has been a tradition since 1897.

Anacortes Arts Festival

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More than 200 artisans spread out over six city blocks in downtown Anacortes to showcase everything from steamroller block printing and glass blowing, to chain saw carving and sculpture. The popular festival also ­features local eateries and a beer ­garden.

Enjoy music, food, an art show and fireworks at Zuanich Point Park, alongside Squalicum Harbor, in a salute to Independence Day. The c­ elbration falls in the m ­ iddle of the week this year, so the event will start later in the day than when Independence Day falls near a weekend.

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Summer Camps in the North Sound ADVENTURE CAMP KIRBY DAY CAMP There are many fun and new things to learn, friends to meet, games, and crafts at Camp Kirby. Campers look forward to exploring the outdoors, sun-dying T-shirts, hiking, beach combing, cooking outdoors and learning about nature. Campers are in small groups with ­volunteer adult leaders who receive 16 hours of training before camp. Camp Kirby is for ­children between the ages of six and 17. $130–$140, June 24–28, Samish Island 2013 SUMMER HORSE CAMP Lang’s Horse and Pony Farm in Mount Vernon offers many choices of camps for riders of all ages. All experience levels are welcome. The farm offers a variety of overnight and day camps based on age group, gender and riding skill-level. $125–$1650, June 10–Sept. 8, Mount Vernon

THE ARTS GABRIEL’S ART KIDS Gabriel’s Art Kids offers six weeks of summer camps for children in preschool through fifth grade. Activities include dance and movement, ­music, ceramics, theatre and creative play, fantasy art, adventure activities and discovery through imagination and experimentation. $25–$135, July 8–Aug. 16, Bellingham ARTY SMARTY SUMMER ART CAMP At Arty Smarty Summer Art Camp, campers may learn the art of scenic watercolor painting, experiment with pastels and acrylics, create paper mâché creatures and even embark on fashion projects. This camp offers activities for participants of all grade levels. $120–$135, June 24–July 26, Camano Island

JANSEN ART CENTER KIDS SUMMER ART SAMPLER CAMP This week-long camp offers a wide array of artistic experience; from drawing and ceramics, to dance and clowning. The camp encourages students to try different art forms to discover what they might be interested in exploring in the future. The camp events end with a group gallery show for campers, parents and friends. $170, June 24–28, Lynden

EDUCATIONAL ODYSSEY OF SCIENCE & ARTS Spend one, two or three weeks at Western Washington University exploring a “signature” course taught by enthusiastic and well-respected educators. Students attend classes, participate in field trips, and e­ xperiment in specialized labs that engage them in a wide range of exciting, interactive h ­ ands-on activities that fosters a success-filled and fun learning environment. These courses are for children in fourth through ninth grade. $179, July 15–Aug. 2, Bellingham YOUTH LEADERSHIP ADVENTURES The North Cascades Institute will offer summer expeditions for participants ages 14–18, who may choose to canoe, camp, backpack and complete service projects while receiving hands-on training in outdoor l­eadership, field science, communication skills and public speaking. Participants will make new friends, gain confidence and leadership skills, enhance their resume and college applications, earn community service hours, and explore the North Cascades wilderness, all while having the best summer of their life! $495–$1,845, July 4–Aug. 15, Sedro-Woolley

FAITH-BASED CAMP FIRWOOD At Camp Firwood, campers experience faith through instruction, creative activities and ­significant relationships. Campers choose from a varied menu of activities including classics like sailing, kayaking, climbing, and crafts; along with newer favorites like wakeboarding, outdoor challenges, rock climbing, skateboarding, and paintball! Children in grades 3–12 are accepted. $329–$449, June 23–Aug. 30, Ferndale

GENERAL WHATCOM COUNTY YMCA The Whatcom County YMCA is offering a wide selection of camps and activities to ­children of all ages this summer, including field trips and trailblazing, various adventure camps, a junior counselor program, running camps for girls and teen caravans. The caravans enable teen campers to rock climb in Canada, surf in Oregon, hike at Ross Lake, and bike along the Washington coast and San Juan Islands. $80–$625, June 24–Aug. 30, Bellingham SKAGIT COUNTY YMCA The Skagit County Family YMCA will offer two summer camps for elementary and middle schoolers: Y’s Kids and Camp Anderson. Y’s Kids focuses on character development while going on field trips and excursions, and Camp Anderson is great for kids who want to try archery, canoeing, arts & crafts, woods games, and enjoy being on the lake and in the woods every day! $90–$165, June 17–Aug. 23, Various Skagit County Locations

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San Juan Islands receive national recognition BY MILES OLIVEIRA

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n March 25, 2013, President Obama signed a procla­mation to permanently protect the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the San Juan Islands, designating 970 acres as a national monument. The proclamation is a culmination of years of grass-roots efforts by community members and elected officials to protect these lands. Monument status means the BLM will work closely with the local community on a management plan and prevents p ­ otential development or exploitation of these lands. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who advocated for the designation along with Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, ­issued the following statement, “From the bluffs on Stuart Island to Watmough Bay, the San Juan islands are home to some of our nation’s most beautiful and important natural resources.” The idea that the untouched land managed by the federal government should be preserved and protected is not a new one. As I can attest, anyone who has visited knows that the islands deserve designation as national monument lands to ensure that future generations can explore the trails and beaches, breathe in the salty air and learn to love the calm and the beauty. The affected lands include historical sites like ancient fishing areas, natural habitats that provide breeding grounds for birds and safe refuges for harbor seal pups and rare plants, and popular recreation destinations. For years my family has vacationed on Lonesome Cove on the northern end of San Juan Island. There, I saw my first deer, lingcod, porpoise, salmon, orca, otter, crab, sea star, anemone, harbor seal and osprey all from a familiar stretch of shoreline. I caught my first fish from the dock. I learned how close you can get to a deer before it startles and leaps away. I skinned my knees, experienced my first crush, ­explored low tide, slept on the porch, swam in the coldest of waters, hiked to Roche Harbor for ice cream and fish tacos and envied the yachts in Friday Harbor. Barbara Marrett, communications manager at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, said of the national monument proclamation, “It preserves places people love.” The day after President Obama established the San Juan Islands National Monument, TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice Island Awards acknowledged San Juan Island as the top island in the U.S., and as a top four world pick. The awards honor top islands from around the world and are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. “We’d like to thank the travelers who made this win possible,” said Deborah Hopkins, executive director for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. “Simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene that San Juan Island offers on TripAdvisor.” In addition to the recent attention the islands have ­received, Lonely Planet editors voted the San Juan Islands

“We’d like to thank the travelers who made this win possible, simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene.” third on their “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, ­emphasizing the “farm-to-fork” movement. The islands also ranked third in 2012 in Travel and Leisure’s “Top 10 Islands Continental U.S. & Canada,” and second in the New York Times’ world list “41 Places to Go in 2011.” Describing the diversity of the awards, Marrett said, “It’s great that it isn’t just one thing about the islands that gets recognized – everything does. That doesn’t happen for a lot of places.” The honors mirror the majestic quality of the islands. The San Juan Islands are worthy of this praise on the ­merit of their natural beauty alone, but I suspect they have received so much attention in part because they afford memories much like my own. I shared my first beer with my father on the porch while we watched ferries cruise through the strait. I remember walking on the dock at sunset, when my mother told me to only bring the woman I will marry to this place. My sister attempted to teach me how to knit by porch light when we couldn’t sleep. These are the things that happen in the San Juan Islands. They are where I learned to live well, where I fell in love with natural beauty, where I learned the importance of family. The San Juan Islands force you to live in a constant state of elation. In the face of all the beauty, it’d be impossible to feel anything but peace. Undoubtedly, the designation of the islands as a national monument will bring all who love them peace of mind, knowing that this remarkable land will be preserved and ­protected. 

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Kulshan Cycles


Bicycle Shops

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Kulshan Cycles has served Whatcom County with its bicycle products and repair services for more than 30 years. From a quick flat-fix to a complete custom build, you can count on Kulshan to get you back on your bike. Kulshan offers maintenance classes and free tuneups for customers.

Fanatik Bike Co. BELLINGHAM

This 10,000 sq. ft. building ­dedicated to bike service has come a long way since its founding six years ago out of a family garage. Fanatik stocks an ­excellent variety of mountain, road, commuter, youth and BMX bikes, and can fulfill all your cycling needs.


One of the Nicest Neighborhoods in the Northwest

Skagit Cycle Center BURLINGTON

Opened as Skagit Pedal Sports in 1998, the business ­expanded and was renamed Skagit Cycle Center. Due to the Burlington store’s s­ uccess, a second location was a­ dded in Anacortes. Skagit Cycle has an amazing selection of more than 1,000 ­bicycles. Skagit Cycle also ­offers a variety of clothing, parts, and repair services ranging from standard tuneups to performance overhauls.

Island Bicycles FRIDAY HARBOR

Island Bicycles specializes in fast ­repairs, quality service, and rentals. In addition to their standard range of bicycles in-store, Island Bicycles can custom-build bicycles to ­personal specification. They will also make any necessary adjustments to your bike during the first year of ­ownership for free!


Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a bike, or just need a quick repair, PT Cyclery in Port Townsend can help. This bike shop will even special order items for you if you can’t find what you need. Customers may rent anything from mountain bikes to tandems.

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Ryan Stiles Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit local non-profit BY KAITY TEER


© All Photography Courtesy by Jarod Trow

Below: Michael Mathis (center), founder of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, poses with staff members of Camp Phoenix. A week-long local summer camp for burn survivors.


hether you recognize Ryan Stiles as the tall guy from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as Lewis Kiniski of The Drew Carey Show or from his current role as Dr. Herb Melnick on Two and A Half Men, it’s ­likely that his work has made you laugh. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Stiles lived in both Seattle, Wash. and Vancouver, B.C. during his childhood. He started performing stand-up comedy as a high school student in Vancouver. He put his ­education on hold to pursue a career in entertainment fulltime and cofounded the Punchlines comedy club. Later, he joined The Second City in Toronto, which helped launch his career as an internationally recognized funnyman. After 37 years of delivering laughs onstage as an accomplished stand-up comedian and actor, Stiles is used to making people smile; these days, though, some of the biggest smiles he sees are on the faces of the children he works with through the Burned Children Recovery Foundation (BCRF). He first began supporting the Everett-based non-profit with the 2010 Ryan Stiles Celebrity Golf Classic. The celebrity golf tournament has been held in Stiles’ name each year since then to raise funds. In the last three years, the tournament has contributed more than $430,000 to the foundation. Stiles resides with his family in Bellingham, Wash., and commutes to California when he is needed on the set of Two and A Half Men. He also owns a local comedy club called The Upfront Theatre, where he often drops in and performs with local improvisers and stand-up comedians. We sat down with him at Scotty Brown’s to hear more about his work with BCRF. Stiles comes across as a straightforward, no-nonsense and caring member of the community. He tells us that if he were to run for public office, he would call his party the “commonsense party.” A down-to-earth family guy, he is married to his first wife, whom he met early in his career. He tells us stories – funny ones of course – about life with his wife and children, like the time he was invited to perform at his son’s high school and told an eyebrow-raising joke that had everyone laughing except for maybe a few school officials.

Stiles is used to ­making people smile; these days, though, some of the b ­ iggest smiles he sees are on the faces of the children he works with through the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.

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In 2009 he expressed interest in hosting a celebrity golf tournament to benefit a local organization. Randi Axelsson, now a co-director for the tournament and hotel sales m ­ anager at Silver Reef Casino, first introduced Stiles to the Burned Children Recovery Foundation in 2009. The non-profit’s mission immediately resonated with Stiles. After conversations with the charity’s founder, Michael Mathis, Stiles decided this was a cause worthy of his time and energy. He committed to producing the celebrity golf tournament to raise funds. Mathis, a childhood burn survivor, left a successful career at Boeing to found the charity in 1989. Mathis was raised in Snohomish County and was burned during a camping accident when he was just eleven years old. More than 60% of his body was burned, and he endured 64 reconstructive surgeries in a five-year period over the course of his recovery. Mathis dreamed of helping as many children and their families as possible overcome the pain and hardships of life as burn survivors. He knows firsthand the physical scars, but also the harrowing emotional and mental effects of recovering from a traumatic burn injury. In addition to providing families and children with practical resources through the foundation’s work, Mathis shares his insights on life as a burn survivor with children who visit BCRF’s Phoenix House and Camp Phoenix. The Phoenix House is a 10-bed recovery center for burned children. Highly trained, caring staff members offer burned children the support they need to cope with their physical injuries and adjust to living with their scars. Counseling, conversations with experienced survivors, support groups and social outings help children with the daily challenges of reemerging as members of society. They gain confidence and self-esteem in a home-like, supportive environment. Although the foundation is located in the North Sound, it also serves children nationwide. Since 1989, BCRF has sent more than 140,000 recovery packets to burned children and their parents. The foundation also operates a 24-hour support line for burned children. More than two million people are burned annually in the United States, and more than

250,000 of them are children. Fires and burns are the third leading cause of death for all children under age 19. Camp Phoenix, a one-week summer camp on Lake Samish, helps children who attend with everything from the costs of airfare and transportation to tuition for a traditional camp experience. Campers benefit from sharing their stories with a supportive community of other burn survivors. They enjoy fun-filled outdoor adventures and challenges that lead to feelings of accomplishment. The success of the camp underscores survivors’ need for normalcy and peer-support. Stiles is now a frequent guest at the camp. He tells us about the children he has met who have returned to camp year after year. As he talks about how they’ve grown and ­developed greater confidence and self-esteem, it’s evident how much these kids have come to mean to him. The children, he says, are not fragile. At first, he was unsure of how to best interact with campers, and he was worried about hurting them. Now, he knows their names and their stories. The campers’ resiliency inspires him. Along with Mathis, the camp’s staff members and counselors and the 34

local fire fighters who volunteer at the camp, Stiles has become a beloved member of the Camp Phoenix family. The 2013 Ryan Stiles Celebrity Golf Classic will result in a weekend of fundraising activities to benefit BCRF taking place from July 12-14. Stiles will perform as part of a special, star-studded Night of Comedy event at Mount Baker Theatre on Friday. On Saturday, guests of the Celebrity Gala and Auction will enjoy a signature plated dinner and drinks while rubbing elbows with celebrities and bidding on auction items. On Sunday, golfers will compete at the Loomis Trails Golf Club in a scramble-style tournament in teams of five. Each team will include a celebrity. Confirmed celebrities for the 2013 event include accomplished director Gerry Cohen; Richard Kind of Spin City and Argo; Richard Karn of Home Improvement fame; Daran Norris, the voice behind the Fairly Oddparents; and Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Silver Reef Hotel, Casino and Spa hosts the celebrities and is the fundraising weekend’s title sponsor. Mathis said, “Ryan Stiles is an angel for our children. When he comes to see them, it makes them feel important and this gives them value to believe in themselves. Stiles’ fundraising efforts and the relationships he has built with the BCRF family prove that laughter, which happens a lot at Camp Phoenix, may be the best medicine, after all. 

