As many of you know, Bellingham lost two vital members of its community this summer: Gunther Frank and Sean Mansfield – known to many as Donnkie. In a tragic boating accident, the friends went missing and their family and friends expended enormous amounts of effort and money to keep the search going for weeks after “officials” had given up. This weekend the family and friends of Donnkie and Gunther are holding celebrations of the lives of these two dearly loved Bellinghamsters.
On Friday, the celebration will kick off at Boundary Bay Brewery with Sugar Sugar Sugar, Ladies of the Night and the All-Nighters. There will also be a silent auction featuring deluxe donated goodies! Music will start at 8ish or so, although bidding on silent auction items starts a few hours earlier. All-ages until 10pm, then we kick the kiddies out. Suggested donation for each of the Boundary/Nightlight shows is $5. Proceeds will go to benefit the Frank/Mansfield families to offset search and memorial costs.
On Saturday, July 18, the celebration continues at the Nightlight Lounge (211 E. Chestnut St.). There will be music by The Trucks, A Gun That Shoots Knives, Guinness and the Reparations, the Daffodils, and Go Slowpoke. Those lucky enough to attend will see a slideshow of Gunther’s and Donnkie’s lives and art. The legendary Poops (of Bellingham Karaoke fame) will be hosting a raffle of amazing donated goods like gift certificates to local businesses and Mt. Baker tickets (plus lots more!!). DJ AbbyNorml will spin between sets.
Then on Sunday, July 19 there will be a Skate Jam at the Bellingham’s Skate Park starting at 12:30pm. The day will feature the sweet skate stylings of whoever wants to throw down, a photo booth, on site massage and DJ’ed music by DJ Moonboots…not to mention catering by Bay Leaf Mobile Kitchen. And, of course, one more raffle!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to come together with the Bellingham community and find a way to celebrate the lives of Donnkie and Gunther…who are already very, very missed.
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In honor of the extraordinary and beloved Tom Hunter, a weekend of music has been planned to keep the music going throughout Bellingham. As part of Keep It Going, there will be a benefit concert here at Boundary Bay on Saturday July 12th:
Keep it Going! Day into Night Dance Party
3 pm – ? at Boundary Bay. Local bands featuring the TRUCKS, the ATLANTICS, RICHARD SCHOLTZ and FRANK JACKSON, HAPPY VALLEY SLUGGERS and more!
Each and every event is a benefit for the Hunter Family. Donations welcome.
For more information on the weekend’s music events for Keep It Going: visit Tom Hunter’s Blog