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arlier this year, we grabbed our stack of 2015 Bellingham Alive magazines, our North Sound Life Guest Book, Couture Weddings, and whatever else we could find and sifted through the Western Publishing Association’s list of categories. Best Editorial, Best Special Publication, Best Editorial Layout, and on and on—it’s hard to choose. We balanced our personal favorites with the requirements of the categories, moving the pieces around. We asked ourselves hard questions, and made some tough choices, like “Sea to Storefront” or “Power Couple: Wine and Cheese Pairings?” And then the announcement comes. Last year, we were finalists. This year, we’re finalists again, and we’re winners. This kind of success doesn’t happen without talent like Kristoffer Arestol’s photography, or the support of our advertisers and subscribers. Every year, we’re up against publications like Backpacker Magazine, Yoga Journal, and Variety. Many of the magazines in our categories are owned by conglomerates. So we thank all of you for supporting one of the few locally owned, independently operated lifestyle magazines in the Western states. One that is now also a Maggie winner. In this issue, we profile another group of winners—the women of the Washington wine industry. From pioneers like Nina Buty and Kay Simon to new generation upstarts like Jody Elsom and Sarah Hedges, we tell the stories of some of wine’s best winemakers and experts. Mary Derby and her friends are putting together a calendar of women in the wine world, and we feature two photographs by Kathryn Elsesser from that project. I also had the opportunity to work with Bob Silver, whose PR savvy, aid, and professionalism kept me sane, and I had the opportunity to work with the talented photographer Richard Duval, who is best known for his beautiful photos of wine country. We also have some winning summer camps and activities for your little ones, like Gabriel’s Art Kids and WWU’s Western Kids’ Camp. And just in case you’re seeking something extra to do on the weekends, we offer some ideas for bike treks that are accessible and adventurous. If motoring is more your thing, you can tour the ghost towns and utopias in our lifestyle section. While you’re at it, grab some ideas for a good picnic wine from Dan The Wine Guy, who has a great
list in Dine. Whatever you do, get out and enjoy the sunshine—the clouds are looming ahead. It takes a lot to put this magazine together, and each member of our team is essential to the overall success of the final published product. So it is with great excitement we welcome on board Dean Davidson as our new art director, and Mariah Currey as our graphic designer. We are really lucky to have them with us, and we know you’ll appreciate their beautiful work. Happy summer!
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NOTES Contributors Ashley Thomasson Ashley is the owner of Love Beauty, a makeup artistry company based in Whatcom County. Specializing in weddings, events, and makeup for photography, Ashley strives to create looks with her clients that reflect their personality and natural beauty. When she is not behind her brushes, she can be seen serving on the Whatcom Coalition to End Homelessness, experimenting in her kitchen, and finding any excuse to share good food with friends. lovebeautybellingham.com p. 43
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Tanna Edler Tanna is the owner of Tanna By Design (tannabydesign.com). She specializes in residential and commercial remodels and new construction design. Tanna has received three top awards from the National Interior Design Society Association and was named their 2012 and 2013 Designer of the Year. Additionally, she was voted North Sound Life’s Best of the Northwest interior designer in 2013 and 2014. p. 87
Bellingham Alive won Best Editorial Layout for the June-July 2015 Sea to Storefront article. This national award is presented by Western Publishing Association which represents publishing and media professionals throughout the 24 western states. We were also one of six finalists for Best City | Metropolitan Consumer Publication and Best Visitors Guide for the North Sound Life Guest Book. Thank you to our community for all your support!
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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. p. 89
Ashley Hiruko Ashley is an evergreen state transplant originating from the coast of Long Beach, California. She graduates from Western Washington University with a degree in visual journalism in June. Her passion resides in capturing moments in time. Moments of pain, struggle, passion and triumph. She also enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. p. 28
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NOTES Meet the Team Get to know the folks at Bellingham Alive a little better with Meet the Team.
What is the best road trip you’ve ever taken and what made it special? BABETTE: Tulsa. Mid-1990s. I was a girl who had a
JENN: Honestly my road tripping days lie in my future
lot to learn. I drove straight into the bowels of hell with a man with no name and a gun he called Rooster. We lived on corn nuts, water we siphoned out of the radiators of 18-wheelers, and Mickey’s Big Mouths, a tattered bride and a groom past his prime. One of us made it back alive.
RV around America plans, but the best road trip to date would have to be a totally unplanned trip with my lifelong buddy Josh to a little town in California called Twain Harte. I think what made it special was that it was just totally unplanned, throw your stuff in the car and go! We had the best time lounging on the lake, cliff jumping, playing mini golf and just being young and dumb! I’ll never forget the great memories or his crazy driving!
FRANCES: It’s hard to choose between my two crosscountry road trips—one with my husband in 2001, and one with my mom in 2002. I remember listening to coyotes gambol and howl at the north rim of the Grand Canyon in 2001. I remember waking up in The Badlands with the morning light on the hillsides in 2002. I felt that I came away understanding so much more about this giant, messy, daunting, beautiful country of ours.
MELISSA: My favorite and most memorable road trip was when we took the family RV to California, more precisely....DISNEYLAND. We sat driving for hours, sharing the most memorable stories while singing our lives away to Dr. Hook. I can still feel the bumps in the road as I laid on the top bunk above the drivers seat staring at the road ahead. I was about 5 years old and that memory is one that has lasted a lifetime.
MARIAH: My favorite road trip was went I went camping near the Sol Duc hot springs with a group of friends two summers ago. Even though the car ride was long, there was all kinds of beautiful scenery to take in along the way. I’m also a big fan of taking the ferry so any trip that includes that is a plus!
DEAN: A few years ago, my fiancé, two friends, and I went to the Sasquatch! Music Festival. As we drove through Burlington, one friend said we needed to go back to Bellingham because she had her mom’s house keys. So we head back and sort that out. Once we’re back into Burlington, traffic hit because the Skagit River Bridge collapsed. We later learned that the bridge collapsed at about the same time as when we were set to cross it. Traffic eventually eased up and we made it to Sasquatch! for an amazing weekend of music.
LISA: When I was in my late teens we took a road trip as a family to a Montana dude ranch. My parents were gracious enough to let me bring my two best friends and we had a blast! From teasing my little brothers (we still laugh about it today) to experiencing Yellowstone Park in all its beauty, it was the trip of a lifetime with amazing memories, both good and bad.
KAITY: My favorite road trip is the one that brought me to Bellingham. We drove our U-Haul through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and finally, Washington. After a long journey, there’s nothing like the excitement of arriving in a new place to call home.
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Haunting Road Trips: Ghost Towns and Utopias WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT | PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER AND KEVIN COURNOYER
his time of year is perfect for charging or gassing up the car and taking a good old-fashioned road trip around the byways and scenic routes of our beautiful area. Among the whale-watching viewpoints and mountain vistas are little tiny pieces of history. You have to look closely to find them, but they are there, hidden in the knotweed and brambles of our countryside. These lost communities were places where coal miners and risk-takers, prospectors and adventurous women took to the rails and wagon roads and settled far away from home. Some came seeking fortune, some escaped bad situations at home, and some wanted to make life anew on a brand new frontier where new ideas could be planted and sown. A drive down the North Cascades Highway is a trip back in time. While Whatcom may have been founded by white settlers on the banks of Whatcom Creek, the destination of most … continued on page 22
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Chancellor is a ghost town that once thrived, located
miles over Hart's Pass. p. 17
Duke Pakdee of Alley Cat Bike Shop has been repairing rides since p. 41
Ashley Thomasson, our beauty guru, recommends adding new product at a time to your routine. p. 44
The year when Mary Derby of DaMa Wines began her winemaking career. p. 52
The Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes is miles long. p. 64
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folks and their concomitant bars, dance halls, pharmacies, and markets was Mount Baker and the North Cascades for one shiny reason—gold. Chancellor was one such town, built on the risk and danger of gold mining, it was a small boom town fifteen miles over Hart’s Pass (ghosttownsofwashington.com). Established in the 1800s, Chancellor was home to hotels, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a power plant, a general store, and a saloon. At its peak, 3,000 people lived in Chancellor. Life in Chancellor was not easy—the terrain, weather, isolation, and general hardship of carving a life out of mining took its toll. Folks abandoned Chancellor somewhere around 1900. Access today is from Mazama on the other side of the mountains. You’ll find a few collapsed cabins and debris—there is not much left of the formerly bustling community. Just outside Sedro-Woolley off of Route 20 on Harrison Road is the little ghost town of Cokedale. Cokedale boomed until it didn’t from the 1890s until 1921. Much of what remains of Cokedale is on private property, but appears to be visible from Harrison. There are a few structures left. There were high hopes that this coal mine would churn out quality coal that could rival the east coast, but the coal ended up weak and soft, and it had to be brought out in small pieces, making the mining operation slow and painstaking—not really within the ethos of mining. Next stop on your tour is actually still a town. Maybe there is something to that socialism thing, because Edison is still a thriving little community, with galleries, cafes, a 22 NorthSoundLife.com
great bar, antiques shops, and fine woodworking. A lovely drive along Bow Hill Road through tulip and berry country lands you right in the center of town. In 1897, this gem of a town was founded as The Equality Colony, a national headquarters for a socialist utopian movement known as the Brotherhood of the Cooperative Commonwealth. The Brotherhood published a newspaper called Industrial Freedom. The goals of the colony were to provide colonists with financial, material, and moral support from a centralized group of trustees. At its height, Edison had 3,000 residents. Internecine conflicts prevented the socialist movement from taking hold, which sounds kind of familiar today. At present, Edison is home to about 133 people. As befitting many a socialist utopia, Edison produced a great journalist, Edward R. Murrow. Edison is a great day trip, and a wonderful place to take in an art show at Smith and Vallee, grab a sandwich at Slough Food, or dance the night away at the Old Edison Inn. Our last visit is far-flung and quiet, the little town of Freeland on Whidbey Island. Freeland is also still a small community, and also has roots in socialist utopian colonization. With 2,035 residents as of the last census, Freeland fared better in population than Edison over the years. The Free Land Association out of South Dakota sought out the platted-yet-undeveloped town for their experiment, which would give each member of their society free land. Though the good intentions soured and the town went bankrupt in 1920, the charming little coastal town just south of Coupeville still stands today.
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organ Paris Lanza, executive director for Bellingham Girls Rock camp, uses music as an avenue to bring young girls together and teach them a fundamental lesson: the practice of self love. Lanza has operated Bellingham Girls Rock camp for the last three years, and was first introduced to the idea while attending Fairhaven College. Camp founder Casi Brown was seeking volunteers for a new project that would provide a space for young girls to create music. Lanza had never heard of anything like a girls rock camp prior to this invitation, and joined the organization. The purpose of the grassroots movement is to educate young girls in music and social justice, while boosting selfesteem and creating a music scene that is inclusive and welcoming to women. Lanza spent her first week as an instructor creating music with a group of eight- and nine-year-olds at the Make.Shift Art Space. She recalled a transformative time for not only the girls attending the camp, but for herself as well. “You know if these girls can do it, if they can learn to play an instrument in a week after not knowing anything about music except for maybe what they’ve heard, and write a song, why can’t I?” Lanza cited her mother as her first musical influence, singing to Lanza as a child and exposing her to various genres of music. Music would later influence Lanza in creative and defining ways. “[My mother] used to play Joni Mitchell to her belly when I was still just an Idea,” Lanza said. Despite her love for it, she said she was hesitant about pursuing music because she didn’t fit the representation of women in the mainstream music scene. At the age of six, Lanza recorded herself singing on a small hand-held recorder. “Then I listened back to it, and I did not like what I heard,” Lanza said. “I sort of internalized this idea that I couldn’t sing, therefore I couldn’t be a musician.”
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Lanza was always musically inclined, and even took up rapping. But it was her experience working with this young group of girls that helped to transform misconceptions Lanza held about the music industry, and what that looked like for women.These changed ideas are what propelled Lanza further into music, and eventually into pursuing a band of her own, Judy Just Judy. Judy Just Judy formed when Lanza was introduced to bassist Dylan Hodge through her voice instructor. Along with Chance Eichner and Sergio Urrutia-Oyer, the two have been performing together since 2015. The band is known for its eclectic tunes that incorporate characteristics of jazz, funk, pop, and rock. “When I think back on it, it makes total sense to me where I ended up,” Lanza said. “I’ve always loved music but you kind of have to go through the steps sometimes to get there. Lanza is no longer the same girl with a hand-held recorder comparing the ways in which she does and doesn’t resemble prominent female musicians. She no longer focuses on the differences, but instead teaches young girls how to embrace theirs, a trend she hopes to continue for years to come.
here is no better way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Lynden than with a 1,250 foot-long strawberry shortcake. A world record-breaking shortcake that is. On June 4, right after the Farmers Day Parade, join the Lynden community in eating the world’s longest strawberry shortcake. The cake will include locally grown strawberries and local dairy to be baked at Lynden Dutch Bakery. Gary Vis, executive director of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, said the event is to celebrate Lynden’s heritage of fruit and dairy. The cake is estimated to take eight hours to bake and will be topped with berries, ice cream, and whipped cream. It will be situated in donated vinyl gutters on Front Street from Third to Seventh Streets and will be available for the public to each get their own slice. Photographers and a drone will document the event to make sure it is entered in the Guinness World Records. Vis encourages anyone who wants to help organize the event to join. You can find more information at Lynden.org
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LIFESTYLE In the Know June 6, 7 p.m.
WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT
Summer is a great time to settle in for some great reading. These two selections celebrate outspoken, funny, smart women. Pour a cold drink and enjoy!
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C.C. Humphreys will be on-hand for the monthly meeting of the Whatcom Writers and Publishers. He is an actor and author who has published 15 novels, holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and has won numerous awards for his crime novels. The event is free, food and drinks are no-host, and RSVP is required.
Author Lindy West is no stranger to our readers—a Seattle-area native, she got her start at The Stranger. She has gone on to write for The Guardian, Jezebel, and other outlets, but she has remained grounded here in the Northwest. In this bright, hilarious, and essential memoir, she will make you pee-laugh as she hacks apart the patriarchy, fat-phobia, misogyny, and internet trolls. Full disclosure: she’s one of my favorite people in the universe. Fuller disclosure: she’ll be one of your favorite people, too.
Portland-based Darren Davis’s series for Storm Entertainment has included political luminaries like Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, so it seems fitting that Elizabeth Warren would receive her own comic book. Slaying big financial interests in a single bound, fighting Wall Street wizards with her magic powers, smart, strong Elizabeth Warren saves us all. Davis’s work has been featured in Time Magazine, on CNN, and on The Tonight Show.
WHO KNEW? Car Trouble Thelma and Louise have a direct ancestry to another wild woman, Bertha Benz. According to Wikipedia, Bertha was the first person to take a road trip by car. “Without the consent of her husband” she piled her kids into their fancy Benz PatentMotorwagen 3 and drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim, which is about 70 miles. Pforzheim was Bertha’s home town. Bertha was a capable mechanic, and repaired the car’s ignition with her garter, cleared the fuel line with her hairpin, and used leather shoe soles for the break pads. At 39, this righteous babe had sand.
Easy Does It Though my money is on Kit Carson Pass in California as the most dangerous place for motoring (long story) it has been long-established that Highway 550, known as The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado will make for a white-knuckle hell ride. People note that it’s the longest 25 miles they’ve ever driven. The James Dalton Highway in Alaska is known for major temperature shifts, horrible high winds, and man-eating potholes. Any road known as dangerous on Ice Road Truckers should probably be a clue. Dangerous for a different reason is I-15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Remember the road scenes in Fear in Loathing in Las Vegas? Yeah. Like that.