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Savvy Shopper • Necessities • Around the Sound


Just a short drive southwest of Friday Harbor on bucolic San Juan Island, a 20-acre lavender farm grows on a rolling ­hillside overlooking a small lake and, on clear days, a view of the Olympic mountain range. Called Pelindaba, a Zulu word which means “a place of great gatherings,” the farm is a p ­ remier organic grower of lavender plants, distiller of ­lavender essential oils and handcrafter of lavender products. Visitors to the farm experience lavender with all five ­senses. They can explore the … continued on the next page

lush, purple organically-certified fields, learn about the growing and distillation process, cut their own lavender, work with lavender crafts and sample goods like lavender lemonade, cookies and ice cream. Bunches of dried lavender hang in neat rows from exposed wooden beams and rafters. Bees hum from plant to plant, and the unmistakable scent of lavender fills the air. The effect is nothing short of magical. With its iconic cupola and spire, a restored historic cottage is home to the Gatehouse Farm Store that welcomes guests to the property. Wisteria vines arch above the covered porch, and their frangrant blooms that emerge in late spring are among the first flowers to color the farm purple, harbingers of lavender season. The farm’s demonstration gardens are situated adjacent to the Gatehouse Store. Wander through the meandering paths and observe the surprising differences between the 50 varieties of lavender represented. Behind the gatehouse, a crop of outbuildings and white tents house the education center, which is furnished with videos, interactive displays and posters that communicate both the process of growing and distilling lavender and the plant’s remarkably beneficial qualities and applications. For example, when used in the culinary arts, lavender complements both sweet and savory flavors. Owner Stephen Robins’ interest in lavender farming evolved as he planned for retirement on the island. He first visited San Juan Island while on a business trip to Seattle, and was so taken with it he decided to purchase property in 1989 as a foothold for the future. He

opened a branch of his medical communications business in Seattle and began spending weekends working his property. By 1997, he moved to the island to live there full-time. For a number of reasons he decided to build his home elsewhere on the island, which set in motion his plans to preserve the property as an open space for the community. “Rather than just passively protecting it from residential development,” Robins said, “I wanted to share the open space with other residents and ­island visitors, and to make it self-sustaining by making it productive and even enhancing its natural beauty.” Eventually lavender emerged as the answer. It was a crop no one was growing on the island. He planted his first fields in 1999. Robins researched extensively, traveled to Europe to meet with lavender growers and ultimately, learned by doing. He studied manufacturing, tested product formulas and recipes and even explored folkloric remedies that make use of lavender. He calls it a “mental treadmill” that has kept his retirement one of perpetual intellectual growth and productivity. More than 25,000 lavender plants fill Pelindaba’s fields, all of them are harvested by hand. Two main varieties are grown, one for culinary applications and the other for essential oil, personal care and home products. Each new development of Pelindaba’s operations has evolved organically. Robins espouses a vertically-integrated model of production that encompasses growing, manufacturing, product development and retail. The first retail presence off the farm opened in 2004 in downtown Friday

Harbor, accessible to visitors who walk off the ferry. Other retail locations have opened in La Conner and Bellevue. The best time to visit the farm is between the months of May and September. Lavender blooms ­continuously for three to four months, ­depending on the variety. Pelindaba harvests plants at different times throughout the season. The p ­ opular San Juan Island Lavender Festival is held during the s­ eason’s peak each year during the third weekend in July. The 12th a­ nnual f­ estival will take place July ­20–21, 2013. Visitors can also tour the farm in August and September to witness the distillation process firsthand. Pelindaba Lavender Farm and Store is a jewel on San Juan Island, a place of good gatherings that truly lives up to its name.  45 Hawthorne Lane, Friday Harbor 360.378.4248 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. June | July 2013 37

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Picnic in the park Grab a checkered blanket and stake out your patch of sunshine in the park. We can’t think of anything that says summertime more than a basket full of fresh food to share with friends.



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1 Picnic at Ascot Surrey Picnic Basket Everything you need for a picnic for two, including a food cooler, cloth napkins, plates, glasses, flatware and a corkscrew., $125

2 Gingham Silk Boyshirt With sleeves made to roll up, this shirt looks great tucked into skinny ankle jeans and paired with a colorful patent leather belt., $110




3 Bensimon Sneakers in White Beloved by French girls, Bensimon sneakers are comfy enough to wear everyday and add a tomboyish flair to summer skirts and dresses.

5 Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 by Josie Maran. A natural, chemicalfree sunscreen that is lightweight and absorbs beauti­fully. The argan oil will leave your skin looking radiant and renewed.

4 Leather Blanket Carrier Transport your picnic blanket in this leather carrier from Pendleton, a Pacific Northwest favorite.

6 A Perfect Day for a Picnic By Tori Finch. Looking for inspiration as you plan the perfect picnic? We love these gorgeous recipes and photos., $55, $25.00, 2 oz., $32, $24.95

7 Garden Croquet Set by Jacques of London Stylish and fun, this garden ­croquet set is sure to make your next ­picnic a hit., $248

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Sempre Italiano Always Italian

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THE SHOP Laura Chiusano traveled to Florence, Italy, in 2004 to find artists she could partner with to begin importing ­ceramics to the United States. She lived there for six months, but returned after she married her husband Raffaele, a native of Capri whom she met in a cafe. After their marriage, the pair moved to Seattle where they sold imported pottery wholesale and dreamed of opening their own ceramics store. In the early spring of 2006 the couple visited La Conner, Wash., on a day trip. They spoke with the previous owner of their current storefront, and decided to open a shop there which would feature authentic Italian ceramics. “We have ­ceramics from all different regions,” Raffaele says. “We have artists from Sicily, Tuscany … Even if people have never been to Italy, if they come here they feel like they are there.” ATMOSPHERE Colorful, bright and welcoming. KEY PEOPLE Laura and Raffaele Chiusano own and o ­ perate Sempre Italiano, as well as a website that offers ­ceramics to buyers all over the world. They travel every year to Italy to search for new artists and to organize imports of the ­ceramics sold in their La Conner store. The Chiusanos say they have close relationships with the families that create their ceramics. Many of these family artists are from small villages. They rarely have websites to sell their products, and

most of the work is done within the family. Laura says that many of them had never thought of exporting to the U.S. ­before the Chiusano’s approached them with the idea. WHAT YOU’LL FIND The store features new pieces that are shipped multiple times a year from artisans all over Italy. Each piece is unique and handcrafted by families from ­different regions and in different styles. “Some p ­ eople who have been [to Italy] have had the opportunity to go into ­factories and see what’s involved in creating pieces like these,” Laura says. “It’s fascinating to see how it starts from just one little chunk of clay and then to be crafted into what they become.” All of the products are lead-free, FDA inspected and many are oven and microwave safe. “You’re meant to use them,” Laura says. “They’re certainly not just for decoration.” OWNER’S FAVORITE Laura says choosing her favorite piece in the store is like choosing a favorite child: quite i­mpossible. She says one of the most popular sets in her store is from Tuscany. The hand-painted ceramics feature classic Tuscan scenes of villas and fields, and no two paintings are alike. 

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In the Company of Dogs Three Whidbey Island businesses offer a furry take on customer service As any small business owner knows, one of the most important elements in building a successful retail store is getting potential customers to come through the door. Three businesses on Whidbey Island have learned that employing a charming, engaging dog, or two, to greet visitors can ­attract guests and welcome visitors to their store. Here are three ­businesses that are widely known for their furry greeters.

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Blue and Samantha at Spoiled Dog Winery

Koa at the Vino Amore Wine Shop


Spoiled Dog Winery When they first opened their doors in 2006, Karen and Jack Krug searched for a name for their winery and vineyard in Langley. They couldn’t use their last name – Krug – because it was already a famous, trademarked name. They looked to their dog, Blue, a Blue Merle Australian Shepherd for inspiration. He was certainly a spoiled dog who had the run of their farm and vineyard, herding cows and protecting chickens. His parents spoiled him with an organic diet of p ­ remium dog food and beef from grass-fed cows, and since he helped with everything around the farm, it just seemed natural that the winery would be called “Spoiled Dog.” Now, their wine labels prominently display Blue’s image. In 2010 he was joined by Samantha, a black t­ ri-­colored Australian Shepherd who goes by Sami. In the charming Spoiled Dog tasting room, Blue and Sami welcome v­ isitors every day. Karen notes, “We get a lot of people who travel without their pets, or who have lost their dogs, who say they have gotten their dog fix while tasting our award-winning wines.” She adds with a smile, “We have some ­people we know who come just for that reason.”

Vino Amore Walk up to the counter at Vino Amore Wine Shop in Freeland, and you are just as likely to be greeted by Koa as by the owners of the store, Brian Plebanek and Gail Liston. Koa, a very large g­ olden retriever, jumps up to put his paws on the counter as if to ask ­visitors, “May I help you?” Koa arrived as a seven-week-old puppy and immediately took on his ­ssignment at Vino Amore. Interestingly, when Brian and Gail received Koa’s AKC papers and saw his birth date, they noticed it was the same as the day that Vino Amore opened its doors. From that first day in the store, Koa became a major attraction. Brian says, “From the beginning, he loved everyone and everybody loved him.” In addition to assisting with customer service and sending out the monthly newsletter, Koa has two official titles: vice president of public relations and manager of the wine club. His face and name are also featured on Vino Amore’s custombrewed growler, “Koa’s Grrrrrrrrrowler,” so people can enjoy Koa at home too! When Brian or Gail take Koa out for a walk around Freeland, many of the business owners invite him in and give him a treat. As Gail says, “He’s the best boy in the world!”

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Midway Florist Rob McGowen, owner of Midway Florist, has noticed how his dogs, Bruno and Brutus, seem to have an ­intuitive understanding of his ­customers. “The dogs seem to sense, and ­respond accordingly, if someone is coming in for a sad purpose or to purchase flowers for a joyful occasion; and they love to play with the kids that come in.” He also notes how the dogs are skilled at getting attention. One of the dogs has a habit of bumping up against a person and then aiming his nose in the direction of the doggy treat dish that Rob keeps on the front counter. Most of the customers catch on after one or two bumps and are happy to oblige. Rob got the two siblings, who are a golden retriever and Labrador mix, four years ago. If Rob learns that someone isn’t comfortable around dogs, he removes them to a back room, but most customers love interacting with Bruno and Brutus. Often people stop by just to say hello to the dogs, even if they’re not placing an order. With the offer of a treat, the dogs will stand up on their hind legs and do their “cute dog” pose. 91 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor 360.679.2525, 



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Inside a Makeup Artist’s Bag of Tricks

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The never ending selection of f­ ormulas and shades available in department stores, specialty beauty stores, drugstores and even Costco can make shopping for beauty products feel overwhelming. No matter where you shop for your makeup, you’ve p ­ robably spent more time than you’d care to ­admit deliberating between subtly ­different shades of coral nail polishes or between ultra volume and mega ­volume mascara formulas. This p ­ aralysis when faced with too many choices can lead women to stick with old favorites, getting stuck in a b ­ eauty rut. We asked Cheryl Jason, o ­ wner of CherWear Professional Makeup Artistry, to reveal the contents of her makeup bag. Armed with a ­professional’s recommendations, you can feel confident that the next time you shop for makeup will be a success. To get started, we asked Cheryl to answer a few questions about her life as a professional makeup artist.

Tell us about CherWear Professional Makeup Artistry. I am a certified makeup artist based on Whidbey Island. Clients book my services for weddings and events, engagement and boudoir photography sessions, professional modeling, ­personal makeup lessons and styled photoshoots. I p ­ ractice mobile makeup artistry, which means I travel to ­clients and bring a fully-stocked professional makeup kit, chair, lights, ­extension cords and everything we need for the event or shoot. I am able to work on-location in studios, salons, outdoor ­locations, private homes and just about anywhere else that a ­person can walk to while wheeling a toolbox.


What inspired you to pursue makeup artistry? My interest was sparked years ago when I lived in Japan. I have seen a lot of styles and a lot faces between then and now, and the beauty I see continues to inspire me. Why should women invest in having their makeup ­professionally applied? There are lots of reasons. For example, I offer personalized makeup lessons to help women get the most out of their ­beauty supplies. But one of the most compelling examples is in the bridal industry. Often brides will spend thousands of d ­ ollars on photography, hair, cake and flowers for their wedding, but then they decide not to splurge on makeup. I truly believe, not just because I work in the industry, that makeup is the last area one should look to when cutting costs, especially as it is among the least costly of a bride’s many expenses. I always say that 30 years from now the bride and groom will each remember one thing: she will remember her dress and how well it fit, and he will remember her face. Flowers and cakes are certainly special, but the bride’s beautiful dress and radiant face will be the center of all her guests’ attention on her wedding day. What are some of your core principles of makeup application? Prepping the face is a crucial first step. Never skip this step or get lazy with it. Cleanse, tone and moisturize before any application. ■■

Pause before applying a product to let it warm outside the bottle. Never apply product directly from bottle to face. ■■

Experiment with products from a range of companies. I don’t buy name-brand products exclusively; I buy what I like. ■■


There is no room for shortcuts when it comes to sanitation!

What makeup brands do you prefer to work with? I am a professional member of several makeup ­companies – MAC, Makeup Forever, Urban Decay, Stila, Origins and Smashbox – and have built my professional kit around their products. I am passionate about my craft, and I ­strongly ­believe in an artist setting and upholding the highest ­standards for our industry. This has led me to a fanatical ­obsession with sanitation, and to the continuous study of trends in the industry. I’m not afraid to try products, even if they aren’t name-brand.





What are your go-to products? What makes it into your bag, and why? Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette (1) In finishes that are both shimmery and matte, these shades are versatile enough to complement both day and evening looks. ■■

MAC mineralize skin-finish powders (2) This powder is buildable, provides great coverage and is light on the skin. ■■

Makeup Forever foundations (3) I apply these all-around perfect foundations with a big, fluffy brush. They offer buildable coverage that lasts, but doesn’t look too heavy on the face. ■■

Urban Decay eye primer (4) This primer never fails, and if you let it dry for a few seconds it will help your eye shadow last all day without creasing. ■■

Benefit HighBeam Complexion Enhancer (5) Everybody looks better when they are glowing! ■■


MAC Mascara Fan Brush number 205

MAC carbon eye liner It works even when your eyes are a watery mess! ■■

Smashbox sun-kissed highlighting bronzer A good, basic essential to use as a blush or give some color to the face. ■■

Cheryl warns that though these items are her current ­favorites, in six months her list could be totally different as brands launch new products and trends change. As a makeup ­artist, it is important for her to continue growing her kit and e­ xperimenting with different looks. She recommends finding ­staples that suit your every day needs and experimenting with little indulgences. According to Cheryl, a good makeup ­artist’s kit can never stop evolving. 

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Here in Washington, we like to make the most of sunny, blue skies and warm days. Spending time outdoors is a great way to be active and enjoy b ­ eautiful weather and stunning views. If you’re looking to spend more time outside, consider eating meals on your patio or, even better, taking a picnic to the park. Grab your picnic basket and follow these simple guidelines and recipes for packing a healthy and delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy together outdoors.

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Chilled Carrot Soup with Fresh Basil Oil Serves 6 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated Sea salt, about 1 teaspoon or to taste Pinch of red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 ½ pounds carrots (about 5 or 6 large carrots), peeled and thinly sliced 4 cups water 1 tablespoon honey 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted 4 teaspoons lime juice Fresh basil oil

Include a protein-rich dish. Protein keeps us feeling full longer. Adding protein to your picnic menu will give you and your guests ­energy for that swim in the lake or baseball game. When thinking protein, don’t just think of meat or poultry. Vegetarian sources of protein – such as whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and cheese – are great for picnics, because they are less perishable and taste great when eaten cold. Grain salads make wonderful picnic food. Choose whole grains. If you make sandwiches for your ­picnic, choose whole grain bread. Use bread labeled “100 percent whole grain” or one whose label lists whole wheat as the first ingredient. Whole grains are filled with fiber, which ­contributes to feeling full and maintains blood sugar levels – preventing that drop in blood sugar, which makes us grouchy. No one wants a grouch on a picnic! Other sources of whole grains are brown or wild rice, quinoa, farro, emmer and barley. Add color to your basket. Summertime offers an abundance of in-season fresh fruits and vegetables. When filling your basket, think color! The more colors you include in your basket, the better variety of antioxidants you’ll give your body. For example, the deep, blue-purple color of blueberries comes from anthocyanins. Lycopene causes the bright, red color of a ripe tomato. Both anthocyanins and lycopene, along with many other phytochemicals, have powerful antioxidant properties that help to fight aging and prevent disease. 48

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, ginger, sea salt, red pepper flakes and ­nutmeg. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add carrots, water and honey. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer until carrots are very soft, about 25 minutes. ■■

Add soup to a blender, filling only about 1/3 full. Purée the soup and transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup. Chill at least 3 to 4 hours. ■■

Pick sweet treats. Another reason to pack your basket with a variety of fruits – they’re nature’s dessert! Brimming with naturally occurring sugars, fruits at the peak of ripeness offer a sweet ending to a summer meal. Even better, fresh fruits are packed with water, which helps keep you hydrated during the hot days of summer. Hydrate! Speaking of water, make sure your picnic basket includes water to prevent dehydration as you spend time in the sun, especially if you are exerting yourself and producing a sweat. If you like something more interesting than water, make iced tea or iced herbal tea and add just a splash of fruit juice for sweetness.

