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Published May 20, 2015 A supplement of the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record
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Play Whatcom Experiencing Our Big Backyard Table of Contents 2. Mount Baker Hikes 5. County Sports 8. Learning Fun 10. Wineries 13. Downtown Sounds 14. Indoor Fun 15. Food Trucks 15. Running 20. Parks 22. Breweries 23. Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema
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Explore Mt. Baker’s magnificent high country Low winter snowpack opened all trails early The road all the way up to Artist Point, at the end of the Mt. Baker Highway, is already open, far earlier than ever before due to the extremely low snowpack of winter 2014-15. It opened in May when it’s usually July. That’s great news for access to high-country hiking trails — as well as for the standard windshield traveler. In fact, trails were clear for weeks and months earlier than normal at lower elevations. Artist Point, with a parking lot at about 5,140 feet, offers amazing views in all directions, with Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan seemingly within arm’s reach. Restrooms and interpretive displays accommodate the casual visitor, and with binoculars you could spot some mountain goats on the steep slopes. Whether it’s just taking in the vistas and crisp alpine air or actually setting off on a trek — a relatively easy scramble is up nearby Table Mountain — the road to Artist Point can be the starting point. Now, always keep in mind where the current snow level is, suggests Larry Lober, retired from Forest Service recreation and still a volunteer at the Mount Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley. If the level is at 4,500, expect to be crunching through some snow on the higher trails. Hiking options off the last 2.7 miles of highway are: Chain Lakes, Lake Ann and Ptarmi-
Winchester Lookout provides gorgeous views of Mount Baker. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)
gan Ridge leading to Coleman Pinnacle and Camp Kiser. Lober suggests hikers check out the reconditioned Ridley Creek Trail that was finally returned to good form in late 2014, after years of disrepair, jointly by the Forest Service and Washington Trail Association. Lober hiked Ridley Creek in April of this year and he highly recommends it.
The access is off Mosquito Lake Road into the Middle Fork drainage. Go south from the Mt. Baker Highway to just before the Middle Fork bridge, Forest Service Road 38, which goes 13 miles in to the trailhead. Your destination can be the Park Butte lookout, which is otherwise reached with a Schreibers Meadow approach from the southeast. Another hike recom-
mended by Lofer, especially with the early snow clearing, is the Damfino Lakes Trail. Canyon Creek Road (to the left just past Glacier) climbs 15 miles to trail’s start, and then you’re on to enjoying the meadows and wildflowers of the magnificent High Divide. It’s always good to check in at the Glacier Public Service Center, 10091 Mt. Baker Highway, to fill up water bottles,
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hit the restrooms, and get the latest information from hikers who have been up ahead of you and logged in their comments. These are some of the popular access roads off the Mt. Baker Highway: • Church Mountain • Welcome Pass and High Divide • Excelsior Peak • Twin Lakes, also to Yellow Aster Butte and Tomyhoi Lake • Hannegan Pass, also access to Goat Mountain • Wells Creek, but closed for wildlife habitat at mile 0.8 to June 30 • Glacier Creek, the most popular route for climbing Mount Baker, to Heliotrope Ridge overlooking glaciers and to Grouse Butte There are innumerable ways into the lofty mountain grandeur that defines eastern Whatcom County and the Mt. Baker area. Find a route in, and explore! Chain Lakes is a popular trail choice at the upper end of the Mt. Baker Highway. (Tim — Calvin Bratt Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)
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Bells, United FC, Blazers provide year-round fun for sports fans Whatcom County offers fun and exciting recreational opportunities yearround, and the same is true when it comes to being a spectator on the local sports scene. Between the Bells, Bellingham United FC and the Blazers, there’s always a team to pull for, no matter the time of year. Bellingham Bells Catch a ballgame this summer and cheer for the defending West Coast League champion Bellingham Bells, a summer, wood-bat baseball team made up of collegiate players from across the country. Headlining the summer slate is the 2015 WCL All-Star Game, which the Bells will host in Bellingham on July 20. The game will feature the league’s top players and be preceded by a home run derby. The Bells play their home games in the Civic Athletic Complex at Joe Martin Field, which will be sporting new, all-weather, synthetic turf this season after renovations this spring. Joe Martin Field has its place in history as the site where former Seattle Mariners superstar Ken Griffey Jr. made his professional debut in 1987 for the Bellingham Mariners, one of the city’s previous teams. Fellow Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez is also among the notables to have played Joe Martin Field for the Bellingham Mariners, and several former Bells have gone on to play in the major leagues. The season’s Bells roster is highlighted by players from
Soccer action, whether indoor or outdoor, is at the Civic Athletic Complex in Bellingham. (Courtesy photo/Bellingham United FC) the University of Washington, Washington State University and Gonzaga University, as well as several players from powerhouse collegiate programs Stanford and Arizona State. Burlington native Walker Olis and Mount Vernon native Aaron Stroosma are also on the team. The Bells’ regular season spans from June 5 to Aug. 9 and includes a number of weekly promotions.