Bad Sign Though perhaps the 1978 Volare can give it a run for its money, The Ford Edsel has long been considered the most overengineered lemon ever known in auto making. It was supposed to be a symbol of the future, a harbinger of our technologically brilliant future. What it became was a sign that Uncle Tony would probably also buy Miracle Cream for Aunt Louise. In other words, it became a symbol of failure and gullibility. Sort of like voting for Trump.
Escape Object The BMW Isetta was a quirky little car. The hood of the vehicle served as its only door, so you basically climbed in it through the front, and god forbid you should forget and park it in a garage facing the wall. In 1963, Manfred Koster escaped Eastern Berlin for the shiny, happy West in a tiny Isetta using a secret compartment. Other vehicles used in escaping the GDR were the Volkswagen Beetle and the BMW Mini Cooper. The Stasi knew to sweep under the cars with mirrors on long poles, but they didn’t always catch that extra load on the frame.
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A Home for the Arts WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA PITCHER
n April 1, the Sylvia Center for the Arts opened its doors to the community for the first time. Curious guests gathered in the upstairs room of the old Cascade Laundry building overlooking downtown through unfinished windows. Strings of temporary lights were hung along the ceiling, lighting up booths filled with unique local art. Children danced together, enjoying boisterous tunes while their parents looked on sipping locally brewed beer and wine. “We didn’t know if anyone was going to show up, but we had over 500 people pass through there,” Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao, iDiOM Theater founder and artistic director said. He feels that it was a preview of what is to come for the art center. “People were really excited about the space, and excited about the building, even when there was nothing there except for the possibilities.” The vision is a versatile facility with performance venues, classroom and rehearsal spaces, sound-proof studios, a curated art gallery, a café, and non-profit office space. Other spaces may be available for a costume
shop, photography studio, and video production company. The building will house 14–16 resident theater, dance, and music organizations. The Studio Theater is set to open in September of this year. This space will seat 75 and be designed for dance performance. Next, the Main Stage Theater is set to open in February 2017 and will seat 160 people. The floorplan for the upstairs space is currently a rough draft, but set to be completed by February 2018. The plan will be finalized depending on the needs of the organizations that will be in residence. “We’re definitely planning as we bring [organizations] in,” Hergenhahn-Zhao said. “We purposefully left plans up in the air.” Musicians have different needs for rehearsal spaces than dancers. The iDiOM theater began working on this project about five years ago because the organization needed more space, and saw a need for a performing arts center. The goal of the theater is to promote and produce performing arts in Bellingham. This idea is carried over to the art center as it is meant to create a space for performing arts that is both affordable and accessible. Hergenhahn-Zhao sees the space as a place for the convergence of energy between the arts. One may come to see a dance performance, and leave with the experience of visual art, live music, or a drink at the café as well. “It’s going to bring a whole new vitality and center of gravity over to the arts district in that part of town.” Sylvia Center for the Arts is a vision of creativity, collaboration, and new possibilities.
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LIFESTYLE Five Faves
BOULEVARD PARK Paved paths meander along the shoreline and lead to scenic Taylor Dock. Spread a picnic in the soft grass, in the sand along the water, or on one of the pocket beaches around Taylor Dock. Bring a dog and Frisbee and make a day of it. Bayview Drive, Bellingham
FIVE PICNIC FAVES
Lake Padden is a Bellingham favorite. When the sun comes out, expect to see kids and adults swimming and playing in the grassy areas around the lake. There’s also an extensive network of trails for exploring. The lake is a great place to have a barbecue, with a picnic shelter that has tables and grills. 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham
Fairhaven Park is a great family destination, with a playground, spray park, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a picnic shelter that has a full kitchen. The wide, grassy slopes are perfect for spreading a blanket for a picnic or an impromptu game of soccer or softball. 107 Chuckanut Drive N., Bellingham
DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK
Deception Pass State Park has excellent camping, a beautiful rocky shore perfect for unpacking a nice lunch. The views of the water and surrounding islands are expansive and beautiful. The beach is a great place to explore tide pools and hunt for sea glass. The park also has five shelters with kitchens, picnic tables, and miles of hiking and biking trails. 5175 N. State Highway 20, Oak Harbor
Hillcrest Park is a beautiful 30.75-acre park that includes playgrounds, picnic areas with tables, sports facilities, and plenty of room to play on the grass. If you have a large party, consider renting the Hillcrest Lodge, which includes a large kitchen and can hold up to 200 people. While you’re there, be sure to take a stroll through the Japanese garden next door. 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon
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LIFESTYLE In the Spotlight
short-haired woman stands in the middle of a large, empty room and stares at her reflection in a tall panel of mirrors that cover the wall from end to end. She begins to sway her long limbs gracefully in beat to her slowtempo counting.
One. Two. Three. Four.
Pam Kuntz WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ASHLEY HIRUKO
Other people are spending the day out basking in the abnormally warm weather, while Pam Kuntz spends her time inside the small commissary building teaching young dancers to explore creatively. But for Kuntz, dance was never a choice; it was a necessity. Kuntz has been dancing in Bellingham since 1999. Throughout her time in the region, she has worked with aspiring new dancers, co-founded Bellingham Repertory Dance, and began Kuntz and Company. It was 2005 when she first gathered community members and professional dancers together for a piece on mothers. Kuntz found people open to sharing their experiences in motherhood and then used those
interviews to craft a dance piece that could translate to audiences just what those mothers were feeling and went through. She said these pieces function as a way of learning for both viewers and participants. “Dancing and learning from the community, engaging their interest and their lives is a way for artists to turn around and tell it back,” Kuntz said. “It lets you see those lives in a different way.” It was during this time that she decided to form Kuntz and Company, a dance and theatre organization that would bring light to topics including Asperger’s, death, and body image. Throughout the years and many profound productions, Kuntz has worked with various community members as well as professional dancers. One of her longest bonds was formed during one of the dance classes that she teaches at Western Washington University. Ian Bivins was registering for classes when he stumbled across Modern Dance I in a course catalogue. Bivins mistook the course as a partners dance class that would potentially include Square Dancing or Swing, lending
Bivins an opportunity to meet women his age. Years later, the pair have worked together on various dance pieces in the community, including Stories From Jim and Jo, a piece that tackled the issue of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. “There was something really personal at stake here,” Bivins said about the piece. “It involved having to do my homework as an actor and get inside what Parkinson’s is, and develop an understanding of Multiple Sclerosis.” Kuntz has been working with individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for over seven years. She co-created a Parkinson’s and Neurological disorder dance class that with Rick Hermann, a man diagnosed with Parkinson’s himself. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by shaky hand tremors and rigid movement, potentially posing a challenge for dancing. But Hermann said it’s this continuous movement that helps to slow the progression of the disease. “I think [Parkinson’s disease] is something you have to be brutally proactive about, the more things you can throw at it the better, dance is just one aspect,” Hermann said. Before Kuntz was a dance instructor for people with Parkinson’s and students at Western, she was a young child with a physical and creative need that couldn’t be met through activities like competitive sports or running. It was during a baton and dance class that something clicked for Kuntz. She discovered a means of meeting her needs with a newfound love of dance. “I can’t, it’s not a choice to stop dancing … I’ll always be moving in a way that expresses how I feel,” Kuntz said. Through the years, not much has changed. Kuntz still spends a good portion of her time in the dance studio and dance is still an essential part of her life. Kuntz was lucky to have found her lifelong passion at the age of 10. Something very few of us are lucky to find at all.
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Generosity to be celebrated at PeaceHealth Foundation 2016 Gala
he PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation will showcase the power of giving at its 2016 Circle of Care Gala on June 4. The formal event will highlight profound examples of sharing, caring and inspiring in Whatcom County. Generosity is the glue that holds communities together and it is the fuel that feeds the meaningful work of the Foundation. The support of generous individuals and groups allows PeaceHealth to extend the gift of health to all people, regardless of their ability to pay; foster innovative patient and health care services; and develop effective programming to meet the needs of our community. Committed supporters make compassionate health care possible. This year’s gala will honor three award recipients, each with a strong passion for giving. The Ralph H. Rinne, MD, Physician Philanthropy Leader of the Year Award will be presented to Bellingham Anesthesia Associates in recognition of their time, talent and treasure invested in the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Since 2000, Bellingham Anesthesia Associates has supported various essential projects, including Employee Assistance, Adult Day Health, Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Childbirth Center Vision 2020 and the Cancer Center Capital Campaign. The Philanthropist of the Year Award will be presented to Conrad Grabow, who began volunteering at PeaceHealth St. Joseph over a decade ago and helped develop the Patient Experience Program. He made the largest bequest commitment in the history of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical 30 NorthSoundLife.com
Center, beginning with a substantial contribution to the Integrated Cancer Center in 2011 and a recent significant contribution for a new integrated outpatient therapy center that will offer an array of therapies in a single location. The radiation wing of the Cancer Center is named in his honor, and the new outpatient therapy center will also bear his name. When asked about the roots of his unfaltering dedication to PeaceHealth, Grabow explained, “They have taken very good care of me for many years. It is a way that I can make sure others are cared for.” He credits PeaceHealth St. Joseph for helping care for him, and provide treatment during his numerous bouts of cancer. John Huntley will receive the Inspirational Leader of the Year Award, a testament to his leadership and engagement. Huntley has been an active donor since 2005, both as an individual and a corporate contributor as Owner of Mills Electric. He currently serves as a board member for both the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation (for which he is a past president) and the Whatcom Hospice Foundation. St.Joe's is a thick layer of his identity. The gala will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, and proceeds will benefit supportive, individualized, coordinated patient care at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center. It is a celebration of giving and a gathering of people passionate about investing in our community. The festivities serve as a reminder that leadership, commitment and collaboration bring life to the Circle of Care—generosity is at its core.
Past projects supported by the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation • Patient Scholarships for Cancer Center and Cardiac Rehab • Reach Out and Read early literacy tools • Scholarships for RN to BSN Nursing Excellence • Childbirth Center Phase Facility Improvements • Equipment for Imaging, Childbirth Center, ER and Cardiovascular Center • Parish Nurse Program • Childhood Obesity Prevention, in partnership with the YMCA • Heart Screenings for low-income women • Supplies for patients with dementia and A lzheimer’s disease • Outpatient Therapy Center • Clothing for discharged patients in need • Emergent patient needs for Chronic Care RN Care Managers • Cancer Center Patient Experience Find out more about giving to the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Foundation by contacting Anne Rasmussen at 360-788-6866 or email@example.com
Summer Sounds WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA PITCHER
ights! Cameras! Action! Coming July 17–30, the Arts Adventure Northwest summer camp will combine classical music sounds with the art of film. Offered by the Peterson Conservatory of Music and Arts in partnership with Cascadia Film Workshop, this summer camp is dedicated to teaching students about music, art, and culture. Students will experience “an explosion of creativity and improvement in skill on whatever instrument or film expression they choose,” said Sharyn Peterson, the conservatory founder and director. She began the conservatory in 2005 with the goal of increasing and enhancing the artistic culture in Skagit, Island, Whatcom, and Snohomish counties. “A vital part of our mission is to teach appreciation and understanding of other cultures from around the world.” Students learn and perform music from other parts of the world. The youth orchestra has had the opportunity to tour in China twice,
and will be visiting Prague and Vienna this year. Another way to achieve this multicultural goal is giving international students the opportunity to learn music here. Each year international students are accepted into programs such as the summer camp. This year several Chinese students are expected to attend the camp. The summer camp provides students with a variety of different artistic experiences. This year it will be split up into two sections. “One of [the sections] is a continuation of 23 years of our Sounds of Summer Music Festival, and the other is the Cascadia Film Workshop led by Mel Damski,” Peterson said. Students ages 10–21 are accepted at the camp, and may choose to attend as a day or overnight camp. During the morning students will rehearse and learn symphonic music masterworks. Some classes include jazz band, vocal ensemble, and festival orchestra. The afternoon focus will be on arts, emphasizing all things film. Classes offered include directing, acting,
visual effects, and cell phone cinema. The emphasis for this section is personal development of a film. Other afternoon art classes offered include Chinese calligraphy, and theatre performance. Each evening will wrap the day up with fun social activities including summer chorale, fiddle class, campfires, and dancing. Students will have the opportunity to show off what they learned on the Saturday after each week and will perform at the finale gala at the end of the camp. Film students will showcase their work at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon during the event. On top of being the founder and director of the conservatory, Peterson also plays and teaches violin lesson. “I've been a professional freelance musician my entire career, and teaching and performing are my way of life,” she said. Peterson hopes that her students will discover a deep appreciation for music and visual arts while making new friends with others who share their interests during the summer camp.
