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See, Make, Play Local Art for the Five Senses


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See, Make, Play: Local Art Resources for the Five Senses

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With vibrant summers and quiet, rainy winters, the Pacific Northwest is an artist’s paradise for hobbyists and professionals alike. This winter, reconnect with your creative side with these local opportunities to see, hear, taste, smell, touch, and play with the arts. Whether it’s wandering through a misty sculpture park, making your own jewelry, or walking a virtual plank 80 stories high, this guide will help you get busy exploring your imagination as the days grow shorter and darker.



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29 Fishtrap Creek Interiors


In the Know  NEKO Cat Cafe


Local Find  Tri Dee Arts


In the Know  Bellingham Circus Guild


Savvy Shopper  Surroundings


Holiday Shopping Guide


Heard Around the Sound  Guest Brewer Program


Community  Earthquake Alert


Game Changer  Andrea Leebron-Clay



Book Reviews



Who Knew  Famous Paintings


Spotlight  Lori Hill


Apps We Love

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Herb’s Cider


Dining Guide


Culinary Events


Restaurant Review  Scampi Osteria


Mixing Tin  Perfect Pear Martini

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69 Recipe Pumpkin Custard

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Sip  Holiday Travel Beer Guide


8 Great Tastes

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Featured Event  Holiday Festival of the Arts


Top Picks


The Scene  Compass Health Gala


26 Five Faves Fine Art Painters

55 Featured Home Bellingham Four Square 58

Remodel  Dog Wash Station


Editor’s Letter




Letters to the Editor


Meet the Staffer  Mia Sperandeo

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Art Is for Everyone, Anywhere, at Any Age


ike many writers, my love for the written word started when I was just a little girl. When I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, I began writing and illustrating my own books. One was about a dog named Tie-Dye. He had tie-dyed eyes, ears, and spots and lived in a tie-dyed dog house with tie-dyed windows … clearly, not my most narratively gripping work. Another was about a girl who casually invents a time machine for a school science fair (if I remember right, she gets second place). Later, in high school, I wrote part of a novel about a pair of crime-fighting siblings who use their city’s sewage system to sneak around and bust bad guys (only now do I see this for the lame Ninja Turtles rip-off that it was). Looking back, I can’t help but admire little writer-me. I also find it fascinating that a passion for art can begin at such an early age, without any real influence or guidance. Nobody taught me how to make a book or even told me it was something I should try. The need to create was simply there, buoyed by my innate love of words and stories. What I find even more interesting, however, is when people discover new art forms later in life. I love hearing stories about late-bloomers, artists who didn’t even know they had a talent until they’d already spent decades pursuing a different line of work. For example, the late Toni Morrison published her first book, “The Bluest Eye,” when she was nearly 40 years old. American folk artist Grandma Moses didn’t start


painting until she was in her 70s. Just this past summer, a Washington woman named Sarah Yerkes published her first book of poetry at the age of 101; she took her first poetry writing class when she was in her 90s. Clearly, it’s never too late, or too early, to discover new passions or talents. In this issue’s feature, and sprinkled throughout the magazine, we explore a small slice of what our corner of Washington has to offer in terms of the arts. Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties offer plenty to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch throughout these early fall months. With no shortage of artistic opportunities, it’s just a matter of whether you’re open to exploring new hobbies or reconnecting with old ones. If you already have a craft, I encourage you to pursue it with more vigor, reconnecting with what made you fall in love with the form in the first place. If you’re one of those people who think they’re not creative, I double-encourage you to explore something new. Finally, if you’ve got kids or grandkids in your life, help them discover their own artistic passion. Art can easily become a whole life, and you never know when something might stick. 


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

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K & L Media? I started in August as an Advertising Sales Executive. I help businesses in the area promote themselves through advertising in our print and online magazine.

What is your background? I was born and raised in Louisiana (Geaux Saints!). I moved here with my family when they were relocated to Bellingham right after I graduated high school. I worked in cosmetic retail and customer service while I went to Western, where I recently graduated with my bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

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What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? Seeing how much this community and the businesses here love the magazine is pretty awesome. The magazine has something to offer for everyone — a dining section, a wellbeing section, a home section. We all want our readers to be involved and gain something from the magazine, whether that means participating in a contest or checking out something they read about in Bellingham Alive.

What are some of your hobbies? When it’s sunny outside, it’s always something outdoors, whether it be laying out in the sun with friends at Boulevard Park, going on a walk through the Chuckanut trails or Lake Padden, or enjoying company at one of Bellingham’s many breweries! I also recently found my old art supplies and some blank canvases, so I’d like to pick up painting again. 



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A Master Luthier & His Guitars A Look into the Life of Local Legend Andy Beech WRITTEN BY RAY GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHED BY MATHEW ROLAND


aybe you’ve seen him at The Shakedown or The Wild Buffalo, bobbing his head along to the music under a moody shower of stage lights and neon fluorescents. Maybe he was even on stage with one of his bands, nonchalantly shredding a guitar. For luthier Andy Beech, 54, it’s just another day in the life. Since 1980, the Maple Falls native has crafted and sold a myriad of handmade instruments through his business, D’Haitre’ Guitars, which he now operates out of Bellingham. … continued on next page

… “All I’ve done my whole life is play and build. The secret to that success is that I’m a pretty good player,” Beech says. “If you don’t know how to play [an instrument], you don’t know what’s wrong with it.” Beech is a master of his craft whose quality craftsmanship has received ample recognition. As detailed on his shop’s site, his work has taken him on a whirlwind of star-studded adventures, such as serving as a guitar technician for Zakk Wylde, former lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and creating more than 32 custom guitars for the late pop star, Prince. “I’ll tell you what. Regardless, it’s a ton of work. I don’t care who you know,” Beech says. “You still have to work your ass off so this isn’t as easy as people think.”

BACK TO THE BEGINNING Against the backdrop of lush forested lands, Beech was raised in charming Maple Falls. For as long as he could remember, he recalls always having an affinity toward rock music. From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Beech says the artists he listened to ignited his interest in guitar-making. With the help of his dad, Beech began piecing together his first guitar at the age of 13. Although the pair lacked the tools and experience, Beech says his father always had a way of simplifying challenges. “At the end of the day, there was no obstacle that was too big to overcome. [My dad] had that mentality.” From the bridge to the whammy bar, Beech says his first guitar was all handmade. When asked what compelled him to do that, the Washingtonian let out a hearty laugh. “Everybody gives me shit about this... but I thought Eddie [Van Halen] made his first guitar,” Beech says. “I literally thought he was in his dad’s shop doing what I’m doing ‘cause I’m stupid.” In time, he found that his motivation changed. Although he enjoyed the crafting process, his favorite part was plugging the guitars in, wanting to see what the instruments were capable of. He went on to spend most of his high school and college years with one thing on his mind: guitars. Whether he was at home or at a job, Beech was doing one of two things: playing the guitar or thinking about how they are made. “That’s all I did, constantly, like 24/7. Nothing else mattered to me.”

CREATING LEGENDS FOR LEGENDS In the mid-to-late ‘80s, Beech and his girlfriend at the time were living in Seattle. At a certain point, the couple realized they wanted something different, so they took a chance and moved to Los Angeles, the city of stars. The budding luthier began working at a guitar repair shop conveniently located near A&M Records, where his girlfriend worked. While there, Beech says his girlfriend met someone who turned out to be Wylde’s then-girlfriend. “They became friends, then one day Zakk [Wylde] comes into the shop where I was working, and the rest is history.” Beech and Wylde struck up a friendship that quickly blossomed into a working relationship. Serving as Wylde’s guitar technician, Beech spent five years living the exhilarating 16

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life of a roadie, which included going on Ozzy’s worldwide tour for the album “No More Tears.” When Ozzy’s tour went on break, the base technician at the time was hired to work for Prince. By word of mouth, Beech was told the late musician needed a number of instruments built. One thing led to another until one day Beech was commissioned to build The Cloud, one of Prince’s most iconic guitars. From there, Beech was asked to make an additional 26 renditions of The Cloud, each one as impressive as the last. Although he never personally met Prince, Beech’s talent and finesse were clear signs of his artistry, landing him the job of creating The Symbol — the legendary guitar Prince used during his 2007 Super Bowl Halftime Show. “I mean, coming from Maple Falls and dropping myself in LA and doing that, well, it’s sort of like a dream come true,” Beech says.

SHAPING WHAT COMES NEXT These days, the acclaimed craftsman likes to spend his time out of the limelight. Though he tends to keep busy, Beech loves making music in his home studio and jamming out with friends. For the past few years, he’s alternated between carpentry work and D’Haitre’ Guitars commissions. Despite his vast

Prince Cloud Guitar

experience with woodworking, Beech says he’s always trying to do better. “Play-ability and functionality are my main thing… If it doesn’t play then it’s not worth it. Why even bother? I make sure it plays good and it kills first.” Sometimes, Beech reflects back on his youth and how things have changed. When he first started making guitars, he remembers there weren’t any nearby shops in Bellingham where someone could go and buy parts, much less order a custom instrument. But that was the end of an era. Recently, he met with a first-time customer who had a very specific vision in mind. With every request thrown his way, the master luthier easily assured the client that the job would get done. “I love the challenge of it,” he says. “I love to see something come from that block of wood… I love doing the stuff that just can’t be done.”  November 2019 17

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When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, there are some dishes we’re simply not willing to do without. For some, the turkey is the most essential part of the meal; for others, the side dishes are the highlight. Making little tweaks to the basics can turn a simple holiday dish into a classic—the one your family requests year after year!

NoRthwest SavoRy StuffiNg SERVES 6–8

make-ahead Roasted tuRkey Gravy SERVES 6–8 3 lbs turkey drumsticks 3 medium carrots, cut 3 celery ribs, cut 1 onion, quartered 4 cloves garlic 6 sprigs of fresh thyme 6 stems of fresh sage 6 stems of fresh parsley

2 Tbsp olive oil 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup dry white wine 1 bay leaf 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450°F. In large roasting pan toss drumsticks, vegetables and herbs with olive oil. Roast for about an hour, stirring occasionally until the meat and vegetables are browned. Remove from oven and transfer the drumsticks and vegetables to a large stockpot. Add the chicken broth, wine and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Add a cup of the stock to the roasting pan, scraping out the brown bits with a spatula; add to stock pot. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours or more if desired. Strain the broth into a bowl. Press to extract as much liquid as possible; discard vegetables and turkey. Let cool and skim the fat. In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Slowly stir in flour and whisk until roux turns golden brown. Slowly add broth, letting the roux absorb the liquid before adding more. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until thickened and bubbly.

6 to 8 chestnuts in the shell 2 brats, skin removed 1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup celery, chopped 12 cups cubed dried bread 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 3 tsp fresh sage, chopped 1 Honeycrisp apple, chopped 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup milk or coconut milk 1-1/2 cups chicken stock Preheat oven to 350°F. In small pot cover chestnuts with cold water, bring to a boil and simmer for three minutes. Remove from heat. Scoop out a few at a time and peel off the shell and skin with a sharp knife. Chop chestnuts and place in a large mixing bowl. In a medium frying pan crumble and sauté the sausage until browned and cooked through. Add the onion and celery and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add sausage, bread cubes, spices and apples to mixing bowl. Pour eggs, milk and stock over bread mixture, tossing lightly to coat. Lightly grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Place dressing in dish and cover with foil. Bake, covered for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until top is golden brown.

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12 oz bag fresh cranberries 3/4 cup orange juice 3/4 cup sugar 1 Tbsp orange peel, grated 1 tsp fresh ginger, ground 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, minced Combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, orange zest and ground ginger in large saucepan. Stir over mediumhigh heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook for about 30 minutes until cranberries pop and sauce thickens. Stir in crystallized ginger and cook 1 minute longer. Cover and chill. For more recipes go to


A Place to Play: The Bellingham Circus Guild


Seattle’s NEKO Cat Cafe


Bellingham’s Only Happy Meower NEKO Cat Cafe


estern Washington University grads Caitlin Unsell and Cory James were inspired by cat cafes while living abroad in Japan. At the time, they believed there was nothing like them in the United States. Unsell decided that, when she returned home, she was going to open a cat cafe in Washington. Like this, NEKO cat cafe was born. NEKO — pronounced neck-oh, meaning “cat” in Japanese — first landed in Capitol Hill in Seattle. At the cafe, you can find roughly 20 kitties up for adoption at any time. All of the cats are rescues from local shelters and can be adopted directly from the cafe. Even if someone isn’t able to adopt a cat, the cafe provides a space for guests to “relax in the company of cats,” Unsell says.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Whether Thanksgiving is your favorite holiday of the year — or a quick breather between your two other favorite holidays — everyone has a Turkey Day tradition to make their November one to remember. Tyler Kendig 20

NEKO’s Bellingham location is opening soon, at 1130 Cornwall Avenue. The cafe will host plenty of kitties courtesy of the Whatcom Humane Society. The goal is to keep about 20 cats in the cafe at all times, with a new kitty arriving each time one is adopted out. Outside of feline friends, guests can enjoy an array of beverage options. Go for the traditional coffee, beer, or wine, or try something more exotic. “Because our inspiration came from Japan, we like to incorporate a lot of fun, different Japanese drinks,” Unsell says. “We import a lot of fun beverages from Japan. One of our most popular is called a Lucky Cat Soda — it’s like a honey melon soda.” The cafe will also serve Japanese milk tea and fine Japanese sake. Lindsey Major

Solvei M. “My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is picking out a Christmas tree from my parents’ property and decorating it that night with my mom.”

ince 2008 the Bellingham Circus Guild has bolstered the circus arts and performers of Whatcom County. Composed of acrobats, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, and more, the Guild’s facility offers one-of-a-kind shows, classes, and events. One popular event is Vaudevillingham, a recurring, monthly showcase of local performers and artists. The uncensored show is never pre-screened, practiced, or performed at any other Vaudevillingham, ensuring a unique experience every time. The event is designed to inspire, encourage, and promote the circus community while also offering local performers a way to try out new material. Why just watch when you can participate? The guild offers a variety of classes such as dorky dance fitness classes, aerial instruction, and occasional workshops in theater, clowning, and acting. Classes are held at the guild’s cirque lab location in Fairhaven. Anelyse Morris

Alex B. “My favorite tradition is having traditional Slavic dishes like piroshki, cabbage rolls, and borscht, and enjoying those as a family. We’re a half-Russian family so that’s my favorite thing to do.”

