Concert Tonight: Sweet Goodbyes; Chalk: Talk with Fl!p, Safety, Masks, More Music; Covid; Lots more. Tune: Liberty Bell

CONTENTS 7/2/2020
Elizabeth Park Concert Tonight!
Chalk Festival This Saturday!
  Chalk Talk
  Festival Safety
  Coolest Masks!
  More Chalk Music
  Flower Stands?
  Mask Stands?
Holidays And Covid
July 4th Stand/Speak/Listen
Lost West Street Kitty Is Home!
Plant Starts For Sale
El Fin Del Mundo
House For Rent
Long Term Rental Sought
Radio Free Fl!p: Liberty Bell

Thursday July 2nd @ 6pm


Folk duo Amber Darland and Lisa Harmon have been performing individually throughout the Pacific Northwest for many years. In the spring of 2015, the two Bellingham based singer-songwriters discovered a kindred voice in each other and decided to launch the folk duo, The Sweet Goodbyes. This collaboration has revealed strength beyond the sum of its parts. With intricate melodies, weaving harmonies and lyrics that are both political and deeply personal, The Sweet Goodbyes offer their audiences a chance to witness something rare. Amber Darland and Lisa Harmon wear their hearts on their sleeves and together their voices blend flawlessly. You can’t help but feel good when you watch this duo perform live. The Sweet Goodbyes are full of charm and talent – sure to prick the ears and put a shiver up the spine. 

You won’t need to have Facebook to watch it there. If you do have a Facebook account, think about hosting your own “watch party.”

Or, you can listen to the livestream broadcast on KMRE-FM 102.3, every Thursday 6 – 8 PM from June 18 until August 20.


Fourth Of July
Chalk: 10 – 2
Chalk Walk & Pedal : 2 – 5
Music: Check individual listings
Chalk Sign-Up

  Sign up by Friday night in order to be on the map. On Saturday the map will shift over to become a place to load your photos.

  If you plan to chalk on the sidewalks around the schools and churches that have invited the neighborhood, sign up using the their addresses:

  Columbia Elementary School: 2508 Utter St, Bellingham, WA 98225

  Immanuel Bible Church: 2000 W North St, Bellingham, WA 98225

  Franklin Academy: 1509 E Victor Street, Bellingham, WA 98225


Chalk Fest 2020

Flip Breskin (you haven’t seen this one yet)

Miriam Barnett


The last thing I want to do is make my neighborhood less safe! Whatcom County new Covid-19 cases climbed 55% in June according to today’s Bellingham Herald. I am feeling protective. I hope everyone will be an active host, wear their own mask properly, and help groups spread out from each other this weekend.

My original vision for a safe neighborhood activity was o have one household group per lot – so 40 foot spacing from group to group. Most building lots in Columbia are 40 feet wide by 100 feet deep. If you have a double lot, that would be 80×100. We should have plenty of safe space for chalking. I’m not too worried about folks chalking outside their own homes.

[Comment from Dr Frank James]

Household means that that group lives together everyday. So visiting grandparents or cousins, may be closely related but are not members of a household. Your children’s best friends are also not members of your household unless they actually live with you day to day. This is really important.

Risk equals distance times duration. Fifteen minutes at 6 feet, outdoors & masked, is not usually a problem unless someone near you is really sick. Long periods chalking at 6 feet could pose some risk. If people show up to chalk at the schools and the church, please keep household units together, side by side, and maintain a house lot distance to the next group. When a set of groups have finished, then the spaces in the buffer zones could be safely used by a later group. So far I haven’t seen but a few groups of people signing up for Columbia Elementary, so I think we’ll be fine.

Six foot spacing with masks is kinda pushing it at the Lawn-certs. Try for 8 feet or more between groups, with masks worn properly over noses as well as mouths, since folks are likely to stay and listen for longer than 15 minutes. We’ll be outdoors in beautiful weather, with a tiny bit of a breeze, so we should be fine, but please help to keep all our neighbors safe.

Thank you!


Our Chalk Festival is a great place to show off your coolest masks! You’re invited to upload photos of you in your mask as well as your sidewalk chalk. Let’s do it, Columbia!


