Port's holiday gingerbread contest approaching


Marie Duckworth, community relations coordinator for the Port of Bellingham, suggests that Whatcom County families play with their food this Thanksgiving - in order to enter the annual Gingerbread Contest for the upcoming Holiday Port Festival the first weekend in December.

To make an edible sculpture for the contest is an exercise in creativity, Marie says. This year's contest theme is "Landmarks," and contestants can compete in one of nine age-or-group categories.

Now in its 18th year, the contest is free and open to all ages and abilities. Entries don't have to be houses or be made of gingerbread, but they must be visibly edible. The main thing is to have fun and be creative, says Marie.

The contest is part of the Holiday Port Festival, a Port of Bellingham event that takes place Dec. 6-8 at Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The family-friendly event will feature performances from local bands, choirs and dance troupes, along with fire truck rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, art activities for children, visits with Santa Claus, and the gingerbread contest display.

Families, community groups and classrooms of school-age children have all made a tradition out of entering the contest every year, which typically receives more than 80 entries from bakers. Many of the entries are donated to a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Entry forms are due Monday, Dec. 2. Details: portofbellingham.com/gingerbreadcontest, 360-676-2500.


Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company invite poets to be part of the 2014 Phrasings Collaboration for Writers & Dancers.

There are two ways to participate: Submit a finished piece of writing to be selected by a choreographer to incorporate into a new dance, or submit a piece of writing for a live collaboration in which the writer and choreographer will work side by side to create something new.

Submission deadline is Nov. 30. The eighth annual phrasings will take place April 11, 12 and 13 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, in Fairhaven.


Break out your magnifying glass! Allied Arts of Whatcom County will host "Petite Fours: Miniature Art Show" in December, opening during the monthly Downtown Art Walk on Dec. 6.

Participation is open to all current Allied Arts members. Artists can sign up for membership when they drop of their work. Work submitted may not exceed 6 inches in any direction and can be either a wall hanging or sculptural.

Submission forms are available at alliedarts.org and at Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

The show is not juried; just drop off your work and form between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, Dec. 3 or 4.

Depending on the response, Allied Arts might need to limit the number of pieces submitted for the show and will consider first come, first accepted. The show will run Dec. 6-19.

Allied Arts is a nonprofit gallery. Details: Katy Borden, 360-676-8548, ext., 2; or katy@alliedarts.org.


The Third Annual Bellingham Native American Heritage Day celebration takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.

Performers include violinist Swil Kanim, pianist Cindy Minkler, guitarist and vocalist J.P. Falcon Grady, and vocalist and drummer Denise Salomon.

The concert, produced by HonorWorks, a nonprofit organization, is held in conjunction with National Native American Heritage Month.

Coming up Wednesday, Dec. 4, is the inaugural Honoring Inspiration Film Festival at Pickford Film Center, also sponsored by Honorworks. Entries focus on stories, situations and music that have inspired people to model self-awareness, honesty, integrity and acceptance. Details: honorworks.net.


Many Whatcom County musicians perform and attend the annual Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle each Memorial Day weekend, and if you're interested in participating, here is some essential information ...

Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers and instructors to participate in the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival, to be held May 23-26 at Seattle Center. The submission deadline is Dec. 1. For details, go to nwfolklife.org/perform-at-the-festival.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com.

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