My Thoughts

Here’s a little known fact: The Old Settlers Association Picnic is Washington State’s oldest continually running celebration! And (we think) the oldest on the WEST COAST! Since 1895 (that’s 124 years – Whatcom Old Settlers have been celebrating with one hell of a picnic. Needless to say, it has evolved since then. It now is the perfect reason to get the WHOLE family together for 4-days of great family FUN: Live music, beer garden, wagon rides, Elvis (impersonator), parade, clowns, face-painting, 5K fun run, barn dance – even church service and old time hymn singing on Sunday. (See ALL the events and activities on page 7). But of course the real draw is the collection of original Whatcom County cabins that have been rescued from all over the county and restored/preserved for your enjoyment. These are local treasures that many volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain for your enjoyment and I urge you to check them out. If you haven’t made your summer bucket list – or you feel like summer is slipping away – put this on the top.

The other don’t miss event (for those that are so inclined) – Bellingham Budfest at Zuanich Point Park on Sunday, July 14 from 12Noon - 9pm This first time “Family Friendly” event looks to have great weather, vendors, food trucks, music and I would venture to say, an over all chill vibe J Be sure and say hi to the folks from 2020 Solutions.

Perennial Bellingham summer must dos: Elizabeth Park concerts, outdoor movies in Fairhaven, Downtown Sounds concerts, Boulevard Park concerts, a picnic in Whatcom Falls park and Birch Bay at low tide – all FREE!

The other night I celebrated a first at our house – BOTH of my kids were at work (as any parent will attest, this is definitely a reason to celebrate) and I was left home with silence and complete control of the TV – oh happy day! Proud to say they got their jobs without the help of mom – and I’m sure that makes being employed that much sweeter. It’s funny how the fact that your son has a job washing dishes, can bring a smile to your face. I’m hopeful he’ll be the best darn dishwasher they’ve ever had – and most importantly – he’ll learn the value of a dollar well earned. My daughter is learning that there’s more to building roads and bridges than just calculus equations. And that’s a good thing.


JAN 11 &25| FEB 8 & 22 | MARCH 8 & 22 | APRIL 5 & 19 |
MAY 10 & 24 | JUNE 7 & 21 | JULY 12 &26 | AUGUST 9 & 23 |
SEPT 6& 20 | OCT 4 & 18 | NOV8 & 22 | DEC 6 & 20

Tami Johnson