Great new addition to the Birch Bay Discovery Days events–a Crab Derby and Fest. Challenge the crab you caught against others and eat a bunch, too. See birchbaychamber.com for more details.
We had a new experience for Thanksgiving 2013, traveling to eastern Washington with our friends Roger and Naomi Murphy to join their group of extended family and friends. The Methow Valley log lodge and bunkhouse accommodated 16 adults and nine children (including a ten-week old baby) comfortably.
We spent Christmas in Ohio with Ruth’s son, Geord, his wife Mary, their son Ryder and daughter Mackenzie, and Mary’s father. We flew Allegiant Air from Bellingham to Las Vegas, as explained in the previous post. Taking Southwest Airlines to Columbus got us in late on the 23rd. The tree was already up and glowing, thanks to Mackenzie’s pleas. The custom had been to get the tree and decorate it Christmas Eve, but she wanted to enjoy it for a few days prior; such a wise young woman.
After a fine, food-filled visit including another new experience at a Brazilian steakhouse, we made our Southwest-Allegiant Las Vegas connection smoothly and were home the same day we departed Ohio.
New Year’s Eve in Birch Bay is marked by the Ring of Hope and Fire when people place flares, lights, and added this year–Chinese Lanterns. We had thought the latter were a great idea after seeing them last July 4th. However, after finding the remnant of one, our concerns for marine life hazard dampened our enthusiasm.
New Year’s Day celebrated the 32nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge, followed by the 2nd Annual International Broom Hockey Tournament in the Birch Bay WaterSlides parking lot. A lot of hilarity, some skill, and a VERY lopsided victory for the Canadians!
We wish everyone a happy, healthy, vigorous 2014!
Most Whatcom County residents know a CSA as a Community Supported Agriculture produce supplier. The Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm is a Community Supported Aquaculture oyster provider.
Started in 2001, the first manager we met in 2004 or so was Geoff Menzies. Steve Seymour, a recently retired Fish and Wildlife Department employee, has now taken on that responsibility.
Because of impaired water quality, Drayton Harbor is closed to shellfish harvest from November through February. Even during the spring harvest period, harvest will be temporarily suspended for six days following 24-hour rain events of 3/4 inch of rain or more.
The 2013 season is up and running now, and CSA members can receive 13 dozen oysters for $100 over the season; that can be one, two or more dozen at a time, ordered in response to the manager’s email announcement that oysters are available. Non-members can purchase oysters for $8.00 a dozen while supplies last.
Steve disperses the oysters from Gate 3 dock in the Blaine Marina, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market on Saturday.
He has recently teamed up with the aquaculture program at the Bellingham Technical College, from which students will volunteer with the oyster farm and manage projects as part of their course work.
For more information, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Brown is the organizer of this event. A native of a farm in England, Brown traveled to the U.S., where he met his wife on the East Coast and eventually found his way to Bellingham where he began fishing for salmon and tuna. He eventually bought and out-fitted his own boat.
Prior to the canning event, Brown and a friend sliced frozen tuna with a buzzsaw to sizes that were easily handled. Seven ounces of trimmed chunks were put in small jars with oil and some carrot, then pressure cooked. Grow Northwest Magazine‘s November 2012 issue has a feature article on Jeremy and a previous event.
Google and other search sites provide details. Local contact is Maria Bronstein at Mariaken19@aol.com.
VIA Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro, the only property on the water side of central Birch Bay Drive, recently opened for business under the experienced eye of Mr. Yoon Oh. This genial and optimistic restauranteur welcomes patrons with a warm handshake and cheerful smile. He offers us boat-side service if we ever paddle up in our kayak.
|VIA Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro|
|View of Birch Bay from VIA|
The main improvement was replacing the musty old carpeting with an appealing hardwood floor. And, of course, the exterior Ivory Palace paint that erased the former dull brown. The dining area, bar and espresso counter offer amazing views of the bay, ever changing with the weather and the tide level.
Many of the staff are familiar to Birch Bay patrons from their previous service at the former CJ’s Beachhouse.
|Scrumptious fish with fries|
|Scrumptious fish with salad|
Take equal portions of fantastic food, great drinks, delightful company, glorious weather, hot blue-grass music and sensational location, stir slightly and serve. You’ll have a winning recipe for the 10th Annual Harvest Dinner.