Towns and cities across Whatcom County in Washington State launch the holiday season. Despite the stormy weather, Chamber of Commerce, arts organizations, the Port of Bellingham, the Whatcom Museum, Terra Organica, Community Food Coop, and the Whatcom Humane Society all planned events for the first weekend in December.
Tree lighting ceremonies, children sitting on Santa’s lap with long lists, carriage rides, a gingerbread house building contest, an art walk and discounts on natural foods are among the activities happening across the county. While I have chosen to stay indoors on this blustery evening, I’m sure others will head out in the wind and rain to capture the holiday spirit on their digital cameras and phones. And why not? Tis’ the season to be jolly.
With so many choices today, I headed to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal to catch the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival. Confectionary architecture drew me in. That’s right, a hundred baker-builders participated in the Holiday Festival Gingerbread House Contest. And really, what it came down to is a large selection of edible structures ranging from the Eiffel Tower to the traditional gingerbread cottage with candy cane fence posts.
On Sunday, the edible architectures are auctioned off as a fundraiser for an alternative school for wayward youth. I wonder if the youth get to munch on the houses. I know that my stomach begged to sample the confectionery houses. And I don’t even eat candy. And like Hansel and Gretel, I did have to make a sacrifice–the batteries in my camera stopped working and I had to buy AA batteries. They cost almost $8.00! That comes to $2.00 per battery.
Please tell me in if my investment was worth it.
Photos by Patricia Herlevi, All Rights Reserved