Heard Around The Sound


What Farmers Markets Are Still Open?

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November 2 and 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with vendors highlighting island-made crafts and produce.

Better Beer, More Hands


ast April, three craft beer industry veterans launched the Guest Brewer program of Brew Pipeline, a network that assigns different brands of beer to distributors across the country. What exactly does this mean for Bellingham? Even more award-winning beers hitting the market. The Guest Brewer program finds award-winning breweries and helps them reach markets they wouldn’t otherwise be able to serve due to legal barriers like distributor contracts, state regulations, or transportation protocols. In most states, breweries can’t distribute their own beer. Instead, they have to sell to a distributor, which then sells to a retailer, which then sells to consumers. The history behind this complicated system — known as the three-tier system of alcohol distribution — runs deep. Post-prohibition, the government wanted to keep brewers from serving directly to the public. Before this, companies like Miller and Budweiser could have bars exclusively sell their products. Sound Beverage, a Bellingham distributor, got involved in the program last June by ordering award-winning brews from the Minneapolis-based brewery, Surly. The limited, one-time release won’t have a huge effect on local competitors’ dayto-day business. In fact, because it’s a regional craft brewery as opposed to a major company, it may even encourage Bellinghamsters to drink more local craft brews. As for our favorite Bellingham brewers, if they don’t have the capacity to extend their reach — good for them! Selling locally is great. But if they do, and if their beer has won awards, the Guest Brewer program can open up a pipeline to sell in major cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York. After decades of experience in the beer industry, the founders of the Guest Brewer program identified a need and filled it. The greatest part? Better beer for everyone. Sam Fletcher

Drew M. “Playing Catch Phrase with the family until everyone is sick of each other.”

Though finished with their regular season, the Anacortes Farmers Market has two holiday markets on November 23 and 24. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy live music, fall produce, and gift items crafted by local vendors. ■■


hough the harvest season has begun to give way to winter, you can still find fresh produce, local goods, and holiday gift items at these nearby markets during the month of November! In Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Farmers Market will be warm and indoors on ■■

The Bellingham Farmers Market is continuing through November at the Depot Market Square every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come for the food, artisan goods, produce, music, and friends! Questen Inghram ■■


Early-Warning Earthquake Alert Tested in Whatcom County


n late July, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District installed ShakeAlert, a pilot system for detecting earthquakes before they occur. This system, designed by the U.S. Geological Survey, has a network of sensors across the West Coast that provide an automatic early alert to help minimize damage

Marin J. “We always bake an apple pie together and watch the Peanuts’ movie, ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.’”

and harm in surrounding communities — particularly schools, hospitals, and natural gas facilities. Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District’s implementation of ShakeAlert was one of the first in the state. Other utilities, schools, and businesses are encouraged to participate in this program created to save lives. Questen Inghram

Cooper L. “Having a salmon potluck with friends and family.”

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LIFESTYLE Game Changer

A Unique Leader Transcending Boundaries and Borders WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY TINA L. KIES


ith laser-sharp focus, an enthusiasm for life, and an unhinged sense of humor, Andrea “Andy” LeebronClay is the epitome of leadership and service to others. At 71, she is the matriarch and partner of Nightingale Healthcare, a family-run healthcare management company headquartered in Bellingham that owns and operates six skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the state of Washington. “So often, people think of nursing homes as a last stop in life,” Leebron-Clay says. “What I love about my work is that I can make it a worthwhile stop.”

A LIFE OF SERVICE For Leebron-Clay, becoming a nurse and serving others was the only path she ever considered. Her father, a surgeon, taught her that education and service are keystones to a rich, fulfilling, and meaningful life. “My goal each day is to elevate one life, whether it’s that of my adopted dogs, my family, or the residents of the buildings we operate,” she says. Over the years, Leebron-Clay has done just that. She has touched thousands of lives, healed many hearts, and provided opportunities to those in need. Since her first job as a registered nurse in the late ‘80s, Leebron-Clay has set the standard for women leaders in healthcare, disrupting the gender barrier during a time when corporations were predominantly run by men. She became one of the first certified rehabilitation RNs in the country, and was the first female to sit 22

on the executive team for the healthcare corporation where she worked.

ACCIDENTAL SUCCESS Following an organic career path, Leebron-Clay has never shied away from opportunity or challenge, for better or worse. “If I were to pen an autobiography, it would most definitely be titled, ‘Uh Oh!’” she says. “Some of my greatest accomplishments in life were happenstance.” Accidental or not, her accomplishments are inspiring. In 2005, Leebron-Clay co-founded the Clay International Secondary School, which provides cost-free education to hundreds of under-served children in a small African village. This venture opened another door, resulting in the creation of Days for Girls (DFG), a nonprofit that supplies feminine hygiene products to women around

the world at no cost; Leebron-Clay was the first chairperson. If this doesn’t sound like enough, Leebron-Clay also continues to serve her local neighbors. She is a licensed emergency medical technician, RN, nursing home administrator, volunteer firefighter (Station #5, Bow-Edison), and member of the Skagit Critical Incident Stress Management team. Her hard work has not gone unnoticed. In May 2019, Leebron-Clay was an inaugural recipient of the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor award, a national award recognizing female healthcare leaders. She was the only recipient selected from Washington State. “Living a quality life is simple,” Leebron-Clay says. “You need to show up, pay attention, and do the work. If you do those three things, you’ll be fine.” 

Book Reviews


The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead Doubleday Books

In Jim Crow-era Florida, black teenager Elwood Curtis is captivated by the struggle for civil rights and committed to going to college. Then a moment’s choice lands him in trouble with the law. Almost before he realizes what’s happened, Elwood arrives at the Nickel Academy. The reform school’s reputation belies what’s really going on; behind closed doors, racist staff perpetuate unspeakable cruelty to the boys. Befriending another black inmate, Turner, Elwood learns to survive, and Turner’s skeptical outlook proves a good match for Elwood’s idealism. But when the boys hatch a plan to expose the abuse, they unknowingly bind their fates together. In crafting his narrative, Whitehead drew from the harrowing true story of The Dozier School in Florida. Heart-rending and emotional, “The Nickel Boys” is an intense but essential read.

No Happy Endings: A Memoir by Nora McInerny Dey Street Books

Nora McInerny knows a thing or two about grieving. In one unimaginable year, she experienced a miscarriage, the death of her father, and the death of her husband. McInerny’s new book explores the territory of living with and through sorrow. She discusses the toll that so much loss took not only on herself but also on others around her, including her young son. Further, she describes her ventures into crafting a different life with her second husband, even as she remains fully rooted in what came before. The questions raised by this bracing and witty memoir are big ones. Is there life after loss? What if building a new life doesn’t mean moving on entirely? McInerny’s writing is unexpectedly fresh and funny, demonstrating that embracing both happiness and sorrow together can produce a rich and fulfilling future after heartbreak.

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November 7, Times Vary 75th Anniversary of the Whatcom County Library System Locations Vary Whatcom County 360.305.3600, Celebrate the library’s 75th birthday with art, music, food, and more! Join the fun whether you’re in South Whatcom, Blaine, Everson, Deming, Point Roberts, Sumas, Lynden, Lummi Island, or Ferndale. The BookMobile will also bring the retro-themed event to Wickersham and Lake Samish.

November 17, 4 P.M. Take Daily as Needed: A Novel in Stories Village Books Reading Gallery 1200 11th St., Bellingham 360.671.2626, Get your copy of Kathryn Trueblood’s “Take Daily as Needed” signed at this event. There will be a discussion after the reading of this story about chronic illness and the American family. Trueblood is a winner of the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, and is a professor of English at Western Washington University.

Who Knew? Famous Paintings Famous Paintings For many years, people speculated about the subject’s identity in Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary “Mona Lisa.” While many originally argued the young woman was a female version of da Vinci, art history buffs recently uncovered the smiling model’s true identity: Lisa Gherardini. Upon meeting Gherardini, da Vinci supposedly became captivated by her and struck up a friendship.

The Scream Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is renowned for its anxietyinducing use of color and lines. Yet, there’s more to this piece than meets the terrified eye. Munch created five different versions of “The Scream” over time, with most selling for more than $100 million. With price tags that high, it’s no surprise the famous image has been the target of several high-profile art thefts.

Starry Night With its dark colors and swirling brush strokes, it’s difficult not to get mesmerized by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Despite the painting’s beauty, Van Gogh painted it during a time of great darkness in his life. He was staying at an asylum — experiencing paranoia and depression — when he looked out his window. What he saw there became one of the most famous works of all time.

The Last Supper “The Last Supper” was created by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495. Though its image has stood the test of time, very little of the original creation has remained intact. Da Vinci used experimental pigments on dry plaster, making flakage inevitable. Today’s version is largely the work of restorer Panin Brambilla Barcilon, who utilized photographs, sonar, and samples to restore the painting. Anelyse Morris

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L Throughout her travels, Hill created painted snapshots of her experiences, from whimsical African animals to quaint shops and even abstract color meshes.


ori Hill has had an eye for art and design from a young age. She studied interior design and dabbled in quilting, but it wasn’t until she lived in Paris in her 40s, frequenting the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre, that she bought some oil paints and decided to try her hand at the art form. “I thought, how hard can it be?” she says. Looking at the large body of work she’s produced since then, one might mistakenly think the answer is: not hard at all. Much of Hill’s work is inspired by travel. For many years, Hill traveled with her husband, whose oil company job sent them to countries across the globe. The year following Paris, the couple settled in Azerbaijan. While there, Hill worked one day a week with a New Zealand artist who mentored her through still-life painting. Throughout her travels, Hill created painted snapshots of her

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experiences, from whimsical African animals to quaint shops and even abstract color meshes. “It gets in your blood,” Hill says. “I love to go and see different cultures, experience different landscapes. Our last trip was to Iceland, and that beauty was so natural and so raw that I brought back so much inspiration.” Retirement brought Hill to Bellingham, where she has spent the last nine years painting every day. Although traditional landscape painting had never interested her before, after witnessing the dense trees and oceanic horizons in Washington — like the mountain crests of Azerbaijan and the cityscapes of Paris — she soon became swept up in painting the Pacific Northwest. The challenge then became finding her own style in recreating what inspired her.

Painting, for Hill, has always started with an idea. After the idea, she makes the first brushstroke, which eventually transforms into a simple outline. After this, she moves on to shadowing and lighting, slowly bringing the piece to life over several days. By the end, those first marks are nearly unrecognizable, a transformation that produces a great sense of accomplishment. Hill has found herself enmeshed in Bellingham’s artist community, and her award-winning work has been featured in galleries and markets in several states. She often looks at her first paintings as a reminder of how far she’s come. “The more you paint, the better you get. It’s just that simple,” she says. “The exposure, and being here around other artists, it just heightens everything you do.” 

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Liz Tran Liz Tran’s vibrant circles of paint tumble in exuberant rings of color or burst across the canvas in a beautiful visual riot. Long drips and trickles escape some of the bright dots, hinting at their volatility and the vertical tug of gravity. Her work is “a form of therapy during Seattle’s long, gray winters,” Tran says. Pictured: Woman vs Nature




Lydia Bassis “I consider the imagery in my work to be a private symbolism,” Lydia Bassis says of the beautiful geometric forms she creates. Her work is sparse, but the white space plays a pivotal role. Like a page in a book, the clean backdrop highlights the interplay of swirls, whorls, crescents, and other shapes, calling to mind a mysterious, lyrical language.

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Laura Zeck Bold and balanced with a hint of studied whimsy, Zeck’s work delights the eye and tells a story through a blend of abstract and figurative elements. Playful titles add to the sense of a tale illustrated, and each piece, made with a combination of acrylic, mylar, and resin on board, appears to glow, as though lit from within.

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Brooke Borcherding The kaleidoscopic landscapes of Brooke Borcherding’s recent work are a contemporary take on a venerable genre. Brilliantly colored blocks of color cascade across the canvas, creating a wonderfully pixelated image of urban environments that shimmer with dynamic energy. Borcherding says these “deconstructions” aim to “shed light on the beauty of ordered chaos.”


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I Think That’s Called Passion Fishtrap Creek Interiors WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY LINDSEY MAJOR


any view the approaching new year as an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether it’s setting fitness goals or changing up your living space, the winter is a great time to hit the reset button. If you’re looking to make some improvements around your house, head to Fishtrap Creek Interiors in Lynden, where owner and head designer Shelley Versteeg-Smit brings more than 30 years of experience into her top-notch retail … continued on next page

… space. From small projects to HGTV-worthy renovations, Fishtrap Creek Interiors does it all. Clients can peruse hundreds of hardwood, carpet, countertop, and lighting samples to create their perfect space. Versteeg-Smit opened her business in November of 2006, after working in a variety of capacities within the design industry. “I also had another retail store that sold. That was lovely, but this is just part of the package,” Versteeg-Smit says of starting her own store that caters to a wider variety of clients. “It just evolved that I wanted to do more with lighting and the full design package, and I wanted to work with builders and contractors and residential clients and do-ityourselfers, and everybody. I just had a vision for a different type of store.” As Versteeg-Smit was getting ready to start her own business, things started to fall into place. She lives in Lynden with her grandkids, and when the building on Kok Road became available, she jumped on it. “This building came up for sale and I thought it looked like a fishing lodge, and I thought, ‘I can do something with it.’ I got it [as] a shell — it 30

was empty. I stole the name! We had to take out waterfront rights from the creek.” Several events are on the horizon for Fishtrap Creek Interiors. Versteeg-Smit says she’s considering hosting color seminars, as color is the basis for the entire business concept. “I’m passionate about color and so that’s something we always start with when we put homes together…I love [color]. I have 50 colors that I’m passionately in love with at any given time.” Whether you’re a renter or a buyer, the store offers merchandise and guidance to help you personalize your space. For renters, who may not be allowed to make permanent, drastic changes, Fishtrap Creek offers flooring and easy-to-remove wallpaper options that go on top of existing materials. If you’re ready to build your own home or freshen up your existing one, Versteeg-Smit is excited to help. “I feel good because I like to see [a customer’s] taste and bring that out. Sometimes they can’t tell me what they like until we put it together…It’s just an amazing experience. I think that’s called passion in what you do. I love having that passion.” 

