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CONTENTS Winter Fashion — Comfy & Cozy

Our annual winter fashion shoot showcases how to stay warm and cozy without sacrificing style. Shot at the Majestic Inn in Anacortes, the session features multiple wardrobes from local boutiques. So grab a hot toddy, mulled wine and come stand by the fire. We want you looking your best, whether you’re headed to work, a holiday party, or just out for the evening.


Bellingham Rotary


By the Numbers


Lasting Image

21 In the Know  Ferndale Farmstore Cheese 22

In the Know  Best Buds Game Arcade


Community  Fidalgo Island Gleaners


Wonder Woman  Jen Gallant


Book Reviews


Who Knew?

26 Spotlight  Historical Ella Higginson Film 27 In the Know  Snow Geese of the Skagit 28

Five Faves  Holiday Parades




Savvy Shopper  Oil & Vinegar Bar


Holiday Shopping Guide


Beauty  Holiday Makeup


Nutrition  The Skinny on Fat




Winter Fashion — Comfy & Cozy


Wine and Cheese Pairing Party


Featured Home  Lake Whatcom House


Remodel  Office Fix

Wine and Cheese Pairing Party

We offer tips on more than just what wine goes with what cheese. An area expert guides you through the buying, staging, labeling and presenting that happens in a successful get-together. Local products are the stars here, and you’ll even get a primer on the ins and outs of cheese.


Camber Coffee


Dining Guide


Review  Dad’s Diner A-Go-Go

82 Meet the Chef  The Loft’s Steven Engels 84

Sip  Zinfandels


Mixing Tin  The Cabin’s The Classic


8 Great Tastes


Featured Event




The Scene  Whatcom Community College Foundation Donor Appreciation Breakfast


Out of Town


Publisher’s Letter




Letters to the Editor


Meet the Staffer  Pat McDonnell


Final Word

December 2017


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s I sit here staring out my window trying to find the words for this year’s Publisher’s Letter, the snow is falling. I love a good snowfall. It makes the trees glisten and there is stillness to the air that is breathtaking and peaceful, something I find very satisfying as we head into the holidays. It has been a hard year for all of us watching TV and keeping up on current events. The political arena is frustrating: The country is fighting an enormous opioid epidemic and violent crimes are front and center. I often find myself yelling at the TV and hoping I will wake up and find it was all a dream. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Negativity, caustic words, and explosive actions seem to be normalized — how is this possible in this day and age? Haven’t we come farther than this as a society? I even saw it in some of our local elections towards the end. We are better than this. We have to be. My wish for all of us over the holidays is to try and put it all in perspective. We will get through this. We always do. I don’t mean ignore it, but find time without it in your immediate space. Remember that the holidays are for loving, giving, and caring about each other, your family and friends. For me and my husband, Ken, we will turn off the TV, put down the phones, turn on the Christmas music and dance, reminding ourselves that we, our family, and those around us are what is important in today’s crazy world. 2017 has been exciting for K & L Media. You had been asking for us to go monthly for years, and last December we made the leap. The response from you has been amazing and we are so delighted to highlight our local communities and members on a regular basis. With this change, our exposure also has grown. You can now find us on the majority of newsstands from North Seattle to the Canadian border. Our staff has also grown and changed; we welcomed our new editor Meri-Jo Borzilleri in January and most recently added part-time editor Pat McMahon to our media family. They are welcome additions in ensuring our publication is the best it can be. What’s on the horizon for K & L Media, you might ask? 2018 will be a year of stability and growth. We are adding a new product to our mix: Menu Seattle will launch in April 2018. It will circulate throughout the Seattle/Bellevue corridor, offering restaurants and businesses a unique way to reach affluent local diners and visiting tourists. We will also be submitting certain issues of Bellingham Alive and its features to Western Publishing Association yearly Maggie Awards. Keep your fingers crossed; we are hoping to walk away with more national awards, keeping Bellingham on the publishing map. Above all and as always I wish you all peace, health, and joy over the holiday season. — Lisa Karlberg Publisher

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Katheryn is a lifestyle and natural light photographer specializing in weddings, families and local, fresh food and restaurants. She believes in community, relationships and a good glass of wine. She works hard to document the most important parts of your life in a creative and honest way. She looks forward to meeting you. katherynmoranphotography.com  p. 46

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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, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Designer of the Year. Additionally, she was voted North Sound Life’s Best of the Northwest interior designer in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  p. 74

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Cassie is a nutrition blogger and food photographer who believes that if you eat colorful food you are guaranteed it will be nutritious and definitely delicious. She is also the creator of Nutritious and Delicious Appetites by Design to help you feel your best so you can live your best. Her photos and writing can be found on Instagram @paleo_ perspective and her website paleoperspective.com.  p. 43

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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. 41

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Likes To See, Eat, Do

The Sad State of Guy Love is an excellent article which every man, woman and child should be forced to read. It is directly related to the major problems that our country is experiencing today. Will the increase of women in politics change the dynamics of our country? I hope so!

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Music To His Ears I love that Bellingham Alive features local entertainment and musicians, I think that is important! Erich S., Stanwood

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Bellingham Alive welcomes comments and feedback for our Letters to the Editor section. We’d love to hear what you have to say and are open to story ideas about the people, places, and happenings in the North Sound (Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan counties). Let us know what you like, and what you’d like to see in the magazine! Contact editor Meri-Jo Borzilleri at editor@northsoundlife.com.

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

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K&L Media? Photography intern. I’ve been working with Bellingham Alive for just a few months, and I’m really excited that more of my work will appear in this edition of Bellingham Alive.

What is your background?

Pat McDonnell

I am a documentary filmmaker and film photographer. I’m originally from Tallahassee, Florida and I’m a graduate of Florida State University’s film school. For the last 20 years, I lived on the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains. I worked for a rafting company eight months out of the year and shot indie films and my own projects the rest of the year. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve tried to keep my lifestyle pretty fluid, which has allowed me to visit a few distant places. I have always been curious, and sort of drawn to stories of ordinary people trying to do big things. My girlfriend inspired me to move out here this past spring and I can honestly say it has been one of my best decisions ever.

What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? Bellingham is a great town to be based. There’s so much great indie music, food, and art coming from the area. Working for the magazine, I get exposed to some really amazing events, and I get a chance to meet a lot of creative folks doing really cool things in the community. The whole region is very vibrant and doing what I do gets me out into it. I always have a film camera with me, so I’m always shooting.

What are some of your hobbies and interests? Music is a big part of my life. Once things settle down a bit I hope my girlfriend and I can start to do some recording. Over the summer we camped just about every other week, so I try to maintain some sort of connection to the outdoors. I tend to consume a lot of music, and also a lot of films, both at home and the Pickford. My studio space is actually above it. I’m not sure if Bellingham really realizes the great resource they have in the Pickford. It’s an amazing place. I also refurbish old film cameras and resell them. What started out as a need to fix my own damaged cameras has turned into a bigger side hustle. The thrift scene in Washington and the Vancouver area rivals anything I’m aware of in the South. 

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One Hundred Years of Service is Just the Beginning Rotary Club of Bellingham WRITTEN BY KATE GALAMBOS PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSH BURDICK


fter celebrating 100 years of service, Rotary Club of Bellingham member, J.C. Hickman, said it is just the beginning. Started in September of 1917, the Rotary Club of Bellingham has brought community leaders and business owners together for generations. The club’s number is 331, meaning it was the 331st Rotary Club in the world. Rotary’s name comes from the club’s early days, when members rotated from office to office for meetings. Business owners of Bellingham gathered in the Leopold Hotel until 1979, when the group outgrew the space. Today, the Rotary … continued on page 20

LIFESTYLE By the Numbers


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Year Lake Whatcom home built before last year’s custom remodel, p. 71


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Lasting Image

This photo collage of the total solar eclipse was taken over the course of two hours on a mountain ridge in Mill City, Oregon, 4,700 feet above sea level. On August 21, from 10 A.M. until noon, I took more than 1,000 images of the event, with these 19 being singled out for publication. ROBERT DUDZIK

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As the Rotary Club of Bellingham enters its second century, here are some other key community projects the club has played a major or minor role in supporting: ƒƒ

Boulevard Park


Whatcom Hospice House


Arne Hanna Aquatic Center



Whatcom County Soccer Field Complex

Bellingham Technical College Marine Studies Lab


Lighthouse Mission’s Major Addition


Club of Bellingham is one of five Rotary clubs in Whatcom County, and has about 145 members. The organization has evolved from a club about connecting small business owners to a service club dedicated to supporting the community. Not only does the club service the community, but it provides an essential network of friends and colleagues for its members. The Rotary Club of Bellingham is devoted to seeking out the needs of the community and providing financial support. Each year, the major projects committee decides where Rotary funds will go based on proposals from members as well as outsiders. Major projects that have received the Bellingham club’s support include the Pickford Film Center, which received $70,500 in 2010. The club gave more than $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, Ferndale Branch, to renovate the club kitchen. In 2008, Rotary committed $155,069 to Whatcom Hospice House. In the two decades from 1997 to 2017, the Rotary Club of Bellingham estimates it has donated nearly $2.5 million to service projects, scholarships, and grants. While the club once held more fundraiser events, today most of the proceeds come straight from individual donations, Hickman said. To celebrate their 100-year anniversary, the club’s major project for 2017–2018 is to bring their scholarship endowment fund total to $1 million. As of July 2017, the fund had $668,645. 20 NorthSoundLife.com

Bellingham Food Bank

The next focus of the club will be to raise a minimum of $400,000 to add to the scholarship endowment fund, said club president Teri Treat. “Youth have always been a passion of the Rotarian,” she said. While Rotary’s influence has been widespread, diversity among its membership had been less inclusive until the 1980s, when a court decision forced all branches to admit women. Shortly after, in 1989, Treat joined the club. As a small business owner in her 20s, Treat saw the club as a networking opportunity, as well as a way to make a positive impact in her community. “When you are in your 20s, you want to change the world. Being a Rotarian helped me do that.” While life has gotten busy sometimes and kept her from being as involved as she wanted, she has always stayed connected to the club because of the camaraderie between members. Everyone is there for the same reason. Political views and opinions are put aside to fight for a common goal, Treat said. The Rotary Club of Bellingham invites anyone interested in giving back to become a member.  The Rotary Club of Bellingham meets Mondays at 12:15 p.m. at: Northwood Hall 3240 Northwest Ave., Bellingham 360.739.6969 | portal.clubrunner.ca