Before serving, add about 1 cup of the carrot soup to a blender with the avocado and lime juice. Purée ­until very smooth. Stir the puree into the rest of the soup, completely incorporating it. Serve soup with a drizzle of basil oil. ■■

Fresh Basil Oil ½ ¼

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Blanch basil in boiling water for 10 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pat basil dry with paper towels. Add basil to a blender with the oil and purée until smooth. Use immediately or cover and chill for up to three days. ■■

Farmers Market Farro Salad with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomatoes and Lemon Serves 8 2 2 2 2 ½ ½ 1 2 ½ ¼

pints grape tomatoes tablespoons olive oil Sea salt, to taste medium onions, thinly sliced tablespoons olive oil teaspoon crushed red chili flakes teaspoon sea salt tablespoon balsamic vinegar cups farro cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Zest and juice of one lemon cup coarsely chopped parsley

Farro, also known as spelt, is an ancient grain with a pleasant nutty flavor. This form of wheat is available at food co-ops and wherever grains are sold in bulk. Farro is commonly grown in Europe, where boiled whole grains of spelt form the base of various salads.

Grilled Vegetable Baguette Sandwich with Arugula Pesto Makes one large baguette, serves 4–8 1

Preheat oven to 425° F. Place grape tomatoes on a sheet tray and d ­ rizzle with olive oil and sea salt, to taste. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until ­tomatoes are caramelized. It’s okay if they burst. Remove from the oven and set aside. Don’t discard the juice. ■■

Place olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions, salt and red pepper flakes and toss to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 45 minutes, or until onions are soft and completely browned. Stir in the vinegar. ■■

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. When the water boils, add a large pinch of salt. The water should taste like the sea. Add the farro and stir. Cook farro until it is softened through and has a light al dente bite to it, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain farro in a strainer and return to pot. Sir in grated parmesan cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add roasted tomatoes and any juice from the tomatoes, caramelized onions and chopped parsley. Toss and serve warm or at room temperature. ■■

This salad will last up to four days in an airtight container in the fridge. ■■

Adapted from Joy the Baker,

Spread the chopped sun-dried tomatoes on one of the scooped-out sides of the baguette. Spread the arugula pesto on the other. On the bottom of the baguette, spread the goat cheese or add the fresh mozzarella. Top the cheese with the grilled vegetables and then layer the spinach on top of the vegetables. Place the top half of the baguette over the filling. ■■

Japanese eggplant, thinly sliced on a diagonal 1 zucchini, thinly sliced on a diagonal 2 red peppers, whole Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 long baguette, sliced in half lengthwise ¼ cup of arugula pesto (recipe below) ¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped 1 cup (6.5 ounces) goat cheese or fresh mozzarella, at room temperature 1 ½ cups baby spinach

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. ■■

Brush the eggplant and zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the eggplant on the grill pan or grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until tender and charred. ■■

Place the red peppers, whole, on the grill or under a broiler. Grill or broil until charred. Place in a paper bag or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, for about 10 minutes. Remove charred skin. Core and slice for the sandwich. ■■

Take the baguette and scoop out a little of the soft bread inside each half, to make room for the toppings to rest. Don’t scoop all the way through the crust. ■■

To serve, cut the baguette into 4 large or 8 small sandwiches. Serve immediately or wrap in parchment ­paper or aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. ■■

Arugula Pesto 2 2 1 ¼ ¼ ¼

cups arugula leaves cups spinach leaves garlic clove, blanched cup toasted hazelnuts Pinch of red pepper flakes Pinch of sea salt cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese cup olive oil

Blend arugula, spinach, garlic clove, hazelnuts, red pepper flakes and sea salt in a food processor until almost smooth. With machine running, gradually add olive oil and process until well blended. ■■

Pesto can be made ahead. Cover and let stand up to 2 hours at room temperature or refrigerate up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.  ■■

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Whether an historical building has been remarkably preserved or left in ruins, the imaginations of historians and local experts work to fill in the gaps, using what remains to reconstruct for us how it must have been in its prime. Photographs and paintings, schematic drawings, written accounts in letters and newspapers and official documents are all helpful clues in piecing together a building’s past. Inevitably, though, we find ourselves wondering, if only these walls could talk. What would they say? If walls could talk, they would likely contribute a few more stories for the history books, for better or for worse. What could provide a better record of character and integrity than the very walls of a person’s home? Think of all the daily moments observed and conversations overheard. Sure, the walls of historical buildings could probably reveal a number of scandals, and recount previously untold triumphs of the human spirit. They would also tell us of the less sensational, but no less significant, highs and lows of ordinary family life. There are more than 80,000 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These properties represent 1.4 million individual resources – buildings, sites, districts, structures and objects. The register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historical and archeological resources. Nearly every county in the United States has at least one location listed in the National Register. The city of Bellingham has more than 35 buildings and seven historic districts recognized by the National Register, and also operates a local historic register. Architectural styles in historic neighborhoods like the Lettered Streets, York and South Hill, vary from Craftsman and Queen Anne to Italianate and Tudor Revival. Local resources abound to preserve and protect our city’s history. The planning and community development department is a hub of information on Bellingham’s historical places and maintains an interactive website of information. Informational sessions and workshops on historical buildings were offered free to the public throughout the month of May. The Whatcom Museum’s archive of historic photos is extensive. The archives include photographs, film, ephemera, maps, oral histories, videos and more. The museum offers local history tours and workshops for students in pre-school through high school. The public library also maintains a special collection of materials and books on the history of Whatcom County. The Whatcom Historic Society is another valuable resource for those interested in our city’s past. Under the leadership of project manager Janet Oakley and lead teacher

Dave Hageman, who received national honors for their work, the society restored the oldest brick building in the state of Washington, located right here in Bellingham at 1308 E. Street. Built as a warehouse during the Fraser Gold Rush in July of 1858, it became the territorial courthouse in 1863, serving in that role until 1888. In 2006, the building was the focus of a Save Our History grant through The History Channel.

If walls could talk, they would likely contribute a few more stories for the history books, for better or for worse. Whether your home is historic or just plain old, if you are interested in its history, your curiosity combined with our city’s wealth of resources may just lead you on an exciting adventure of investigation and discovery. Genealogists seeking family information, realtors interested in quality selling points and homeowners seeking to restore or remodel based on original plans, are among those who may decide to trace the history of their home. The Whatcom Museum has prepared a four-page document to assist homeowners and citizens in their research. The museum recommends you start by asking ­general question about your neighborhood, including questions about migratory patterns and which ethnic groups settled in your area and when. The next step is to visit the city’s Permit Center to ask for microfiche on your address, where you can find leads based on remodels, additions and other property enhancements. The county tax records can provide the legal description of your property’s attributes, and the assessor’s office has a digitized and in-house database with photos. You may wish to request a chain of title or look through the R.L. Polk Bellingham City Directories. Keep in mind that ­prior to 1890, four towns comprised what we now know as Bellingham – Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham and Fairhaven. Summer is the time when Bellingham and surrounding ­cities and towns celebrate our histories. In so many ways, we honor our frontier heritage and historic industries through parades, festivals and fairs. Bearing in mind that future generations may wonder what today’s walls – our walls – would say if they could talk, might give us pause. May the tragedies of our past warn us to avoid repeating errors and injustices, and may the ­triumphs inspire us for the future. We hope you enjoy the following look at five local ­historical homes.

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Larrabee House BY LAURA GOING

Year Built: 1914 Square Footage: 1900 Number of Rooms: 25


The historic Larrabee House, known today as the Lairmont Manor, was built in 1914 in what would become the Edgemore neighborhood just south of Fairhaven. The large, 25-room home was commissioned by one of Bellingham’s earliest and wealthiest residents, Charles X. Larrabee. Larrabee had made a large fortune in the real estate, mining and railroad industries and founded Bellingham’s Citizen’s Bank and the Fairhaven Land Company. Larrabee commissioned famed Seattle architect Carl Gould to design the manor. Gould was known for the design of the main library at the University of Washington, and Larrabee requested that he design the home in the Italian Renaissance style. This design featured stucco exterior walls, accented with brick and terracotta and large gardens. The interior includes imported Italian woodwork which was hand-painted by a European artist. Large glass and wrought iron doors, which were imported from Belgium, guard the doorway of the main carriage entrance.

Charles Larrabee died before the home was completed, but his wife, Frances, and their four children lived in the manor until 1941, when Mrs. Larrabee passed away. After that, the house was sold to the Sisters of St. Joseph, who operated a nursing school and the Mount Saint Mary’s Novitiate and Provincial House. By 1950, the sisters found that they needed more room for their candidates and a large annex was built on the east side of the house. In 1967, the manor was purchased by the Douglas family, which continues to own and operate the estate today. The family has sourced materials for upgrades and restorations to the home locally. In 1975, the manor was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. The Manor has also played host to a number of famous figures. In 1941, a few months before Frances Larrabee died, she entertained renowned opera singer, Marian Anderson at the manor. Anderson was forbidden from staying at any local hotels because of the color of her skin, but Frances insisted that

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George Bacon House Year built: 1906


Total Square Footage: 5,651 Number of Rooms: 6

The George Bacon house is located in the Eldridge Avenue Historic District, a residential area that boasts arguably Bellingham’s greatest concentration of historic homes. Homes in the Eldridge District are distinguished by their impressive architecture and enviable location, on a bluff overlooking beautiful Bellingham Bay. The George Bacon residence has the prestigious distinction of being designed by renowned architect Henry Bacon, one of the most famous architects of the 20th century. Henry Bacon’s most notable project is the famed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., considered one of the most recognizable structures in the United States. This house is presumed to be the only building designed by Henry Bacon in the entire Northwest. The house’s namesake is George Hunt Bacon, a Whatcom County real estate dealer, businessman and politician who moved to Whatcom from

Illinois in 1889. After he married his wife Mabel Donovan, George’s cousin Henry designed the home for the ­couple as a wedding gift. George Bacon is considered a ­pioneer realtor and financier of home owners’ loans, especially for farms ­located in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Some of his investments included property, logging and shingle mills. He funded the development of proper roads in areas that were previously logging trails. He also was a significant contributing figure in Skagit County, opening an office in Mount Vernon. He helped fund and construct roads that connect Skagit and Whatcom counties. These contributions led to a rise in stature in the community, and he was elected as Whatcom mayor from 1901 to 1902. Henry Bacon’s influence can be seen in the “Jeffersonian” style that differentiates it from most other Pacific Northwest architecture. Elements of

Greek and Roman design are also apparent, as evidenced by the massive front portico that is supported by four square columns that bear a striking ­resemblance to a Greek temple. This style is more commonly associated with houses in the southern and eastern parts of the United States in the first half of the 19th c­ enutry, giving the house a very unique and ­distinguished look for the area. Recent renovations include asphalt shingles ­replacing the original cedar roof and a small porch enclosure being added to the kitchen near the back. The home was fully completed in 1906 and was sold after George Bacon’s death in 1937. Like many of the historic homes in the Whatcom County area, the longevity of this home has a­ llowed it to go through many phases. In 1972, the Archidiocese of Seattle purchased the house. It was used as a home for troubled boys by Catholic Family and Children Services until 1990. Since then, it has returned to private ownership.  June | July 2013 59

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Victor A. Roeder House BY JULES GUAY-BINION

Does your neighborhood still boast urn-shaped lamps for street lighting? Residents and visitors may find themselves lost in the past while taking a walk through the historic Broadway neighborhood. The neighborhood features many historical pieces of architecture, including the iconic Victor A. Roeder House, which serves as the exclamation point to this neighborhood’s historical character. Approached from the public sidewalk via a concrete semi-circular path, and securely nestled on an acre of land near Broadway Park, the Roeder House has a spectacular view of the bungalows and homes stretching out to Bellingham 60

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This 1971 photograph shows the Roeder home from the side.

Year Built: 1908 Square Feet: 1,472 Totals Rooms: 14

Bay. It is the focal point of a long vista up Broadway, past block after block of residences settled on either side of the boulevard. It is the neighborhood’s oldest, grandest and most cherished landmark. The Roeder House was built in 1908 and designed by Alfred Lee, architect of the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, and the Old Main building at Western Washington University. The exterior of the first floor is made of brick, and the remaining one and a half floors are stucco. The front and rear entrances are trimmed in sandstone obtained from the Roeder’s Chuckanut stone quarry. After Henry Roeder, original owner of the property and Bellingham’s founder, died in 1902, his son Victor Roeder took control of the family business and property. From 1896 to 1900 he served as Whatcom County treasurer, and in 1904 he co-founded the Bellingham National Bank. Roeder purchased 10 lots in the then underdeveloped Broadway Park area of northern Bellingham. After selling three lots, he

used the remaining seven to build his home, which can be found on both the local and national historic registries. The home’s design was inspired by a fusion of Bracketed Gothic and American Stick Style. The most prominent Stick Style features of the Roeder House are its projecting eaves with elaborate brackets underneath. However, the home’s gabled roof is not as steep as other Stick Style ­residences. The home’s 14 rooms, ­interior floors, stairways, banisters and wainscoted walls are made from ­imported oak. The Roeder House has a central vaccum pump, an internal fire hose system and a fuel elevator between the basement and kitchen. In the dining room, a band of an exquisite artistic scene is wrapped around its walls. Several of the home’s lighting fixtures are Steuben pieces that were designed for gas and electrical use. A huge boiler from the Great Northern Railroad heated the home. The Roeder House was home to just two families before the house

and grounds became a county park in 1971, when the late Dr. Donald Keyes, the home’s previous owner, gave the house to the Whatcom County Parks Department. In 1997, a wheelchair lift was added to make the house ­accessible in accordance with the American Disability Act. Two recent contracts ­improved the property in 2012, says Erik Axelson, parks operations ­manager for Whatcom County Parks and Recreation. First, the exteriors of the home, the garage behind it, and the ­adjacent caretaker house were ­entirely repainted in August 2012, and the white oak floors on the main floor were cleaned and refinished. The Roeder House remains open to the public and is used for different educational programs. Other community groups use the Roeder House for concerts, receptions and presentations. The house and ground are available to rent for private functions such as weddings, business and club meetings. “People really appreciate the sense of h ­ istory while staying at the Roeder House,” Axelson says.  June | July 2013 61

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Edward Eldridge Homesite BY JULES GUAY-BINION


Eldridge soon quit the lumber industry, and began teaching at Sehome School while pursuing a career in mining. After his teaching and mining ventures, he became the first legislator ever elected from Whatcom County to the House of Territorial legislature. Shortly after his run as a delegate to the National Republican Convention, Eldridge died from Paresis in 1892 at the age of 63. The home has 10 rooms, with interior walls lined with fir. The military occupied the Eldridge home for offices and living space during World War II. The first non-Native American and non-Eldridge heirs to the house are Mike and Cis Kennard, owners of the Bellingham Beauty School. The Kennards have lived in the Eldridge Homesite since the ‘90s, and it’s the longest Mike Kennard has ever stayed in one house. “People say to me that I’ll never move,” he says. “But it’s been long enough.” The Kennards are selling the house, but it’s not currently listed because the Kennards want to be sure it’s sold to the perfect candidate. “It matters to me who buys the house, and what they will do with it,” he says. 