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SUPPORTING ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY “I worked at Tri Dee Arts long before we purchased the store,” says Summer. “It feels good to support the arts and build relationships with the community. We want people to have a welcoming experience and discover that art is fun and for anyone.” Conscious of making art accessible and affordable, Tri Dee Arts hosts free art activities in the summer and pay-what-you-can-afford craft days throughout the year. Every January, the store participates in the Skagit Watershed Council’s Annual Illuminight Winter Walk. Attendees can make a luminary globe, sign up for an intricate luminary workshop, or stop by on the free community day and pick up a paper bag with a light. Past community art projects included the Make Art Not


War tiled mural on the back of the building. All of the funds raised went to the Historic Lincoln Theatre.

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or more than 50 years, Tri Dee Arts has been a fixture in downtown Mount Vernon. In 2011, Summer and Travis Houlihan became the new owners, extending the store’s legacy as a familyowned and operated art supply shop. Seven years later, the couple unveiled two renovated sections: Glazed, where you paint your own pottery, and Make Art, a place for various craft activities.




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INDULGE YOUR INNER ARTIST The store features a plethora of art supplies — paints, art pens, brushes, art kits, and canvases — for both beginning artists and seasoned pros. They also sell craft activities such as rock painting, a weaving loom, and string art. Kids will appreciate the selection of science kits like Make Your Own Fizzy Gloop, as well as puzzles and retro board games like Yahtzee, Life, and Twister. The store is also a great place for gifts, with plenty of stationery, wrapping paper, and a custom framing center on the second level. The space also offers hands-on activities to spark your creativity. During the fall, adults can join an acrylic paint workshop with artists Dianna Shyne and Jennifer Bowman. In the new Glazed section, there are many paint-your-own-pottery items to choose from, including figurines, decorative housewares, and holidaythemed pieces.  215 S. First St., Mount Vernon 360.336.6131 |

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In the Fairway Center shopping plaza in Lynden, two doors down from the iconic windmill that houses Woods Coffee, you’ll find Surroundings Home, Gift, and Garden. If you’re looking for the perfect place to get a head start on your holiday shopping, this is the place. Pick up a warm drink from Woods and stroll down to Surroundings where Christa Warren is happy to help you find the perfect gifts. While I was perusing the shelves and displays, a customer approached me and whispered, “This place is the best. I love it here. They have the best stuff, and [Christa]’s so nice.”

Shop owner Christa Warren is a proud North Sound local. She graduated with an art degree from WWU before moving to the Seattle area to teach school and work in interior design. Around this time, she and her husband Mark started their family. Christa has dabbled in a range of creative undertakings, from wallpaper hanging to floral design and painting. Mark is a halftime pastor at Christ the King Community Church, and while he doesn’t work at Surroundings, you can sometimes find him stepping in to lend a hand to Christa.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND THE ATMOSPHERE The name Surroundings is perfect for this quaint little store: It’s cozy and warm, much like surrounding yourself with a soft blanket. When you walk in, you’re immediately immersed in good smells from the wall of scented candles for sale. On a sunny day, light pours through the large windows at the front of the store, illuminating all the way to the register at the back.

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to pick up something for others as well as yourself, Surroundings is the perfect place to start. The store sells an array of giftable items including Yankee Candles, jewelry, wall art, garden and yard decor, fashion accessories, wreaths, and so much more. They offer a generous mix of year-round items and seasonal decor, such as fallthemed “welcome” pumpkins. 

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Come grab a delicious hand made burger or Philly Cheesesteak after you finish your Holiday shopping. Located conveniently near Bellis Fair Mall in Bakerview Square. We also have gift cards available for Christmas!

Whether you’re a connoisseur or new to cannabis, our knowledgeable and friendly budtenders are here to help! With our wide selection of products at everyday low prices, we have something for everybody. We are your key to Bellingham’s best cannabis!

Trove Coffee offers a relaxing and welcoming environment for our community. Come enjoy exceptional coffee, beer, wine, treats, & more! Excellent quality, sustainability, and kindness one cup at a time.

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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 |


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Petals & Blooms is a family-owned home & garden décor business. At our barn, you can find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, even yourself!

This holiday season give the gift of Cannabis! Our Friendly and Knowledgeable sales associates at SATORI can help you find the perfect gift. Whether its flower, edibles, tinctures or something else, SATORI has you covered! Be sure to browse our NEW MENU to see it all! Plus, FREE Parking!

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Addies Angus Ranch wishes you Happy Holidays! Celebrating with family around the table is something we all look forward to during the holidays. Enjoy a Grass Fed Angus Roast as your centerpiece for your feast. We have Prime Rib, Tenderloin and New York Roast! Order through website, scroll to bottom and find “Orders & Questions.”

There are “Christmas Ideas” galore at Sunset Beauty Supply. Looking for a Raquel wig? Local made Loma haircare products? Fashion scarves, jewelry, or even unique Seahawk gifts? Come in and see what’s new! 1225 E. Sunset Dr. #150, Bellingham 360.738.0359 |

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Family-owned home décor, houseware, and furniture store; Greenhouse has everything for your home and even more for your life. You can find something for everyone on your list here — including the stocking stuffers! Don’t miss out on the kick off to the holiday the weekend of Nov. 8th–10th.

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Give the gift of movies to a film fan in your life! Our Gift Membership packages include a gift card for any level of membership, one free popcorn card, and a slew of PFC goodies. Add some Pickford merchandise for the ultimate cinematic surprise.

These wooden pendants are ‘flying’ out of our shop! A perfect gift for the bird lover in your life. Pendants $33. Earrings $23. Exclusively at Statement Apparel in Barkley Village. Open Monday–Saturday 10–6.

Celebrating our 25th year in Bellingham. Sojourn offers plenty of options from local to well known designers like Free People, Hudson Jeans, Kut, BB Dakota and many more. Shop local and visit us this holiday season, discover why we won Gold in the 2019 Best of the Northwest.

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Yeager’s Sporting Goods Jones Snowboards goals are to make the world’s best performing gear, have unmatched durability and lead the industry in sustainability practices. Making gear for all conditions, Jones boards can handle everything. See store for prices. 3101 Northwest Ave., Bellingham 360.733.1080 |


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West Coast Wellness From the sophisticated stoner to relieving grandma’s achy joints, WCW Cannabis has got you covered! Readyto-give packages available all holiday season. Friendly and knowledgeable budtenders are here to answer any questions you may have about cannabis — recreational or medical. 3708 Mount Baker Hwy., Everson 360.392.8309 | This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgement. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children. Marijuana products may be purchased or possessed only by persons twenty-one years of age or older.

Still Life Massage and Float Give your loved ones the ultimate gift of stillness. Float Therapy is deeply relaxing, pain relieving, and truly restful. The nothingness of Floating is everything and more. 19 Bellwether Way #101 Bellingham 360.647.2805 |

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Valley Shine Distillery

Looking for the perfect gift? Stop into Whimsey for the largest selection of unique jewelry in Fairhaven. Proudly celebrating over 16 years in Fairhaven.

Local, handcrafted spirits will spread holiday cheer. Valley Shine Distillery offers a well-curated gift box for cocktail lovers. Several options are available, each containing a full-sized bottle of hand-made, small-batch Valley Shine spirits, t-shirts, glasses and bar accessories. Visit the tasting room, full bar and restaurant in downtown Mount Vernon.

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See, Make, Play Local Art Resources for the Five Senses By Becky Mandelbaum


efore moving to Washington, a friend of mine who lives in Seattle tried to sell me on the state. “You would love it here,” she said. “It’s beautiful — there’s mountains and water and trees and really great food.” “But it’s so rainy,” I whined — a classic out-of-towner grievance. I could practically hear her rolling her eyes over the phone. “Think about it,” she said, “half the year you can hole up and write!” I recall this conversation every fall, when Washington pulls a gray blanket over its head and the days grow darker and time slows down. Although my first instinct is always to book a ticket somewhere sunny, I eventually remember that the fall and winter are perfect opportunities for hunkering down and turning inward. This period of slower time is part of why I love the hyperbolic weather cycle here in the Pacific Northwest. The summers are a frenzy of sunshine and activity. People become extroverted and hyperactive. The days are long and glitter-bright. You can go hiking and swimming and exploring or stay out late eating and drinking with friends. And yet, it’s 40

always somewhat of a relief when the fall steps in — like a mother telling her cranky children to take a nap — and we’re forced to collectively grow slower, quieter, more introspective. In this way, Washington is an artist’s paradise. You can spend the summer seeking out adventure and beauty, and then while away the winter months turning this inspiration into something tangible: a painting, a song, a story. To help you and your family stay inspired and creative this fall and throughout the cozier winter months, we’ve compiled a list of ways to artistically engage all five of the senses, plus an extra category dedicated to indoor play. Find out what to hear, see, touch, taste, and smell in our rainy corner of the world. Whether it’s a concert, an art show, a poetry reading, a virtual reality escape, or a jewelry-making class, there are plenty of ways to keep the creative juices flowing for months. Rather than waste the dark months watching television and dreaming of July, get busy making or experiencing something beautiful. Treat these pages as your beginner’s guide to boosting your imagination this fall.



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he Pacific Northwest is its own art gallery, with natural wonders tucked into every corner. With so many picturesque beaches, forests, and alpine vistas nearby, it’s always a little sad when rainy weather obscures these views or hinders us from adventuring as far as we might like. But just as you can find beauty in a foggy forest or rain falling on a lake, there’s also plenty of beauty to find indoors — at museums, galleries, and art shows. Make a trip to any of these destinations and leave feeling inspired, revitalized, and a little less homesick for wildflowers and sunshine.

MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART (MONA) Originally The Valley Museum of Northwest Art, this impressive yet charming museum has served Skagit and surrounding communities since 1981. Located in the quaint and quirky town of La Conner, the museum regularly hosts rotating exhibitions from artists across the Pacific Northwest as well as exhibitions from its permanent collection of art. As part of its mission to “connect people with the art, diverse cultures, and environments of the Northwest,” MoNA also offers a variety of educational programming. One example is MoNA Link: Learning Through the Arts, a program that provides arts education for students in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties. As part of the program, students create their own art projects and visit the museum three times a year. The museum also hosts workshops and panels available to the general public. One event, Coffee with Local Artists (November 10 at 12:30), directly connects community members with local makers. If you’re planning a visit to La Conner, the MoNA — and its gift store — are a mandatory stop. In order to offer access to as many visitors as possible, admission to the museum is free, so there’s really no excuse not to at least drop in. 121 First St., La Conner, 360.466.4446, November 2019 41


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Located in the historic Gaches Mansion in La Conner — a space alone worth visiting — this museum regularly hosts exhibits from quilters and fiber artists near and far. For those who love quilts or simply admire the beauty of textures and patterns, it’s sure to exceed expectations. With a mission to “inspire, teach, and preserve fiber art traditions and culture for future generations,” it’s more than just a place to see pretty quilts — it’s an opportunity to connect with the artform on a deeper, more meaningful level. For instance, as part of the 2019 International Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival Challenge, the museum tasked contestants to recreate a memory using vintage materials, a challenge meant to produce personal, moving pieces of fiber art. You can see the contest’s awardwinning pieces at the museum’s “The Best of the Festival” exhibit, which runs until November 24. During the week leading up to Thanksgiving, stop by the museum to see their Victorian-themed Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees and a selection of antique quilts and dolls from their permanent collection. 703 S. Second St., La Conner, 360.466.4288,

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ANN MORRIS — SCULPTURE WOODS In her sculptures, artist Ann Morris captures the intimate, primitive, and spiritual relationship between humans and nature. Her private studio on Lummi Island is surrounded by nearly 15 acres of trees, among which stand more than a dozen of her bronze sculptures. The sculptures are breathtaking, celebratory, and emotionally charged, the kind of art that gives you chills and leaves you contemplating larger themes for days to come. One depicts a human/animal form decomposing into the mossy forest floor. Another portrays a woman held aloft by a minotaur-esque monster, representing the unity of the feminine and masculine. I visited the Sculpture Woods on a foggy winter afternoon in 2018, during a short cat-sitting stint on Lummi Island. Some of the sculptures are tucked further into the trees than others, creating an experience of discovery. Although there are maps available to guide you from one sculpture to the next, you still feel as though you’ve stumbled upon something organic. At one point, my partner and I came upon a deer partly hidden by foliage. The doe stood stark still for so long we genuinely questioned whether she was real or if she too was a sculpture. In 2018, Morris donated the Sculpture Woods to Western Washington University, which will use the space to enhance its arts curriculum. To view the sculptures, you can book an appointment or visit for free on the first Saturday of each month, when the grounds are open to the public. 3851 Legoe Bay Rd., Lummi Island, 360.758.2143,

SAN JUAN ISLANDS MUSEUM OF ART A nexus for art and artists in the San Juan Islands, this museum specifically promotes art from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Its three galleries host rotating exhibits. In a given year, you can experience between eight and 10 different shows. Whether you’re already planning a trip to Friday Harbor or need an excuse to visit, be sure to make this museum one of your stops. 540 Spring St., Friday Harbor, 360.370.5050,

SAVE THE DATE Robert Dash’s Food for Thought- Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects All of November

Through photomontages, naturalist and photographer Robert Dash explores the connection between climate change and arguably the most important aspect of our natural world: our food supply. The show shines a spotlight on threats to our food, including crop loss, at-risk insect pollinator populations, and stresses on developing nations. As a hopeful counterbalance, the photos also explore prospects of permaculture, soil regeneration, and grassroots farming efforts. The marriage of these photos offers a balanced, nuanced, and realistic vision of our food supply’s future in the wake of climate change. Regardless of their message, the photos offer a beautiful view of nature on the smallscale. San Juan Island Museum of Art

Tide of Transition — Cathryn Mallory All of November

Mallory’s work explores the possibilities of kelp as an environmentally supportive natural material, one that can be used to create alternative energy and positively affect sustainable farming practices. Her site-specific installation speaks to the power of kelp, encouraging conversations around our relationship to organic materials. San Juan

Island Museum of Art

The Natural World of Malcolm Curtis Ross All of November

The paintings of Curtis Ross — a San Juan Island local who passed away in the early 2000s — explore flowers, trees, and other greenery throughout the four seasons. The bright, celebratory paintings capture the joy of nature and the spirit of the artist himself. San Juan Island Museum of Art

Eve Deisher: Indicator All of November

Eve Deisher passed away from lung cancer in early 2017. This retrospective exhibition, lovingly curated by the late artist’s husband, features mixed-media fiber works and drawings she created between 1982 and 2015. The title speaks to how her work indicates a particular location and time, as well as her state of mind at the time of the work’s creation. The exhibit runs through January 11, 2020. Museum of

Northwest Art

Holiday Eastsound Art Walk November 29–30

Art isn’t always in a gallery. Starting at noon each day, Eastsound’s talented artists will sell their goods at this free annual holiday art walk on Orcas Island. Browse galleries and businesses to find paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, fiber arts, and more, all crafted by local island artisans. The art walk will also offer music, wine, and snacks. You can learn more at Eastsound, Orcas Island

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he Pacific Northwest is rich with beautiful things to hear, whether it’s music, the spoken word, or rain tapping on your windowsill. Here are a few ways you can engage your musical side as well as your literary side this fall, with jazz concerts, voice and instrument lessons, poetry readings, storytelling events, and more.