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rom “seed-to-cheese,” Ferndale Farmstead is conquering every step of making artisan Italian cheese, and it all happens on the Ferndale farm. The 680 cows that produce the milk for the cheese are all fed by crops grown on the Ferndale land. Twice a day, those same cows are milked, and their milk is sent to the cheese production facility just a few yards away. Then, a small team creates, packages, and ships the award-winning cheeses throughout the region. This “seed-to-cheese” process is not only sustainable, but it allows for full control of each step, cheesemaker Daniel Wavrin said, “You’re tasting Ferndale when you taste our cheese.” Beyond the closed-loop system, particular to Ferndale Farmstead is the authentic Italian process. Cheese consists of just four ingredients: salt, enzymes, milk, and cultures. And, while that may sound simple, such a short list of ingredients makes each one that much more important. While the majority of commercial cheeses use vinegar or a like acid to replace the use of cultures, Ferndale Farmstead cheese adheres to old principles of cheese making by using Italian cultures rather than vinegar. “We wanted to fill a gap in the market and nobody on the West Coast was really doing this,” Wavrin said. Thanks to a connection to the Italian old country, Wavrin and the team receive cultures straight from Italy to create their artisan cheeses. Wavrin is a third-generation farmer who grew up on an Eastern Washington dairy farm. It wasn’t until attending the California Polytechnic State University that he became interested in artisan

cheese. He remembered visiting the grocery store in California and stumbling across an English cheddar cheese. “I grew up on the orange sharp Tillamook cheddar, and this was nothing like that,” he said. The white, aged cheddar changed his whole outlook of cheese and spurred a curiosity for the process. While many of his friends were brewing beer, Wavrin took on another fermentation process, cheese. And, after finishing college, Wavrin paired up with the family farm to expand their reach into the artisan cheese market. The team visited 40 cheese-making facilities across the nation to learn about the process before breaking ground on construction of the Ferndale property in 2013. And, just a few years later, Ferndale Farmstead has already been awarded multiple American Cheese Society awards. In 2017, their Scamorza, Asiago Pressa, and Caciotta all placed in taste competition. But Wavrin said it is their fresh Mozzarella that really excites him. “We have a big opportunity with our mozzarella. People don’t really buy it for its flavor alone and we want to change that,” he said. Customers who try Ferndale Farmstead mozzarella will notice it has lower moisture than what they may be used to, which allows the fresh-milk flavor to stand out. Wavrin personally prefers an aged cheese over fresh, like their Fontina or Asiago Pressa. Ferndale Farmstead cheese can be found at the Community Food Co-op, Haggen, Whole Foods, other local retailers as well as the Bellingham Farmers Market.  2780 Aldergrove Rd., Ferndale 360.255.7062 | ferndalefarmstead.com 

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Current, Classic Video Games Fill a Niche Best Buds Gaming Lounge WRITTEN BY NICK JENNER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY RYAN CHAPMAN


s Hugh and Alexis Newmark manage their shop, a little brown package arrives. It has been sent from Germany, which could only mean one thing. Giddy with excitement, they carefully open it on the bar. It’s the European version of the classic video game Super Nintendo, with a miniaturized console and controllers. The Newmarks love it. Not only do they have a rare, new console, but they also get to share it. The Newmarks are the owners of Best Buds Gaming Lounge, a place to play games, grab a beer, play the tradingcard game Magic the Gathering, or just hang out. When entering Best Buds, gamers have options. They could spend $5 and play for an hour. They could spend $15 and stay the whole day (and nearly whole night — Best Buds closes as late as 1 a.m. Saturdays if they wanted. If they were really jazzed about the place, they could go big and pay $45 for a whole month. As a new hub for the emerging gaming community in the Bellingham area, Best Buds holds an impressive game library, surpassing 1,800 individual titles, Hugh said. But these aren’t all contemporary escapes designed for cutting-edge consoles like the Nintendo Switch or the Playstation 4 (both of which they have). Best Buds has managed to preserve and share games dating back all the way to 1979. Best Buds patrons can follow that timeline through a diverse library of almost 2,000 games and 20 consoles spanning decades of gaming. So, whether you game for nostalgia, adventure, competition or sharing, there’s a controller for you at Best Buds. Gathering such an impressive library wasn’t easy. Alex and Hugh, who are married, have spent more than a year hunting down video games from traders all over the world. “I quit my job to buy video games,” Alex said, laughing. Their aim was to create a place where anyone could come, feel safe, and play games. On any given day, you might find a group of 10-year-olds hunched around Halo or elderly women dropping by to play Pac-Man. Moms are also known to drop by to drink a glass of wine or play Duck Hunt, a parent favorite. “We’re all 10 at heart,” Alex said. But Best Buds isn’t simply an arcade. At 8 p.m., the place switches gears, kindly ending the sessions of minors and becoming a beer-and-wine bar in addition to a gaming center. The bar serves a couple wines and a variety of beers brewed locally, from Aslan’s Batch 15 to Boundary Bay’s Cedar Dust 22 NorthSoundLife.com

to Kulshan Sunnyland IPA. For those who don’t wish to break the bank, there’s also a classic Rolling Rock behind the bar. A menu titled “Junk Food” helps break long periods of gaming, with candies, chicken products, and pizza rolls providing a snack cache many kids dream of. So why lounge at Best Buds when you can lounge at home? Well, Best Buds allows for members of the gaming community to merge their passions for gaming in-person and over a beer. They clean up after you’re done. They replace all the broken parts and they put back the games, all so you don’t have to. Best Buds even arranges a handful of monthly events to spur community participation, competitiveness, and camaraderie. Halo nights and anime viewings happen often and their Super Smash Brothers tournament at one point drew 90 contestants, hailing from as far away as Vancouver and Seattle. The Newmarks are excited to see themselves and Best Buds as part of a growing community of gamers in the Bellingham area, welcoming gamers and games alike.  1121 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham 360.398.6183 | bestbudslounge.com


Sharing the Bounty Fidalgo Island & Guemes Gleaners WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES


magine being at the supermarket and overhearing this conversation between a mother and her son: “Mom, can we get some apples?” “No honey, they’re too expensive, maybe next week.” Head gleaner of the Fidalgo Island & Guemes Gleaners (FIGG), Sylvia Cooper, recounted that story as told by her friend. Thanks to the work of Cooper and FIGG, local community members have access to free, fresh fruit a few months out of the year. FIGG is part of the non-profit program, Transition Fidalgo and Friends, which, among other things, strives to shift the community towards local food production. Cooper heads Transition’s food program, naturally putting her in charge of FIGG. A previous gleaning program was disorganized and fizzled out, so logistics were important this time around. The non-profit organization began practicing logistics — how long it took to glean a tree, how to best organize volunteers —  in fall 2015. Two years later FIGG has nailed their logistics and is picking fruit all over the local area. Fidalgo Island used to be dotted with orchards. When neighborhoods rose up, homes were built alongside apple, pear, plum and even fig trees. Now, decades after suburbia took over, these old trees are still producing fruit, but homeowners can’t consume it all themselves. Cooper said, “There’s an abundance of food here. We realized we can feed a lot of people.” The process is simple. A homeowner contacts FIGG to set up a gleaning date and time. Cooper sends an email to her list of 65 volunteer gleaners, specifying how many people she’ll need (small trees require 3–4 people while larger ones may


require up to double that). The first volunteers to respond are given the gleaning address. Once on site, the entire process takes less than an hour, with smaller trees taking about 20 minutes. The time depends on the size of the tree and how much fruit should be harvested. The gleaners don’t always harvest all the fruit. Sometimes they just thin out an overladen tree to help the fruit grow bigger. There is as little waste as possible. Gleaners pick up fallen fruit from the ground and donate those bushels to animal farmers. Once all the fruit is harvested, the homeowners take as much as they want, then the volunteers, and the remaining lot is donated to local charities including food banks and No Kid Hungry. In 2016, FIGG harvested 8,900 lbs. of fruit, garnering an average of 150–300 lbs. from smaller trees, and 500 lbs. from bigger trees. Suffice to say there was plenty of fruit to go around, so much so that Cooper, who lives near Anacortes High School, is nicknamed the “Fruit Lady” for the boxes of fresh fruit lining her driveway. She invites the students to take as much as they like. Wanting to help the community even more, FIGG hosts a cider-making party every few weeks in fall when there is an abundance of apples. Participants learn how to make fresh cider at this casual, family-friendly event. Cooper is also working on putting together educational seminars to teach fruit tree owners how to better care for the fruit trees with proper pruning and disease prevention. She hopes to one day expand into vegetable harvesting and spreading more education about healthy eating to the community’s children. Cooper doesn’t seem to mind how busy her days get during the harvest season. Since FIGG is a volunteer program, she and many of the other gleaners work full time jobs and glean on the weekends or after work. But she says, “It’s worth it…[the fruit] is out there and it’s available for very little effort.” There’s no reason why anyone should be left wanting with so much abundance in our community.  fidalgoislandgleaners.wordpress.com 

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LIFESTYLE Wonder Woman

Jen Gallant Girls on the Run Coordinator, Trailblazers founder WRITTEN BY KENJI GUTTORP | PHOTOGRAPHED BY CORINNE MALCOLM


he rhythmic sounds of small footsteps on gravel is music to the ears of Jen Gallant. For more than a decade she has been making a difference in the lives of kids across Whatcom County. “I began volunteering at the YMCA coaching my daughter’s Girls on the Run team” in 2005, Gallant said. “My daughters were approaching the age when many girls start worrying far too much about fitting in and being accepted by their peers [and] I wanted them to have the opportunity to gain the tools that would help them successfully navigate those tough years.” After three years, the YMCA hired her to run the entire program. At the time, Girls on the Run was already a nationally renowned program. Today it is the largest running and mentoring program of its kind in the country and a fixture at the Bellingham YMCA. Gallant has expanded and transformed the running programs at the YMCA. In 2014 she introduced her own program, Trailblazers. The program provides young boys the opportunity to get outdoors and use running as an outlet for development. Gallant saw the need in the community 24 NorthSoundLife.com

for young boys and thought, “You know, boys need an outlet too…especially today.” In the beginning, she had 22 kids in the program. Today there are nearly 600 trail runners served in the Whatcom County school district. Sun, rain, or torrential downpour — it doesn’t matter to Gallant, who, with a smile on her face, takes her kids out every week to run. The programs use running as a form of empowerment and tool for kids to realize their self-fulfillment and accomplishments. When you get out and you’re running, you kind of open up, Gallant explained, especially when you are exhausted, soaked to the bone, or cold. “Running has taught me to work hard to attain goals. My favorite part of Girls on the Run and Trailblazers is teaching kids to set goals and take the necessary steps to reach them,” said Gallant. In January, she proudly plans to run a half marathon with one of the 10-year-old Trailblazers. “This is a girl that loves to run. She has a goal to run the Lake Samish Half Marathon in January, so I said that I would do it with her.” Gallant herself is an accomplished runner. She first started marathon running by chance in 2007 when a friend encouraged her. “I didn’t really run competitively in high school,” Gallant said. But just six months later she placed second in the Bellingham Bay Marathon and qualified for the Boston marathon — no easy task. She ran in it the following year, posting an impressive time of 3 hours, 25 minutes. “I’ve been putting a lot of focus and energy into Girls on the Run and Trailblazers so I haven’t competed much in the last few years.”  1256 N. State St. Bellingham 360.733.8630 | whatcomymca.org

Book Reviews


A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake 462 pages Lake Union Publishing

A gorgeous new historical-fiction book, this story is set in Charleston and takes two roads: one in 1822, as the city awaits the beginning of a slave rebellion; and another in 2015, as a young woman searching for her family’s history discovers the past. Both stories contain compelling characters. The famous weapons-maker of the rebellion and his lover, the daughter of a slave owner with her own rebellious streak, and the masterminds of the uprising draw you into both the beauty of Charleston and the underlying ugliness of its history. The modern-day story is equally compelling, as Kate examines the past and its connection to today as she is pulled into Charleston life through complex and varied new friendships. The author seamlessly weaves the tragedy of the AME church massacre of 2015 into the story line as she thoughtfully and powerfully deals with today’s issues of race.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva 288 pages Flatiron Books

Most of us know who Charles Dickens is, the famous 19th century British novelist who brought us “Oliver Twist,” “David Copperfield,” and of course, the most coldhearted miser of all time, Ebenezer Scrooge. In Samantha Silva’s debut novel, she imagines how “A Christmas Carol” was born. It is an inventive, fluffy tale of Victorian England with all the lovely description of the streets that Dickens inhabited and where he found all his characters. This book will set you right down in the middle of a real Victorian Christmas, with toy stores, ribbons and festoons, and yes, even roasted chestnuts. We see Dickens’ family life, his frustrations with fame and the hangers-on who want his money, and his utter disbelief as his previous novel fails miserably and he is strapped for cash. This is a charming little tale that will satisfy the Christmas spirit as well as give one some intriguing insight into one of our most prolific English authors.

