Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Farm Share Fair

Invest in your community

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I recently skimmed over a headline on social media that caught my attention—more than all the political posts that I’ve trained myself not to engage with, or the typical click-bait that promises to give me the secret to melt my body fat away. The headline read, “Is the CSA Model Broken?”

For those that might not know, CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, and it’s essentially a box of local food or a subscription to a local farm.

The post was intended to reach a group of…

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Especially Special

A canny collection at MoNA

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

When one person’s lifetime art collection turns up at a museum, you’re glimpsing their biography. Such is the case with “Especially Special: A Celebration of Betty Black and Her Collection of Art,” currently on display at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner. 

Born on the Isle of Skye, Betty was raised in a manor house in Wick, Scotland. After marrying her childhood friend Ian, a World War II aviator and physician, the adventurous couple moved from England to the Northwest…

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Write On

Your words go here

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Last winter, when Cascadia Weekly revived its long-lost Fiction 101 Contest, we weren’t sure what to expect. But as the editors read through the plethora of entries from community members in Whatcom and Skagit counties to winnow the submissions before handing them off to our judge, we realized we needn’t have worried.

The works of short fiction—all were 101 words or less, hence the title of the competition—were a marvel. Some were hilarious, others were cautionary tales, and more than…

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Rock Out

Fun with flagstone

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

For years, I lived under the assumption that rocks are inanimate objects. But once I started building trails in the North Cascades, everything flew out the window. 

From the inaugural boulder I unearthed from the root-gnarled banks of Suiattle River to each scree slope, talus field, boulder jumble and cliff face that served to thwart my progress ever since, I have labored toward the belief that rocks are living things.

Rocks can talk and walk. I’ve witnessed these and many other…

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Climate Resilience

Lands commissioner releases plan for climate change

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Washington’s communities have seen dramatic increases in the severity of wildfires, floods and drought. At the same time, degraded and lost habitat have put wildlife like orcas and salmon on the edge of extinction.

Climate change threatens the productivity of Washington’s farms, forests and communities, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize those threats and create new opportunities in making the state more resilient, according to a new report released by the Washington…

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On Stage


Of stardom and success

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

While it’s true that several META Performing Arts alums have performed on Broadway and other notable stages in the theater and film industry, getting famous is not necessarily the goal where the longtime Skagit County nonprofit is concerned.

But don’t try telling that to the fictional characters META is bringing to life via showings of Fame: The Musical through March 7 at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre. In the 1980s-era song-and-dance spectacular, students of New York City’s…

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Hit the Road, Jack

Out-of-town sounds

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I love Bellingham. Most of the time, it has the ability to meet nearly all of my needs.

However, at fairly regular intervals, I find myself wanting to get the heck out of town and explore what is beyond the city limits. This has led me hither and yon, to the various nooks and crannies, hills and hollows, and sights and sounds of Whatcom and Skagit counties. My near-home journeying has seen me square dance in Edison, line dance in Ferndale—and cheer enthusiastically during a…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood


The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle
Managing Expectations

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS: Bellingham City Council’s natural resources committee this week discussed the update of the next five-year management work plan for Lake Whatcom in preparation for the adoption of the plan in coming weeks. The update is the fifth in a series of projects, programs…

Amy Goodman

“People with low or moderate incomes do not get the same medical attention as those with high incomes. The poor have more sickness, but they get less medical care,” so said the president of the United States in a message to Congress.

No, that wasn’t President Donald Trump in 2020. It…

Rumor Has It
Of bongos and backwards balls

Darn near every time I see him, my friend Howard says to me, “Have you been to Cafe Blue in Fairhaven yet?”

I must confess that I have not, despite hearing only good things about the relatively new coffee shop and bakery where they will give you a wee glass of warm milk for the dunking…

Homeless strategies

Whatcom County’s Homeless Strategies Workgroup (HSW) is tasked, in part, to “identify ways to address the needs of the county’s homeless population and prevent people from having no…

A handy reminder

Let’s remember and repeat that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016. The Americans who voted did not elect Trump.
A majority of voting Americans did not want a bullying, cheating,…

Warren is the one

As Elizabeth Warren pointed out in a recent debate, Bernie, Biden, and Buttigieg together have lost 30 elections. She has never lost an election and is the only Democratic presidential…

Today's Events
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest


The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our second annual “Fiction 101” contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and younger) and…

Fame, the Musical


Follow the highs and lows of the final class of New York City’s illustrious High School for the Performing Arts when META Performing Arts continues its showings of the musical FAME at 7:30pm…

All the Great Books (Abridged)


Monty Python meets an English class when drama students present the comedy All the Great Books! (Abridged) at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at school’s headquarters at…



The Burlington-Edison High School Drama program presents the musical Godspell at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the BHS Cafetorium, 301 N. Burlington Blvd. Through a variety of games,…

My Fair Lady


Drama students present performances of the classic musical My Fair Lady at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the Ferndale High School Auditorium, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets will be $8-$10…

The Curious Savage


John Patrick’s sentimental comedy, A Curious Savage, concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655…

Typhoon of Tenderness


Dennis McSorley, an award-winning master storyteller and monologist, presents his one-man show Typhoon of Tenderness at 8pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30am-11am every Friday in February on the Interurban Trail. Please bring a…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published…

Cultural Arts Festival


Activities and events focusing on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County will be part of the annual…

Valley Writers


Bring pen and paper or a digital device—and an open mind—to the bimonthly “Valley Writers” meeting from 1pm-3pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants…

Fourth Friday Art Walk


Whatcom Art Market, Peter James Photography, Current & Furbish, Tony’s Coffee & Tea/Harris Avenue Cafe, Village Books, Paper Dreams, Colophon Cafe, Chuckanut Center, Artwood Gallery, Morgan…

The Hobbit


Students ages 9-12 will bring Bilbo Baggins and an assorted cast of characters to life when they present performances of The Hobbit at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the…

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet


The improvised dating game known as “Cupid’s Arrow” returns to the stage at 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings Fridays and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, watch “Fifty Shades…

Sanford-Hill Piano Series


Award-winning pianist Zoltan Fejervari will perform as part of the Sanford-Hill Piano Series at 7:30pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are…

Comedy Night at Chair 9


Sean Flikke hosts a Comedy Night event at 9pm in Glacier at Chair 9, 10459 Mt. Baker Hwy. Expect adult material and plenty of laughs when standup comedians Brett Emerson, Lisa Curtis, Kris…