Family Fun Day Sundays (June 7, 21 and 28; Aug. 2 and 9) feature a number of children’s activities provided with the price admission, including face painting, balloon art and a bounce house. On $2 Tuesdays (June 16 and 30; July 7 and 21), with the purchase of a full-price ticket, you can get a second ticket for just $2. There will also be $2 food and beverage specials on select items.
On Salute to Armed Forces Wednesdays (June 17; July 1, 8 and 22), special ceremonies honor current and former members of the United States military before and after the games. Throwback Thursdays (June 18; July 2, 23) will recognize the former teams, players and coaches that have contributed to the rich See Sports on 6
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Bellingham Blazers hockey starts in September. Below: Joe Martin Field comes alive with Bellingham Bells baseball games all summer. (Courtesy photos)
baseball history of the region. Championship Fridays (June 5, 19, 26; July 10, 31; Aug. 7) will honor champions from a variety of different athletics and activities throughout the community. In addition, Mom Day Monday on July 6 will provide special recognition, discounts and giveaways for all mothers in attendance. And on July 19, the first 750 fans will receive a commemorative Bells championship ring figurine. Single-game tickets are on sale, while ticket information for the 2015 WCL All-Star Game has yet to be announced. Visit www.bellinghambells.com for the
Play Whatcom 2015 Bells’ schedule and other details. Bellingham United FC Soccer fans can root on Bellingham United FC, a local year-round semi-pro team that includes a number of former Western Washington University players. From late April through July, the team, also known as the Hammers, holds its home matches at Civic Stadium. The Hammers play in the Evergreen Premiere League, an elite men’s soccer league in Washington state for college and post-collegeage players. In the winter, from November to February, Bellingham United plays in the Western Indoor Soccer League and holds its matches in the Bellingham Sportsplex, also on the Civic campus. The Hammers advanced to the WISL championship game in February in See Sports on 11
Competition in Bellingham United F.C.’s matches can get physical. (Courtesy photos)
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Learning the fun way
The megazapper at the Spark Museum in Bellingham is a sure attention-getter. (Courtesy photo) Whatcom County makes education fun. With a variety of museums and historical areas throughout the county, finding something new to learn about proves simple. Lynden Pioneer Museum 217 Front St., Lynden lyndenpioneermuseum.com From one of the nation’s largest collection of horsedrawn buggies located in the basement to the remake of Lynden’s historic Front Street on the main floor, this pioneerfocused museum has a vari-
ety of exhibits that tell of the founding of Lynden and its early growth. Also expect plenty of World War II heritage, exhibits on agriculture and a gift shop. Hovander Homestead House 5299 Nielsen Rd., Ferndale Along with a tremendous park full of nature, animals, gardens and playgrounds, Hovander Homestead Park is also home to the Hovander House. This historic home, manor-like in appearance, was built with 52,000 board feet of handpicked clear Western Red
Cedar and Douglas Fir. Scandinavian design elements, such as large windows and sculpting patterns, were used in this six-room, two-story home. The house — completed in 1903 and lived in until 1969 — and one of the county’s largest barns nearby offer up tours for the summer. Pioneer Park 2004 Cherry St., Ferndale Ferndaleheritagesociety.com Picnics were a big deal in the early 1900s. Pioneer Park in Ferndale was created from
four acres of uncut Western Red Cedar trees purchased by the Whatcom County Old Settlers Association in 1901 for holding its annual picnic. In 1925 a dance hall and headquarters were constructed at the entrance to the park. Other abandoned pioneer log structures started getting moved to the park in 1935 and now the preserved buildings, 15 in all, show the regional style of rustic pioneer architecture. The cabins are open for tours in the summer.
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1801 Roder Ave., Bellingham marinelifecenter.org The free Marine Life Center lets visitors see what lurks beneath Bellingham Bay. The outdoor center showcases marine life and habitat of the bay, Puget Sound and the Washington coast with a “touch pool” for a more personal experience. Mindport Exhibits 210 W. Holly St., Bellingham mindport.org A museum of hands-on science, Mindport is all about exploration, observation, creativity, play and fun. Mindport wants visitors to imagine things and use materials and products to explore creativity. Many of the exhibits can be touched and accessed, showing that “sophisticated machinery and electronics aren’t necessary” for understanding.
Whether marine life or hands-on science, you can explore it in Bellingham. (Courtesy photo)
Museum offers a glimpse into the region’s nautical past by exploring the history of the native Coast Salish nations, Pacific Northwest explorers and the craftsmen who have created watercraft in this area for Bellingham Maritime over 100 years. From canoes to Museum 800 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham sailing ships and even military Bellinghammaritimemuseum. ships, enjoy an array of examples of vessels that toured the org The Bellingham Maritime waters, along with the equipment that helped them do it.
