Thursday, September 22, 2016

October 2016: Bruce Molsky Concert and Fiddle Workshop; Frank Blade Guitar Backup Workshop and Old Time Jam; Square Dance; Contra Dance; Cooperative Program

October 3rd:  Bruce Molsky,  Master Old Time Fiddler come to Quimper Grange!

Quimper Grange  House Concert (7:00 PM)Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered ambassadors for American
traditionalold-time music.  Skilled on fiddle, guitar and 5string banjo, he has spent several decades as a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist, educator, and recording artist.  With seven solo recordings, over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations, Bruce has been praised by a diverse group of fans and collaborators including Linda Ronstadt, celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazzer Bill Frisell and dobro master Jerry Douglas. 

In concert, Molsky digs deep to transport audiences to another time and place, with his authentic feel and the unearthing of almost-forgotten rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook.  Known primarily for his fiddle playing, Bruce is also a fine guitar and 5 string banjo player and he has a distinctly resonate voice.  From tiny folk taverns in the British Isles to huge festival stages to his ongoing workshops at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Molsky seduces audiences with his excellent musicianship and conversational wit that can make even Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or parlor jam session. Guitarist Mark Knopfler summed it up best when he said “Bruce Molsky is one of those great  players who ‘gets it’; has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it”.

The concert starts at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:45. Admission at the door is by a suggested donation of $15-$20.  There are no advance ticket sales) More information can be found at

Bruce Molsky Old Time Fiddle Workshop 3:30-5:00 
$25 suggested donation at the door
For more information contact Chris: 360-344-2635 

Community Game Night which would usually be held on Oct 3rd, the first Monday of the month, will resume on November 7th.

OCT 5, 3:30-5:00
Workshop with Frank Blade

Quimper Grange is sponsoring an Old Time guitar backup workshop on Oct 5th from 3:30-5:00 taught by Frank Blade, who will also be leading the Old Time Jam in the evening.

Frank was introduced to old-time music in 1975 while living in Philadelphia. There was a young and vibrant music scene there at the time with many players who were discovering how much fun they could have playing old-time and contra tunes on fiddle, banjo and other instruments. Over the years he has been fortunate to play with many talented and generous musicians from an amazing and far-reaching community. Frank is a wonderful teacher who has shared his love of this music to students in all four corners of the US.

The workshop is $20 suggested donation.
Questions? Call Marla, 360-385-6924

Oct 5th, 7-9 Frank Blade leads the monthly Old Time Jam 
A $1-$2 donation is requested to help pay for lights and heat. And snacks (like cookies) are appreciated.

Square Dance with Charmaine Slaven on October 8th at 8 PM.

The Dare to be Square folks from Seattle are coming over the Port Townsend to rev up the Grange on
Saturday, October 8th, at 8 PM, and provide the Port Townsend square dance community with a sneak preview of what's in store at the Seattle Dare to be Square West event coming up in November.  Charmaine has called and played many dance in the area, and this marks her 5th time here at Quimper Grange.

Come by yourself, with a partner, the family, or the whole tribe.   All dances are taught (no experience necessary).  Live music and dynamite dance calling for a mere $6 for each adult (under 16 free).

Food Bank Garden Update
Kudos to everyone who has contributed labor and planning skills to make big improvements to the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden!
QGFBG now has two hoop houses!

UGN Day of Caring volunteer
A lot was accomplished this summer: a second hoop house was erected; a new irrigation system was added; garden beds were widened and realigned, a covered cleaning and weighing station was constructed; and materials no longer needed because of garden upgrades have been removed, re-purposed or discarded. In addition a service yard is being established on the north side of the garden and presently surrounds the stump of madrone that had to be removed because it was dying.  Good job volunteers!
Just for laughs: Big beet from Grange Garden

This year the garden has donated over 1,300 pounds of fresh organic produce to the food bank with the help of 24 volunteers donating about 905 hours of service.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

September 2016 - Old Time Jam, Square Dance with Scrimshaw at the Cotton Building; Contra Dance with Au Contraire

Sept 7th, 7:00

Old Time Jam with Tony Goldenberg

The first Old Time Jam of the the season will be led by local musician, Tony Goldenberg. He will be playing simple southern tunes starting in in the key of A (AEAE tuning). He is planning to teach Pretty Little Girl (or something like it) then will be playing tunes in the key of D (ADAE). Tony's playing focuses more on rhythm and less notes. So get out your fiddles, banjos, guitars, etc and come join us. You are encouraged to bring snacks for the break and to donate a couple of bucks (or more) to help with the ongoing costs of maintaining the Grange hall.

