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WELCOME TO SEAFEAST ‘17
Executive Director, Port of Bellingham
SeaFeed at the Square ......................................................................................6 FisherPoets-On-Bellingham Bay .....................................................................7 Taste the Sea ........................................................................................................9 Food Court: a Mélange of Menus................................................................. 10 Salmon BBQ Championships ....................................................................... 11 Oyster Shuck ‘n’ Slurp Contest .................................................................... 12 Main Stage Music ............................................................................................. 13 Brews With A View .......................................................................................... 13 USCG Rescue At Sea and Cutter ............................................................... 13 Events Schedule .........................................................................................14-15 SeaFeast Map .............................................................................................16-17 Harbor Boat Rides & Tours ........................................................................... 18 SeaFeast Wharf ..........................................................................................19-21 Fun In The Park ................................................................................................22 Inside Look at the Commercial Fishing Life .............................................23 Living Legacy of Bellingham Bay .......................................................... 24-25 Soul of Bellingham Bay............................................................................26-29 Thank You ...........................................................................................................30
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The Port of Bellingham welcomes you to the 2nd annual Bellingham SeaFeast where we celebrate our maritime heritage with tasty seafood and great entertainment. The event takes place mostly in the midst of our working waterfront at the Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park. Watch a live Coast Guard rescue at sea, listen to live music, and eat plenty of world-renowned Pacific Northwest seafood. The Salmon BBQ Grilling Championship is open to a People’s Choice vote this year, and you can watch members of the Lummi Nation cook salmon using their traditional method in an open-fire salmon pit. The festivities kick off on Friday night with FisherPoets, known for their original poems and songs of the sea. There is plenty to Sea and to Feast on, so thank you for coming down and enjoying this signature community event.
GETTING DOWN TO THE HARBOR:
Options with limited parking. DRIVING: On-site parking is very limited and mostly reserved for vendors and businesses. You can park along both sides of Roeder Avenue. On a walk along the Promenade, greeters and clear signage direct you to the Welcome Booth along South Harbor Loop – the start of our new SeaFeast Wharf, where the action begins! PARK & RIDE: Park at Bellingham Technical College (BTC) Upper and Lower Student Parking Lots (3028 Lindbergh Avenue) – behind the building. You’ll see greeters and clear signage for the Parking and Shuttle Bus. Bellair Charters of Bellingham provides free shuttle service to and from the Mail Box behind City Mac on Coho Street. It’s a short walk to the SeaFeast Wharf. BTC Parking and Shuttle available 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. WALK/SHUTTLE: Park on Holly Street, or at the Technology Development Center (TDC) at F Street and Roeder, then stroll along the Promenade to Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park. Or ride shuttle from TDC. TAKE UBER: Order an Uber ride to the event. You’ll find drop-off and pick-up locations designated in the Uber app. DISABLED PARKING SPACES are available at the Squalicum Boathouse. A Bellingham SeaFeast traffic volunteer at the corner of Coho & Roeder will direct you. ACCESSIBILITY ON SITE: Golf cart service will assist anyone with mobility issues. Regularly scheduled service runs from the Welcome Booth at the start of SeaFeast Wharf.
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OUT Of The DEEP: SeaFeed at the Square World-class seafood awaits you. Salmon. Oysters. Dungeness crab. Like never before. Dress for drip, come hungry, fill your plate, and dive into a sensational informal dining experience, sourced from internationallyrenowned seafood producers.
$50/PERSON, AVAILABLE ONLINE $60/PERSON, AT THE DOOR (if available)
Introducing a first-time Bellingham SeaFeast happening: SeaFeed at the Square, Friday, Sept. 22, 5-8:30 p.m., at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. in Downtown Bellingham.
At 6:30: Presentation of a short film “Servants of the Salish Sea” (by Pollock Productions). Serving starts at 5 p.m. and the SeaFeed shuts down at 8:30.
How’s this for an all-star lineup from out of the deep:
Then, the Depot Market Square converts to an entertainment venue. FisherPoets on Bellingham Bay take over. Your SeaFeed ticket includes the $5 badge for admission to FisherPoets, and its three other venues.
Oysters grilled to perfection.
• Grilled wild-caught salmon from Bornstein Seafoods. • Taylor Shellfish Farms specialties, and Drayton Harbor Oyster Company on the half-shell and grilled oysters. • Dungeness crab served in an old-fashioned, Northwest-crafted crab boil by Crave Catering. The crab boil features corn on the cob and other locally-produced foods in the mix, poured
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onto tabletops alongside salad and bread. • A cash bar with beer from both Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery, plus wine. Obtain tickets online at www.BellinghamSeaFeast.com at just $50 apiece by noon Friday the 22nd. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for $60/ person.
They engage in original works of video, poems, storytelling, and musical ditties, ballads, and sea shanties about life on the water leading to robust entertainment into the night. Down by the Bay, come eat and play!
FISHERPOETS-ON-BELLINGHAM BAY Sharing adventures of life on the water. Friday, Sept. 22, Downtown, 7-11 p.m. $5 badge on site (good for entry to all 4 venues) Tap your feet. Sing along. Or relax to the storytelling. The FisherPoets are back for a second year of music, videos, and tales. Trek from brewery to brewery and join full-house, lively crowds for the wide lineup of pickin’ music, spinning of yarns, poetry readings, videos, and sea shanties (join in!). Last year they brought audiences a smile, a laugh, an “ugh!” here and there, a sigh, and a cry. Listen to the muses over local ales, beers, and mead. Choose from among four venues, each with a full lineup. In addition to offering an in-store display of maritime-themed books throughout September, Village Books will host a merchandise table at Depot Market Square for sales of the presenters’ art (literary and visual).