In the Know


December 15, 6 p.m. Fairhaven Family Story Night Bellingham Public Library, Fairhaven 1117 12th St, Bellingham 360.778.7188 bellinghampubliclibrary.org In this all-ages event, members of the Bellingham Storytellers Guild offer an hour of their time to coach current storytellers in their craft and introduce others to the basics. After the hour ends, the coaches will treat those who attended to a series of stories written for all age groups.

December 21, 6:30 p.m. Creekside Open Mic WCLS South Whatcom Library 10 Barn View Court, Bellingham 360.305.3632 | wcls.org Be you a writer, a singer, a poet or a musician, all are welcome at the Creekside Open Mic, especially those coming to sit and appreciate. If you’re interested in performing, sign-up ends a half-hour before the performances begin.

WHO KNEW? World’s Tallest In 1950, the world’s tallest cut Christmas tree, a whopping 221 feet, was transported, decorated, and displayed at Northgate mall in Seattle. The first of its kind, Northgate was barely staying afloat financially when mall president Jim Douglas (appropriately named) brought the giant Douglas fir to Northgate to attract families and shoppers during the holiday season.

Not the Evergreen state? Washington isn’t alone as the Evergreen State. It is the fifthlargest producer of evergreen Christmas trees in the country, turning out an estimated 1.5 million trees in 2016. Oregon, the largest, produces 5.2 million. After that comes North Carolina, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

This Day in History On December 22, 1882, inventor Edward H. Johnson created the first string of electrical Christmas lights to decorate his Christmas tree at his home. Johnson, a business associate of Thomas Edison, was an early partner with a company that would become General Electric. He is credited with becoming the father of the electric Christmas tree. 

Holiday Lights The origins of the Christmas tree and tree lighting are popularly thought to be founded in 16th century Germanic tradition. Around the 1700s, German settlers are thought to have brought their customs to American homes, although the tradition did not at first catch on until the middle of the 19th century.

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Community LIFESTYLE Spotlight

A Film for Forgotten Women Duo Bringing Discovered Screenplay to Life WRITTEN BY ISABELLE MORRISON PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF TALKING TO CROWS


ore than a century ago, a confident young writer named Ella Higginson moved to Bellingham, and her career began to flourish. She became the first poet laureate of Washington state, her work published nationally by journals like McClure’s and Harper’s Monthly. She helped establish Bellingham’s first public library, and made significant contributions to a young Western Washington University. Higginson was the most famous writer in the Pacific Northwest during the early 20th century — so famous that when a line from her poem, “College by the Sea” was carved onto Edens Hall at Western, it did not include a byline because no one could imagine her ever being forgotten. Somewhere in time, Higginson fell into obscurity, like so many other prominent women and people of color throughout history. Today, two female film producers have been called on — some believe by fate — to preserve Higginson’s legacy. Cassidy Young and Stacy Reynolds, members of the Bellingham-based, mostly-female film production company, Talking to Crows, hadn’t heard of Higginson until about two years ago, when they happened to be in Western professor Laura Laffrado’s office one afternoon. 26 NorthSoundLife.com

The plan had been to interview Laffrado for their documentary, “Free the Penis,” which addresses the disparity between male and female nudity in film. Little did they know Laffrado had been in the Washington State Archives that morning and had stumbled across a completed screenplay written by Higginson in 1912. Laffrado had begun her research four years ago when she uncovered a trove of Higginson’s work, stretching 12 linear feet, in the archives. Laffrado, an English professor who studies Pacific Northwest women’s literature, had never heard of Higginson. She said Higginson had destroyed many of her personal letters, but kept the screenplay, drafts of the screenplay, and correspondence letters from the New York literary agency she’d pitched it to. The agency sent Higginson’s screenplay to famed actress Mary Pickford (now namesake of Bellingham’s independent movie theater), who turned it down. Laffrado considers it a message in a bottle. Higginson had left her screenplay for someone else to discover one day and bring it to life, and Laffrado thought Young and Reynolds were the perfect people to do that. “It was one of those serendipitous moments, in the right place at the right time,” Laffrado said. “Here were these two young, energetic, women filmmakers who were right at the start of what they were doing, and felt really strongly about feminist issues. I told them about [the screenplay] because I thought it would be interesting, but it turns out they were the perfect fit and they totally get it.” Soon after leaving Laffrado’s office in Red Square, where Higginson’s house had once stood, Young and Reynolds went to the archives to read the screenplay. “The fact that we’re pursuing film in Bellingham just as Ella tried to a hundred years ago, and wasn’t successful and was completely forgotten, fills us with this rage fire of not only wanting to preserve her legacy, bring her back, and make her a name on everyone’s tongue, but to continue our work and what we’re doing,” Reynolds said. Written in the era of silent film, “Just Like the Men” is a romantic comedy based on the real story of how Higginson helped her friend Frances Axtell, cousin of U.S. President Grover Cleveland, become the first woman elected into legislative office in Washington state. “It’s clear when reading Ella’s character, Mrs. Carlton, which is based on (Higginson), she was the most confident woman you’ve ever met,” Reynolds said. “She was like, ‘I’m amazing, I’m pretty, I’m cute, and I can do anything.’ That sort of behavior is rarely seen in women. They’re seen as bitchy or in some way undesirable.” Today, Talking to Crows raised $7,660 by campaigning on the crowdfunding website, Seed & Spark, to get started on creating their own film adaptation of “Just Like the Men.” The film will include 13 selected scenes from Higginson’s original screenplay that have been adapted for today’s audiences, intertwined with a separate narrative about two modern women trying to pursue the arts and experiencing parallel issues that Higginson felt during her time. “Just Like the Men” is set to release in 2020, just in time for the 100-year anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. 

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rive through Skagit Valley’s fields from December through February and you’ll likely see hundreds of pristine white birds waddling about the muddy fields. Continue watching and you’ll see a magnificent sight when the flock suddenly takes flight and your field of vision looks like a fuzzy, snowy television screen. Martha Jordan, executive director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association (NWSCA) explains the impressive display is thanks to a “flock mentality” and is a safeguard against impending danger. When snow geese take flight all at once, predators like eagles, foxes, and coyotes have trouble picking off just one individual. “Anyone left behind is likely to get eaten,” says Jordan. Of course, the geese — and to a lesser extent, trumpeter and tundra swans — aren’t the only animals to use this tactic. We locals just happen to be privy to the incredible sight when they do. There’s more to the birds than their striking white feathers though, which is what Jordan and the NWSCA is striving to educate the public about. Jordan explained there’s a push and pull. The wintering waterfowl are beautiful and a critical component to our ecosystem, but human factors need to be considered. The snow geese population in Washington has skyrocketed in recent years, and their winter habitat is expanding, spreading their territory towards eastern Washington and through much of western Washington. The birds that visit Skagit in winter actually breed in Russia and migrate through Canada in the spring and fall, creating an unusual situation where three nations are involved in their conservation and management. You might wonder: If their populations are booming, what’s there to worry about? Well, to our region’s farmers,

plenty. The birds eat the crops and compress the rich soil, causing damage and economic loss to farms. Some farmers alter their crops to discourage waterfowl, which in turn reduces the acreage available as habitat. Swans have also been known to fly into power lines, resulting in power outages and requiring manpower to correct the damage. A thriving population increases the potential of power line strikes, so the NWSCA works with electric companies to think up creative solutions. The bigger picture is that birds, including snow geese and graceful-necked trumpeter and tundra swans, are dependent on agricultural lands. That creates a conundrum for farmers and fans alike, says Jordan. “How do we support our wonderful waterfowl and at the same time have a symbiotic relationship with farmers?” To further muddy things, other considerations, like hunting, are involved in that ecosystem. “It’s a really complex issue,” Jordan says. “Finding those solutions to keep the system working so we can have these wonderful, beautiful birds in our lives is something I’m working on.” If you’d like to learn more, Jordan is leading two classes this month at Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse in Mount Vernon: “Swans of the Skagit” on Saturday, December 2 from 1–2 p.m.; and “Snow Geese of the Skagit” December 9 at 1 p.m. She will discuss the birds, the issues surrounding them, and share some of the best local places to view them. Reservations are required.  Northwest Swan Conservation Association 914 164th St. SE, Mill Creek 425.787.0258 | nwswans.org 

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OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Welcome the holidays with friends, family, and community. Come celebrate at a traditional Christmas parade this Sunday, December 3 at 5 p.m. in the heart of downtown Mount Vernon. The tree lighting ceremony follows the parade, ending around 6 p.m. Make sure you get there early as the streets are often packed. South First Street, Mount Vernon mountvernondowntown.org



LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE Lynden’s beloved parade returns December 2 for its 27th annual holiday celebration at 6 p.m. at the Fairway Center. The procession of floats, fire trucks, antique cars, milk trucks, tractors, and other farm equipment wrapped in Christmas lights honors the charm and heritage of this Dutch town’s farming tradition. 1750 Front St., Fairway Center, Lynden lynden.org


LIGHTED BOAT PARADE & SANTA’S ARRIVAL Bring your kids to help guide Santa to the docks at 7 p.m. for the 25th annual parade. Watch Christmas-clad boats from around the Salish Sea as they converge on Friday Harbor. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m., so bundle up and bring a toasty beverage. 1063 Turn Point Rd., Friday Harbor fridayharborsailing.com




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PARADE OF LIGHTS Join the annual “Whobilation” and “Seussian” inspired Christmas parade in SedroWoolley. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. at this year’s Magic of Christmas event. Train, pony rides, and face painting make for family friendly fun before the year’s traditional lighting of the tree at 5 p.m. 810 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley sedro-woolley.com


LIONS CLUB PARADE The Anacortes Lions Club presents its annual Christmas parade at 11 a.m., December 2. Choose your viewing spot or be a part of the parade itself. Floats, walkers, and bicyclists proceed on Third Street. Horse-drawn carriages line up on Second Street, while Commercial Avenue will have classic cars.

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SHOP Savvy Shopper · Necessities · Around the Sound

Outdoor Apparel, Innovative Designs Outbound WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS


fter growing up in their mother’s retail store in Chelan, Jenna and brother James Wadkins opened Outbound, an apparel store in Fairhaven, about a year and a half ago. The outdoor apparel store differentiates itself from the big names in recreational clothing with its selection of small, but innovative brands. In addition to seeking out unique merchandise, Jenna said she is committed to offering customers clothing that takes them throughout their entire day. For Jenna, it is better to have a small wardrobe that enables a life full of experiences than a big … continued on next page

wardrobe with little versatility. All too often, clothing brands develop multiple kinds of the same piece to allow customers to have a select wardrobe for each part of their lives. Outbound aims to provide a selection of clothing that does just the opposite. Why have a professional jacket, athletic jacket, and an outdoor recreation jacket when there are products that fulfill multiple aspects of life? “We want to provide clothing that will get our customer through any activity, not just outdoor [activities],” Jenna said. Much of Outbound’s selection features materials that are quick-dry, sweat-wicking and, for our environment, made from lightweight, yet warm, down. “It is important that our customers, who move a million miles a minute, can wear the same outfit all day and be comfortable,” Jenna said. A versatile favorite of Jenna’s is Hard Tail Forever cotton yoga pants, which Outbound carries in fun colors and patterns. The made-in-the-USA cotton pant is perfect for the gym, hiking, everyday errands, or even a date night. While technically an outdoor and recreation apparel store, Outbound is in the business of glamming up the outdoors and Jenna has no problem saying so. “There is a time and place for hiking pants,” she said. Outbound’s collection of stylish athletic clothes make it easy to put together a cute outfit for a 32 NorthSoundLife.com

light hike or trip to the park. Yoga pants and a light sweater go with just about any activity in the Pacific Northwest. Outbound is committed to tying the outdoors into everyone’s lifestyle. The store carries necessities for bringing the outdoors closer to each customer. Beyond clothing, Outbound also carries entry-level recreational equipment, that, like their clothing, is versatile beyond the wilderness. One of Jenna’s favorites, the Grayl filtration and purification bottle, can be used for camping or your next vacation. Jenna said she brings her Grayl with her whenever she travels to keep all her water clean and healthy. Customers will also find a small variety of shoes, seasonal accessories, and budget-friendly camping gear. “I provide accessories that will get you on your next adventure. People that are new to the outdoors are often looking for less expensive gear,” Jenna said. No matter what your next adventure holds, whether it is conquering the next mountain, making it to the gym this week, or just another day at the office, Outbound has comfortable and stylish options to help you get there.  1306 11th St., Bellingham 360.671.1420 | outboundanddown.com

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Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar is a haven for olive oil and vinegar connoisseurs. It specializes in Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), the cream of the crop in olive oil standards. Ultra Premium certification requires vigorous testing of the oil’s chemistry and freshness. Real extra virgin olive oil also has an unbeatable taste and is chock-full of phenolic antioxidants, which can help fight disease. The store stocks five Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oils at any given time and a dizzying array of fused and infused olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and other accruements to finish off dishes.

