Rumor Has It

But wait, there’s more:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

One of the reasons I don’t dress up for Halloween is, frankly, it seems like a lot of work for minimal payoff. Costumes can be uncomfortable, they rarely work with the wet weather we get around these parts during this time of year, and, like bridesmaid dresses, you can’t really ever wear them again, no matter what you tell yourself in the fever of the moment.

However, I could be persuaded to change my mind on all those points for the right amount of cash. If my costume could pay my rent, well, that’s a different story.

For that kind of costume contest payout, one must hie thyself to one of the area’s large gaming establishments, in this case, the Silver Reef Casino Resort, which will be the site of a Sat., Oct. 26 Halloween Bash with music by Spaceband, who will dress as Spaceband in costumes (actually, I’m not sure on the costumes point. They might just dress as Spaceband).

What you will dress as remains a mystery, but it had better be something hugely creative and jaw-dropping to score the $750 grand prize in the casino’s costume contest. A costume slightly less impressive could yield you $500, while a still-respectable third place comes with a $250 purse. Since $250 isn’t nearly enough money to pay anyone’s rent in the current Bellingham housing market, it is then your duty to blow all of that money on penny slots and buffet meals.

At least, that’s what I would do. If I dressed up, and was third-place good at it.

Entry to the Halloween Bash is free, it happens in the Event Center and you can still go to the buffet and play penny slots even if you don’t win a dime.

Now that I’ve given the matter some thought, I realize that I’m far too lazy to come up even an idea for a prize-winning costume, much less bring it into the realm of reality. However, I would very much like to judge a costume contest, so get at me, Silver Reef. Put me and my opinions to work.

Time to change the subject to something unrelated to Halloween or allowing me to stand in judgment of others.

The Business, the purposefully low-key Anacortes record store that represents not only that town’s musical present but also its storied past, announced in its typically fanfare-less way that the store will appear in a limited-run coffee-table book that will make its debut as part of Black Friday Record Store Day. The book is called The Best Record Stores in the United States and the Business is included because it is one of those. If you’d like a copy of the book, let the Business know and they’ll attempt to secure you one (since it’s a Record Store Day release, all they can do is order it and see what happens). And be sure and spend some of your costume-contest winnings on records. They don’t expire on Nov. 1.

Past Columns
Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Children's Literature Conference

8:00am|Performing Arts Center

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Lynden Community Center

WNPS Field Trip

9:00am|Larrabee Park

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Tenmile Creek

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am

The Birds of Western North America

11:00am|Blaine Library

Washington Beer Open House

12:00pm

GEMS Fair

12:00pm|Western Washington University

Strait Art

1:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Corsini Wines Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Eagles Here and Around the Globe

3:00pm|South Whatcom Library

La Conner Daffodil Festival Poster Reception

4:00pm|Lux Art Center

Leap reception

6:00pm|Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery

Wild Womxn Week

6:00pm

Ignite the Night Fundraising Gala

6:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Leap

6:00pm|Cirque Lab

Jeffrey Elvis

7:00pm|Lynden Pioneer Museum

Manouche NW Concert Series

7:00pm|Walton Theatre

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Wildpreneurs

7:00pm|Village Books

Off the Hill Concert Series

7:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Sunday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am

Wild Womxn Week

6:00pm

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Vegan Bake Sale

11:00am|Kulshan Brewing Company

Whatcom Writes Reading

2:00pm|Village Books

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Salish Sea Early Music Festival

3:00pm

An Evening of Flamenco

7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Depot Comedy Club One Year Anniversary

8:00pm|Aslan Depot

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