7-10:30 Sea Shanties, Singalongs & Stories Honey Moon Mead & Cider 1053 N. State Street (in the alley) Don nautical attire and prepare for a rousing and rowdy singalong, presented by Sara Goodin and the Good Time Gals. 7:00-10:30 Poems, Songs & Stories Mountain Room Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave 8:00–10:00 Videos & Films Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St These dazzling, beautiful, entertaining, and informative videos will transport you across vast waters. 9:00–10:00 Poems, Songs & Stories Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave #A
HEAVEN ON A HALF SHELL Whether hot in buttery sauce from the grill, or served raw on the half-shell, the Oyster appears all over SeaFeast ‘17 -- SeaFeed at the Square on Friday night, in the Food Court, and in the Shuck & Slurp Contest on the Main Stage.
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TASTE THE SEA: A SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE Presented by Haggen Northwest Fresh What’s the difference in salmon between silver and pink, Sockeye and King? And between white fish, cod and halibut? How do you select shellfish??? Here’s a golden opportunity to taste and learn about premium sustainable seafood from expert chefs and other industry professionals. You’ll raise awareness of the bounty of the Northwest’s finest harvests, and the factors contributing to the mystique of buying seafood for cooking at home. As you sample tastes and bites, learn about safety, purchasing, preparing, and seasoning the finest fish dishes on earth: • Ocean Beauty Salmon • Alaskan Leader Wild-Caught Alaskan Cod • Penn Cove Shellfish
Samplings of premium salmon highlight the Taste the Sea Experience.
A medley of other brands feature ways to enhance what you cook, including Draper Valley Farms, home of the Ranger the Free Range Chicken. Haggen’s Market Street Catering staff will prepare and cook the samplings. Ocean Beauty’s executive chef will preside over offerings of their worldwide brands. continued on page 29
Saturday, Sept 23 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm & 4pm Squalicum Boathouse 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham TICKETS: Online (www.BellinghamSeaFeast.com and go to Attend/Taste of Sea): $10 each ($5 ages 1-12) until Friday, Sept. 22 at 11:30pm At the door, if available
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FOOD COURT: a Mélange of Menus While seafood reigns supreme all around Bellingham SeaFeast, including the Food Court, its vendors offer something for everyone. Chowder. BBQ. Mex. Hawaiian fish soup (poke). Shrimp ceviche. Cajun. Grilled oysters. Indian fusion. Burgers & hot dogs. Espresso/coffee, and snacks, popsicles, cupcakes, ice cream. We appreciate our vendors’ commitment to make Bellingham SeaFeast a Towards Zero Waste (TZW) event. Open 11-6 (some even later while the band Baby Cakes plays on…. Alaska Wild Fish & Chips Co. – Seafood baskets. Bare Bones Bar B Q – Ribs, pork, beef, chicken & Caesar Splash salad. B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar – Gourmet seafood Dazipop Cupcakes -- Cupcakes, Lollicakes from Maple Valley Draper Valley – Ranger the Free Range Chicken. Drayton Harbor Oyster Company– Grilled oysters.
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Fill your plate from among 17 Food Court vendors.
Excellent Kettle Corn – By the bag. Fairhaven Poke - Hawaiian style seafood and soups. Fairhaven Poke - Hawaiian style seafood. Good to Go Meat Pies – 14 Cornish pasties & salmon chowder. Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant – Fish tacos and more. Lummi Nation Fire Pit Salmon – Traditional methodology.
Simmering Tava – Indian-inspired traditional & fusion. The Arctic Fox – Ice cream sandwiches The Scotsman Espresso – Hot, cold, and blended expresso & coffee. Trailer Hash – Shrimp ceviche, beef & salmon burgers, sausage, ice cream. Weeny Bunz – Grilled hotdogs w/ toppings. West Coast Pops – Hand-made fruit and cream gourmet popsicles.
SKILL OF THE GRILL: Salmon BBQ championships People’s Choice: Your vote counts, too. Presented by Anthony’s Restaurants
Grilling starts at high noon when each competing team cooks one side of premium wildcaught King Salmon. After that each team grills three sides for public tasting. People’s Choice is based on rankings of 1-2-3 by tasters among the crowd.
Not only will teams of salmon grillers compete for prizes and pride, this year attendees get into the act for the 2nd Annual SeaFeast Salmon BBQ Grilling Championships at noon. The “People’s Choice” tasting ($1 a ticket) and voting take place immediately following the blind judging by chefs and industry professionals.
The Skill of the Grill this year is an open field, either professional or backyard grillers, and all have been certified for a Whatcom County Food Handlers Permit.
Competitors also have been encouraged to offer recipe cards with tips and techniques about how they channel their inner chef in grilling a salmon. If a griller wins both divisions (blind judging, and public voting) the cash prize totals $800. The gold medal winner earns $500, and the public’s favorite wins $300. Second and third places in the “Skill of the Grill” receive $300 and $100 respectively.
Adding more interaction in Skill of the Grill, a master of ceremonies will interview each contestant so you can learn their techniques. Tickets for the People’s Choice will sell at the Info Booths onsite. Bryan Weener (at left), Market Street Catering, Professional Division winner Drew Sampson, Team Hammerham, Grand Grill Master overall winner
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OYSTER SHUCK ‘N’ SLURP CONTEST Fast and loud wins the day. Presented by Drayton Harbor Oyster Company Pacific Oysters are bodacious bivalves that serve as Nature’s water filters/clean-up guys, and worthy of lots of shuckin’ fun. Ten teams of two have assembled – one shucker and one slurper. Watch the finesse, the folly, and the frenzy as the teams go through dozens in a flash. Five teams this year feature a professional shucker; they are certain to amaze the crowd. How many can the winners shuck/slurp in two minutes? Well, 22 won last year! This sloppy, slurpy competition, replete with trash cans (that are not for trash) takes place on the Main Stage at 2:30 p.m.