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Whatcom a rural wine showcase Wine in Whatcom County is all about passion — not just for the vintners, but also for the consumers who keep them in business. It has to be in order for the industry to grow at its current pace. While it may seem counter-intuitive for vintners to set up wine-making shops so far from the Eastern and Central Washington vineyards that supply them, there are some very good reasons Whatcom County has about a dozen wineries all trying to tempt your palate. “Retail is seasonal in Eastern Washington,” said Bill Kimmerly, describing why, after seven years of wine-making in that region, he finally moved to Bellingham in 2011. Kimmerly and his partner Jennifer own Masquerade Wine Company. Both have a background in biotechnology, which had a hand in fostering their interest in wine and fermentation. But as a relatively small yet experienced wine maker, Kimmerly decided he needed to move to Western Washington because that’s where most of the wine drinkers in the state actually live. Like most small wineries, Masquerade has no distributor relationship, doing direct sales to consumers and tasters or selling directly to local groceries, wine shops and restaurants. Masquerade, located at 2001 Iowa St., also maintains the Market Cellars Tasting Room in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. That room features wines from Whatcom County’s oldest and largest estate winery, Mount Baker Vineyards. Estate wineries are rare enough in Western Washington. But Mount Baker Winery’s Deming-area location makes it a truly unique operation. Growing grapes in a cooler climate like the Pacific Northwest means making deliberate choices about grape
Mount Baker Vineyards is Whatcom County’s oldest and largest estate winery. (File photo) types. One thing is for certain, only some types of grapes will do well in cooler climates, and reds are not among them. That’s why the Mount Baker Vineyards tasting room, located at 4298 Mt. Baker Highway, offers an educational and enjoyable experience all in one. Not only does Mount Baker offer plenty of red wines made on-site (from crush imported from other appellations), it also offers tasters a chance to sample some rare white varietals that are bound to change many a mind and broaden horizons. Mount Baker does that with just a half-dozen acres, making it the largest grape grower in Whatcom County. However, even with that status, the final balance of estate wine (from grapes grown on site) and the rest is, during the
best years, a 50-50 split. It’s no secret among wine-makers that red wines are popular and tend to dominate the discussion. However, pairing wine with the vast locally grown bounty of food demands a wide variety of wine types. Kimmerly, who is the current president of the Whatcom Wineries Association, said tourists and local winelovers alike can obtain a map for guiding themselves on a tour of local wineries. With two in Blaine, several in the east county and a pocketful in Bellingham, it may take more than a day to take them all in. Part of the appeal of touring in Whatcom County, Kimmerly said, is the intimate rural and farm settings that are offered. Samson Estates Winery of Everson, for example, keeps a full-service wine
tasting facility with the best of them, in order to showcase its signature array of berry wines. Dakota Creek Winery offers a smaller but elegant setting designed by owner Ken Peck. All of these offerings measure up well compared to the industrial setting of Woodinville’s wine district. “The rural and farm settings in Whatcom County really capture the imagination of wine lovers,” Kimmerly said. For more information about Whatcom wineries, visit www.whatcomwineries. com. Tours of local wineries are offered by some local companies, including Northwest Limousine Service. Visit limobellingham.com or call 360-220-0207 and ask about wine tours.
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Sports Continued from 7 the league’s inaugural season. Single-game tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and the military. For Bellingham United’s schedule and other details, visit www.bellinghamunited. com. Bellingham Blazers Experience the fastpaced excitement of hockey and support the Bellingham Blazers, a junior hockey team (ages 16 to 20) that plays in the Northern Pacific Hockey League. The Blazers have enjoyed a tremendous level of success recently, having advanced to the finals three years in a row and won two of the last three Cascade Cups (the league champion-
The West Coast League All-Star Game will be in Bellingham on Monday, July 20. (Courtesy photo)
ship). The Blazers play their home games at the Bellingham Sportsplex and their season spans from September to February, with the playoffs extending into
March. The team includes several local products, as well as players from all over Washington state and the western part of the continent. For the team’s sched-
ule, ticket information and other details, visit www.bellinghamblazers.pointstreaksites.com. — Cameron Van Til
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Welcome to Whatcom County, a northwest paradise of small towns steeped in cultural heritage and history, and nestled perfectly between the big-city life inVancouver, British Columbia to the north and Seattle to the south. Outdoor enthusiasts will find nothing lacking as the Whatcom playground goes from saltwater shores to the towering Cascades, framed by the ever-present Mount Baker, to the east. Whether you come for a day, a week or a lifetime, one thing you will know for certain: You are in the right place!
