This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending Swil Kainim's event "First Friday" at the Lummi Gateway Center just north of Bellingham. This event was held at the community center building and began at 5:30pm with a seafood dinner put on by the Sche'langen Seafood Market for only $5.
Walking into the building, I was instantly struck by the draw of this event that brought out a true sample of the variety of our community. An event of this kind is something that has become a rarity in recent years so to see this was a welcome sight.
After the seafood dinner, Swil Kanim invited those who had brought poems to present them as part of an observation of National Poetry month. A group shuffled up to the front and presented their poems to the crowd – each person with joyful cheer. This open forum was refreshing to see, and a very engaging and inclusive event; it was great to see these people that would otherwise sit within their thoughts present their works and it was very moving.
Following the poetry readings, Swil Kanim raved about the poems and jumped up and played a song to close the evening.
As this event came to a close I came away with a feeling of refreshment, happy that I had attended an event that felt natural and inclusive - something that one may find difficult to come by as of late. I encourage anyone who can appreciate a night of great food and some fantastic music, to take a drive out to Ferndale on the first Friday of the month and enjoy the community around you.