Year Built: 1926 Square Feet: 3,663 Total Rooms: 10

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The Edward Eldridge Homesite, sitting atop a 2.2-acre bluff overlooking the water, captures a scenic view of Bellingham Bay from its perched location. “The house is in an ideal spot because you get the morning sun and sunset,” says Mike Kennard, current owner. As vistors approach the house, they are greeted by the Chinook Indian words “Neskia Illihe,” meaning (welcome to) “Our Land,” embedded in the driveway’s pavement, in 3-inch brass letters.The long driveway leads to the front entrance and a threecar garage beside the main house. The Eldridge Homesite was built in 1926 and designed by architect F. Stanley Piper. Three homes on the property burned down before the 1926 structure was built. Piper had designed The Bellingham National Bank, also on the Historic Registry. This concrete/ stucco home’s design was inspired by French architecture, modeled after the form known as French Chateauesque. Edward Eldridge, Scottish owner of the original homesite, came to Bellingham from San Francisco in 1853. The Federal Land Policy allotted 160-acre claims to each settler, allowing Eldridge to open his own lumber mill and supply San Francisco with wood needed to rebuild the city after their great fire.

This artist’s rendering, which hangs in the home’s main hallway, captures in one drawing the splendor of the early structures and the modern structure on the Eldridge homesite.

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The Good Time Girls – The Sin & Gin Tour Bellingham wasn’t always the city of subdued excitement; houses of ill repute used to be completely legal in the city’s early days. The “Sin & Gin” historical walking-tours conducted by The Good Time Girls – who dress in appropriately themed Victorian-style clothing while touring – focus on the history of women and other marginalized groups in the city, uncovering Bellingham and Fairhaven’s forbidden pasts. The tours begin this Fourth of July weekend and cost $20. Alcohol is offered to tour-goers at the end, so the tours are restricted to those age 21 or older. However, family-friendly tours of Fairhaven are also an option.


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J. J. Donovan House

Year built: 1890 Total Square Footage: 7,000 Number of Rooms: 6


Located just blocks from Western Washington University and downtown Bellingham, the J.J. Donovan house is a historical gem that exists right under our noses. In an area typically associated with rental homes and student housing, this gigantic, majestic blue and white home is arguably the star of North Garden Street. Bellingham businessman Julius H. Bloedel began constructing this one and a half story home in 1890. Before the house was finished, Bloedel sold it to friend and business partner John Joseph Donovan. Bloedel and Donovan, along with Peter Larson, were co-founders of the Lake Whatcom Logging Company which would later become one of the Northwest’s largest lumber firms. The effects of the lumber business can be seen in the materials 64

that make up the house. The boards and framing are constructed out of extremely high-quality, expensive lumber from Donovan’s mill. Donovan is considered a significant historical figure in the early development of the Bellingham area. He first arrived in 1888 when he was chief engineer of the Fairhaven and Southern Railroad. He opened the Skagit River coal mines and was chief engineer for the Blue Canyon Coal Mining Company. Currently, it is used as the dental practice for Dr. Daniel J. Hovorka, who has made several changes to the living and dining rooms to make them more spacious, resembling a more business-like environment in addition to a family home. The main living room area now serves as a lobby

for Dr. Hovorka’s patients, who are treated in a nearby bedroom that has been turned into the dental room. Dr. Hovorka shares the building with several residents who rent out the upstairs bedrooms. Initially, Donovan used the house for his family. According to Dr. Hovorka, the original layout included a downstairs billiard room that Donovan used to entertain guests, as well as an adjacent coach house where he kept his car. Over the years it has had many uses and functions. The house was also a WWU dormitory for women. Several years ago, remodeling was conducted following an accident in which a car struck the house. The house now has a “Tudor Revival” style, with blue stuccoed walls to go along with white-painted timber. 

Treasures from The Trunk: The Story of J. J. Donovan J. J. Donovan, original owner of the Donovan House at 1201 N. Garden St., was a guiding citizen during Bellingham’s formative years. He is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at The Whatcom Museum. His life and career as a civil engineer, lumberman, railroad superintendent, progressive business man and community builder, will all be explored in an exhibition of historical photographs, artifacts and ephemera, in Old City Hall starting on July 27, 2013. These historic documents, many of which will be reproduced for display, were generously made available for research by the exhibit’s guest curator Brian Griffin. A Bellingham native, Griffin is well known for pursuing his interests with passion and excellence. He has been a businessman, beekeeper, civic booster and even a ukulele craftsman. The idea for the Donovan exhibit came after he discovered a marble statue of St. Joseph on Lake Washington. As it turns out, the statue was a gift from Donovan to memorialize his two grandsons. This discovery inspired Griffin to research Donavan and create an exhibit to share the story of a prominent, though perhaps under-appreciated, figure in Bellingham’s early history. While conducting research for the exhibit Griffin discovered the most intriguing exhibit: “The Donovan Papers,” a recently discovered treasure trove of letters, diaries and company correspondence that were saved for decades by Donovan’s descendants. The collection includes over 2,000 handwritten letters, the earliest of which dates all the way back to 1874. The Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360.778.8930, 360-671-3381

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Enjoying Washington’s Best Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Washington State Parks STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KURT F. ANDERS


s I reflect on all the wonderful times I have had ­traveling throughout this beautiful state of ours, I ­realize that some of my best experiences have taken place in the Washington State Parks System, as both a visitor and a summer employee. I don’t believe there is a more diverse state park system in the country. One day you could enjoy a walk along the beach on the Pacific Coast, and then the next day, find yourself spending the night on top of a mountain in an old fire lookout station with head-spinning panoramic views. There is no better time to enjoy all the opportunities ­afforded to us by the Washington State Parks System than this summer, as it marks the system’s 100th anniversary. With more than 115 parks, 24 interpretative centers and 21 heritage sites, there is an abundance of experiences to choose from during this very special centennial season. So Much to Enjoy Washington State Parks have so much to offer visitors, from diverse water systems to stunning mountain views to remarkable historical sites. Some of our best parks offer all three; most have at least one unique water feature. Be it a creek, stream, river, pond, lake, waterfall, wetland, ocean or inland sea, our state’s many waters provide o ­ pportunities for a variety of activities, like boating, ­canoeing, fi ­ shing, hiking, kayaking and swimming. Water features of note include the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, Puget Sound, Wallace Falls, Palouse Falls, Lake Washington and Lake Chelan, just to name a few. These water features stand proudly alongside other scenic wonders, such as the Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker and the Olympic Peninsula. From early geological and cultural periods to a ­number of military forts that operated during World War II, our state parks also cover a broad range of historical events – the ­contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the importance of railroads to our state’s development, for example. Making History The Washington State Parks System was first established in 1913, but it wasn’t until two years later that it acquired its first two properties. The John R. Jackson House, located south of Chehalis, became the system’s first heritage site. Built in 1848, the Jackson House is recognized as the oldest American pioneer home north of the Columbia River. Chuckanut State Opposite: Photo of Beacon Rock State Park

Park, located south of Bellingham and later renamed Larrabee State Park , became the first official park. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played a key role in the development of our state parks, as did the railroads. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration created the CCC to provide jobs for unemployed young men during the Great Depression. The program built many structures, roads and trails that state park visitors enjoy today. The CCC means a great deal to me, personally, as I had the opportunity to ­honor these gentlemen firsthand through various projects I completed during a summer position with the state parks. The railroads opened up Washington to the rest of the country. Our state parks pay homage to this fact. Four ­historic rail routes have been converted to long-distance trails maintained by the parks system. You can find several historic railroad buildings and a number of interpretative exhibits in South Cle Elum’s Iron Horse State Park. This area was once a busy rail yard for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad’s route over Snoqualmie Pass. Even today, you can experience some of our state parks by rail. Over the course of a century, Washington State Parks ­added more than 115 parks, including some that can only be reached by watercraft. Riverside State Park near Spokane and Deception Pass State Park situated south of Anacortes have become the system’s most visited parks. They welcome more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Mt. Spokane State Park , which was the first state park established east of the Cascade Mountains, is the system’s largest park, with close to 14,000 acres for enjoyment. The most recent addition to the park system, and hopefully not the last, is Cama Beach State Park . This park opened in 2008, and it is probably one of the most unique properties that Washington State Parks has acquired in several decades. Must-See State Parks When selecting a state park to visit, it all depends on what type of experience you want to have. You can rest assured that no matter which park you pick, you are guaranteed a healthy dose of nature, scenic beauty and history, in addition to whatever recreational activities you choose to partake in.

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My personal favorite is Cape Disappointment State Park, which is located in the southwest corner of Washington State on the Long Beach Peninsula. The Cape is one of those parks with so much to see and do that it is hard to take it all in with just one visit: stroll along the Pacific Ocean, watch the international ship traffic from a c­ ommanding bluff, or view the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, throw in a­ nother ­historic lighthouse; remnants of old Fort Canby, which was established in 1862; several miles of trails, three lakes and a number of scenic views of the Columbia River and Baker Bay. I consider stops at the interpretative center and the two lighthouses a must every time I visit, because they offer the best views.

Deception Pass State Park  Deception Pass State Park is so large, it is spread out over two major islands in Northern Puget Sound. The north ­section is located on Fidalgo Island, and the south section is on Whidbey Island. Canoe Pass Bridge connects both islands, as well as the larger, more famous Deception Pass Bridge, which has been a state icon ever since it was completed in 1935. My favorite spots in this state park are Rosario Bay, Bowman Bay and Pass Lake to the north, as well as Cornet Bay, Cranberry Lake and North Beach, where you will find fabulous views of both bridges. Bowman Bay is near and dear to me, because it is where the Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretative Center is located.

Lewis and Clark State Park  Lewis and Clark State Park, just south of the John R. Jackson House Heritage Site, will always be one of my favorite local state parks. It is the type of park that we all remember from our earliest childhood memories. It has all the basic things one could ever want: a stream running through the ­entire park, plenty of trails to hike on, a play field, campground and picnic area. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that is has one the few remaining old-growth forests located within its ­boundaries. Let’s just say that when I am looking for a much-needed dose of silence and solitude, a walk among those giants does the trick every time I visit Lewis and Clark State Park.

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Fort Casey State Park  Of the seven current state parks that incorporate an ­historic fort, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island is the most ­complete ­military site. Built more than a century ago, this fort not only has a number of gun batteries, but also has on display ­several types of guns that were actually used at the fort. The grounds are quite spacious and provide breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Northern Puget Sound, as well as a good variety of boat traffic from ­ferries to U.S. Navy Trident submarines. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse, located just north of the main gun batteries, is the best looking lighthouse in the park system, in my opinion. This lighthouse, which was constructed in 1903, ­replaced the original wooden lighthouse built in 1859 and now serves as the fort’s interpretative center. Ft. Casey has that perfect combination of natural wildlife, scenic wonder and history that can all be enjoyed within a short walking distance from each other.

Seaquest State Park  Seaquest State Park, east of Castle Rock, is another fine ­example of a local state park, but with one big distinction from the others of its type – it contains within its b ­ oundaries, the Mt. St. Helens Visitors Center. When it opened in 1987, it b ­ ecame the first permanent official visitor’s center on Highway 504 that described the conditions at Mt. St. Helens prior, during and after the major eruption of May 18, 1980. My home received ash from an eruption of Mt. St. Helens, so I find the visitors center helps me prepare for any future eruptions that may come my way. After each visit to the center, I always head for the one-mile circular trail that juts out to the east into Silver Lake. Here you will be treated to some of the most spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens ­imaginable, which continue to get better with each step down the trail. It makes for a perfect conclusion to your trip to the Mt. St. Helens Visitors Center.

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Washington State Parks have so much to offer visitors, from diverse water systems to stunning mountain views to remarkable historical sites.

Enhancing your Experience Over the years, I have found there is no better way to make your visit more rewarding than by taking a few minutes to speak with one of the resident rangers. No one knows more about the parks than the rangers who work there. The knowledge you gain from them will only enhance your experience. You should also try extending your stay overnight. Camping has always been one of the best ways to enjoy state parks, and with more than 6,000 campsites to choose from throughout the system, there is no doubt that you will find one suited to your needs. The majority of campsites come with a fire pit, picnic table, area to pitch a tent and a parking spot for at least one vehicle. Those who own a r­ ecreational vehicle should look for campsites with full utility hookups. If you don’t own a tent or a camper, you can rent a teepee for the night. Basically, all you need is a sleeping bag and you are ready to go. The state parks system also rents cabins, platform tents and yurts. The ultimate outdoor lodging experience can be found at the old fire lookout station on the top of Quartz Mountain in Mt. Spokane State Park . The lookout is situated at an ­elevation of more than 5,000 feet. It provides campers with breathtaking views of the surrounding Spokane Valley, the Northern Idaho Panhandle and the Selkirk Mountains. This is not a campsite that you can just drive right up to, so get ready for several miles of uphill scrambling with your backpack full of just the essentials for a great night’s stay. 78

Join in the Fun Washington State Parks has planned several signature events to celebrate its centennial, such as Painting in the Parks, 100 Geocaches in 100 Parks to Celebrate 100 Years! and two all-day festivals in addition to a number of annual events. Look for Painting in the Parks to come to a state park ­location near you between from now through September 21. This event encourages visitors to explore their local state parks and then put their inspiration on canvas, so they can remember the experience for years to come. One Hundred Geocaches in 100 Parks to Celebrate 100 Years will begin with four kick-off events during the weekend of June 8–9. It will challenge those with GPS devices and smart phones to find various centennial items that have been hidden throughout the park system. Whether is a centennial signature event, or a regularly scheduled annual event, you can be sure your visit to a state park will be one to remember. Let’s Hit the Road Look to the Washington State Park’s website for all the ­detailed information you need on individual parks, interpretative centers and heritage sites, as well as activities, events, fees and various lodging opportunities that will make your visit to any Washington State park the best it can be. If you haven’t already, be sure to purchase a Discover Pass, which allows unlimited entry to parks statewide for up to one year from the purchase date. There are also special free days in recognition of the centennial year. A Discover Pass is not required for vehicle access to Washington state parks on free days. This summer, make time to get out and enjoy the 100th ­anniversary of Washington State Parks in every way that you possibly can. I have already visited more than 20 parks this year, and I plan to enjoy even more in the coming months. I wish you all the very best as you create your own ­special state parks memories this summer – don’t forget your ­camera! 