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Downtown Sounds back in central Bellingham For the past 10 summers, Bellingham’s Downtown Sounds has provided visitors with a wide variety of musical acts for their enjoyment. The five weeks of Downtown Sounds kicks off on July 1 and runs every Wednesday night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 6. The award-winning event effectively takes over the 1300 block of Bellingham’s Bay Street on those evenings, and serenades attendees with free music. Local food vendors also set up shop there, and the Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro joins with the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention to provide the popular beverage garden. This is the lineup: July 1
Headliner: Third World Opener: Yogoman July 8 Headliner: Acorn Project Opener: McTuff July 15 Headliner: Polecat Opener: The New Triumph July 22 Headliner: Ayron Jones and the Way Opener: The Scott Pemberton Trio July 29 Headliner: Five Alarm Funk Opener: Baby Cakes For more information about Downtown Sounds and other happenings in downtown
For five consecutive Wednesdays, Downtown Sounds will bring music to downtown Bellingham. (File photo) Bellingham, visit http://www. downtownbellingham.com/ downtownsounds. According to the Downtown Sounds website, the Levitt AMP Bellingham Music
Series is supported in part by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free outdoor concert series in America. — Brent Lindquist
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Test your climbing skill at Vital Climbing. (Courtesy photo)
Trampolines, climbing walls, bowling and skating Even if the weather isn’t cooperating outside, there are still plenty of opportunities for exciting, active fun indoors in Whatcom County. From trampoline parks to climbing walls to bowling and more, these are just some of the fun-filled indoor features for all ages.
Trampoline Zone Jump to your heart’s content and enjoy a variety of fun activities for all ages and skill levels at Trampoline Zone, Bellingham’s one and only trampoline park. Located at 4201 Meridian St. near Bellis Fair Mall, this 18,000-square-foot facility features free jumping areas, foam pits, a dodgeball court, a slackline, a rope ladder, a ninja course and a special area for dunking basketballs. Also included are a designated kid zone and four party rooms that can be booked for groups. Offered each week are
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The Trampoline Zone is new at 4201 Meridian St. in Bellingham, tucked a bit out of view but worth discovering for all-ages fun. (Courtesy photo) a number of special events: Family Night on Mondays, Two for Tuesdays, Mindcraft Wednesdays, College Night on Thursdays (8-10 p.m.) and Late Night Flight on Fridays. Trampoline Zone is open every day of the week — noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon to midnight on Fridays and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays. For jumpers taller than 46 inches, the cost is $9 per hour Monday through Thursday and $11 per hour Friday through
Sunday. For shorter jumpers, the cost is $6 per hour Monday through Thursday and $9 per hour Friday though Sunday. Visit www.trampolinezone.net or call 360-255-0722 for more details. Jump Around Fun Zone With large bounces and a giant slide, Jump Around Fun Zone is a kid’s paradise. The Fun Zone provides an excellent opportunity for children to exercise, make friends and, as the name implies, have
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fun. The Fun Zone, located at 4600 Guide Meridian Rd. in Bellingham, is designed for kids age 10 and under and less than five feet tall. Adults can enjoy a spacious seating area and Wi-Fi, along with the peace of mind in knowing their kids are safe. Placing a strong priority on ensuring a safe, clean environment, the Fun Zone has a check-in system, safety gates and no blind spots, allowing kids to be kept track of at all times.
The Fun Zone offers an array of party packages, each of which comes with a room. Additional options include pizza, cake, goody bags and more. The Fun Zone is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $8 all day for children ages 2-10, while kids under age 2 are free. In-and-out privileges can be enjoyed for no extra charge. Specials include two-for-one admissions on Thursdays and See Indoor on 16
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Western Washington University students, families, military, police and firefighters get special rates at Vital Climbing, 1421 N. State St. (Courtesy photo)
Indoor Continued from 16 half-price during the last hour of every day. Visit www.jumparoundfunzone.com or call 360-6475867 for more details. YMCA climbing wall If you’re up for a funfilled challenge, check out the climbing wall at the Bellingham YMCA, located at 1256 N. State St. The climbing wall offers something for all skill levels, including a short wall, a bouldering section and a big wall with a wide range of routes. Beginning in the basement and rising three stories high, the big wall was at one point the tallest climbing wall in the state. Climbing is free for all YMCA members, and day passes are available at the service desk for non-members. Harnesses are provided, instructors are available to belay, and no previous climbing experience is required. The YMCA offers climbing classes for all ages and special climb times for families, certified climbers, teens and wom-
