CALIFORNIA MENNONITE: Book Launch & Art Exhibit – Sunday, Oct 1st, 2-4 p.m.
Location: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street.
Award-winning California open-air artist Paul Buxman will exhibit a collection of his paintings at the launch of the book, The Gift of Laughter: The Story of a California Mennonite Family, by Bellingham author Loretta Willems. Buxman paints the vineyards and orchards that looked like paradise to the Mennonites that were farming the North American prairies in the early 20th century. The Gift of Laughter tells the story of one of these Mennonite families that succumbed to the lure of rich soil and year-round sunshine.