September 10th, 8 PM

Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social 

Square Dancing for Mariners!

Caller Dave Thielk
Local caller, Dave Thielk will be hosting the monthly Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social at the Cotton Building (right next to the Pope Marine Park) in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday, September 10th, at 8 PM as part of the 2016 Wooden Boat Festival  He will be calling squares, circles and reels to live music. The Seattle based band Scrimshaw Stringband will be playing rocking hard traditional dance music with a seafaring edge.  Partners and experience are not necessary.  All dances taught.  All ages welcome.  Square dancing on deck during calm seas has been part of the sailor's tradition for hundreds of years. Celebrate this year's festival with a square dance at the Cotton
Building..  From 8 PM to 10 PM.  Free.

This dance is sponsored by Quimper Grange, the Wooden Boat Festival, and

Dave Thielk   360-301-6005

September 17, 7:30

Contra Dance: Au Contraire Playing, Tinker Cavallaro Calling

Tinker Cavallaro will be calling to the lively dance music of Au Contraire at the third Saturday contra dance on Sept 17th. Come join in the fun as we dance together. Contra dancing is a wonderful, traditional, community building dance form. No partner necessary.

The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. The cost is $6.00, 18 and under for $3.00, free for little ones under 3.

Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend. Any questions call Tinker @ (360) 379 2882.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Summer (June, July, August) 2016 Quimper Grange News

Summer at Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden 
Volunteers Always Welcome!
Last year there were three food bank gardens: one at Port Townsend HighSchool, one at Mountain View Commons, and one at Quimper Grange; this year, however, there will be just one: the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden.

Fall 2015 - UGN "Day of Caring" work party
The garden has come along way since 2013!
Volunteers have been working hard to make this one garden produce as much food as possible. The next big projects will be dismantling and reassembling the Mountain View Commons hoop house, creating a service yard, and adding a much needed covered vegetable cleaning area. There is also a need to finish spreading wet cardboard and chips along the outside of the fence to keep weeds from encroaching; and, on a weekly basis; planting, hand watering seedlings, weeding, harvesting and delivering.

If you have some time you can dedicate toward helping with one of the upcoming projects or want to help out on an ongoing basis please Call Jo (774-6618) or Emily (517-231-1332)

June 1st 7:00 Old Time Jam
(Last Jam 'til Sept)

The last Quimper Grange Old Time Jam of the season will be led by Brendan Hohmann whose band, Conway West played for a square dance described this way: ”These ain’t the squares with frills and ruffles or the ones you learned in PE, these are old time traditional southern squares”. Brendan plays both square dance music and crooked-y tunes. He will be teaching Little Rose in the key of C. As usual at our jams he will break it down for easy learning. Most of the tunes we will play are in C and G. We might play some in D or A too.
Our jams are participatory so come with an instrument and join the fun! We encourage bringing cookies or other snacks to share and to kick in a couple of bucks to help pay to heat the hall. Any questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

Two Composting Workshops in June:

June 4th (Sat)10:30- Noon
June 4th (Sat)1:00-2:30 

Quimper Grange and Jefferson County Public Health will be co-sponsoring two composting workshops on (Sat)June 4th. These workshops fill up fast and require pre-registration so register online go to:; search Port Townsend 
More info? email: or Call: 360-379-4491

Community Game Night Summer Schedule: 
First Mondays 7:00 PMJune 6th and August 1st 

Quimper Grange's Community Game Night is fun for all ages. Join us on first Mondays this summer, June 6 and August 1, 7-9PM, for Farkel, Pinochle, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trouble, Sequence or any game you’d like to bring. Suggested donation per person to help maintain the hall is $1-$5. No one turned away. Please bring snacks to share, if you like. Childcare is provided for game-playing-age kids as long as their parents or guardians are on site. There is no Game Night on July 4. Call Barbara at 360-774-1794 for more information. And get ready to share the laughter at Quimper Grange Game Night!

