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A sunset sail into Bellingham’s illustrious past

Passengers see the Bellingham waterfront during a History Sunset Cruise in 2014.
Passengers see the Bellingham waterfront during a History Sunset Cruise in 2014.

Whatcom Museum’s history cruises return, along with the annual Summer Festival and Elizabeth Park concerts, and cemetery and historical home tours.

Maritime history

Whatcom Museum’s summer History Sunset Cruise series returns for its 33rd year with a waterfront tour aboard the 100-foot Victoria Star from 6:15-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Tickets are $28-$35, depending on age and size of group (5 and younger free). BYO picnic, beverages available for purchase. Info: 360-778-8930,,

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Families attend the Everson- Nooksack Summer Festival parade in 2011 at Everson City Park in Everson. LAUREN OWENS FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Parade, festival

Main Street Everson Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, from Nooksack Middle School, 404 W. Columbia St., Nooksack. It’s part of the annual Summer Festival sponsored by the Everson-Nooksack Chamber of Commerce that runs Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 10, at local parks. It features sports such as a 3-on-3 hoops tournament and a Run Like a Girl 5K fun run. Info:

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The entrance to Elizabeth Park in Bellingham in 2015. Philip A. Dwyer The Bellingham Herald

Bowie tribute

Elizabeth Park Concert Series continues with Scary Monster and the Super Creeps, a David Bowie tribute band, at the park, at Washington and Elizabeth streets in the Columbia neighborhood, free from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Food available for purchase. Info: 360-778-7700,

“Good Time Girls” Marissa McGrath, left, and Sara Holodnick, right, are shown in 2014 at the Bureau of Historical Investigation in Bellingham. Staff THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Mysterious happenings

Bureau of Historical Investigation leads a free public tour of Bayview Cemetery, 1420 Woburn St., from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, featuring the “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem!” Meet at Veterans Memorial through Lakeway Drive entrance. Advance registration required. Info: 360-778-7150, Bayview Cemetery on Facebook, and

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The Pickett House was built in 1856 and is one of the oldest standing buildings in Bellingham. Staff The Bellingham Herald

Historical home

See the oldest wooden structure in Washington that’s still on its original site with a tour of the Pickett House Museum, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at 910 Bancroft St. Admission is by donation to the home on Peabody Hill where Army Capt. George E. Pickett settled in 1856. Later, as a Confederate general, Pickett led the infamous 1863 infantry assault at the Battle of Gettysburg. Info: 360-733-5873,

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.