Best Bets: Mark Schrader shares sailing trek through Northwest Passage

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 18, 2014 

Mark Schrader

Bellingham traveler and sailor Mark Schrader as he presents a travelogue titled "An Ice Free Northwest Passage" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.

MARK SCHRADER — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Come and experience an armchair journey with Bellingham traveler and sailor Mark Schrader as he presents a travelogue titled "An Ice Free Northwest Passage" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.

Schrader is the Around the Americas Project Director and Captain of S/V Ocean Watch. With more than 130,000 miles of ocean racing and sailing, including two singlehanded world circumnavigations. He was the first American to complete a singlehanded circumnavigation via the five great Capes of the Southern Ocean.

He has been a strong advocate and spokesperson for many local and international marine education projects. When he's not sailing, the native Nebraskan has made a small farm in Northwestern Washington his home port for more than 30 years.

Follow S/V Ocean Watch and her crew during their historic 13-month circumnavigation of the Americas. Launched to build awareness of important ocean health issues the Around the Americas voyage combines science, adventure and education to tell the story.

Light refreshments served.

Admission is free for museum members; suggested donation is $3.

Details: 360-778-7000.

"WHITE CHRISTMAS" AT LYNDEN HIGH SCHOOL

Lynden High School Performing Arts presents Irving Berlin's musical "White Christmas" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, a 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 27-March 1 at Judson Auditorium, 516 Main St., in Lynden.

You will be taken back to the 1950s with songs and dances to keep you humming and tapping for days to come. Bring the whole family for a wonderful night of entertainment.

Among the tunes, in addition to the singable title song, are "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing," "Sisters" and "Count Your Blessings."

Tickets, $9 general admission for adults, $7 students and seniors and $10.50 for reserved seating, are available at the door.

LACONNER SMELT DERBY

The Rotary Club of La Conner hosts it 49th Annual Smelt Derby beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Swinomish Dock and the South Basin Dock (by the Swinomish Yacht Club on the north side of 1st Street).

Bring your family and friends. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and then take the kids to the fish painting workshop (don't forget to pick up your painting before you head home). The derby starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

Dress warmly.

The Smelt Derby Dance begins that evening at 7 p.m. at Maple Hall, 1st St and Commercial streets.

Admission is $15 per person and includes one drink and snacks (beer, wine, soda, water available for purchase).

Tickets available at the door, from a La Conner Rotarian or from the La Conner Chamber Proceeds benefit the La Conner Regional Library Building Fund.

Details: 360-870-9509.

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