The Steering Column Community Leadership and the Spirit of Giving BY ZIAD YOUSSEF
AKING A CHOICE: Whether it’s your neighborhood, your city, or your country, community leadership requires a community effort and it doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of one candidate, and it surely doesn’t end with one VOTE. Just as proper legal care shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of one lawyer, or one act of lawyering, the sustainable solution comes from a community effort between those in the dilemma and those who can help resolve it. YOU must be engaged every day in the well-being of your community and our charitable spirit is the only solution for REAL CHANGE in your community. It's the only movement that counts. It’s a revolution of giving where we support a hand up to our neighbor, not a handout to our enemy. In legal care, allowing a client to simply take advice or receive care without equal participation from the client creates a false sense of solution that misleads the client into thinking it will always be that easy. Therefore, you must always keep the client engaged in their own well-being. AMERICA doesn’t become Great Again just because you vote for Donald Trump and our friends won’t start earning a living wage simply because you vote for Hillary Clinton. We must choose every day to make it great, and our local businesses have to choose every day to look out for those under their care. Similarly, simply hiring a lawyer won’t solve
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Ray of Sunshine WRITTEN BY MARILYN NAPIER PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADELINE TAKATA AND MARILYN NAPIER
n London, the word “bird” can also mean “gal.” That is what inspired shop owner Adrienne Beard’s new women’s clothing store, The Chipper Bird. “I wanted to incorporate the words bird, joyful, and happy [into the name],” Beard said. “I thought I could be a happy gal as well.” Located on Bay Street in downtown Bellingham, The Chipper Bird is a welcoming and lively space. This is a place to browse around for one-of-a kind trinkets and handpicked clothes and most of all, have fun while shopping. It is impossible to miss the bright yellow store sign out front; it stands out from the usual Northwest greyness. The white-picket fence and a garden bench and chairs let passersby know that entering The Chipper Bird will take you into a place akin to a sunny, warm summer day. Inside, there are many local treasures with everything from lavender lotion from Lynden to hand-made clothes and bags from local seamstress Martha Savage of Savage Creations. … continued on page 37
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Most of the clothes are gently used and at affordable prices. Beard makes sure she carries as many different sizes as possible. “Everybody wants to wear cute clothing no matter what the size. As long as it is cute and ladylike, I’ll get it.” The Chipper Bird is perfect if you are looking for a fun pattern dress, an array of jewelry options such as a lace choker, or a wide selection of wedges. Whether it’s floral, polka dots, or another one of the many patterns, the clothes are meant to be playful and are inspired by vintage fashions from the 1940s –1970s. Beard likes to treasure hunt for second hand clothes outside the area to bring into her store. “It’s nice to freshen the pool of used clothing,” she said. There is opportunity to bring a whole outfit together here. Pick out a flowy dress and match it with a pair of handmade earrings and a cute belt, or choose denim jeans and a button down shirt. …
"I think you should play dress up forever." Although The Chipper Bird is in its first year, Beard is no stranger to owning her own business. She previously ran the women’s store, A Lovely Day, which closed last year three months before she opened her new store. “The Chipper Bird has more of a rustic feel,” Beard said. “It feels a little more like me, with wood and lace and more housewares than A Lovely Day.” There is fanciful feel to the store. Up above are lights and feathers that dangle from an artistically twisted wire as well as sparkling branches that decorate the room. The shop is everything girly, yet not the slightest bit flashy. Beard said she has always been drawn to the ladies who were put together and held themselves well. “I don’t feel like a super fashionista, it’s just a lot of fun. I think you should play dress up forever.” The Chipper Bird serves women and girls of all ages. Although most popular for women college-aged to mid-60s, Beard said even a 12-year-old can find something here as well. Her favorite part of being a shop owner is when the customer finds something that fits perfectly and is excited about it. “I want people to feel comfortable and I want them to find treasures, not just local, not just for other people, but for themselves.” Whether you are looking for an affordable outfit or local soaps and lotions, Beard’s store is really a hidden gem in Bellingham. 1230 Bay Street 360.738.7028
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Here Comes the Sun Ted Baker London Opens in Bellevue Square WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER
atch as a slender cigarette boat cuts a brilliant path across the Atlantic leaving a trail of frothy sea foam in its wake. At the bow, a smartly dressed, sunglasses-clad couple laughs and cavorts, while a man in a navy blue blazer steers Baker’s Boat. The scene is awash in the turquoise haze of vintage film. This is the sun-kissed video loop on the splash page of Ted Baker’s website for U.S. customers. It is emblematic of Ted Baker London bringing “six star style” across the pond. Break out the bone china and bake some tasty scones, the British are coming! The British Invasion happened in March—just in time for Seattleites to start singing “Here Comes the Sun”—as the luxury-clothing brand opened its store at Bellevue Square, introducing Ted Baker’s Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear, menswear, and accessories to the Pacific Northwest. The sun-soaked collection recalls the 1960s. Retro-inspired advertisements entice with all the elegant charms of an idyllic summer holiday spent waltzing along the promenade at the Strawberry Islands. Gorgeous prints abound in a variety
of styles and stripes, as do classic silhouettes for both him and her. From dapper crew neck knit sweaters and collared t-shirts in mustard, a color which feels both classic and contemporary, to crisp white dresses with splashes of green floral and checkered patterns paired with structured coats and mod, red sunglasses, these are ensembles worthy of Don and Betty Draper. A lifestyle brand that reflects traditional and contemporary influences, the store’s offerings also include bags, active wear, audio, and home fragrances. The 2,965-square foot store is inspired by a “high tea” party, which is meant as a nod to the Pacific Northwest’s love of coffee. The decor features pastel tones of pink, blue, and mint, and includes a wall of framed lace doilies, artful arrangements of teaspoons, elegant silver tea services fixed to walls, and tiered cake-stand light fixtures suspended, as if they were edible chandeliers, from the ceiling. Near the cash desk, a delectable collection of knitted cakes and sandwiches, including such classics as egg and cress sandwiches and bourbon biscuits, displayed on vintage wood trays are sure to tempt your appetite. Ted Baker London is known internationally for its stylish, sophisticated clothing marked by detail, beautiful designs, and high-quality fabrics, and finishes. The brand has earned a reputation for exemplary customer service and good humor. The international retailer now has more than 34 locations in the U.S., with the nearest West coast location in San Francisco, and it plans to open an additional five stores in North America this year, including two in New York and three in Canada. If you find yourself mourning the finale of Downton Abbey, then Ted Baker London promises to be the best place for stylish Anglophiles to shop away their sorrows. You might be sad, but at least you’ll be well-dressed. Pip, pip, cheerio!
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SHOP Savvy Shopper
Alleycat Bike Shop WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADELINE TAKATA
Alleycat Bike Shop 2009 J St., Bellingham 360.778.3701
THE SHOP Tucked in the Lettered Streets, within the walls of a blue garage lies Alleycat Bike Shop. This neighborhood treasure is Bellingham’s onestop repair shop to restore and renew your bike. Lined with handlebars, accessories, helmets, tires, and other parts, this bicycle workshop has been repairing rides since 2013. Stepping inside Alleycat is a first-hand look at the mechanics of bike repair and restoration, the passion of shop owner Duke Pakdee. THE ATMOSPHERE A raw look into a mechanic’s workshop with an approachable environment. KEY PEOPLE Pakdee’s trade is rooted in his passion. He was first a lover of bikes before he was a shop owner. His enthusiasm for cycling sparked his idea for Alleycat. With prior knowledge and experience in mechanics, Duke fused his love for bikes and talent in mechanics to create a career. After working in shops for the past 25 years and independently working on bikes from his home, the demand for repairs eventually became so great that he decided to open up his own space. Originally underneath the Green Frog Tavern, Pakdee moved into the J Street location in 2014.
He is devoted to fixing bicycles to the best of his capabilities so he can get people back out on their bikes. WHAT YOU’LL FIND Whether you are looking for a repair, a tune-up, or accessories for mountain or road bikes, Alleycat is the place. Pakdee says that their inventory is unlike most other bike shops, and keeps their shop unique by stocking up on parts that may be hard to find elsewhere. Specializing in suspension services, wheel building, and disc brakes, Pakdee repairs all bikes in-house. Once Pakdee attained special tools that allow certain fixes to be done in-house, he was able to get repairs done quicker then most shops that outsource their products. Although he mostly handles repairs, you can custom order new bikes from Alleycat. He also handles and sells brands like Knolly, Chromag, NS, and Yeti bikes. OWNER’S FAVORITE The joy for Pakdee comes from helping people get back to doing what they love. Getting people back on their bikes and outside riding again is what fuels his repairing drive each day.
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Getting Out of Your Skin Care Rut WRITTEN BY ASHLEY THOMASSON AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY BECKI WALKER
’m going to let you in on a little secret: the skin care struggle is real. You would think that being in the beauty industry I would have an edge, a collection of magical potions if you will, that somehow create the perfect, blemishfree, radiant glow. But the truth is that I don’t. I’m just like every other girl out there, trying to … continued on next page
find what works for me in an ever-changing and sometimes overwhelming sea of products. I have however been able to find my way through various rough-patches and skin-care crises with a little grace and only a touch of cover-up. I hope that sharing my small victories in cleansing and moisturizing is helpful to those of you that have fallen into a skin care rut!
CHANGE IT UP The best thing you can do to get out of your rut is to try something new. Just like germs can adapt to conditions over time and become immune to certain sanitizations, your skin can become complacent and immune to some of the product properties in your routine after a while. Even if you switch back to your tried-and-true routine in a month or two, trying something new will keep your skin working hard for you. Plus, who knows? You may even find a new product that you love! Pro tip: Don’t change everything all at once. Sometimes that can be a stressor on your skin and if you have a bad reaction, it may be hard to tell what is causing it. Instead of changing your whole routine, try starting with either your cleanser or moisturizer and then go from there.
SIMPLIFY YOUR ROUTINE Don’t fall victim to the “more is more” theory. In most instances, less is more. A good skin care routine should be comprised of three main components: cleansing, toning or conditioning, and moisturizing. Over-cleansing can be harsh on your skin and produce redness or irritation while overmoisturizing can product excess oil, causing more breakouts. Sometimes when we have a skin crisis we want to put all the product on our face, but that can be confusing and
overwhelming to our skin causing more harm than good (and costing you more money). When you’re feeling tempted to layer on the remedies, remind yourself to focus on using the minimum number of products needed to accomplish your goal. Pro tip: Moisturizers and oils can both play an important in healing your skin but instead of using them both at the same time, try alternating them by using one in the morning and the other at night, letting your skin focus on absorbing the benefits of each one really well.
DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE This is perhaps some of the most common advice out there, yet somehow the reminder is always necessary. While popping pimples might bring temporary satisfaction it can spread the bacteria causing more breakouts, and over-time continued picking can creating scarring/discoloration. It’s good to also be aware of how often you touch your face throughout the day. Sometimes when we’re bored or stressed, we might have a tendency to put our hands on our face (face-palm, anyone?). The dirt and oil from your fingers can also contribute to clogged pores and breakouts, so do your best to be aware and try something else when stressed instead. Pro tip: To get out of an old bad habit, try changing your routine. Change the order you do things such as wash your face before you need to make dinner or do your evening chore. If you have a reduced time frame to wash your face in, you’ll be less likely to dilly-dally and overanalyze your skin.
DIG INTO NATURE If you’re bored with your routine and looking for some excitement, try playing with some of nature’s best ingredients that you can find right in your kitchen! Lemon juice can be used to brighten skin and even out its tone. Honey can kill bacteria and be used as an astringent. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used as an astringent and can balance out skin during bouts of excessive oiliness. Egg whites can help reduce pore size and tighten skin, eliminating wrinkles. Natural ingredients are your friend, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and whip up your own skin-healing concoction! Pro tip: For a quick exfoliating mask, mix one Tbsp honey together with a half Tbsp each brown sugar and lemon. Massage onto skin and let sit for 5–10 minutes before washing it off. Use once a week.
FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS Every once in a while, we try something new and it just doesn’t work—or we have a feeling that something is going on with our skin but don’t pay much attention to it until it is too late. If you feel like something is causing irritation or breakouts, listen to your skin! Pro tip: when trying new skin care products, only add one new product into your routine at a time. That way, you can better monitor its effectiveness as well as be able to better and more quickly address any negative reactions if there are any.
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Should you be screened for cancer? Your primary care provider can help you decide
ANCER SCREENING TESTS can often save lives by finding cancer early, providing a vital heads-up before you might notice a lump or other worrisome symptoms. But it’s not always easy to know which screenings you need or when to get them—particularly since screening guidelines change.
“Cancer screenings don’t have onesize-fits-all guidelines,” says Francine Martis, MD, a family medicine physician at PeaceHealth Medical Group. “They typically have different recommendations based on things like age, family history or even personal preferences.” One person who can help you sort through the maze of cancer guidelines is your primary care provider. “We can answer your questions, explain the various tests, and help determine a screening approach—for cancer and other diseases—that is right for you,” Dr. Martis says.
RECOMMENDED CANCER SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN BREAST CANCER
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the American College of Radiologists recommend breast cancer screening start at age 40. Determining the age to start having mammograms and their frequency should involve shared decision making based on an individualized risk assessment. CERVIAL CANCER
Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up. The Pap test looks for precancers, cell changes on the cervix that may become cervical cancer if not treated appropriately and the HPV test looks for the virus that can cause those cell changes. Women aged 30-65 should have a Pap plus an HPV test every 5 years. It is also acceptable to have a Pap test alone every 3 years.
Testing options (starting at age 50) include colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy. Both are invasive and require prep work most people dislike. But they can find cancer—or the polyps (abnormal growths) that may become cancer—early, when treatment is often most successful. Noninvasive stool tests are another option, but they can’t detect polyps. And a positive result will probably require more tests, including a colonoscopy. DON’T GO IT ALONE
Your primary care provider knows your personal risk factors for cancer, such as your medical and family history, and those can influence when and how often you’re screened. “With your provider’s help, you can make an informed decision about testing that’s right for you,” Dr. Martis says. Francine Martis, MD , PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine 360.738.2200, peacehealth.org
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June | July 2016
By Frances Badgett
As with so many industries, the upper echelons of the wine industry were traditionally reserved for men. The past two decades have brought with them significant change, and the world of wine is becoming more inclusive. Washington wine pioneers like Nina Buty, Mary Derby, Eve-Marie Gilla, and Kay Simon have personally witnessed the shift away from male-only wine events, vineyard management, and seminars. Join us in raising a glass to the women who prune, pick, crush, and bottle some of the best wines in the world right here in Washington State.
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Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding
he 2016 winners of the James Beard Award for Beverage Writing, Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding edit The Oxford Companion to Wine. Robinson is one of the foremost wine critics in the world, having authored many guides, books, and articles. Harding is a mentor, critic, and educator who is dedicated to mentoring those interested in wine education. She has received many awards for her work. Robinson took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for our readers: BA: Have you seen a shift in the wine industry from being male-dominated to an increase in the presence of women? JR: Women are a much more powerful force in the wine business than they were when I started 40 years ago, and it is notable that most of the highest achievers in wine exams are women as well as many female winemakers and wine communicators. But there is still a bit of a glass ceiling in bigger companies. BA: Taste and smell are notably difficult to describe. Do you have a specific approach to writing about wine that captures the right profile of a wine?
JR: I tend to describe wines’ vital statistics (acidity, tannin, body, residual sugar) and evolutionary stage which I think is more useful than a list of flavours because I think the latter is a bit subjective and if you give too many it can be off-putting. BA: Women in the wine industry here in Washington State are starting to meet somewhat secretly and organize tastings and raise money for scholarships, etc. Is this apparent in wine journalism as well? JR: This sounds like a great initiative but I wonder why the meetings have to be secret? I’m not aware of similar initiatives in wine journalism specifically. I am or have been a member of a few organisations for women in wine and I always enjoy all-female gatherings. 50 NorthSoundLife.com
ary Derby runs DaMa Wines on laughter, passion, and great wine. She started in the industry in 2000 with Spring Valley Vineyard. “We were the 25th winery to open in Walla Walla,” she said. “We” are Derby and her late husband Devin, who died unexpectedly in an accident in 2004. Grief can inspire great projects sometimes, and out of her sadness and grief, with a desire to provide for her family and work in a field that is creative and pleasurable, Derby created DaMa. The “Ma” of DaMa is Dawn Kammer who left DaMa in 2012. Derby then took on Judith Shulman as a partner. Shulman is a partner in a Seattle law firm and sweeps in to do the numbers, tidy the books, and keep DaMa on solid financial footing. She’s a guardian angel and workhorse, and Derby’s respect and affection for her is very clear. Derby runs the day-to-day operation of bottling, tasting, and winemaking in addition to the hustle of marketing. She is drawn to the dynamic, busy environment at DaMa. “I am never bored,” she said, chuckling. “Every day is very different.” With a background in music, she loves the idea of using creative energy to orchestrate and conduct her business. Derby likes marketing, and DaMa is currently undergoing a rebranding effort. She is an inspired and inspiring person who loves the creative process, and sees marketing as part of the creative process of wine. “Marketing is telling the story of the wine, and sharing that story with customers.” Every bottle of wine is different, another changing dynamic in Derby’s workplace. There’s a lot of pressure to get wines out into the market as quickly as possible, and Derby fights that tendency. “Sometimes we [winemakers] put our wines out on the market too soon. We don’t let them sit and chill out.” The result is wine that doesn’t have a full body and good balance. The quality of her wines comes from knowing how long to age the wine and what kind of barrels to age it in. As one of the few wineries owned by women, DaMa participates in their community by raising scholarship funds for women to attend community college, and she’s organizing a calendar of women in Washington wine—photographed by Kathryn Elsesser— to raise money for scholarships as well. She’s a part of a group of women who get together for tastings, advice, gossip, and sharing. “I’ve always been collaborative with people. I like to gather people around some great bottles of wine and see what happens.” She also likes to create great theme dinners, like 1920s Paris. Her sense of fun and creativity are never far from her sense of good winemaking, and that makes DaMa an exciting label. “After a long day of bottling I go ‘Oh I hope I love it.’” And usually she does. “The numbers are pretty locked down, but there’s always second-guessing. You go with your gut.” And this woman’s gut? Is solid.
