SeaFeast and Fisherpoets 2018

You’re invited…

SeaFeast Bellingham

So many activities happening this Friday and Saturday.  Visit the official website for the full schedule.  Come out and celebrate the rich fishing history of Bellingham, Washington!

www.bellinghamseafeast.com

I am proud to be a Fisherpoet for my third year.   Currently, I’m scheduled to read on the Honeymoon stage at 8:30 p.m.  Here is the full schedule:

 

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay

Presented by Whatcom Community Foundation and Village Books
Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30-11 p.m.| $5 | Downtown Bellingham

FisherPoet entry button required: $5, available at Village Books through Sept. 19, or on-site at each venue. Space limited; seating first-come, first-served. Buttons not required for children under 12.

Celebrate Bellingham’s maritime sector through FisherPoet music, stories, poetry, artwork, and film at downtown venues  on Friday, Sept. 21:

  • 6:30 – 9 p.m. FisherPoets at Sylvia Center, Lucas Hicks Theatre – New 150-seat theater; refreshments available.
  • 6:30-8:45 p.m. FisherPoets at Sylvia Center, Studio – New 65-seat theater; refreshments available.
  • 6:30-11 p.m. FisherPoets at Boundary Bay Brewing – Brew room turns venue; beers on tap.
  • 7-10:30 FisherPoets at Honey Moon Mead & Cider – Cozy small meadery; food available. Please note that this venue is now 21+.

 

Thailand Rug/Sea Feast 2017

You’re invited to…

Sea Feast 2017
September 22-23rd in Bellingham, WA

I’ve signed up to FisherPoet the heck out of Sea Feast again! Here is a shanty poem I’m working on for the event.

 

Thailand Rug

by Shannon Laws

Take off your dungaree jacket
come and sit by the high fire
warm yourself for brisket
dry ‘yer socks for tomorra’

You are a sailor not a farm to toil
around the globe you float on your mistress sea
let salt water then heal your gashes
You’ll only get good soil from me

My blood is full of vinegar
shake it on top ‘yer cod
fork a big bite for your mouth to light
then perhaps you’ll meet your god

Truly the Lord lives in the fish,
fillet batter and flake-white
Rest your head on my bosom port
Tie a tail to your colorful kite

Let’s rip the sheets up tonight, love
then move onto the floor
to cut up the Thailand rug, dear
that’s really from Singapore

Oh rest your head on top my bosom port
tie your boat to my nested lap
tell those sweeties on faraway shores
you’re in love, dear, and won’t be back

 

Harunobu, Suzuki (c.1725-1770) detail, “Fisherman Making Love to a Partly Clothed Girl on His Boat” Woodblock, Japan

Event: SeaFeast Bellingham

You’re invited~

http://www.bellinghamseafeast.com/

sea feast

SAVE THE DATE
Bellingham SeaFeast 2016
Friday, Sept 30 & Saturday, Oct 1, 2016
The inaugural Bellingham SeaFeast 2016 provides you a setting of endless fun and the food fare of the surrounding bay and straits. A gathering for family and friends. Admission free.

FISHERPOETS-ON-BELLINGHAM BAY
PRESENTED BY
WASHINGTON SEA GRANT

FRIDAY, SEPT 30, 2016 AT BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY & HONEYMOON MEAD BAR

Stroll through downtown Bellingham and listen to old salts – local fishers accustomed to mending and hauling nets, instead plucking guitar strings and adjusting their spectacles to read poems, stories, and songs in the 1st Annual FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay.  In this take-off on the renowned FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Ore., FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay promises to produce smiles and laughter as fishers share their tales over local ales (brewed right in the setting).

Catch the action at Boundary Bay Brewery, enjoy delicious Fish Fry Friday Fare in the Beer Garden while enjoying this inaugural FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay evening. A popular local dance band will follow into the night.

Also, stroll nearby to the Honey Moon Mead Bar and catch the rousing action of SeaShanties and more nautical tales.

I’ll be reading at Boundary Bay, 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 30th.  See you then!