CraigO’s Planet Groove, will be playing in my yard, 2310 Williams Street, from 2-5 ish depending on the weather. Bringing our groove so that you can groove 🙂  Creative renderings inspired by the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Kingfish, NRPS, New Orleans Second Line, Originals, and other groove-centric artists.

2618 Park

Thea Rosenburg and her family will be playing folk songs and hymns on our front porch at 4:00. We’ve got a passel of daughters, so this should be a fun sing-along for kids as well as adults. Come join us!

2939 Lynn

Driveway concert 3:30-5: Electric Piano – “Oldies but Goodies’ 30’s to 60’s with Lee Walkup


I haven’t been leaving home, so I don’t know if the flower stands are happening this year, or if it’s too early. If there are stands open, I would love to get them onto the Chalk Map in the “other” category.


I am only aware of two people currently making masks in the neighborhood, on West Street and Kulshan. I will get both of them onto the Chalk Map. Please let me know if there are any more. What else am I missing?


Whatcom County Covid-19 numbers continue to rise. It’s a big holiday weekend coming up, and the biggest outbreaks have come from social events (parties). The health department has not found evidence of spread from the protests. It looks like masks really do help when pretty much everyone wears them (whew)! When deciding whether to attend a social gathering, Whatcom County Health Office Erika Lautenbach said health officials have starting using the following risk assessment for evaluation — “Is the social gathering worth quarantining for two weeks after? If not then it’s probably not worth going.”


July 4th 2020, 4pm-10pm, StandSpeakListen(SSL) will host a black-led, community organized, public display of civil unrest starting at Bellingham’s City Hall. Through the arts, SSL invites the community to come together to hear and celebrate voices of color this Independence Day. We invite you to stand with us. We invite you to speak with us. We invite you to listen with us. Please be advised that if you are to come with a conscious mind, it must be a sober one. By standing with us as we promote community dialogue and action in response to racial and social injustices in Whatcom, Skagit, and beyond, YOU are agreeing to become part of the solution.


Grey kitty, Nebula, has been found and is safe home! Thanks to the many neighbors who watched for him and reported, and reached out to rescue him. Thank you for your concern and kindness, and for going out of your way to help!
Lindsay Knight
West Street (the house with the masks)


Does your garden have an empty spot? Did a deer clean you out? You are in luck! My kiddos are selling garden starts to raise funds for walkie-talkie watches. Starts include Early Girl tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and thyme. All lovingly raised by grandma. Prices range from $1-3. Contact free stand on porch with PayPal/Venmo options.

Gretchen Lee
2404 Victor St (Corner of Victor and Monroe) 


Fiddlers Hank  Bradley and Cathie Whitesides with fine guitarist WB Reid are playing a live stream concert from 5:30 to 6pm at the Quarantine Happy Hour segment of Coviddle Tunes. Our band is “El Fin del Mundo” for a tune Hank wrote that we will play. Coviddle Tunes is in lieu of this fabulous summer event Fiddle Tunes, at which Hank and I were on faculty. In just a few weeks some very clever people including WB created a vast online platform for jam sessions, parties, workshops and concerts. Our concert will be archived so if you miss it you can hopefully catch it later on. We have been practicing every day, and it’s been fun. Arranging a trio with social distancing will be backyard chic and truly amazing. Just go to and then click on Schedule. Scroll down to Thursday Quarantine Happy Hour on the right side, and you’ll see El Fin del Mundo there. Click and that should get you in.  Love,  Cathie


2211 Henry Street
3 bedroom 21/2 bath two story house with single car garage.
New in 2003. $2900/month.
Vermont McAllister


I am searching for a long term rental home in Bellingham. I have excellent references and credit and can afford up to $1400 a month. My major requirement is that this home has a strong connection to nature, perhaps in a serene woodsy setting or with a waterview, where I could practice tai chi out of doors or on my deck. I am open to a barter of services if the rental is over $1400 and can offer either instruction in T’ai Chi Ch’uan or my services as a high end personal chef. I am also a non-smoker, extremely reliable and am fastidious in my house keeping. I hope you have a beautiful place that is the right fit for me. I can be reached at 360-970-3371 or at
Gene Golden


Muriel Anderson used to teach regularly at guitar camp. She really knows her way around a guitar neck! And she is one of the best known harp guitar players around. This is Muriel “at play” on a tune written by her grandfather’s band master: John Phillip Sousa.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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