If you have a friend who loves cooking or entertaining, the Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar is a one-stop shop for gifts. Of course, there are flavored olive oils, both fused and infused. The flavorings are all-natural ingredients–nothing is made in a lab. All the balsamic vinegars are aged in Modena, Italy and undergo the same flavoring treatment as the oils. In addition to the 66 oil and vinegar options, you’ll find delectable jarred dips from The Bread Dip Company. There are rubs, seasonings, and gourmet salt such as black Cyprus Flake Salt and pretty Merlot Salt Fusion Flavored Sea Salt. Bulk bins of dried pasta claim an entire shelving unit, with recipe ideas affixed to each bin. Finally, if you can’t make it down to Anacortes, visit their online store.

THE ATMOSPHERE A knowledgeable staff welcomes patrons amid neat rows of stainless steel dispensers filled with flavored and unflavored Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegars.

OWNER’S FAVORITE One of the store’s best sellers, the Persian Lime Olive Oil, is surprisingly versatile in savory and sweet dishes. Another favorite is the Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar, which works well with seafood and is refreshing in cocktails. Pelusi raved about the Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar, the store’s most savory choice among the balsamic vinegars. “It’s fantastic as a marinade, as a bread dip, as a salad dressing, I use it for all of my recipes that call for Worcester sauce.” There are more flavors than we can name here. You really need to taste for yourself. 

KEY PEOPLE John Olsen, a Marine veteran, got the idea of opening an olive oil store in Anacortes after visiting the Lively Olive Tasting Bar in Port Townsend. His partner, Kriena Pelusi, is originally from Canada, but settled in Anacortes and worked as a personal trainer for almost 20 years before becoming the store’s manager and cooking expert. Pelusi is known for making spot-on flavor suggestions that combine their flavored oilseed vinegars with other ingredients.

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The Vault Wine Bar is your one stop shop for all your holiday needs! Wonderful wine selection, fun and thoughtful gifts, and gift cards available in any amount! The friendly, and knowledgeable staff will help you select that perfect pairing, or gift for anyone on your list!

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Family-owned Lost River Winery features a variety of handcrafted, awardwinning wines that are perfectly priced for your gourmet pacific northwest table. You’ll find our wines at Whatcom County wine stores and grocers, at our tasting room facility in Winthrop, or online at www.lostriverwinery.com. 26 WA-20, Winthrop, WA 98862 509.996.2888 | lostriverwinery.com Open Thurs–Mon, 11am–5pm (Closed Tues & Wed)

Skagit’s Own Fish Market We are a full service fish market striving to bring the freshest seafood to your table. We also have a large selection of artisan grocery items for the “foodie” on your Christmas list. Skagit’s Own Fish Market has a great lunch menu served daily with all fresh ingredients. 18042 Hwy 20, Burlington, WA 360.707.2722 | skagitfish.com

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Fringe Boutique Fringe now has gifts for women and men! For her: an oversized sweater $48, winter scarf $38, and statement necklace $38. For him: a shearling lined flannel jacket $84, classic leather wallet $45, and woodsy candle $20. 1147 N State Street, Bellingham 360.312.4067 | wearfringe.com

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Sunset Beauty Supply Offering the widest selection of wigs in the Northwest, we also carry fashion accessories, jewelry, and gifts. Always stocked with name-brand and hard-tofind beauty supplies, we’re sure to have something for the ladies on your holiday shopping list. If you can’t decide, we have gift cards! 1225 East Sunset Drive Suite 150 Bellingham WA  98226 360-738-0359 | sunsetbeautysupply.com

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At Serendipity we like to pair a consigned designer jean with some of our new retail and accessories to give you an affordable, fashionable ensemble. Come in and check out our great holiday gift ideas!

Looking for a unique gift? For 15 years the Whimsey gallery has offered the largest selection of handmade jewelry in Fairhaven. Stop in to see our many talented local artists.

Woods Coffee’s Holiday Blend is here. Make sure to get some for your home & office, or as gifts for friends, family, and co-workers! $11.95

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hile I love creating soft and feminine looks, I’ve never been one for the traditional “girly” stuff. Pink frills and sparkle never captivated me the way it does some. But for whatever reason, once a year around the holidays, it never fails: I crave glitter. Maybe it’s the season, or that New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday, or because I’m longing for a little extra light on the days when the sun sets at 4 p.m., but I just can’t seem to get enough! It was only a matter of time before I brought it into my makeup artistry. At first, it was easy to find the glitter, but not easy to get it to stick. Occasionally I would find liquid glitter makeup options, but they never seemed to be worth what I paid for them or color options were limited. So naturally, I took matters into my own hands and played around until I found a combination that not only worked well but was shockingly easy. … continued on next page

… In a world full of confusing YouTube videos with makeup hacks that aren’t always simple (or safe for your eyes/face), I give you my all-timefavorite, two-ingredient, easiest-peasiest, showstopping DIY makeup product: liquid glitter eye shadow! All you need to get started is a small glass bottle with a dropper lid, a small funnel, makeupgrade glitter, and liquid gel eye drops.

STEP 1 Pour your glitter into the bottle using a small spoon and funnel. Depending on how big my bottle is, I’ll use about one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon. When choosing what glitter to use, it is absolutely important that you use makeup-grade glitter. Glitter at the craft store is not milled correctly and could scratch your eye if some accidentally gets in there, whereas makeup-grade glitter is safe for use on skin and eyes. NYX Cosmetics sells beautiful and affordable makeup-grade glitter on their website, so you can easily pick out a few to try!

STEP 2 Add a few of the gel eye drops, shake it up, and test. Repeat until you’ve reached your desired consistency. The less gel you put in, the thicker the glitter coating will be, and the more gel you put in the more sheer it will be. The eye drops will help the glitter adhere and stay put on your eyelid through the entire day. I prefer using gel drops to the regular ones because the end result is a little thicker, easier to work with, and stays in place longer.

STEP 3 Apply it! It’s easy to go overboard with glitter, so keeping it simple is key. My favorite places to apply it are in the inner corner of the eye, across the eyelid, and sometimes using a liner brush to put some underneath part or all of the eye. You’ll want to make sure to put a base layer of a close-matching eyeshadow down first as this will help the gel adhere and also fill in any gaps that may show through. For a general coat on your eyelid, place a drop on your finger and starting in the center, gently dab, blending outward both directions. Repeat until desired coat is achieved, letting it dry a few seconds in between. If it’s months between applications, your glitter makeup may dry out, but add a few more eye drops back in and it will be good as new. Cheers to making this your glitziest holiday season yet!  lovebeautybellingham.com 42 NorthSoundLife.com



Pass the Butter Saturated Fat Is Better Than You Think. Happy Holidays! WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CASSIE ELLIOTT


ome good news: Despite what we have been told for the last 50-odd years, fat that is normally found in the food we eat (think beef, chicken, pork, cheese, butter, cream, whole milk, olive oil, avocados, etc.) does not actually make us fat. How is that possible, you ask? First, this whole notion that eating saturated fat will cause us to gain weight and could ultimately lead to heart disease is based on studies that were conducted more than 70 years ago. Ultimately, this led to government agencies and medical professionals recommending that we reduce the amount of saturated fats we eat, which is where things really started going wrong. See, fatty foods — not French fries, though — will leave you feeling satisfied and full which usually means you will eat less. But because we were told over and over not to eat these foods, we were all walking around like zombies looking for our next highcarb meal (i.e. bread, pastries), which is never going to fill us up. And here we are with the highest rates of obesity and Type II diabetes that we’ve ever seen in North America. So why eat saturated fat? From an evolutionary point of view, we are fat burners, not sugar burners. Our bodies can store only so much glucose (sugar). Once we have all we need, our body turns it into fat. Because we burn that at a much slower rate, we get fat. It’s similar to bears fattening up for the winter. So, unless you are planning to take a long winter’s nap this year, I suggest you skip the Christmas sweets and fresh-baked rolls and load up on the dark meat and the ham. Put a little extra butter on your carrots and mash your potatoes with cream. paleoperspective.com


pan until just crisp. Remove and set aside on a plate with paper towel. Leave 1 Tbsp of bacon fat in pan.

This high-fat, high-protein and lowcarb quiche can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator until Christmas morning, making breakfast simple, easy and delicious, and leaving you time to enjoy the day.


• Slice mushrooms. • Add butter to pan with bacon fat and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Cook until lightly browned and all the liquid has evaporated. • Add spinach and stir to cook until wilted.

8 eggs, beaten 6 slices bacon 1 lb. white mushrooms, sliced 1/2 bunch fresh spinach 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes (I use the ones in olive oil) 3–4 tbsp Crumble Goat’s Milk feta cheese 1–2 tbsp butter 1 tsp garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste


• Remove from pan and spread evenly in 10" glass pie plate. Add bacon to pie plate. • Beat eggs with salt and pepper in separate bowl. • Pour into pie plate over top of sautéed vegetables and bacon. • Sprinkle tomatoes and feta over top.

• Pre-heat oven to 400C • Place in oven and cook for 20–25 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Plate and enjoy! 

• Cut bacon into 1/2-inch pieces and fry over medium heat in cast iron 

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enry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “Into each life some rain must fall.” If you sometimes feel like your life is one downpour after another, it’s time to find some joy. And it’s easier than you might think. Being joyful has the power to help you bounce back from stressful events, solve problems, think flexibly and even fend off diseases.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE ARE 10 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DAYS BRIGHTER: 1. Do something you loved as a kid. Sing silly songs, splash in puddles or see how high you can swing. 2. Laugh at life’s hassles. No day is perfect. But there’s often something at least a bit amusing in challenging situations if you look for it.

5. Go for it. Stop putting experiences you want to try on hold. Bake a pie from scratch, learn to crochet or sign up for an indoor climbing class — explore what intrigues you. 6. Take a nature break. Look up at the sky, and see how blue it really is. Go on an early-morning walk, and delight in the dew on the grass. Let nature’s beauty soothe you. 7. Take a mental break. Close your eyes and imagine a place you love. Use all your senses. Are you drawn to the beach? Smell the salt water, feel the sun on your back and hear the crashing waves. 8. Spread happiness. When you get good news, don’t keep it to yourself — tell a friend. You’ll relive the moment and have the extra pleasure of your friend’s reaction. 9. Seek out happy people. Good moods are contagious.

3. Collect sayings or photos that make you smile Then stick them where they’re visible — on your refrigerator or at your desk, for instance — to look at when you need a pick-me-up. 4. Play a song you love. Imaging tests of brains show that music can release feel-good hormones.