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City Councilman Michael Lilliquist (in stripes) downed oysters as fast as Mark Seymour could shuck them last year. As a team they went through 22 oysters in two minutes! Seymour will shuck in the professional division this year.
MAIN STAGE MUSIC
Starting with old-school swing and working through a wide spectrum of sounds, the bands at SeaFeast ’17 are all rock-star. The Skagit Swings All Star Band leads off when the festival opens at 11, and by popular request returning from last year Baby Cakes will end the night with an evening set and play into nightfall.
BREWS WITH A VIEW
Presented by Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro You can enjoy Boundary Bay’s local, original brand brews or some wine in our scenic Beer Garden down by the Bay. Chuckanut Brewery also will supply some beer offerings.
The Lummi Nation Black Hawks Dancers present a new, expanded program as part of the welcoming. The bands’ names are as fab as their music – the Fabulous Roof Shakers, the Naughty Blokes, and Quinn & the Together Collective. Between sets you’ll enjoy the U.S. Coast Guard rescue at sea by helicopter nearby, and the wild Oyster Shuck & Slurp Contest.
Sip as you take in the Field of Fun free activities featuring live bands, the Lummi Black Hawk Dancers, the Oyster Shuck ‘n’ Slurp Contest, an at-sea rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Food Court.
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USCG RESCUE AT SEA and CUTTER
Skagit Swings All Star Band Black Hawk Dancers Fabulous Roof Shakers More Live Music Naughty Blokes Quinn & the Together Collective Baby Cakes
Open Noon-8 p.m. All drinks $5. Tickets available at the entrance to the beer garden.
Presented by Washington Sea Grant Splish-splash – and pulled to safety by helicopter! A half-mile of spectators lined up two- and three-deep along the shoreline of Zuanich Point Park last year to witness this activity with a
A U.S. Coast Guard rescue thrilled onlookers in ‘16, and they’ll do it again Saturday at 1 o’clock.
Wow! factor off the chart. The U.S. Coast Guard demonstrated a rescue, dropping a man into the water, leaving him to don his safety gear and pull a flare, then dramatically circling in, hovering, and pulling him by ladder into a helicopter. They will conduct this exercise again at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.Out of the five U.S. armed services, the Coast Guard is the only one that works with Homeland Security. A commissioned USCG Cutter will dock during SeaFeast ’17 and welcome visitors aboard for a tour.
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CRUISIN’ THE SEAFEAST SCENE Harbor boat rides & special tours. Presented by Bellingham Cold Storage and San Juan Cruises Come aboard with San Juan Cruises for two water excursions and choose from three guided tours, including a visit inside a giant ferry-building facility by land: • A ride around the breakwater to Bellingham Cold Storage for a rare tour inside its massive waterfront complex, the largest cold-storage facility on the West Coast. You’ll go on guided walk-throughs of their Ice House, food storage, and loading dock, plus a processing plant at one of their 167 tenant customers, Home Port Seafoods. • Cruise past ships and sites along Whatcom Waterway, as a guide tells about the Downtown Waterfront District redevelopment. • Walk around the remarkable new All-American Marine building at 1010 Hilton Avenue. (Park there, and take a shuttle to SeaFeast ’17). These vistas from the water’s edge demonstrate clearly how Bellingham’s
Drew Schmidt, owner of San Juan Cruises, will sit at the helm for a Boat Ride & Tour.
waterfront is truly alive and well. The boat rides are ticketed, available in advance online. Because BCS is not a public facility, compliance with the American Disabilities Act is not required. Their heavy machinery and close quarters require mobility and strict attention to the tour director. Closed toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed. Sign a waiver when registering online.
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The by-land tour of All American Marine takes place in half-hour shifts in their new, innovative, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. They specialize in a uniquely-patented aluminum catamaran boat technology, mostly building large ferries for passenger lines and tours. Because of heavy machinery and close quarters, strict attention to the tour director is essential for safety. Boat Ride & Tour of BCS (M/V Chinook) $10/Adult $5/Ages 12-under (strollers now allowed) Depart from the Youth Sailing Dock (Zuanich Point Park) 11:15, 1:00, 2:45 Boat Cruise of Downtown Waterfront District (MV Viking Star) $10/adult $5/Ages 12-under Depart from the Youth Sailing Dock (Zuanich Point Park) 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45 and 3:00 Land Tour of All American Marine FREE 1010 Hilton Avenue 11:30-2:30 in shifts every half-hour. No pre-registration required Park at All-American Marine or the TDC, take the tour, then catch a shuttle to Squalicum Harbor for SeaFeast ’17 activities, and ride back to your car when finished.
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NEW! SeaFeast Wharf Squalicum Harbor comes alive from 11-to-6 with a full-action midway of around 100 booths in our new SeaFeast Wharf. The line of booths stretches from the Welcome Info Booth near the Sawtooth Dock down to the Squalicum Boathouse and Zuanich Point Park’s Field of Fun, Food Court, Main Stage, and Beer Garden. Sponsors’ activities (like Signs Plus’s beanbag toss), general interest attractions, a full-on art walk through Whatcom maritime-themed arts & crafts, and interactive educational booths lead the way toward all the action in Zuanich Point Park. Ask how you can win prizes. This is where you venture down to the Bay to come eat and play!
Sponsors’ Splashes of Fun From a bean-bag toss to sampling seafood goodies, generous partners provide fun-filled activities to begin the stroll along SeaFeast Wharf.
