Tuesday, March 21, 2017

April 2017: Grange Month, Donate to Plant Berms, Old Time Jam, "Three Traditions House Concert", Square Dance, Contra Dance

April is Grange Month- Help us plant the Berms!
In honor of Grange Month Quimper Grange will be developing the wood chip planting berms around our hall. The idea is to increase square footage of garden space for food growing and for beautification. At present the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden donates over 2,000 pounds of produce annually to the Jefferson County Food Bank; our Grange Month Project aims to increase the harvest!

You can help by donating to the Quimper Grange Garden account that has been set up at Henery’s Garden Center for this project. Your donation will go toward the purchase of plant materials and supplies and will include a mix of deer resistant landscaping and edible plants. Henery’s Garden Center is located at 406 Benedict St, Port Townsend WA 98368 Phone: 385-3354

April 5th, 7-9 Old Time Jam, Led by Tony Goldenberg
Tony will start the jam teaching “Little Gal’ll Fool Ya”, a Roan Mountain Hilltoppers tune in the key of D and switching to the key of A and may play something in G. For those of us familiar with Tony’s excellent southern fiddling style this will be a real treat; rhythm, tone, cool tunes. What more could you ask for?
The Quimper Grange Old Time Jam is always held on the first Wednesday of the month and focuses on string band music with all tunes chosen by the leader. The first tune of the evening is broken down for easy learning and tunes are played at a moderate pace.  Players of all levels are welcome. $1 -$2 donation to help pay for heat. Bringing snacks to share is encouraged. Doors open at  6:45.      Questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

April 8th, (Sat) 7:00pm “Three Traditions” House Concert

On April 8th at 7:00pm Quimper Grange will host a house concert featuring three fiddlers from three traditions.
Kristian Bugge, Ruthie Dornfeld, and Jamie Fox will come together for an evening of music that combines the textures of their three distinct traditional styles creating a complex and multilayered performance.

Bugge (Denmark) is widely considered a master of traditional Danish music while Dornfeld (Oregon) is regarded as an expert of old-time American tunes, as well as styles ranging from Celtic to Scandinavian folk. Lastly, Fox (Montana) is one of the most well-known young players of Metis fiddle music which is a tradition crossing ties of Celtic, French and Native American music cultures.  All three of these fine players are well known to participants at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes having been on staff there many times.

The Quimper Grange Hall is located at 1219 Corona St. in Port Townsend.  Doors will open around 6:45 and admission is by a suggested donation of $15-$25.  For more information go to www.3fiddlers3traditions.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

March 2017 - Old Time Jam; Square Dance; Contra Dance; Plant and Seed Exchange

March 1st (Wednesday) 7:00-9 Old Time Jam

with Eva Leach
This month's Old Time Jam will be led by Eva Leach who grew up surrounded by music. Her family lived next to the sheep field
Eva holding forth at the Centralia Old Time Campout
which is the site of the Centralia Old Time Campout, started by her fiddling parents almost 15 years ago and Eva has been a participant at Centrum's Fiddle Tunes Festival for almost as long.

The tune Eva plans to teach at the jam is Newt Payne's Great Big Taters in the key of G (standard tuning on fiddles). We will also be playing in the key of A. All levels of players are welcome however the jam is geared toward an intermediate skill level. A donation of $1or $2 is requested to help pay to heat the hall. Snacks to share are encouraged.
Any questions about the jam? call Marla 360-385-6924

March 11(Saturday) 8:00-11 Square Dance

Caller Jenny Monfore

March is the month of change. Peas go in the ground. Other garden work, also. Daylight savings begins, which means we all go crazy on March 12. Spring starts on March 21. So much to think about. Better get on over to the Quimper Grange and get on an even keel! Jenny Monfore is calling this month.  Jenny is a recent transplant to Port Townsend who plays hot fiddle, as well as calling cool dances. This may be your one and only chance to dance for her as she is attending the Woodworking school for just a few months.  The band is Ratrap. Ratrap is Dave Thielk, Chris Cooper, Terry Weiner and Nancy Katz.  They are still kicking out square dance tunes after all these years!   Check 'em out.  

All dances are taught.  All ages and experience levels are welcome. This a family friendly event.  Dancers are advised to bring their own personal water container.  And, if inclined, they can bring some light snacks to share. Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come at 7 PM and jam with the band.  Adults $6.  16 and under free. 

March 18 (Saturday) 7:30-11 Contra Dance: Greg and Jere Canote, LauraMe Smith Calling

For our upcoming contra dance we are blessed to have the famous Canote Brothers, Greg and Jere, playing their incredibly fun and driving music.  With over 40 years of playing together their music brings us all together as one big dancing family.

