Seniors & Aging

Chaplin, Glenn Miller, ‘Dirty Dan’ populate spring calendar

Jim Rich, left, and Richard Bulman, both from Fairhaven, hang out with the Dirty Dan statue at Fairhaven Village Green during the 2015 Dirty Dan Harris Festival. The 2016 event takes place April 24.
Jim Rich, left, and Richard Bulman, both from Fairhaven, hang out with the Dirty Dan statue at Fairhaven Village Green during the 2015 Dirty Dan Harris Festival. The 2016 event takes place April 24. For The Bellingham Herald

Ballet celebrates Chaplin

“Remembering Chaplin,” choreographed by Northwest Ballet Theatre’s John Bishop, delves into the life of Chaplin and his artistry at 7:30 p.m. March 19 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The ballet takes audiences on a walk down memory lane with scenes depicting some of Chaplin’s greatest movie. James Innes stars as Chaplin. The program also includes a one-act ballet, “Paquita,” that features some of ballet’s most celebrated, and difficult, examples of 19th-century classicism.

Tickets are $26 to $34 general, and $23 and $26 for seniors and students. Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

Swing music lives on

The Glenn Miller Orchestra continues the great bandleader’s legacy of swing more than 70 years after Miller first struck up his band, in concert at 3 p.m. March 20 at Mount Baker Theatre. Featured songs include “Tuxedo Junction,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “In the Mood.”

Tickets are $20 to $39 at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

Unforgettable jam session

The Tony Award-winning production “Million Dollar Quartet,” on stage at 7 p.m. April 20, at Mount Baker Theatre, was inspired by the true story of when Sam Phillips brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for an unforgettable jam session in 1956.

The thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio for a monumental night of rock with such hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Fever” and “Hound Dog.”

Tickets are $30 to $69 at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the Northwest’s destination events, held the month of April in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and the surrounding area. People celebrate as millions of tulips and daffodils burst into bloom, and come to enjoy family bike rides, barbecues, live music, a street fair and plenty of photo opportunities.

Interstate 5 exits 221 through 236 have festival brochures at nearby businesses. Details: 360-428-5959, tulipfestival.org.

Dirty Dan’s Day

Celebrate the rascally founder of Fairhaven with family-friendly games, live music, a salmon toss, toy-boat-building and more during Dirty Dan Harris Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 24 at Fairhaven Village Green, 10th Street and Mill Avenue. Period costumes from the 1800s are encouraged. Admission is free.

There’s also vendors, a doughnut- or cupcake-eating contest, and an uphill piano race at noon between teams from area businesses. The Dan Harris Challenge Rowing Race takes place that morning at Boulevard Park for rowers and paddlers of all types, inspired by Harris’ cross-border rum-rowing adventures. Details: fairhaven.com.

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