General Vendors Check out these upbeat booths full of wares or community-interest information: Bellingham Bay Marathon Embroidery by Wanda Ken Bell for Port Commissioner Elect Dan Robbins Kite Paddle Surf LuLaRoe MT Totes northwater at the Holiday Inn & Suites Elect Eric Bostrom Paparazzi by Meg RADS Barrel Aged Pepper Sauce Salty Life Provisioning Company Silver Rain Strength of the Tides Terra Luna Jewelry Wenger/Shepard for Port Commission Whatcom Writers and Publishers
MARITIME ART WALK
Presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County The art renderings and crafts handiwork of a select group of 33 artisanal vendors create a maritime/marine aura. Meet the finest of Northwest artists, such as widely-renowned AnnMarie DeCollibus and Tom Crestodina, all at their sea-themed best. The art walk categories: Bath, Skincare and Smell Good Stuff Sea Holly Beauty Company Sea Witch Botanicals Glass, Ceramic and Metal AnnMarie DeCollibus - DeCo Ceramics Bear Art Studios Christopher Morrison - Morrison Glass Art, LLC Deborah McCunn - Baker Creek Ceramic Studio Dee Bunge - deeFuzion limited Jason Reed Brown Jennifer Korn-Leach - Womansongs Stacy Murphy - Earth & Clay continued on next page
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2-D Art Bethany Franklin Betty Johnson Beverly Connor - Dreaming Otter Arts Bruce Pierre - Salish People Chris Shreve - normiehead Dennis Ansell Don Dye - Wildlife Images Gary Julius – illumminations Patricia Shea Shanni Welsh - Fat Dragonfly Thomas Crestodina - The Scow Stuff So Unique It Doesn’t Have a Category Aireekah Laudert - Glitt3r Lyfe Beth Anna Margolis - Uplifted Down Syndrome poetry and paintings Graham Schodda Janice Barrett - JNoel Designs Mary Barstow - Mary Sews Many Designs Pandora Daugherty & Rachel Simpson Sandy and Doug Carpenter - Validate Appreciate Gourmet Packaged Food Christine Wekking - Le Gourmet Girl Erin Keedy - El Fuego Pepper Sauce
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Learning to steer a dinghy is part of Explore Some More on SeaFeast Wharf – bringing out the kid in everyone.
Jewelry Megan Lee - Megan Lee Designs Sacha Bliese - Sacha-goldsmith designer Sheila Rood - She-ra Creations
Youth Art 11am - 2pm There’s a Mermaid in All of Us 2:30 - 5:30pm Put an Octopus on it!
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Other Artsy Stuff Bellingham Metal Arts Guild workshop at Harbor Mall all day.
FILL YOUR NET WITH THE BEST IN LOCAL SEAFOOD, PRODUCE, DAIRY AND MORE…
Plein Air Painting: Local painter Michael Heath captures sights of SeaFeast in watercolor all day.
Eat. Play. Explore. . . and, Explore Some More
More than 20 organizations provide informational exhibits to help us appreciate the connection between healthy waters, healthy seafood, and healthy people. Come wade in, pick up a Passport to the “Explore some More” section of the SeaFeast Wharf, and get a kick out of hands-on activities. You could win a prize! Get your passport stamped at several of these booths: Bellingham Public Works Bellingham Technical College Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences Community Boating Center Fairhaven Lions Club -- Balloonatic Express Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum Pacific Shellfish Institute Lummi Nation Natural Resources Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) Orca Network Pacific Biodiversity Institute Salish Sea Experience Skookum Kids Sustainable Connections Taylor Shellfish Farms Washington Department of Ecology WeSNip Western Washington University Youth Programs Whatcom Conservation District Whatcom County Public Works’ Pollution Identification & Correction (PIC) Whatcom Family Farmers Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network Whatcom Marine Resources Committee Whatcom Maritime Association Whatcom Peace & Justice Center Whatcom Watershed Information Network Working Waterfront Coalition WRIA 1 Watershed Management Board WSU Extension Whatcom County
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FUN IN THE PARK Zuanich Point Park activities.
Festive Action in the Park 11:30 a.m. Herring Toss – open to all! 1 p.m. Coast Guard Rescue at Sea, Bellingham Bay Shoreline, presented by Washington Sea Grant. 1:30 p.m. XtraTuf Stomp – open to all! 2:30 p.m. Oyster Shuck & Slurp Contest, Presented by Drayton Harbor Oyster Company. Kids Field of Fun Presented by Skookum Kids and Secret Harbor Hands-on gleeful activities for Kids (big & little!) offers dig-into-the-action wonders: • Octopus Toss • Go Fish! Pool • Crafts (aquarium in a bottle, moons and castle building, skirt gun rubber ducky, more) Main Stage Schedule 11 – 12 Skagit Swings All Star Band 12-12:15 Welcome Ceremony
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12:15-1:00 Black Hawk Dancers 1-1:30 USCG Rescue at Sea 1:30 – 2:30 Fabulous Roof Shakers 2:30 – 3 Oyster Shuck & Slurp Contest 3 – 3:45 More Live Music 4-5 Naughty Blokes 5:15 – 6:30 Quinn & the Together Collective 6:45 – 8:15 Baby Cakes Brews-with-a-View Presented by Boundary Bay Brewery 12-8 p.m. Beer Garden featuring local beers and wine.
Crabby Cathy actually isn’t crabby at all as she entertains in the Kids Field of Fun
Go Inside the Commercial Fishing Life Several activities provide up-close ways to learn more about many hard-working, highly-skilled commercial fishermen on Bellingham Bay. You’ll get an insider’s view of the skill and care that bring our quality seafood from the sea to you. Big-fun competition, too – swim, name the fish, or toss or catch a fish!