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Sarah Hedges Goedhart
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Hedges Estate Winery
or Sarah Hedges Goedhart, winemaking is a family affair. Her parents were winemakers. As she grew, she didn’t quite love the challenging agrarian lifestyle that her parents embraced. “I was a rebellious teen.’” Her parents encouraged her to get a college degree, so she went to college in California. She studied business and philosophy. Then she fell in love. “She moved up to Santa Barbara to be near her boyfriend, whom she later married. “There was an opening in the tasting room, so I took it.” Sales was a new way for Goedhart to experience the wine world without having to prune, pick, crush, and bottle. The winery had a big year, and an additional crop of pinot noir grapes. “They didn’t know what to do with them, and they were going to just get rid of them. We picked 200 pounds of grapes, fermented them, and the wine was really good.” Goedhart was hooked. She and her husband moved to Davis, California to study winemaking. After Davis, they moved to Preston Winery in Dry Creek. Not only did Goedhart receive a great wine education, she learned other skills: breadmaking, fermenting, and organic gardening. “Lou Preston is a huge influence on me, and he really taught me so much about winemaking and a holistic approach to winemaking.” To this day, Goedhart bakes bread daily, tends chickens, and manages an organic garden in addition to running a winery. In 2006, Goedhart and her husband moved “home” to Washington State. They took courses at Washington State University in enology and vitology. Goedhart moved back to the estate and began working again. Her uncle, Pete Hedges, was the head winemaker. “His assistant winemaker quit right before harvest.” Instead of just handing the job to Goedhart, he made her apply with all the others. He offered her the job. After he retired last year, Goedhart became head winemaker. One of the bigger challenges for Goedhart is in proving herself. Being of a family winery, people make a lot of assumptions about her work ethic and her place in the winemaking world. But make no mistakes, she works hard. She also appreciates how hard women have had to work in winemaking to be taken seriously. “Twenty years ago, you could go to a seminar and not see a single woman. Now there are many women in the industry.” The thing that makes it hard is that women are in charge of managing men. “These men have worked for men their whole lives, so then they have to work for women.” It can be a challenge. But it is very telling that in all the years Hedges has been in operation, most of the employees have been there a long time. “My parents did a great job in making sure this is a nice place to work. Some people have been here 15-20 years. Some of the people here now knew me when I was a teen.” Today, Goedhart’s children, ages 6 and 9, help with sampling grapes and checking off barrels. “As soon as they’re old enough, they’ll get stuck in the bottling line just like me.” With any luck, they’ll create wines as great as hers, too.
Hedges Estate Winery
bullient Anne-Marie Hedges grew up in Troyes, a medieval town in the Champagne-Ardennes region of France. Yes. Champagne. “It is a tradition in our town that when a baby is born, you put a few drops of champagne on her lips, so it is the first thing she tastes.” Hedges’ parents were in retail manufacturing. Her connection to winemaking is through her grandfather, Marcel Dupont. He used to buy barrels of wine from a friend in Burgundy, which he then tapped with his own tools. “We have a wine dedicated to him—our Syrah. He lives through our wine, a true bon vivant.” After dreaming of a life abroad, Hedges and her husband Tom lived and worked in Argentina, Phoenix, and New Brunswick, before settling in Seattle. At Hedges’ urging, they started making wine. “We had an opportunity to sell wine to the Swedish government. It was a huge quantity, and we decided to do all of it on our own,” Hedges said. “We sent samples to the customer and they chose one. Sweden ordered 4,000 cases. When the wine arrived, the client requested more. The Hedges bought property on Red Mountain. When reflecting on her role as a woman in the wine industry, she said. “A woman in winemaking has to prove herself and earn the respect of her workers.” When Hedges’ daughter Sarah took the helm, the crew had to adjust. “She had to be tough from the beginning.” In 2007, Hedges won Best Bordeaux in an international wine competition held in Hong Kong. “We made the best Bordeaux in the world. That was a good year.” Fitting that Hedges’ great accomplishment was a French wine—another homecoming of sorts. And to bring things full circle, Hedges Estate also has a true French champagne. “We found a small producer in Trépail, France who agreed to make our champagne. It’s called Marquis d’Ossey.”
One of the biggest challenges of her career was the winter of 1978. “Following the harvest, we didn’t have a temperature above freezing for a month, and the vineyards were newly planted. We had vine death. We went from crushing 6,700 tons in 1978 to 670 tons in 1979.” This happened industry-wide, crippling wine for a couple of years. But there were good years, too. “1994 was a great year. Really nice red wine vintage.”
ay Simon was one of two women in the winemaking program at the University of California at Davis. The year was 1976, before there was an enology and viticulture degree at UCD. Technically, her degree is in fermentation science. An influential professor in fermentation encouraged Simon to pursue brewing. “But when I graduated, all the jobs were in wine. So I went into wine.” After working in the wine industry in California, she was recruited (along with many wine industry luminaries) to Washington State to work at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Ste. Michelle was well-funded, but lacking in local talent—there wasn’t a wine program in the state at the time. “A bunch of us moved up and incubated the industry. Andre Tchelistcheff, Cheryl Barber Jones, me.” Her father was an entrepreneur. “I knew in the back of my mind that I could start my own business.” The gender discrimination was pretty fierce, but Simon was fiercer. “To break the barrier with the guys, you had to be hard-headed to make sure you were being heard and respected.” It was a challenge, but Simon didn’t shrink from it. Her experiences have inspired her to enable more women to be successful in the industry. She has mentored women entering the business, and she is a member of the Seattle Chapter of the Dames d’Escoffier, an organization that gives women scholarships in culinary arts and winemaking. At their last auction, the women raised $80,000 for the Dames d’Escoffier. “Through the scholarship committee, I meet a lot of young women at WSU. I also had a
young woman visit me who is interested in the industry and looking to make a change.” She marvels at young women in the industry now who seem intrepid and undaunted, raising families and hustling labels. Her advice for women starting out? “Get the science-based background and work hard. Learn everything you can. Read everything you can.” It doesn’t hurt to have Simon’s brand of grit and determination, either. After working at Ste. Michelle, Simon and her husband Clay opened Chinook wines in 1977. “Laws were more restrictive back then. We couldn’t even have a tasting room.” The regulations have changed “People don’t even have to ferment on the premises to be considered a winery.” This means that entrepreneurial marketing-driven folks can source the wine and design a label and go into business. Simon didn’t see this as a bad thing, just a big change in the way the industry functions. As for her work as a winemaker, Simon is dedicated to crafting each bottle, drawing on her entrepreneurial spirit and her love of the product. She had just come in from pruning when we spoke. “I am very hands-on.” She and her husband Clay have made the winery central to their lives, and they enjoy it immensely. And their enjoyment shows. “Food and wine were a part of our family life every day growing up. We still enjoy wine with our meal every night.” For Simon, wine is woven inextricably into every part of her life. And she wouldn’t change it for the world.
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Victoria Antilla Sommelier and Wine Director
The career path to wine director included a lot of pitfalls for most people—late hours, long hours, and eccentric scheduling. “You can’t want the Monday–Friday 9–5 white picket fence thing. You have to work evenings and weekends.” Hard work, eccentric hours, and dedication— Antilla said, “If I had known I could have done this back when I started, I might have done it all on purpose.”
hat began as a waitressing job turned into a full-blown wine directorship for Victoria Antilla. For those in the service industry, Antilla’s story is an inspiration. “As many people in restaurants do, I started as a teenager waiting tables. I worked to support myself.” Back when she started, women weren’t hired in steakhouses as servers. Undaunted, Antilla pressed on, interested in the wine aspect of bartending and waitressing, and worked her way into full-service restaurants with extensive wine programs. She taught herself the industry, the particulars of what goes into winemaking, and the nuances of tasting. “Back then, wine was still very corporate. Not that it was bad, but there were just a few producers sold at restaurants. It was very one-dimensional.” Things began to change as the wine industries in California, Washington, and Oregon evolved. By 2002, Antilla was the one at her restaurant who knew the most about wine, so the wine stewardship fell to her. Not that she minded. “The management staff didn’t know anything about wine, and I did. So it was mine.” Even so, she didn’t get to choose which wines the restaurant would buy. She found the constraints challenging. As the industry grew, so, too, did Antilla’s career. When the wine directorship at Schwartz Brothers came up, she applied. She didn’t make it the first time, but after educating herself in geology, history, chemistry, and botany, she was ready for it the second time it came around. She applied and has since won awards for her excellence in tasting and selection. She’s now one of the most prestigious wine directors in the state. “I was a blue collar kid from Mountlake Terrace, and you hang out with these amazing, creative people. I wanted to be part of that world.” She tasted her first
great wine and was hooked. “It was a Chateauneuf de Pape. The combination of the taste and the history—so much goes into a bottle—the wine was alive.” She is in love with the “ologies” that go into wine, from the chemistry, to the geology, to the botany. “I love that everything you taste is tied to a chemical. It’s amazing.” One of the unique challenges in Antilla’s job description is that she has to match particular wines with the tastes of the patrons of a particular restaurant. She is kind of a Tinder for restaurants, pairing their clientele with the right wines. “I don’t want to buy a bunch of wine that will sit on the shelf.” Her selections have to land well with the customers, and with the considerable long line of wine critics who may happen by. It’s a delicate balance to keep everyone happy, but Antilla is good at it. Young women starting as sommeliers and wine directors today have some advantages that Antilla didn’t have, but the change among wine consumers is slow. “There are still guys who send away a female sommelier and ask for a man.” She sees a lot of women working the floor as wine stewards—more than she used to. And that’s encouraging. “It begins in the kitchen. In the short amount of time I’ve been working, it’s become normal to see a woman in the kitchen. Everything flows from there.” It’s not a surprise that Antilla is a huge success. She has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence every year since 2008 and won the Best Award of Excellence in 2015. Challenges, constraints, misogyny—Antilla has stuck it out in a career that not just anyone can survive, and has done so with intellectual curiosity, grace, and energy.
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For Buty, wine is made to go with food, not as a stand-alone experience. She doesn’t favor a particular grape or varietal, she likes individual wines. “The wines that I like the best are the ones that have something to say. They have character and spirit, and speak of a specific place or moment in time.”
ext time you’re in the wine section of the store, look up. Among the whites is a classic, simple label. The name is only four letters, pronounced, appropriately, “beauty.” These lush, delicious wines are the products of Nina Buty, who started Buty Wines in 2000, in the early days of the Washington wine industry. A Seattle native, she grew up with wine. “My parents introduced me to wine at a fairly early age, and they fostered appreciation for the ritual of family gathering to enjoy food and wine together.” When Buty moved east to attend Whitman College, she fell in love with the landscape and weather of eastern Washington. She focused on art and geology, a course of study that was a natural foundation for her career in wine. “I am not the winemaker at Buty, though I have always been involved in every facet of our winery.” Buty selects their suppliers, creates the vision for the blends, and orchestrates the creative process of winemaking. Her winemaker is Chris Dowsett. Buty’s children grew up at the vineyard, running through the vines and learning about viticulture. “Whether they follow in my footsteps or not, I love that they have that connection to the earth and farming, which is a gift. They also see their mother working hard and fully investing herself doing something she loves, which I hope will set a positive example.” For Buty, wine is made to go with food, not as a stand-alone experience. She doesn’t favor a particular
grape or varietal, she likes individual wines. “You can have a great Malbec from a bad year, or a terrible 2010 Chardonnay from a supposedly great year.” She added, “The wines that I like the best are the ones that have something to say. They have character and spirit, and speak of a specific place or moment in time.” Buty’s mentor was Zelma Long. Those who know the industry know that Long was a pioneer for women in winemaking, with a career that began in the 1970s as CEO of Simi Winery. She remains Buty’s consulting winemaker. “She’s a ceilingbreaker who understands our industry in such a deep and thoughtful way. Her influence on me—not just in business, but in life—has been monumental.” Long’s husband Bill Freese has also served as a mentor to Buty, and helped her Phinney Hill and Rockgarden Estate vineyards. Buty mentors winemakers as well. “Especially other women. When you’ve mentored, I think you are far more likely to become a mentor.” Winemaking is a challenging business, with many factors like weather and the economy that are beyond the control of the winery. Buty’s philosophy is that strong relationships always get her through the hard times. “The best way to get through difficult times is together.” But when it’s good, it’s very very good. “When you make wine, every vintage is like a year full of memories. You open an old bottle, and it takes you back to who you were, where you were, and the people you were with. That’s a special thing.”
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The only wine she doesn’t love much anymore is the very wine that got her into the business: Pinot Noir. “I’m not a big fan of Pinot anymore. You’re not sure what you’re buying. Pinot can be the best, or it can be weak.” Among her favorites are Chardonnay, Barbera, and Rosé from Sangiovese.
ven as a child, Marie-Eve Gilla wanted to go into farming. She grew up in Bergerac outside Paris and spent her vacations in the Jura mountains. She worked on farms as a teenager, but farming didn’t quite stick. Once she graduated from high school, she studied viticulture and then got a masters in fermentation science. She loved the chemistry. Educational programs back then had restrictions on how many women they accepted, but Gilla rose above those constraints. She said, “I love the challenge of uncertainty—that’s why I really love my job.” Gilla also loves the fast pace and dynamic life that connects both a kind of farming with the highstakes outcome of great wine. Her husband is the winemaker at Long Shadows, so theirs is a winemaking family. “I bore very easily, and I’m a bit ADD, so this suits me perfectly.” With family, a business, harvesting and bottling, it’s difficult to maintain a good balance, but she manages. “It’s hard to keep everything going. The wine comes first, and then everything has to fit around it.” Winemaking is uncompromising, difficult, and not terribly forgiving. The timing of harvesting, crushing, fermenting, testing, and bottling all has to work together. But Gilla loves orchestrating all those moving parts. “It’s not like gambling, you’re not going to lose. But the potential is so great.” Gilla began her journey in the Pacific Northwest when she moved to Oregon in 1991. She found investors and started a small brand in 1994. She liked having a smaller label, and liked being in charge. “Winemaking is a labor of love. You invest your whole life in it.” Along the way, she mentored young winemakers, particularly women. “I am bringing a girl over from France this year to study with me,” she said. “It’s good for the interns, I believe, and for us it mixes things up a bit by giving us both different influences.”
She believes winemaking is easier for young women because of social media. The marketing is more accessible for the marketers and more direct for the consumers. “Winemaking is evolving. Everyone can contribute to the industry.” And while it becomes more democratic, it also becomes less expensive for those wanting to jump in. Equipment-sharing, cooperative farming, and other crowdsourcing partnerships make wine more approachable as a career. But for women like Gilla, it was all self-propelled. Her favorite memory was the first time she tasted a truly great wine in Burgundy. “I went to lunch and three hours later, I could still taste the wine. That was the first time I knew what wine could do.” She credits their site with the success of the wine. “Our success is site-specific.” Geology, soil chemistry, microclimates all come into play when cultivating a perfect grape. “We don’t have bad years here—that is the beauty of Washington State. The weather is never too crazy.” In 2012, there was a hail storm that threatened her malbec, but they went ahead and fermented the grapes. “We tested the wine every day. It was great wine. That was a moment when we knew we had something special in the soil.” The only wine she doesn’t love much anymore is the very wine that got her into the business: Pinot Noir. “I’m not a big fan of Pinot anymore. You’re not sure what you’re buying. Pinot can be the best, or it can be weak.” Among her favorites are Chardonnay, Barbera, and Rosé from Sangiovese. After 15 years, Gilla is rebranding Forgeron, but keeping the Fleur-de-Lis, the symbol of her homeland, France. “It will still look forged out of iron. Forgeron means blacksmith, so it fits.” The symbol is also a sign of the dependable quality and deep tradition that make Forgeron such an incredible wine—and winery.
