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.
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.
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.
Here are the bands scheduled to play at Elizabeth Park this summer. Concerts are on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Bring a sweater – the park’s canopy of old-growth trees keep it cool even on warm summer evenings.
June 20: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, “Gypsy jazz and swing.”
June 27: The Kaeli Earle Trio, “Jazzfunk originals, covers and jams.”
July 4: Brian Butler and Bridge, “Rockin’ rock and steamy blues.”
July 11: Sir Reginold Cosgrove and His Nighttime Singers, “Eclectic, throwback, folk rock.”
July 18: The Di Young Combo, “Sultry jazz and pop ensemble.”
July 25: Fossil Rock, “’50s and ’60s hits.”
August 1: Dr. Jimmy and the Swing Time Serenaders, “Big band.”
August 8: Whitewing with The Soul Shaker Horns, “Sassy soul, funk, blues and R&B.”
August 15: Those Guys, “Oldskool and newskool dance covers.”
Western Washington University has some big construction projects in the works, including a new science building, academic support offices, and the replacement of an old dormitory with a larger one.
The Highland Hall dorms are slated for demolition this fall. They were built in 1956, and house 136 students. The new building will house 400, and will include amenities to make them more appealing to students beyond their first year of school, according to WWU Director of University Communications Paul Cocke. It’s expected to be completed in time for the 2021 fall semester.
WWU’s student housing includes 16 dormitories and an apartment complex, accommodating more than 4,000 students. In the fall of 2018, WWU had 16,121 enrolled students, including a record number of incoming freshmen, who are more likely to live on campus. Eight-eight percent of WWU freshmen spend their first year in the dorms.
Crews will be busy in Boulevard Park all summer, removing the wooden pedestrian overpass at the north end of the park and rerouting utility lines that the overpass currently supports. Both the main park entrance off Bayview Drive and the entrance at the end of the South Bay Trail will be closed intermittently while utilities are rerouted underground. Pedestrian access via the Taylor Street Dock will remain open.
“New underground utilities will be installed in Bayview Drive up to State Street, resulting in predictable services to the park for decades to come,” said Leslie Bryson, Bellingham’s Park and Recreation Director. “The City asks for everyone’s patience while contractors move around the site with large equipment.” Completion expected in September.
Boulevard Pedestrian Overpass was built in the 1970s to provide pedestrian access to the park from State Street prior to the opening of the South Bay Trail in 2004. The overpass is in poor condition, and has been closed for safety reasons since 2016.
Here ya go – bars that will be open Christmas Day/Night, listed in order of opening time. The Wild Buffalo and Cap’s will both have karaoke tonight, with Aireekah Laudert and Zach Zinn as the respective hosts.
The stretch of North State Street dubbed the Alley District has seen a lot of change in the past decade. The neighborhood that was once home to a revolving cast of scrappy shops and arts ventures anchored by the Hub Community Bike Shop is now dominated by condos and apartment blocks. And Honey Moon, which spent that decade serving up mead in the Alley District, is making changes, too. Yummy, boozy changes.
Honey Moon opened in 2009 as a meadery – think a brewpub for mead, a honey-based brew that is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks. The term “honeymoon” is derived from the ancient tradition of celebrating the first month, or moon, of a new marriage by getting blotto with your bae on mead brought by the wedding guests. Honey Moon brews its meads – and ciders – on site. (We reviewed a flight of Honey Moon’s meads back in 2014.)
The recent addition of spirits – reflected in the new “Alley Bar” tagline – opened the door for a roster of cocktails that craftily combine mead with liquor and more traditional mixers, including house-made flavored sodas like root beer and turmeric ginger ale. I couldn’t tell you what turmeric tastes like, but I can certainly tell you that Honey Moon’s ginger ale makes a damn fine whiskey ginger.
The food menu has expanded, too. Happy hour food specials center on $5 whiskey-cider-cheese fondue served with house-made bread, and free bar snacks: snickerdoodle fortune cookies, sweet and salty popcorn and curry pork rinds. (If that last bit sounds familiar, it’s because the wizard behind this kitchen curtain is Michelle Schutte, who instituted a similar happy hour giveaway during her tenure at Redlight.) Happy hour is Monday-Saturday 5-7pm, and you also get a buck off all drinks.
If you’re craving sturdier fare, there are small plates priced from $5 to $8, including a daily soup and salad, pulled pork with locally made Hosa hot sauce, Spanish-style meatballs, baked chevre, and more.