en. For parties, the climbing wall and a party room can be rented upon reservation. For details on schedules, classes, programs and more, visit www.whatcomymca.org/ climbing-wall. Call 360-7338630 for reservations or questions. Vital Climbing Vital Climbing, located at 1421 N. State St., is another excellent option for those interesting in climbing. Vital is a boulderingonly gym that offers a variety of routes to hone your skills. Bouldering, one of the main styles of climbing, is done low enough to the ground that the only necessary safety equipment is a pad to land on. Climbers must be at least 5 years old. Any climber under age 18 needs a signed parental waiver, and a parent must be present for any climber under age 16. For non-members, Vital is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and single-day passes cost $12. In addition, there are options for five-day and 10day pass punch cards as well as a monthly or yearly membership. Climbing shoes are available to rent; bringing your own socks is encouraged. Members have access to Vital at any time — 24 hours
per day, seven days a week. Membership rates include discounts for Western Washington University students, families, the military, firemen and policemen. Instructional clinics are offered as well. For a clinic schedule and more details about Vital, visit www.vitalclimbinggym.com or call 360-399-6248. 20th Century Bowl Who doesn’t enjoy going bowling? Built more than 50 years ago and recently remodeled, 20th Century Bowl is a 16-lane bowling alley located in historic downtown Bellingham at 1411 N. State St. It’s the perfect place for some friendly competition with family and friends, and also features the delicious food of Century Café, an Internet jukebox and arcade games. 20th Century Bowl is open all seven days of the week, with rates varying from $2.55 to $3.80 per game/per person. 20th Century Bowl makes for a great birthday or company party, and offers special deals for both. Competitive bowlers, meanwhile, can try their hand in both fall/winter leagues and spring leagues at 20th Century Bowl. For more details, visit
www.20thcenturybowl.com or call 360-734-5250. Lynden Skateway If it’s old-fashioned roller skating you yearn for, the Lynden Skateway is the place to be. There aren’t many skating rinks around anymore. Summer open skating starts June 17 and continues on all Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. (Saturdays to 4 p.m.) It’s open skating on Friday and Saturday evenings as well. All-ages family skate is 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Skateway, 421 Judson Street Alley downtown, has been a fixture in Lynden for a long time — this property may be on the very site of the town’s founding. Weekend skating is $6$6.50 per skater 6 and older, $4.50 for younger. Renting skates is $2-$3 more. Various packages of birthday parties are offered. It’s also possible to get private lessons and private rental times at the Skateway. The location is south of Front Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Contact directly at LyndenSkateway@hotmail.com or 360-354-3851. — Cameron Van Til
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Grabbing a bite on the go Food trucks are a trend on the rise, and a number of them call Whatcom County home. The most popular one, according to a variety of online sources, is StrEAT Food. The trailer makes its way around Whatcom County, specifically Bellingham and Ferndale, showing up at various places throughout the week. • StrEAT Food offers a mix of different types of food, from traditional American cheeseburgers to more exotic fare, such as pitas and numerous vegetarian options. StrEAT Food puts a premium on offering healthy and unique options. Visit StrEATFood.me for more information, including where the trailer is located each day. • For the barbecue lover, Bare Bones Bar-B-Q serves pork and beef barbecue options, as well as beef ribs aplenty. Sides include baked beans, home-
made coleslaw, rice, chips and red baked potatoes, all for just a dollar extra each. Visit BareBonesBarBQ.com for more information. • JT’s Smokin BBQ is another barbecue favorite operating in Whatcom County. The business began in Lynden, but has since moved into Bellingham, operating at Kushan Brewery, with upcoming trips planned to the Lynden Raspberry Festival and Everson City Park. Check JTsSmokinBBQ.com for more information. • Super Mario’s, located at 1422 N. Forest St. in Bellingham, offers authentic Salvadorian food, including pupusas, wonder burritos, tamales, tacos, fajitas and more. A second truck is coming soon, according to the restaurant’s website: Super-Marios. com. • Cicchitti’s East Coast Pizza offers Italian fare all over the
StrEAT Food’s menu is constantly changing, and features local fare. (Courtesy photo/StrEAT Food) county, using Facebook primarily to advertise the truck’s whereabouts. The menu includes pizzas, calzones and oven grinders. Visit the Cicchitti’s Pizza Facebook page for the current location of the truck, as well as the menu.
