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SNOW in Lynden on Christmas Eve 2015!

Snowy downtown Lynden around noon on Christmas Eve, 2015

Around mid-day on Christmas Eve, snow was falling heavily around Lynden. Large chunks of snow fell from the sky, as if snowballs were being thrown from above. It started to stick in a few spots, then disappeared.

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas for tomorrow, are you?

SNOW in Lynden on Christmas Eve! We’re dreaming of a white Christmas, are you? (view in HD for best experience)

Posted by ourLynden on Thursday, December 24, 2015

Lynden in Lights 2015: what’s on this weekend?

Lynden’s popular Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is this Saturday, and the weekend is full of fun events you won’t want to miss! The 25th Annual Parade is sponsored by Edaleen Dairy, and is put on by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce. Whether this is your first time or you’ve been to all 25, you’ll be glad you went!

The below clip is from a few years ago by Lynden Tribune, to give you just a hint of what you’ll find at the Parade:

A few tips for this year’s Lighted Christmas Parade:

  • arrive early and allow extra time for parking — the parade seems to be more popular this year, and with moderate temperatures in the forecast it should be busy! Front Street will be closed from around 3:00pm onward so getting around town will take extra time.
  • dress warm (of course!) and dry — there is potential rain in the forecast (which is certainly no reason to miss this awesome parade), so a raincoat layer and umbrella on hand is a good idea.
  • check out one of the ‘hot spots’ provided by North County Christ the King Church — either in the Fairway Center parking lot by the church, or at the Windmill downtown, grab a cup of hot chocolate and hand warmers to stay warm!
  • keep a close eye on kids — while this is a wonderful event for children, it can be difficult for the drivers of the giant tractors and floats to see well, so be sure to keep your kids off the street and in your reach for the best experience!

When we need each other most: farmers, neighbors help out during Lynden storm

Tractor helps pull a semi from the ditch (photo credit: Berk's Towing)

It was Lynden’s biggest winter storm in decades.

For a week straight, snowfall pounded Lynden area like no other in the state. Freezing rain layered dangerous ice on nearly everything. Strong winds brought bone-chilling cold that piled snow in large drifts and took down ice-laden power lines and trees.

And the Lynden community responded in a big way.

As conditions worsened, residents stayed home when possible. City crews plowed roads around the clock, but it wasn’t enough. But seemingly every tractor in the area — large and small, new and old — was re-purposed to clear snow from roads and driveways.

Nick Snydar worked around the clock in Snydar Farms’ tractor to clear roads and pull drivers from the ditch.

Nick Snydar of Snydar Farms Custom Farming, pictured in the John Deere tractor above, was very active all week volunteering his time and resources. “Just did what I could to help the local farmers and neighbors we serve in the county.”

With his large tractor, Snydar focused mainly on county roads surrounding Lynden. “I know what a struggle it is for milk trucks and feed trucks to get around to the farms and the county snowplow trucks couldn’t keep up!” He even pulled out a stuck snowplow, in addition to Sheriff’s vehicle, other large farming equipment, and around a dozen cars.

An LTI snowplow and John Deere tractor plow as weather improves Thursday afternoon. (photo: Nick Snydar)

Inside city limits and out, farmers could be seen day and night helping their neighbors out. The ourLynden Facebook page was filled with these stories:

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CubanoCubano is Lynden’s newest food truck, and it’s super tasty!

Opening night at CubanoCubano (photo by @ticklishchicken)

An authentic taste of Cuba may not be as distant as you think.

Havana? Miami? Nope — right here in Lynden!

You read that right. Last week CubanoCubano debuted their tasty Cuban grub in Lynden to an overflow crowd outside of Overflow Taps. The food truck is the first Cuban food on wheels in Whatcom County, and one of only a couple food trucks that roll into Lynden.

CubanoCubano food truck owner Sean Beanblossom

Lynden-native Sean Beanblossom is the face behind the grill, acting as chef and owner, to crank out some delicious eats. Beanblossom recently returned to the area after serving as an executive chef in Portland, Oregon.

The wait is over… The Mill by Perfectly Paired opens this week!

The crowds will soon be milling around in downtown Lynden’s iconic windmill once again.

The Mill by Perfectly Paired will have their long-anticipated opening this Wednesday, March 9th followed by a grand opening on Friday the 11th. The wine-and-cheese infused bistro and bar fill the ground floor of the rennovated windmill on the corner of Front and 7th Streets.

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Lyndenites Robin and Matt Hungerford, who also own and operate Fairhaven’s Perfectly Paired, have eagerly prepared their menu, space and team for their new Lynden shop. Born and raised in Lynden, Matt explained that while wine and cheese offerings will be similar to their Fairhaven location, The Mill offers a full bar and bistro-style restaurant seating designed with Lynden in mind.

Old world feel makes iconic downtown windmill new again.

The team at Lynden-based Elements Hospitality worked with The Mill to craft a warm environment that hearkens back to the European roots evidenced on the menu. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Elements,” the Hungerfords explained as they shared how the Lynden location came into being.