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ou’ve probably already crossed the line. Chances are it all started innocently enough; cuddling on the couch, for example, while watching a movie, or a shy, but sweet, kiss on the cheek. But before you know it, you’re pinned to your spot on the couch with a numb, tingling left leg because you can’t bear to disturb her; she’s fast asleep with her head on your lap. You scratch her back till she wriggles with pleasure. You call her your sugar-girl. You let her kiss you on the lips, and now you’re sharing spoonfuls of ice cream. After a series of boundary-blurring compromises, you’ve reached the point of no return. You’re smitten. You’re probably even sleeping together. As most dog owners can attest, you don’t set out intending to spoil your puppy. Over time, it just sort of happens. Chalk it up to the mysteries of the human heart. Though at times they can be troublesome, messy or smelly, dogs have a way of winning us over. They sniff and lick and fetch and wag their tails into the soft places of our hearts. They make weak even the strongest willed among us. After all, who could say no to a pair of soulful, brown eyes imploring you for another treat? Ever since they first joined our hunter-gatherer ancestors around ancient campfires some 15,000 years ago, dogs have remained our close companions. They were the first animals to be domesticated by humans. The mutual benefits of this initial partnership contributed to the success of both species. It was safer for dogs to travel with humans, who could see predators and prey at a greater distance by standing upright on two legs. Humans had tools and fire with which to capture large prey and cook it, which made their scraps a more reliable food source for dogs. For our ancestors, partnering with dogs increased their chances of survival. Dogs contributed their keen sense of smell during the hunt. They also offered warmth and security. Over thousands of years, humans refined the ­domestication of dogs and the social bond between owners and their dogs has only


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grown. Dogs have worked alongside humans in a number of important occupations: herding, sledding, hunting, retrieving, rescuing, guarding, detecting drugs and explosives, serving in the military and offering aid in the form of physical guidance or assistance. Not just for practical purposes, keeping dogs as pets also has a long history, particularly among royalty and elite members of society. In the U.S., pet populations of dogs exploded with the baby boom and suburbanization after World War II. The greatest interspecies bonding occurs between humans and their pet dogs. Today, with hundreds of modern breeds to choose from, it seems there is a pet dog suitable for everyone and every stage of life. For many people, it starts in university. What d ­ ilapidated Victorian sagging under the weight of too-many roommates would be complete without a house dog to serve as mascot and resident sweetheart during moments of heartache or homesickness and the stress of studying for finals? Apartment dwellers typically look for miniature, hypoallergenic breeds that meet weight restrictions, require less space for exercise and don’t shed much, which is ideal when living in close quarters. Couples often pick out a new puppy when they’re in the “we’re-almost-ready-for-a-baby-but-not-quite” phase. Then there is Junior’s first dog, usually a Christmas present or a decision made in a moment of parental weakness and justified as an opportunity to teach children about responsibility, caring for a living creature and the cycle of life and death. In attempts to fill the void when their children first leave home, empty nesters look to their dog as a suitable substitute to receive their care and attention, and older folks benefit from the companionship a dog offers. Pets keep seniors active and lessen feelings of loneliness. Numerous studies have established the health benefits of owning a dog. Dogs have been shown to decrease stress and lower blood pressure. Our bodies show signs of physical relaxation when interacting with a dog. Walking, playing and caring for a dog contribute to a more active lifestyle, weight maintenance and improved cardiovascular fitness. Not just limited to physical benefits, owning a dog can improve mood, combat depression, increase self-esteem and decrease feelings of loneliness. In fact, psychologists at Miami University and St. Louis University found the emotional benefits dog owners receive from their canine companions could rival the benefits of a human friendship. They factored variables such as depression, loneliness, illness, self-esteem and activity levels, and found that participants with pets scored better overall, enjoying significant outcomes related to emotional wellbeing such as higher self-esteem and less loneliness. Discussing the social bonds between humans and dogs in a recent interview, Aubrey Fine, a professor at California State

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1 Custom Pet Portrait Whether you’re memorializing your pet, or just looking for the perfect way to capture the splendor of the best looking dog on the block, a ­custom pet portrait is a unique ­addition to any home. The artists at offer several different styles of portraits, from abstract to black-and-white realism. Artists usually work from a photo of your pet., $30.00 and up

2 Fur Butter (or Fur Worse) Deep Conditioning Treatment Try Fur Butter, a natural formula that treats dry or damaged coats to restore shine and softness. The soothing oatmeal in this product is ideal for itchy dogs. It will leave your pet smelling of rosemary and peppermint., $18.99



3 Comfy Dog Oatmeal Shampoo If your pup has been itching incessantly thanks to the warm spring weather, or simply needs relief from dry skin, check out Comfy Dog Shampoo. This shampoo provides long-lasting relief for dogs with itch, dry or allergy-plagued skin. The natural formula contains peppermint extract, burdock and Indian frankincense to combat redness and inflammation. $13.99

4 Breed Identification DNA Test Getting to the bottom of your dog’s ancestry is no longer a mystery thanks to Wisdom Panel’s Breed Identification system. By submitting a DNA sample to the Wisdom Panel


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5 BarkBox Whether your dog is big or small, they are sure to delight in a BarkBox, a monthly subscription service that ships you a new box of goodies for your furry friend every month. Boxes include at least four items, including healthy treats, toys and hygiene items. Ten percent of the proceeds go to local shelters and rescues., Plans starting at $19/month

6 The Sharper Image Pet-O-Meter Pet Pedometer If you’re concerned your pooch has been putting on the pounds, track their

fitness with The Sharper Image Pet Pedometer. This lightweight item attaches to your dog’s collar and measures steps, distance and calories burned., $14.99

7 Bambú Hammock II This designer pet bed is inspired by Scandinavian furniture designers to complement contemporary home décor. Recognized furniture and product designer Cory Drew envisioned the sustainable bamboo frame and a ­fully removable and washable cushion., $249.99

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Homeward bound Open your heart and your home to a dog in need by adopting from a local shelter or organization. The Humane Society reports that each year due to space and staffing constraints, b ­ etween 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are ­euthanized in U.S. shelters because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt. Adopting a dog saves you money, and it saves a life. It’s a misconception that you can’t find happy, healthy pets at your local shelter. Many animals are given away because of “people reasons,” like a ­divorce, move or death, not because there is something “wrong” with them. Most shelters conduct a physical examination, vaccinate, spay/neuter and screen animals for temperament and behaviors before they can be ­adopted. By adopting, you can also be sure that you aren’t unwittingly supporting ­cruel and inhumane puppy mills and “­factory style” breeding operations. Before adopting a dog, c­ onsider what type of dog would be a good fit for your family, home and lifestyle. Potential owners should consider how much energy, money, time, patience and space they have for the specific breed of dog they are looking at. Once you decide to adopt, you can contact these local shelters directly for information on dogs available for adoption, or you can use an online service like

Whatcom Humane Society The Whatcom Humane Society prides ­itself on being the oldest n ­ on-­profit ­animal welfare organization in Whatcom County. Since 1973, it has provided 24-hour animal control and rescue and offered care and ­programming for unwanted, homeless or abused animals. Their mission ­extends to communities throughout the county, including the cities of Blaine, Ferndale, Sumas and Everson. WHS is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Because WHS cares deeply about the well­being of animals who are adopted, potential adoptive families must complete an ­application process. Adoption fees are $115 for puppies and dogs. 3710 Williamson Way, Bellingham 360.733.2080,

Alternative Humane Society The Alternative Humane Society is ­operated entirely by volunteers. It ­facilitates dog foster and adoption programs. AHS also issues assistance vouchers to qualifying individuals that help cover the costs of spaying or neutering animals. The over-arching goal of AHS is to promote responsible pet ownership and provide ­education to improve ­abilities of pet owners to care for their animals. To achieve this, they recruit many volunteers and case managers.

AHS hosts monthly showings at Petco and Adopt-a-thons; ­however, ­same-day adoptions are not ­available. Instead, they offer a Statement of Interest form for prospective ­owners, who work with case managers to d ­ etermine if a dog they are interested in is a good fit for their family, home and ­lifestyle. Adoption fees range from $145 to $170. PO Box 2321, Bellingham 360.671.7445, ­

The N.O.A.H. Center Located in Stanwood, the N.O.A.H. (Northwest Organization for Animal Help) Center is a non-profit, ­no-kill shelter. Cats and dogs come to N.O.A.H. from overcrowded shelters statewide. Since opening in May 2003, N.O.A.H.’s adoption program has ­given more than 19,000 dogs and cats a new o ­ pportunity for a ­loving home. Upon arriving at N.O.A.H. dogs ­immediately start manners training. The training program offers dogs friendly, meaningful human inter­ actions and preparation for their new homes. Adopting an adult dog from N.O.A.H. costs $125, while ­adopting a puppy (under six months) costs $325. 31300 Brandstrom Rd., Stanwood, 360.629.7055,

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Top Left Taylor enjoys leisurely Saturday mornings with his owners Deborah Loober and Jane Burns of Bellingham. A cup of a java is a weekend treat for this coffee snob, who only drinks it in his demitasse cup. Top Right When Ikorus isn’t gaming, he can be found at the beach with his brother, Klaus, and owners Ben and Sandy Lightner of Lacey.

They play video games! They enjoy their morning coffee!

Taylor (6), Chiweenie

Ikorus (3), Brussels Griffon Jiff (1) & Monroe (5), Golden Retrievers

They love the playground!

Althea (1), Lab/Mastiff Mix

Bottom Left Jiff and Monroe received training as assistance dogs from Terri Smith of Camano Island. As the dogs posed for a photo at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, several ladies suggested the dogs borrow their hats and feather boas for the picture. Jiff and Monroe were happy to oblige.

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Bottom Right Heidi Shires, account executive at K & L Media, says Althea is just another one of the kids. Althea lives with Heidi and her husband, Chris, in Blaine, where they frequent the local playground with their young family.

Oliver (2), Australian Kelpie Mix

They are serious Bottom Left Lola loves to snooze curled about up on heated ricesafety! bags. It’s the ultimate in comfort, especially when her owners are traveling. This photo was taken while Lola was on vacation on Camano Island with her friend, Christi, while her owners Raul and Tery Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners were out of town for spring training.

Top Left The call of the wild resonated strongly in Oliver on his first Yakima river float trip. Owner Lindsay Worley of Bellingham said he stood proudly in his life jacket at the front of the raft, barking at other rafts to alert them when his crew was comin’ in hot! Center Left Moby enjoys the challenge of Scrabble and other board games with owner Sara Dessert.

Bottom Right Cooper’s culinary skills are rivaled only by his insecthunting skills. Owners Brian Baisch and Mike Pilmer of Edmonds adopted Cooper from PAWS.

Brody (10), Miniature Poodle

They dress for success!

Lola (6), Pug

Moby, Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix



They take too long when it’s their turn!

They fall alseep while watching TV!

Center Right Brody’s owner, Judi Lachner of Blaine, added humor to a client presentation by sharing this photo of her “office staff.” She says Brody is a hard worker and quick learner, proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Ike (2), Great Dane

They know how to impress the ladies!

Bottom Right Ike’s humans Dan and Faith Bult of Bellingham tell us that Ike owns them, not the other way around. Here, he’s shown before a night out on the town with some lady friends.

Bottom Left Lola loves to snooze curled up on heated rice bags. It’s the ultimate in comfort, especially when her owners are traveling. This photo was taken while Lola was on vacation on Camano Island with her friend, Christi, while her owners Raul and Tery Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners were out of town for spring training.

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Making out with Maggie A tribute to family dogs BY KEN KARLBERG



don’t feel like laughing today. Not today. Not for a while. My dog, Maggie, died recently. Please, someone help me – how do I say “thank you” to a dog? The family dog is as American as apple pie, the loyal backbone of many families in good times and bad, and the first love of countless children beyond their love for their parents and siblings. We train them and yet, they teach us. Maggie was all this and more. I don’t know how old Maggie was because I didn’t know her birthday – she was a rescue dog. Her age doesn’t matter. What matters is that Maggie caused me to confront and work to heal scars from my childhood that I avoided for most of my adult life. I agree – a basset hound is hardly anyone’s idea of a therapist. But this was our special unspoken bond; this was why our love affair started. We were two broken souls who found each other at opposite ends of a leash. When I looked at her, I saw myself. And so the healing began for both of us, started by the simple, but random, act of adoption, perhaps the ultimate leap of faith in love. I adored her; she adored me. Together, we brought an inner calmness to each other that defied words but was obvious to all. This is my tribute to Maggie and dogs everywhere, and to the families who love them. If I should fail to express the inexpressible – and I will – forgive me. I only know to honor her by trying. There’s a Maggie in all of us I only had Maggie in my life for a short while. When my wife and I adopted her from a rescue shelter, she was fully grown, maybe six or seven, and already turning white in her face. Certainly she was “out of warranty.” And her name wasn’t Maggie. It was Heidi, or so the shelter said. Maybe it was, or maybe it wasn’t. No one was certain because she was abandoned not once, but twice. No matter – when she didn’t respond to Heidi, we knew all that we needed to know: She ­deserved better. At 65 pounds, Maggie was not a petite woman. Her “plus” size was actually part of her charm – Dumbo-sized ears, massive paws, big barrel chest, and a thick ultra-soft fur coat that would fit a dog twice her size. Her huggability quotient was higher than Baloo, the bear, from Jungle Book. Even her demeanor was squeezable. She just had a wonderful, gentle, loving way about her. If she was human, we would say she had an “old soul.” But Maggie had a dark side, too. She had been abused, which left her primal instincts raw and close to the surface. Her physical injuries may have healed, but if we raised a hand to stroke her head, we learned quickly that Maggie’s invisible emotional wounds had not. Her wince and cower told us that Maggie was a survivor. Maggie was broken. Fear had displaced her natural trust. Fortunately, her life was about to change for the better – and unexpectedly, so was mine.

Maggie, couch-testing for La-Z-Boy.

All of us are worthy I didn’t need to know how badly Maggie was mistreated, or why. I prefer to believe that she suffered at the hands of a good person going through a difficult time. Those thoughts certainly comforted me as a child. Scars are relative, however, and pain is personal. Does the “how” or the “why” really matter if the end result is the same? Broken is broken. Dogs can’t be any different than humans. Don’t all hearts work the same way? Even in the beginning, Maggie was more joy than work. Whoever abused her just didn’t have the patience to give her a chance. Maggie’s quirks were few. Yes, she had a drinking problem. The woman could drain a large bowl of water or a toilet in a heartbeat. The flowerbeds and I would literally shake our heads in amazement at the flood damage during nature’s call. She was just being herself. If ever a dog was comfortable in her own fur, it was Maggie. She would flash us an innocent, but understated Eeyore-like “water’s good for you, Dad” look, even as half of Whatcom County washed away. Plus, Maggie was a walker – not as in taking walks, but as in walking during her daily constitutional. I was not humored at first; neither were our neighbors. Her “presents” dropped on end, fairly equally spaced, like pilings on the waterfront or the beginning phase of construction at Stonehenge. Her record was three driveways in a single “sitting,” only one of which was ours. Maggie’s “hand warmers” were infamous and unfortunately, more than rare occurrences. Thank goodness Maggie’s irresistible charm eventually prevailed, or so I tried to convince my wonderfully understanding neighbors. Her Maggie-isms became endearing, humorous qualities, not cause for abuse. The flowerbeds grimaced but survived. The occasional “accident” in the house didn’t threaten world peace. Even her architectural creations became near legendary neighborhood folklore, as her Rorschach wonders spurred many “what do you see” discussions over morning coffee. She was who she was, incapable of being anything different. Yet sadly, I suspect that she was beaten for it. The healing powers of making out with Maggie To those who owned Maggie before, let me share what you abused and abandoned. Maggie eventually took over our house and our hearts. All she needed was for someone to come to her world and love her. Her primal protective instincts gave way to renewed trust over time. As she let down her emotional guard, Maggie became a poster child for rescue shelters everywhere. Her loving, playful personality blossomed.

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Starbuck’s to the Rescue The first order of business after we adopted her was to give Maggie a new name. Her given name at the rescue shelter, Heidi, was no name for a hound – German shepherds, maybe, but not basset hounds, which are cartoons on a leash. As it happened, we were playing this “name” game while my wife and I were in the midst of deciding where to buy an automated latte machine for our home. The decision was long overdue. Our $4,000 a year habit almost single-handedly paid for Starbuck’s expansion into Japan. So, out of a caffeine-induced sense of loyalty, we planned to buy from one of our two favorite Starbuck’s stores, where we stopped so frequently that we were treated like Norm from Cheers. But which one? How could we favor one over the other? Leave it to Maggie to inspire the tie-breaker. We drafted up rules for a “Name That Basset” contest, which were posted with Maggie’s photo in the break room at each store over the Christmas holiday. The challenge – make a list of names with either a Starbuck’s or a holiday theme, and we would let our kids choose from the lists. The winner of the contest is where we would purchase our machine. True to their community spirit, the two Starbuck’s stores embraced the contest with an “all in” attitude. Pitting store against store, competition was fierce with daily updates from dueling baristas. In the end, our kids chose “Maggie,” which is short for “Magnifica,” the name of the latte machine that we purchased. The serendipitous experience was particularly befitting given who Maggie ultimately became in our lives. Starbuck’s may be a corporate giant, but its heartbeat proved to be a collection of young aspiring individuals who made a difference at the granular, neighborhood life level. Parents, rejoice. Our kids do “get it.” Howard Schultz, you should be proud. To show our gratitude, we invited the morning shifts of the “winning” store for a “Meet Maggie” dinner at our home in Issaquah, where Maggie greeted her dinner guests at the top of the stairs dressed in a Starbuck’s green ribbon and bow. Most drove 20 miles or more to share in the celebration and break bread with us, including after-dinner lattes made using Maggie’s namesake. Memories of the special evening still bring smiles to our faces. Of course, some things never change. Maggie seldom answered to her name unless snacks were involved, and my wife and I still frequent Starbuck’s. When we do, I always take a quiet moment to be thankful for the wonderful baristas at the 6th and Stewart Starbuck’s, who went above and beyond their hourly wage to give us the gift of “Maggie.”