BELLINGHOME SCHOOL OF MUSIC If you’re feeling musical this fall, look no further than Bellinghome School of Music. Founded by musician Nick Taylor in 2017, the school has everything you need to get your kids (or yourself) started with a musical instrument. Located in the old Piper Music Building in the Fountain District, the school boasts a professional recording studio and 10 rehearsal spaces. Each week, the school instructs more than 150 budding musicians. Whether you want to learn how to play piano, guitar, saxophone, or vibraphone, Bellinghome has an expert musician (25 of them, to be exact) ready to show you the ropes. The school also offers instruction in DJ/electronic music, voice, and songwriting. You can schedule private or group lessons or really sharpen your skills with Rockband, an advanced group class involving weekly rehearsals. If your band gets really good, you might even get to perform at events like the Ski to Sea Block Party or Bite of Sudden Valley. Although the school primarily serves youth, it does offer an adult band class on Monday nights. 2512 Meridian St., Bellingham, 360.922.0382,

Whether you want to share your own work or hear the work of others, Village Books typically hosts an open mic event on the final Monday of every month. The readings start at 7 p.m. in the store’s Readings Gallery. Bring a short work of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction to read or just sit back and listen as other brave local writers share their words. 1200 11th St., Bellingham, 360.671.2626, 44

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BELLINGHAM STORYTELLERS GUILD If you’re a fan of storytelling groups like The Moth, then the Bellingham Storytellers Guild might be right up your alley. This local nonprofit seeks to “build community through the preservation, perpetuation, and celebration of storytelling of all cultures and to nurture, sustain, and develop the storytelling community of tellers, audiences, and enthusiasts in Northwest Washington.” Come to the Fairhaven Library every third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. for the guild’s monthly Storytelling Event, in which members share 10-minute stories. If you’re interested in joining the guild and sharing your own story, attend the guild’s monthly meeting an hour before the event, at 6 p.m. After attending a meeting, you can then sign up to perform your story the following month., 117 12th St., Bellingham, 360.714.96

THE WHATCOM JAZZ MUSIC ARTS CENTER The goal of the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) is simple: to bring jazz to the community. Not only do they attract talent from across the Pacific Northwest, as well as around the country, but they also foster jazz education through combo classes. The combo classes cater to musicians of high school age or older and meet once a week on Monday nights. If you’re interested in attending one of WJMAC’s shows, most of the center’s jazz performance events are extremely affordable, with ticket prices ranging from $10–$15. Unless advertised otherwise, all classes and events take place at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. 207 Prospect St., Bellingham,

CHUCKANUT SANDSTONE WRITERS THEATER Bellingham’s longest-running open mic, the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater, has offered a platform for local writers since 1991. All types of writing are welcome, from poetry and fiction to play-writing and memoir. Readings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at The Happy Place. The show starts at 7 p.m., but readers should arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign up. 1215 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, 360.961.2320,

SAVE THE DATE Music Makers, Body Shakers Dates vary, 10:30 A.M.

Gather the kids or grandkids and visit Whatcom Museum for this recurring exploration of music, song, and dance starting November 2. Hosted in the Lightcatcher & Family Interactive Gallery, this event starts at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday and lasts for half an hour. The cost is included with admission; members can attend for free. Whatcom

Museum — Lightcatcher Building

Jack Straw Writers Anthology Group Reading November 3, 4 P.M.

Since 1997, the Jack Straw Writers Program has helped writers across the Pacific Northwest build their skills and connect to other writers in their community. A large part of the program focuses on the auditory aspects of writing, such as reading work aloud for recordings, creating podcasts, producing radio content, and giving public readings. Each year, the program selects a pool of participating writers in a diversity of genres. Six writers from this year’s program will read from their work at Village Books in Fairhaven. Readers include Dianne Aprile, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Rena Priest, and Suzanne Warren. Village Books, Bellingham

Tess Gallagher Poetry Reading November 16, 7 P.M.

Tess Gallagher is the author of numerous books of poetry. Her newest, out from Graywolf Press last May, is titled “Is, Is Not: Poems.” Gallagher is from Port Angeles but now splits her time between Washington and Ireland. Come hear her read from “Is, Is Not” and get your book signed after. The event is part of the Nature of Writing Series, offered in conjunction with North Cascades Institute. Village Books, Bellingham

Clave Gringa Quartet November 20, 7 P.M.

The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts this Seattle-based Latin jazz quartet. Before the show starts, band leader Ann Reynolds will hold a preshow discussion about Latin rhythms. The pre-show talk starts at 6 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Bellingham Cider Company. Sylvia

Center for the Arts

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Touch W

hen I hear the word art, I often think of paintings on a wall in a gallery or pieces of pottery concealed in an off-limits glass case. But some art is meant to be touched — both in the process of creating it and during the experience of admiring it. Here are a few nearby places where you can engage with the art of touch. Whether it’s creating quilts, making jewelry, or learning the art of fabric repair, there are plenty of local businesses that want to help you — and your hands — stay creative this fall and winter.


Lies of the Eyes

Never let distance get in the way of physical contact again with this special shirt that doubles as a Bluetooth sensory experience. Invented in 2002, The Hug Shirt senses the strength, duration, location, and warmth of touch. This gives you the opportunity to record and send a hug just like a text message.

All five senses are linked, though hand-eye coordination can easily be manipulated. Humans tend to be visually dominant, therefore our eyes can trick the rest of our body with phantom senses. If something appears sticky, wet, curvy, or straight, our eyes will often overrule our touch and convince us that this is so.

Love at First Tag Touch

Wireless Gloves

No one can say no to a cozy sweater, and all your favorite stores know it. Because convenience and proximity play a big part in our shopping experience, shoppers are 35 percent more likely to buy something at eye-level. Often, shops will put more expensive, brand-name items in more accessible locations, and because humans develop attachments to objects via touch, it’s easy to fill your cart.

Virtual reality continues to get more advanced, manipulating not just your eyes, but all of your senses. RICE University researchers developed a tool that brings touch into the game: Hands Omni. These special gloves use air and pressure to create realistic touch sensation during VR simulations. Be careful what you grab, you’re going to feel it. Anelyse Morris



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If you’re feeling crafty this fall, head to Fairhaven or Downtown Lynden and let CreativiTea inspire you. At this fired-art studio, you can choose a piece of pottery — prices range from $12–$75 — and then get to work designing your own clay creation. Come up with your own unique designs and color schemes or let one of the studio’s samples or idea books inspire you. Once you’ve finished painting your masterpiece, the staff will gladly help you glaze/ fire your project. Within a week, your hand-painted pottery will be ready for pick-up. At the Fairhaven studio, you can also treat yourself to a cup of tea while you work or get classy with a fused glass project. 1312 11th St., Bellingham, 306-B Front St., Lynden, 360.752.1724,

No matter your artistic experience or background, The Bellingham Metal Arts Guild offers an avenue into the world of metal arts. With lectures, workshops, classes, and demonstrations at all skill levels, there’s something for everyone interested in working with metal. If you’re hoping to make DIY presents this holiday season, consider taking one of the guild’s many craft classes. Newbie jewelry-makers might enjoy a class called Five Earrings in which students take home — you guessed it — five pairs of hand-made sterling silver earrings. For something special, sign up for The Joy of Making Coin Rings in which you make a silver ring out of a vintage quarter. If you’re looking for something extra-festive, consider the Christmas Ornament Workshop. More experienced crafters can benefit from courses that focus on specific technical skills such as silver soldering, wax carving, and bezel setting. Additional offerings such as Beginning Jewelry Photography; Branding, Marketing, and SelfPromoting; and Resume and Artist Statement Support offer guidance for both new and seasoned artists in the industry. 2620 N. Harbor Loop Dr., Ste. 6, Bellingham, 360.788.5858,

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SAVE THE DATE Painted Fabric Collage November 2–3, 12:30 P.M.

In this two-session workshop, students ages 13 and up will learn how to create a fabric collage. Using acrylic paints, students will decorate fabric, then hand-sew the pieces together to create a beautiful and unique collage. The workshop is inspired by the late artist Eve Deisher, whose exhibit will be on display at the museum. Museum of

Northwest Art

Toymaking: Little Winter Mice

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November 9, 1:00 P.M.

RAGFINERY Everyone has a dress, shirt, or jacket they love that’s falling apart. Rather than give up on beloved old clothes, why not learn to fix them? The sewing and crafting classes at Ragfinery help you give new life to old fabric, keeping old clothes out of the landfill and bringing beautiful, upcycled pieces into your wardrobe and home. Learn the basics of fabric repair with courses like Upcycle Sewing and Marvelous Mending or explore a new craft such as needle felting, toymaking, rug braiding, weaving, or indigo dying. All classes are taught by local artists, helping strengthen creative communities and inspire new, environmentally friendly projects. 1421 N. Forest St., Bellingham, 360.738.6977,

Just in time for the holidays, learn how to transform scraps of fabric into adorable mouse finger puppets. The class will cover the basic elements of toymaking, showing you not only how to make the pint-sized puppet but also how to dress and personalize it. You’ll leave class with a tiny toy perfect for a stocking-stuffer or ornament. Ragfinery

Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing November 9–10, 10:00 A.M.

In a supportive, pressure-free environment, instructor Marie-Claire Dole will guide you through introductory jewelry-making equipment and techniques. Learn how to saw, file, solder, texture, and more. The Guild supplies all materials — all you have to do is show up and be ready to learn. Best of all? Everyone leaves this two-day course with something they’ve created. Bellingham Metal Arts Guild

My Parents & Me Painting Class November 14 & 16, times vary

WORKSHOPS AT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT & FIBER ARTS MUSEUM In this feature’s “See” section, we covered what you can expect to view at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, but there’s also plenty to do, learn, and touch. The museum regularly offers workshops in everything from quilt making and basket weaving to classes that explore how to create a hand-bound leather journal. The quilt making classes cater to quilters of different experience levels, exploring specific topics in the art, such as working with circles or employing various color palettes. If you’re hoping to make a quilt for the winter — for yourself, or as a gift for someone else — these classes might be the perfect way to meet your goals. 703 S. Second St., La Conner, 360.466.4288, 48

Grab your paintbrush and head to the MoNA for this parent-child painting course. Local artist Lara Parker will guide you and your child through the fundamentals of painting, covering introductory topics such as mixing colors and using acrylic and tempera paint. The class will touch on landscape painting, mixed media art, still life, abstract, and collage. Museum

of Northwest Art

Introduction to Sewing Machines November 23, 10:00 A.M.

For those who have always wanted to learn how to sew, this class is the ultimate introduction. In this hands-on workshop, instructor Brigitte Parra will show you how to use and care for a sewing machine, exploring different needles, attachments, and functions. Ragfinery



ike our other senses, smell is meant to help us survive, and yet it also delivers a world of pleasure, joy, and feeling — all elements related to great art. Scent is a powerful tool, one that can move us with as much force as a great song or a beautiful painting. Here are a few ways you can engage your sense of smell this fall.

What smells better than fresh flowers? Learn the art of creating floral arrangements that are both beautiful and aromatic at Flourish Floral Design in Bellingham. The workshop covers various arranging techniques, exploring how to combine colors, textures, fragrances, and shapes to create the most beautiful, luscious-smelling arrangements possible. Once you know the basics, you’ll be able to brighten your home with fragrant flowers or give a professionallooking bouquet to someone you love. Contact the store to set up a private class or check their website or social media accounts for scheduled workshops. 360.305.2061,


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Aromatherapy is no joke. Some studies suggest it can improve sleep, enhance focus, aid in digestion, and offer relief from feelings of depression and anxiety. Essential oils serve as the foundation of aromatherapy, with different oils creating different effects. If you’re interested in learning the art of blending and using essential oils, Flow Motion in Ferndale offers frequent essential oil classes. Classes are typically free, aside for Make & Take classes, in which students take home their own sprays, lotions, or roller bottles. For these classes, a small fee covers the cost of materials. Keep an eye out for seasonal offerings, like a class on boosting immunity during cold season and a holiday-themed Make & Take. 1920 Main St., Ste. 19, Ferndale, 360.393.8829,

Whether it’s soaps, candles, lotions, lip balms, scrubs, or bath bombs — the list goes on — Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions has projects and DIY kits to satisfy your crafty side while filling your home with delicious smells. From peach Bellini lip gloss to Grapefruit LaCroix Soap, Bramble Berry’s website truly has every type of scented bath goody you can imagine. Kits range in difficulty and include their own fragrance oils, ensuring your masterpiece leaves you smelling fruity, flowery, spicy, or fresh. If you get drawn into the world of DIY bath goodies, the store also sells a variety of molds, jars, and labels so you can keep concocting your own scented inventions at home. 877.627.7883,

SNEAKY SMELLS Flavour Bottle

Experimental Fork


The Aroma R-evolution kit consists of four forks and 21 aroma vials. The aromas subtly spread into your food, enhancing the flavors as you eat. Options include olive oil, wasabi, mint, strawberry, and smoke.