Square Dances on Summer Break, will return in September

Contra Dance Summer Schedule:
June 18th, 7:30 
Come and join the fun on Saturday, June 18, as Marsha Wiener and the Hot Dogs play the tunes, while Nan Evans calls the dance. The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 18 to 3 years, free for under 3. 
Marsha Wiener and the Hot Dogs : Libby Schnick - fiddle, Ken Thompson - percussion, Fred Obee - guitar and Marsha Wiener - keyboard

July 16th, 7:30 Band and caller to be announced 
August 20th, 7:30 Band and callers to be announced 
For contradance information call Jo: 385-0456

Water Color Art Classes With John Adams All Summer...
There will be water color art classes offered all summer as a series or on a drop in basis. Sound interesting? Call John 206-842-3099 or email

In addition to Grange sponsored events our hall is rented for everything from birthday parties to dance classes. There have been political gatherings, baby showers, a bar mitzvah and even a weaving workshop replete with 10 or more sewing machines! John Adam's art classes are another example. Check the calendar tab on our website to see what is happening or if the hall is available to rent. If you would like to rent the hall call Jo at 385-0456 or email

Thursday, April 21, 2016

May 2016 : Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden Potluck and Work Party, Game Night, Old Time Jam, Composting Workshops, Squares and Contras, Scandinavian Music Workshop

Quimper Grange Potluck and Food Bank Garden Work Party
Thanks to everyone who made our Grange Month potluck and work party a success! Seventeen volunteers weeded and moved many wheelbarrowsful of woodchips from a woodchip mountain to cover wetted cardboard in the walkways. Many hands make light work. If you would like to volunteer to help grow fresh and healthy food for the Jefferson County  Food Bank contact Jo at 360-385-0456
or Emily at 517-231-1332.

And thanks to the businesses who not only have helped supply food and beverages for this occasion but have supported many Grange events: Port Townsend Food Coop, Pane d' Amore Bakery and Sunrise Coffee.

May 2nd (Mon) 7:00-8:30 pm: Community Game Night

Grange Community Game Night is fun for the whole family. Join in on Monday May 2, 7-8:30 PM for Farkel, Pinochle, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trouble, Sequence or any game you’d like to bring.  Please bring snacks to share, if you would like. 

Suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children helps heat the hall.  Childcare will be provided for game playing age kids.

May 4th, 7:00: pm Old Time Jam

This month's Old Time Jam will be led by Seattleites, WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow, who have graced the stage on many occasions at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and were stars of a Quimper Grange "House Concert" and workshop in March of last year. WB will teach Illinois Rickett's Hornpipe and has made a regular speed and a slow recording. If you want to preview them they are here:
They will have CDs available in case you are interested in taking some of their fine music home. Our jams are participatory so bring an instrument and prepare to have fun! Players of all ages and abilities are welcome.
There is a suggested donation of $1or $2 to help pay for heating the hall. You are encouraged to bring cookies or other snacks to share. Any questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

May 10th and 12th 7-8:30pm Composting Workshops Are Back!
Once again Quimper Grange and Jefferson County Public Health will be co-sponsoring composting workshops in the months of May and June. These popular workshops fill up fast and require pre-registration: email: or Call: 360-379-4491

May 14 - Square Dance: 800 - Amy Carroll calls for the Last Chance Stringband Jam with the band at 7:00

Caller Amy Carroll
Come on out to the last dance of the spring/summer.  Seattle's Amy Carroll calls all over the PNW and is known for family friendly fun.  Amy always brings an exuberance to her events.  The Last Chance Stringband hails from Port Townsend and includes long time dance fiddler Gary Pasco,
Last Chance Stringband
along with Carol Hardy, Roger Pick and Dave Thielk.   Round up a partner or 3 and head on up to the Grange on Saturday, May 14.  Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come early and jam with the band at 7.   Partners are not necessary, come as you are!  These dances are family friendly.  All dances are taught; no experience is necessary.  Admission $6, 16 and under free. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308

May 21st, 7:30: Contra Dance

Please join us on Saturday May 21 as we dance to the tunes of Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals.  AND as special treat, we have guest caller, Laura Mé Smith.  Come one, come all and have a great time! The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, free for under 18. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.

PS  At 6:45 the band welcomes other players for a short jam before the dance starts.

Sunshine and Scandinavian Dance Music With Jeff and Jane Anderson

 Sunshine and music, a perfect combination! Accordions played outside while fiddles learned melodies indoors. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 2016: Grange Month, Community Game Night, Old Time Music Jam, Square Dance, Scandinavian Music Workshop,Contra Dance, Quebecois events, Plant and Seed Exchange

April is Grange Month
To celebrate Grange Month this year we would like to call attention to the collaboration between Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson County and Quimper Grange. Evolving from its early weedy beginnings our most industrious Grange member, Jo Yount, started gardening for the Food Bank with very little help until the initiation of the present collaboration and influx of volunteers.  Last year the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden produced over 2,500 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables and added a hoop house to extend the growing season. This year a better deer fence is being installed and preparation is being made to add another hoop house. Volunteers gain a great deal of satisfaction knowing that their efforts are making a difference. If you would like to volunteer on an ongoing basis or be notified for work parties contact Jo at 385-0456.