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A Holiday How-To:

Host a

Wine & Cheese Party

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If you host a well-considered holiday party, you might find you’ve established a new tradition as guests clamor to make such an affair an annual tradition. But the holidays are busy enough as it is, without the meal planning, cleaning, cooking, prep work, invitations — all the effort that goes into hosting a fête. This year, may we suggest that you reconsider the traditional holiday party, the crock pots, the potluck, the buffet table, in favor of hosting a simpler, more intimate gathering. You can’t go wrong with a wine and cheese pairing party.

Written By Kaity Teer with Chef Dona Applegate Photographed by Dean Davidson Special Thanks to the Bellingham Community Food Co-Op 

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osting a memorable holiday fête needn’t mean hours of prep time. A well-considered wine and cheese party is an elegant entertaining solution that requires little to no cooking. It’s perfect for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. “The holidays are for celebrating. You want to do something decadent but without a lot of work,” said Chef Dona Applegate of the Winery Kitchen in Woodinville. “The goal should be to make the party as enjoyable as possible for both you and your guests. You want to create an occasion for making memories together.” Chef Applegate knows more than just a thing or two about producing memorable wine and cheese experiences. Guests visit the Winery Kitchen at her farm in the heart of Woodinville’s Wine Country for culinary experiences that range from farm dinners and private cooking lessons to cheese-making classes — all centered on fresh local ingredients, most of which are sourced in her farm and garden, and all of which are meant to pair well with wine. Her vision for the Winery Kitchen is to “make food that likes wine” and to teach her guests delicious techniques they can easily replicate and adapt in their own homes. Drawing upon her decades of experience working in wine country as a master cheese maker, master food preserver, and educator, Chef Applegate shares five key considerations for hosting a wine and cheese party and offers a sample five-course pairing menu that showcases the bounty of Washington State.

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Helpful Suggestions

1  Approach and Attitude The worlds of wine and cheese are delightfully complex, rich in tradition and innovation, and offering seemingly endless varieties of textures and flavors. When it comes to selecting wine and cheese pairings from the surfeit of choices, you may well find yourself overwhelmed at the possibilities.

Do invite 10–12 friends and family members. A dozen guests make for a lively, interactive party, while still retaining a cozy, intimate vibe.

The best approach is to keep it simple by selecting a theme. For example, Chef Applegate chose a regional focus by limiting her options to wines and cheeses sourced in Washington state. “We are so fortunate in Washington,” she said, “that we have so many creative people and so many great natural resources for producing wine and cheese.”

Do stock appropriate glassware. Chef Applegate’s courses would be well-served by three glasses: a flute for sparkling wine, multipurpose big-bowled stemware for rosé, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon (better to err on the smaller side, though, because you don’t want 2-ounce or 4-ounce pours to look too skimpy), and a port glass.

Rather than feeling pressure to be an expert on all things wine and cheese, just aim to be familiar with the products you’ve selected for your guests. There’s no need to know it all! You and your guests will feel more at ease as you model playfulness and curiosity and embrace the opportunity to explore new tastes together. This is about having fun and enjoying an elegant culinary experience.

Do feel free to skip the fussy, outdated advice for wine tasting parties. Palate cleansers are unnecessary and kill the party in your mouth. So, too, is including off-putting instructions on the event invite, like asking your guests to avoid wearing fragrances to the party.

One of the joys of hosting such a party is the opportunity to introduce your friends and family to wines and cheeses and combinations they haven’t encountered before. Encourage your guests to sample from the pairings you’ve suggested, as well as to experiment with their own combinations. You can share with them about the farms and wineries from which you’ve sourced your pairings. In this way, the wine and cheese become a topic of conversation.

Do enhance the atmosphere with music playing softly in the background. Choose an upbeat playlist that suits the cuisines. Music takes the pressure off for everyone.

2  Visual Presentation

Do host your wine and cheese party during dinnertime. Between 6 and 8 p.m. is an excellent time for hosting a wine and cheese tasting party. Guests can eat a little something before if they’re concerned about not having enough to eat, or after if they’re still hungry and want to keep celebrating.

Because so much time and energy was devoted to producing the wine and cheese you’ll serve, it’s only fitting to take care to craft an inviting, visually interesting tablescape for presenting them. Attending to these details will make your party feel like a truly special occasion and entice guests’ appetites. “Think Christmas morning when you see a stack of beautifully wrapped boxes and can’t wait to open them — that's the idea,” Chef Applegate said.

Do encourage your guests to introduce themselves to one another. If you’re bringing together unfamiliar faces, nametags may be helpful.

She recommends placing several unscented votive candles. Battery-operated candles may be a wise choice because of how frequently your guests will be interacting with the table. Position the wine and cheese pairings together, so your guests will understand the tastings you’ve composed for them. Finally, add seasonal visuals like whole walnuts, pinecones, and clementines dotted with cloves to amplify the flavors in your festive pairings.

Do make a brief speech to welcome your guests and invite them to enjoy the courses you’ve arranged, and invite them to mix-and-match pairings.

Do let your guests mingle and enjoy themselves. Though you’ve planned the courses and the party, refrain from jumping in to tell your guests how to eat or drink.

“You could even consider using holiday gift tags to identify the wine varietal, type of cheese, and small bite you’ve paired.”

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Chef Applegate's

3  Texture and Flavor As you plan your pairings, particularly the cheeses and small bites, consider mixing textures in your recipes to awaken the taste buds. For example, try chewy and crispy together, or sweet and savory, or tart and tannic to make your guests really ooh and ahh. Chef Applegate recommends preparing finger-food portions. Aim for cheese and small bites that are onebite wonders. “Remember your guests only have two hands — one for wine, one for food,” she said. “Also seek to celebrate the flavors of the holidays, drawing upon ingredients like cranberries, pumpkins, baking spices and toasted nuts.”

4  Participation

Wine & Cheese Wisdom The best cheese is fresh cheese, purchased directly from the farm.

Your wine and cheese party should be interactive. As the host, it’s your job to get the party going by demonstrating both sensory and hands-on participation.

Cheese gets firmer and stronger as it ages.

Sensory: Invite your guests to pour a glass of wine. Suggest they swirl, sniff, then taste. Strike up a discussion by asking guests to notice which nuances they detect. What surprises them? Then, suggest a sampling of the complementary cheese bite. Allow guests to ponder how each cheese selection is featured in the appetizer. Now pair the wine with the cheese bite and discuss how the pairing offers complementary and contrasting tastes.

Fresh, soft cheese pairs best with soft, young wines.

Hands-On: The pairing experience will be more memorable for your guests if you encourage them to personally engage in slicing, cutting, and assembling their cheese bites. Make it easy and fun for them to participate by setting the table with a selection of unique vessels and tools. “We've used a Boska tool at our parties, so guests can curl and assemble their own snack,” Chef Applegate said. “Other ideas include a curling tool, a fondue pot, a mini crock pot, nut crackers, a small ice cream scoop to ball soft cheese, cookie cutters, or assorted vegetable peelers to create delicate shapes of cheese shards.”

5  Thoughtful Conclusion Chef Applegate believes that every good host should make their party a memorable one. One of her favorite entertaining gestures is to prepare thank-you notes to give to guests as they leave. Include in the note an index card with your favorite pairing recipe as a token of appreciation for your guests’ attendance. They will be touched by your thoughtfulness!

Firm, aged cheese pairs best with bolder, mature wines.

You can describe wine in terms of sweetness, acidity, tannin, fruit, and body. Eat and drink what you like!

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Trust Rosé of Cabernet Franc Mystery Bay Chèvre (Goat) Slice chèvre log into three thick medallions and stack; drizzle in the manner of a waterfall cranberry, clementine, and sauce; serve with gingersnaps

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ew owners of this home loved its sweeping views of Lake Whatcom and its modern character. But sometimes, even modern needs an update. With a family of five, the house was also due for an expansion, and a bedroom and bathroom was added to produce a total four-bedroom, four-bath lake house. Built in 1996 and remodeled last year, the complete custom renovation generated better flow between rooms and more living space on the second floor. Clients decided to install exterior cork insulation, a rainscreen, and replaced the siding to increase the home’s durability. Because when you live in a house like this, you want to stay for a while.  Architect  Arbour North Architects Interior Design  Michelle Banks, formerly with Chuckanut Builders, now operating Spiral Design Studios General Contractor  Chuckanut Builders Photographer  Chris DiNottia Photography … continued on next page

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here is something about a busy coffee shop that feels welcoming. Voices struggle to be heard over the sound of the espresso machine pushing hot water through fresh ground coffee. Cups clink when they are placed back on their saucers as customers slowly sip the decadent liquid. At Camber Coffee in downtown Bellingham, customers will want to stay awhile just to soak it all in. … continued on next page

The location is ideal for an afternoon of people-watching. Camber’s entire street-facing wall is glass, making it the perfect spot to get lost in Bellingham’s scenery. And, if the view outside isn’t enough, the modern, bright interior is almost as appealing to the eye. Previously The Comics Place, the building has been given new life after a six-month renovation. Light finishes like white marble, natural wood, and retro light fixtures give the space a one-of-a-kind atmosphere unlike any restaurant in Bellingham. While the Holly Street location is Camber’s first storefront, Camber coffee has been roasted in Bellingham since 2015 and sold wholesale to restaurants and cafes. Co-founder David Yake described the Camber roast as light-to-medium with sweet, complex flavors. Camber roasts singleorigin coffee, which can be purchased at the new location. The decision to open the flagship store was moved forward by the availability of the Holly Street location. “Things got started more quickly than we expected,” Yake said. Since opening the restaurant on July 25th, Camber has moved into a whole new realm of business. Camber is more than a coffee shop. Customers can decide to order at the counter for a quicker bite, or enjoy table service for a more traditional restaurant experience. The restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Throughout the day customers will find a full menu for breakfast (or brunch depending on your wakeup time), lunch, and dinner. Yake said the food is best described as “new American comfort.” Breakfast includes hearty favorites that are given a facelift, like buttermilk waffles made with whole grains and served with European butter — richer than the American version. The lunch and dinner menu features a half-roasted chicken with summer squash and fennel, one of Yake’s favorites. Customers can expect a growing dessert menu in the coming months as well. Of course, what is a good meal without a wellpaired glass of wine or a beer? Camber has you covered with a rotating wine list and nine beer taps, Yake said. “We are excited to have beers you can’t get on tap anywhere else,” he said. In addition to a couple local beers, Yake said they connect with breweries that have not yet made it to a wider market. Camber’s happy hour menu is an easy way to give the new restaurant a try with discounted beer, wine, coffee, and small plates from 3 to 5 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. daily. 

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  PRIMA BISTRO French 201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, primabistro.com A quintessential South Whidbey dining ­experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offer options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously

to be the mildest, the Pico de Gallo, is the hottest, but one of the best tastes to add to your dish. Try the tostada with your meat of choice and enjoy the sides of roasted jalapeno (more spiciness!) and grilled onions. It’s delicious, satisfying, and costs less than $4. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food at a low price, eat here and you won’t be disappointed.


Anything off the menu is sure to please, but Dad’s Diner’s Texas Philly is a spicy, flavorful take on the classic Philly cheesesteak. What makes Dad’s spins on classic dishes so enticing is owners Fletcher McLean and Neil Stuchal essentially took one-note classics, like the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and layered in more flavors. Bite into the thick Texas toast sandwich and you’ll taste the well-seasoned roast beef, a hint of spiciness from jalapeño, creamy melted cheese (go with the Jarlsberg), and rich umami from a touch of brown gravy mixed in at the end. Sautéed bits of onions and green peppers make an appearance as well, adding hints of sweetness. It’s anything but one-note, making it a step up from the classic dish.  

