Friday, November 29, 2019

December 2019 Quimper Grange News

  We're wrapping up the year with music and dance!  Come enjoy the new look of the hall, and dance, listen, and play!

 

December Quimper Grange Events

 

Jonathon Doyle by Joel Patterson

12/6 7pm i-Pod Shuffle

Jonathon Doyle and Friends   

Couple dancing - swing, waltz, and many more styles.  No partner needed.
By donation



12/8 1pm Old Time Jam
Bring a snack to share if you wish.  $3-$5  



12/13 7pm Balkan Dance Party 

Michael Lawson, David Bilides, and Joe Finn

Dances taught.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20








12/15 1pm-3pm  Traditional Song Circle and Jam 
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well.  $3-$5.


12/15 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam   
Bring your music stand!  $3-$5 


12/21 7:30pm Contra Dance

North Beach Drifters  
One of Port Townsend's exceptional contra bands, the North Beach Drifters with Katya Kirsch on banjo, Bobbi Nikles on fiddle, Roland Nikles on guitar and Len Feldman on  concertina bring their warm and  rich music to the Grange for the dancers enjoyment.  Playing traditional tunes as well as their  own compositions their music will charm and light the way out of the darkness on the longest night of the year...Winter Solstice 



Alex MacLeod, calling
Known for his fun and interesting square dance calling, Alex brings clarity and spot-on timing to the art of calling. Expect to dance circles and contras as well as a few squares thrown in to spice it up. He'll be teaching a free half-hour lesson at 7:30 so come early if you are new or would just like a refresher.
 All dances taught.  $6.


12/27 7pm Balfolk 
International partner and line dances. 

This month first hour is Balkan dances followed by polkas, schottishes, boures, waltzes, zwiefacher, troikas, and more, all to live music! Dances taught. $5-$20

Friday, October 25, 2019

November 2019 Quimper Grange News



Getting Ready for 100!

In 2020 Quimper Grange will turn 100, and we are planning several events to celebrate! 
Stay tuned!

   We've been fixing up the building and grounds: new paint in the kitchen and hall ceiling; painted the floors of the kitchen and large bathroom; reorganized, remodeled and painted the storage closet, installed a new locking mailbox; and changed the layout of the garden. A big thanks to all our volunteers!  Barbara, Bill, Doug, Ed, Farren, Kathy, Michael, Sam, Sheila, and Tracy.

 We will be painting the inside of the hall in November.  Send us an email (quimpergrange@gmail.com) if you'd like to lend a hand!


November Quimper Grange Events

11/1 7pm i-Pod Shuffle 
couple dancing     no partner needed
by donation





11/4 6pm Howard Rains art show
            The art show runs before and during the concert!

        7pm Spencer and Rains  Texas and Kansas fiddling 

Spencer & Rains are known for their twin fiddle harmony, which is a product of the influence of midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child.  At the same time,  Howard’s distinct repertoire reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. That same sense of harmony is in their vocals, as well, which they pull from all manner of American folk music. Both multi-instrumentalists, they are steeped in tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and teaching of old time music. $15-$25 sliding scale  
If you have any questions call Marla at (360)385-6924


11/5 1pm Spencer and Rains Fiddle Workshop
$15-$25 sliding scale 
 

11/6 1:30pm Emergency Preparation: Camping in your House.
Put on by the L2020 NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!

11/8 7pm Balkan Dance Party 
Dances taught.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20







11/10 1pm Old Time Jam         
Andy Olney will be teaching the first hour! Bring a snack to share if you wish. $3-$5.

11/14 7pm Ruthie Dornfeld and Morten Alfred Høirup    
Lovely music from all over 
Roots music is a wellspring for Copenhagen guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup and Seattle fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld. The group they founded in the mid-‘80s, The American Café Orchestra, was an international trio serving up a mix of swinging dance tunes, reimagined traditional melodies, and striking, outside originals. This duo concert will feature Morten and Ruthie’s original music that draws inspiration from the traditions of America, Scandinavia, the Middle Ages, and beyond.  $15-$25


11/16 7:30pm Contra Dance
A new live band every month. All dances taught.  $6.

 Heliotrope - Michael Hobart on guitar, Robin Brown on fiddle, Paul Englesberg on flutes, whistle, & concertina, and Greg Sherman on bass.  They play tunes from the New England, French Canadian, and Celtic traditions, interspersed with some Bach, Mozart, Klezmer, swing, and jazz.


 


Amy Carroll, caller - Amy has been calling since 1987. Given people, 5 minutes, and a few dozen square feet, Amy can create a dance!





11/17 1pm-3pm  Traditional Song Circle and Jam 
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well.  $3-$5.

11/17 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam   
Bring your music stand!  $3-$5 

11/20 1:30pm Emergency Preparation: Food Storage and Sanitation
Put on by the L2020 NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!