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Jody Elsom Elsom Cellars
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ody Elsom grew up in Woodinville, but is quick to Weber has a background in chemical engineering, and moved into the wine industry after working point out that at the time, Woodinville was not wine in water quality. She graduated from the University country at all. “It was farmland and horses.” Her of Nevada in Reno and traveled all over the world interest in wine started when she took a job with a to learn about different winemaking techniques and company based in Sonoma and Napa. “I got to harvest to discover new wines that aren’t readily available in and bottle. One day we sat on the porch overlooking the U.S. “I chose wineries for what I wanted to learn the fields drinking wine we had bottled, and I thought from them.” Her travels took her to Europe, Australia, ‘Yeah, I could live with this.’” She admitted, “I was Argentina—the great wine-growing places of the world. working with more of a wine club perspective.” She “I like the balance between the lab and the cellar.” As had learned the people side of winemaking, the hustling, marketing, connecting, but sitting on that porch with many people in the wine industry, Weber found with the sun setting and great wine in her hand, she the combination of lab science, hands-on vineyard wanted to learn the science. She went to Washington work and bottling, and the creative process of tasting State University. and perfecting wine a great balance for her. “It’s great to have After graduation, Elsom something to show for your formed a cooperative with “Her final months of her work at the end of the day.” friends, bottling at home, and Elsom and Weber work quisharing equipment. “Wine is program at WSU were etly with a group of women not a quick-and-easy industry.” winemakers at all ability levImagine combining the shifting challenging—she was els from all of the state. They sands and subjective standards pregnant with her first gather once a month for tastof quality with the uncertainties of agriculture. Elsom’s focus ings, critiques, to give each other child. “I gave birth on is red wine, and Malbec is her advice, and to enjoy the community that wine creates. They favorite. “One of the first grapes graduation day. I was are currently seeking nonprofit that caught my attention was showing up at vineyards status so they can raise money Malbec.” Perfecting full-bodied for women who want to go into reds isn’t easy, but Elsom loves wanting grapes with a viticulture and enology. “I think the challenge. One way to reduce nursing baby in my arms.” it’s unique of women as to how those variables is to have a great we support one another and partner in enology, and that’s share experiences.” where Rebecca Weber comes in.
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Just when we thought we’d lose our collective minds, the summer arrived! Bold, sunny, beautiful weather fills up our weekends and beckons us off the couch and into the woods. We’ve selected a few family-friendly treks that are perfect for an afternoon of wheeling around, a picnic and day trip, or a full-on overnight experience.
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DAY TRIPPING Packing the panniers with lunch and having a picnic is one of the great joys of bicycling in our area. There are so many options for great trips, and so many of these trails are accessible with kids in tow. Here are some fun, familyfriendly short jaunts. All mileage is given as one-way.
Tommy Thompson Trail Anacortes Trailhead: 22nd Street or 11th Street Length: 3.3 miles Difficulty: Easy
Historically significant, the Tommy Thompson is a trail worthy of your afternoon. If you want to get really multi-modal, there’s a ferry terminal four miles west of the trail for extensive outdoor biking adventures. The ferries depart for the San Juans on a regular schedule. This is yet another railway bed that was part of the Rails to Trails program. The grades are gentle and slow, the trails relatively well groomed, and wide enough to accommodate bikes, dogs, and joggers. The trail is named for a local railroad hobbyist who hand-built the Anacortes railway. The trail rolls along the shoreline before crossing Fidalgo Bay on a long trestle that connects Weaverling Spit and March’s Point. The trail itself is festooned with public art and points of interest, and it’s worth lingering on it for an afternoon to enjoy everything it offers. There are views of Mount Baker in the distance on a clear day. A great trail for everyone in the family, the TT is a special asset in lovely Anacortes.
Railroad Trail Bellingham
Trailhead: Memorial Park Length: 3.2 miles from Memorial Park to Bloedel Donovan Park Difficulty: Easy
Take a moment before you jet off to contemplate the war memorial at Memorial Park. This park was created (as were so many) to commemorate U.S. casualties in WWI. The trailhead is to the right as you face the WWI memorial. Follow it to the I-5 pedestrian-bike overpass. This is a particularly fun bridge when traffic is stalled on I-5—you can sail right over the gridlock! Railroad is, yes, an old railroad bed. It’s mostly flat, but there are a few challenging slow grades. Bicyclists will be most comfortable on knobby tires—a hybrid or mountain bike—because of the dirt and gravel trails. The nice thing about this trail is that it’s versatile. It’s a nice way to get to Barkley without a car, as you will sneak up behind Barkley Village as you ride. There’s also a nice little pond just beyond Barkley. Keep going, and you can choose to head to Big Rock Garden Park or to Bloedel Donovan Park on the shores of Lake Whatcom. The farthest destination is Bloedel Donovan. Big Rock Garden Park has a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden that is perfect for exploring. Whichever you choose, you won’t go wrong.
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OVERNIGHT A bedroll, a light tent, a few provisions, and a night out away from the hustle and buzz of the city, bike camping is a fantastic way to see our area. The Interurban has a lot of quiet backs and wooded spots to keep you going. Most of the trail is family-friendly and easy.
The Interurban Trail to Larrabee State Park Fairhaven Trailhead: Village Green, Fairhaven Length: 8.4 miles from Fairhaven to Larrabee Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Scenic and serene, this trail connects Fairhaven with Larrabee State Park, a great overnight camping spot. The trail cuts through deep woods along the newly daylighted portions of Padden Creek before sweeping you along Fairhaven Parkway to Chuckanut on undulating, twisty Arroyo Park Trails until you land softly at lovely Larrabee. Parts of Arroyo are steep and challenging, but the views and deep forest are worth the climbs and pitches. Larrabee State Park offers camping (be sure to make a reservation beforehand) and lots of amenities, including grills, showers, an outdoor clamshell performance space, a trail to a local beach (with lots of cautions about not eating the shellfish) and trails and more trails. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to spend a night recuperating from your ride before you head back into Bellingham. Adventurous sorts may want to continue down Chuckanut Drive to take a quick hike up Blanchard Mountain or zip down to Skagit to ride along the flat roads of the farmlands. Whatever you choose, the best way to see those views is from a bike. Just be forewarnedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chuckanut is twisty, narrow, and dangerous. Wear visible clothing and stay well over toward the shoulder.
Cascade Trail Sedro Woolley
Trailhead: 3 trailheads off of N. Cascade Highway Length: 22.5 miles Difficulty: Easy
Following the Burlington-Northern Railway bed, this long, flat trail connects Sedro Woolley and Concrete. Bike through Skagit farmland and forest, as you meander along the Skagit River. Sections will draw you closer to the highway, but this is one of the most scenic highways in the country, so no worries about losing beautiful views. East of Hamilton (not the musical) the trail crosses the North Cascades Highway and begins to get a little steep. Not mountain steep, but there’s enough of a grade to feel it. Keep an eye out for the Sauk Mountains and peaks of the North Cascades as you move along the Skagit River. As you keep going, you may run into elk. Keep your distance—as slow and cumbersome as they seem (and downright lazy) they can pack a punch in their haunches. Be careful. As you wind down your biking for the day, you’ll come upon a small state park at the end of this trail that abuts the Challenger Ridge Winery. Unpack your picnic, grab some wine, and enjoy the afternoon in the nearby county park. Or, if you prefer your meals prepared for you, eat at Challenger Ridge—they offer woodfire pizzas, and, yes, wine. As for your night, the charming little town of Concrete has plenty of B-n-Bs and inns. Read up on Concrete in Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life. “Plenty good enough place to raise a boy.” There are diners and eateries and cute shops in Concrete. Maybe you’ll spend another night, just to make a trip of it.
GEAR GUIDE MUST-HAVES Maps of route and surrounding area Head Lamp Waterproof matches Sleeping bag (rated properly for weather) Small bivouac or tent Panniers
NICE-to-HAVES Book chapters with spine and cover removed/soft cover book Bodum Press and small cookware Portable phone charger/battery back-up
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WEEKEND You don’t have to travel to Europe to have a great little innhopping weekend bike trip. Many of the San Juan Islands offer lovely loops and trails. Lopez in particular gets high marks for being less challenging than the others as well as having lots of places to stay.
Lopez Island San Juan Islands Trailhead: Ferry Landing Length: 5-31 miles, depending on route Difficulty: Easy-Difficult
Assuming you walk on with your bike and supplies, the trailhead of Lopez would be the ferry landing. There’s an immediate steep pitch coming out of the ferry landing, but things flatten out from there. Four miles south of the landing is Lopez Village, a great place to grab groceries, coffee, check out a gallery, or enjoy a little treat at the local coffee shop. Village Cycle has friendly local guides who can help you out, or repair your bike if you hit a snag. There are several options for those looking to trek on Lopez. You can follow the coastline south on Fisherman Bay Road and loop around to Village Beach County Park, or you can take a loop from Lopez Village to the east side on Lopez Sound and enjoy Spencer Point State Park. You can also take the northern route up to Swift’s Bay and Humphrey Head. Your route will likely depend on your lodging, and there are plenty of options, from camping to cabins to the Lopez Islander Waterfront Restaurant and Resort, which features a tiki lounge and live music.
Deception Pass Fidalgo Island Trailhead: N.5th Street, Mount Vernon Length: 19.8 miles Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Not exactly an easy weekend with the kids, this trip will take you to the mouth of the Pacific through scenic Mount Vernon and the lovely Skagit Valley. You’ll cross the Skagit River on 536 and start your trek into the flat, beautiful valley. You’ll pass near Swinomish Village, La Conner, and lovely Padilla Bay before reaching Howards Corner. At Similk Beach, you’ll push south on Fidalgo Island until you reach the amazing Deception Pass Bridge. There is ample camping at Deception Pass State Park, which has a lovely woodland campground and plenty of amenities. You’ll want to bring your groceries with you, but otherwise, this will make for a lovely stay. Spend a couple of days exploring Rosario Beach and the southern tip of Fidalgo Island before starting your trek back. Or, if you’re more inclined, head back through La Conner and spend a night in luxury at the La Conner Channel Lodge. Not a bad way to recuperate after all that pumping.
GEAR GUIDE MUST-HAVES Extra clothes (socks, shorts, etc.) Water purifier/purification tablets
NICE-to-HAVES DSLR camera and extra memory card Back up emergency burner phone
LUXURY Kayak trailered on the back of your bike Full-sized tent Credit card for proper food stops Decent non-trail clothes for eating in restaurants Reservations at an inn or b-n-b
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Summer Fun Guide
Outdoor Adventure By Marilyn Napier
hat is more fun than running in the sun on a summer afternoon? These camps will get the kiddos out and exploring, engaging with nature and passing the s’mores.
Wild Whatcom’s camps range from day programs for younger kids (age 6) to backpacking trips for older kids that last three to eight days. Wild Whatcom gives kids the chance to experience all the beauty Western Washington has to offer including forests, rivers, waterfalls, and beaches. 1208 Bay St. #202b, Bellingham, wildwhatcom.org
WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp
For children 11 years or older, Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp is for the kids who crave to be in the water. This summer camp includes beginning sailing, intermediate sailing, beginning racing, and beginning windsurfing on Lake Whatcom. 2410 Lake Whatcom Boulevard, Bellingham, wwu.edu
Camp Fire Samish
Camp Kirby summer camp at Camp Fire Samish helps kids in grades 1–12 grow and build confidence while truly embracing and living in the outdoors. Located on 47 acres of forest and beach, campers will get the chance to try archery, go hiking and climbing, and participate in waterfront activities. 1321 King St. Suite #3, Bellingham, campfiresamishcouncil.or
Camp Anderson, YMCA Skagit Valley
This YMCA day camp is situated on Lake 16 where campers in grades 1–10 can canoe, fish, make crafts and most of all, gain new friendships and build self-esteem. Kids will also be taken on fun field trips to the aquarium, baseball games, and more. 215 East Fulton St., Mount Vernon, skagitymca.org
Offering half-day camps for kids ages 6–8 and a range of kayaking classes for ages 11–17, Academic Adventures focuses on teaching marine biology and learning new skills in the water. Located in Anacortes, this is an ideal opportunity for kids to learn more about local ecology while enjoying the outdoors. 15510 Rosario Beach Rd., Anacortes, academicsandadventures.org
Adventure Camp, YMCA Whatcom County
Adventure Camp focuses on community by teaching kids to work together to develop new skills such as archery, kayaking and problem solving. The weekly sessions are offered for campers grades 1–6. 1256 N. State St., Bellingham, whatcomymca.orm
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By Savannah Jantsch
ome kids thrive in an art studio, on stage, or behind a concert grand piano. These activities are for kids who love a lot of creative play in their summer.
Renaissance Adventures’ Adventure Quest Summer Camps
Ever wanted to be the hero in a mythical quest? Children and teens are invited to do just that in this dynamic, playful, and adventurous camp as they work together to solve mysteries, negotiate a peace treaty, and protect their village from pirates and ogres! Location will be emailed after registration, questnorthwest.com
Kids Create Summer Camp at CreativiTea
Bellingham’s premiere pottery painting place is opening their doors to kids who are seeking a summer of creativity. After choosing from themes of ARTsea, ARTventure, ARTic, and ARTrageous, campers will craft a minimum of six projects that will be presented and eventually taken home. 1312 11th St., Bellingham, creativitea.com
Summer Dance Camps at The Dance Studio
New and experienced performers, come dance the summer days away at the Dance Studio’s Summer classes. Kids can experience and learn an array of dance styles while working towards a magical performance for families at the end of the week. 1820 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, thedancestudio.net 76 NorthSoundLife.com
Gabriel’s Art Kids Summer Art Camp
From music to theatre, dance to ceramics, children will experience a summer full of imagination at Gabriel’s Art Kids. With weekly themes from animals to outer space, campers will enjoy many hands-on activities all while meeting new friends. 1415 Dupont St., Bellingham, gabrielsartkids.com
Summer Theatre Camp at Mount Baker Theatre
The Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Mt. Baker Theatre again, bringing their internationally known camps. Participants will enjoy a world-class theatre education while working on a variety of well-known plays. At the end of the week, campers will perform on MBT’s renowned stage. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, mountbakertheatre.com
Bellingham Girls Rock Camp
Learn an instrument, form a band, and write a song all in a week. Under the guidance of experienced musicians and visiting artists/bands, campers will partake in band practice every day and rock on in a final showcase at the end of the week! Session 1 at Whatcom Community College 237 W Kellogg Rd., Bellingham Session 2 at Fairhaven College, WWU 516 High St., Bellingham; bgrc.org
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Special Needs By Alyssa Pitcher
arents looking for activities to delight and empower special needs children look no further. Our area has a lot of great options from getting outside to chilling at the movies.
My Way Matinee At Barkley Village
Regal Cinemas invites families with autistic children to enjoy movies their own way. These sensory-friendly showings are newly released movies with the sound lowered and lights turned up. Audience members are encouraged to express themselves with wiggles, singing, and even shouting. Films featured this summer: Angry Birds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June 4, 10:30 AM Finding Dory â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 9, 10:30 AM Ice Age: Collision Course â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August 6, 10:30 AM 3005 Cinema Place, Bellingham, regmovies.com
This summer day camp is dedicated to fostering positive selfesteem, teamwork, respect for the environment, and lasting memories. The experience is aimed at children five years and older who have developmental delays or physical challenges. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in craft making, canoeing, field trips, music, sports, and swimming. 11405 Silver Lake Rd., everettwa.gov
Dedicated to enriching the lives of autistic youth, this summer day camp promotes social interaction and friendship. The peer mentor program at the camp facilitates interactions and understanding between special needs youth and youth in the community. Campers and mentors will enjoy daily activities such as hiking, swimming, and berry picking. Other activities include one-on-one learning specific to each campers needs. P.O. Box 30943, Bellingham, facesnorthwest.com
This weeklong camp is a place for children recovering from burn injuries to meet others sharing similar experiences. Campers heal, share, and bond with each other through activities that provide physical and emotional challenges that invoke a feeling of accomplishment. Throughout the week there will be fun, learning, acceptance, and building of selfesteem. Each camper becomes a member of the Phoenix family helping them feel more comfortable and in control of their anxieties. 409 Wood Place, Everett, burnedchildrenrecovery.org
oats and chickens and kangaroos, oh my! There are so many ways to safely encounter farm animals, wild animals, and exotic animals. Join in the fun!