It’s hard to beat the view of the ferry landing, marina and San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor House, the hotel and restaurant elevated over the water to provide a sweeping panorama of water and sky. The restaurant’s new “Brunch on the Bluff” allows you to linger over the view while experiencing island dining at a high level. If you like, you can also have a drink — San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor House is one of the few island restaurants to offer a full bar at brunch every day of the week. Executive chef Jason Aldous, known for his use of Pacific Northwest ingredients and seasonal dishes, developed new menu offerings that include eggs benedict and Belgian waffles, along with pork belly egg fried rice. Tried-andtrue favorites include Smashed Avocado Toast and Benton’s Benedict.


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SKAGIT RIVER BREWERY American 404 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon 360.336.2884, skagitbrew.com Inspiration bred from English and German brews and made with Yakima Valley hops and Northwest barley and wheat, Skagit River Brewery produces the finest beers with distinguishable tastes. If you prefer heavy beer, go for the Steelie Brown, a rich, malty brew that is light on bitterness and hops. Try Sculler’s IPA or Gospel IPA if you want a combination of crisp and refreshing flavors of citrus and grapefruit with varying degrees of hoppiness. Seasonal beers also appear on the menu for locals to try something new. For those under 21 or those preferring non-alcoholic options, check out Skagit River Brewery’s homemade root beer and even have the root beer float for dessert. To complement the beers and non-alcoholic drinks, the brewery also prides itself on its selection of foods from wood-fired pizza to Chelan cherry wood-smoked ribs to clams simmered in a lemon sauce. Beer brings people together. At least it’s proven so in the Pacific Northwest. So, if you’re an avid beer drinker or know people who are, come to Skagit River Brewery to enjoy the ales and agers brewed in town.

309 S. 3rd St., Mt. Vernon 360.542.5022, csquare.coop Third Street Cafe’s menu combines the flavors and techniques of South African chef Maryna Frederiksen’s widespread culinary experience. The cafe stands out from the many other restaurants serving locally procured, organic dishes. It has familiar dishes in different jackets. Frederiksen experiments with different flavor profiles and textures for distinct flavors and mouth feels. The menu offers a range of dishes from simple to fancier options. Burgers and fried oysters are listed alongside pork belly lollipops and roasted beet salad. For lunch, try the ham and brie sandwich. Anyone who has ever eaten melted brie with a sweet jam knows the creamy, tangy bite can’t be beat. Salty ham complements the brie and blackberry-fig jam, while a thick layer of arugula tethers your taste buds back to reality. On the side, creamy bites of potato in dill-mayonnaise dressing accompanies the sandwich without demanding attention.  

WHATCOM ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL Steak/Seafood 7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, anthonys.com Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees, and drinks. Steaks, seafood, and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.   CAMBER COFFEE Coffeehouse, American 221 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.656.5343, cambercoffee.com

  TAQUERIA LA BAMBA Mexican 2222 Riverside Dr., Ste. 850, Mount Vernon 360.424.0824 Off the road and inside a small plaza sits a little gem — a family-run low-key Mexican restaurant. Taqueria La Bamba offers authentic taco truck food in a sit-down restaurant. The salsas are spicy, full of flavor and made in-house. They serve four salsas and the one you presume

Camber is more than a coffee shop. Customers can decide to order at the counter for a quicker bite, or enjoy table service for a more traditional restaurant experience. Throughout the day customers will find a full menu for breakfast (or brunch depending on your wake up time), lunch, and dinner. The food is best described as “new American comfort.” Breakfast items include hearty favorites that are given an upscale facelift, like buttermilk

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waffles made with whole grains and served with European butter — richer than the American version. The lunch and dinner menu features a half-roasted chicken with summer squash and fennel.   DIRTY DAN HARRIS Steakhouse 1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1087, dirtydanharris.com The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides warm, friendly waitstaff, quaint historic surroundings, and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is owner Kathy Papadakis’ waitstaff. Most have worked here for years — and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. The filet mignon is Dirty Dan’s signature entree. You won’t be disappointed. Leave room for dessert, however, because the selections are dangerously good.   FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR Eclectic/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

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

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.  

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Meticulously Made Food in a Casual Eatery Dad’s Diner a-Go-Go WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES


ad’s Diner A-Go-Go in Anacortes is the epitome of creative selecting and layering of flavors and textures on a plate. Add in the superior customer service in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and it’s no wonder so many locals eat here weekly. Best friends Fletcher McLean and Neil Stuchal built the restaurant after having success with their barbecue food truck, currently parked a few blocks away on Commercial Avenue. With the exception of a handful of sandwiches, the diner’s kitchen offers a completely different menu. In the diner you’ll find a chalkboard menu divided into breakfast (it’s served all day!) and lunch. Items include tender-pulled pork tacos, fluffy biscuits with rich gravy, and brisket sandwiches. Every item has a twist: a slight spiciness, an unexpected texture, traits that solidify that these guys know what they’re doing. Stuchal sums up their process: “Keep it simple, make it really good.” And making it really good is what Dad’s Diner does. Homemade ranch dressing is made with buttermilk and


herbs, burgers are hand-formed with freshly-ground meat, the bacon takes 10 days from start to finish, pastrami takes 16 days, and the hand-cut potato wedges take three days to achieve the perfectly fluffy center and crisp exterior. Even the bottled hot sauces are made in-house. Every edible item is a labor of love, just how Dad would make it at home. Anything off the menu is sure to please, but Dad’s Texas Philly is a prime example of how McLean and Stuchal have created a menu all their own. Their Texas Philly is a spicy, flavorful take on the classic Philly cheesesteak. What makes Dad’s spins on classic dishes so enticing is McLean and Stuchal essentially took one-note classics, like the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and layered in more flavors. Bite into the thick Texas toast sandwich and you’ll taste the well-seasoned roast beef, a hint of spiciness from jalapeño, creamy melted cheese (go with the Jarlsberg), and rich umami from a touch of brown gravy mixed in at the end. Sautéed bits of onions and green peppers make an appearance as well, adding hints of sweetness. It’s anything but one-note, making it a step-up from the classic dish. The casual eatery goes beyond food, though. The no-fuss atmosphere is about people. The space is decorated with framed photos of dads, most of whom are local, an appreciation of their loyal fan base. Old globes line shelves — not to be hip or set a decorating trend, but simply because McLean likes globes. It’s meant to be a comforting space. McLean strives to “treat people like friends and feed them like family.” His staff has taken on that mentality and the owners credit their hard work and enthusiasm with making Dad’s Diner a welcoming place where you’ll be served elevated comfort food with a smile.  906 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.5269 

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Chef Steven Engels of The Loft Presented in association with: Judd & Black, Mount Vernon, The Loft at Latitude Forty Eight Five, and Tulip Valley Winery WRITTEN BY KATE GALAMBOS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAT MCDONNELL


n November 2nd, Chef Steven Engels and sous chef Carver McLellan of The Loft at Latitude Forty Eight Five, along with Ector DeLeon, co-owner of Tulip Valley Winery, hosted about 30 guests at the Judd & Black test kitchen in Mount Vernon for a delicious three-course meal. Engels’ lively attitude, paired with passion for his work and restaurant, made for an unforgettable evening. Guests were encouraged to participate. Engels began the night with salmon cakes lightly painted in a jalapeno tartar sauce. “To me, the Northwest is salmon,” he said as he explained the inspiration behind the popular dish, paired with Tulip Valley’s Tempranillo Dry Rosé. A favorite at the restaurant, Engels had recently taken the dish off for fall only to be begged for its return just a few months later — and it is no wonder why. The salmon cakes were simple, yet satisfying. First, Engels “sweated,” or cooked over mild heat with little butter or oil to evaporate water, onion, celery, peppers, and capers. Each cake was breaded with a flavorful mix of panko and Old Bay seasoning. Engels stressed the importance of including mayonnaise and egg to keep the entire cake mixture together. Without the two key ingredients, cooks will see their cakes fall apart before even taking a bite.The final touch to the dish was the jalapeno tartar sauce, which gave a small kick to the light flavor of the salmon.

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Next, guests enjoyed a crispy, pan-fried chicken breast nestled in a bed of potato gnocchi and covered in a brown butter sauce. The sauce sounded simple — plain, even — but added an incredibly sweet nature to the dish. Covered in butter, sage, and a fresh apple slaw, the chicken was the ultimate comfort food without being too heavy. Paired with the gnocchi were fall favorites like cranberries, Brussels sprouts, and butternut squash. A Tulip Valley medium Riesling wine, neither too dry nor too sweet, made for an unexpected partner to the chicken dish. Hopefully, all guests left room for dessert, because the butterscotch budino could not be missed. As is the case with any good dessert, the dish consisted of mostly heavy cream, sugar, and rum. Budino is an Italian custard or pudding often topped with whipped cream or various sauces. Engels chose a homemade caramel sauce, thickly layered and meant to be folded, with whipped cream, into the budino. For a fitting finish to the autumn meal, DeLeon paired his Gewürztraminer white wine with the rich, creamy dessert. The Gewürztraminer’s uncommon grape variety is mostly used in white wines to provide a sweet and aromatic flavor, much like a Moscato. It was a delightful last taste to the evening. Thank you to Judd & Black, The Loft at Latitude Forty Eight Five, and Tulip Valley Winery for providing a night of delicious food and wine. Look for future Meet the Chef and Sips of the Season events online at northsoundlife.com. 

First Course Salmon Cakes with Jalapeño Tartar Sauce

Tulip Valley 2015 Tempranillo Dry Rosé

Second Course Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Potato Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sauce with Fresh Thyme, Sage, and Cranberries

Tulip Valley 2015 Riesling Medium Sweet

Third Course Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Fresh Whipped Cream

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Bold or Graceful, Zinfandels Add Warmth and Versatility to Winter Sipping WRITTEN BY DAN RADIL


infandel. Big, brambly, full-bodied, and a favorite of many, this oftentimes brash red wine grape is also perfectly capable of producing a more reserved and elegant flavor profile when needed. It’s that versatility that gives “Zin,” as members of its fan club affectionately call it, the ability to pair with a variety of foods and helped it achieve rock-star status as both a standalone sipper and what some consider to be the perfect, wintertime adult beverage. EUROPEAN ORIGINS It’s been generally accepted that the U.S. version of Zinfandel originated in Croatia as the Crljenak Kastelanski grape. The name, unpronounceable to most Americans, was thankfully introduced here as “Zinfendal” by a Boston nursery owner in 1832. Zinfandel vines were first planted in California in the 1850s during the Gold Rush, and after almost disappearing into obscurity in the 1930s, the grape has stormed back to become the third-most-produced variety in the state. The Lodi area in central California, the Sierra foothills in Amador County, and Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley are some of the state’s more notable growing areas. Zinfandel also has ties to the Italian grape Primitivo. In 1975, then UC Davis PhD student, Dr. Wade Wolfe, was able to show that the two grapes were genetically identical. U.S. wine labeling regulations now require that Zinfandel and Primitivo be identified separately, endearing the Zinfandel name to domestic wineophiles as a uniquely American descriptor. Today, Zinfandel production has expanded into Washington, and although production is but a fraction of the state’s red grape total, some of Washington’s top wineries currently feature it, including Maryhill Winery in the Columbia Gorge, Prosser’s Thurston Wolfe winery, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards in Chelan, and Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla. PROFILES AND FOOD PAIRINGS Zinfandels carry a broad assortment of characteristics, but are primarily low to medium in acidity and medium to medium-high in tannins. They’re also usually made with a high alcohol content that ranges anywhere from 14 to 16 percent. This can give the wine a bolder, more full-bodied persona that may also come across as “hot” if not kept in check by a good balance of fruit and a mindful winemaker. 84 NorthSoundLife.com