Want better-tasting water? This special water bottle comes with scent deposits in the spout, tricking your brain into tasting something other than just plain water. Pre-loaded flavors include grape, cola, and strawberry.

Everyone knows the essential smells of relaxation — lilac, jasmine, peppermint — but familiar scents such as vanilla and cherry tend to cause more pleasant reactions in the brain. Vanilla in particular has been shown to trigger emotional responses. Anelyse Morris

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y personal favorite of the five senses, taste unites people, defines different cultures, and brings immense joy to our daily lives. In other words: it’s art. With longer, colder nights, fall and winter are the perfect seasons for spending more time in the kitchen, inventing new recipes or perfecting old ones. It’s also the time of year for warm soups, spiced baked goods, and hearty meals — not to mention the holidays, which come with their own culinary traditions and demands. This fall, these local businesses will help you hone your cooking skills, explore new flavors, and savor time spent around the table with family and friends.

KING ARTHUR FLOUR BAKING SCHOOL AT THE BREAD LAB Since 2011, the Bread Lab — a “laboratory” run through Washington State University but located in Burlington — has been exploring the complicated science behind breadmaking. Over the years, the lab has yielded some pretty incredible results, including creating a healthier tortilla chip for the restaurant chain, Chipotle. Who knew? Now, you too can get in on the Bread Lab fun with King Arthur Flour’s Baking School. Although the baking school started in Vermont — and King Arthur Flour has been supplying America with flour since the days of the Revolution — the school now operates this second location in our own Skagit Valley. The employee-owned company offers classes for all levels of baker, ranging from introductory courses to intensive classes that last up to a week long. The Skagit campus offers classes for kids, home bakers, and professionals. This upcoming holiday season, learn to perfect everything from holiday pies to artisan breads and pizza dough. 11768 Westar Ln., Burlington, 800.652.3334, 50


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What doesn’t the co-op do? In addition to selling fresh and local produce, each month it also offers a selection of cooking classes. These classes vary by month and can center around particular ingredients, dishes, or regions around the world. For instance, a course might examine the various uses of salt, teach you how to prepare the perfect warm fall dessert, or explore the most popular dishes in Peruvian cuisine. Some of the culinary classes focus less on food preparation and more on wellness or health, delving into how to create nutritious meals that are plant-based, gluten-free, or vegan. Whatever area of cooking you want to learn more about, the co-op likely offers a class to meet your interests. Classes are typically held in the Co-op’s Healthy Connections Building Classroom, located across the street from the downtown store, or in the Local Roots Room, situated on the second floor of the Cordata store. Prices vary, but most courses are under $50. Bellingham, various locations, 360.734.8158,


Phantom Sweetness

The Miracle Fruit Surrender to your sweet tooth with just a taste of this small berry that makes even the sourest food taste like a decadent dessert. This unique treat will prank your palette for about an hour. Just let it sit in your mouth for a minute — then prepare to go on an ultimate “flavor trip.”

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Stevia Fans of sweeteners, we have some bittersweet news. While adding sugar to things activates sweet receptors on your tongue, the popular sugar substitute Stevia actually triggers both the sweet and bitter receptors — leaving a bitter aftertaste. If you like your morning drink sweet, add real sugar instead.

You’ve heard of cucumber water, but what about artichoke water? This vegetable is part of the daisy family and, similar to the miracle fruit, creates phantom sweetness via a chemical called cynarine, which latches on to your tongue’s sweet receptors without activating them. If you drink water after eating an artichoke, the cynarine gets washed away and creates a brief, false sweet sensation.

Salty Sensation Those pretzels you eat sure are salty, but not for the reason you may think. Sometimes things taste salty to us simply because we think they should. Studies have shown that simply thinking about salt or even just saying the word salt makes food taste salty, regardless of the sodium content. Anelyse Morris

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In 2019, this Skagit-based chocolatier took home several honors at the International Chocolate Awards. Owner and renowned chocolate-maker Karen Neugebauer received silver for several creations, among them her Tasmanian pepper and lime dark chocolate bar, cherry almond truffle, and white chocolate bar with lemon and pepper. She even won gold for her pecan caramels. Is your mouth watering yet? Lucky for us, Forte offers regular classes in everything from creating molds to preparing truffles and tempering chocolate. No matter the class, you’ll learn from a master chocolatier and head home with something edible. One of the classes is simply called Chocolate Tasting and involves —  maybe you guessed it — sampling different delectable treats from around the globe while also learning the fine art of tasting chocolate for different flavors and textures. Classes vary by month, so be sure to check their website for listings. Forte also hosts other fun tasting events, such as its Smell-O-Vision showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” this past September. Participating theaters in Whatcom and Skagit showed the classic candy-lover’s movie while audience-members enjoyed an interactive bag of goodies — taffy, everlasting gobstoppers, and, of course, chocolate — to eat along with the show. 700 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon, 360.588.4859,

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HANDS-ON COOKING CLASSES AT CIAO THYME For those looking to learn their way around the kitchen or to simply spice up their skills, let Ciao Thyme teach you some new tricks. Their handson cooking classes vary throughout the year. Earlier this fall, they offered a course on cheese-making and pizza. Whatever the season, the instructors incorporate seasonal recipes and ingredients. 207 Unity St., Bellingham, 360.733.1267,

SAVE THE DATE Chocolate Bar Making and Molding Class November 2, 2 P.M.

Forte Chocolate in Mount Vernon

Le Café de Paris Cooking Class with Karina Davidson November 5, 6:30 P.M.

Roots Room at Cordata Community Food Co-op

Small Plates of the World: Venetian Bar Plates Cooking Class with Jesse Otero November 11, 6:30 P.M.

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Classic Italian Dinner Cooking Class with Karina Davidson November 14, 6:30 P.M.

Roots Room at Cordata Community Food Co-op

Wild Alaskan Shrimp Cooking Class with Robert Fong November 19, 6:30 P.M.

Co-op Connections Building Downtown

Truffle Making Class November 22, 6 P.M.

Forte Chocolate in Mount Vernon

Play C

reativity doesn’t always mean making something you can touch, see, taste, smell, or hear. In a lot of ways, we’re most creative when we play. Children are the true experts — they make believe they’re pirates or aliens or princesses, creating stories and imaginary worlds as a way of learning about themselves, their environment, and the people around them. They’re also resourceful, inventing games and building toys with whatever’s at their disposal (true story, one of my favorite toys as a kid was an old washcloth). As we get older, play becomes something more structured. We play tennis; we play the piano; we play chess. Although these modes of play are certainly fun and valid ways to let loose, I encourage you to find your own definition of play this fall by tapping into the way you played as a kid. Here are a few places to let loose and rediscover a sense of wonder.

What would you get if you fused a sculpture with an instrument and then decided the whole thing was actually a toy? The result might be something like the Interactive Exhibits at Mindport. The gallery is filled with multi-sensory exhibits meant to be touched, heard, seen, and manipulated. If you’re feeling something quieter, head to the highly curated library or browse the Fine Art Exhibits, which consist of sculptures, drawings, and photography from local artists. For those who enjoy letter-writing and collage, Mindport also offers mail art classes. 210 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.647.5614,

ROOK & ROGUE BOARD GAME PUB Rather than sit at home and conk out in front of the TV, rally the family and head downtown to Rook & Rogue to get your imagination — and maybe your competitive side — ticking. With literally hundreds of games to choose from — and a full menu of nerd-themed food and drinks to sustain you through hours of play — this game pub has something for everyone. Try out indie role-playing games or stick to classics such as Scrabble, Monopoly, and Jenga. The best part is discovering new games you might not have learned about otherwise. If you’re seriously dedicated to play, or just want something to get you up and out of the house each week, you can try out one of the pub’s membership options for access to extra perks, exclusive games, and member deals. 206 W. Magnolia St., Bellingham, 360.207.4038,

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HEADY VIRTUAL REALITY ARCADE If you’ve ever wanted to fight zombies, walk a plank 80 stories up in the air, or paint in 3D (with brushstrokes made of stars and fire), then head to Heady Virtual Reality Arcade for an experience like none other. Choose single or multi-player games from categories such as puzzle/horror, action, or sports. There’s even a selection of games for kids. If you’re feeling more like a spectator, the Arts and Exploration category might be a good fit. Google Earth VR lets you soar above the Swiss Alps, explore the streets of foreign cities, or zoom above Manhattan. Art-lovers might prefer Dreams of Dalí, which lets you explore the surrealist worlds imagined by Salvador Dalí, or The Night Café: Vincent Van Gogh, which guides you through one of the iconic painter’s most popular works. Each station at the futuristic arcade is pay-by-thehour, so you’re free to explore however many games you want to in the time allotted. If you need a break to come back to reality, the arcade also serves snacks and beverages. Seniors, military, and students receive a discount; there’s also a happy hour discount every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 1216 Bay St., Bellingham, 360.922.3022, November 2019 53

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he staple features of an American Four Square include a simple floor plan, elegant square shape, large windows, and solid woodwork. These classic homes also typically have two or two-and-a-half stories, a roof with at least one dormer, a symmetrical facade, and a generous front porch with columns and wide stairs. Four Squares were popular during the turn of the 20th century, namely from 18951930, and for good reason. Their form makes them energy efficient, easy to replicate, and affordable to construct. This classic Bellingham Four Square, built in 1906, was once the home of a prominent lawyer. When the current homeowners approached Lisa Staton Interior Design, they wanted to update and revitalize the interior while honoring the home’s original architecture and detailing. To give the house a more spacious and airy feeling, the design team relied on light-colored furnishings and fittings to contrast the home’s rich wood features. They also repaired the plaster and applied a new coat of white paint throughout the home. To pay homage to the home’s long history while embracing a more modern aesthetic, the team incorporated a mix of vintage pieces, modern silhouettes, and soft, neutral textiles.  … continued on next page

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The living room is both chic and comfortable for kids. A Moroccan-style rug pairs perfectly with the modern coffee table. We then added vintage safari leather chairs and paired them with a vintage sofa (still in its original upholstery!) from the client’s grandmother.


Simple sheep skin throws warm up the vintage suede safari chairs making them both cozy and kid friendly.



The dining room is a mix of antique and vintage with a dash of modernity provided by the art.


We kept it unexpectedly casual in the great hall, with custom wood, a blackand-white-stripped rug, and a bronzed center table boasting vessels and greenery. — Lisa Staton



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The Benefits of Having a Dog Wash Station in Your Home WRITTEN BY JENNIFER RYAN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATHERYN MORAN


f you’ve ever had to wash a dog, you know it can be quite the ordeal. There’s nothing easy about hauling a muddy dog into a sink or bathtub, then awkwardly maneuvering the hose or faucet to get a good rinse. Then there’s toweling the dog dry so it doesn’t drip all over the place — not to mention the dreaded dry-off shake. When all is said and done, you still have another mess to clean: the soggy, muddy sink or tub. If you know you’re going to have a canine companion for many years to come, installing a dog washing station into the design of your home is one way to make the whole process drastically easier. Here are some of the benefits of a dedicated built-in dog wash station.

A CLEANER DOG WITH HALF THE HASSLE You’ll get a cleaner dog with less effort, and who wouldn’t want that? The mess stays in one space — when you’re done, simply rinse out the tub and you’re good to go. A glass partition creates a contained, easy-to-clean area for your dog to shake off water.

THERE’S MORE SPACE A built-in dog wash station is much larger than a normal sink, giving the dog more space to move around and making it easier for you to give them directions and move them as necessary. Both you and your dog will feel more comfortable.

IT’S THE PERFECT HEIGHT The height of a built-in dog wash station is just right for your four-legged friend to get in and out. This keeps the dirt in the tub rather than on your clothes.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ROOM FOR A DESIGNATED SPACE TO WASH YOUR DOG? Looking at this bathroom, you would never know it does double duty. It has beautiful encaustic tile flooring, matte black fixtures, an egg-shaped tub, a freestanding custom vanity, and shiplap accents. But the homeowners took advantage of this recent bathroom remodel and made space for adults, kids, and the dogs! The bathroom is designed to be a partial wet room with a glass partition separating the walk-in shower, tub, and dog wash. By installing a low handheld shower fixture on a separate valve, the dogs — and kids — can walk into the shower area and be clean in no time!  58



7525 Hickory Ridge Lane, Ferndale, WA 98248 Lodge Style living in this gorgeous cedar sided custom home with vaulted great room & open floor plan on shy 10 acres. Douglas Fir exposed beamwork frames the chef’s kitchen, featuring white Alaska granite countertops, solid wood soft close cabinetry, commercial fridge/freezer & range. 11 zone radiant heat under 3/4” Acacia Teak hardwood floors. Metal roof, solar panels, expansive deck, natural stone fireplace, custom Lowen windows & Italian bath tile. Large shop with 2 bedroom ADU upstairs.

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Mid County $1,248,000 | MLS# 1464451 Stunning NW contemporary custom built 4bd/4ba home. 3,590 sq. ft heated shop, private aerated & stocked pond on 7+ acres. Grand front entry, formal living rm, gourmet chef’s kitchen w/ custom cherry cabinets, butler’s pantry, & eating bar. Luxurious master suite on main floor w/walk in double shower, jetted soaking tub, over-sized walk in closet. Expansive lower level w/ kitchenette & bar, family rm w/French doors leading to private outdoor patio, home gym, theater rm, 2 bd w/Jack & Jill ba, central AC, & heat pump.


