Summer Jazz in the Beer Garden

The Jazz Project and Boundary Bay Brewery bring another summer series to the Beer Garden: Summer Jazz every Tuesday night from 7-10pm.

Founded by, Jud Sherwood, The Jazz Project was established in 1997 to promote community development through music by making jazz accessible to those of all ages and backgrounds; to promote jazz from a player’s perspective while increasing performance opportunities for local, regional, national, and international jazz musicians. After 16 years, The Jazz Project has become a preeminent Arts and Culture presenter in the Pacific Northwest…and how lucky are we to have this awesome Non-Profit right here in Bellingham!? Better yet, to be able to watch this group perform every week from the Boundary Bay Beer Garden.

Shows are all ages and feature local, regional, and touring performers from Vancouver to Los Angeles as well as school bands and benefit performances. Summer Jazz is a FREE event (besides the 3rd Tuesday of each month which charges a $5 cover).  The format is as follows:

  • 1st Tuesday: Jazz Jam, no cover
  • 2nd Tuesday: Regional Groups, no cover
  • 3rd Tuesday: Regional & Touring Groups,
    Concert with $5 cover (Buy Tickets Now)
  • 4th Tuesday: Regional Groups, no cover
  • 5th Tuesday: School Bands, by donation

For the full line-up check out the Jazz Project’s new website.

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Salmon at the ‘B’-Bay

IMG_2456If you visit the brewery this July through August, you will find hand-painted salmon plaques decorating our Bistro walls. The artwork was made by the 4th graders of Whatcom County as part of the Students for Salmon program hosted by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). If you look closely, on each of these wooden plaques, there is a hand-written pledge by a 4th grader promising to do their individual part in restoring the wild salmon populations of Whatcom County.  Stunning photography highlighting the past years’ worth of NSEA’s volunteer work in the community, is also on display and for sale.

Best Cedar Tree students at Black SloughNSEA is a community based non-profit dedicated to restoring wild salmon populations in over 1,600km of rivers and streams in Whatcom Country. The main focus of NSEA is the restoration of lowland riparian areas, heavily impacted by human activities like agriculture and urban development. NSEA works with our local community by leading several volunteer projects a year which include activities like the replanting native foliage, stream improvement construction, and free educational courses.  One of these courses includes Students for Salmon, a hands-on environmental science program specifically for fourth grade students in Whatcom County, which teaches the basics of salmon and stream ecology while reinforcing values of stream stewardship, including both teacher and NSEA-led lessons and field experiences. The goal of the program is to teach students about salmon and their watershed environment. By teaching the students about what salmon require in order to live, the program encourages the students to become environmental stewards in the future. During the 2011-2012 school year, 1,131 of our local 4th graders spent a total of 16,625 hours in the Students for Salmon program!

This year, the kids hand-painted individual salmon plaques, which include a hand-written promise of how they will personally continue to help protect our local salmon species. In anticipation of the annual Salmon at the Bay Dinner hosted by NSEA, these vibrant fish now decorate our bistro walls — along with beautiful photography, documenting NSEA’s work in the community! NSEA and Boundary Bay invite you to join us for the annual gourmet wild-salmon dinner and celebrate the art, music and local community as a whole – Saturday, August 10th from 5-8:30 in the Beer Garden. There will be a live auction, silent auction, kids crafts, stand-up comedy, music and so much more! Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for kids. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing or by calling 360-715-0283 x 105

Out of the Ashes

shapeimage_1shapeimage_11The band, Out of the Ashes, is a music therapy program that was created by local resident, Jon Dalgarn, to give people with disabilities the chance to play music. This summer, Out of the Ashes will be performing every Tuesday in the Boundary Beer Garden from 3-5pm.

