Al fresco action
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Where summer weather is concerned, I’m a little like Goldilocks when it comes to the temperature of her porridge. If it’s too hot, I’m tempted to hide inside and rest in the shadows. If it’s chilly, I begrudgingly don an extra layer or two and fret about the well-being of my tomato plants. But the past couple of months have been just right—warm without being sweltering, yet not so cold as to hinder crops. In fact, it’s the perfect temperature for dancing outside.
I’m tempted to ask my 83-year-old dad if he wants to meet me at the sixth annual Father/Daughter Dance happening from 6pm-9pm Wed., July 31 at Ferndale’s Pioneer Park, but I have the feeling the City of Ferndale is thinking of a different age range when it comes to the average attendance at this particular hoedown. That’s not to say my pops wouldn’t enjoy the free ice cream being offered at the family-friendly event, but I don’t know how long he’d make it before asking for a tumbler of white wine and a comfortable chair. More info: http://www.cityofferndale.org
He might be better suited to the weekly Dancing on the Green taking place from 7pm-9:30pm Fri., Aug. 2 at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. The seasonal collaboration between Bellingham Dance Company and the City of Bellingham features instruction followed by a couple of hours of dancing the night away. This weekend’s focus will be on waltzing, followed by installments of country (Fri., Aug. 9) and swing (Fri., Aug. 16) before the series wraps up for another year. The free, all-ages events are open to singles, couples of any kind, and friends, and the focus is on having fun rather than being the best dancer in the room—even if that room is located outside and has a stellar sunset view. More info: http://www.bellinghamdancecompany.com
The following night, an outdoor dance party known as Art in the Alley will liven up the space behind Lynden’s Jansen Art Center in celebration of the arts—and of the multi-use venue that has been in operation for the past seven years. Attendees at the adults-only affair in Judson Alley can dance to live music by Paul Klein and the Atlantics, but that’s not all. The event will also feature activities and demos from resident art studios, art activities and sales, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and more. Tickets are $20-$25, with proceeds supporting year-round arts programming. This means the money raised while you’re enjoying a summer’s night soiree will also come in handy during the colder months—when we’ll all be doing our dancing indoors. More info: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
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