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: Riley Sweeney
Family Member Names: Bryna and Cypress.
Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?”: In some ways, I’m really boring. I grew up in Olympia, Washington, went to Western Washington University where I studied Communication and Politics, married an incredible artist named Bryna, settled down and started a family.
On the other hand, I have a 12 foot tall dragon puppet in my garage that I built for a Celtic spiritual retreat, I made news in college for not wearing pants for a month as part of a protest, the previous Mayor of Bellingham once screamed at me over an expose I published, I’ve watched almost every episode of Doctor Who ever released and I believe kiwis are gross. My party trick used to be naming every US Senator in alphabetical order but since becoming a father that space in my head has been replaced with a million repetitions of “Baby Shark”. Do do do do doo.
But if I had to pick one thing that shows what an utter dork I am, I’d say it’s my radio show. My wife and I write, star in and produce a radio series titled, “Bellingham Terror”. Set in 1935 Whatcom County, it is a mystery/horror series modeled after the old “Thin Man” movies and layered with real historical events. It is a labor of love. Check it out at www.bellinghamterror.com
What brought you to Ferndale? I was running a political news blog in Whatcom County (while also doing marketing for a real estate company to get by) when the previous city clerk for Ferndale departed for a job down in California. I called the Mayor, who I had interviewed for my blog a few months back and asked about the job. He pointed out that I was already talking fluently about local government with folks online, this should be an easy transition. Next thing you know, I’m answering questions about street lights and water rates.
And I love it. I love being able to help folks connect with each other and solve problems in their community. I enjoyed the small town feel of Ferndale so much that I moved my family out of Bellingham and into the County to be closer to what I love.
How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor?
I’ve been working for the city for four years. Four long, glorious years.
Best Ferndale landmark? The railroad bridge of course, it’s iconic!
Your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale. Building Star Park, hands down. Seeing 2,000 volunteers come together for six days and work in the hot, dusty dirt and forge a playground that their children can use was an incredible experience. It was an honor to be part of making that happen.
Who should we meet next? Sara Fassett, she’s a rock star! l
Name: Maralise Fegan
Family Member Names: Brendon Orth-Sheridan, Adrian, Kieran
Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” My father once told me I have a strong sense of justice. He was a high school physics teacher and my mother was a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland. I grew up in a multi-cultural family that instilled in me the principles of honesty, equality, and persistence. I moved to Bellingham to attend WWU, where I earned my self-designed BA focused on communication and advocacy from Fairhaven College, a writing intensive, interdisciplinary program. Brendon is also from Maryland and moved to Bellingham when we figured out it was cheaper than continuing to pay our long-distance phone bills. After Brendon and I were married, we decided to stay in Whatcom County to start our family. Adrian and Kieran are fun, smart, and compassionate kids, and are always finding new ways to make us laugh. After several years working as a retail section lead in Bellingham, I decided to go back to school to get my post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from WCC. I now work as a paralegal and office manager at an immigration law firm. I guess my father was right.
What brought you to Ferndale? Brendon was working for Hardware Sales’ internet division just off Slater road, so when we had the opportunity to move into a home that could better accommodate our two growing boys in Ferndale, we jumped on it.
How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? We moved to Ferndale in 2011.
Best Ferndale landmark? Tennant Lake Fragrance Garden (and the boardwalk)
What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? Shortly after we moved here, I took Adrian and Kieran to get their first library cards. They each looked through the different card design options to pick just the right one. After making their book selections and checking them out with such enthusiasm and pride, they brought them home and enthusiastically shared them with Brendon. Having an accessible and welcoming library was one of the first (of many) indications that we had made the right choice about making Ferndale our home.
Who should we meet next? Melinda Cool, Amy Nylen, Victor Boulos Jr.