Below is a picture of Ruth and Al in the Blaine July 4th parade. Ruth is in the blue shirt holding the large banner. Al is walking behind the sign with a dark blue hat and a light blue sweater.
and valued members of the Birch Bay (and surrounding area) community. They raised two boys in Birch Bay after moving here from Syracuse, New York. The C shop is probably the most recognizable landmark in Birch Bay and is famous for its tasty home-made candy and other goodies.
I appreciated the invitation to join the celebration and am glad to be their neighbors.
|Pat and Pat with one of their sons. Her wedding dress is on her right|
|Pat and Pat in the car model they drove on their wedding day|
|Pat and Pat, with their two sons, drink a toast to their continued happiness. |
The wedding cake is a replica of the one they had at their wedding 50 years ago
|Danielka (dark shirt) and A.J. (red shirt) fish from Birch Bay Dr. bridge over|
|Here is Danielka with the netted Salmon|
The Big Three Events: July 4th Fireworks, the Blaine July 4th Parade and the Birch Bay Music Festival
A big part of the summer fun in Birch Bay are three events that happen each year. The first two take place on July 4th and bring the biggest crowds to the BB. As usual, Birch Bay had a explosively spectacular July 4th with the beaches lined with folks shooting fireworks over the Bay. I like to describe this event as an anarchic ballet. I have written a couple of blogs about it. You should come to see it for yourself sometime. The blogs are at this links:
I will not write more about the 2013 July 4th, but post below a few pictures of the event:
|Before dark comes, some folks shoot roman candles over the Bay|
|A boy enjoys a sparkler on the beach|
|The crowd has assembled and is waiting for dark|
|Preparing a hot air balloon|
|When dark finally comes, Birch Bay's sky lights up|
|Boy Scouts march in the Blaine July 4th Parade|
|Icelandic Heritage Society had many folks in the parade|
|Tractors were a big part of the parade|
|One young parade watcher gathered lots of candy tossed by passing floats|
This year is the third Birch Bay Music Festival. It gets bigger every year. In 2013, the Festival has 18 bands playing from 3:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday at 5:00 p.m. For the third year, I just heard Rebekah Ann Curtis sign and play her guitar. I always enjoy her music.
The place is crowded with booths, a small train ride for kids, and a music stage. Food is plentiful at the C Shop and the Bay Cafe across the street from the venue. The crowds seem more than ample for such a small space.
You can read about the 2013 Birch Bay Music Festival at this website: http://birchbaymusicfestival.com/
|Danielka playing tennis|
|Pirate Danielka with his Aunt Natalia|
|One of the youngest pirates|
|Winner of one of the best pirate costume award|
|AJ. and Danielka|
|Danieka and the bottom third of one of the|
paintings at the Whatcom Art Museum
|One of the few paintings I liked in the exhibition entitled |
"Nature in the Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change"
at the Whatcom Art Museum
We also appreciate the Art Museum's offering of a history cruise around Bellingham Bay, which we greatly enjoyed. The tour lasts for 2 1/2 hours and is narrated by a historian who tells interest elements of the history of the city and county as the boat glides about the Bay. The night of our cruise has perfect weather, so we had some spectacular views of the Bellingham, Fairhaven, and Mt. Baker. We were wowed by what we saw.
Here are a few shots from the boat:
|Bellingham Old City Hall (Red Building) and Mt. Baker|
|Fairhaven area of Bellingham (The grey building in the front on the water is one of the few remaining buildings of the American-Pacific Fisheries Cannery, which a century ago was the largest Pacific salmon processing cannery in the world|
|Danielka, Natalia, and Oxana enjoy the cruise|
|A Bellingham seal watches us watch him|
One other thing that Danielka and I have been working on this summer: a book titled “Kaboy the Magician and the Intergalactic Locusts.” We have the plot worked out and three chapters drafted. The book is about a young boy, a visitor from Russia, in Birch Bay who discovers that he is destined to lead the fight against an invasion by the seemingly invincible Intergalactic Locusts, marauders from a planet in another galaxy who periodically invade planets like earth to gather valuable resources for their own use. To be successful, Kaboy must use secrets passed on to him by The Magicians, highly intelligent beings who nearly 14,000 years ago discovered too late how the Locusts could be defeated and, as their people perished, found a way to transmit those secrets for use on earth when the Locusts returned.
Look for it soon at your local Amazon store.
It has been a great summer in Birch Bay. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to return to the Birch Bay Music Festival to listen to more music.