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Rich & timeless design boast in this beautifully hand crafted custom built home located down private dead end lane w/manicured .47 acre lot! Gourmet chef’s kitchen w/ slab granite counters, stone backsplash, custom cabinetry, formal dining, butler’s pantry, living rm w/vaulted ceiling, floor to ceiling custom stone frplc, indoor hot tub rm, stunning private master suite, office, & mud rm. Lower level featuring kitchenette & 2nd family rm. Outside w/ sports court, covered outdoor living space w/stone fireplace & private back yard.

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SEMIAHMOO $880,000 | MLS# 1471840 Spectacular PNW indoor/outdoor living is an entertainers dream come true. This 3175 open concept living features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, main floor master and a chef kitchen with plenty of room to move. Upstairs features second master or bonus room. Large windows brings the outdoors in, while double french doors invite you onto a 1000+ sq. ft. lighted, 3 tiered patio with built in hot tub and 9’ bbq island featuring Lynx grill with searing station and side burner. This home is a must see!

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f you’re wondering how Tim “Herb” Alexander, the celebrated drummer for the alt-rock band Primus, became the co-owner of a cider company, the answer is: in a day. It all started in 2016, when Tim and his wife, Shama, had a bumper crop of apples at their Bellingham property. As a cider aficionado, Tim decided to rent a press and make his own batch of cider. “Two or three weeks later... we tried it and poured it, and it tasted as good as the stuff we were buying,” Tim says. At the time, the couple was already on the hunt for a business idea. “Music is a very up and down kind of career,” Tim explains. “It’s so inconsistent, and now that we have a family… we were looking for other things.” They were originally considering a tea business, but Tim’s first batch of cider was just too good. “We knew nothing about cider making,” Shama says, “but the stars aligned.” It was Shama’s idea to call it Herb’s Cider, after Tim’s band nickname. They bought the website domain that same night, and officially … continued on next page

… launched Herb’s Cider in 2017. Today, the head cider maker is Chris Weir, who has worked for Finnriver Cidery and Port Townsend Brewing Co.

THE COMPANY If you’re looking for a beverage with ethics, Herb’s Cider is the drink for you. From production and packaging to caring for their employees, Tim and Shama refuse to cut corners. Herb’s Cider is a Certified B-Corporation, meaning it meets “the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” They buy everything they can locally. Their kegs, which most cideries get from China, come from America. Even their glassware, stickers, and wooden tap-handles are made in Bellingham. “We try to keep economic development here as much as possible,” Shama says. When it comes to their fruit and yeast, everything is from the Pacific Northwest. “The farthest down we go is northern Oregon for things like pear, that we can’t get here.” The couple’s ardent values are inspired by their daughter. “We wanted our daughter to grow up in a familybased business so she understood hard work… what it means to go from the beginning all the way to as far as you can take it,” Shama says.

THE TASTING ROOM You can find Herb’s Cider at local retailers including Elizabeth Station, Haggen, Community Food Co-op, and dozens of Bellingham restaurants. You can also visit the company’s downtown tasting room, which opened fall of 2018. Drop into the cozy space for a flight of delicious ciders ranging in taste from extra dry to sweet and juicy, or enjoy a pint of a special tap exclusive. Primus fans will appreciate the ciders’ musical names — Single Stroke, Triplet, Mezzo-Forte — as well as local music every Sunday.  1228 Bay St., Bellingham 360.933.1922 | 62

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BANTAM 46 American, Southern 1327 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.788.4507, A bantam is a type of small chicken. At Bellingham’s newest southern-inspired chicken rotisserie, you get what the name promises. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken has breading that’s thick, crispy, and — somehow — not greasy at all. While the downstairs is family-friendly, the upstairs is reserved for those 21 and older.   CAMBER COFFEE Coffeehouse, American 221 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.656.5343, Camber is more than just a coffee shop. Customers can order at the counter for a quicker bite, or enjoy table service for the 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.”

11TH HOUR TEA & COFFEE BAR Tea, Coffee 833 N. State St., Bellingham 360.788.4229, 11th Hour Tea & Coffee Bar has an extensive menu of drinks around $3–5, with a variety of teas, golden milks, tea lattes, superfood lattes, and a full line of espresso items. The intimate space is cozy and encourages conversation between friends and strangers alike. The energy, menu, and location attract everyone from college students and families to healthminded folks.   AVENUE BREAD & DELI Deli 1313 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 1135 11th St., Bellingham 2301 James St., Bellingham 444 Front St., Lynden 360.715.3354, With several convenient locations in Bellingham and a location in Lynden, Avenue Bread is a favorite lunch spot for many. Fresh ingredients make these sandwiches unusually good — the bread is made by their bakers, and the vegetables and meat are all of the highest quality. Avenue Bread also offers some of the freshest, tastiest breakfast sandwiches around.


of deep-fried food, Fat Shack serves up some surprises. Its hamburgers are hand-pressed, hand-seasoned, and never frozen.   HOMESKILLET American 521 Kentucky St., Bellingham Owners Tina and Kirby named their restaurant after one of their favorite lines in the movie Juno, when a store clerk says, “This is one doodle that can’t be undid, homeskillet.” The skillets on their menu came afterward, but are now one of the eatery’s most popular items. A small skillet is filled with perfectly-fried potatoes, eggs, and your choice of toppings. Homeskillet can’t be beat with its friendly service, colorful atmosphere, and ultimate comfort food.   KEENAN’S AT THE PIER Northwest, American & Seafood


804 10th St., Bellingham 360.392.5510,

1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1011,


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The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides a warm atmosphere, 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. Make sure to leave room for dessert, because the selections are dangerously good.

Located inside the Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Fairhaven, Keenan’s at the Pier features fresh, local cuisine and a full bar. Keenan’s highlights the beauty and style of the Pacific Northwest with fresh ingredients that are seasonal and regionally sourced. Enjoy Bellingham Bay views from every table. Reservations are highly recommended.   LEADER BLOCK WINE CO. & EATERY Italian

2026 Main St., Ferndale 360.306.8998,


685 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.656.5958, A board inside Drayton Harbor Oyster Company tracks when the last oyster delivery was made and how long it takes the oysters to get from the ocean to the kitchen. The record? 13 minutes. This level of freshness means oysters so good that people come from all over the globe to taste them. The intimate, casual setting will make you feel like you’re at a friend’s house.   FAT SHACK American 414 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.366.8752, Fat Shack offers a variety of burgers, wings, and their specialty: densely packed sandwiches. The typical “fat” sandwich is some combination of grilled steak and fried chicken, along with cheese and a host of sides, all pressed inside a fresh hoagie roll. It is not for the meek, or for someone looking for a salad bar. Along with its unapologetic embrace

Leader Block pairs their extensive wine list with an Italian, from-scratch menu that emphasizes flavors of the region. This upscale menu makes it a perfect spot for a date or special occasion, while the friendly Ferndale atmosphere and kids’ menu keeps it appropriate for family dinners as well.   MI MEXICO Mexican 241 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham 360.647.0073, Mi Mexico’s reputation as one of the local favorites among Mexican food lovers is well deserved. The experience starts with a warm, friendly, professional waitstaff in an enjoyable, upbeat atmosphere. From there, Mi Mexico separates itself from the competition with a choice of traditional and non-traditional Mexican dishes, all made with the freshest of ingredients available. From your first bite of Mi Mexico’s homemade salsa to the last bite of your main entree or dessert, you will already be planning your next visit.

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THE NORTH FORK BREWERY Eclectic, Bar 6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337 Pizza and beer is a pairing that truly stands the test of time. At Deming’s long-running North Fork Brewery, which opened in December of 1997, the two remain as strong as ever. The North Fork’s brews are made in small batches by their longtime brewer and his custom draft system. The old-style pub feels homey and familiar, with quirky decorations like a glass wall encasing rows and rows of beer bottles. It’s a warm, inviting place to escape the biting temperatures outside.   NORTHWATER Regional NW 4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.398.6191,

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From breakfast to late night dinner, northwater’s 185-seat restaurant features a diverse menu of Pacific Northwest dishes made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The restaurant’s waitstaff is personable and enthusiastic — eager to answer our questions about ingredient sources and what desserts they’d recommend.   ON RICE THAI CUISINE Thai 206 N. Samish Way, Bellingham, 360.714.9995 2200 Rimland Dr., Bellingham, 360.738.9995 1224 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.676.9995 Ask any college student: On Rice is the place to go in Bellingham. With its affordable lunch specials and three locations around town, it’s easy to enjoy one of On Rice’s flavorful Thai dishes. All dishes are available with chicken, pork, beef, seafood, or tofu and can be made as spicy as you want them to be.
   PEPPER SISTERS Mexican, Pacific Northwest 1055 N. State St., Bellingham 360.671.3414, Customers have been diving into their plentiful plates of comforting burritos, quesadillas, and other specialties since 1988. The spunky atmosphere only elevates the already upbeat mood of the place. With bright booths, samplings of art, and lively music, it’s nearly impossible to feel sour. Regular patrons groove to Stevie Wonder as they plunge their forks into massive burritos filled with red chili pesto, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, potatoes, green chilies, and cheese.   THE RUSTY WAGON OLD TYME FOOD CO.

Lunch • Dinner • Happy Hour Private Dining • Catering • Craft Cocktails 21 Bellwether Way #112, Bellingham • 360-714-8412



6937 Hannegan Rd., Lynden 360.354.5236, The menu at The Rusty Wagon overflows with options. Breakfast is served late and has all the diner favorites, but the burgers are clearly their specialty with a large selection on both the

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lunch and dinner menus. Don’t miss the full bar with sports screens, topshelf liquors, beer, and more. Beyond the catch phrases and cowboy hats, The Rusty Wagon is a family-friendly place to grab a burger.


SCAMPI OSTERIA Italian 4832 Alderson Rd., Blaine 360.393.4415 This Italian restaurant in Birch Bay is adjacent to The C Shop, just a short stroll from the beach. Scampi’s interior is dimly lit, with soft light entering through large windows at the front and from turned-down overhead lighting. The atmosphere has a romantic and upscale feel, with wall art adding a homier touch. The food can be described in one word: incredible. The menu is wide, and includes traditional Italian meals as well as unique seafood dishes.   SLO-PITCH SPORTS GRILL AND CASINO 3720 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.733.2255, Conveniently located right on Meridian, Slo-Pitch serves up a great burger and fries. With excellent happy hour specials in a casual, sports atmosphere, Slo-Pitch is a great place to watch the game or take a midday break.   THE STEAK HOUSE AT SILVER REEF HOTEL C ­ ASINO SPA Steak, Seafood 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.384.0777, This award-winning restaurant offers elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere. Prime-grade steaks are broiled at 1,800 degrees to lock in the natural juices and finished with a special steak butter. They also have an extensive wine list. This dining experience rivals any of the big-town steakhouses in quality and service without the big-city price tag.

The Joy of Salt November 4, 6:30 p.m. Taste sugar, spice, and everything nice at this explorative cooking class. Join chefs Stephanie Ellis and Djuna Harper to learn how salt can make or break a dish. Experiment with traditionally savory and sweet dishes, try your hand at pickling, and enhance your culinary awareness at this cutting-edge workshop. Downtown Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom 405 E. Holly St., Bellingham

Ladies’ Night Out: Downtown Sip & Shop November 8, 5 p.m. Get a head start on holiday shopping at this culinary and retail extravaganza. Savor local flavors at the pop-up wine shop and take advantage of extended business hours at all your favorite downtown shops. Visit at least nine of the “sipping stops” and earn a chance to win a “Basket of Bottles” from 16 different local breweries and distilleries. Downtown Mount Vernon S. 1st St., Mount Vernon

TEMPLE BAR Bistro, Bar 306 W. Champion St.,Bellingham 360.676.8660,

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Continually recognized for their craft cocktails and small plates, Temple Bar aims to please. In between delicious bites made from locally sourced ingredients, sip on a unique cocktail with house-made infusions and bitters.

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THE VAULT WINE BAR Bistro 277 G St., Blaine 360.392.0955, Incredibly fresh ingredients make this wine-centric restaurant, located in a former bank building, a treat for the senses. Teller cages and desks have been replaced with a sleek marble bar top and custom-made tables. Among many other delicious menu items, the talented kitchen produces flatbreadstyle pizza served on thick wooden trays, which helps keep the pie hot.   WAKE ‘N BAKERY American 6903 Bourne St., Glacier 360.599.1658, Wake ‘N Bakery is a staple rest stop along Mount Baker Highway. If you’re in need of a sweet treat and hot coffee to bring the feeling back to your numb fingers, this will fit the bill. Whether you’re traveling to or from the mountain, watch for its signs as you pass through Glacier — the cafe is about a block off the highway.