LauraMe Smith will be calling.  She too has been on the dance scene for many years, and seems to have an infinite amount of dances up her sleeve. Best of all she brings amazing humor to the dance floor.
admission $6,  under 16 free

March 19, (Sunday) 11:00-3
6th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange

Bring your over abundant seeds, plant starts, divisions, bulbs and any other plants that need a new home to thrive in and take home some new seeds and plants!

This well attended community event is the brainchild of Ashley Kehl and Jennimae Hilliard and helps launch the spring planting season. There will be gardening reference books to peruse and you’ll find that neighborly gardening advice abounds.

Refreshments provided~ donations gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of the event. Co-sponsored by the Quimper Grange.
Questions? treehugger@yahoo.com

Thursday, January 12, 2017

February 2017 - Old Time Jam, Hoot and Holler Concert and Square Dance, Contra Dance, Andre Brunet Concert and Workshop, Plant and Seed Exchange, Fundraiser for the Floor

February 1st, 7:00 First Wednesday Old Time Jam with Dave Thielk

Dave in the chicken coop!
Dave Thielk will be leading the tunes this month and will be playing in the key of D and the key of A (fiddle tuned AEAE).  He will start by teaching  Jack Wilson, a John Salyer tune. Dave has been dancing squares, and contras since 1976, when he moved to Seattle and immersed himself in the now infamous dance scene led by stalwarts such as the Mudflap Ramblers, and Sandy Bradley.  Shortly afterward, Dave started playing back up guitar, then banjo, and more recently fiddle.  Dave approaches the fiddle from the dance perspective, but also goes back to original source material before making tunes his own.  He will be playing tunes from John Salyer, Ernie Carpenter, Melvin Wine, Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Tommy Jarrel, James Bryan and others. Suggested donation $1-$2 to help pay to heat the hall. Snacks to share appreciated.

Saturday, February 11 - Square Dance with Dave Thielk and Hoot and Holler

Caller Dave Thielk
Hoot and Holler (Amy Alvey on fiddle, and Mark Kiliansky on guitar) are coming to Quimper Grange to play the February 11th square dance. Local caller Dave Thielk will be rapping out the dance moves. Hoot and Holler are on a West Coast tour, and we were able to schedule them for both our monthly square dance and a house concert (see below). These guys have energy and drive, and put a really nice edge on old time dance music. It will be a rocking good dance.
Hoot and Holler

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 invited. Families,
tribes, couples, and lone coyotes are all welcome. Cost is $6 for adults; 16 and under are free. 1219 Corona. Bring a personal water bottle, please, and optional snacks to share with other dancers. See you there!

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

Sunday, February 12 - House Concert with Hoot and Holler

Bi-costal singer-songwriters and instrumentalists Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey, better known as Hoot and Holler, are kicking off 2017 by releasing a brand new album “Reasons to Run”, and embarking on their third annual west coast tour. That tour includes a stop in Port Townsend, playing for a dance on February 11th, and performing a house concert on February 12th from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Amy and Mark present a hearty dose of traditional songs and tunes, with a contemporary edge, on fiddle, guitar, and banjo as well as original songs and compositions. Their songwriting evokes the
Hoot and Holler's latest album
"Reasons to Run"

feeling of a cross country road trip, through the swamps of Louisiana and the deserts of New Mexico.

Amy and Mark, Berklee College of Music grads, are debuting brand new material from their upcoming album, "Reasons to Run," in addition to previous releases, “Nothing If Not Young,” and “Is This Goodbye.” The performance will be spring-loaded with rare energy and exceptional musicality as they unleash their best, and freshest works.

Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona.  Suggested donation $10 - $20.  For more information call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

Feb 18th, 7:30-11:00 Third Saturday Contra Dance 

The third Saturday Contra this month will be on February 18th and features WILD PHIL AND THE
BUFFALO GALS -- an evening of toe tapping fun for beginners and experienced alike. Calling the dances will be perennial favorite: Sherry Nevins. Come at 7:30 with friends and partners (or without) and enjoy ‘til 11. Admission will be $6 for adults with no charge for those 16 and under. For more details call Tinker at 379-2882.

The band includes Becky Evasick, Quenn Charrier, Carol Sword, Phil Andrus (not shown Nancy Katz on bass).

Monday, February 27- House Concert and Workshop with

Quebecois Master Fiddler Andre Brunet 

On Monday Feb 27th at 7:00 Quimper Grange presents Quebecois master fiddler, Andre Brunet, for another in its series of traditional music house concerts. This concert tour kicks off Andre’s new solo career and celebrates the release of his new solo CD, La Grosse Maison Rouge.

