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Ski to Sea

Although the racecourse itself has undergone some rerouting due to the nearly nonexistent snowpack in the mountains (climate change is real, folks), Ski to Sea soldiers on with all the pluck, creativity and dogged determination the event has shown since its inception some 40 years ago.

Which is a good thing, not just because the multi-stage race has become a highlight and hallmark of our community, participated in and watched by thousands every year, but also because with Ski to Sea come Ski

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This Week

The Gristle

The Election That Wasn’t

THE ELECTION THAT WASN’T: For all the fussing and farting about “fair and equitable representation by district” that has consumed the Charter Review Commission this cycle, more attention might be spent encouraging and recruiting excellent people into public office. Filing Week ended for local elections last week, and what a lackluster show it was. Incumbents filed early and vigorously for reelection; challengers trickled in late in a footsore and tuneless, glum parade. A few last-minute

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News

Weekend of Action

No snow won’t stop race; it will activate it

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Memorial Day is coming again and in these parts that means another chance for the region to show off its marquee civic event: Ski to Sea. Folks are rightly proud. Where else can you start atop a mountain, ski down, cross- country ski, run, bicycle, canoe and finally trail-bike to the sea; then climb in a kayak and paddle in the presence of lush, low-slung islands? It’s called a race, but it’s really more a celebration. In one exuberant relay, Ski to Sea manages to sum up the entire region,

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Music

Ski to Sea

For you and me

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Although the racecourse itself has undergone some rerouting due to the nearly nonexistent snowpack in the mountains (climate change is real, folks), Ski to Sea soldiers on with all the pluck, creativity and dogged determination the event has shown since its inception some 40 years ago.

Which is a good thing, not just because the multi-stage race has become a highlight and hallmark of our community, participated in and watched by thousands every year, but also because with Ski to Sea come Ski

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Words

Dead Wake

A tale of transatlantic troubles

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Say the name “Lusitania” and most people can conjure a luxury ocean liner, glamorous passengers and tragedy.

An iceberg? No, that’s the Titanic. Disastrous fire? The Hindenburg zeppelin. Torpedo? That’s it!

Named for the ancient Roman province which covered most of modern Portugal and part of Spain, the RMS Lusitania was a British ship of the Cunard line. Built in 1906, it was outfitted with sumptuous furnishings, a wireless telegraph and electric lights.  Capable of speeds up to 25

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Food

Beer and Brats

Invite your grill friends

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People from Wisconsin are generally a congenial, easygoing lot. Until Scott Walker came around, there wasn’t much to argue about, except, well, beer and bratwurst.

Wisconsin’s largest ancestry group is German, and the original immigrants brought their bratwurst with them. Today, bratwurst are a defining characteristic of the local cuisine. And while brats—which rhymes with “pops,” not “rats”—are beloved by all Sconnies, there is quiet discord with respect to the purely Wisconsin ritual of

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Visual

Homage

A new look at nature

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One sunny Thursday, I stretched out in my self-driving car and typed in: “Great food and someplace beautiful.” Opening my eyes, I found myself in Edison. How does this tiny village enjoy a monopoly on tasty eats and good art? 

I enjoyed sandwiches and homemade soup in a blooming garden overlooking the slough, then stepped next door to Smith & Vallee Gallery. Their current homage to the work of Sharon Kingston and Eric Eschenbach is more than merely beautiful; it’s a comment on the clash

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Outdoors

Throwback Thursdays

Kickball and community at Maritime Heritage Park

As the Executive Director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Nick Hartrich has a duty to make sure the city’s urban core is both vibrant and inclusive for all. It’s one of the reasons he’s excited about the new “Throwback Thursdays” Urban Kickball League taking place every Thursday at Maritime Heritage Park. We caught up with “NickySix”—Hartrich’s kickball alias—to find out more.

Cascadia Weekly: Come rain, come shine, return to Maritime” is the tagline of the Throwback Thursdays

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On Stage

Short Shots

Best of Brass Monkey

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I’m a dedicated reader of short stories. Why? For one thing, there’s no beating around the bush when it comes to character development. If something momentous and interesting—or at least pertinent to the story arc—doesn’t take place in the first few pages, it’s probably not going to.

The same school of thought also translates to short plays. Events and relationships need to move along quickly when you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to tell a tale, and the playwrights penning the scripts are

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Film

Far From the Madding Crowd

A modern love story

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Far From the Madding Crowd is a Masterpiece Theatre version of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel, shot with sumptuous taste and care, rife with emotions repressed and unbound, and featuring expertly nuanced performances from a tony, mostly British cast. It will greatly please discerning audiences while causing Hardy to spin discreetly in his grave. That’s a fair tradeoff, especially if the movie sends you back to the book.

Carey Mulligan (An Education) makes for a more modern Bathsheba Everdene

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. more »

Camp Cooking Basics: Equipment (stoves, cook sets and fuel), planning and preparation, along with some tips and tricks to make your meals the hit of the trip, will be part of a "Camp Cooking Basics for Backpackers" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free workshop. more »

Bellingham Reads: Patrica Wood's Lottery will be the focus at a Bellingham Reads book discussion group meeting at 6:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. more »

Geologic Time: Western Washington University geology professor Don Easterbrook shares ideas from Cruising Through Geologic Time in the San Juan Islands at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book includes geologic descriptions of the geology of all of the islands with more than 400 photos, maps, and laser, sonar and satellite images, cross–indexed so the geology of any specific island can be easily found. more »

Hummingbird Expedition: Find out more about the Andean Mountain Hummingbird Project when Jim and Daphne Hamilton lead an Audubon Society presentation at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. more »

University Choir: Attend a "University Choir" performance at 8pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

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