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With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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This Week

The Gristle

‘That Day Is No More’

‘THAT DAY IS NO MORE’: Lummi Nation last week sent their final response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with 240 pages of documentation in support of their claim that the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal pier would materially harm their fishing rights, protected by federal treaty, at Cherry Point. Tribal leaders believe the submittal provides USACE with all of the information the federal agency needs to make a determination on whether the transit and loading (and ballast

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Waterfront cleanup plan could approach $20 million


Bellingham City Council this week learned more about the master plan to clean and develop former industrial property south of the old Georgia Pacific mill site for use as a new city park. On Aug. 27, the state Department of Ecology released its review and recommendations for the cleanup of environmental hazards related to wood-treatment and wood waste at the foot of Cornwall Avenue. The agency seeks public comment on the plan.

Various companies operated a lumber mill and treated wood on the

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Darling, we’re late


Some of the best love songs are those whose lyrics perch precariously between “I adore you, let’s be happy forever” and “I’m miserable without you, where have you gone?” Together, the melody and words of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash’s 1943 ballad “Speak Low” take the shape of a vaporous question: “We’re late, darling we’re late/The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon.” Too late for what, exactly? Something has just happened, and something else is about to

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A Full Life

Of peanuts and politics


Nanu-Nanu and Pet Rocks. Mood rings, platform shoes, CBs, and “May the Force be with you.” Saturday Night Fever, Pac-Man, disco suits, and Olivia Newton John on roller skates.

If you’re of a Certain Age, these things may bring back memories, but in the new book A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter, this 90-year-old remembers much more.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born in October 1924 in Georgia, and raised mostly in a small town called Archery, where his family was one of two that was

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Urban Stream Series

What’s up with Whatcom Creek


Whatcom Creek runs approximately four miles through the heart of Bellingham. One can walk along much of its reaches on the Whatcom Creek trail from Lake Whatcom, where our city gets its drinking water, all the way to the mouth as it enters into inner Bellingham Bay.

“Whatcom,” meaning “noisy waters”, got its name from the loud set of cascades near its mouth where Lummi fishing camps were once set up to harvest the annual runs of healthy salmon.

While this urban creek may appear to have a

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First Thursday

Make your way through Mount Vernon


Just so you don’t confuse it with other art walks, Mount Vernon has decided to have theirs on the first Thursday of the month instead of Friday—Thurs., Sept. 3, to be specific.

Difficult as it was to preview the show on the weekend beforehand, during a vicious windstorm, I found quite a few nice surprises.

The first surprise was delicious. At Forte Chocolates (700 S. First St.), headquarters of the chocolatier Karen Neugebauer, I discovered one of America’s outstanding small chocolate

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Cosmos Bistro

The epitome of awesome


When Jamison Rogayan describes the fare to diners at Cosmos Bistro, there’s a good chance he may use the word “awesome” more than a few times when referring to that day’s menu.

He is not a liar. I’ve been to Cosmos for breakfast (once), lunch (once) and dinner (twice) and have yet to put a bite of food in my mouth that could not be described as “awesome.”

While it’s true Jamison has a vested interest in promoting the eatery—he co-owns it with Cinnamon Berg, the masterful chef responsible

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On Stage

Finding the Grail

Bellingham Theatre Guild’s Capital Campaign


While King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table stampeded back and forth across the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) stage during a rehearsal of Monty Python’s Spamalot last Friday night, the basement of the venerable performance space was seeing an equal amount of action.

Both those above and those below were seeking their own grails. In the play, the actors were galloping across the countryside on invisible horses hoping to discover the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, while those

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Songs of Seattle


With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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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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Sep 02


Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through September at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Salmon Dinner Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at the final "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" of the season aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Eat Local Month: Sustainable Connections' Eat Local Month kicks off with a Launch Party and showing of the film Real Food at 5:30pm Wed., Sept. 2 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Events happening through the month include a Master Gardening composting workshop (Sept. 6), the Co-op's Farm Fund Hootenanny (Sept. 6), an Eat Local Incognito Dinner (Sept. 12), Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 11-20), the Whatcom County Farm Tour (Sept. 12), a Field Dinner (Sept. 12), Taylor Shellfish Farms Tour (Sept. 16), Bite more »

Wednesday Farmers Market: The Wednesday Farmers Market takes place from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. (behind Village Books). The market continues weekly through Sept. 30. more »

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Suss out summer offerings at the weekly Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm every Wednesday through September at Hammer Heritage Park. more »

Green Drinks: Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks taking place from 5-7pm at the Old Town Cafe, 316 W. Holly St. Tonight's event will be hosted by Whatcom Extension, who have a wide variety of programs focused on education around farming, gardening, natural resources and human health. Staff will be on hand to discuss more about how their programs can benefit you. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Group Run: All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Paddling Particulars: Kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders can get an overview of some fresh and saltwater places awaiting their discovery at a "Paddling Whatcom County" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register in advance for the free event. more »

Skagit Topics: Skagit County barn owners wishing to learn more about the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative can show up for a "Skagit Topics" presentation on the topic at 6pm at La Conner's Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St. Those in attendance can also get assistance filling out applications to get their structures on the Heritage Barn Register. more »

Brewers Cruise: Sample liquid goods from Boundary Bay Brewery, Georgetown Brewery, and Bainbridge Island Brewing at San Juan Cruises' "Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise" starting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $35. more »

A Dangerous Descent: Local author and former lawyer Marian Exall reads from her latest mystery, A Dangerous Descent, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the second of this series, the main character's search for her mentor's estranged daughter takes her to the Dordogne region of rural France, where she uncovers a troubled past that parallels her own. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

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