Squalicum Harbor: Sawtooth Dock
Presented by LFS Marine & Outdoor Meet Your Fishers Info Booth. Meet your Fishers at their boats. Guided displays of gillnet, purse seine, troller, tender, and other commercial vessels. Dock walks at Gate 5 - Guided tours of fishing vessels; experience workings of each boat and what species they harvest. Name-the-Fish – Species displayed on ice. Can you identify them? Demonstrations - Net-mending and knot-tying by local fishermen. Survival Suit Race and safety demos. Presented by McEvoy Oil Teams don survival suits, jump into the water, and race to the dock. Watch from the Gillnet Loading Dock, 3:30 start.
Gillnet Loading Dock:
SeaFood Market: Fishermen and seafood companies offer their products for tasting and purchase.
Zuanich Point Park:
Herring Toss. Grab a teammate and throw/ catch the herring. XTRATUF Stomp. Grab 3 others and march across the field on wooden slats with your feet in fishing boots.
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LIVING LEGACY OF BELLINGHAM BAY
To capture the commitment and scope personified in the region’s maritime history, Bellingham SeaFeast created “Living Legacies of the Bellingham Waterfront.” The names on this award represent the highest ideal and work ethic within the commercial fishing sector. Last year’s inaugural Legacy honorees were Ellie and Larry Kinley & their families; Shirley and Jim Zuanich & their families, and Kevin Riley, who’s had a long career at Trident. The award continues this year with the presentation of the Talbot and Thomas families who brought Bellingham Cold Storage to prominence through more than 70 years of innovation and excellence. Going forward, SeaFeast will have one Legacy Award each year.
Leadership fits to a ‘T’
Talbot and Thomas lineage at the fore of Bellingham Cold Storage success. Distinctively distinguishable, a legendary Ice House on Bellingham Bay displays large letters spelling out, “ICE.” Bellingham Cold Storage’s history and family foundations are definitely cool. Two family names stand tall in the 71-year legacy of Bellingham Cold Storage, the longest-standing tenant at the Port of Bellingham: Talbot – Arch, Jim, Stowe, and Jane. Thomas – Stew, and Doug. • Arch Talbot founded BCS in 1946, and it’s now the largest portside cold storage operation on the West Coast. • The founder’s son Jim ran the company 23 years (and developed Barkley Village). • When Jim died a few years ago, joint ownership moved to his children, Jane and Stowe. Stowe chairs the BCS board, and also serves as CEO of Barkley Company. Jane sits on the BCS board. • Stew Thomas became the company president in 1987 after several years as chairman of the board (and he remains on the board today, post-retirement). • His son Doug succeeded him in 1999 and remains president/CEO of BCS today. BCS is a mammoth operation. Two campuses. Twenty-two warehouses. Cold, Chill, and Dry storage, and handling – all accessible by truck, rail, and two deepwater docks. Worldwide, 167 clients. 250 company employees, and 750 workers at the waterside campus. Approaching 24 \ BELLINGHAM SEAFEAST SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
$25 million in annual sales as a Whatcom County Top 100 privately-owned companies. The Legacy award recognizes this long line and bloodlines of exceptional achievement. Stowe Talbot sent this note: “We are so happy for this recognition by SeaFeast. My grandfather correctly recognized Bellingham as the perfect location for a cold storage warehouse and fish loading port. Since then, the business has grown steadily, thanks in large part to the robust maritime and fishing industries right here in Bellingham. We are so happy to celebrate this important sector of our economy, and raise awareness about its history and impact on our culture.”
Co-owners Jane Talbot and her brother Steve Talbot (photo courtesy of BCS)
Archibald Weatherby Talbot, formally known as A.W., and informally to all as Arch bought Bellingham Bay Shipyards in 1941, just before Pearl Harbor. Five years later he started BCS with two warehouses. Stokely Van Camp moved in with peas, carrots, and berries, and Wakefield Seafoods became the first fish tenant with its crab. Salmon and halibut arrived in 1960. Local berry farmers
came aboard. From there, the campus grew crowded, and another was purchased in town off of I-5 (Orchard). Innovation ruled. Along the way the company built Bell Boy recreational boats with a newfangled product called fiberglass; wooden-hull minesweepers for the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, and several inventive products like fish pumps, “guillotines” for processing fish, a pea processing line, and even created mink food.
In 1976 Jim Talbot made national news by forming Marine Resources Company and forging a relationship with the Soviet Ministry of Fisheries. With underutilized species like hake and pollock, the joint venture became the largest in the world during the ‘80s, and Bellingham became a sister city to Nakhodka in 1989 after the Cold War ended. Stew Thomas was chairman of the board at that time, and recently he marveled at how bold this remarkable move was during a time of heightened tense relations with the U.S.S.R. “Some board members told him he was crazy, and some companies threatened to boycott us,” Thomas said in an interview for this article. “It was a first, and it worked.” Stew Thomas, who uprooted his family from Burlington where he had run fertilizer and cold storage companies, remembered Jim Talbot as “the best I ever worked for….he told me what he wanted, and left me alone to do it.”
“It’s certainly an honor and a surprise to be recognized in this way by our peers in this great industry – a reflection of the quality and continuity of service to customers, employees, and our community over the last 71 years.”
Drew Thomas (l.) and his son and successor, Doug
personally, he was a founding board member of the Whatcom Business Alliance in 2012, serving as its head of community business advocacy, and he was named 2017 Whatcom Business Person of the Year.
