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J.J. Donovan Returns to Fairhaven

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today we unveiled a statue honoring John Joseph Donovan, one of the key developers of Fairhaven in the 1800s.  Brian Griffin has led the project for two years, Bob McDermott created the sculpture, and 2 Ravens Studio in Tacoma cast and finished the statue.   J.J. Donovan was hired by Nelson Bennett in 1888 to build a railroad and open up the town of Fairhaven to development.   After purchasing the property acquired by Dan Harris who originally platted the town in 1883, Donovan, with the Fairhaven Land Company, aggressively promoted the…

J.J. Donovan Statue Unveiling Sunday Morning

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brian Griffin invites all to the unveiling at 11 am this Sunday, Sep 14 at the corner of Harris and 11th - in front of the Rocket Donuts. John Joseph Donovan was one of the key persons in the 1800s boom of Fairhaven.  Sculptor Bob McDermott created a bronze statue of J.J. sitting on a bench writing a letter to his bride who was staying in a hotel in Tacoma. You can even read the letter - and it is one of his real letters. On Friday the statue…

Video Tribute to Gordie Tweit by Lanny Little

Friday, August 29, 2014

Just posted on YouTube is a 20 minute video to the beloved elder and historian of Fairhaven, Gordie Tweit.  Local artist, Lanny Little, who also painted the mural at the Village Green, made the video.  It includes fine testimonials of Gordie by other south side Bellingham historians, Penny Tillson and Brian Griffin, plus tributes by Dee Robinson of Village Books, Jeff Jewel of the Whatcom Museum, and Bellingham mayor Kelli Linville.  It also has a segment of Gordie's sister Eloise.   Click to view. Gordie's World…

Kayakers Send Off the Alaska Ferry

Friday, August 22, 2014

The bottom half of this photo shows the dozen kayakers sending off the Alaska Ferry this evening.  Plus an outrigger canoe and the Home Port replica of an 18th century captains gig.  Click through to see this photo and a few more taken on this beautiful August evening at the ferry terminal in Fairhaven.   These sendoffs are organized by the Community Boating Center for the 4th Friday of each summer month.  The next and last one for this year will be on Friday, September 26.  To participate,…

Magic moment at Village Books

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A quiet moment for a young lady as she pages through a book in the kids section at Village Books in Fairhaven.  The book shop has many quiet sitting places, rocking chairs and easy chairs for customers to pause, relax and browse a book.  Old and young can find areas of the store that fit their interests in reading. This photo of Frankie was taken by her mother Christina Claassen, who is the events coordinator for the store.  Yep, totally unposed, and mom says she tried to take the…

Steampunks Endure Over the Rainy Day

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Indeed, the retro 1800s crowd on the Village Green just enjoyed the drizzle until the sun broke out at 3 pm and dazzled all. The 1800s English technology is the model for the modern Steampunks, after all. Steampunkers dress up and create gadgets that are modeled on what might have been done if steam still was the prime source of all energy - as if there were no electricity or gasoline engines. Just steam power. You can go a long ways into some weird fun with that.  The…

You Gotta Love Fairhaven - at Lucia Douglas Gallery

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A must see art exhibit is on display through next Saturday, July 19.  Led by artist Lanny Little, known for his fine outdoor murals, this show has works from Lanny and another 20 artists.  The gallery is open 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  The gallery is located just behind the Haggen Fairhaven Market, at the corner of 13th Street and Larrabee Avenue.  All paintings are for sale.   For those looking for fine art of our local area - and especially Fairhaven - this is…

A Wet Fairhaven Festival Was Still Fun

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Yep.  It was a drizzle during much of the annual Fairhaven Festival today.  And the crowds were thinner.  But it seemed the fun was still in the air.  The rock bands cranked it out, the beer garden was quite full of folks drinking beer while standing in the drizzle and meeting friends.  The Bellingham Silk Road Dancers performed for over an hour on the Green Stage at the Village Green. We have additional photos of the Silk Road Dancers on another page. Here are some first photos.…

Bellingham Silk Road Dancers

Sunday, May 25, 2014

They have performed for three years now at our Fairhaven Festival as the opening presentation on the stage of the Village Green.  Under the guidance of Jianna Zhang, the Bellingham Silk Road Dancers present to us with an hour of beautiful dances with different costumes for each dance.  We have some photos of their performance today posted with the Festival news, but we want to include more photos.  So here is an expanded display of their dancing from today.  Included are several photos taken by JiaJia Chang and…

The Painters and the Painted

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Sunday, April 27, at the start of the annual Dirty Dan Day, we took a photograph of the group of people on the Village Green stage in front of the large mural painted by Lanny Little.  Fairhaven professional photographer Mark Turner took a photo of the carefully staged group.  We were honoring a select group of people - the painters and the painted.  Lanny Little, the painter and his volunteer assistants, are on the left, and the almost dozen people who helped shape present day Fairhaven…

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