A veteran of The Festival of American Fiddle tunes, Andre last played to a sold out house in Port Townsend with his band, De Temps Antan in 2011. In this solo performance, Andre will share his love for the traditional music of Quebec bringing this exuberant music to life with his fiddling, singing and foot percussion.

Born and raised in Quebec’s Monteregie region, Andre picked up the fiddle at the early age of nine. With his brother, Rejean, he formed the band Les Freres Brunet with whom he recorded several CD’s and toured extensively. In 1997 Andre joined the Quebecois supergroup, La Bottine Souriante and went on to tour more than 15 countries with them over the next 10 years. After his tenure with La Bottine, Andre and two other La Bottine alumni went on to form his current band, De Temps Antan.

Since 2008 Andre has been involved with Camp de Violon Traditionnel Quebecois de Lanaudiere which is a fiddle camp based on learning and development of the fiddle repertoire in Quebecois traditional music. For any aspiring Quebecois fiddlers in town, Andre will be putting on a fiddle workshop from 3:00-4:30 on the afternoon of the concert. 

The concert and workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange Hall, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend. Suggested donation is $15-$25 at the door for the concert and $15 for the workshop. For more information go to 

Fundraiser for the Floor-Not too Late to Donate

Our fundraiser for the floor was held on January 21st, and as you may have noticed, there was a lot going on that day. The turnout for the dance was pretty small and we didn't meet our goal of covering
Floor was last refinished Ag 2015
the cost of refinishing our well worn dance floor. The floor cannot be sanded again because it has been sanded down to exposed nails and if it is worn down to bare wood it will have to be replaced. We would like to avoid that expense and preserve the character of our treasured dance floor. If you would like to contribute to preserving our floor. Send a check to Quimper Grange, PO Box 1844, Port Townsend 98368
Thank you Airstream Traveler for playing and Eric Curl for calling, as well as Dave Thielk and Jo Yount for organizing our fundraiser event!

Get Ready for the 6th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange!

Now is the time to start getting ready for the March 19th Plant and Seed Exchange. You could plant some seeds so you'll have starts to share or make a list of what you can divide, or just start thinking of plants and seeds you want to look for at the Plant and Seed Exchange.  Details will be posted in the March Quimper Grange News. Heads up!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

January 2017: Happy New Year, Donate Now, Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Fundraiser Contra Dance

There’s still time to support Quimper Grange in 2016!
(or you can make a donation at the fundraiser-for-the-floor contra dance on January 21st! Scroll down the page for details)

This year the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden supplied nearly 2500 pounds of organic produce to hungry people in Jefferson County. As our mission suggests, we “fostered community connection and resilience” through maintaining our hall and sponsoring monthly contra and square dances, concerts featuring internationally known traditional artists, and old-time jam sessions for all skill levels. And we sponsored films highlighting the cooperative/solidarity economy.

What can we accomplish together in 2017? 
We’d love your ideas and energy for programs or other events to build more community connection and resilience in the coming year.

Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
Quimper Grange
PO Box 1844
Port Townsend, WA 98368

JAN 4th, 7:00-9:00 OLD TIME JAM with JENNY MONFORE 

Musician and dance caller Jenny Monfore will lead the first Quimper Grange Old Time Jam of the year. Jenny is a DIY kind of gal and has been acquiring skills that not only include being a multi instrumentalist, dance caller and flatfooter but other folk skills useful for living an independent lifestyle. On this DIY trajectory she is moving to our town to attend the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation at Fort Worden.

Jenny will be start by teaching “John Browns” in A and has chosen to lead tunes in her two favorite keys: cross- A (AEAE tuning on the fiddle) and the key of C.

So, get out your instruments and come join us! All skill levels are welcome. Suggested donation of $1-2 to cover costs of heating the hall. Snacks to share encouraged. Questions? Call Marla 360-385-6924 

January 14, 8:00 - Square Dance in the New Year with The Possum Carvers and Dave Thielk calling! 
The Possum Carvers

A post-holiday storm?  Yep, at Quimper Grange! January 14!  Caller Dave Thielk, along with the carnivorous Possum Carvers, welcomes all ages and all abilities.   Come on down to the Grange by your lonesome, with a friend, or with your tribe.
Caller Dave Thielk

All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dancing starts at 8:00, or come at 7:00 and jam with the band..  Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share, and their own personal water bottle.  For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

January 21, 7:30  Annual Fundraiser Contra Dance with Eric Curl and Airstream Traveler

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  www.brucemolsky.com.

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: https://vimeo.com/155755754
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:  https://vimeo.com/171443754
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!