Bordeaux and Beethoven, Mozart and Merlot. Experience them all at this wine and dine event. Enjoy the soothing symphonic sounds at the “Borodin Meets Beethoven” concert, then head over to Ciao Thyme for a four-course meal. Purchase a bottle of wine or bring your own to this classic dinner-and-a-show evening. Ciao Thyme Commons 207 Unity St., Bellingham

Skagit Wine and Beer Festival November 23, 4 p.m. Indulge in a variety of local flavors at this annual festival. Hosted by Hotel Bellwether, this event offers the chance to sample gourmet foods, ciders, and beers from vendors across the state and partake in the exclusive unveiling of fine wines from select local wineries. Eaglemont 4800 Eaglemont Dr., Mount Vernon

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campi Osteria was founded by chef Giovanni “Gianni” Saffioti and partner Devon Drake in July 2019. The Italian restaurant in Birch Bay is adjacent to The C Shop, just a short stroll from the beach. After a successful career of restauranteering in California and Hawaii, Chef Saffioti loves where he’s at now. “I think that we have some fabulous food that you don’t find anywhere else. Nothing is frozen, everything is fresh,” Drake says. Scampi’s interior is dimly lit, with soft light entering through large windows at the front and from turned-down overhead lighting. The atmosphere has a romantic and upscale feel, with wall art adding a homier touch. Most of the decor comes from Chef Saffioti’s adventures to flea markets, antique shops, or beach trips. If you look close enough, you might even spot some of his personal driftwood and shell art pieces. The food can be described in one word: incredible. If you arrive around the restaurant’s opening at 5 p.m., you might


SKAGIT A’TOWN BISTRO Regional NW 418 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.4001, A’Town Bistro’s careful sourcing of ingredients, creative approach to food and drinks, and comfortable atmosphere are why it’s about to become your new go-to restaurant. Pair your meal with something off the ever-changing cocktail menu. Bitters, shrubs, and syrup are made in-house and the creative cocktails are composed by staff or sourced from a collection of vintage bartending books.  –


3320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.8000 Treasured for its fresh and local seafood, Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon has long been a favorite dining destination in Anacortes. The restaurant specializes in all-things seafood, from fried calamari to oyster burgers and grilled wild prawns. Pair your meal with a huckleberry or sarsaparilla soda, wine by the glass, hard cider, bottled beer, or a featured beer on tap.   COA MEXICAN EATERY Mexican 102 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon, 360.840.1938 214 Maple Ave., La Conner, 360.466.0267

catch a whiff of the house-made focaccia bread coming out of the oven. Dipped in the house combination of olive oil, balsamic, and garlic, this bread is the perfect start to any meal. Don’t worry about eating too much — if you have to take home leftovers, you’re only extending the experience. The bruschetta ($14), also served on the heavenly focaccia, is made with local cherry tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil. The tomatoes are sweet and juicy, contrasted with the crisp, fresh bread. It’s an absolute dream. For an entree, the Calamari Steak ($26) was my unexpected favorite. The traditionally tentacled appetizer is served as a steak-shaped entree, breaded and covered in a decadent white wine sauce. Served on a bed of asparagus, the individual flavors come out perfectly, with no one taste overwhelming another. The Papardelle Di Mare ($30) was a rich, filling, delicious dish. Fun fact: The jumbo prawns are cooked and served with the heads attached to enhance the flavor. The cream sauce was not too heavy, but perfectly complemented the pasta, prawns, scallops, and mushrooms. For dessert, the tiramisu is served in a tall, retro-style milkshake glass. After a filling meal, it’s the perfect shareable treat to end a lovely night out in Birch Bay.  4823 Alderson Rd., Blaine 360.393.4415

One bite of a taco or one sip of a margarita and you’re hooked. This eatery offers frequent customer appreciation days, offering 50 percent off food if you pay in cash. Deals and good food — what more could you want? Even on a different night, with the choice of fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, or flan, you won’t be disappointed.   DAD’S DINER A-GO-GO American 906 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.5269 Dad’s Diner A-Go-Go in Anacortes is the epitome of creative flavors and fun presentation. Add in the superior customer service in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and it’s no wonder so many locals eat here weekly. The space is decorated with framed photos of dads, most of whom are local — in appreciation of their loyal fan base. Every edible item is a labor of love, just how Dad would make it at home.   ENCORE* Epicurean Dining 5984 North Darrk Ln., Bow 360.724.0124, Located within The Skagit Casino Resort, the newly remodeled and re-energized Encore restaurant strives itself in creating everything in house from scratch by utilizing fresh and natural ingredients from locally sourced products. Inside the room, featured photographs of personalities from the music industry, recognizing The Skagit Casino Resort’s long history with entertainment; a platform that differentiates them from local competition. Take an epicurean dining adventure and discover one of the best restaurants in the region.

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Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse Perfect Pear Martini Ingredients: Tito’s vodka, St. George Pear brandy, simple syrup, fresh squeezed lime

116 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4261, Nell Thorn is seafood-heavy, so trying one of their seafood dishes is a must. Their daily specials take into account the freshest catches, but you’ll also typically find a seafood pasta, filet-topped salad, and oysters on the menu.   THE OYSTER BAR Seafood 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. Housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations, the restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its location alone. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known for its extensive wine cellar.   RAILROAD PUB & PIZZA Pizza, American 122 S. Spruce St., Burlington 360.982.2133, Railroad Pub & Pizza in downtown Burlington has all the charm of a rustic pub with quality food and drinks. The menu boasts several artisan pizza options on a 24-hour aged malted dough crust, as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches. The bar offers a multitude of taps for craft beer and ciders. The wide garage-style windows open in the summer, and the central fireplace heats the space in the winter. It’s a great place to watch a game, drink a beer, and eat some pizza.   SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Japanese

1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281,


ne of the best things about fall is the flavors that come with it. Pears, in particular, get their time to shine. At Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse — a fixture of the historic Fairhaven district for almost 50 years — the Perfect Pear Martini illuminates this succulent late-harvest fruit. This delicious cocktail tastes like you just took a bite out of a


perfectly ripe Bartlett Pear. The brandy has a warming spice finish that adds an extra layer of autumn feels. Step inside the historic brick walls of Dirty Dan’s, find a seat upstairs at the cozy bar and lounge, and order a Poached Pear Salad for the perfect “pear”ing. Devan Ballard 1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1011 |

Professional Teppanyaki chefs take you on a journey of delicious and interactive dining at Burlington’s Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and perfect seasonings, they stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast. Choose from steak and chicken to salmon and shrimp; each meal is served with soup, salad, rice, and vegetables. If it’s sushi you crave, they also offer a full sushi bar.   SALT & VINE French 913 6th St., Anacortes 360.293.2222 An international cheese, wine, and charcuterie shop, Salt & Vine offers the best of both worlds. It’s a boutique artisan grocery where you can sit down and enjoy the offerings, and then, if something tickles your fancy, you can take it home to enjoy later. While some choose to grab-n-go, others decide to stay a while. The




s a little girl, whenever my family celebrated a major holiday, we would give thanks for the food we were about to eat. Each time, I wondered why we only gave thanks on holidays and special occasions. In many cultures around the world, it’s customary to say words of gratitude before every meal. The Japanese use the phrase “Itadakimasu,” which means “I humbly receive,” and the French say “bon appetit,” which means “enjoy your meal.” This time of year, as many of us prepare to sit down and share a meal, perhaps we can extend our thanks to those who helped. Like the farmers who grew the vegetables, the rancher who raised the turkey, and the trucker who delivered it all to a local store. I consider myself a thoughtful person, but from now on I plan to think a lot more about what it is I’m really thankful for, like the pleasure of making good food for loved ones. I’m especially grateful for easy-to-prepare treats like this Pumpkin Custard, which is grain-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar. You can make it up to two days ahead, which makes it the perfect end to any Thanksgiving celebration.


PUMPKIN CUSTARD START TO FINISH TIME: 45 MINUTES (10 MINUTES ACTIVE) SERVINGS: 4 2 large eggs 1 (14-ounce) can of pumpkin puree 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice blend 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup maple syrup 3/4 cup coconut milk 4 cups boiling water • Preheat oven to 350 F. • Put kettle on to boil water. • Add eggs to a large bowl and beat lightly. • Add remaining ingredients and mix well. • Fill four 4-ounce ramekins with custard. • Place ramekins in 13 × 9 baking dish and set on middle rack of oven. • Add boiling water to baking dish to 1-inch depth. • Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. • Carefully remove from oven and set ramekins on wire rack to cool. • Serve with whipped coconut cream.  November 2019 69


Holiday Travel Beer Guide



ike many beer lovers, I have an unwieldy collection of beer-related T-shirts. One of my favorites, from Alewerks Brewing Company in Williamsburg, has an outline of the state of Virginia and reads: “Local beer tastes better.” Another, from Fortside Brewing Company in Vancouver, reads: “Drink beer from here.” These slogans are obviously encouraging residents to support their local beer communities — a sentiment I appreciate — but one could also interpret these slogans to mean you should drink beer wherever you happen to find yourself. In other words: Drink beer from “here” when you’re here, but also drink beer from “there” when you’re there. When in Rome, drinking what the Romans drink will not only ensure you get the freshest pint possible, but it’ll also help you gain a peek into a different community and culture — which is, after all, one of the best reasons to travel in the first place. As the holiday season approaches, many of us are making plans to visit relatives and friends outside of the Pacific Northwest. If you are one of these people, let me encourage you to seek out beer you may not find here at home. To help you decide what to drink in an unfamiliar market, I’ve created this handy guide to the best beers in different regions of the U.S. For the purposes of this short article, I’ve split the country into five parts: Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and our home, the Northwest.

MIDWEST What is arguably the best beer in America hails from the Midwest, specifically from the small city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. That’s where you’ll find Bell’s Brewery, whose Two Hearted Ale is one of the most delicious IPAs I’ve ever tasted. But you don’t have to take my word for it: Two Hearted Ale has been voted the best beer in America for the past three years in a row by readers of Zymurgy, a magazine for homebrewers and beer lovers. Another wonderful Midwest brewery with less national recognition is Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, Ohio. Their award-winning Dortmunder Gold Lager is worth seeking out for its clean malt flavor and zing of spicy hops.

NORTHEAST Vermont is the home of the original hazy IPA, so if you find yourself within drinking distance, seek out Heady Topper, the iconic double IPA from The Alchemist in Stowe. This beer is consistently rated one of the best beers in the country. If you find yourself closer to New York than New England, I recommend sampling some of the offerings from Brooklyn


Brewery, whose brewmaster Garrett Oliver is one of the smartest and most experienced people working in the beer world today. Try their Brown Ale for a tasty standard or, for something a bit more off the wall, get a bottle of their Sorachi Ace, a Saison with a lemony kick.

SOUTHEAST Beer lovers in the Northwest know that Bend, Oregon is the place to make a beer pilgrimage. Well, in the Southeast, that place is Asheville, North Carolina. Even national brands like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have taken notice and built east-coast facilities in the area, but you can get those beers anywhere. Instead, ask your bartender for the latest release that can’t be found west of the Smokies. Around the Atlanta area, or really anywhere throughout the South, I recommend trying Sweetwater Brewing’s 420 Extra Pale Ale, which is one of those “I could drink this all day long” sort of beers. Chances are good you’ll find it in whatever bar you happen to visit, even as far away as New Orleans and Houston.

SOUTHWEST Quite a few good California breweries distribute to the Northwest, but there’s one notable brewery that keeps its beer off our Washington shelves: Russian River Brewing, in Santa Rosa. Before Bell’s Two Hearted Ale took over the top spot in Zymurgy’s ranking of best beers in America, Russian River’s legendary double IPA, Pliny the Elder, held that spot for eight years in a row. Its scarcity is no doubt part of its appeal, but if you manage to have it on draft you’ll understand the hype. Pack a few bottles in your checked luggage and bring me back one, will you?

NORTHWEST Okay so maybe you aren’t planning to travel out of the area for the holidays, but instead you’ll be welcoming family and friends from elsewhere. What if they want to experience local beer? Well, there’s so much good beer around here that it’s hard to choose, but if it were my friends, I’d be sure they tried one of Chuckanut Brewery’s lagers (I prefer the Pilsner or the Dunkel, or the Märzen or the Vienna, or the Dortmunder or the Kölsch). I’d probably also introduce them to some Oregon beer, like one of the corked and caged bottles from pFriem in Hood River. I’ve left out approximately 7,000 breweries, of course, and also the entire beer-loving state of Colorado. But one has to draw the line somewhere. Happy travel drinking, and happy holidays. 

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Crack open Shambala Bakery and Bistro’s menu to find all-day breakfast options and an array of sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and lighter fare items such as quiche and soup. Their daily specials take advantage of what’s in season.   THIRD STREET CAFE Mexican 309 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon 360.542.5022, Third Street Cafe stands out from the many other restaurants serving locally procured, organic dishes. 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.   TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub 416 Myrtle St., Mount Vernon 360.588.4515, Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, fine dining, and English pub fare. Try traditional pub selections or more unique seafoodstyle choices. Additionally, Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with gluten-free dishes, and the option to make any dish gluten-free. Of course, a pub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews.

The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top eight this issue. Step out and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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THE UNION TAVERN — LOCAL 902 American 902 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.873.8245, Patrons can get the perfect-size dish in a flavor profile to satisfy any craving. With plenty of beers on rotation, there’s the basics plus a surprise or two. Cocktails are another highlight — you won’t find Red Bull vodkas or overly sweetened Mai Tais here. The staff uses fresh juice, quality spirits, and house-made sours and grenadine. Staffers are encouraged to create their own cocktails, and the tastiest concoctions get a place on the menu.


VAGABOND STATION Southern 2120 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.421.4227, Vagabond Station is known for its mostly Southern-style menu with a few curveballs. Dig into a prime rib sandwich, a meat-lover’s dream that is difficult to find in this day of well-done meat. Try a bowl of Vagabond Chili, the Santa Fe cornbread, or a wiscuit — biscuit dough cooked in a waffle maker. Of course, there’s crispy fried chicken and waffles, and their signature sandwich, the Yard Bird: chicken, cheddar cheese, and gravy piled onto a fresh, fluffy biscuit.


Basura Thai in Bellingham offers an array of delicious curries. For a delightful, mild flavor, try the Mussaman Curry, made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, peanuts, and coconut milk. Perfect over a bed of fluffy rice. The Jambalaya at Bayou on Bay will whisk you away to the streets of the French Quarter. The restaurant’s decor is reminiscent of Louisiana, with fleurs-de-lis adorning the walls and Mardi Gras relics on display. The jazz music might inspire dessert —  a plate of perfect Beignets. If you catch Dumpling Girls Food Truck at an event, be sure to order their dumplings (duh) but make it a meal with a Rice Noodle Bowl. You get a generous serving of noodles served in a tasty broth with plenty of veggies and your choice of meat or tofu. The newly revamped Birdsview Diner in Concrete serves delicious 1/3-pound grass-fed burgers. Order the Carnie Burger for a juicy patty with grilled onions, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, and special sauce. On the side you get a generous portion of extra-crispy fries.