Upon learning of the Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 Legacy award, Doug commented: “I know I speak for all of us when I say that we are very humbled and honored. It’s certainly an honor and a surprise to be recognized in this way by our peers in this great industry – a reflection of the quality and continuity of service to customers, employees, and our community over the last 71 years. The Talbot family has been rock solid, and it has been a pleasure for my father and I to lead the organization these last 30 successful years.” Doug Thomas, President/CEO, Bellingham Cold Storage
That beat a transfer to Australia with a family of four children, Thomas said. And, inadvertently opened a door to one of three sons, Doug, to follow his father’s career path. Doug Thomas takes great satisfaction with the company culture, built upon trust, loyalty, and continuous input from the entire workforce into every aspect of the operations. He stays active in the broader community, too. Professionally, Doug travels widely representing industry organizations, plus the BCS list of charitable causes is as long at its 1,000-foot shipping dock. And
And, Bellingham Cold Storage will remain a Port (and elsewhere) fixture for a long time. Stew Thomas’s first major project upon ascending to the head was negotiating a long-term lease. In 1990 BCS signed a 50-year agreement with the Port. Count on a continuation of busy-ness. Its website declares: “FROZEN IN MOTION. You won’t catch us sitting still – we’re constantly working to improve our process, and to anticipate your needs.”
Jim Talbot (l.) continued the legacy of his founding father, Arch.
Sanitary Service Corporation, Port of Bellingham, and Sustainable Connections have locked arms to make Bellingham SeaFeast a TZW event. “Towards Zero Waste” is not to be confused with Toward Zero Waist, given our tons of food! The point is what the food is served and eaten with. Bringing together thousands at one event begs a significant commitment to reduce waste and leave a positive environmental footprint with recycling to preserve and enhance our marine water quality – immediately, and perpetually. Collaborating with vendors – food & beverages, arts & crafts, and more – SeaFeast ’17 will utilize only compostable and recyclable products. Recycle Hosts will assist at each disposal station. So, enjoy this feast of the sea, deposit your trash accordingly, and help us “re-spawn- sibly” celebrate and preserve our precious marine and fresh waters. SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 BELLINGHAM SEAFEAST / 25
SOUL OF BELLINGHAM BAY To capture the spirit, the pulse, and the heartbeat of the working waterfront Bellingham SeaFeast added a new dimension to its version of a hall of fame – Soul of Bellingham Bay. These families and individuals have contributed longstanding services and product – some for generations. Their variety in this initial year of recognition – commercial fishing, filleting on a processing line, charter sailing, boatbuilding – represent the spice of life: Glenovich, Mackiewicz, Pitsch, Van Dyken, Voeut, and Wilson.
1st Arrival from Dalmatia, Now 5 Generations of Fishing… Antone Glenovich left a small Adriatic island in the Dalmatians at the age of 14 in 1890. His adventures led him to start a four-generations commercial fishing family that has operated out of Bellingham Bay more than 100 years. Cousins Jim and Bob Glenovich remain active. Jim recently returned with his purse seiner Yankee Boy from what he said might have been his last Alaskan run after taking it there 43 years (not even counting early years with his dad). Bob has semi-retired from fishing, but most days he’s down by the water, spryly active around the web lockers and docks. According to family lore Antone was a cabin boy aboard a boat headed for Tacoma. ). One family account has it that he described the passengers on the boat as “nothing but bones and rags.” He jumped ship in Everett and became a fisherman, the trade of his lineage (he listed Austria as home upon immigrating, and Dalmatia later became part of Yugoslavia, then Croatia). After becoming a citizen on Halloween 1896, he moved to Bellingham and, reputedly, became the first Dalmatian immigrant to fish here. He built a house on G Street where he and his wife Genny reared eight children. Antone never owned a car; rather, he walked down to the docks to work on his boat and in the web lockers. Antone fished in Everett, and then moved here and built the Yankee Boy. Three of his sons later built boats in 1957: Paul, the Yankee; John, the Yankee Girl, and the youngest son, Robert, operated the Yankee Boy. With these 58-foot purse seiners the Glenovich generations have made a living from catches of primarily salmon and herring. Jim had started as a lad fishing summers with 26 \ BELLINGHAM SEAFEAST SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
his dad in Alaska. When Robert died in 1974, Jim bought the boat and took the helm. Jim and Lynne Glenovich’s daughters Gina and Maija worked on the boat in Alaska and California some years ago. So did Jim’s brother David for a time, and another brother, John, fished with his own boat, the Rebel. Paul’s son Bob has the St. Zita, and he runs it still on a small scale locally. During various seasons he fished from Sitka to San Francisco for salmon, sardines, herring and swordfish. Sometimes the St. Zita and Yankee Boy would venture to the Aleutian Islands in western Alaskan waters. Bob and Sharon’s sons, Paul and Michael, fished with him early on. Bob’s brother Bill owned and operated the St. Christopher. That makes 13 Glenovich family members fishing regularly on their own seiners or their parents’. Notified of this family award, Jim commented: “It’s kind of scary, there are so many other deserving families who built a fishing community here. It’s been an honor, this life style – and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.”