Dan Cramer’s Western Town Petting Zoo
Open country fields and scenic mountain backgrounds are the settings at Dan Cramer’s Western Town. This rustic, western style décor petting zoo is the home to bunnies, pigs, calves, miniature horses, and more. 956 Vandyk Road, Lynden, dancramerswesterntown.com
The Outback Kangaroo Farm
This is not your average zoo. The Outback Farm offers a rare opportunity to interact with kangaroos and other exotic animals like flying squirrels, alpacas and peacocks. The farm is a rare opportunity to take the zoo experience to an entirely new level. 10030 State Route 530 NE, Arlington outbackkangaroofarm.com
Animal Encounters By Madeline Takata
Marine Life Center
Meet the unique creatures living in our waters at the Marine Life Center. Here visitors can see, touch and learn about the life inhabiting the Salish Sea. With the goal to raise marine life awareness the MLC is providing a hands-on experience to encounter and connect with the animals of our coastal waters. 1801 Roeder Ave, Bellingham, marinelifecenter.org
Lang’s Pony and Horse Farm
Lang’s offers a wide variety of camps for all levels of horsepeople, from youngsters climbing into a saddle for the first time to ladies’ weekend getaways for busy women who might want a little break. Exceptionally well guided classes which build confidence and skills, Lang’s is a great place for youngsters. 21463 Little Mountain Rd., Mount Vernon, comeride.com
One of the most unique animal attractions the town has to offer is Bellingham’s Camel Safari. Here you have the chance to meet and ride different kinds of camels as well has have an in-depth educational camel encounter. 5435 Sand Rd, Bellingham, camelsafari.com
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Excursion & Experiences By Ashley Hiruko
ummer is a great time to get out and enjoy all the activities our area has to offer. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wiling away a rainy day or out and about, these adventures will keep you going.
Bellingham Railway Museum
Off-beat children keen on trains and history will enjoy everything the Bellingham Railway Museum has to offer. Things to see include tinplate trains, railroad lanterns, and even historic artifacts. Why not take a trip and discover the history behind one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest inventions. 1320 Commercial St., Bellingham, bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org
Northwest Washington Fair
Once a year thousands of people gather in Lynden to partake in carnival rides, deep-fried food, and rodeo. Also known as the Lynden Fair, this cross-generational activity is just the place to get in some quality time with the kids. 1775 Front St., Lynden, nwwafair.com
The Spark Museum not only houses Edison lightbulbs, but is home to the 4-million volt MegaZapper. The Tesla Coil lightning machine releases 10-foot magenta bolts that are reminiscent to the plasma globes most of us would play with as kids. Shows featuring the device are put on weekly. 1312 Bay St., Bellingham, Washington, sparkmuseum.org
Western Washington University’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Explore some of the best sculptures crafted by both regional and national artists. Western’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection has been around for decades, with their first large piece installed back in the 1960s. Share some culture with your kids while taking a nice walk through campus. 516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225, westerngallery.wwu.edu
Children’s Museum of Skagit County
Let your little ones explore the ins and outs of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County in an environment created to forge exploration and education. Some of the highlights of the museum are a kid’s sized working crane, a saltwater aquarium, and a real tugboat. 550 Cascade Mall Dr., Burlington, Washington skagitchildrensmuseum.net
Offering free outdoor summer music in an urban setting for over a decade, Downtown Sounds is only gaining momentum. With activities like face painting, and a beverage garden for the adults, this concert series is sure to be a family pleaser. 1300 Bay St., Bellingham, Washington downtownbellingham.com
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Distinctive Details WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT PHOTOGRAPHED BY KYLE THOMAS OF ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS PROJECT BY ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS | CONTRACTOR DAN STONER
he owners of this Blaine residence wanted the finest in architectural construction as well as the most esthetically compelling styling possible. The overall result is demonstrated in this beautiful floating staircase. The steel supports were incorporated into the framing. The walls were then added, then the treads. The sturdy, yet graceful stainless steel railing and guard rails were welded together and hand-finished by the team at Architectual Elements. … continued on next page
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Mid-Century Makeover WRITTEN BY TANNA EDLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY GARY REQUA - NATURAL PHOTOSCAPES
ood things do come in small packages! Bringing back the bright was our design goal for this tiny ranch home. Every square foot was important; therefore, scale and proportion played a huge role in this little space. A refreshing paint palette, additional windows, and new cabinets with open shelving proved that minor changes can provide substantial results. It doesn’t take a lot of construction to freshen up a small space. The ranch home originally was designed to be both affordable and manageable for small families. Today, designers like me are enjoying remodeling projects that feature imaginative updates for this style of home. Bringing updates to these mid-century beauties is often fun and rewarding. When planning the update for this home, we sought to create a better place, not merely more space. The 1,400 square-foot one level was adequate for a family’s needs but lacked a cohesive flow from room to room, and overall the home was just plain boring.
The makeover in the kitchen proves a little can go a long way. The painted gray cabinetry adds a contemporary contrast and dimension to this modest house. The new design opened up all of the main rooms into a suite of distinct yet interconnected spaces. At times, many ranch remodels create too much openness, resulting in the loss of character. Spaces go undefined and blend too much. So we focused on creating a charming, layered space, working with the existing architecture. While the ceiling is high throughout we kept the quirky “trellis-like” over hang which forms a floating horizontal plane, defining the family room and kitchen; the effect is dramatic and harkens to the house’s vintage roots.
How did we make this little house shine? • Neutral Greige Interior Color Palette
• Live Greens and Preserved Boxwoods
• Freshly Painted Cabinetry
• Overstuffed Pillows and Cozy Throws
• Open Shelving • Newly Installed Windows • Built-in Window Seat and Custom Upholstery
• Understated White Furnishings • Simple and Unexpected Decor June | July 2016
POPPES 360 Saturday July 9th, 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm
Join us at Poppes 360 as master mixolgists share their bar secrets and how to make 4 sensational summer cocktails, perfectly paired with small plates from their brand new menu. Each ticketed guest will receive a swag bag of samples and goodies from local business partners including a keepsake wine glass.
Tickets available at Poppes360_mixology.eventbrite.com or online at northsoundlife.com
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Chinuk WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT | PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
t’s high time the folks in Bellingham discover what guests at the Four Points Sheraton already know—Chinuk Restaurant is well worth a visit. The executive chef Juao “Gio” d’Aquino is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has been in the restaurant scene in Bellingham for the past 20 years. He was a sous-chef at the Nooksack River Casino, at The Steakhouse at the Silver Reef, and opened Black Forest before coming to Chinuk. All of that experience has served him well as executive chef—he serves up fresh, local ingredients with a Pacific Northwestinspired menu. “My favorite way to cook is grilling,” d’Aquino said. His skill with salmon is unbeatable. In the past few years, there’s been a quiet, but complete, transformation in Bellingham. The Lakeway Best Western is now a Four Points Sheraton. The hotel has added amenities and features and upgrades throughout, through the keen eye of Colbie Cargill and under the guidance of the Starwood Hotels management. The Four Points Sheraton recently showcased their newly renovated ballroom at a James Bondthemed happy hour. The guest rooms, lobby, conference room, pool, and hair salon have all undergone major upgrades. Fortunately for local diners, Chinuk is part of this remodel. The tasteful upgrade at Chinuk incorporates clean lines and … continued on next page
“I use as much local produce as possible and start with the freshest ingredients.” –Chef Juao “Gio” d’Aquino
soothing dark wooden tones with contrasting white leather. Colbie Cargill of Colbie Cargill Interior Designs was the interior designer who masterminded the Four Points Sheraton renovation. Cargill incorporated the tones of driftwood, pottery, and other natural textures, adding warmth to the contemporary lines. The menu’s specialties include fresh, delicious cuisine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The all-day menu includes family favorites like burgers and classic fish-n-chips, with a few special items as well—the grilled king salmon is a favorite among diners, as is the Ahi tuna burger. These everyday items are not just typical, though—the burger is a tender, juicy, and perfectly crafted with crisp-fresh fixings and excellent fries. Chef d’Aquino also serves a fantastic farro salad with mango, goat cheese, and spinach. “I use as much local produce as possible and start with the freshest ingredients. I handle the food well.” Locals who make a regular appearance at Chinuk are Chuckanut Brewery, Mallard Ice Cream, and Avenue Bread. Not only is the food fresh, well prepared, and satisfying, the service is also top-notch. Chinuk also has an excellent selection of wine, and local brews on tap. All of the items on the menu are available in Poppe’s 360 and on the outdoor patio. “We added some things to the bar menu, like the nachos,” said Douglas Metzger, Director of Food and Beverage. One order of nachos comfortably feeds a table of big eaters. In the coming months, Poppe’s 360 will also be remodeled and reconceived. Four Points is not only keeping the outdoor seating, there are plans to enhance it as well, giving the restaurant, bar, and patio a nicer flow. Perhaps its biggest attribute is that Chinuk is versatile— perfect for a business breakfast, lunch with friends, or an intimate dinner out—the restaurant is dynamic and works well for all situations. The menu has options for all of these situations, and under the exquisite leadership of Chef d’Aquino, the food absolutely delivers. 90 NorthSoundLife.com
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texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience and world-class views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island. TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room.
For more than 35 years, The Freeland Café has been serving Whidbey Island locals a dawnto-dinner menu of American breakfast classics with a mix of Hawaiian flavors. A stack of three savory pancakes stuffed with delicious, sweet blueberries marks a signature favorite among the carb-craving regulars, while a hearty egg breakfast with crisp, sizzling bacon charms away the hunger of nostalgic hometown diners; add Hawaiian-style rice with Spam and gravy for a more exotic breakfast alternative. Lined with ceiling-high windows and an eclectic mix of artwork, The Freeland Café offers a generous seating area situated adjacent a popular bar of the same name. Sit back and enjoy the aroma of warm syrup and coffee, and the friendly chatter of neighborly patrons, as you dine back to a simpler time. PRIMA BISTRO French 201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, primabistro.com A quintessential South Whidbey dining experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable
and come with a tomato-caper coulis and garlic aioli), Pork New York (pan seared with an apple cider gastrique), a Wild Boar Burger, and Ancho Chili & Chicken Stew. Appetizers include the restaurant’s signature fries, which are twice fried and tossed in truffle-parmesan salt. Both beer and wine are on tap here. Both taps and bottles offer some great representatives from local and international producers. Settle in, and enjoy food, drink, and a fire that roars away between the entrance and the dining room, keeping diners warm in both body and spirit. – CALLE Mexican 517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566, callelove.com 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. NELL THORN Seafood
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SKAGIT 13MOONS AT SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE Seafood/Steak
12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes 360.588.3800, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com Located within the casino, 13moons is sure to catch your attention. Situated on the waterfront, 13moons has a warm and inviting lodge atmosphere. The menu offers a wide variety including first plates, entree salads, seafood, and steaks. We started our meal with generous pours of wine, then moved on to the roasted beet salad. I am always skeptical of this dish, as it needs to be just right, and they did not disappoint. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection and mouth-watering. This is a great choice for an evening out. You will walk away satisfied, and you’ll understand why it is becoming the go-to place for locals and visitors alike. A’TOWN BISTRO Regional NW 418 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.899.4001, atownbistro.com Colorful photographs of farm scenes dot the walls of A’Town Bistro, summing up all this restaurant stands for: fresh, local, seasonal food. Even the inside of this Anacortes restaurant feels farm-like, with simple wooden tables and flooring and no unnecessary flourishes. The kitchen is open, and sends out entrees such as Smoked Salmon Cakes (which contain nothing but king salmon and breadcrumbs
This small-town gem located in the heart of La Conner brings in tourists and locals alike. They boast well-prepared and locally sourced fresh seafood as well as an extensive wine and beer list. The charming and cozy pub atmosphere, homemade soups, and generous portions make for a great special occasion or romantic evening. Try the polenta cakes with cured black olives and roasted garlic tomato sauce — you won’t be disappointed. TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub 416 Myrtle St., Mt. Vernon 360.588.4515, trumpeterpublichouse.com The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, 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 apricothoney 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.
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is second to none — everything from classic butter and cinnamon to New York style cheesecake with strawberry or raspberry jam. BLUE FIN SUSHI Japanese
ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL Beef/Seafood 7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, anthonys.com Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.
102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, bluefinbellingham.com At Blue Fin Sushi, fresh sushi is used to create a variety of tasty options like the Tekka roll, which is seaweed, rice and tuna. The waitstaff is friendly and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs at work. Blue Fin also offers a full menu of non-sushi food items. Its version of fish and chips, for example, is a must-try: tempura fried salmon pieces served with sweet potato fries with a creamy wasabi sauce for dipping. Blue Fin Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki, orange chicken, and bento boxes.
BAYOU ON BAY Cajun/Creole
THE COPPER HOG Gastropub
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Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun and 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.
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.
BLACK FOREST STEAKHOUSE German/Steak 1263 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.733.9185 638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.306.8342, blackforeststeakhouse.com Black Forest Steak house offers a versatile dining experience. It’s fancy enough for special occasions, anniversaries and graduation celebrations, but it’s also a place you’ll want to go to any day. Black Forest makes its steaks different than most other steakhouses: It broils them in a 1,600-degree oven, leaving the meat tender and flavorful. BLACK PEARL Vietnamese 1317 W. Bakerview Rd. 360.746.2030 202 E. Holly St. 117, Bellingham 360.318.7655 blackpearlbellingham.com Bellingham has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants; the trick is to find one that stands out — like the Black Pearl. With all the available extras, it is almost impossible to get the same flavor twice. The pho is clean and refreshing with a variety of sauces to add as extra seasoning. It comes with a variety of types of meat, including round-eye, brisket and chicken, but vegetarians don’t despair, there’s an option for you, too. One nice feature of the Black Pearl’s menu is that it doesn’t only serve pho. Try the chicken or beef teriyaki, or a noodle bowl. The Black Pearl’s selection of crepes
FIAMMA BURGER All-natural Burgers 1309 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.733.7374, fiammaburger.com 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. FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR Dinner/Bar 416 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.738.1000, firesidemartini.com Fireside is out to make a name for itself. By using fresh, local ingredients and a menu that changes on an almost daily basis (based on what’s fresh at the market that day), the Fireside has a lot to offer the casual diner and those more focused on detail. The Fireside claims to have the largest “by the glass” wine
selection in Bellingham, none of which are served anywhere else in the area. Cocktails are based on in-house infusions of spirits and it’s a collection found only at Fireside. Beer options range from local to obscure to international. The decor in Fireside is welcoming and intimate, with couches and armchairs throughout the lounge. THE FORK AT AGATE BAY Eclectic 2530 N. Shore Rd., Bellingham 360.733.1126, theforkatagatebay.com As unassuming as they come, The Fork at Agate Bay is a quiet retreat of fine food and wine only a short drive down the east side of Lake Whatcom. Be careful not to be fooled by its quaint exterior; inside you’ll discover a surprisingly upscale atmosphere warmed by a welcoming and rustic charm. Opened in June 2009, it has gained recognition as one of Bellingham’s best restaurants, emerging as a favorite for food connoisseurs. From a simple yet elegant egg breakfast to wild-mushroomstuffed chicken, the menu is a delightful and modern take on the classics. With a full wine bar, an in-house baker and fresh, local ingredients, The Fork at Agate Bay provides a sophisticated twist on Northwest dining.
GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Italian 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, giuseppesitalian.com Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood and authentic Italian pastas. IL CAFFE RIFUGIO Italian 5415 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.592.2888, ilcafferifugio.com Richard Balogh has brought fine dining to the “wilderness.” Fifteen miles out on Mount Baker Highway, just past Deming, is a funky old café that has been transformed into an oasis for people who enjoy good food and coffee. Menu items befit their Italian name with pannini and frittatas for Saturdayand Sunday brunches; Cioppino is a summer dinner menu highlight. The dinner menu changes weekly, begging for a second trip. A small covered deck with colorful lanterns sits adjacent to the dining room for your al fresco pleasure. Just beyond, in a meadow, sits a red deck used as a stage, and is the centerpiece for special dinners under the stars.
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KEENAN’S AT THE PIER American/Seafood 804 10th St., Bellingham 360.392.5510, thechrysalisinn.com Keenan’s at the Pier is located in Fairhaven’s Chrysalis Inn & Spa. The menu is locally sourced and changes frequently. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and a number of tasty options are available for under $10. Breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees range from seafood to American favorites. The menu items are imaginative, tasty and beautifully presented. The wine list offers a mix of imports and domestic wines that pair well with your meal, and the excellent mixologists create fresh, delicious cocktails, perfect for taking in the expansive views. Reservations at this popular restaurant are not required, though highly recommended. MAGDALENAS Crêperie, European 1200 10th St., Ste. 103, Bellingham 360.483.8569, magdalenascreperie.com Paris, London, New York, Vancouver and Bellingham have them—little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches and hot soup du jour fill the air. With a formidable selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate and your choice of fresh fruit. A crêpe option for every crêpe crave.
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Perfect Picnic Pairings WRITTEN BY DAN RADIL
arly summer is the time of year when Northwesterners will use almost any excuse to pack up the picnic basket, grab a bottle of wine, and dine outdoors. Leave those heavier, full-bodied reds for the barbeque. Picnicking practically demands you choose something lighter, brighter, and slightly chilled; and here’s where most white whites and rosés really shine. You’ll find that they pair perfectly with a variety of standard picnic foods such as fried chicken, pasta and potato salads, or even a simple baguette with mild cheeses. Be sure to put these wines at the top of your list and you’ll be nearcertain to please anyone joining you on your next picnic. Here are a few recommendations:
WHITE-HOT CHOICES Chill down the Ruffino Lumina 2014 Pinot Grigio (about $10) and you’ve got an excellent picnic-friendly/budgetfriendly white wine. It’s clean and green with lovely aromatics of clover and white peach along with zesty lemon/lime flavors and great finishing acidity. Greek wines have come a long way as of late and if you’ve been concerned about the quality, the Alpha Estate 2015 Malagouzia (about $18) should put those fears to rest. This full-bodied white wine strikes a nice balance between its herbaceous and citrus flavor profiles and a crisp, yet lingering finish is capped with a subtle but distinctive note of evergreen and rosemary. New Zealand’s Marlborough appellation is world-famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, and Kim Crawford Wines serves up a pair of current releases that will make great picnic wines. Their 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (about $18) is loaded with lemongrass and key lime flavors and accentuated with racy acidity and a hint of strawberry rhubarb; and the 2015 Small Parcels, Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc (about $26) is a bit heavier in body and broader ranging with flavors of tropical fruit, pineapple, ruby-red grapefruit and a kiss of stone fruits on the trailing end. If you prefer your Sauvignon Blancs a little less edgy, then Walla Walla’s Palencia Wine Company 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (about $18) should easily put a smile on your face. This absolute gem of a wine is virtually colorless, yet it explodes with brioche aromatics, luscious pear, peach and nectarine flavors and a brisk finish with a hint of herbaceousness. Also purchase-worthy is the Palencia Wine Company 2015 Albariño (about $18), which took Best of Show honors at this year’s Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Oregon. Granny Smith apple and kiwi fruits lead off, followed by touches of allspice, green herb, and citrus zest. Try it with a shrimp salad or smoked salmon and cream cheese on crostini. This year’s release of the Conundrum 2014 California White Wine (about $25) marks the 25th anniversary of a diverse, proprietary blend that’s a perennial favorite of many wine enthusiasts. It explodes with big, juicy Bartlett pear and apricot flavors to start, followed by crisp apple on the mid-palate, and then a faintly sweet finish with a touch of ambrosia.
PRETTY IN PINK The Tarantas Non-Vintage Sparkling Rosé (about $10) from Spain is packaged in a beautiful, elongated bottle and made from certified organic Bobal grapes. Generous red currant and red berry flavors fill the glass, followed by a soft, dry finish that’s lightly carbonated. Another sparkler worth considering is the Ruffino NonVintage Sparking Rosé (about $15). Flavors and aromas of wild strawberries highlight this newly released Prosecco that’s blended with a touch of Pinot Noir to provide a lovely shade of pink. The off-dry finish is both slightly crisp and slightly creamy, giving the wine a near-elegant quality that makes it a pleasure to taste. Rich Funk of Walla Walla’s Saviah Cellars has produced yet another winner with his 2015 The Jack Rosé (about $12). This 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Sangiovese offers plenty of bang for the buck, with ample red cherry and berry flavors, a splash of acidity and great food-pairing potential; perhaps with prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe or honeydew melon. Bold and tasteful, Oregon’s Stoller Family Estate 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé (about $25) displays a shimmering, pale pink color with pleasant aromas of field flowers and slate. It’s followed by an impressive array of flavors from citrus to green melon to Red Delicious apple. A picnic food pairing suggestion: crab-stuffed deviled eggs. Finally, be sure to try the just-released Jones of Washington 2015 Rosé of Syrah (about $14). The wine’s striking ruby color is matched by mouthwatering flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and watermelon along with laser-sharp acidity and steely minerality on the finish. Incredibly well-priced, it’s an exceptional choice for any picnic basket.
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TWILIGHT DINNER SUNDAY-THURSDAY 2PM-6PM $21.95
APPETIZER CHILLED OREGON BAY SHRIMP COCKTAIL OR PITA CHIPS & HUMMUS
SOUP OR SALAD CLAM AND SALMON CHOWDER, HOUSE SALAD OR SIDE CAESAR
ENTREE GRILLED KING SALMON, PAN-ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST, BITE SIZE STEAK MEDALLIONS, OR FISH & CHIPS
DESSERT CREME BRULEE, MINI HOT FUDGE SUNDAE, OR NORTHWEST BEIGNETS
MI MEXICO Mexican 241 Telegraph Rd., 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 the freshest of ingredients available. From your first bite of Mi Mexico’s homemade salsa to the last bite of your main entree or dessert, you will already be planning your next visit. ÖVN WOOD-FIRED PIZZA 1148 10th St., Fairhaven 360.393.4327, ovnwoodfiredpizza.com The clean lines and urban upscale atmosphere of this pizza restaurant promises some very good food—and they deliver on that promise. They also serve crispy salads and excellent cocktails. Dining here is a perfect way to spend an elegant lunch or intimate dinner. PEL’ MENI Russian 1211 N. State St., Bellingham 360.715.8324 Step off busy State Street after your late night festivities for an inexpensive and satisfying fill of plump dumplings. Stuffed with either meat or potatoes, these dumplings are piping hot and sprinkled with cumin, paprika and cilantro. Because they pair so well with tasty libations, Pel’ Meni manages to consistently have a line out the door as soon as the sun goes down. For $7, you’ll get a plastic, clam-shell container full of savory dumplings. Smother them with vinegar, sour cream and hot sauce for the full effect. ROCKET DONUTS Bakery 306 W. Holly St., 360.671.6111, Bellingham 1021 Harris Ave, 360.366.8135, Bellingham rocketdonuts.com With two locations, Rocket Donuts is an icon in Bellingham for its delectable donuts and sci-fi themed storefronts. The donuts are made fresh daily, giving them their fluffy, soft texture. Try the classic glazed or spice up your morning with maple-bacon bar. Rocket donuts is unique by offering vegan and gluten free options. Lift off your morning Rocket style.
Sips of the Season
Sips of the Season The Loft at Latitude Forty-Eight Five WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT | PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER
n March 12, guests gathered—many of them North Sound Life event regulars—at The Loft for an afternoon of wine and small plates. Dan “The Wine Guy” Radil presented wines from Lost River Winery located in Winthrop and Chef Steven Engels of The Loft created small plates to pair with the wines. Bellingham transplants John Morgan and Barbara House own Lost River Winery. Barb’s son Liam Doyle assists with marketing. Lost River self-distributes and specializes in European-style wines. The first wine of the afternoon was a 2014 Pinot Gris. Radil recommended that Pinot Gris be served at room temperature, belying the expectations for white wine. “If it’s too cold, you can’t get those wonderful fruit flavors,” Radil explained. Chef Steven paired the wine with an arugula salad with a citrus vinaigrette, orange wedges, and walnuts. A lovely balance of sweet, tangy and spicy, the salad paired beautifully with the slightly fruity wine. … continued on next page
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Arugula salad paired with Pinot Gris
CrĂ¨me Carmel paired with Semillion
Ahi yellowfin tuna rolls paired with Nebbiolo
Excitement was building as the salad plates were taken away and everyone received chopsticks. Nothing bad ever comes with chopsticks. Radil presented a 2012 Nebbiolo, traditionally an Italian wine. The wine has strawberry and cherry tomato notes with a hint of black licorice. Smoky and earthy for a lighter red, it paired very well with Engels’ second course—ahi yellowfin tuna rolls. Radil had concern about the wasabi served with the rolls, but the wine stood up well to the piquancy of the wasabi. The sushi was fresh perfection, jewel-like, and the wine and tuna were particularly strong together. It seems unfair to call the preceding two courses a warm-up, given how excellent they were, but the third pairing was exquisite: a 2013 Barbera and beef tenderloin. Chef Steven said, “I wanted a really earthy plate to go with that wine, so I thought meat and potatoes. Can’t get earthier than that.” The tenderloin was served with a crisp potato and bleu cheese croquette. The Barbera was a perfect wine for a fine dinner with close friends and some perfectly cooked tenderloin or filet mignon. This was a pairing made in heaven.
The final dessert pairing was delightful—a lovely semillon and créme caramel served with Chantilly cream and a lattice of chocolate, almond, and orange. Radil’s recommendation about dessert wine is to ensure your wine is sweeter than the dessert, or the sugar of the dessert will overpower that of the wine. Radil and Engles carefully considered this pairing, and the marriage of the semillon and créme caramel was a beautiful one. Lost River wines are available at the Bellingham Community Food Co-op, Haggen, and Seifert and Jones Wine Merchants. Our Sips of the Season for this month was sponsored by Overhead Door and the Bellingham Community Food Co-op. We wish to express our gratitude to the Loft and to Lost River for providing the food and wine. We also wish to thank all the businesses that contributed discounts, merchandise, and coupons for our swag bags and raffle prizes. Our next Sips of the Season will be on July 9. from 1–3 at Poppe’s 360.
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The Grill WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY FRANCES BADGETT
he Greeks have brought us so much culture—Western art, the Homeric poem, wrestling. It seems too much to ask that they also share their cuisine with us, but they do so very generously. For example, there is The Grill, an unassuming little upstart in Sunset Square. The Grill has a nice sub shop vibe with a few nice modern touches, like the frosted glass pendant lamps and the brushed stainless counter. A peek in the kitchen will reveal the lamb rotisserie, which awaits carving for your order of a Traditional Gyro. The tzatziki sauce is creamy and refreshing without being overpowering. The pita is crisp-grilled and holds up to the moisture of the sauce very nicely. The chicken gyro sports very nicely grilled lean chicken. But perhaps the best dish is the crisp-fresh Greek salad with olives, feta, and a Greek dressing that is neither too garlicky nor bland. It’s a perfect blend of oil, vinegar, and spices. Other items on the menu that are well worth a try are the Cuban sandwich and the Polish hot dog. The Cuban is a well-proportioned and perfectly seasoned pile of pork with mustard and pickles. The Grill offers a lot of hot dogs on their menu, and the Polish is perhaps the most flavorful of the batch. There’s also a very tasty pulled pork sandwich. All entrees have the option of being a combo with fries and a refreshing beverage—highly recommended. You can also substitute fries for a Greek salad, which is really the best of all worlds. 1155 E. Sunset Dr. #105 360.306.8510
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Culture Café at Kombucha Town P.O.G.. INGREDIENTS: 100% agave silver tequila, passion orange guava juice, lavender kombucha, fresh pomegranate syrup. $8
3720 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.733.2255, slopitchcasino.com Conveniently located right on Meridian, SloPitch serves up a great burger and fries. With excellent Happy Hour specials in a casual, sports atmosphere, Slo-Pitch is a great place to watch the game or take a mid-day break. STONE POT Korean 113 E. Magnolia St., Bellingham 3092 N.W. Bellingham Ave., 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
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ocated in downtown Bellingham, Culture Café embodies everything this town is about: from its laid back atmosphere with board games on hand to play, to its locally sourced food and most of all, the kombucha cocktails. Kombucha is a fermented tea that dates back thousands of years to ancient China. By adding live bacteria and yeast to the tea, the drink begins to ferment and is usually brewed for a few weeks before it is ready to drink. The finished product contains amino acids and a low percentage of alcohol, as well as being packed with probiotics. Culture Café’s P.O.G. cocktail gives a nostalgic juice a bit of a twist. Named after passion orange guava juice, this cocktail is the perfect summer refresher and will make you feel like you’re sipping it on a tropical island.
The lavender kombucha, made in house at the Kombucha Town brewery, and pomegranate syrup combined with the juice and tequila provides just enough different flavors to surprise your taste buds. Enjoy tacos or a kale Caesar salad to pair with your drink. If you’re looking for a unique cocktail experience, this is the place to go. Culture Café offers many other types of kombucha cocktails as well as local beer and regular mixed drinks. Their brewery aims to be as sustainable as possible and uses clean burning natural gas and cans manufactured in the U.S. Bring your friends on Wednesdays for game night and Thursdays for karaoke and enjoy! 210 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham kombuchatown.com
3008 N.W. Ave, Bellingham 360.393.4637, super-marios.com 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 STEAK HOUSE AT SILVER REEF HOTEL C ASINO SPA Steak/Seafood 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360383.0777, silverreefcasino.com This award-winning restaurant offers elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere. Primegrade steaks are broiled at 1,800 degrees to lock in the natural juices and finished with a special steak butter. The wine list is ample and recognized for its quality by Wine Spectator. This dining experiences rivals any of the bigtown steak houses in quality and service without the big-city price tag.
THE TABLE Pasta 100 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.594.6000, bellinghampasta.com 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.
