One of my favorite Whatcom County parks is Hovander Homestead, in Ferndale. It’s a beautiful home finished in 1903, and includes an enormous barn, next to the Nooksack River. I’ve taken the tour of this home so many times and have a fantasy of someday building a place based on its blueprint.

Last summer when I heard a bluegrass festival was setting up at the park, I had to go. Even though the first year was small, it was a great experience. Music, food, jam sessions, even henna!

So when the opportunity came to support the festival this year, I jumped at it. I’m really looking forward to watching this festival grow year after year in such an amazing setting. The festival runs Sept. 1-3, 2017. For the schedule of performers, go to

Hope to see you there!

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