Heard on the street: Via Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro is aiming at a March 2-3 weekend opening. If all goes as planned.
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.
The Fourth Corner Slow Food Chapter organized the event at Bellewood Acres with support from and proceeds going to four local organizations. The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, of which the Chums of Terrell Creek are a subset, received a share of those proceeds, along with the Exploration Academy, Sustainable Connections and the Common Threads Farm.
Bellewood Acres has another connection with the Chums of Terrell Creek. The tree planting and give-away on Birch Bay Drive sprung from contact with Dorie Belisle, co-owner and marketing whiz of Bellewood, who was managing the Farmers Growing Trees for Salmon project when we called her about getting free trees for the Terrell Creek bank side of the lot we had just purchased. She regretfully reported that all the trees advertised were gone, but wondered if we would be interested in planting some more for future give-away.
Not having a clue about tree-planting and wondering if this small lot could possibly accommodate sufficient trees to be worthwhile, we invited her to come out and assess the site. She came, she saw and she opined that we could plant 1000 plugs in this little space. We did that for two cycels (two years each), until the program ended.
The spread at the Bellewood Acres Harvest Dinner site was abundant and varied.
And a great time was had by all.
Hope to see you at next year’s Harvest Dinner.
The new Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro will open in about a month in the building we know and love as the “Blue Fish.” This according to Mr. Yoon, the proprietor, who I met Wednesday evening. He was working hard and sweating from cleaning the place up but smiling as he pointed to the liquor license application on the door.
But the picture is bleak at the Beach House that many are wistfully calling Stefanie’s again. I’m hearing that, if new management doesn’t appear soon, the season will be lost. A former employee explained that when Wynstra folded the leasing company pulled out all the equipment and that will take time to replace.
Down the drive, the CJ Wijns space was purchased by ‘Grand Bay’ condo owners who are advertising for an operator. There, too, nothing is left – including that nice furniture.
Word is the golf course is an impossible situation because the high cost of water to keep the grass alive could never be covered by green fees.
Turning to the beach, we understand Birch Bay and Blaine have been separated in a petition by ReSources to require participation in stormwater permit requirements. There was consideration that Blaine does not have enough population to be included but that, we understand, has been resolved. This is a WIN for the folks who run the Blaine city government – Dept. of Ecology pressure will enhance their stature of having the 97th worst polluted body of water in the state.