Many, many more food trucks roll around Whatcom County on a daily basis. Check Facebook, Yelp or other online services to find even more favorites. — Brent Lindquist
Whatcom full of running options Is running your thing? Whatcom County is the place for finding an urban trail or country road to get the legs moving and heart pumping — to say nothing of enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Fourth Corner. As for a little competition, you can count on a benefit 5K fun run or a more challenging test of speed happening around here just about every weekend. The Greater Bellingham Running Club (www.gbrc.net) is one key connection for all things running. An events calendar keeps you in the know for planning ahead, and the $30 annual membership gets you into at least a dozen runs gratis. Need to do some training first? Trail runs of 2.5 miles
(kids) and 5 miles are offered each Thursday evening in Bellingham parks, in cooperation with the city parks department. Another great local resource is Fairhaven Runners (fairhavenrunners.com), a store first (1209 11th St. in historic Fairhaven), but a fair bit more too. The posted race calendar is loaded, covering runs from B.C. to Seattle. Or you can tap into store clinics and fitness forums, learn about injury prevention and recovery, do drop-in runs and walks. How about setting a 30-day challenge for yourself, then keeping it up? They’ll help. Ready to go? Let’s hit the trail. One popular event each July is the 7-mile Chuckanut Foot Race, boasting a lot of
history as well as beauty. Begun in 1967, it’s one of the oldest ongoing runs in the state. The route starts in Marine Park, uses the Interurban Trail (former railroad right-of-way) tucked between hillside and saltwater, and ends in Larrabee State Park. Runner registration is capped at 1,300. Rising in popularity is the Runner Relay Northwest Passage, July 17-18 this year, a 200-mile relay team event stretching from Blaine on the Canada border to Langley on Whidbey Island. Registration opened on May 15 and was expected to fill up fast. Then Whatcom County’s signature running event is the Bellingham Bay Marathon, with half-marathon, 10K and 5K options too, all on Sept. 25, 2015. The full marathon starts
at the far point of the Lummi peninsula, circles around Bellingham Bay and ends in downtown Bellingham. The finish line becomes a festival zone. But running doesn’t have to be just the super-duper distance. Plenty of folks enjoy the community and charitablecause feel of a simple 5K (3.1mile) run. These are some of the 5Ks happening in Whatcom County this summer (at 9 a.m. unless noted otherwise): • May 30, Color Me 5K, Lynden High School • June 7 (10 a.m.), Highland Games 5K, Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale • 5 miles: June 13 (10 a.m.), Race Beneath the Sun, See Running on 24
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County parks are as varied as they are numerous Whatcom Falls Park 360-676-6985 Whatcom Falls Park, established in 1908, is a 241-acre in-city park, filled with a collection of waterfalls and easily accessible trails. The Chuckanut sandstone bridge, built in 1939, is a tremendous vantage point to view the falls that pour into Whatcom Creek. Pathways are well maintained with frequent interludes with the creek. Updated facilities include two picnic shelters, playgrounds, multi-purpose fields, a basketball court, tennis courts, barbecues, picnic tables, restrooms, trails, interpretive displays, a fish hatchery and parking. Whatcom Creek Gorge provides dramatic waterfall views and sounds.
Educational signage about local fish is located at the fish hatchery. Trailheads into the park are located off a bunch of the surrounding streets and avenues: Woburn, Electric, Kansas, Flynn, Iowa and Erie, to name a few. For more information on the history and points of interest in the park, visit the City of Bellingham’s Cornwall Park office. Larrabee State Park 360-902-8844 Larrabee is located on historic Chuckanut Drive with beach access, green space and trail access. It is a great destination park, complete with a historic drive and district nearby. Berthusen Park
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Play Whatcom 2015 Birch Bay and Birch Bay State Park Contact: Chamber of Commerce/Visitor’s Center 360-371-5004 Take the kids and grandparents alike to Birch Bay in the summer to play in the sand, eat ice cream at the C Shop or picnic at Birch Bay State Park to the south. Quaint bayside shops and merchants sell sunglasses and T-shirts. For a special treat and a little excitement, be sure to get your feet wet and participate in the community-wide sandcastle contest held each August. Waterslides, bicycling around the bay, and eating a picnic lunch fill up the day. Boulevard Park South State Street & Bayview Drive, Bellingham 360-676-6985 Boulevard Park along the waterfront between the downtown and Fairhaven is a perfect place to play, picnic or simply relax while basking in the beauty of the Bellingham Bay. A playground keeps the kids busy while a paved walkway provides the perfect place to walk, jog or roller blade, if you wish. Memorial benches provide places to sit for a snack and a chat when the walk is finished. While there, you are likely to see a freight or Amtrak train pass by, sailboats glide across the bay, or at dusk be able to witness a spectacular Northwest sunset over the water silhouetting the downtown. Park hours are dawn to dusk. Black Mountain Forestry Center 9006 Silver Lake Rd., Maple Falls 360-599-1738 Want an experience that is fun and educational and will take your breath away? Head to the Black Mountain Forestry Center for a mini-bus ride to the 2,000-foot level above the valley floor, visit a home built out of a gigantic cedar tree (now a museum), and learn about harvesting and using timber products. The Black Mountain Forestry Center is located across from the Silver Lake Park entrance and is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day through
Labor Day. Deming Homestead Eagle Park Truck Road (off the Mt. Baker Highway east of the Nooksack Casino), Deming Watch the most majestic of birds, the eagles, soar through the sky or feast upon salmon from the Nooksack River. A trail with interpretive signs tells about the eagles and their habitat in the Pacific Northwest. You will also see habitat restoration projects and learn about Northwest ecology. On a clear day, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Twin Sisters and other mountain scenery. Hovander Homestead Park & Tennant Lake Interpretive Center 5299 Nielsen Rd., Ferndale 360-384-3444/360-384-3064 Experience a day on the farm at Hovander Homestead Park, once the home of the Hovander family. Walk through barns full of antique farm machinery, see pigs and pet rabbits, and giggle at the chickens, then feed the ducks and geese. Take a long climb up a tower for a beautiful view of the grounds and tour the 100-yearold homestead’s large home. On a short drive or walk from Hovander, stop over at the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center where you can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a fragrance garden designed for the blind and sighted to appreciate. Another tower overlooks Tennant Lake, the wetlands and the gardens. Lynden City Park 8460 Depot Rd., Lynden Enjoy a beautiful day in pristine Lynden City Park. Romp around on the impressive Million Smiles playground (considered by some the best playground in all of Whatcom County), wade in Fishtrap Creek, once the center of a Native tribal village, or wander down the Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail from the park into residential neighborhoods. For family gettogethers or other group events, covered dining and kitchen areas are available by reservation. Park hours are 7:30 a.m. to dusk, unless you have a kitchen reservation.
