Seniors & Aging

History cruises, music series both seasonal fun for seniors

Bellingham historian Brian Griffin will lead tours aboard the Island Caper on Whatcom Museum’s History Sunset Cruise every Thursday, July 9-Aug. 27.
Bellingham historian Brian Griffin will lead tours aboard the Island Caper on Whatcom Museum’s History Sunset Cruise every Thursday, July 9-Aug. 27. The Bellingham Herald

History cruises

Starting Thursday, July 9, and continuing each Thursday through Aug. 27, Whatcom Museum’s summer history cruises aboard the 100-foot Island Caper offer a close, Bellingham Bay view of parks, businesses, industry and neighborhoods, with historian Brian Griffin as tour guide.

The cruise boards at Squalicum Harbor, 2621 S. Harbor Loop, at 5:30 p.m., departs promptly at 6, and returns around 8:30. The Island Caper seats more than 100, and features a covered upper-deck viewing area, and a bar selling wine and beer.

Tickets are $35 general, $30 for museum members, and $28 per person for groups of eight or more, at Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, ext. 1, and the Ligthcatcher museum store at 250 Flora St. Details:

Mount Baker Theatre Summer Rep

Mount Baker Theatre’s Summer Repertory series features three plays, staged in rotation July 14 through Aug. 9, in intimate Walton Theatre at 104 N. Commercial St.

▪ “The Last Romance” by Joe Dipietro: Widower Ralph takes a different path on his daily walk and finds an unexpected second chance at love. The golden-years romance explores the transformative power of love with tenderness and gentle humor.

▪ “Jake’s Women” by Neil Simon: Jake, a novelist, faces a marital crisis. Through real and imagined conversations with the ladies in his life, Jake finds wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks playing in his mind, occasionally interrupted by visitations from actual females. The women propel him down a witty and wise path of self-reflection.

▪ Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz: Writer Brooke Wyeth returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her wealthy parents, brother and aunt. The reunion is thrown into chaos when Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir dredging up an explosive and tragic event in the family’s history. Politics collide, tempers flare, and secrets come to light in the dramatic comedy.

Tickets are $25 at 360-734-6080 and

Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald on his own

It’s been said it takes only two notes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald, whose hits with the ’70s-era Doobie Brothers include “What A Fool Believes,” plus solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’.” The five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and keyboardist performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Mount Baker Theatre.

Tickets, $49 to $89, are at 360-734-6080 and

Summer music at Vartanyan winery

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy wine and music at Vartanyan Estate Winery, 1628 Huntley Road, near Noon Road off of Mount Baker Highway. Kids are welcome, if under adult supervision. Admission is $7, and all shows start at 6 p.m.

July 18: Chuck Dingee and Carr Johnson perform classic rock.

July 25: The Dagwoods play classic and current rock, country, soul, and rhythm and blues.

Aug. 8: The Vertical StringBand plays Americana, including swing, blues, and bluegrass.

Aug. 15: bandZandt plays classic and contemporary rock and blues, and a few original tunes.

Aug. 29: R Factor 5 plays classic and current hits, including some on the mellow side.

Details: 360-756-6770, and Facebook.

Swingin’ on the Green

The Swing Connection Big Band plays from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 30 at Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. The ensemble’s repertoire draws from swing, jazz and dance bands, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman.

They also perform 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Leopold, 1223 Cornwall Ave.

Donations are appreciated. Details:, 360-714-0054 or 360-656-5037.