MACKIEWICZ FAMILY: A Tender Life of Raising Kids on Boats
The wife-husband team of AnnMarie DeCollibus and Mark (Mack) Mackiewicz have managed tenders in Alaska since 1991, working out of a 100-foot stall in Squalicum Harbor while raising their children on boats half the year. The family operates two tenders for pink and sockeye salmon, crab, and chum in their home waters of Puget Sound, with their primary business managed from Bristol Bay in Alaska. In separate conversations, one verbal from award nominator Nathan Thomas, and one oral by phone from Alaskan waters with AnnMarie and Mack, the core conversation centered on
giving kudos to their crew. “We couldn’t do it without them,” AnnMarie said. “We love that we can pay them a good living wage all year long, with health care benefits. They’re a key element of our operation.” Thomas had this to say: “Beyond just being a job, they have developed their business to take care of the people that work for and with them. Mack and Anne-Marie provide jobs in which the employee is valued as a part of the business and of their boat family – and not just as a body that can be traded out from season to season.” They started tendering with an 86-foot power scowl, The Dancer. In 2005 they added the 98foot Deco Bay. Eight years later they sold Dancer and added Steelhead. They tender salmon, herring, and squid for 100s of fishermen from Bristol Bay to Petersburg, Alaska, managing 600-700 tons a boatload. Through many twists and turns – she from Boston suburbs and Cape Cod summers, he from Detroit; he with a degree in math and physics, she with a degree in art – AnnMarie and Mack found each other, and eventually found a life at sea that took root in a fishermen’s bar in Maine: “I heard them say there was a lot of money to be made in fishing in Alaska,” Mack said. “I thought, ‘I can do that.’” So he chucked the physicist plan, moved to Seattle, and found work – engineering processing vessels, crabbing in the Bering sea, gillnetting southeast Alaska, and trolling Puget Sound. Mack and AnnMarie brought up three children on their boats. Their son, Tanner, has run the Deco Bay as captain since 2009. One daughter, Michaelea, has worked throughout and since high school and college as a deckhand and on-board cook. Both AnnMarie and their other daughter, Joannah Bryan, who lives in California, have presentations in SeaFeast ’17. AnnMarie taught
art 25 years at Ferndale High, and she creates on the boat during fishing seasons. Her maritime-flavored ceramic artwork will be on display in the Arts Walk on SeaFeast Wharf. Joannah will present her original film, “What It Means to be Wild,” as part of FisherPoets activities in the Boundary Bay Brewery.
Leaving a Mark in Boatbuilding (Twice)
Not one, but two large, successful boatbuilding companies sprang from the creativity, drive, and ambition of Pat Pitsch. He’s in the process of closing the second one soon, Strongback Metal Boats. Previously he founded All American Marine, which he left nine years ago. Pat derived its name from a wandering imagination and a dear friend. Larry Kinley, a SeaFeast ’16 Legacy of Bellingham Bay honoree last year with his wife Ellie, got Pitsch started in the business. Pat had welded four new bottoms on Kinley’s seine skiffs. “He encouraged me, asking me if I’d thought about starting my own business,” Pitsch said in a conversation at a local coffee shop. “He was so positive. He made me feel like, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’”
ed with a couple of hand tools. We did everything the old-fashioned way, by hand.” Dana Wilson, another Soul of Bellingham Bay honoree, became an early customer with an order for a fiberglass boat. Pat’s boats caught on, known for quality. The company at first was Quality Marine Fabrications. Then came the daydreaming, the mind scheming about a name, and All-American Marine dawned. Pat’s wife, Julie, assisted him in operating both companies over the years before she turned to full-time motherhood. The Pitsch family consists of three children – Rory, 28, Hayden, 22, and Jetson, 20. Rory, who became part of management at All-American Marine several years, and his wife, Traci, have grandson Brantley, 3. “It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Pat said of the Soul award. He smiled and quipped, “I didn’t want to go out in a burst of flames.”
Roger Van Dyken:
‘Strange, Twisted Path” to San Juan Sailing
Roger Van Dyken and his wife, Marlene, own and operate San Juan Sailing & Yachting. For 35 years the company has offered certified, liveaboard sailing instruction, bareboat charters, and a board certified brokerage division to serve persons buying and selling boats. They started as San Juan Sailing in 1982 with two boats – one theirs, one a friend’s – and in 1999 expanded to power boating (“poweryachts”). Marlene and Roger, professionally-trained sailing instructors, were charter members of the American Sailing Association, and served on its Standards Committee and its Executive Board. Roger also serves on the board of directors for the Whatcom Working Waterfront Coalition. Their website declares boldly: “Rated #1 in the world by the readers of Cruising World in customer service and in charter value.” How did this recreational life at sea come about? “It was a gamble, really,” Roger says. He
On a drive to a boat he was working on one day Pat’s mind drifted to what to call his company. He was leaning toward something of family heritage. “I’m thinking, ‘I’m part Norwegian, part Dane…’ and then Larry popped into my mind. ‘He’s American. Hey, he’s ALL American.’ That’s how it was born.” A graduate of Bellingham HS and Bellingham Technical College, Pat had set out on a path of becoming a machinist. Growing up he said he had good role models for work ethic, especially a grandfather (“he was a machinist, a teacher, and a man’s man”). Along the way somebody asked Pat if he knew how to weld, and he instinctively said yes and added that to his arsenal of skills. Over the years he’d done some fishing, seining as far back as 8th grade. He’d had brushes with boatbuilders like Bristol Bay, Weldcraft, and Shore in Canada. When the time was ripe he was ready. “I had machinery, tools, and a shop,” Pat said. “I startSEPTEMBER 14, 2017 BELLINGHAM SEAFEAST / 27
had completed college, served in the military, lived in Europe 3 years, worked on a presidential campaign, farmed in his native California, taught school…and then he fell for boating.
That was 1985, after Bornstein had repaired damages from a fire. Saret, a school custodian at the time, answered a want ad and he’s been there ever since. His back story is amazing.
After hiring on at Bornstein, he said, “I took a cooking class at Bellingham Tech. I learned to handle knives, how to make butterfly cuts. And I watched the others at work.”
From the website (edited for length):
He was a child when his family fled from Cambodia in 1972. His father didn’t make it. “We lost him at the border and never saw him again,” Saret said. “My mother, sister, and brother ran as fast as we could.”
He’d never been around fish before. “Oh, we lived off of fish and rice, and I fished a little in lakes, rivers, ponds. But there was a war going on….”