Maggie and Sophie, basset hounds hard at work as “family glue” for the next generation. …

Our bond was instantaneous. I instinctively gave her more of what I always wanted as a young boy, what all of us want in life. The rewards were immediate. Within weeks of her adoption, if I moved within a room, she would reposition ­herself and lie down so that her nose always pointed toward me, a phenomenon known within the family as the “Basset Compass.” I had quickly become Maggie’s true north. But something else wonderful and totally unexpected happened in the giving process. With each loving stroke of her head, with each act of kindness, we both changed, not just her. The power of her adoration for me startled me at first. I don’t know why. It was as if Maggie knew that I was no more healed than she was. All I know is that for the first time in decades, Maggie’s love gave me renewed hope in myself, for myself. Maggie fixed me emotionally like only my wife and daughters can fix me. Our love affair bordered on being embarrassing. In time, there was no doubt that she owned me and not the other way around. Her signature “moves” of adoration were the “couch spoon” followed closely by the “make out” session. The woman would literally jump on my lap and then lean her over-sized body back parallel to mine tummy-side up. There we would spoon in front of my wife: Maggie with her eyes closed and head nestled next to mine, and me, softly swirling the fur on her belly like I did as a young father to the hair on my newborn daughters’ heads. I don’t know where her heart and mind wandered during our “couch spoons.” The blissful look on her face and the smile of her jowls told me that she was in a happy, safe place full of her favorite snacks, slow cats and endless naps. I came to understand just how much I mattered to Maggie in those precious moments. Her body language oozed gratefulness. She was at peace. Without words to “thank” me, she then showed her love as only she could, as only one who had suffered could – with a display of affection like no other I have experienced. Invariably, she would flip over, crawl up on my chest, place her paws on each shoulder, and with eyes closed, she nearly suffocated me while endlessly licking my face. I could hardly breathe. I would try to gently stop her after a few minutes, partly to survive and partly out of respect for my wife, who often gave me the “you’ve got to be kidding” headshake. But Maggie was relentless; she was determined. She needed to show me what was in her heart and nothing would stop her from sloughing my entire face, top to bottom, until she loved me on Maggie terms.

Maggie staking claim to the fire pit – the world’s first “Pit Basset.”

Rescue dog meets rescue bird.

Somewhere during this truly humbling experience, I learned to embrace the significance of making out with Maggie for both of us. While she was saying “I love you, Dad,” she was helping wash away my most painful childhood scars – lick by lick. I didn’t understand at first. Now I do. The truth is Maggie rescued me. Life is hard, saying goodbye is harder I never before wanted a dog to live forever as badly as I did for my Maggie. For months before her passing, I would lie in bed at night in the dark with tears streaming down my face. I was not ready to lose her. I knew our time together was short, however. The signs were unmistakable. In the past, when Maggie would try to jump up on the sofa and miss, she would look over at me as if to say, “A little help here, Dad.” But the misses became more frequent as her back haunches failed her, until eventually she missed and I saw a different look on her face. When our eyes met, we both knew – she never again jumped up on her own. Our walks became shorter and shorter. She began to labor visibly, stopping or sitting every hundred yards or so as she caught her breath or rested. I would stop and wait with her. I was in no hurry. Her world was changing on her. Now was the time for patience; now was the time to comfort; now was the time to repay her for all she gave me. Once home, we would occasionally sit quietly together on the curb of the driveway. I cherish those moments. We were on Maggie-time. She knew the world wouldn’t mind if we took our time going inside. Eventually Maggie lost her eyesight and her kidneys failed. There were no more walks; no more sitting on the curb together; no more listening to the wind in the trees or healing each other in silence. I kept her close by my side during those days to reassure her. Maggie kept me even closer. With each wall she ran into, with each door she couldn’t find, her confusion was matched only by my sadness. She couldn’t see because of her eyes; I couldn’t see because of my tears. In desperation, I tried to extend what remained of her vision by keeping every light on in the house. But in the end, darkness won. My Maggie was gone. Her final act of love came just days before her passing. Weak and withering, she crouched down with what remained of the spring in her front legs and in a burst of defiant energy, she began inexplicably to play as best she could. I will always remember this special moment because it was clear she played for me, not for herself. She knew she was dying. She

Maggie, cruising at 30 MPH on the North Cascade Highway.

also sensed my sadness. So, she summoned her last strength to ease my pain by playing, if ever so briefly, to reassure me, “I can’t see you, Dad, but you are in my heart. When you think of me, remember me this way.” And then she buried her head into my chest and pushed against me to get as close as she could for the last time. Even in saying “good-bye,” she gave. Learning from the circle within the circle As I laid her to rest next to our family’s beloved Husky, Nigu, I thought of my dad. I thought of my mom. I thought of my wife, my daughters, and the shortness of a pet’s circle of life. I thought of all of us who struggle under the invisible weight of painful experiences from our childhoods or our adult lives. While we may pretend otherwise, we are all broken and we are all in need of having our tummies rubbed and our heads stroked just like Maggie. Try as we do to forget, the most primal of our scars never seem to fade from memory and never completely heal. The most fortunate of us are able to manage the pain. The less fortunate never do. Some may say the power of my love changed her. It didn’t. Maggie was always a lover on the inside. Most of us are. She merely proved what we all know: It is never too late to be loved or to heal. It is never too late to matter. In return, she reminded me that love is magical, and amazing things can happen if we celebrate each other’s positives and help each other to overcome our scars and “blind” spots in life. This is Maggie’s legacy. This was Maggie’s gift to me. Each of us needs to feel loved; each of us needs help to see ourselves; each of us needs encouragement to aspire to become a better person. I just happened to get my inspiration from man’s best friend. Dad, I understand better now – and I have a dog to thank. For your birthday this year, can we just spend the afternoon being broken, together? Maggie would have wanted us to. There’s an opening for you at her curb. Rest in peace, Maggie, old girl. Take your seat with generations of family dogs at the foot of the master of all of us – the need to be loved unconditionally. Your work here is done. The rest is up to me.

My special thanks to Dr. Kimberly Barron at Northshore Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Terri McCalla at Animal Eye Care and their wonderful staffs for their loving care of Maggie in her final years. 

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ou may be familiar with the saying that a painter’s house is never painted, a mechanic’s car always needs work and a cook’s cupboards are sometimes empty. Until recently, I could have added “a designer’s house is never finished.” After considerable time and effort, I am pleased to showcase a very personal project. Imagine, if you will, that I have opened my front doors and welcomed you to my home! Now, let’s begin our tour. Designing my dream home from the ground up was an exhilarating experience. I help others do this every day, and to finally experience the same joy as a homeowner was lifechanging. Now, more than ever, I “get it” when working with my clients from start to finish. Both challenging and rewarding, it was a fun ride! I wanted a comfortable and elegant space with a floor plan loaded with unique design elements and practical features. Overall, our four-bedroom home has 3,564 square feet of space to live, dine, bathe and sleep. My secret hideaway is a private office with a separate entry – I told you this was my dream home! Immediately after entering, the first thing you’ll notice is the perfectly executed transitional style, thanks in part to the home’s superb craftsmanship. I wanted our home to be characterized by simplicity and natural shapes. My design emphasized ample windows, an open floor plan and bringing the outdoors in. The lighting design turned out fabulously; it created stunning reflections off multiple mirrors and really worked well with shiny accessories and natural lighting. Lending a more regal feel, beautifully stained maple flooring spans the entire main floor. The chef’s kitchen is spacious and opens to the great room. It incorporates stainless steel ­appliances and a gorgeous under-mount farm sink that I found on O ­ verst­ock.­com. Custom concrete countertops pair nicely with an Italian stone backsplash that reminds me of a pizzeria – my favorite! And, yes, our stainless steel island does scratch, and we love it. This counter seats eight on a daily basis and can handle any temperature, paint project and, believe it or not, two sets of tap shoes. Espresso stained, Shaker-style custom cabinets provide a gorgeous backdrop and an abundance of storage space for the most popular gathering area in the home. I love combining textures and features from a variety of eras for a “collector of oddities” look. I wanted an understated, built-in china cabinet, deep pantry and wine bar with easy access and no fuss to be perfectly positioned right off of the kitchen. I was so pleased with the result!

Moving on from the kitchen, the great room show­cases two large, 12-foot sliding doors that create a p ­ anoramic ­photo of the valley. View the serene and tranquil ­atmosphere provided by the three-sided gas fireplace. I designed this ­practical, yet surprising and eye-catching, feature to be ­visible from all rooms on the main floor, including the ­master ­bedroom. The main bath offers guests heated porcelain tile flooring designed in a brick pattern. This bathroom is c­ onnected to the first floor bedroom, en suite. This bed and bath ­combination is divided with a pocket door for privacy and also provides an opportunity to feel pampered and to ­enjoy their stay with us in luxury. I selected a claw foot tub and

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c­ ustom glass shower, both perfect for when my friends ­visit. The ­ultimate retreat, this bathroom features low-­lighting from a ­glamorous crystal chandelier, large porcelain sinks and chrome ­fixtures. The third sliding door that completes the exterior wall of glass is located in the master suite and opens up to the 10-foot-by-52-foot covered viewing deck. The lounging tub in the master suite bath is “serenity now.” This free-standing porcelain piece, which I sourced from C ­ ostco­.­com, ­allows for great movement while commanding its space in the room. A suspended, glass-top, double vanity adds to the spa ­features, and satisfies my contemporary bent. As does the oversized walk-in “bath-house,” as I call it, with its multiple shower heads. Not to be forgotten, I love the “his and hers” closet with a custom built-in cabinet package for organization and storage. That sealed the deal for this dream home. I worked with a local company to create my beloved ­powder-coated steel railing with stainless steel cables. I ­wanted to maintain the visual integrity of the room and pull in an industrial-feel. The stairs lead to the basement where I chose to design the flooring with charcoal-­colored concrete in a tile cut pattern. It is probably one of the coolest things I have done to date! The downstairs entertainment room is framed by an ­exposed post and beam, another tribute to bringing the outdoors in. Flanking each side are two large bedrooms with 94

walk-in closets and a large bathroom with a double ­vanity and glass shower. I’m currently in the process of adding ­rustic sliding barn doors to the entry; that should drown out the noise from our kids! The sweeping view from our home provides a captivating outdoor experience all on its own; however, a large covered patio with an outdoor dining table and a beautiful chandelier overhead is something I had always wanted. These were a “must” for our dream home. Beyond the built-in fire pit is a custom heated swimming pool with an underwater lounging deck. This unbelievable outdoor living space is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and completed with an outdoor sound system, so hurry up summer weather and get here already! I had to add one last quirky design, a custom colored concrete bar with a one-of-a-kind customized sliding window providing easy access to the kitchen for snacks and drinks! From our home to yours, thank you for visiting! 

Design Goals

XX An open floor plan, which would offer an elegant and comfortable space to welcome guests for both semi-formal events and cozy informal conversations XX Ample windows to take advantage of the sweeping views, bring the outdoors in, create movement and invite natural light XX A transitional style, inclusive of traditional elements, contemporary conveniences, practical features and oneof-a-kind items that reflect my family's personality Personal Elements

XX Green and sustainable elements: saving our environment and investments XX Multi-purpose functions: maximizing the living space and creating a “destination” spot XX Budget-friendly: doing adequate research on a multitude of products and materials for pricing comparison and incorporating DIY projects Finished Favorites

XX Stainless steel island: durable, hygienic, reusable and recyclable XX Concrete countertops: a sustainable material accessible within three miles of the project XX Efficient windows & low flow faucets: resource-efficient features XX Eco-friendly hardwood flooring: durable while contributing to the health of our environment

Lehmann’s – It’s where the locals go! SALES • PARTS • SERVICE

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Keenan’s at the Pier is the new restaurant in Fairhaven’s Chrysalis Inn & Spa. It’s not so much on the pier as it is well above Taylor Dock, perched just above the train tracks, which makes the view all the more exciting. Situated just to the left of the entrance, the former reading area has been modeled into a new bar – a stylish and extremely popular bar. If you’re after a quiet dinner or want to enjoy conversation, be sure to ask the host for a table away from the bar at the far end of the restaurant. With spectacular views of Bellingham Bay, there really isn’t a bad seat in the entire restaurant. The servers here are easily the most hospitable in the area, which is a refreshing change. The ubiquitous Happy Hour runs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, and in addition to snappy cocktails, the large nosh menu offers some tasty gems. Vegetarians and omnivores alike will certainly enjoy the Truffle Fries, but Chickpea Cakes served with tzatziki sauce and arugula is the real taste sensation. Don’t eschew the Spicy Lamb or Beef Sliders; both are flavorful, moist and just enough substance to accompany your happy hour libation. For those of us who would rather skip morning, breakfast can seem more like harassment than pleasure. At Keenan’s the confrontation with sunrise is well worth the ­effort when armed with a fresh breakfast pastry or mimosa. Obviously, the culinary crew at Keenan’s buys into the notion that, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Served from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the morning, the ­diverse breakfast menu offers many exceptional options for early ­risers. Particular favorites are the Eggs Benedict and the Eggs Florentine. At $11 each, why not have both and ­really … continued on page 101

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K & L Media’s latest cooking class ­featured Executive Chef Peter Roberge of Poppe’s 360 Neighborhood Pub at Lakeway Inn in Bellingham. Roberge joined a small audience of our readers in the spacious test kitchen at the Judd & Black Appliance location in Mount Vernon on May 16 to demonstrate the techniques used in a three-course menu that included wild Pacific salmon. Guests enjoyed each of the courses, 98

which were paired with selections from Mount Vernon’s Tulip Valley Vineyard and Orchard. Roberge was as entertaining as his food was delicious. He kept guests, who filled the bar for an up-close view of his cooking, laughing throughout the meal preparation. Guests ate at tables surrounding the bar, and were able to dine comfortably without missing any of the action thanks to a large-screen tele-

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Meet Chef Peter Roberge vision that p ­ rojected Roberge’s workspace. Roberge ­answered ­questions from the audience about the ­recipes, ­offered suggestions for ­substitutions and took general cooking questions. He even offered a ­hands-on opportunity for guests to put the ­finishing touches on the crème brulee. Don’t miss the next exclusive ­opportunity to get to know the chef ­behind a ­local favorite.

Served with Burro Loco Pinata – a semi-dry cider with a crazy bite made from Skagit Valley apples

Wild Pacific Salmon with Yukon cauliflower gratin, grilled lemon asparagus and a burnt orange beurre blanc (white butter sauce)


Butterhead Bibb Salad with bacon, julienne apples, spiced candied nuts and apple cider vinaigrette



MENU Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with blueberries, blackberries and mint Served with Red Barn Chardonnay – a crisp chardonnay from the Columbia Gorge

Served with Red Barn Pinot Noir – a light, subtle pinot noir from the Columbia Gorge

Apple Cider Vinaigrette ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard 1 tablespoon chopped herbs ½ tablespoon honey Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste ■■ In a large mixing bowl combine

vinegar, mustard, chopped herbs and honey. ■■ Slowly whisk in oil to ­maintain

emulsion. Season with salt and ­pepper to your personal preference.

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Burnt Orange Beurre Blanc 1 cup orange juice ½ cup champagne vinegar 1 tablespoons shallot or onion, chopped 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature 1 orange peel 1 teaspoon olive oil Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste ■■ In a stainless steel pan on high heat

add oil, then sauté orange peel and ­shallots until nearly burnt. Add orange juice and vinegar to deglaze. Reduce ­until syrup consistency. Strain liquid, then place in a pan over medium heat. Slowly whisk in butter, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cauliflower Gratin 1 2 2 1 ½

each cauliflower, cut into thin slices tablespoons butter tablespoons flour cup cheddar cheese cup panko bread crumbs Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

■■ Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook

cauliflower in a large pot of boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain cauliflower and toss with all ingredients except panko bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Place mixture in an appropriate serving dish and sprinkle panko on top. Bake in an oven until golden brown on top, hot throughout and cheese melted.