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If you’re a fan of Brussels sprouts, head to Bellingham Cider Company for their mouthwatering Brussels Sprouts plate. Served with miso glaze, pickled shallots, and Braeburn apple, these veggies pair perfectly with a dry cider. For extra goodness, add bacon. What’s better than warm Polish food on a cold November night? Drop by Anelia’s Kitchen and Stage in La Conner for their Sasquatch Pierogis. A Skagit twist on the classic Eastern European fare, these savory dumplings are stuffed with mushrooms, elk, bleu cheese, and bacon. Staying at Semiahmoo Resort? Be sure to stop by Packer’s Kitchen + Bar for their Buttermilk Fried Sage & Sky Chicken Sandwich. Served with slaw and corn pudding, it’ll have you dreaming of the south. For those with a more vegan taste, the Egg Plant Lasagna from Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar in Friday Harbor is a must-try. This scratchmade Italian classic uses San Juan Pasta Company noodles and is stuffed with mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and a vegan ricotta. The Editorial Team

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DINE Dining Guide

SAN JUAN CAPTAIN WHIDBEY INN American 2072 Captain Whidbey Inn Rd., Coupeville 360.678.4097, The entire menu features down-to-earth items that are reasonably priced, locally sourced, and well-balanced. While the inn does serve as a special-occasion spot, folks dressed in shorts and a T-shirt are also welcomed. Built in 1907, Captain Whidbey Inn is a historical gem.   DOE BAY CAFÉ American 107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga 360.376.8059,



Whether you’re heading toward the San Juan Islands or don’t mind taking a trip for an unbelievable meal, be sure to make reservations at the ever-popular Doe Bay Café. Owners Joe and Maureen Brotherton have stuck to their mission of providing world-class seafood and vegetarian dishes.   FRIDAY HARBOR HOUSE Regional NW 130 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.8455,


It’s hard to beat the view of the ferry landing, marina, and San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor House — the hotel and restaurant provide a sweeping panorama of water and sky. In addition to the delicious food menu, Friday Harbor House is one of the few island restaurants to offer a full bar at brunch every day of the week.

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PRIMA BISTRO French 201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060,




A quintessential South Whidbey dining ­experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. The selection of red and white wines offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and world-class views, be sure to visit Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.


VINNY’S RISTORANTE Seafood 165 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934, Ciao! Vinny’s welcomes diners to their Friday Harbor Ristorante, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire to serve simple, gourmet Pacific Northwest seafood and modern comfort Italian. As well as a good selection of pastas, Vinny’s has seafood and meat entrees, many of them traditional favorites. The cocktail list includes the classics, along with some fun offerings.


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Holiday Festival of the Arts NOVEMBER 22–30 10 A.M.


elebrate the holidays for five weeks straight at Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 40th Holiday Festival of the Arts, an indoor event featuring 100 local crafters. The festival offers a chance for the general public to experience local fine art, connect with artists from the area, and buy gifts from local crafters. On weekends, attendees can also enjoy live music and art workshops for children. Proceeds from the festival support educational programs, arts events, and artist demonstrations.

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Celebrate 40 years of advocacy with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County’s (DVSAS) largest fundraising event of the year. DVSAS is turning back the clock to 1979, encouraging guests to dress in their favorite ‘70s fashion. The event starts with a champagne cocktail hour — featuring a silent auction, games, and hors d’oeuvres — and ends with a plated dinner, live auction, and dessert dash. Silver Reef Casino Resort 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.383.0777, RICHARD MARX NOVEMBER 9, 8 P.M.

From writing jingles to selling over 30 million records, Richard Marx has come a long way in his career. Known for his chart-topping hits “Satisfied”


CLASSICAL and “Right Here Waiting,” Marx is bringing his Grammy-winning sounds to Washington. See this legend live at this can’t-miss event! Tulalip Resort Casino 10400 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip 360.716.6000, AN UNPREDICTABLE EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN NOVEMBER 15–16, 8 P.M.

“Rock’s new Wunderkind” Todd Rundgren has been impacting the music scene since the ‘70s. From his debut album “Runt,” to groundbreaking LPs like “A Wizard, A True Star” and “The Hermit of Mink Hollow,” this singer/songwriter made waves both as an individual performer and as the founder of the rock band Utopia. Don’t miss the chance to see this rockstar up close at this “unpredictable” evening. Skagit Casino Resort 5984 N. Darrk Ln., Bow 877.275.2448,


Though he’s just shy of 40, composer and trombonist Ryan Keberle has a long resume. He’s performed with Beyoncé and David Bowie, appeared on five Grammy Award-winning albums, and even played in Saturday Night Live’s house band. Join him and the Catharsis Trio for a night of expressive, modern jazz. For those more interested in learning about the craft itself, the trio will hold a masterclass at 1:30 p.m. in WWU’s Performing Arts Center band room. Sylvia Center for the Arts 207 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.305.3524, WWU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER 15, 7:30 P.M.

Support your student symphony! Don’t miss out on Western Symphony Orchestra’s sole fall performance, a

free concert showcasing a mix of older and newer pieces. The triptych starts with Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Something for the Dark,” commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Next is “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” one of Claude Debussy’s most famous works, and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4.” WWU Performing Arts Center Concert Hall 516 High St., Bellingham 360.650.6146,

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The concert is bookended with Alexander Borodin’s lively “Symphony No. 2” — largely considered his most important work — and Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” written for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play of the same name. Between those, Israeli cellist Amit Peled plays a solo rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1,” one of the defining concertos of the 19th century.

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The quintet from Seattle wrote their first independent EP “Landlines” in the middle of winter on the San Juan Islands. Inspired by the themes and sounds of the region, Kuinka has four harmonizing singers, rock elements with folk instrumentation, and a dance beat to keep it grounded. They are not a fan of boxes, so break free for a night of great music!

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The Wild Buffalo 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.746.8733, AL STEWART NOVEMBER 7, 7:30 P.M.

Rising to fame during the ‘60s British folk scene, Al Stewart is as legit as it gets. He worked with Yoko Ono before John Lennon, is Paul Simon’s old roommate, and has a 19-album discography. Come for a night of folk rock and storytelling you’ve only heard about in legend. San Juan Community Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3201,

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This quintet is coming to Bellingham for a lively tribute to “Big O” Roy Orbison, honoring the musician’s contributions to The Traveling Wilburys and The Everly Brothers. The Lonely will perform their biggest hit “Cathy’s Clown,” as well as “Only the Lonely,” “End of the Line,” “Dream Baby,” and many, many others. Come hear these amazing covers in person. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, PAUL KLEIN NOVEMBER 14, 7:30 P.M.

Paul Klein is the leader of The Atlantics, a band that’s been playing for nearly 40 years. His music career goes back even further — he’s played solo piano and performed in various bands since 1976. He plays at Boundary Bay every Tuesday, and is the director of the Men’s Chorus at the First Congregational Church in Bellingham. Come to The Conway Muse to listen to the master sing and play blues, jazz, classical, and boogie-woogie. The Conway Muse 18444 Spruce St., Conway 360.445.3000, SEAN HAYES NOVEMBER 15, 9 P.M.

Indie/folk/soul crooner Sean Hayes is bringing an intimate evening to Bellingham’s Firefly Lounge for the second-to-last leg of his West Coast tour. Hayes — who’s toured with Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids and lent songs to HBO’s “Bored to Death” and NBC’s “Parenthood” — has eight albums under his belt, so expect a diverse collection of songs from his playbook. The Firefly Lounge 1015 N. State St., Bellingham RADKEY NOVEMBER 22, 9 P.M.

Brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon Radke’s roots lie deep in rock n’ roll. Their EPs “Cat & Mouse” and “Devil Fruit” pulled the group from underground punk shows to 76

festivals across Europe, enabling them to work with the Arctic Monkeys producer for their debut album. Come for a wild night! The Shakedown 1212 N. State St., Bellingham 360.778.1067 JESSE COOK NOVEMBER 23, 7:30 P.M.

New age and world music musician Jesse Cook is bringing his world tour to Bellingham in this upcoming concert. Originally from Paris, Cook moved around a lot in pursuit of his music. His debut album “Tempest” made waves at the Catalina Jazz Festival, propelling his momentum and leading to the creation of an award-winning follow-up album and other award nominations. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080,


iDiOM Theater presents a tale of romantic blunders and endless miscommunication in this 3-in-1 production. Watch each individual play, “Table Manners,” “Living Together,” and “Round and Round the Garden” in any order, or binge them all during marathon performances on November 23 and November 30. The performances are on a rotating schedule for all of November. Sylvia Center for the Arts 207 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.305.3524, I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY NOVEMBER 21–24, TIMES VARY

San Juan Community Theatre introduces the local production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” In the performance, “the butterfly behind barbed wire” serves as an emblem of hope and defiance from the Jewish children transported through the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust. Don’t forget to bring your tissues to this one. San Juan Community Theatre —  Whittier Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210,


Broadway meets Bellingham in this quirky musical about mistaken identity. Banker Bobby Child is heading from New York to Nevada to foreclose on a local theater, but gets more than he bargained for when he falls for Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. Get swept up in the hilarity as you watch Bobby sing, dance, and romance his way into Polly’s heart while trying to save the theater. Shows run through December 15. Bellingham Theatre Guild 1600 H St., Bellingham 360.733.1811


Don’t let the stress get to you this season. Join Naturopathic doctor Carrie Wine in learning natural methods for stress management. Let lemon balm and lavender calm you as you create your own stress-relieving tea. Take your senses on a soothing adventure at this tranquil seminar. Downtown Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom 405 E. Holly St., Bellingham FOWL FUN RUN NOVEMBER 9, 10 A.M.

Go for the gold and the gobble in the 41st annual Fowl Fun Run 5k and 10k races. Enjoy running on flat, low-traffic roads. Compete against other racers for the chance to win fun Thanksgiving prizes, and earn an extra special award by beating Tom the Turkey in the 10k. This holiday run is open to all ages. Mount Vernon Christian School 820 W. Blackburn Rd., Mount Vernon HEMP, CBD, AND HEALTH NOVEMBER 18, 6:30 P.M.

Christy King discusses the healing qualities of hemp in this class. Learn how to integrate hemp remedies into your lifestyle, sample natural CBD products, and discover new recipes to

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For the fourth year in a row, Lydia Place is partnering with The Upfront Theatre for this evening of laughs. This benefit event raises money for and awareness of homelessness. Come for food, drink, and laughs. It will be a night of great improvisational comedy!


Want to learn how to manage autoimmune disease symptoms? This workshop will explore the science behind auto-immune disease pain management and discuss natural ways to introduce those management techniques into your lifestyle. Stop by, grab a refreshment, and take control of your health for only $20. Makers Compounding Pharmacy & Hallmark 221 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.757.6677, GIVE THANKS 5K NOVEMBER 28, 9 A.M.

Start your Thanksgiving morning with the Give Thanks 5K run. The course travels along Railroad Trail and ends at the Barkley Haggen, with a total incline of only 158 feet. For those who are feeling competitive as well as grateful, prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third-place winners. Barkley Haggen Gazebo 2900 Woburn St., Bellingham


Support your local fire department at this annual craft fair and fundraiser. Hosted by the South Lake Whatcom Fire Auxiliary, this event will offer 15 local on-site vendors, a raffle, beverages, baked goods, and more. All proceeds go to purchasing equipment for the fire department, so stop by for a good cause and a good time. Glenhaven Clubhouse 2997 Glenhaven Dr., Sedro-Woolley 360.595.0130,

NOVEMBER 6, 6:30 P.M.


The Upfront Theatre 1208 Bay St., Bellingham 360.733.8855,





If winter sports are your passion, you can’t miss this event! This film by Warren Miller Entertainment, the namesake studio of the late iconic filmmaker, marks the 70th anniversary of his first film. “Timeless” is packed with legendary skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes around the world. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080,

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A farmer’s market with a holiday twist — don’t miss your chance to stock up on produce and other foods for the holidays at this two-day event. Enjoy live music as you chat with local vendors and maybe even nab the perfect, unique holiday present. Grab your friends, grab a bite, and grab some goodies at this annual market.


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Anacortes Events Center 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.293.7922 DECK THE OLD CITY HALL NOVEMBER 29, 12:00 P.M.

Get a jump on the holiday season in your community by visiting Whatcom Museum’s annual holiday exhibition. Explore a “decked out” Old City Hall, including a variety of decorated holiday trees and other winter decorations. Take your kids to visit Santa and learn how to make your own holiday crafts. Admission is by donation, so get into the spirit of giving at this unveiling.


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Fairhaven’s Winterfest will begin with Father Christmas making an appearance in the gazebo to hear Christmas wishes! This festival will continue until December 21, with many family-friendly holiday events set to take place. On Saturdays, live music and the sound of horse carriages will fill the festive streets of Fairhaven. Fairhaven Village Green 1207 10th St., Bellingham 206.696.2671, ISLAND LIGHTS FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 30, 5:15 P.M.

Celebrate the approaching Christmas season in Friday Harbor with the Island Lights Festival, which kicks off the local Winterfest. Hot cocoa, caroling, and Santa unveiling the spectacular festive lighting all await at this annual community event. Brickworks 150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor 360.378.5240,



Step into a world of grandeur and beauty as Allied Arts of Whatcom County unveils its newest series: “Luxurious Order.” Enjoy the works of various local artists such as Elizabeth Cunningham, Tore Ofteness, Courtney Putnam, and Lori Van Etta. Get inspired by the collages, photos, feature paintings, and more at this gallery event. Allied Arts of Whatcom County 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.676.8548,

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Around 40 local artists will show off their work in nearly as many mediums. Acrylics, photography, watercolor, glass, welding, woodworking, and many more artforms will be on display. The artists will be present and their work will be available for purchase. Camano Center 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island 360.387.0222,

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BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF HOPE On September 28, Compass Health held their annual Building Communities of Hope Gala at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. The event raised more than $288,000, which will go towards supporting young people struggling with behavioral health challenges or whose lives have been affected by addiction. The funds, raised by over 500 people in attendance, will primarily be directed towards two programs: Camp Outside the Box and Camp Mariposa. Camp Outside the Box is presented by Compass Health’s Wraparound Intensive Services (WISe) team, which has eight teams located throughout five counties. Camp Mariposa is held through a partnership with the Eluna Network. Lindsey Major Photographs courtesy of Compass Health




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