Monday, November 21, 2016

December 2016, Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Contra Dance, Food Bank Garden, Grange Elections

Dec 7th (WED) 7:00- 9:00 OLD TIME JAM
with Bertram Levy

This month's Quimper Grange Old Time Jam will be led by Bertram Levy. He will be playing tunes in the keys of G and D. As usual the first tune will be taught, broken down for easy learning. That tune will be the Henry Reed's “Shoes and Stockings”. 

Bertram Levy was one of the original members of the North Carolina based Hollow Rock String Band of the 60’s. Lead by fiddler Alan Jabbour, they played music learned directly from oldtime fiddlers in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia and their 1968 album is credited with launching the traditional American fiddle music revival.  In 1977 Bertram created Centrum's "Festival of American Fiddle Tunes" which has inspired untold numbers of musicians and created an amazing traditional music community. It continues on today as "Fiddle Tunes". 

Bertram has 5 Old Time CDs and will have some available at the jam.
Doors will open at 6:45 and as usual a $1-$2 donation is requested to help pay for lights and heat. Snacks to share (like cookies) are appreciated. Questions? call Marla-360-385-692

December 10th, 8 pm Square Dance - Portland Caller Caroline Oakley and the Old-Time Highway
Caller Caroline Oakley
If you danced the December 2015 Quimper Grange Square Dance, you will remember what a great dance it was, with Caroline Oakley calling from behind a guitar!   If you were not at that dance, well, you might just need to come down to the December 2016 Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social, because Caroline Oakley and the Old-Time Highway is coming back.

Dancing starts at 8 PM but you can come at 7 and jam with the band!   All dances are taught.  All ages and experience levels are welcome.  Cost is $6 for adults; 16 and under are free.  1219 Corona.  Bring a personal water bottle and snacks to share if inclined! See you there!

For more info, call Dave at 360-602-1270

December 17th, 7:30 to 11:00 Last Contra Dance of 2016

Kate Powers and David Miller from Sequim will be the musicians for the last contra dance of the year. In 2010 Kate, age 10, won a scholarship from the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, now at age 16 she is a first rate fiddler and violinist, playing, writing and arranging all types of music from classical to Cape Breton to Jazz.  She plays with incredible feeling and amazing dynamics adding great spirit to the dance. she is joined by David Miller on guitar bringing the extra drive to keep our feet moving. 

Lindsey Dono will be calling. Lindsey, originally from Massachusetts, brings an easy , calm approach to contra dances and it will be a pleasure to have here here in Port Townsend calling our December dance. From 7:30-8PM there will be a lesson.

Come join the fun dancing to live music.  Admission is $6, 16 and under free. Any questions cal, Tinker at 360-379-2882

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden 2016
A Ton of Work, A Ton of Produce!

Thirty-one generous volunteers logged in 1,069.5 hours of work at the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden by mid-November of this year. At last tally 2,257 pounds of fresh organic produce had been donated to the Jefferson County Food Bank: carrots and beets, eggplant and garlic, over 50 crops were harvested. Russian kale, broccoli and chard are planted and will continue to produce until spring.

The latest additions: a new gate and entry door
Volunteers did much more than planting, weeding and harvesting this year there was also a focus on making the whole operation work better so it will be more productive in years to come. Highlights in improvements are: the building a functional deer fence,  adding a second hoop house, installing an irrigation system and building a covered vegetable washing station.

If you are casting about looking for ways to make a contribution in this world consider joining others growing healthy food for the hungry  people right here in Port Townsend. For more information call Jo at 360-385-0456

More about Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson County:

Quimper Grange Elections, No Big Surprises

The officers that were elected at our November Grange meeting are:

President: Marla Streator
Vice President: Farren
Secretary: Kathy Ryan Co- secretary: Deb Wiese
Treasurer: Rob Harbour
Executive Committee through 2019: Tony Mauhar

Friday, October 21, 2016

November 2016 - Old Time Jam with Joanne Pontrello, Contra Dance with PT Cruisers, Square Dance, Last month's Music Events, Food Bank Garden and Grange Grounds

Nov 2nd (WED) 7:00- 9:00 OLD TIME JAM

November marks one year anniversary of the Old Time Jam at Quimper Grange so here's is a big thank to players and jam leaders who have made it such a success!

This month Joanne Pontrello will lead the Quimper Grange Old Time Jam; she's planning to play several waltzes including
the first tune of the evening, Leland Waltz, which will be broken down for people to learn. The two keys we will be playing in are A and D.

Joanne plays for square dances and is a charismatic and popular caller. Last year she instigated the non-stop square dance that was the Quimper Grange entry in the Rhododendron Festival parade.

Doors will open at 6:45 and as usual a $1-$2 donation is requested to help pay for lights and heat. Snacks to share (like cookies) are appreciated.
Questions? call Marla-360-385-692

Nov 19th (Sat) 7:30-11:00 Contra Dance
With PT Cruisers, Nan Evans Calling
PT Cruisers

Nan has been calling dances for over 20 years.
She brings grace and creativity to Contra dancing
Free lesson 7:30 to 8:00 PM

Come join the fun dancing to live music. Admission is $6 16 and under free.
Any questions? call Tinker 360-379-2882

Nov 26th (Sat) 8:00- 11:00 Square Dance
The November Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social has been moved to the 4th Saturday, November 26!  Mark your calendars.
Caller Anne Marie Schaefer

This month, the effervescent Anne Marie Schaefer will be calling squares and related sets for dancers of all ages and experience levels.   Live music will be graciously and enthusiastically played by locals Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the long weekend that follows Thanksgiving day.

Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
Dancing starts at 8 PM but you can come at 7 and jam with the band!   All dances are taught.  All ages and experience levels are welcome.  Our caller, Anne Marie Schaefer, will get you on the dance floor moving and shaking.  Wild Phil will be hitting the old timey rock and roll for your dancing pleasure.   Cost is $6 for adults; 16 and under are free.  1219 Corona.  Bring a personal water bottle.  See you there!

Building Community With Live Music

October got off to an exciting start with a concert by multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky. Earlier in the day Bruce taught a fiddle workshop. Then only two days later Frank Blade presented an Old Time guitar backup workshop and then led the regularly scheduled Old Time jam in the evening.

Frank Blade teaches guitar

These events along with live music played at the square and contra dances made October one of the most musical months ever at the Quimper Grange hall.
Concerts, dances, music workshops and the Old Time jam are ways that Quimper Grange  helps create a vibrant live music and dance community.

Fall in the Food Bank Garden Garden 
and Grounds Update
The food bank garden at Quimper  Grange is still producing healthy vegetables for the Jefferson County Food Bank and the past few weeks dedicated volunteers have devoted most of their time to end of season tidying and it's looking good!

In addition to garden beautification the grounds have been given special attention too. Grange members have moved wood chips to form a berm around the perimeter of the parking lot. The plan is to plant into the berm in the spring.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

October 2016: Bruce Molsky Concert, Fiddle Workshop; Frank Blade Guitar Workshop,OT Jam; Square Dance; Contra Dance; Cooperative Program; Food Bank Garden; Wood Chips; OT Jam Surprise

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 

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 (on fiddle)

Frank will be teaching the tune "Georgia Fox Trot"at the Oct jam. It is a relatively simple tune in D that not too many people play. We'll stay in D for a
while, probably going to G for the second half. Frank will have copies of his CD "Dance Band" with him, if anyone wants to buy a copy. It has 7 or so old-time tunes with Frank playing the guitar and a few more with other instrumentation, plus 6 of his own tunes. A $1-$2 donation is requested to help pay for lights and heat. Snacks to share (like cookies) are appreciated.

October 8th at 8 PM, Square Dance with Charmaine Slaven 

The Dare to be Square folks from Seattle are coming over the Port Townsend to rev up the Grange 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).  Come at 7 and jam!

October 15th, 7:30-10:30-11 Contra Dance
Come join the fun dancing to live music! This month the band will be "Sweet Sunny North",  Len Feldman on concertina; Katya Kirsch on banjo; and Alaskan guests JimWolfe on fiddle and Carol Ann Wolfe on guitar. Tinker Cavallaro calling.  
Admission: $6
16 and under free.
Questions? call Tinker at 360-379-2882

Oct 17th, 7PM Cooperative Month Films: WEconomics and Cultivating  Kids

Quimper Grange will sponsor the visit of Whidbey Island filmmakers Mark
Dworkin and Melissa Young on Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in honor of National Cooperative Month.  Young and Dworkin will present two short films, WEconomics: Italy, about the co-op economy in the region of Bologna, Italy, and closer to home, Cultivating Kids, about an innovative South Whidbey school farm.  

Over the last 30 years, the filmmaking team has produced documentaries around the world, largely focused on building a more sustainable future and many have won film festival awards.
WEconomics: Italy explores the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy, which has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world.  The capital, Bologna, is an industrial powerhouse, where prosperity is widely shared, and cooperatives of teachers and social workers play a key role in the provision of government services.  Recently the film was selected for the upcoming UN Association and World Community Film Festivals.  On-line preview here:
The international filmmakers were delighted to discover a trailblazing school farm near their home on Whidbey Island.  In Cultivating Kids, the children are the stars, backed up by a creative garden coordinator, teachers, and community volunteers. Science and math curriculum is adapted to garden activities, and kids provide hands on assistance with planting beans and digging potatoes. Preview for the film:
A suggested donation of $5-$10 for this Grange-sponsored event helps maintain the Grange hall. For more information, contact Deb Wiese, 360-385-1928.

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.

Wood Chips and Service Yard: Works in Progress 
If you have been to the Grange hall lately you may wonder what the plans are for all the wood chips and what's up with the screening on the north side of the
garden. The plan for most of the wood chips is to create a berm around the perimeter of the grounds that will eventually be planted. Woodchips are also being used to level the ground around the madrone stump and green fabric screening is being used temporarily while while we determine how large the service yard needs to be.

Surprise Guests at September Old Time Jam
Erin, Tony, Jere and Carl

Those who attended the September Old Time Jam got an unexpected surprise. Not only did Tony Goldenberg play in public for the first time in years he was
joined by Jere Canote on Guitar and along with Erin Marshall and Carl Jones who were in the area to teach at a banjo camp. Those of us who were there that night felt pretty lucky!

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.