Peppery, smoky aromatics often predominate, and flavor characteristics include jammy, brambly blackberry and raspberry fruit, black cherry, plum, fig, blueberry, black currant, and star anise. With finishing notes that frequently carry spicy accents of black pepper, clove, and nutmeg, it’s no wonder that Zinfandels result in delicious, crowd-pleasing wines that are sometimes best enjoyed served simply on their own. When food pairings are considered, the first suggestions that come to mind include beef tenderloin, pork, barbeque ribs, veal, and lamb. Zinfandel can also pair perfectly with roast turkey or chicken, pasta with tomato-based sauces, caramelized vegetables, or even a pepperoni pizza. A blush wine, referred to as white Zinfandel, is also a popular choice with some. Made from the same red grape but with very little skin contact prior to crushing (giving the wine its signature pink color), this sweeter option of Zinfandel might best be served with a glazed, holiday ham or spicy Italian sausage. And Zinfandels made in a late harvest style are also worth seeking out. These wine’s naturally high or fortified alcohol levels are purposefully made with a higher sugar content, allowing them to pair well with many items on the dessert menu such as Black Forest cake, truffles or tiramisu. ZINFANDEL RECOMMENDATIONS Thurston Wolfe 2013 Zinfandel (about $20) This Zin earned a silver medal at the 2017 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival by displaying plenty of delicious, juicy blackberry/blueberry flavors followed by a finish of toasted hazelnut, sweet cedar and firm tannins. Forgeron Cellars 2014 Zinfandel (about $35) Tasteful from start to finish, this beautifully crafted wine opens with clove and pepper aromatics. Spicy strawberry and blackberry flavors extend into a slightly chocolaty finish with a gentle hint of crème brûlée. Dynasty Cellars 2013 Reserve Zinfandel (about $35) A lovely bouquet of violets and black plum, a base of dark fruit flavors, and a strong finish of toasted oak might make this Zin from the Bellingham-based winery a formidable pairing partner for semisweet chocolate. Plungerhead 2014 Lodi Zinfandel (about $15) This unabashedly over-the-top California Zin is packed with fruit-forward blueberry, black cherry and black currant flavors. The sinfully delicious finish suggests brown sugar spice and candied walnuts. Renwood Winery 2015 Fiddletown Zinfandel (about $25) This beautifully balanced Amador County, California Zin features plush black cherry and berry flavors, nuances of black licorice and vanilla on the mid-palate, and gentle smoky accents on a slightly textured finish. Exceptional! Renwood Special Reserve Grandpère Zinfandel (about $49) Blended with 20 percent Petite Sirah and 5 percent Barbera, this exquisite selection exhibits subtle complexities, nice acidity, and supple tannins. Blackberry and ultra-dark plum fruit, an underlying layer of ripe fig, and a whisper of bittersweet chocolate highlight this refined and elegant Zin. 

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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.

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  LORENZO’S Mexican 190 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham, 360.527.3181 2121 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, 360.848.7793 902 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley, 360.856.6810, lorenzosmexicanrestaurant.com Lorenzo and Laura Velasco’s restaurant was established in 2006 and brought an authentic Mexican restaurant to the communities of Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and SedroWoolley. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and even owner Lorenzo will stop by tables sometimes to check in with the customers. As chips and salsa are essential to Mexican restaurants, it’s a good thing that Lorenzo’s has some of the best chips and salsa in town. The chips are crisp and the salsa has the right amount of spiciness. If you are craving a margarita, try the spicy mango margarita with Tajin. It contains a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Some of their best plates include the seasoned and perfectly cooked carne asada and the enchiladas with the creamy verde sauce. This is a familyowned restaurant that tastes and feels homey.

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eing new to Bellingham, I’ve been looking for places that speak to me. The Cabin Tavern is one such place. Walking in, music plays at a perfect level. Old antlers adorn the walls and set the tone. I ask about a drink unique to this joint. Owner Christian Danielson tells me of the night researching cocktails with friends. They came across a deck of thrift-store drink recipe cards. In the deck was the recipe for The Classic. I was intrigued. I heard something about brandy, triple sec, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and I nodded. 86 NorthSoundLife.com

There’s a certain balance between the citrus and the sweetness that this drink has going for it. Sipping it, I watched clusters of folks talking and grabbing drinks, while Southern Culture on the Skids plays in the background. Then it seeps in, and wow — it hits on a few different levels. The finish, the Luxardo cherry at the bottom, really grounds it. Like the place, the drink is exactly how it should be. Well-crafted, without trying to be.  307 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.733.9685

LOVITT American 1114 Harris Ave. Bellingham 360.671.7143, lovittrestaurant.com The folks at the newly opened Lovitt restaurant in Fairhaven are giving fair warning: Be prepared to wait a little longer for your food. These things — Lovitt’s “relaxed” farm-totable eating — take time. Owners Norman and Kristen Six say they believe in cooking from scratch: bread, ice cream, and even ketchup and salad dressings are made in-house. An ever-changing menu reflects their adherence to what’s local and what’s in season. Appealing dinner entrees may include Four Mushroom Stroganoff, with morel, oyster, pioppino and shitake mushrooms with a red wine sour cream sauce spilling over handmade egg noodles and topped with crispy kale ($19), and red wine maple-glazed salmon with roasted vegetables ($22). Lunch offers the local, grass-fed beef burger, served on a homemade bun. They’ve got local brews and wine, and a 3–6 p.m. happy hour, with drink and appetizer specials each day they’re open (Tuesday–Saturday). Bring the kids — there’s even a play area.  

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655 Front St., Lynden 360.778.2760, themilllynden.com The Mill is the type of place where one could spend a full afternoon grazing on cheeses, sipping cocktails, and enjoying a good book. The bistro-like atmosphere gives the restaurant a European vibe without losing the welcoming small-town service of quaint Lynden. The menu is full of bistro plates like fresh salads, panini, soups, and, of course, meats and cheeses.


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.

NORTH FORK BREWERY Brewpub 6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337, northforkbrewery.com Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot, and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof. The brewery produces relatively small batches of beer, 109 gallons, keeping the beer fresh and the options changing. Their staple is the India Pale Ale. The opening taste is a strong citrus flavor, but is quickly dissolved by the aggressive bitterness, making it a quite enjoyable beer to accompany a slice of their homemade pizza. The pizza crust is made fresh daily with a hint of beer. The sauce is well-balanced with tomatoes and spices. Made with fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses, there is nothing not to like about this brewpub.   ROCKET DONUTS Bakery 306 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.671.6111 1021 Harris Ave, Bellingham, 360.366.8135 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.

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  THE RUSTY WAGON American 6937 Hannegan Rd., Lynden 360.354.5236, rustywagongoodeats.com The menu of The Rusty Wagon overflows with options. Breakfast is served until 2 p.m. every day and has diner favorites like biscuits and gravy or French toast. Burgers are clearly their specialty. Both the dinner and lunch menus have burgers, gourmet burgers, and chicken burgers, all served with soup, salad, fries, or waffle fries. Don’t miss the full bar with sports screens, top shelf liquors, beer, and more. Beyond the catch phrases and cowboy hats, the Rusty Wagon is a family-friendly place to grab a burger.  


The colorful atmosphere of Cafe Rumba will make you feel like you’ve teleported to a little cafe somewhere in Latin America. It serves a variety of Peruvian sandwiches, including the Pollo, which is filled with mouth-watering rotisserie chicken, apple slaw, shoestring potatoes, romaine lettuce, huacatay, and salsa golf. AB Crepes has become an institution in Bellingham. If you’re new here, be sure to try the Garlic Chicken Pesto crepe. It tastes as good as it sounds, and it won’t disappoint.

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If you’re looking for a cute and tasty breakfast spot, The Daisy Cafe is the place for you. One sit-down in this charming cafe with an order of the Galbraith Quesadillas, filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and homemade pico de gallo, will turn you into a regular.


Tired of pepperoni and Hawaiian? La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza serves the classics as well as some fancier pizzas, like the smoked salmon. This nontraditional pizza is topped with a “secret recipe” of smoked salmon, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, chèvre cheese, and cilantro-almondcaper pesto.


Busara Thai Cuisine has to be one of the best Thai restaurants in Bellingham. You’re sure to love the Panang Gai Curry, a savory yet sweet blend of chicken simmered in roasted peanut curry sauce, with basil, bell peppers, and coconut milk. B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re in the mood for a sushi-esque dish, but don’t underestimate it. Enjoying a poke bowl with white rice, avocado, onion, sweet soy, and ginger in this trendy setting will make you a believer. Chowing down on a massive burrito from Casa Que Pasa will satisfy even the most voracious of appetites. The A-15 burrito is stuffed with flavorful grilled carne asada, rice, onions, Casa’s famous potato sauce and red sauce, and bundled up in a soft flour tortilla. Mambo Italiano’s delicious fettucine con pollo with gorgonzola cream is sure to fill you up. You’ll enjoy this heaping plate of fettuccine topped with roasted chicken breasts, broccoli, walnuts, garlic, gorgonzola, and cream, as well as checking out the whimsical paintings hanging around the restaurant. December 201787



Wednesday, December 6, 2017 7:30 pm | Tickets $29–$64 The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub on Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country, and even opera — and not only get away with it, but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince was a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.

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Lighting Of Mount Baker Theatre Tower DECEMBER 1, 5 P.M.

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ooking for a fun, free local event to kick off your holiday season? The Mount Baker Theatre tower is getting new permanent LED lights that will change colors for different community events. In honor of this special addition, a free lighting celebration will take place that includes hot chocolate, cider, and live music from student musicians in the main entry foyer. At 5:30 p.m., the tower will light up the sky for the very first time. Afterward, you can come inside and purchase a ticket to “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” or venture off to downtown Bellingham’s Art Walk, held the first Friday every month.  Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com

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Island Lights Festival Friday Harbor, San Juan Island sanjuanisland.org



production, featuring the classic score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, with backdrops painted in Russia and costumes made in New York City.



Make new friends and get an early start on your New Year fitness resolutions with free weekly social runs hosted by BBay Running every Thursday. Runs are typically four miles and include waterfront, urban, wide and single-track trail routes, and usually conclude at a local pub or brewery.

Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com

show featuring Christmas classics such as “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Jingle Bells” will put you in the holiday spirit.


The Skagit Casino 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow 877.275.2448 | theskagit.com

BBay Running 1431 North State St., Bellingham 360.738.6900 | bbayrunning.com

The Whatcom Museum (Old City Hall) will be hosting holiday events all season. Decorated tree viewings, visits from Santa and the museum mascot Wally the Museum Mouse, and much more. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will be used to support the museum and its exhibitions.


The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is one of the largest holiday-themed 5K anywhere. Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or holiday costume, and run or walk to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s number one cause of disability. Bellingham High School 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 206.547.2707 | arthritis.org/washington


Come support and connect with local artists and craftsmen at this annual fiveweek-long festival featuring 100 artisans from our region. Enjoy vendors, live music, and art workshops for children at this fun event supporting Allied Arts. 4145 Meridian Street, Bellingham 360.676.8548 | alliedarts.org


Whatcom Museum 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham 360.778.8930 | whatcommuseum.org MUSEUM ADVOCATES: BELLINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL SHOWSTOPPERS DECEMBER 14, 11:30 A.M.–1 P.M.