11/22 7pm Balfolk 
International partner and line dances. 

This month first hour is Balkan dances.  Live music!  Dances taught.$5-$20






Sunday, September 22, 2019

October Quimper Grange News: Emergency Preparedness Series; Dances: i-Pod Shuffle, Balkan, Balfolk; Jams: Old Time, Traditional Song Circle, Folk Dance Music; Concerts: Vintage Jazz and Blues,Scottish Music and Song





October Quimper Grange Events

10/2 1:30pm NPREP Emergency Preparation: Communications. FRS, HAM radio.
Put on by the NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all! 



10/4 7pm i-Pod Shuffle 
couple dancing  
by donation


10/11 7pm Balkan Dance Party 
This month, FolkVoice from Seattle will play for your dancing pleasure! Dances taught.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20






10/13 1pm Old Time Jam         
Bring a snack to share if you wish. $3-$5.


10/16 1:30pm NPREP Emergency Preparation: 
Preservation of Papers - what you should have with you.
Put on by the NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!

10/17 7pm Joe Seamons featuring Briar
 Vintage Jazz and Blues   
Join us for a night of vintage jazz and blues with Joe Seamons and Briar on vocals, guitar, banjo, and ukulele. They will feature stories of blues queens and jazz royalty, and connect those stories with the issues of equity and inclusion facing America today.  Briar (Tina Dietz) grew up singing in churches and choirs around her home of Chimacum. Both musicians are leaders of The Rhapsody Project, a non-profit education program helping people connect with their heritage through roots music.  $15-$25


10/19 7:30pm Contra Dance
A new live band every month. All dances taught.  $6.  

10/20 1pm-3pm  Traditional Song Circle and Jam 
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well.  $3-$5.

10/20 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam   
Bring your music stand!  $3-$5 

10/23 1:30pm NPREP Emergency Preparation: Personal Safety
Put on by the NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange,  Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!

10/25 7pm Balfolk 
International partner and line dances. 


Live music!  Dances taught.$5-$20





10/27 7pm Alan Reid and Rob van Sante
 Scottish music and songs 



Coming from Scotland, Alan Reid (formerly of Battlefield Band) is known for his sensitive renditions of traditional song.   Rob van Sante provides subtle guitar accompaniments and fine harmony singing.  Come enjoy an entertaining evening of Scottish song old and new from two exceptional musicians.  $15-$25









10/30 1:30pm NPREP Emergency Preparation: How to store/treat water, sanitation, propane

 Put on by the NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!




All content for this post provided by Quimper Grange President Sheila Long
Information posted by Marla Streator



Thursday, August 29, 2019

September 2019 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Balkan Dance Party, Traditional Song Circle, Gangspil Danish Music, NPREP classes, Contra Dance, Pete's Posse (Pete Sutherland), Letter from the President


Letter from the President
Greetings all!  So many changes at the Grange!
The Hall ceiling, kitchen, and bathroom windows are freshly painted, and the floor has been refinished.
 Our schedule is expanding and shifting:
       Our jams (Old Time, Traditional Song Circle, and Folk Dance Music) are on Sunday afternoons
       For 7 Wednesday afternoons there will be NPREP Emergency Preparedness classes
      Friday nights there will be 3 dances: I-Pod Shuffle (couple dancing), Balkan* Dance Party (*and more), and  Balfolk with Kristin and Otto and friends
      Third Saturday is still the Contra dance
      There are also dance classes offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!
     We are working on having 2 concerts a month; this month is Gangspil from Denmark, and Pete’s Posse (Pete Sutherland) from Vermont!  Take a look at our Grange Events List tab (at the top of this page) for a list of all the events.  If you’d like to produce one of our concerts talk to Sheila or Farren and we’ll walk you through it!
Here’s to a fun Fall!  
Sheila Long

 9/8  1pm  New time/day! 2nd Sundays  Old Time Jam   
  Play traditional Southern American music.  Snacks welcome.  $3-$5+ 
This month's jam will be round robin, organized by Sheila Long.


 Due to hall rental scheduling Marla Streator will no longer be organizing the old time jams. The time currently available for jams is Sunday afternoon, a time that doesn't work for her.

