Happy birthday to Downtown Sounds! My, how you’ve grown. I remember watching the first show set up in the alley next to the Wild Buffalo. Now DTS covers two blocks centered at Bay and Prospect Streets, one of which is 99% beer garden.
In addition to the onsite beer and food vendors, several nearby establishments are offering Downtown Sounds specials this summer.
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership held a public Q&A with mayoral candidates Seth Fleetwood, April Barker, Pinky Vargas and Garrett O’Brien on June 19. Note that the first 11 minutes of this video are introductions and procedural discussion – best to skip ahead.
Here’s the summer lineup for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Movies are shown behind Village Books on the Fairhaven Village Green, 10th and Mill. Live entertainment starts at 8:15, movies at dark. BYO chair or blanket. Admission is $5, free for kids under five.
June 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Strangely and Bellowing open
June 29: Spiderman, Into the Spiderverse, Wren & Della open
July 6: Top Gun, The Sweet Goodbyes open
July 13: Bohemian Rhapsody, DJ Westwood opens
July 20: Mary Poppins Returns, Talia Keys opens
July 27: Ten Things I Hate About You, Azara Tribal Bellydance opens
Aug. 3: Jurassic Park, Aaron J. Shay opens
Aug. 10: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Havilah Rand opens
Aug. 17: Grease, Brian Ernst opens
Aug. 24: The Princess Bride, Psychedelic Cowboys open
Bellingham breweries had a strong showing at the North American Beer Awards this month, bringing home a total of 14 medals. In addition, Chuckanut Brewery won overall in the Best Large Brewery category. Here are the winning breweries and their entries, listed in order of domination.
Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock
Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale
Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale
Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer
Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier
Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport
Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout
Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale
Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse
Kulshan Brewing Company
Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager
Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose
Aslan Brewing Company
Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer
Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse
Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale
Hana Kim at Q-13 Fox News covered gay teen Jace Taylor’s termination from his camp counselor position by the Firs, a christian organization that runs a variety of camps and retreats. This article includes the full statement from Firs Executive Director Tom Beaumont.
I’m going to miss the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The walk along the bay from downtown to Fairhaven is lovely in the summer. I enjoyed wandering among the market stalls, people watching, and stretching out on the grass to catch some rays while half-listening to the buskers.
I must admit, however, that I never bought so much as single radish.
It seems I wasn’t alone in this. Citing declining sales, the Wednesday Farmers Market has pulled up stakes and moved to Barkley Village. The new Barkley Market kicks off this afternoon from 2pm-6pm with a grand opening featuring music from Lefty and the Right Hand Band. The market will continue every Wednesday through September.
Starting June 17, Whatcom Transit Authority’s number 3 bus will stop right outside the baggage claim area at Bellingham International Airport.
Currently, WTA Route 3 gets as close to the airport as Bakerview Road and Airport Way. Passengers could then call a shuttle to take them the remaining half mile. The new service will take passengers right to the terminal building.
Route 3 departs the WTA Downtown Station hourly from 6:40am to 6:40pm Monday through Friday, and from 7:40am to 5:40pm on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.
Citing public interest in food trucks and “more creative uses of underutilized parking spaces,” the city announced new rules governing food truck, sidewalk vendors and “parklets,” curb-level decks that extend the sidewalk into the street. The parklets can be used as sidewalk cafes where the existing sidewalk in front of a restaurant is narrower than the required eight feet.
Previously, food trucks had to park on private property. Now they will be able to reserve metered street parking spaces. It’s not a free-for-all, though. The new rules limit food truck parking space permits to ten per district, and each permit must be approved by the abutting business or property owner, as well any restaurants within 50 feet.
Sidewalk vendors aren’t limited in number, but will require similar approval from neighboring businesses.
Here are the bands scheduled to play at Elizabeth Park this summer. Concerts are on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Bring a sweater – the park’s canopy of old-growth trees keep it cool even on warm summer evenings.
June 20: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, “Gypsy jazz and swing.”
June 27: The Kaeli Earle Trio, “Jazzfunk originals, covers and jams.”
July 4: Brian Butler and Bridge, “Rockin’ rock and steamy blues.”
July 11: Sir Reginold Cosgrove and His Nighttime Singers, “Eclectic, throwback, folk rock.”
July 18: The Di Young Combo, “Sultry jazz and pop ensemble.”
July 25: Fossil Rock, “’50s and ’60s hits.”
August 1: Dr. Jimmy and the Swing Time Serenaders, “Big band.”
August 8: Whitewing with The Soul Shaker Horns, “Sassy soul, funk, blues and R&B.”
August 15: Those Guys, “Oldskool and newskool dance covers.”
August 22: Heroes Rock Band, “Youth rock band.”
Happy hour, bar and nightlife guide to Bellingham, Washington