Have a cup of coffee with museum advocates and prepared to be stunned as the Bellingham High School Showstoppers perform a seasonal medley called “Disney Dazzle.” The Showstoppers is a small mixed vocal ensemble that has won first place 16 out of 17 years at the regional solo and ensemble contest, competing against much larger schools. Whatcom Museum 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham 360.778.8930 | whatcommuseum.org BLOCK PRINTING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Museum of Northwest Art 121 North 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4446 | monamuseum.org

The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition since its first performance by the Russian Ballet in 1892. Northwest Ballet Theatre presents the original

Come to the Silver Reef Casino for a delicious assortment of holiday-themed dishes, featuring a chef-carved cherry glazed ham, oysters with lemon-leek butter, cider-brined salmon, roasted winter squash, plus a large assortment of salads, desserts, and more. Cost is $23.95 per person. Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.383.0777 | silverreefcasino.com


Whatcom Art Market 1103 11th Street, Bellingham 360.738.8564 | whatcomartmarket.org

DECEMBER 22, 7:30 P.M. & DECEMBER 23–24, 2 P.M.

Tulalip Resort Casino 10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard, Tulalip 360.716.6888 | tulalipresortcasino.com


Featured artist Suzannah Gusukuma of Lightning Tree Designs is giving a demonstration on the intriguing process of how she creates beautiful hand-crafted wooden handbags by using electric currents.


Enjoy a festive breakfast buffet, followed by family photos with Santa. Tickets are $38 per adult and $23 per child.

DECEMBER 25, 11 A.M.

Learn how to create gorgeous cards with inexpensive materials including linoleum, wrapping paper, and fabric at this holiday card making workshop at the Museum of Northwest Art. Northwest artist Natalie Niblack, whose work has been shown internationally in Russia and Scotland, will be teaching the class.

DECEMBER 2, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.

DECEMBER 10, 9 A.M.–12 P.M.


DECEMBER 9, 10:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M.



This critically acclaimed musical tells the story of the first Christmas tree ship and the courageous family who delivered Christmas cheer to Chicago. With a score of original music and holiday favorites, you’ll love this heartwarming holiday show. Bellingham Theatre Guild 1600 H Street, Bellingham 360.733.1811 bellinghamtheatreguild.com A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 1, 7–9 P.M.

Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy Awardwinning animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” is brought to life on stage for one night only. Join the Peanuts gang as they discover the true


Celebrating one of the most successful recording acts of all time, this concert 

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AGENDA Events meaning of Christmas in this 50-yearold classic story, and score by Vince Guaraldi. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com A CHRISTMAS CAROL

accompanied by the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, fiddler Jocelyn Pettit, Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, and percussionist Matt Jerrell. Lincoln Theatre 712 South 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.8955 | lincolntheatre.org


DECEMBER 13–17, 7:30 P.M.


This beloved musical is taking the Orcas Center main stage for five consecutive shows this season. Brought to you by musical director Jim Bredouw and director Melinda Milligan, and featuring a professional puppeteer and a diverse island cast, you’ll have to see Deborah Sparks’s one of a kind adaptation.

Come by the Leopold Crystal Ballroom during this festival for a gala dinner by local chef Mike Siggers. Activities include a Christmas tree auction, and live entertainment. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds go to the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound 360.376.2281 | orcascenter.org


Having toured across North America, Europe, and Australia, The California Honeydrops are bringing their infectious, groovy sounds to Bellingham. With tunes inspired by Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, you’ll want to get up and dance. The Wild Buffalo House of Music 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.746.8733 | wildbuffalo.net HOLIDAY MAGIC DECEMBER 10, 3 P.M.

The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by local children’s choirs and the Whatcom Chorale, will be performing holiday favorites with guest conductor Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel, Director of Orchestral Studies at WWU. The event also features hot cocoa for children during the intermission. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com CELTIC YULETIDE 2017 DECEMBER 10, 3 P.M.

Prepare for an enchanting night of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and seasonal songs. Three generations of the instrumentally talented Boulding family will be

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The Leopold Crystal Ballroom 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.733.4030 | wccoa.org HOLIDAY FESTIVAL 2017 DECEMBER 2, 5 P.M.

The San Juan Community Theatre will be transformed into a winter wonderland for a night of fine wine, food provided by Coho Restaurant, gourmet desserts, mingling, dancing, and a silent auction.

wagon and tractor rides, a visit from Santa, and much more. Bellingham Cruise Terminal 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.676.2500 | portofbellingham.com CHRISTMAS MARKET: CRAFT & VENDOR BOUTIQUE DECEMBER 1, 5–9 P.M. & DECEMBER 2, 8–10 P.M.

Buy small to give big and support our talented crafting community at this family-friendly fair, featuring the best vendors the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Entrance is free, and the market also includes a raffle for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Bakerview Square 414 West Bakerview Rd., Bellingham eventbrite.com FAIRHAVEN WINTERFEST NOVEMBER 24–DECEMBER 23

Fairhaven’s month-long Winterfest will feature new events this year including a “Find the Elves” treasure hunt, a holiday market on Village Green, and a holiday window display contest. Don’t miss the tree lighting in front of the Fairhaven Village Inn, with new environmentally friendly LED lights.

San Juan Community Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210 | sjctheatre.org

206.696.2671 | fairhavenwinterfest.com





Enjoy gifts, wine, and dinner for Ciao Thyme’s seasonally themed and last “unconventional” dinner of the year. Guests begin the evening with a glass of sparkling wine, snacks, and should expect six “incognito” courses that won’t be revealed until mealtime. Be sure to bring a tacky gift or kitchen gadget to exchange. Tickets start at $78 per person.

The Fidalgo Youth Symphony is bringing eclectic music from various cultures and traditions to you under one roof at this holiday concert, for a truly enriching experience. The concert features a brass choir, woodwind ensemble, and a string orchestra.

Ciao Thyme Commons 207 Unity St., Bellingham 360.733.1267 | ciaothyme.com


Bring the whole family to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal for this free event featuring performances by local bands and choirs, free cookies and hot apple cider, a gingerbread house display, horse-drawn


McIntyre Hall 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon 360.416.6639 | mcintyrehall.org HOLIDAY CONCERT DECEMBER 16, 7:30 P.M.

The Skagit Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the Skagit Symphony Chorus brings you a night of selected pieces from Handel’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Stick around until the end to sing along to your favorite seasonal carols. McIntyre Hall 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon 360.416.7727 | mcintyrehall.org


Come to Chuckanut Brewery to enjoy food, drinks and classical chamber music favorites played by the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.


Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen 601 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.752.3377 chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com


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Opus Performing Arts School presents a seasonal ballet performance for the whole family, featuring pieces from classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty, as well as original contemporary pieces to Big Band music. Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children 10 and under. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com




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360.734.6080 MountBakerTheatre.com


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Whatcom Community College Foundation A full house at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club helped the Whatcom Community College Foundation honor givers and exceptional students at the foundation’s annual Donor Appreciation Breakfast Oct. 27. Guests heard personal stories from scholarship students, and 2017 Excellence in Educational Giving awards were presented to Deane and Susan Sandell, Dr. Russell Sherif, and Bob Winters. This year, WCC’s 50th, the foundation provided more than $365,000 in scholarships to more than 230 students. Photos © Laura Going / Whatcom Community College

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Watch music performances and shop for tasty treats and Christmas souvenirs while sipping mulled wine at this outdoor European-style market. The market also features a carousel and non-alcoholic apple cider for the kids. With more than 75 vendor huts, this is Vancouver’s biggest Christmas market yet. This year there will be a 30-foot tall tree decorated with about 36,000 lights.


Jack Poole Plaza 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. 788.200.0167 vancouverchristmasmarket.com




This popular festival is back for its third year with more than 50 local breweries, including Bellingham’s own Aslan Brewing Company. The event, which will benefit the Washington Brewers Guild, will feature a variety of unique tastes from winter warmers to barrelaged beers.


Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle washingtonbrewersguild.org



Shop for Christmas gifts at Seattle’s largest indie craft show. Choose from handcrafted clothing, jewelry, art, furniture, and much more from over 150 vendors. Show up early to receive a free swag bag provided by the show’s many vendors and sponsors. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 301 Mercer Street, Seattle 206.684.7200 | seattlecenter.com



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A Parent’s Pain Ken’s Hopes for Parents in Pain During the Holidays WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG


or the holidays, I decided to unwrap a personal wound to support divorced parents everywhere whose relationship with their children brings them a sadness that only parents can know. I have my share of emotional scar tissue from 60 years of life. I carry my pain well, I hope, after years of devotion to finding an emotionally healthy, insightful approach to life’s challenges. My path started, and continues, with honesty about myself, and a generous dose of humor to ease the discomfort of confronting my weaknesses. I use these qualities almost interchangeably. As my friends and family will attest, unfailingly, there is humor in my honesty and a measure of honesty in most of my humor. The truth is that I struggle each day under the weight of emotional scars from my childhood and my adult life. I am a broken man, and I don’t pretend otherwise. And this very acknowledgement helps me grow, day by day, into a better human being. Over time, I developed a simple life philosophy: I am not entitled to hold my head high unless I first hold myself accountable and work to make changes when I fall short of expectations for myself. Essentially, I challenge myself daily to earn the right to feel good about who I am. I have stumbled badly at times. My most painful failure in life was the loss of my first marriage. I married a good woman, and an even better mother, but when I realized that we were not the best fit for each other, I grew unhappier. I became depressed about my future. More importantly, my unhappiness pitted my primal instinct to protect my daughters, no matter the sacrifice to me, against my deeply held desire to be happy as an individual. The clash of these two fundamental values, and my sense of duty, posed the most significant moral challenge of my life. Ultimately, I failed the Sophie’s Choice type test. I was selfish — and in my selfishness, I lost my young daughters to the East Coast when my ex-wife remarried and relocated. In retrospect, the decision may forever test my life approach to holding myself accountable. For many years, not a day went by where I didn’t ask myself if I made the right choice. The

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price of my selfishness has been high — and painful, especially during the holidays when the focus on family is perhaps strongest. Twelve years have passed and I have not spent any of the holidays with my daughters since. The pain cuts deep, but the guilt cuts even deeper. In my heart, I know that I made the right decision for my happiness. Part of me, however, will always feel that I should have sacrificed myself for my daughters. They deserved a better childhood than I had, and certainly better than I provided. I know that I am not alone with my feelings and thoughts. I am no different than many divorced parents who struggle with the same issues, and now live with the consequences. Fortunately, I remarried well, beyond well actually, as did my ex-wife. I could not ask for a better life partner than my wife, Lisa, who brings sunshine to my day each and every day. I look forward to the rest of my life as never before. But nonetheless, the pain from the loss of being involved in my daughters’ daily lives never completely leaves me. I used to regularly ask myself, “What could I have done differently?” and “Would it have made a difference?” Now, I don’t, or at least not as often. I have made peace with the answers to the extent that I can. For all divorced parents whose relationship with their children is strained, my Christmas wish for you is peace, patience, and resolve to continue to give love even if the love is unreturned for now. I wake up to that challenge every day. With few exceptions, love heals all wounds in time. The primal need for parents to be loved by their children, and likewise for children to be loved by their parents, is an invisible force forever drawing families back together. Don’t lose hope. Throw love at whatever the issue is. Eventually, love sticks. For ex-spouses, family and friends, I urge you all to use the holidays as an opportunity to help heal. Plant seeds of hope and love with a parent or child in need of a reminder to reconnect. And if you aren’t inclined to embrace the invisible force and help heal for whatever reason, don’t add to the wound. Be the better person. There should be no scores to settle at the expense of the parent-child bond, especially if the motivation is personal rather than the best interests of the child. The holidays are a perfect time to remind ourselves that not every emotional scar is in search of blame and that the parent-child bond is perhaps the most fundamental foundation for all happiness and emotional health in life. Life is full of difficult choices and hardship, where finding fault has no place and serves no purpose but to cause additional unnecessary pain. We all struggle in life. Sometimes we stumble. It is how we catch our balance that defines who we are. Merry Christmas, Katie and Jess. I love you. 

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