Holiday Helpers

Yep, it’s the season

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On the last Sunday of October, Whatcom County experienced record-setting warmth that wasn’t exactly commensurate with the season. By the following Sunday, snow was on the ground and it was dark by 5pm—making it much easier to comprehend that Christmas is just around the corner. Following are a few ways to stay on top of the season by seeking out creative, locally sourced gifts for your nearest and dearest.

At the annual Lummi Island Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour taking place from 10am-5pm Sat.-Sun., Nov. 11-12, those visiting the stretch of land accessible only by driving to Gooseberry Point and taking a short ferry ride on the sturdy Whatcom Chief will soon discover the journey was worth it. At more than a dozen locales around the island, it will be possible to peruse everything from paintings to drawings, prints, notecards, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass, woodwork, pottery, metalwork, quilts, clothing and more. While you visit with the artists who make the scenic locale their home, feel free to ask why they live there, and what inspires them when it comes to their art. That way, you’ll have a story to tell the recipients of your gift-giving—something you can’t glean from a high-tech present purchased at the mall. Cost: The self-guided tour is free; round-trip ferry prices are $13 for a car and driver, $7 for additional passengers. More info:

Days later, the 36th annual “Home for the Holidays” will open at a new locale. Traditionally held at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal a couple of weekends before Thanksgiving, this year the Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 16-18 event will open up shop at the Ferndale Events Center on Barrett Road. In addition to finding unique holiday-themed gifts and decor, those attending the festive event will also discover hand-crafted bath and body products, offerings for kids, clothing, jewelry, vintage wares, pottery, glassware, original watercolor and ink illustrations, specialty food, woodwork and much more. If you don’t leave with a least a little seasonal cheer under your belt, you’ll be in the minority. More info:

We’ve said it before, and we’ll proclaim once again that Allied Arts’ annual Holiday Festival of the Arts is one of the best ways around to ensure that most items purchased there and placed under your tree will be of the one-of-a-kind variety. When the five-week-long indoor arts festival featuring approximately 100 artisans from around the region opens Fri., Nov. 17 at 4145 Meridian Street, it’ll go strong daily through Christmas Eve (except on Thanksgiving day, naturally). In addition to the plethora of assorted artworks and fare for foodies, the cheer-filled event will also feature live music, weekend art workshops for kids, and a chance for artists and craftspeople to connect with members of the public. But the gifts don’t stop there; a portion of the proceeds raised during the festive fete will help support the visual arts in the region through Allied Arts’ education programs, community outreach, arts events, exhibits and artist resources. So while they’re helping you knock items off your list, you’re helping them keep culture in Whatcom County alive. Cost: Entry is free. More info:

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5:00pm|Ferndale Events Center

The 39 Steps

7:00pm|Sehome High School Little Theatre

Little Women

7:00pm|Ferndale High School

Peter and the Star Catcher

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Romeo, You Idiot!

7:30pm|Heiner Theater


7:30pm|Mount Baker High School

Craft Bazaar

9:00am|American Legion Post #43

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Hot Cider & Cool Art

10:00am|Morgan Block Studios

Used Book Sale

10:00am|Everson Library

Red Barn Handpicked Holiday Market

12:00pm|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

3:00pm|Lynden Library, Ferndale Library

It's Where the Sidewalk Ends

6:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

New Music, New Dance

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

The Big Short One-Act Festival

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Bellingham Repertory Dance's Emerge

7:30pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Backyard Brawl

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Pancake Feed

8:00am|VFW Post 1585

Holiday Bazaar

9:00am|Hillcrest Chapel

Christmas in the Woods

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Acme Elementary School

Turkey Trot

9:00am|Squalicum Creek Park

Climate Reality

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

South Fork Winterfest

10:00am|Van Zandt Community Hall

Fall Gardening

10:00am|Lynden Library

Cheese Fest

10:00am|Everybody's Store

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Holiday Farmers Market

10:00am|Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center

Lynden Book Club

10:30am|Everson Library

Salmon Sighting

12:00pm|Haynie Creek

Conquering Writer's Block

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fishboy Holiday Show

2:00pm|FishBoy Gallery

NaNoWriMo and Indie Publishing

3:00pm|Everson Library

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival


Homeless Summit and Cold Weather Giveaway

3:00pm|Maritime Heritage Park

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3:30pm|i.e. gallery

Small Works Opening

4:00pm|Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

Smith & Vallee Artist Talk

4:00pm| Smith & Vallee Gallery

WA 129 Poetry Reading

6:00pm|Maple Hall

Giving from the Heart

7:00pm|Depot Art Center

A Light in the Darkness

7:00pm|Church of the Assumption

Welcome Home Celebration

7:00pm|Village Books

Ruach Consort

7:00pm|St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Eagles Hall

Michael Kaeshammer

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Legends of the Blues V

7:30pm|Byrnes Performing Arts Center

Peter and the Star Catcher

7:00pm|Squalicum High School


7:30pm|Mount Baker High School

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Bellingham Repertory Dance's Emerge

7:30pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Cheese Fest

10:00am|Everybody's Store

Holiday Farmers Market

10:00am|Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

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8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

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Sound of Music Singalong

1:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

A Musical Thanksgiving

2:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Harmony from Discord with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

The 25th Hour

4:00pm|Village Books

Southside Community Meal

5:00pm|Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Way North Comedy Showcase

7:00pm|Farmstrong Brewing Co.

Rutie Dornfeld, John Miller

7:00pm|YWCA Ballroom

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Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Wander + Camber Beer Dinner

6:30pm|Camber Cafe

Rocks & Gems

7:00pm|Bloedel Donovan Community Building


9:30pm|Green Frog

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