Santa arrives on Saturday

Published on Wed, Nov 30, 2011
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Blaine’s annual Holiday Harbor Lights celebration takes place Saturday, December 3, and a whole boatload of events are planned, not the least of which is Santa arriving by fire truck.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy Blaine’s art walk. Several downtown businesses are exhibiting artwork for sale by local artists. Participating businesses will be designated with a large red stocking in front of the business and a corresponding poster in the window. They include:

Seaside Bakery and Café
477 Peace Portal Drive
Paintings and other artwork by Cathy Taggett, Jim Williamson, Deloris Jordan, Christina Jacobson and Jason Friend

Blaine Bouquets
625 Peace Portal Drive
Handcrafted driftwood furniture and sculptures by Jim Agnello, Drift Away Art

Needful Things
684 Peace Portal Drive
A variety of vintage artworks and giclée prints by Brian Major, Major Arts Studio & Home Gallery

Pizza Factory
738 Peace Portal Drive
Paintings and photography by Kay Dee Powell and Matt Adair

Tabletop Shoppe
862 Peace Portal Drive
Handcrafted jewelry by Jan Brunson, soft sculptured bird ornaments by Jen Corbell, photography by Sheila Say and Jan Horn, and fiber art by Peg Cutting

After strolling along Peace Portal Drive, wander over to H Street Plaza where the following activities are happening:

4 to 6 p.m.
Free horse-drawn trolley rides sponsored by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce

4:30 to 5 p.m.
Local girl scout troops perform, followed by Blaine Chamber Choir accompanied by Blaine Middle School Band

5 p.m.
Tree lighting, followed by community caroling
At the same time, boats in Drayton Harbor will light up until 7 p.m.

5:15 p.m.
Santa arrives by fire truck

5:30 p.m.
Visit Santa at the Pizza Factory

For your safety, Peace Portal Drive will be closed to traffic from 4 to 6:30 p.m. from G Street to Martin Street.

This year organizers will be collecting donations for Soldiers’ Angels for Christmas dinners, stocking stuffers and gifts.

Items needed include non-perishable food items, grocery gift cards, socks, winter hats, gloves, blankets, travel-sized hygiene items (soaps, shampoos, etc.), pajama sets for children and adults (all sizes), slippers in sizes 9 to 11, crossword and puzzle books, games, DVDs, gifts suitable for children up to age 15 and holiday gifts of your choice.

Donations may be made at the H Street Plaza (weather permitting) or the Pizza Factory during the holiday lights celebration, or during normal business hours at the Blaine branch of Sterling Savings Bank, 271 H Street.

Soldiers’ Angels is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting deployed military, their families and veterans. More than 250,000 volunteer angels around the country embark on “missions of gratitude” to ensure soldiers are supported. This includes providing specialized equipment for the wounded, care packages for deployed troops and holiday dinner baskets for struggling military families and veterans. For more information on Soldiers’ Angels, contact Kathy Bergman at 360/224-5915 or visit www.

Other holiday activities include:

As part of the Whatcom Wineries Christmas Open House, Dakota Creek Winery will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and GLM will be open from 12 to 6 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2 through 4.

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on Friday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Blaine Senior Center’s Fifth Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arts and crafts, raffles, cookie lane and door prizes. Santa will be available for photos on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blaine Conservatory students will perform A Children’s Nutcracker Fantasy on Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m., in the Blaine Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for children, free 2 and under. All proceeds benefit the Blaine Boys and Girls Club.

For more information on Blaine’s Holiday Harbor Lights, call 360/332-4544 or visit

Above, right: Jen Corbell’s bird ornaments will be on display at Tabletop Shoppe Gourmet Specialties on Saturday along with jewelry by Jan Brunson, photography by Sheila Say and Jan Horn and fiber art by Peg Cutting. Photo by Debbie Harger.