The idea for Out of the Ashes grew from a job Dalgarn had in Arlington, where he worked with those with developmental disabilities in a residential and vocational setting. A professional musician, Dalgarn would pull out his guitar at lunch and start playing. “The whole energy of the place shifted,” he said. The enthusiasm increased more when he introduced instruments like a tambourine and, later, a microphone that encouraged others to sing. Instead of watching him and being entertained, They’re part of the scene. It was life-changing,” said Dalgarn, “There was a sense of belonging – its takes away the disability, and looks at his ability, stated one participant’s mother.

The combination of the two, music and human services, sparked the creation of a program that united Jon’s love for live-performance and his passion for adding quality to the lives of the people he currently serves.  Out of the Ashes is now an established, interactive music therapy program that has proven to provide a positive and profound life-changing experience on participants. Whether at a coffee house, street fair, or in their weekly groups, members and audiences alike are welcome to join in the fun by playing any of the many percussive instruments provided.

“It’s the best gig in the world,” Dalgarn said. “It’s an amazing thing to watch and see what happens!”

This live, responsive music program is enjoyed and acclaimed by everyone who attends. Out of the Ashes provides a creative expression, a deep sense of self-esteem, positive social behavior skills, vocational placement, a renewed sense of joy in living and a more well-rounded balance in one’s life.

Membership is open to people of all ages and abilities. Email or call for more information on booking or participating in the Out of the Ashes Music Therapy Program:
360-779-9715 or 360-770-2404

For Friends We Love

Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.19.14 PMJoin us for the Friday Fish Fry in the Boundary Beer Garden on Friday, June 28th! In addition to our weekly fish fry, we’ll be hosting a Benefit Concert and Silent Auction to raise funds for a fantastic local family; The Karrer Family (Roy, Sally and Woody) who are facing illness and mounting medical bills. $10 suggested donation before 7pm. $10 entry fee after 7pm.  Live Music performances by Chad Peterson, Bob Paltrow, Holly Swanson, Jeff Wilson and David Vaughns.

RSVP to the Facebook Event Page!

Mentoring Matters – Pledge for Kids

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 10.57.05 AMPresented by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, Mentoring Matters is an evening affair aimed to shed awareness and keep the BBBS organization in the Bellingham Community.  We need the local community to support our mission of mentoring youth facing adversity in Whatcom & Skagit Counties, states the local BBBS Organization. So come down to the Boundary Beer Garden and enjoy live music, entertainment, raffles and make a financial pledge to prove “Mentoring Matters” in our community! All proceeds from the night will benefit the Children served by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW WA.

Saturday, June 8th
$10 cover, all ages welcome
Music by Robert S.Blake, Chuck Dingee & Others.

St.Pat’s is Back!

With the best day of the year right around the corner (yes, St. Patricks Day) we’ve been busy parade planning and booking entertainment for the big weekend! Just like we do every year, Boundary plans to go all out for St. Patty’s and we’d like YOU to join us in the celebration.


The party begins at Noon on Saturday, March 16th with the St. Patricks Day Parade which marches from the downtown Cornwall Plaza to the Depot Market Square across from Boundary Bay. The public is encouraged to participate in the parade and no sign up is needed (unless you’re going all out and building a float or riding your horse!). The party begins immediately after the parade with FREE all-day entertainment and a BBQ in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden. All ages are welcome! Here’s how the day is shaping up:

10:00am  –  Maggie’s Fury 
12:30pm – PattyWhackers
2:00pm   –  Maggie’s Fury
4:30pm   –  Puirt na Gael

12:30pm – Penk O’Donnell (Irish Dancers)
3:30pm – Penk O’Donnell
5:30pm – Penk O’Donnell
6:00pm – R&R Ceiliedh Band
8:30pm – Penk O’Donnell
9:00pm – The Devilly Brothers
10:00pm – Penk O’Donnell
10:30pm – The Devilly Brothers

Pause and repeat…


irishstout_woodcloverThe very next day, we’ll be opening our doors at 10:30am for the true St. Patrick’s Day, with free entertainment beginning at 11:00am. Enjoy a special menu of traditional favorites like Shepherd’s pie and corn beef and cabbage (regular menu also available) and kick up your heels to all-day live music and dancing!  Don’t forget to try our Irish Stout!

