All posts by June Hathaway

Downtown Sounds update -location change for Rebirth Brass Band

Last week’s Downtown Sounds show got doused by a summer downpour. Taking no chances, organizers have moved this week’s show, featuring New Orleans legends the Rebirth Brass Band, to the drier, but still outside-ish, environs of the Depot Market. The aptly named Raincity opens.

Downtown Sounds will be back on Bay Street as usual next Wednesday.

Downtown Sounds, July 17, 5pm
Rebirth Brass Band and Raincity
Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.

Downtown Sounds kicks off tonight with Polecat

Downtown Bellingham Partnership celebrates 15 years of free shows

Happy birthday to Downtown Sounds! My, how you’ve grown. I remember watching the first show set up in the alley next to the Wild Buffalo. Now DTS covers two blocks centered at Bay and Prospect Streets, one of which is 99% beer garden.

In addition to the onsite beer and food vendors, several nearby establishments are offering Downtown Sounds specials this summer.

The Cabin has added a Wednesday night taco night (don’t worry, Thursday is still taco night too!), the Wild Buffalo has half-price wells and drafts/$2 off cocktails until 10pm, and Bayou on Bay has late dinner service, half price refreshers, and $1 oyster shots. And if you just want to hit up happy hour before the show, check out the downtown happy hour list. The Cabin, Temple Bar, Jack’s, and the Grand are all within a block of the action.

Here’s the season lineup. Shows are at Prospect and Bay Streets and start at 5:30pm.

July 10: Polecat & Friends (Bluegrass/Americana)

July 17:  Rebirth Brass Band w/ Raincity (Brass Band/Funk)

July 24: Orchestra Zarabanda w/ Bilongo Quintet & Sabrina Gomez (Salsa/Cuban/Jazz)

July 31: Sepiatonic w/ Analog Brass (Electro-Vaudeville-Dance Party/Brass-House)

August 7: Monophonics w/ Willdabeast (Soul)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kicks off Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema season on June 22

Here’s the summer lineup for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Movies are shown behind Village Books on the Fairhaven Village Green, 10th and Mill. Live entertainment starts at 8:15, movies at dark. BYO chair or blanket. Admission is $5, free for kids under five.

June 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Strangely and Bellowing open

June 29: Spiderman, Into the Spiderverse, Wren & Della open

July 6: Top Gun, The Sweet Goodbyes open

July 13: Bohemian Rhapsody, DJ Westwood opens

July 20: Mary Poppins Returns, Talia Keys opens

July 27: Ten Things I Hate About You, Azara Tribal Bellydance opens

Aug. 3: Jurassic Park, Aaron J. Shay opens

Aug. 10: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Havilah Rand opens

Aug. 17: Grease, Brian Ernst opens

Aug. 24: The Princess Bride, Psychedelic Cowboys open

Bellingham wins at the 2019 North American Beer Awards

Bellingham breweries had a strong showing at the North American Beer Awards this month, bringing home a total of 14 medals. In addition, Chuckanut Brewery won overall in the Best Large Brewery category. Here are the winning breweries and their entries, listed in order of domination.

Chuckanut Brewery

Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock

Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer

Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier

Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport

Wander Brewing

Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout

Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale

Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse

Kulshan Brewing Company

Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager

Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose

Aslan Brewing Company

Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer

Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse

Melvin Brewing

Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale

Q13-Fox: Bellingham teen let go as camp counselor by Christian organization because he is gay

Hana Kim at Q-13 Fox News covered gay teen Jace Taylor’s termination from his camp counselor position by the Firs, a christian organization that runs a variety of camps and retreats. This article includes the full statement from Firs Executive Director Tom Beaumont.

Bellingham teen let go as camp counselor by Christian organization because he is gay (Q13-Fox)

Barkley Village Wednesday Market starts today

by June Hathaway

I’m going to miss the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The walk along the bay from downtown to Fairhaven is lovely in the summer. I enjoyed wandering among the market stalls, people watching, and stretching out on the grass to catch some rays while half-listening to the buskers.

I must admit, however, that I never bought so much as single radish.

It seems I wasn’t alone in this. Citing declining sales, the Wednesday Farmers Market has pulled up stakes and moved to Barkley Village.  The new Barkley Market kicks off this afternoon from 2pm-6pm with a grand opening featuring music from Lefty and the Right Hand Band. The market will continue every Wednesday through September.

 

WTA adding direct service to airport starting June 17

Starting June 17,  Whatcom Transit Authority’s number 3 bus will stop right outside the baggage claim area at Bellingham International Airport.

Currently, WTA Route 3 gets as close to the airport as Bakerview Road and Airport Way. Passengers could then call a shuttle to take them the remaining half mile.  The new service will take passengers right to the terminal building.

Route 3 departs the WTA Downtown Station hourly from 6:40am to 6:40pm Monday through Friday, and from 7:40am to 5:40pm on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

City relaxes food truck location rules in time for summer street snackin’

Citing public interest in food trucks and “more creative uses of underutilized parking spaces,” the city announced new rules governing food truck, sidewalk vendors and “parklets,” curb-level decks that extend the sidewalk into the street. The parklets can be used as sidewalk cafes where the existing sidewalk in front of a restaurant is narrower than the required eight feet.

Previously, food trucks had to park on private property. Now they will be able to reserve metered street parking spaces. It’s not a free-for-all, though. The new rules limit food truck parking space permits to ten per district, and each permit must be approved by the abutting business or property owner, as well any restaurants within 50 feet.

Sidewalk vendors aren’t limited in number, but will require similar  approval from neighboring businesses.

Read the full guide with new rules here.