The last in our little series highlighting local landmarks, today we are sharing Elise King’s favorite- Cedars in downtown Ferndale. According to the Cedars website, the restaurant has been around since 1909. This spot is a hometown favorite featuring all the comforts diner food offers with friendly staff who treat every customer like a “regular.”
To see menus, hours and more information: https://www.cedarsferndale.com/
Who visited Cedars over the three-day weekend?
A structure lovingly referred to as the “Big Red Barn,” was built in 1911 and still stands today. Beautiful and full of history. When I looked up into the wooden eaves I couldn’t help but think that this building is every bit as magnificent as the churches that grace towns throughout our country.
As we meet our neighbors, we’ll also visit their favorite landmarks whenever possible. The visit to the “Big Red Barn,” was inspired by Anya Milton who said it is her favorite landmark in Ferndale. Thanks, Anya!
Name: Todd McKernan
Family Member Names: Rowena (wife of almost 21 years) and Aidan (18, student at Whatcom Community College)
Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” For some reason which I still don’t fully understand, I started running one day in 2014, sort of like Forest Gump. I had never been a runner before, I wasn’t that good at it and didn’t really know what I was doing, but something strange happened…. I got better at it, and people started running with me. My friend Dan Kenoyer and I started The Northwest Renegade Running group which now includes over 170 members, we have fun encouraging, and supporting each other while exploring new places giving everyone opportunity for success through training.
What brought you to Ferndale? We had outgrown our condo in Bellingham and were looking to upgrade to a bigger, newer, house. It was a good time to buy because of historically low interest rates but we were surprised to find how much more house we could afford in Ferndale compared to Bellingham so over the course of most of 2012 we had our house built and figured that a comparable house in Bellingham would have cost us around $100,000 more, that plus a similar commute time for Rowena and a substantially shorter one for me the choice was a no-brainer.
How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? Moved to Ferndale on Thanksgiving Day 2012, my favorite holiday because of the 4F’s family, friends, food and most importantly football 🏈😊. <<bg>Best Ferndale landmark? The Metallica Bridge, it always makes the city so happy when Metallica is on that bridge.
What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? So many great memories of Ferndale but my favorite would have to be this last Thanksgiving. Melinda Cool has been organizing a local neighborhood Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot for the past several years and I have run several of them with my son and other running
friends. The last couple of years Melinda has even asked me to collect
donations which I was happy to do. This last year however I was finally able to
talk Rowena (my wife) to participate in it as well under the conditions that we
would walk (not run) and that we would only do the 1-mile course. Of course we
missed a sign and ended up doing around 2 ½ miles, much to her chagrin.
Melinda’s Turkey Trot raised a substantial about of money that year for local
charities including the food bank.
Who should we meet next? Ryan and Chelsea O’Larey, also Sean and Melinda Cool
Name: Anya Milton
Family Member Names: Steve, Elka and Birgit
Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I’m an advocate and an activist. I suppose I always was, but I really began to believe it when our first child was diagnosed with Autism. I knew I had to advocate for her… And then I realized that her peers needed advocacy and then people on the margins did too. I fight for what’s right. I listen to those who need to be heard and speak for those who can’t. I work to instill change and I walk with those who struggle with it. I sit in awkward space with people and I cheer them on. More than anything, I’m welcoming and invite all in. There’s nothing worse than when someone feels so disconnected and disenfranchised that they feel like the don’t matter.
What brought you to Ferndale? My spouse, Steve was hired on at Samson Rope and we chose to live in Ferndale because of housing affordability and the School District.
How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? Since 2005
Best Ferndale landmark? The Big Red Barn! (Hovander Homestead Park)
Your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale. Walking my 14 year old daughter into the FHS gym on the first day of high school in 2017. I fully anticipated her being completely overwhelmed and instead, she was welcome by a group of sophomores who knew her by name. They were cheering her on and high-fiving her on the way in. I could not help but burst into tears when I experienced just how inclusive and welcoming these students were. By far one of my favorite moments where I felt that Ferndale Pride!