11:00-12:00pm Paeder MacMahan
12:00-12:30pm Penk O’Donnel (Irish Dancers)
12:30-1:30pm Pader MacMahon
1:30-2:30pm McLaughlin Dancers (Irish Dancers)
2:15-3:30pm Giants Causeway
3:30-4:00pm Penk O’Donnell (Irish Dancers)
4:00-4:45pm Giants Causeway
4:45-5:00pm Robert Blake with the Gouran Girls
5:00-5:30pm Firefighters Pipes and Drums
5:30-6:30pm Lindsey Street
6:30-7:15pm Mclaughlin Dancers (Irish Dancers)
7:15-8:15pm Linsey Street
8:30-9:00pm Penk O’ Donnell (Irish Dancers)
9:00-Close PaddyWhackers w/ $5 Cover, 21+ only


Piano, Pints and Mr. Paul Klein

A renowned spot for live music, Boundary Bay’s Beer Garden packs the locals in all summer long…but when winter rolls around, the taproom becomes the place to be. For several years running, Boundary has offered weekly piano concerts in the taproom with musicians Paul Klein (Tuesdays from 6-8) and Aaron Guest (Wednesdays from 6-8). Additionally, the first Tuesday of every month is Jazz Night (from 8:30-11) with Jennifer Scott, Jud Sherwood and Rene Worst (with open mic at 9:30). Did we mention its FREE?

For ten years, Klein has been provided the folks at Boundary Bay with his swanky tunes, and just this month, a beautiful Steinway piano was donated to Paul to be housed in the Boundary Bay taproom for weekly entertainment.

piano2Since I was in my early 20’s, I have wanted to play piano in a restaurant, bar. My idea was formed early on, where I spent my “formative”  years in Minnesota where I saw a blues legend from Minneapolis, Willie Murphy, play a honky tonk in a small, but famous Minneapolis bar. The upright piano was about 6 feet off the floor, on a small platform where Willie would play and shout the rockin’ blues for partons, who danced and sang along below. At 22, I realized I wanted to be a musician and began studying different styles in earnest. Almost 30 years later, when I walked into the Boundary Bay, I noticed an upright in the corner, and approached Janet to play weekly. That was over 10 years ago and I have been playing weekly since then. 


Recently, Mr. Klein made a trek to Bainbridge Island to collect a very special Steinway piano that would replace the old one in the Boundary Bay Taproom: One of my transplanted Minnesota college friends had moved to Bainbridge Island years ago and bought an older vintage Steinway upright for his mother to use when she visited. As soon as I saw that piano, I fell in love with it. I have stayed in touch with him and recently asked him if he still had the piano. His mother can’t visit any more, so it has been sitting un-played in his living room. He quickly offered the piano for our use at the Boundary Bay, so I decided we could move it and enlisted the help of Mark Ashworth, another musician and dear friend to help us move it. Moving that piano down a flight of steps nearly killed three movers and us, but we managed to stuff it in Mark’s extra high van. It was a fun day adventure to Bainbridge and back and now this great piano has a new home in the tap room!  Boundary is honored and excited to home this exquisite piece. More importantly, we’re are grateful for folks like Paul who generously offer their extraordinary talent and selfless spirit.

picture-2Klein further exhibits his musical expertise as a music teacher at Kulshan Middle School, a 32-year band member of The Atlantics, and also accompanies the Kulshan Chorus (who will be be traveling to Costa Rica to sing this summer!). Paul also directs a men’s choir at the Congregational Church where he leads a gospel inspired service once a month. Additionally, he plays solo piano at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden and the Edison Inn.

10 years strong, Paul Klein plays every Tuesday from 6-8 in the Boundary Bay Taproom. “Big thanks to all the Bbay folks and Janet and Ed, who have given me a chance to have a steady gig there for so long!” Cheers, and a THANK YOU from the Boundary Bay staff. There’s nothin’ like a bustling Boundary taproom, piano, pints and all…