April 4th (Mon) 7:00-8:30 p.m. Community Game Night
Quimper Grange is holding its second Game Night on Monday April 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. All ages welcome.  Participants are welcome to bring their own games and a variety of small and large group board games and card games will be provided. Suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Childcare will be provided for game playing age kids.  Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St. in Port Townsend.

April 6th (Wed) 7:00 Old Time Music Jam

Our first Wednesday Old Time Jam will be led by Seattle-ites, Al Hart and his Wildcats. The tune that will be taught is Snake Chapman's Pretty Little Widow and the evening's tunes will be played in the keys of G and A. Accompanying Al on banjo will be his wife, Debbie Spiegelman and on guitar, Sheila Long. Al, Deb and Sheila have been playing together for years. Al is not only an inspiring Old Time musician but an outstanding banjo builder and recording artist.
The Old Time jam is participatory (you need to bring an instrument), friendly and fun!
We encourage a donation of few dollars to help defray costs. 

April 9th Square Dance with Lisa McAvoy and the Hi-O Revelers 8:00

Chantereller Hunter and
Square Dance Caller
Lisa McAvoy
The Hi-O Revelers
Bellingham square dance caller Lisa McAvoy will grace Quimper Grange on April 9th, along with the Hi-O revelers from Seattle. This is Lisa's first dance at the Grange, but rumor has it when Lisa is calling it is hard to tell who is having more fun, the dancers or her! The Hi-O Revelers are Devin Champlin and Katy Harris currently out of Seattle. They play old time music with a good mix of fiddle breakdowns, mandolin rags, guitar blues and singing duets. Both Devin and Katy draw heavy inspiration from early recordings, as well as learning from the great living musicians they are fortunate enough to learn from and play with. Not a slicked up, modern take on an old thing, nor an archival reproduction, this is two people playing music they absolutely love with a passion. They are equally at home playing a square dance, for a honky tonk, on a festival stage, or sitting on a cooler in a field. For this dance, they will be joined by Levi Danner on bass, and Andy Rick on banjo and steel, both of Bellingham.

Rustle up some dancing accomplices and come on down to the Grange, or just show up on your own! Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dancing starts at 8:00. Come at 7 to jam with the band. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.

April 16th (Sat) 11:00-1:00 Scandinavian Folk Dance Music Workshop and Jam

Internationally known musicians and instructors, Jeff and Jane Anderson will introduce and you will play traditional Scandinavian schottische, waltz, mazurka, hambo, polka, polskas, pols, snoa, and more.   
Bring your fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, acoustic instruments as well as a recording device. CDs will be available for purchase as well.   
Non musicians are welcome.   Enjoy wonderful Scandinavian music.  
Suggested Donation… $10 - $15

Students….   $5  Contact Person:   George Yount, 360-385-0456

April 16th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance: Tinker Cavallaro Calling to  music of Au Contraire

 Need fiddles for the dance?  Au contraire. Dance to traditional Contra Dance tunes which have been morphed into a swing spirit with dance-able improvisations. Au Contraire members include master uke picker Dick Hinshaw; Steven Urbanc on bass; "Chicago Bob Longmire on harmonica and guitar: and George Yount on harmonica and ukulele. Tinker Cavallaro calls dances to fit your dancing skills.  Bring a partner or find one at the hall.  There will be plenty of partners to go around.
6:30 to 7:25 come for music jamming or listening. Dancing will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, free for those 16 and under.  

Quebecois Workshop and Concert: 
Yet Another Great Music Experience at Quimper Grange!

The Quebecois music workshop with Lisa Orenstein, Andre Marchand and Normand Miron was well attended. attendees learned a medley of three Quebecois tunes.

Our February "house concert" featured Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville. The band, consisting of Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene. Between the three of them they have been on the roster of virtually every ground-breaking band over the past 30 years. Their performance was a fine listening experience for all.

 Scenes From This Year's Plant and Seed Exchange 

The 5th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange was held on the first day of spring this year and the weather was perfect, not hot enough to wilt plants and not shivery cold. This free event draws more participants each year.  Some people cannot quite imagine that the plants, seeds, tubers and even trees are not for sale, they are free. That is the beauty of this event. A great community sharing. This year the organizers, Ashley Kehl and Jennimae Hilliard enticed their friends to come play music in the Grange hall while people perused the seeds and sipped tea.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

March 2016: Old Time Jam; Game Night; Quebecois Workshop and Concert, Square Dance; Contra Dance; Plant and Seed Exchange

March 2nd (Wed) 7:00-9  Old Time Music Jam 

This month we’ll be playing West Virginia tunes with Jim Ketterman and Pam Johnston. They are coming all the way from Eatonville to lead this month’s jam. Lucky us!  The  tune Jim will be teaching at the beginning of the evening is Brushy Run. We will be playing in the keys of G and A and all tunes will be in standard tuning on fiddle. Donations to cover costs of hosting the jam are greatly appreciated!