Pioneer Park 2002 Cherry St., Ferndale 360-384-0792/360-384-4302 Step back in time with a tour of Pioneer Park. Over a dozen log buildings, some more than 100 years old, are filled with relics and antiques. Visit the post office, the church, the granary and the old country store and hear stories of what it was like growing up as a pioneer in Ferndale. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, end of Koehn Road, Ferndale The newest park in Whatcom County officially opened on Memorial Day 2009 and features 54 acres and 1,900 feet of saltwater beach. Enjoy a fully accessible 3/4-mile trail through wooded wetlands to scenic overlooks and beach. Low tide allows visitors to experience abundant sea life usually hidden. A switchback path descends from the bluff to access a windswept cobble beach. Interpretive signs along the trail tell of forest, wildlife and marine ecology. Access to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve, recognized for its kelp forests, herring spawning and importance to fisheries is an added bonus. Silver Lake Park 9006 Silver Lake Rd., Sumas 360-599-2776 Take a scenic drive up to Silver Lake Park, nestled deep in the Northwest woods and meadows. The park offers fishing, pedal boats, row boats and canoe rentals, picnicking, camping, hiking and a playground for the kids. You are likely to be joined by Canada geese and goslings around the water. Group facilities are available for rental. Park summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lighthouse Park -- Point Roberts via Canada Enjoy the many splendors Point Roberts and Lighthouse Marine Park have to offer. Panoramic views, magnificent sunsets, and the best landbased whale watching you will
find make Lighthouse Marine Park the perfect get-away for the weekend or for the day. 52,000-square-foot A boardwalk provides many places to have a picnic. It is furnished with a multitude of picnic tables. While you are on the boardwalk, be sure to visit the Orca Center. Lifeforce Foundation, a marine mammal research organization, has furnished it with photos, recordings and a wealth of information about the local J, K and L pods of whales. Samish Park The 39-acre site of Samish Park became the first Whatcom County park in 1968. It sits on the southeast slope of the Chuckanut Mountains and at one time the timber industry used the lake as a log-rafting pond. With about 1,500 feet of shoreline, the property was formerly a fishing resort known as Paradise Point. Currently, this day-use facility has an enclosed swimming area, a fishing dock, non-power boat rentals, picnic facilities, hiking trails, a children’s playground and much more. Terraced on a beautifully landscaped hillside, the skillful use of native plant material combined with many Northwest favorites creates a botanical wonderland snuggled along the lakeshore. The rustic Day Lodge has a great atmosphere to rent for a small wedding, family social or business meeting, available in the off season only (approximately the day after Labor Day in September through Memorial Day in May). Semiahmoo Park (360) 733-2900 The 1.5-mile-long sandspit at Semiahmoo, aside from being a striking natural landform, has long been associated with the fishing industry both on Puget Sound and in Alaska as the last port of call for the legendary Alaska Packers Association sailing fleet. Within the park over 300 acres of tidelands offer an abundance of recreational
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Local breweries ready for summer Everyone agrees that there are plenty of fun activities to partake in during the summer months in Whatcom County. And for residents over the age of 21, there are several places to enjoy a nice cold refreshing beer when the sunshine is out in full force. In Bellingham, one of the more popular destinations is the Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen. Located downtown on Holly Street, Chuckanut offers both great beers and food items for the hungry or thirsty patron. Whether you’re looking for an ale or a lager, or more, Chuckanut has you covered. Some of its fine beers have also been recognized for their great taste. This includes the Yellow Card Golden Ale and Pilsner Lager, which were both recipients of Silver WA Beer Awards in 2013. The food service starts every day at 11 a.m. The menu offers a wide variety of choices, including starters, soups and fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood items and pizza.