TEMPLE BAR Bistro 306 W. Champion St.,Bellingham, 360.676.8660, templebarbellingham.com Continually recognized for their craft cocktails and small plates, Temple Bar aims to please. Begin with the classic Temple Bar cheese plate, a collection of three rotating cheeses varying in texture and flavor. They are often paired with fruit, honey, toasted nuts and bread. Next, dive into a piping hot gratin, which varies based on what is in season. In between bites of a salad made with locally sourced ingredients, sip on a unique cocktail with house made infusions and bitters. Finally nibble on the chocolate chili muffins: the perfect end to a charming experience. TORRE CAFFE Italian 119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 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 lunch-sized entrees) is made daily with the freshest ingredients. Louisa’s soups are near legendary. Go early, go often. Your tastebuds will thank you. WASABEE SUSHI Japanese/Sushi 105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham 360.223.9165, wasabeesushi.com WasaBee Sushi is a dining experience not soon to be forgotten. Deliciously fresh and succulent slices of fish resting atop carefully hand-sculpted pillows of rice are a sushi lover’s dream come true. Delicately sweet Hamachi, beautifully barbecued Unagi, and bright and glistening Ikura arrive on little porcelain plates garnished with freshly made wasabi and paper-thin slices of white pickled ginger. It’s a refreshing break from the pinkdyed variety so often found in many sushi bars. Ambiance, incomparable quality and prices that cannot be beat make WasaBee Sushi a darn fine place to eat.
The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top eight this issue. Step out and give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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The Drayton Harbor oysters at EAT are tender and delicious. Pair with a nice crisp white wine and enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of downtown from one of their cozy banquettes.
This is a great time of year to enjoy dining at The Loft. A great view, the Grilled Salmon Sandwich, and a glass of wine are all you need.
One of the best happy hours in town, The Temple Bar also brings on some major eats, too. For example, the Golden Beet Tartare, a delicious and impressive mixture of beets, goat cheese, and romaine.
Dragon River has authentic and delicious Asian food that never ceases to please. The Di San Xian is a combination of bell peppers, eggplant, and potatoes that is stunning. dragonriverrestaurant.com
Aslan Brewing has a robust menu full of delicious dishes. The Classic Bison Burger is a standout. Try it with a ginger rye. You won’t be sorry.
The Copper Hog’s Poutine is not to be missed. Creamy, delicious cheddar curds with house-cut fries and chicken gravy yum yum. thecopperhog.com
The Pollo Verde tacos at Taco Lobo are delicious, piquant and absolutely fresh. Enjoy with a side of their amazing black beans and rice. tacolobo.net
Up for a treat? Try the Thai Duck at Busara Thai Cuisine. Eggplant, green beans, red peppers, Karchai root, and basil make an amazing combination. busarabellingham.com
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Western Kids Camp STARTS JUNE 27, 9 A.M.–4:30 P.M.
ive your kids in grades K–6 a great grounding in education, with hands-on experiences using university facilities. The WWU Western Kids Camp starts the day with enrichment activities, and the afternoons will be full of physical fun at the Wade King Student Recreation Center. Activities include swimming, archery, crafts, rock climbing, and much more. For 33 straight years, Western has been providing high-quality youth instruction in the summer months.
CLASSICAL THE EMPEROR AND THE TITAN
LA CONNER LIVE!
JUNE 5, 3 P.M.
MULTIPLE DATES STARTING MAY 29 (THROUGH SEPTEMBER), 1–4 P.M.
Alessio Bax will perform on piano in this program that is sure to be a fantastic experience. Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, The Emperor and Mahler’s First Symphony will be a delightful pairing. The WSO is ending this season with a bang! Be there for it.
After the success of last year’s event, La Conner, Washington is presenting it’s free second annual summer concert event. Head on down to Gilkey Square each Sunday afternoon for an assortment of live music suitable for the whole family.
Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 mountbakertheatre.org CHAMBER BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Gilkey Square Morris and First St., La Conner Morris St., La Conner; laconnerlive.com
JULY 10, 4:00 P.M.
Classical music will fill the atrium of the Bellingham Cruise Terminal this summer as musicians from Festival Orchestra perform alongside a scenic background of Bellingham Bay. Known as one of America’s leading virtuoso orchestra festivals, the Chamber Bay Music Festival is something you won’t want to miss. Bellingham Cruise Terminal 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.201.6621 bellinghamfestival.org
THE WIZARD OF OZ JUNE 11, 7:30 P.M.
This beloved classic is coming to life through dance at the Mount Baker Theatre. With all original choreography from Ballet Bellingham artistic director, Jessica Crook, this performance features dancers as young as three. Come and see Dorothy and all of the Oz adored characters like you’ve never seen them before. The Mount Baker Theatre 104 N Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 mountbakertheatre.com ANYTHING GOES – THE MUSICAL
ELIZABETH PARK SUMMER CONCERTS
JUNE 23–25, 12 A.M.
MULTIPLE THURSDAYS STARTING JUNE 23, 6–8 P.M.
The Bellingham Theatre Guild is excited to host the musical, “Anything Goes.” The musical tells the story of a boy-meets-girl love tale, whose ups and downs are sure to captivate an audience of any age.
Local bands and lots of dancing is what you’ll find at Elizabeth Park’s summer concert series. Bands range from rock n’ roll to tribute, blues to Celtic. Pack a picnic or enjoy the variety of local food vendors at this weekly free family friendly function. Elizabeth Park 1000 Walnut St., Bellingham 360.305.0536 facebook.com/elizabethparksummerconcerts
Bellingham Theatre Guild 1600 H St., Bellingham 360.733.1811 bellinghamtheatreguild.com THE LAST FIVE YEARS
JULY 2, 7:30–9:30 P.M.
MULTIPLE DATES STARTING JULY 6, 6–9 P.M.
The ACT manager Tim Brown proudly presents this innovative two-person musical, “The Last Five Years.” The play tells the story of two women, Jamie, an up and coming novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress. It is a story of hardship and friendship told in the span of five years.
This ever growing urban, outdoor music festival is one of the most popular places to be this summer as it celebrates its 13th year of filling downtown Bellingham with melodies, munchies, and merrymaking for the whole family. Bay St., Bellingham 360.527.8710 downtownbellingham.com
Anacortes Community Theatre 918 M Ave., Anacortes 360.293.6929 acttheatre.com
FLICKS IN THE PARK JULY 8, 8:30–11:30 P.M.
Grab a blanket and some popcorn for this summertime free community event. At Ferndale’s historical Pioneer Park, families and friends are welcomed to enjoy an outdoor cinema experience to embrace the warm summer nights. Food trucks and entertainment will begin around dusk to kick off the night. Pioneer ParkCherry Street 2nd Ave., Ferndale 360.384.3042 ferndale-chamber.com PETER AND WENDY JULY 23, VARIOUS TIMES
August 5 - 7
Fly away to Neverland with the Missoula Children’s Theatre and local students in their presentation of this classic tale. Through the musical adaption of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy invite the audience to soar with them through song and dance as they battle Hook and travel to Neverland.
The Mount Baker Theatre 104 N Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 mountbakertheatre.com
VISUAL ARTS 4TH ANNUAL CUP SHOW JUNE 2–JULY 29 9 A.M.–5 P.M.
The Jansen Art Center presents the 4th annual Cup Show. This juried exhibition features ceramic cups of all types created by local artists. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden 360.354.3600 jansenartcenter.org SUMMER SOLSTICE ART WALK JUNE 17, 5 P.M .–8 P.M.
Experience this annual summer tradition of arts and community in Fairhaven Historic District. The evening will feature local art exhibits and demonstrations in many galleries, shops, and restaurants. Yellow sunshine flags will mark locations to meet artists and enjoy yummy refreshments.
“Pure theatrical joy” The Seattle Times
Score by Music Legend Elton John
ON STAGE JULY 8–31
Fairhaven Historic District fairhaven.com
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FAMILY FRIENDLY BELLINGHAM KIDS FESTIVAL AUGUST 6, 11–3 P.M.
No need for travel to entertain the family; the Bellingham Kids Festival is happening right here in town. Not only is this event free (cha-ching!) but also offers diverse activities for kids. There’s animals to pet, faces to paint, rocks to climb, and plenty more to do. Civic Field 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham, WA 360.778.7000 cob.org KIDS FISHING DERBY JUNE 4, 7–11 A.M.
Grab the kids, bring your poles, and head down to Heart Lake! Going into its 20th year, this event offers free fishing for kids under 14. So, spend some time fishing with your own little fry. Heart Lake, Anacortes 360.293.1918 anacortes.org
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BELLINGHAM SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES
BELLINGHAM NORTHWEST WINE FESTIVAL
JUNE 3–5, TIMES AND LOCATIONS VARY
It’s all about that firkin. Get ready for a full weekend of bagpipes, Scottish dancing, and firkin drinking. From vendors and games for the kids, the Bellingham Scottish Highland Games won’t disappoint.
Bring your friends to Bellingham’s first competitive wine festival. Thirty-five wineries will be competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze place, as well as Best of Show and Judges’ Choice. The three-day event will offer the Gold Metal Wine Dinner, Public Tasting and Hangover Brunch. Gold Metal Dinner, VIP, and general admission tickets are available to the public tasting.
Hovander Homestead Park 5299 Nielson Ave., Ferndale 360.647.8500 bhga.org
Four Points Sheraton 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham bellinghamnorthwestwinefestival.com
NORTHWEST RASPBERRY FESTIVAL JULY 15, 10–8 P.M., JULY 16, 8–6 P.M.
INTERNATIONAL ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Whatcom County is known for its massive amount of raspberries harvested each year. The Northwest Raspberry Festival celebrates this feat. With fresh raspberries, raspberry sundaes, and an all you can eat raspberry pancake breakfast, you’re assured to leave full and satisfied.
JUNE 24–26, FRIDAY 11 A.M., SATURDAY 10 A.M.
Downtown Lynden 518 Front St., Lynden 360.354.5995 lynden.org
Nestled in the beautiful Peace Arch State Park, this festival will feature a unique display of art, echoing sounds of music, delicious gourmet food, plus a wine and beer garden. Artist from all around the Greater Northwest and beyond. Previous years have featured art in a variety of mediums including photography, sculpture, and textiles. Peace Arch Park, 19 A St., Blaine peacearchart.org
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SEATTLE NIGHT RIDE
JUNE 18–SEPT. 4
JULY 8, 9 P.M.
This exhibition will provide a platform for visitors to explore the history and future of women in art, both locally and globally, through thought-provoking juxtapositions. Curated by Barbara Matilsky, the artwork will explore a wide range of subjects in a variety of different media, such as painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Featured artists are from the Pacific Northwest including Anne Appleby, Helen Loggie, and Gail Tremblary.
The Cascade Bicycle Club is gearing up for its Seattle Night Ride. This 15-mile trek goes through Seattle and ends at the Peddler Brewing Company. Make some memories riding around the Seattle area and one day you’ll be reminiscing all about it. “Oh, those summer nights.”
Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St., Bellingham 360.778.8930 whatcommuseum.org SIN AND GIN TOURS JULY–AUGUST FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 7 P.M.
History! Booze! Adult subject matter! Come and experience this unique historical tour brought to you by The Bureau. Learn about the rise and fall of the Red Light District in downtown Bellingham, or discover Fairhaven’s dark past. Only for ages 18 and older, the tour includes frank conversation about sex and strong language. Fridays – Fairhaven Tour: Meets outside Skylark’s Hidden Café, 1308 11th St., Bellingham Saturdays – Downtown Tour: Meets at The Bureau, 217 W. Holly, Bellingham 360.305.3172 thebureaubellingham.com
Peddler Brewing Company 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle cascade.org VANCOUVER DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL FRIDAY–SUNDAY, JUNE 17–19; FRIDAY 5 PM; SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8 AM JUNE 17, 5 P.M. JUNE 18, 8 A.M.–6 P.M. JUNE 19, 8 A.M.–6 P.M.
Attracting over one-hundred thousand people each year, the Dragon Boat Festival has become one of Vancouver’s biggest celebrations. With its roots in traditional Chinese culture, dragon boat racing is seen as a communal and ritualistic event. Festivities begin on Friday with a blessing ceremony and races start Saturday morning. 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver 604.688.2382 anacortes.org
Whatcom Community College Foundation On May 14 in the Hotel Bellwether Ballroom, The Whatcom Community College Foundation hosted The Magic of Whatcom. The event raised more than $128,000 for student scholarships and college programs. The successful fundraiser included a dessert dash, raffle, live auction, and performance by local magician John Walton. Phillips 66 was the presenting sponsor, continuing its 23-year history of supporting WCC. The refinery has funded 24 scholarships for deserving Ferndale high school students as well as supported Whatcomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s STEM initiatives. Learn more about the WCC Foundation at whatcom.edu/foundation.
The Brazilian Loretta responds to Ken’s “The Full Monty” WRITTEN BY LORETTA W. CLEESE A/K/A KEN KARLBERG
hat was Ken smoking? Did you read his Final Word on the fragility of male egos? Issue that man a WUI, officer! Clearly he was writing under the influence of something or sucking up to females. If the difference between kissing behinds and brown-nosing is simply depth perception, Ken went deep to prove a point. Women, behold, some modern males are capable of taking the “hat” off and exposing themselves. No patronizing mansplaining—just some scratch and spit men’s locker room candor. The truth will set you free, guys. Your secret is safe with us, even if Dorothy and generations of women already knew that the Wizard of Oz—the little man behind the curtain with the big voice—was underneath the hat. Nonetheless, the confessional was refreshing, and I agree Donald Trump is four “oinks” on a scale of 1 to 5. Without wealth and privilege, Archie’s wife, Edith, from “All In The Family,” would be beyond The Donald’s reach. However, let’s be honest—there is a segment of women who are willing participants in the traditional gender dance and who perpetuate pop-culture’s objectification of females. We need to come clean and give ourselves a “Brazilian” equivalent to Ken’s “Full Monty.” Breast implants, cosmetic surgery, tattoos, provocative advertizing and seductive clothes are tools of enticement for many women. Play with fire, get burnt with fire. Don’t get me wrong. At age 36, I wasn’t part of the feminist movement of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and I didn’t participate in workplace protests or burn any bras. In fact, I love my push-up—everything goes better with cleavage—and I can use the help after two kids. And I am not against those who aspire to be arm candy for the Donald Trump’s in life. Go for it, ladies. The feminist movement is about free will, choice, equality and self-determination. If some of my fellow sisters decide to exercise their free will differently, so be it. A pop-culture beauty, I am not—so if I sound just a little bitter, so be it, too. I am a wholesome, natural beauty, who works hard to be a thoughtful and caring mother and woman. My children adore me; puppies love me; even my ex-husband
respects me. Nothing else should matter. Who cares if life has added a few pounds here or there? I am safe in a wind storm, okay! The point is that my best and most precious qualities aren’t the gifts that I was born with—those were just fortuitous rolls of the dice. No one earns their genetic characteristics. Some of us get a good roll, some don’t. The measure of woman, of any human being for that matter, is whether she worked hard to become the best version of herself that she could. Or did she take the easier path and coast on her Godgiven gifts? That’s my litmus test for my life. My self-respect is earned, not imprinted at birth. This is my fundamental gripe with the sisterhood. We can do better. My romantic life is an uphill battle against pop-culture images and expectations of the modern woman. I struggle just to be appreciated for all that I am. As women, we need to take responsibility for our part in perpetuating this unhealthy dynamic. At times, we are our own worst enemy. There, Ken, I matched your Full Monty with a Brazilian wax. I am grateful each and every day that my mother and my grandma fought and sacrificed for my rights. Grandma tells stories about her generation’s fight for equality, for the right to choose a career or raise children or both, and for the right to be admired for reasons other than their body parts. But the fight is not over. I don’t take progress for granted and evolution is not inevitable. These are the life lessons that I want my daughter and son to learn, and sadly, I feel like peer pressure and the onslaught of mass media are winning the battle. Let’s do our part, ladies. My hat’s off to Ken for saying out loud, with tongue in cheek humor, the unspoken. Honestly, if he wasn’t so old, I might be interested. Call me, Ken, when your closed-head injury fully heals. My grandmother is single.
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