A word about the Old Time jam: 
The purpose of our monthly Old Time Jam is to further Quimper Grange’s mission of “fostering community connection” by
pursuing the goal of “creating a vibrant live music and dance community”.
This is an opportunity to learn new tunes and practice learning to play Old Time string band music by ear in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  All levels of experience are welcome and to make it easier for less experienced players to participate
tunes are chosen by the jam leader. You won't be put on the spot to start a tune or need to know the key you are playing in however you do need to come with an instrument!

March 7th (Mon) 7:00-8:30 
Community Game Night

A brand new family friendly event is taking place on March 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Quimper Grange, Community Game Night. All ages are welcome. Participants are welcome to bring their own games and a variety of small and large group board games and card games will be provided. A suggested donation of $3-$5 per person will be collected at the door. Child care is available. 
For more information contact Barbara Hansen at 360-774-1794

March 8th (Tues) French Canadian Music at Quimper Grange! Workshop 3:30-5 Concert 7:30

CONCERTOn Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm, Quimper Grange will present another in its series of traditional music house concerts.  This concert will feature music from Quebec with the band Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville (The Buzz Around Town).  Quebecois music is lively, joyous and emotionally charged and the members of Le Bruit are all legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene.

Band members are, Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Andre Marchand (guitar/vocals), and Normand Miron (accordion/vocals). Lisa and Andre first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic traditional music super group which kickstarted Quebec’s folk music revival. Normand is a marvelous singer and accordionist who grew up surrounded by family musicians in Lanaudière, the epicenter of Quebec’s folk scene. As a trio, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville’s music is deeply-rooted, innovative, nuanced, and spontaneous. André’s meticulous accompaniment and gorgeous vocals complement Normand’s pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals and irrepressible spirit, while Lisa’s fiddle combines soaring harmonies with fiery tunes learned over years of kitchen visits with old masters.
No advance ticket sales. Admission at the door for the evening concert is $15-$25 (sliding scale). 

Workshop:The members of Le Bruit have been on staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes here in Port Townsend numerous times and are skilled teachers as well as performers.  Along with their concert, they will be hosting a band-lab style Quebecois music workshop.  They’’ll teach 2 or 3 tunes and leave some time for jamming and friendly conversation. The workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange hall 3:30 - 5:00 on the afternoon before their  evening concert.  The workshop is open to all acoustic instruments (fiddle, guitar, accordion, concertina, flute, mandolin, banjo, clarinet, etc.).   No reservations necessary, just show up.       Admission to the workshop is $15.

The concert and workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange Hall.  For more information go to  Any questions ? call 360-344-2635

March 12th (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance

Caller T Claw
 The effervescent T Claw is calling the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social this month.  Tunes provided by local players
West Fork of the Greywolf
Greywolf (Westfork).  Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. 8:00. $6. 16 and under free. Come at 7 to jam with the band. Please bring a personal water bottle. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005. 

March 19th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance
Third Saturday contra dancers are looking forward this month to the sound of a
South Fork of the Greywolf
new combination of experienced local players who call themselves Greywolf (South Fork). Len Feldman, concertina; Esther Whitmore, fiddle; Katya Kirsch, banjo;and Phil Andrus, guitar, will be playing on March 19 with Nan Evans calling and teaching all dances.  We will start at 7:30 and expect adults to pay $6 for this treat – all 16 and younger are free.

March 20th (Sun) 10am-3pm 
5th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange
Join us for the 5th Annual Plant & Seed Exchange at the Quimper Grange,  hosted by Ashley Kehl & Jennimae Hilliard with the help of their friends and family! The event is happening Sunday, March 20th from 10a.m. through 3p.m. rain or shine.

Bring along your extra seeds, plant starts, bulbs, plant divisions and any other plants that need a new place to thrive, whether they be edible or ornamental. Spend some time looking at the plants and seeds others have brought and take home something new! The event is free, but donations to help cover the costs are greatly appreciated and gladly accepted!!

Refreshments will be provided. There will be a couple of demonstrations this year, so check out Ashley and Jennimae's Facebook event page, Port Townsend Plant & Seed Exchange, for details as they come! Bring your friends and neighbors, the more the merrier.