Friends from their church at North County Christ the King — Elements co-owner Tim Broersma and Pastor Sean Taylor — approached them with the belief that they were the right tenant for the space. Now, many months later the rest of Lynden will have opportunity to enjoy a new fare in an old world setting within a local landmark.

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Village Books Lynden is Open!

Today, Sunday November 22nd, 2015 marks the silent opening of the first tenant to open their doors in the fully remodeled Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in downtown Lynden. Village Books has long been promising a November opening which many saw as unlikely, but they’ve pulled it off! While the interior (and exterior for that matter) are clearly not completely finished, the store has a warm feel and had a dozen or so people checking it out around 5pm this evening (they first opened at noon today). There’s no exterior signage on the building yet, but a large “Open Now!” banner across the window invites in any passerby.

A number of staff, including the Lynden store manager as well as owner Chuck Robinson were at the store, in addition to Waples Mercantile developers Teri Treat and Debra McClure.

Lyndenopoly is coming this summer!

UPDATE JULY 2017: Lyndenopoly is finally launching this summer! After unexpected delays last summer we held off to launch until 2017 — which is fittingly the 30th anniversary since the original Lyndenopoly board game was sold in 1987. Check out this post for Lyndenopoly 2017 pre-order and sales information!

Nearly 30 years ago in 1987, people all around Lynden began playing Lyndenopoly for the first time. With the property spaces all represented by local organizations and companies, and the game cards unique to our community, it’s a fun local board game.

Today, planning officially began for the new-and-improved 2016 edition, slated to be ready this summer during Lynden’s 125th year as a city. Sales of the game will be a fundraiser for the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit which hosts popular community events such as Farmers Day Parade, Raspberry Festival and the Lighted Christmas Parade, among others.

Lyndenopoly planning meeting

More details will be available in the coming months, including a special pre-order opportunity. Chamber members will receive information on sponsorship opportunities in the coming weeks; interested parties can contact Lyndenopoly Committee Chair Joel VanderHoek by email at joel@ourLynden.com.

The 1987 edition of Lyndenopoly in the Celebration Suite of the Inn at Lynden, December 2014.
The 1987 edition of Lyndenopoly in the Celebration Suite of the Inn at Lynden, December 2014.

Independence Day in Lynden: Everything You Need to Know

Fireworks Stand on the Guide Meridian in Lynden

Editor’s Note: Bailee Mulder is a Lynden native and journalism student at the University of Oregon. You’ll see posts from her throughout the summer on ourLynden, and we’ll soon post an article to fully introduce our readers to Bailee. Welcome, Bailee!


The Fourth of July is a holiday loved by Lyndenites, where we celebrate America’s independence and our freedoms with family and friends in our community. Some go on camping trips, others enjoy backyard barbeques, many do fireworks, but however you decide to celebrate, a holiday spent with the ones we love on a beautiful day is always something special.

Wondering where to buy fireworks, the regulations on fireworks or where to celebrate on the Fourth of July holiday? Here’s your full guide to Independence Day in Lynden.

Fireworks: Where to buy

Lynden has four fireworks stands that will be open through the Fourth of July holiday, all on the west side of town.

The first stand can be found just past Safeway heading south on the Guide Meridian. Another stand is set up next to O’Reilly’s on Kok Road – a fundraiser for the Lynden Pioneer Museum that’s been going for about 15 years.

Lynden Pioneer Museum fundraiser fireworks stand on Kok Road
Lynden Pioneer Museum fundraiser fireworks stand on Kok Road

It’s true: Lynden to create world’s longest strawberry shortcake at Farmers Day Parade!

1,250 feet — that’s all the way through downtown Lynden.

From the Dutch Village Mall on 7th & Front all the way to Colony House Furniture on 3rd & Front near the museum, a world-record berry shortcake will block the road on Saturday, June 4th during this year’s Farmers Day Parade.

“Since we have the world’s sweetest strawberries and shortcake is such a wonderful way to enjoy them, this will be a fun way to celebrate Lynden’s 125th anniversary”

Lynden is known for its berries, dairies, and a love of food — so the giant treat seemed like a great way to gather and celebrate as a community. Gary Vis, executive director of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, explains that the shortcake will be topped with locally grown strawberries, plus local ice cream and whipped cream. The community will then be invited to eat free servings of the strawberry shortcake.

A mini strawberry shortcake, which pales in comparison to Lyndens record-setting attempt this summer!
A mini strawberry shortcake, which pales in comparison to Lynden’s record-setting attempt this summer!

Plenty of people should be around to help eat the shortcake, since it will be built immediately following the popular Farmers Day Parade, which draws up to 10,000 people annually. The parade, which celebrates our local agricultural heritage, will start at 10:30 a.m. and conclude around 12 noon.

“Once we’ve built the 1,250-foot shortcake, photographers and a drone will produce the documentation we need to submit to Guiness World Records,” Vis said. “Then volunteers will begin serving free strawberry shortcake to everyone who stays.”

Downtown Lynden during last year's Farmers Day Parade.
Downtown Lynden during last year’s Farmers Day Parade.

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