The North Fork Brewery, doubling as a wedding chapel, features hand-crafted beers and delectable pizza. (Courtesy photo/North Fork Brewery) You can order to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Located in downtown Bellingham, the Boundary Bay Brewery features a variety of award-winning beers. (Courtesy photo/Boundary Bay Brewery)
Also located downtown is the Boundary Bay Brewery, which features a tap room, family-friendly bistro and an outdoor deck for open-air dining and outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Boundary Bay also handles many award-winning beers, including an Amble Ale, Dry Irish Stout, ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Porter and Imperial IPA. Boundary Bay schedules events frequently throughout the summer; they can be found online at www.bbaybrewery. com. This includes outdoor barbecues and concerts for visitors to enjoy. Another fun brewery to visit this summer is the Kulshan Brewery, located on Bellingham’s James Street. Kulshan is a 15-barrel brewery, with a tap room and a nice sitting area. Unlike Chuckanut and Boundary Bay, Kulshan does not feature an on-site kitchen, but management encourages visitors to bring in their own food to enjoy. Nearby restaurants include Avenue Bread,
Coconut Kenny’s and Lucky Panda. Visitors can also bring food from home to enjoy at Kulshan. If you’re into local music, Kulshan will be featuring Bellingham band The Devilly Brothers on Sunday nights from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. frequently throughout the summer. Kulshan will also be hosting Trivia Night at 8 p.m. every Monday. Not to be forgotten is the North Folk Brewery located on the Mount Baker Highway beyond Deming. The brewery is known for its hand-crafted beers and delicious pizza. Visitors of North Folk can enjoy the popular American wheat ale, mild brown ale, strong scotch ale, Porter ale, India Pale ale and cask-conditioned ales, which are the purest form of English beers. As for the food, the pizzeria has pies of 12 and 13 inches, along with 18 and 19 inches. The pizza sauces are prepared with fresh spices and the dough is hand tossed.
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Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema a natural way to watch favorite movies
The Village Green at Fairhaven comes alive with an outdoor movie on Saturday evenings in the summer. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)
Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema offers a natural way to watch your favorite movies Not every good movie is locked away in a cinema, especially when you’re talking about summer in the Pacific Northwest. The 16th season of the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema kicks off on June 20 and runs to the end of August, giving Whatcom County residents a chance to relive a summer tradition with their favorite moving pictures. Presented by Ben Kinney and Keller Williams, the 2015 summer season runs each Saturday basically during summer vacation from school. Movie showings begin at dusk, with opening entertainment preceding them. The films are shown rain or shine — this is Whatcom County, after all — on the 30-foot screen on the Fairhaven Green
with ground seating available on the grass and limited chair seating on the surrounding brick areas. The $5 admission per person includes the live entertainment and any giveaways. Kids 5 and under get in free. The live entertainment is by some of Bellingham’s best performers and the food options include kettle corn and hot slices from Fairhaven Pizza and Prawns. The list of movies is: • June 20, “Grease” • June 27, “How to Train your Dragon 2” • July 11, “Mean Girls” • July 18, “Jurassic Park” • July 25, “Big Hero 6” • Aug. 1, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” • Aug. 8, “Dirty Dancing” • Aug. 15, “Up” • Aug. 22, ”Guardians of the Galaxy” • Aug. 29, “The Princess Bride” For more details, go to www.FairhavenOutdoorCinema.com or www.facebook. com/FairhavenOutdoorCinema. — Brent Lindquist
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Running Continued from 18 Fairhaven Park • June 13, Race for Education, Civic Field, Bellingham • June 20, Feed the Need 5K, Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale • July 4, 5 on the Fourth, Lake Padden • July 18, Northwest Raspberry Festival 5K, Lynden • July 25, Old Settlers 5K, Pioneer Park, Ferndale • Aug. 2 (9:30 a.m.), Windhorse 5K, Fairhaven Park • 3.5, 7 and 14 miles: Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m.), Run for L.I.F.E., Lummi Island • Sept. 5 (8:15 a.m.), North County Road Run, Lynden • Sept. 12, Homestead 5K, Lynden • Sept. 19, Station-2-Station L.E.F.T. 5K, Ferndale Police Station — Calvin Bratt A mother and son finish a school-benefit 5K fun run in Lynden in May. (Calvin Bratt/ Lynden Tribune)
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2015 Upcoming Calendar of Events Farmers Day Parade...................................... June 6 produced by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce
Lynden Relay for Life .......................................June 19-20 Northwest Raspberry Festival......................July 17-18 produced by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce
Antique Tractor Show & Threshing Bee....July 29-August 1 Northwest Washington Fair & Lynden PRCA Rodeo................... August 17-22 Puget Sound Toy & Tractor Show................. September 26 Lions Club Model Railroad Show ................... October 3-4 Lynden Music Festival .................................October 14-18 Fall Craft & Antique Show...........................October 15-17
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