“A strange and twisted—but utterly delightful— path led me here. I had never been aboard a boat when in 1975 I gave my campaign staff in Seattle a half day off and chartered a sailboat and captain….. “Bam! I bought a San Juan 24’ sailboat (with three friends) and went to the library to learn how to sail. The school of hard rocks and accidental jibes isn’t the recommended curriculum. But I was hooked and hooked good.
They escaped and wound up in a refugee camp in Thailand for three years. Some uncles had immigrated to America, and the Voeut family prepared to follow, thinking they were going ot Colorado. But the Presbyterian Church in Bellingham intervened and sponsored them to come here.
“We chartered our boat to help pay expenses, and found we were making money by accident. We were warned that turning a hobby into a vocation would ruin a perfectly good hobby. I made many mistakes. We learned a lot…through good times and some really tough ones.
They spoke no English. Saret, who had no schooling until Bangkok, entered elementary school locally as a teenager. “I had to learn my ABCs,” he said. “After six months I went to middle school for six months. And then to Bellingham High for three years.”
But the passion that infused our staff has never left us. If any customer has a problem, we take it personally. Oh…and the hobby? Still our hobby. Among my greatest joys? Sailing in our islands, grin on my face…marveling in the beauties of God’s great green earth.”
In ‘86 he met and married Pheap Voeut, and they have three children – Sophannie, 29, in Florida with two girls, Timothy, 25, and Rits, 18. What advice did he impart last year to folks looking to learn how to fillet salmon at home? “Stay focused on it,” he said. “I cut myself a lot of times before I learned.”
Fishing ‘Is All I’ve Ever Done….’
Dana Wilson is part of Lahaq’temish – “People of the Sea.” As a boy in the early 1960s Dana began fishing with his father, Jimmy Wilson, seining for the Alaska Packers Assn. Or, in his
Slices of Life – Cambodian Refugee to Fillet Master
At Bellingham SeaFeast 2016 a man flashing a knife provided some dazzling ‘wow’ moments for a gathered crowd. He was slicing through salmon, explaining the art of filleting. Saret Voeut – a survivor of civil war in his native Cambodia in the 1970s and a former refugee – once won a fillet competition with his deft methodology. He applies his skill daily where he’s been on a processing line at Bornstein Seafoods the last 32 years. During a recent photo shoot while he sliced rockfish, Saret smiled and said, “This is the station where I was standing the first day the building reopened!”
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father’s boat on the Nooksack River. In an interview with the Bellingham Herald’s Ralph Schwartz two years ago Wilson told how he learned to read the sea from his grandmother. “(She) could tell from her front porch where to find squawfish and grunters at low tide. That’s how she survived. There was no store for her to go to.” Dana is known as a tribal leader – a former Lummi Fish Commissioner, for example – and articles in an online search showed him all over the map for causes. Earth Day. Cherry Point. Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Testimony before the National Energy Board. Recently he spoke up about the escape of farmed Atlantic salmon nearby and its harmful effects. He shows great concern about the declining state of fishing among his people. An online publication quoted him: “So much we’re losing, losing, losing every generation. And what are we going to have left…if we don’t start managing and watching where we’re at and the direction we’re going in? Today, it’s like trying to fish on
a freeway. It gets pretty overwhelming having a 200-tonne ship bearing down on you. You don’t know which end of your net to run to.” In another article Wilson was quoted extensively about his personal way of life, and the Lummis’: “…A commercial fisherman is all I’ve ever done. My father was a fisherman, his father, and his father. My son is in the industry. My 11 grandkids fish with me….We teach our children (life) on the water and the way to fish. It’s called Schelangen—the way of life, the way of the water.” In the Herald article, he spoke of a Lummi man’s dying wish: “It’s not go to the moon. It’s not go to the mall. It’s not go have a steak. It’s not to go visit Hawaii or Mexico or on a vacation — bring me fishing one more time.”
Taste the Sea
continued from page 5.
Kaily Hetherton, the marketing event coordinator for Haggen Northwest Fresh, described this activity: “We love connecting face-to-face with seafood lovers. We see this opportunity to show that there’s so much more to good seafood than just the taste. Understanding where it comes from and how it was caught is crucial to the enjoyment. “We’re passionate about our seafood. The bounty of the ocean is precious and finite, and it’s more important than ever to use fishing methods that preserve the diversity of species and habitat – so that Bellingham SeaFeast can continue for generations to come.” Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association provides educational materials at Taste the Sea. Each session is limited to 80 participants.
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THE SENSATIONS OF SEAFEAST Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 promises to provide boatloads of premium seafood and a vast variety of fun-loaded activities, similar to the scenes captured here as the first event unfolded last year around the Lummi Nation Fire Pit, the Welcome Booth, and Drayton Harbor Oyster Company (Steve Seymour).
From the SeaFeast Team
A Hearty Thank You
The Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 Management Team proudly brought you this 2nd annual festival to shine a bright light on local and other Pacific Northwest internationally-acclaimed seafood, and on all the moving parts of our working waterfront and maritime trades.
on enlightening the world about the marvelous resources of Bellingham Bay. Its rich legacy. Its role in the founding of the City of Bellingham. Its continuing impact on the greater community (6,000+ jobs, direct and indirect). Its unseen web of workload in commercial fishing and other water-dependent industry. Its splay of recreational water activity and playgrounds.
A major part of our vision and mission centers
And it’s important to us that while you’re
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enjoying SeaFeast you gain insight into how the community pulls together to preserve the Bellingham Waterfront, and why we want to keep it healthy and whole. We created a two-day whirlwind of family fun and fabulous food, and we’re delighted that you’re here. Thank you for making it a sensational event. We’ll see you back here in 2018!
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