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Shutdown: a view of Bellingham’s parks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Throughout the past couple of weeks, parks and other public places have closed due to the stay at home orders. Others stay partially open, while also attempting to limit the number of people that are visiting them by blocking parking spaces. To take a closer look, I put on a mask and headed to a few parks.

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Photo Feature: Locally made products at Handmade Market

The handmade market is a rotating selection of local makers hosted by Goods Local Brews and Goods Nursery & Produce. Located at 2626 Northwest Ave. which is open Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm continuing through October. The handmade market intends to create relationships with the customers while offering a direct artists-to-buyers market. All products are made locally which making sustainable high-quality items that last a lifetime.

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Photo Feature: Celebrating Sea Life at SeaFeast

Bellingham SeaFeast is an annual two-day festival on the third weekend of September at Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park. It celebrates the rich maritime culture and heritage, thriving working waterfront (including a water rescue demonstration pictured below), in addition to the enjoyment and conservation of the water resources, seafood industries, and the culinary bounty of the Pacific Northwest. SeaFeast is a non-profit event supported by both public and private entities throughout Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest.

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Scotland’s Highlands brought to the ‘Ham

Photos and story by Meg Jackson

Whether or not you’re of Scottish heritage, everyone was welcome at this year’s Bellingham Scottish Highland Games to enjoy live Celtic music, camel rides, food and merchandise vendors, and to watch the heavy athletics competitions.  The festival takes place at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale during the first weekend of June every year.  Hundreds of people attended to watch and support those competing in the games, such as the sheaf toss and the weight throw.

The sheaf toss is a traditional Scottish sport where the competitor uses a pitchfork to hurl a burlap bag stuffed with straw over a horizontal bar above their head.  The bar is periodically raised by one or two feet, and he or she who gets the bag over the bar at its highest point is the winner.  The weight throw is a similar concept, but competitors must throw a large weight over a bar at the greatest height.  Among the games, music, and vendors was a wildlife encounters show from Predators of the Heart, where people gathered to see and learn about snakes, lizards, birds of prey, wolves, and cougars.


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