Vanilla Crème Brulee 6 egg yolks ⅔ cup sugar 2 ⅓ cups heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, seeded Pinch of salt ■■ Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a stain-

less steel bowl. Place bowl over a pot with low simmering water and whisk gently until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon, known as nappe consistency. Pour liquid into even sized crème brulee or otherwise appropriate dishes. Place dishes in water bath, cover with foil and bake in an oven preheated to 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until set with slight jiggle. Remove and allow several hours to cool. Sprinkle with sugar and caramelize with torch. Top with fresh berries and a mint leaf.


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CONWAY PUB & EATERY American 8611 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 m ­ atches 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.

IL GRANAIO Italian 100 E. Montgomery, Ste. 110, Mount Vernon 360.419.0674,


12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes 360.588.3800, swinomishcasinoandlodge. com/­dining/13moons Located within the casino 13 Moons is sure to catch your attention. Situated on the waterfront offering a lodge atmosphere, which is warm and inviting. The menu offers a wide variety including First Plates, Entree Salads, Seafood and Beef. We started our meal with generous pours of wine. Then moved on to the Roasted Beet Salad, I am always skeptical of this as it needs to be just right, and they did not disappoint. The Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection at medium and mouth watering. This is a great choice for an evening out, you will walk away satisfied and understand why it is becoming the go to place for locals and visitors alike.

CALLE Mexican 517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566, Newly opened, this eatery is already getting attention with a write up in Sunset magazine. Known for their take on Street Tacos – with six meat fillings to choose from and handmade corn tortillas – but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. Try the Carne Asada, Posole or Tortas to name just a few menu options. The Spicy Mango Margarita, made with fresh mango and jalepeno, is fast becoming a customer favorite. With 60+ tequilas and mescals to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again.

Chef Alberto Candivi arrives at Il Granaio in downtown every morning to make the day’s pastas by hand, sculpting basic ingredients into the building blocks for lavish, rich Italian dishes served throughout the day. When the ingredients call for a lighter hand, his restaurant also turns out reserved, delicate d ­ ishes. Il Granaio is a practice in the intricacies of ­cuisine, displaying the best flavors Italian food has to offer. With more than 30 items on the entrée menu, the list can be quite d ­ aunting. Il Granaio’s dessert menu is just as lush as the entrée menu. The wine menu is expansive, and the beer menu features several local craft brews. Their grappa selection does the Italian cordial the justice it deserves.

THE OYSTER BAR Seafood 2578 Chuckanut Drive, Bow 360.766.6185, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. The cozy restaurant is housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations. According to owner Guy Colbert, the restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its ­location alone. The restaurant’s namesake is the draw, and its chef, Justin Gordon, has an abundance of knowledge about oysters – both local and imported – and reveals a passion for working with this native shellfish. While ­oysters are the signature o ­ ffering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known in the Pacific Northwest for its extensive wine cellar.


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continued from page 97 start the day off right? With menu items ranging from $5 to $13.50, breakfast at Keenan’s at the Pier has to be one of the best deals around. Executive Chef Robert Holmes learned his craft the old-fashioned way – on the job. This strategy bodes well for many a culinarian, and is one that proves to be an asset to the Chrysalis Inn and Spa. Fresh ingredients are regionally sourced, and the menu changes frequently. The menu items are imaginative, tasty and beautifully presented. If you plan breakfast just right, perhaps you can hold your table through to lunch: And why not? The enormous Roasted Beet Salad, dressed with a delicious sherry vinaigrette and a drizzle of balsamic ­reduction is well worth $9. Vegans can request more greens in lieu of the shaved parmesan. Heartier appetites may prefer a made-to-order sandwich, but my money is on the beer battered Fish & Chips for $11. Alaskan cod, hand cut fries and house made coleslaw. What’s not to like? The wine list is a mix of imports and domestic wines, though a wider selection of Washington wines would make the list more impressive. As the season permits be sure to take full advantage of the outdoor dining area! Reservations at this popular restaurant are not required, though highly recommended.

804 10th St., Bellingham 360.392.5510 Mon.–Sun., 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

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BAYOU ON BAY Cajun/Creole

1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281,

1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968,

Professional Teppan Yaki chefs take you on a journey of delicious and interactive dining at Burlington’s Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and perfect seasonings, they stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast. Choose from steak and chicken to salmon and shrimp; each meal is served with soup, salad, rice and vegetables. If it’s sushi you crave, they also offer a full sushi bar for even the most discriminating taste buds.

Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun/Creole dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches and hush puppies, to name a few. A house-made remoulade, which accompanies many of the dishes, is worth the trip alone. The bar offers an extensive list of drink options. Bayou on Bay is a must for foodies as well as people just looking for a satisfying meal.

BLUE FIN SUSHI Japanese SEEDS BISTRO Regional NW 623 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.3280,

Open 7 days a week at 11:30 a. m. Happy Hour Daily and Early Dinner Specials 3 to 6 p. m. Catering • Events • Private Rooms • Business Meetings • Weddings Rehearsal Dinners Bellingham Marina, 21 Bellwether Way 360.714 8412,

Seeds Bistro in La Conner is a celebration of the fresh bounty of food offered in Skagit County. It offers simple dishes that highlight the fresh, exciting ingredients found throughout the Pacific Northwest. The menu features local selections rotated with the seasons. The macaroni and cheese features Northwest-favorite Cougar Gold cheese with a butter-crumb crust. Burgers are juicy, cooked perfectly, and served on homemade potato buns with the smallest bit of crunch and a fluffy interior. The whole family can enjoy Seeds’ offerings – comfort foods satisfy children’s desires while more intricate food items appease fastidious palates.


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416 Myrtle Street, Mt. Vernon 360.588.4515, The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of highend, fine dining and English pub variety. Try traditional pub selections like shephard’s pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an apricot-honey glaze or crab mac and cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with gluten-free dishes, and the option to make any dish gluten free. Of course, a gastropub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews. There’s also a fine selection of wines and drink choices.


102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, At Blue Fin Sushi, fresh sushi is used to create a variety of tasty options like the Tekka roll, which is seaweed, rice and tuna. The waitstaff is friendly and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs at work. Blue Fin also offers a full menu of non-sushi food items. Its version of fish and chips, for example, is a must-try: tempura fried salmon pieces served with sweet potato fries with a creamy wasabi sauce for dipping. Blue Fin Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki, orange chicken and bento boxes.

THE COPPER HOG Gastropub 1327 N. State St., Bellingham 360.927.7888, Gastropubs are known for having pub fare with high-class style and high-class food, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Copper Hog. You can also find classic pub favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and poutine, as well a less-routine pub grub such as Ramen soup or ahi prepared a variety of ways. The Copper Hog also has a wide variety of beer, including local and organic brews. The menu changes seasonally. You’ll want to go back often so you can enjoy everything the menu has to offer.

D’ANNA’S CAFE ITALIANO Italian 1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, 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.

ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL Beef/Seafood 7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.

FIAMMA BURGER All-natural Burgers 1309 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.733.7374, 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.

shell, set inside its own personal ramekin, it’s the perfect size and consistency for a nice lunch, especially served with a side salad with a white balsamic vinaigrette. There are two varieties of crepe stacks, featuring chicken and salmon, but get them fast, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out early on in the day.

Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood and authentic Italian pastas.

THE FOUNTAIN BISTRO Eclectic 1910 Broadway, Bellingham 360.778.3671,


The Fountain adds a new spice to its location at the junction of three historic Bellingham neighborhoods. The Fountain features fresh takes on salads, hot and cold sandwiches, “crepe stacks” and quiche. The quiche is light and fluffy, and comes in a bacon and cheese variety or veggie. Baked in a crepe-like pastry

21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham

JAKE’S WESTERN GRILL Southern 8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.354.5588, In addition to outstanding barbecue, Jake’s also features a full line of fresh-cut salads, burgers, Southern sandwiches and a full-service bar. If you’re a true lover of Southern barbecue, you


Scotty Browns offers a fun, social vibe. The sleek, casual atmosphere boasts cheerful, efficient service. Their menu is comfort food inspired, fusing American cuisine with West Coast influences. Newmarket St., Bellingham 360.306.8823 scottybrowns

Voted “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Place to Get Happy!” Apps, Dinner and Late Night Menu. Live ­entertainment, DJ’s, theme nights. 12 TAPS and Specialty Martinis. Flat Screen’s to View Your Favorite Games.

$5.95 Blue plate lunch specials M–F. Located inside The Lakeway Inn. 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.671.1011

Located in Bellingham’s ­historic Fairhaven ­district, Dos Padres has been a ­local ­favorite since 1973. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the restaurant’s delicious, home-cooked Mexican food that’s served in a relaxed, ­comfortable ­atmosphere. Dos Padres also has a full bar to quench your thirst while you dine. 1111 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.733.9900,

The Web Locker Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, and it serves everything from ­delcious omelets to fresh seafood (try the fish & chips or ­chowdwer) to ­savory sandwiches and ­burgers. The ­restaurant ­features an outdoor dining patio with great views of the marina. 734 Coho Way, Bellingham 360.676.0512

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241 Telegraph Road, Bellingham 360.647.0073 Mi Mexico’s reputation as one of the local favorites among Mexican food lovers is well deserved. The experience starts with a warm, friendly, professional waitstaff in an enjoyable, upbeat atmosphere. And from there, Mi Mexico separates itself from the competition with a choice of traditional and non-traditional Mexican dishes that few Mexican restaurants in the Pacific Northwest offer, all made with

NEW YORK PIZZA & BAR Italian/Gourmet Pizza 902 State St., Bellingham 360.733.3171 8874 Bender Road #101, Lynden 360.318.0580, If you love pizza, then you’re going to love New York Pizza and Bar. Not just because of the crispy, handmade dough (made fresh daily) or because of the fresh, high-quality ingredients or the amount of them that top each slice. But because New York Pizza is the master of pizza diversity. Anything you want on a pizza you’re likely to find here. Regardless of what you order, expect to be more than satisfied. There’s also a full bar and great happy hour selections.

NORTH FORK BREWERY Brewpub 6186 Mount Baker Highway, Deming 360.599.2337, Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof. The brewery produces relatively small batches of beer, 109 gallons, keeping the beer fresh and the options changing. Their staple is the India Pale Ale. The opening taste is a strong citrus flavor, but is quickly dissolved by the aggressive bitterness, making it a quite enjoyable beer to accompany a slice of their homemade pizza. The pizza crust is made fresh daily with a hint of beer. The sauce is well-balanced with tomatoes and spices. Made with fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses, there is nothing not to like about this pizza.

ON RICE Thai 209 N. Samish Way, 2200 Rimland Drive, Bellingham, 1224 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.714.9995 Ask any college student: On Rice is the place to go in Bellingham. With its affordable lunch specials and three locations around town, it’s easy to enjoy one of On Rice’s many flavorful Thai dishes. A classic Thai favorite, Pad Thai, is interpreted well here. It’s sweet, without being overpowering, and has just enough spice to balance the dish out. All dishes are available with chicken, pork, beef, seafood or tofu and can be made as spicy as you want them to be, between one and four stars.

SKYLARK’S HIDDEN CAFE Eclectic 1308 11th St., Fairhaven 360.715.3642, Syklark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven is worth seeking out. From decadent breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict and house specialty Banana Bread French Toast with Maple ­Walnut Topping to hearty dinner entrees such ­Halibut & Lobster Thermidor and New York 104

Steak with Jack Daniels Herb Butter, the menu at Skylark’s is varied and every bite delicious. Come for the food and stay for the jazz on select evenings.

113 E. Magnolia., Bellingham 360.671.6710 Stone Pot isn’t just a clever name, but the clever little pots and skillets many of the meals are served in. The Stone Pot Bibimbap is a medley of vegetables with choice of meat or tofu that sits atop a sizzling pot of rice. A fried egg is placed on top – stir it in to mix the yolk throughout the rice and meat as the hot pot continues to cook the egg, similar to fried rice. All meals are served with a variety of buanchan, small, seasonal dishes of vegetables, meats and seafood that complement the main dish. The menu also includes soups, noodle dishes and entrees such as Kabli, marinated beef short ribs, Spicy Pork, served on a sizzling platter with onions, and the traditional Bulgogi.

SUPER MARIO’S Salvadorian 3008 Northwest Ave, Bellingham 360.393.4637, Serving fresh, healthy meals with the customer in mind is what Super Mario’s is all about, and it’s the consistent flavor and quality of the food that keeps bringing people back. The veggies are chopped fresh daily, nothing is frozen, and nothing is cooked until it’s ordered. In addition, nothing is deep fried.

THE TABLE Pasta 100 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.594.6000, Folks who have enjoyed the fresh, handmade pastas of the Bellingham Pasta Co. from their local market can now experience them served with a helping of marinara, alfredo or pesto sauce at the Pasta Co.’s restaurant, The Table, which is named for the long family-style table that fills the center of the dining room. Pasta is not the only item on the menu: starters, salads, sandwiches, pot pies and desserts round out the selections.

TORRE CAFFE Italian 119 N. Commercial, Suite 130, Bellingham 360.734.0029 If you want an excellent early morning espresso or a taste of old Italy for lunch or just a mid-afternoon break, Torre Caffe is the place to go. It’s authentic, right down to the co-owners, Pasquale and Louisa Salvatti, who came here from Genoa in 2005. Traditional Italian lunch fare (soups, salads, paninis and lunchsized entrees) is made daily with the freshest ingredients. Louisa’s soups are near legendary. Go early, go often. Your tastebuds will thank you.

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SEVEN GOOD THINGS The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into top seven this issue. Step out and give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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Forego the traditional chicken noodle soup if you’re in the mood for comfort food. Instead try an Eastern flair on the old standby, and head to Black Pearl because nothing is quite as satisfying and soothing as a big bowl of Pho Ga. 360.318.7655, The Horiatiki Greek salad served with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, feta cheese and pita bread at Mykonos is off the charts. We love the fresh flavors of this salad. 360.715.3071, mykonosrestaurantbellingham. com Mamba’s signature seafood puttanesca is a mouthwatering dish! It’s served with mussels, clams, prawns, and daily seafood tossed in a mildly spicy tomato sauce with capers, artichokes, peppers and kalamata olives; served over fettuccine! 360.734.7677,

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The Manila Steamer Clams from Keenan’s at the Pier are spicy and delicious! They are served with chorizo, fire roasted tomato, zesty onions, clam broth and a toasted rosemary baguette. 360.392.5510, The Sandwich Odyssey is one of our go-to spots for amazing sandwiches. The hoagie bread rocks! If you are ordering from the catering menu, we recommend the Tiramisu. It’s some of the best around. 360.738.6919, If you’re waiting for the eastbound ferry in Friday Harbor, watch the comings and goings while eating on one of Friday’s Crabhouse’s three outdoor, open-air decks. The fish and chips are always a good choice. 360.378.8801, Thin Swedish pancakes rolled with Lingonberries and whipped cream are served at Rexville Grocery and pair perfectly with a Rex Mimosa. Only served on weekends between 7 a.m. and noon – these pancakes are worth the workweek wait! 360.466.5522,

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Seattle International Film Festival set to kick off

Anacortes Community Theatre delivers chilling June performances to its audiences with “The Woman in Black.” This thriller is a suspenseful, insidiously eerie story of a solicitor sent to a remote house on the thick, dank English marshes. He attempts to settle the affairs of its late owner and gets much more than he’s bargained for when he’s left to pass the night there alone, cut off from land by the rising tide. The locals believe the house is cursed, and the initially skeptical young man soon finds himself confronting the grim echoes of its blighted past and the terrible specter that haunts it. Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. 360.293.68.29, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET JUNE 7–23

BY ARI LILJENWALL More than 400 features, short films and documentaries will be shown at the 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival, a three-week cinematic extravaganza that has solidified its reputation as one of the top film festivals in the entire United States. This year’s festival will open May 16 with a screening of an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” by superstar director, writer and film producer Joss Whedon. Whedon is best known as the creator of the popular show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the director of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” His original, contemporary interpretation of “Much Ado” will infuse it with modern-day antics and humor, said SIFF Artistic and Co-Director Carl Spence. Former “Buffy” star Alexis Denisof will play the lead role of Benedick. “I grew up in Seattle, and it is where all my dreams of being an actor b ­ egan,” Denisof said. “Bringing this ­movie to my hometown is a very special ­occasion.” Whedon and Denisof have ­confirmed that they will both be in a­ ttendance for opening night. Co-stars Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg will be on hand as well. Eleven films from SIFF’s new ­African Pictures Program will play a prominent role in this year’s festival. The African Pictures Program is dedicated to showcasing the growing amount of diverse cinema emerging from continental


­ frica. The program gained funding A after the Academy of Motion ­Picture Arts and Sciences awarded SIFF a multi-year grant in 2012. Films belonging to the African Pictures Program explore a diverse range of subject matter. “The African Cypher,” a documentary by ­director Bryan Little, highlights street dancing from South Africa. Others grapple with more political themes. Mosco Kamwendo’s “­Comrade ­President” examines the life and ­suspicious death of Samora ­Moises Machel, the ­revolutionary leader of Mozambique. Rwandan ­filmmaker Joel Karezki makes his directorial debut with “The Pardon,” a look at friends who are on opposing sides of the Rwandan genocide. If previous years’ attendance is any indication, SIFF will reach more than 150,000 attendees, making it one of the most highly attended film festivals in the country in addition to one of the most critically acclaimed. Film buffs won’t want to miss this highly regarded event, which will showcase works of all genres from around the world. Seattle International Film Festival May 16–June 9 SIFF Cinema Uptown 511 Queen Anne Ave. North, S ­ eattle

Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous “barber-ism” and culinary crime, “Sweeney Todd” tells an infamous 19th century tale: an unjustly exiled barber returns to London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and abducted his young wife. Sweeney’s thirst for blood soon grows to include his unfortunate customers, while Mrs. Lovett, the resourceful proprietor of the pie shop downstairs, has sold London on her mysterious new meat pie recipe! Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St., Bellingham. 360.733.1811, CHICAGO


The longest running American musical in Broadway history, as well as an Academy Award-winning movie, “Chicago” has seduced audiences across the globe. Now, it’s set to knock you off your feet as the merry murderesses of the Cook County jail paint the town in this fresh new production. Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly have their sights set on fame and fortune, and they’re willing to do more than just flirt with danger to get it. This fierce and passionate musical shines with an awardwinning score of hits like “Cell Block Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle” and “All That Jazz.” Everett Performing Arts Center, 9710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett. 425.257.8600,


Under the direction of Megan Lizama, the Mount Vernon High School choir program and students have earned a reputation for excellence. A repertoire of engaging music from around the world, enhanced by the combination of musicality, emotion, instrumentation, and choreography, creates an unforgettable event. Mount Vernon High School Choirs

recent accolades include “Superior” ratings at numerous music festivals, “Best Choral” at the Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition in Seattle, and the high honor of being asked to perform at the Washington Music Educators Conference. In addition, many individual choir members have been recognized at the regional and state levels. McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. 360.416.7727, BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC PRESENTS THE THREE SOPRANOS JULY 21, 7:30 P.M.

The Bellingham Festival of Music ­presents an evening of fabulous classical music featuring Maestro Michael Palmer with the Festival Orchestra, highlighted by sopranos Heidi Grant-Murphy, Frederica von Stade, and Katie Van Kooten. Maestro Palmer begins this evening with Haydn’s “Symphony No. 87,” followed by a selection of soprano arias as sung by the guest artists. Following the intermission, the program continues with Verdi’s “Te Deu” for chorus and orchestra and concludes with excerpts from R. Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080,


The Jansen Art Center is proud to present The Fort Bend Texas Boys Choir. The choir was organized to give boys with special musical abilities and interests an ­opportunity to perform more challenging choral ­literature from classical selections to folk music. The group combines the freshness and ­enthusiasm of childhood with artistic maturity, ­something that can only be achieved through serious work. Boyish energy is channeled into ­dedication to excel through a team effort and hard work. For other children, the boys serve as models of purposeful work and high achievement. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. 360.354.3600, 1964 THE TRIBUTE: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES JUNE 25, 8 P.M.

Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, 1964 The Tribute astonishingly recreates an early ’60s live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and on-stage banter. More than 25 years of researching and performing have made 1964’s performers masters of their craft. 1964 takes audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in on in the hearts of many. The show is hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080,

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JULY 17, 7:30 P.M.

Now in the fourth decade of his career, “Weird Al” Yankovic has won three Grammy Awards (with 14 nominations) and has sold more than 12 million albums, combining pop parodies with his own creations. His most recent release, “Alpocalypse,” is the highest charting album of his career at #9 on Billboard. Firmly established as a beloved pop culture icon, Yankovic has won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Fat,” “The Saga Beings,” and “Amish Paradise.” Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080,


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JUNE 1, 7 P.M. AND JUNE 2, 2 P.M.

Mark Twain in Fairhaven BY LAURA GOING

For the second year in a row, Mark Twain will bump elbows with Fairhaven theater­goers in the musical tall tale, “Mark Twain in Fairhaven.” Local playwright and historian Joseph Lenz wrote this ode to the famous ­novelist more than ten years ago, but its first performance in Fairhaven took place last year. The play is loosely based on the true story of Twain’s 1895 v­ isit to Fairhaven, when he stayed at the Fairhaven Hotel during his debt-­ reduction lecture tour. After the ­visit, he was said to have remarked to his daughter Clara that “I never had a ­delightfuler holiday in my life, and I did hate to leave Fairhaven.”


If you missed Twain’s fist visit to Fairhaven, you’ll have a second chance as the show returns to the stage the first three weekends in August. Judith OwensLancaster will direct the show and Leon Charbonneau will reprise the title role from an earlier performance in Lynden. Audiences can expect the show to be full of “Twainian” ­humor and nostalgic music. Purchase tickets at Village Books or online. The Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.734.2776

With a talented cast of more than 80 dancers, this magnificent new production brings the timeless fairy tale to life in a swirl of sumptuous spectacle, Prokofiev’s majestic music, and breathtaking choreography. Northwest Ballet Theater’s first production of the world’s favorite rags-to-riches story premiered in 2003 to critical acclaim with Mija Ann Bishop in the role of Cinderella. This time around Bishop will stage and choreograph the ballet for the company. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080, ROMEO AND JULIET JUNE 2, 11 A.M.

The timeless tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” is presented with fresh passion in Yuri Grigorovich’s version from the Bolshoi Ballet, which he originally staged in 1978 with his wife, the prima ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, as Juliet. After her death in 2008, he revisited Romeo and Juliet; today’s revival reflects Grigorovich’s tender remembrances for his own beloved Juliet, accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s passionate score. Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., Bellingham. 360.738.0735, BELLINGHAM BALLET PRESENTS ALICE IN WONDERLAND JUNE 8, 7 P.M.

Follow the adventures of Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Watch as she encounters a world filled with fanciful and sometimes curious characters. The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and Queen of Hearts are all in attendance as Alice makes her way through Wonderland. This whimsical ballet, with original choreography by Artistic Director Jessica Crook, is certain to delight children and adults of all ages. With a cast of more than 50 local students, this

family-friendly production features dancers ranging in age from 3 to 20 years old. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080,

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JUNE 22, 6:30 P.M.; JUNE 23, 12:30 P.M. AND 6:30 P.M.

Dancing For Joy’s brand new production is an original adventure story based on the familiar lands of Neverland, Wonderland, and Oz. Have you ever wondered how these worlds might be connected, or what would happen if the characters of these lands found out about the connection? Join Wendy, Dorothy, and Alice on a quest to save their lands, restore balance, and discover what “home” really means. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080,

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Sculpture Northwest and the Sculptors’ Society of British Columbia will sponsor an sculpture exhibit in Big Rock Garden Park in Bellingham. The exhibit is a “Tribute to David Marshall,” a Canadian sculptor who died in 2006. David lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and was one of the founders of sculpture exhibits at Big Rock Garden Park. In all, 35 sculptures will be exhibited in addition to the 36 already in the permanent collection. This is guaranteed to be an impressive sculpture event. Big Rock Garden Park, 2600 Sylvan St., Bellingham. 360.734.9757,

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In anticipation of Whatcom Museum’s upcoming fall exhibition, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012,” the Whatcom Museum invites any artist who is a member of the Whatcom Museum to submit one exhibition-ready work in any media to “Nature in the Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change.” There will be no jury and every artwork will be accepted provided that guidelines and dates are followed. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360.778-8930,


Warbird Weekend is moving back to Father’s Day. For 2013, the local EAA Chapter 404 has offered to put on a pancake breakfast to start the fly day off right! Look forward to a pancake breakfast and flying demonstrations. Heritage Flight Museum, 4165 Mitchell Way, Bellingham. 360.733.4422,

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The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 39 years now from Montana to Japan. This will be their 14th visit to Mount Baker Theatre. The tour team will arrive at the Mount Baker Theatre with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast! Each camp consists of 50-60 local students who rehearse throughout the week and present two public Saturday performances on Mount Baker Theatre’s Main Stage. July camps include: Robinson Crusoe and Wizard of Oz. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. 360.734.6080, LINCOLN ELEMENTARY TALENT SHOW JUNE 11, 7 P.M.

Lincoln Elementary brings its talented students downtown to present their annual Talent Show. Students in grades one through six audition to be part of this wonderful community event, with only the best acts accepted. Lincoln Elementary is populated with many talented children, so expect a great show of dance, music, drama and more! Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon. 360.336.8955,


The Human Race is a flat, sea-level 5K walk and 10K/5K run inside the beautiful harbor loop on Bellingham Bay. Participantsdecide which member nonprofit agency to support and begin raising funds for The Human Race by asking friends, family, co-workers and neighbors for donations typically of $5 to $100. All donations are turned in prior to the race. Prizes are awarded in many categories including the most donations raised, largest team, best costume and for top placing runners in each race. Squalicum Boat House, 2600 Harbor Loop, Bellingham. 360.303.8969, TOUR DE WHATCOM JULY 27, 7:30 A.M.

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Tour de Whatcom is a bike ride to benefit charities of Whatcom County. Last year, 980 riders raised more than $20,000 for nonprofits of their choice. With rides of 25, 50 and 105 miles, this event is perfect for both families and serious riders alike. Look for fantastic rest stops, numerous support vehicles and bike techs along the course. You’ll see views of Mt Baker, Lake Whatcom and surrounding valleys, rivers, lush farmland, beaches and Puget Sound all in one fairly level ride. Fairhaven Village Green Park, 1200 10th St., Bellingham. 360.746.8861,

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JULY 12, 8 P.M. AND JULY 13, 2 P.M. AND 8 P.M.

Cirque de la Symphonie returns with a brand new program of enchantment and spectacle. See Cirque’s extraordinary array of contortionists, jugglers and aerial artists – including Jarek & Darek, and the aerial duo of Alexander Streltsov and Christine Van Loo – performing incredible feats choreographed to classical music favorites played by a chamber-sized orchestra of Seattle Symphony musicians. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206.215.4800,


See Tracy Morgan live at the Neptune! A star of NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Awardwinning “30 Rock,” Morgan appeared opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of Liz Lemon’s (Fey) hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” In 2009 Morgan received his first Emmy Nomination for this role, in the Supporting Actor category; he has in five past years also been nominated for a Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award. The “30 Rock” cast has also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” The Neptune Theatre, 1303 Northeast 45th St., Seattle. 206.682.1414,

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Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, “Les Misérables,” with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this Les Misérables “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five-star hit, a­ stonishingly powerful.” Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St. at Georgia, Vancouver. 604.665.2193,


The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Orpheum Theatee, 601 Smithe St. at Seymour, Vancouver. 604-665-3035,

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Roger Jobs Roger Jobs Porsche unveiled the 2014 Cayman S in an exciting special event on May 3. Held at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, Roger Jobs o ­ ffered signature drinks and entertained guests with putting and chipping contests. Guests ­enjoyed an exclusive o ­ pportunity to ­experience the luxury of the 2014 Cayman S firsthand.

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Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa On May 9, Silver Reef held a special ­ribbon-cutting and grand opening night for its new event center. Guests p ­ articipated in tours and sampled new menu items Former Chicago frontman Peter Cetera performed his greatest hits. The 10,000 square-foot event center includes an arena, seminar movie theater and a new restuarant called The Cantina.

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Cats Rule, Dogs Drool

Ken, er, Garfield, Jr., goes offleash to offer some catty remarks GARFIELD KARLBERG, JR.


his magazine has inexplicably gone to the dogs. I mean, come on. Dogs are all over it – the cover, meet a staffer column, reader submitted photos and two ­feature ­articles? Where’s the love for us cats? If there’s an ­explanation, I don’t want to hear it. I will never read this publication again unless, of course, the bottom of my litter box is lined with the offending pages. Then, and only then, I would gladly provide the final much-needed “edits.” As a lifelong, card-carrying member of the Feline Brotherhood Local No. 9, I am lodging a formal complaint and organizing a ­purr-out on behalf of all cats, the “other,” vastly superior and more lovable household pet. Step aside, Lassie. While you are pretending to rescue Timmy from the well yet again, I am about to reverse centuries of injustice, in 700 words or less, by demanding equal treatment and pet equality now. Let the change start here with the intro­duction of new, pet-neutral expressions and the eradication of negative cat stereotypes. Is there any doubt that the linguistic history of pet idioms was hijacked by a pack of ego-centric dogs woofing it up? Males dogs elevated themselves with such positive, puffery like, “every dog has his day,” “it’s a dog eat dog world,” “I am an Alpha male,” and “man’s best friend.” They were obviously compensating for low self-esteem. Who’s kidding who? You lick yourself just like we do. And okay, I’ll say it – female dogs are just as bad. Where do you think self-serving excuses like, “the dog ate my homework, “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” or “let sleeping dogs lie” came from? These preemptive expressions were created by females to cover for their worthless, lazy male counterparts, many of whom would rather pose for an artist and play poker and smoke cigars in a dimly-lit card room instead of taking obedience training. Absolutely no accountability! But canines weren’t satisfied with self-aggrandizement. No, they went Gothic and mean-spirited like the flea-bitten bullies they are. They attacked us cats with 114

a proliferation of negative, hurtful sayings like, “look what the cat dragged in,” “there’s more than one way to skin a cat,” “the cat’s out of the bag,” and “­scaredy-cat.” The negativity must stop. The emotional toll of these ­painful expressions has plagued the psyche of cats for ­generations. We only purr because we are angry as hell, and we can’t get the words out. Hairballs are actually an entire paragraph of expletives coughed up in one, untranslatable lump. Unless you learn to speak hairball, you just wouldn’t understand the hurt. The time has come for new politically-correct, pet-neutral sayings. What’s wrong with “call off the cats,” “you don’t have a cat in this fight,” “my cats are barking,” or “that’s the tail wagging the cat?” Why does it have to rain “cats and dogs?” Why can’t it rain dogs only? And hasn’t c­ uriosity killed a dog or two? (We cats can only hope!) The canine bias is so blatantly obvious. Ask yourself – ever tried to herd dogs as opposed to cats? Not easy, was it. Or watched a cat meow up the wrong tree? Of course. Pet owners, are you starting to feel guilty? Lest you think that us cats want to take being p ­ olitically correct to an extreme, we don’t. Certain expressions just don’t have the same meaning when flipped on their head. For example, we have no interest in coining new expressions such as, “screw the cat,” or “he’s in the cathouse.” We r­ ecognize that some meanings may get lost in the translation. The pooches can have those sayings to themselves. Frankly, they deserve them. No, all we want is to change the dialogue to a more ­cat-friendly conversation, where we can lay around in ­indifference in the sun while laughing at poor, pathetic “man’s best friend.” Your leashes are on the peg by the door right next to ours. Ha, ha. Psyche! I can hardly wait for the catcall responses from dog ­lovers. Feel free to write me! Oh, what’s that? Cat got your tongue? 

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