9/13 7pm  New!  2nd Fridays Balkan* Dance Party
(*and more)   

Come dance and have fun! Snacks welcome.  $3-$5+










9/15 1pm  New!  Traditional Song Circle and Jam
9/15 3:30pm  New!  Folk Dance Music Jam 
These will be 3rd Sundays 



 Bring a song to share.  Snacks welcome.  $3-$5+ 






9/16 7pm  Gangspil Concert 
Danish music  


Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Vidar Skrede (guitar) will take you on a journey through the traditions of Danish folk music.
This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road. $25-$15

9/18 1:30pm NPREP Grab and Go pet/vehicle preparation kits workshop  
 This is the first in a series of 7 classes on emergency preparedness offered by The Neighborhood Preparedness Emergency Planning training group  Our 2 offerings this summer were popular, so we are now putting on the in-depth classes.  Sessions are ala carte; come to one, many, or all! Details are on the Grange Events List tab on our website.              
free/donations gratefully accepted


9/20 7:00-10:00 pm  BalFolk dance
Partner dancing from all over Europe to live music! $10
Dances taught!
9/21 7:30-10:30 pm  Contra dance

1/2 hour free dance lesson at 7:30

With the Pt Cruisers 
Ken Thompson, percussion
Fayla Swartz, mandolin
Libby Schnick, fiddle
Dan Post, fiddle
Michael LeDonna, keyboard
Fred Nussbaum, cello
Nan Evans calling
Admission:  $6 -  free 16 and under
Questions?  Call Tinker (360) 379 2882  

9/25 1:30pm NPREP 
Individual/family preparedness workshop free/donation

9/25 7pm Pete's Posse (Pete Sutherland) 
Vermont's own trad-roots power trio


 Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, and Tristan Henderson provide the music of twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape. $15-$25.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=u14wQfNVbj8

Sunday, July 28, 2019

August Quimper Grange News:New co-sponsored dance classes, Big changes at Quimper Grange


Quimper Grange will not meet on  second Monday this month however there will be a special meeting on Ag 19 at 7:00 

Regularly scheduled 3rd Sat contra dance canceled

Aug 2, 7:00 Partner Dance to Live Music!

The First Friday IPod Shuffle dance practice group is thrilled to have Abakis return to play rootsy classic country swing for our First Friday dance on Aug 2nd! 
This dance will feature Jack Dwyer on vocals and lead guitar, David Conklin on bass, Angie Tabor on drums, and the amazing Abakis herself on lead vocals and guitar.  

Doors open at 6:45, music starts at 7:00 p.m.
As always, admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted to support future dances. 
NO SCENTED PRODUCTS!  Some of us are allergic.

Sponsored by Cheri Van Hoover, Doug Groenig, Rocky Day, and Barbara Tusting.

Co-Sponsored by the Quimper Grange

Starting Aug 7th
FREE Wednesday evening Salsa and Cha Cha Dance Classes! Class is Full

Starting on Aug 7th, and running for five consecutive weeks, Cheri VanHoover and Doug Groenig will teach beginning Salsa and Cha Cha partner dance classes. Learn the basic moves, dance to some great Latin music, as well as a surprising amount of rock and pop tunes. These are versatile dances that can be used at almost any dance venue.

No partner is necessary, but pre-registration is required to ensure optimal lead-follow ratios. Maximum 35 leads and 35 follows.

Classes Lessons run from 7:00-8:00 pm, with practice sessions 8:00-8:45.
Classes are free, with donations gratefully accepted. Please, arrive free from scented body products.

Co-sponsored by iPod Shuffle and Quimper Grange


INTRODUCTORY PARTNER DANCE CLASSES at QUIMPER GRANGE!
"No Dancer Left Behind"
Did you know that partner dancing can be easy to learn and a ton of fun?

Cheri Van Hoover and Doug Groenig teach introductory partner dance classes to the community at no charge. They believe that dancing should be fun, easy to learn, and accessible to any who wish to dance. Their lessons are sequentially taught in a five-week series for each type of dance.

Partner dancing involves a lead and a follow. The lead's responsibility is to keep the follow safe. The follow's responsibility is to follow the lead! People can elect to dance either the lead or the follow position in any dance series. Pre-registration ensures a compatible lead-follow ratio wherever possible.

Cheri and Doug break down each partner's piece in an easy-to-learn format where "no dancer is left behind". They teach with humor and patience, and work with each person individually so they can achieve their personal best. Some types of dance taught by Cheri and Doug include: East Coast Swing, Zydeco, Salsa/Cha Cha, Country 2-Step, Nightclub 2-Step, and Waltz.

Partner dancing is a fun and safe way to meet new people, get great exercise, and hear some fun music. The lessons are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Donations go completely back into the community by covering expenses and occasionally hiring live bands for the First Friday iPod Shuffle dance practice.



Big Changes at Quimper Grange


In every organization there will be changes in approach when there are changes in leadership and as new members bring their skills and interests into the mix.  The current president, Sheila Long is a long time international dancer and new member, Doug Groenig, has been teaching partner dancing for years. They will be bringing  their interests and energy into Quimper Grange offerings. Another member, Farren, started a dessert competition with local entertainment she calls "Local Spotlight" based on an event in Ketchican Alaska called "The Monthly Grind".  Michael Everitt brings marketing skills that have resulted in the use of MailChimp to inform members of upcoming events.

George Yount spearheaded saving the Grange
The present iteration of Quimper Grange started in 2009 when George Yount called together the community to "save Quimper Grange". His leadership got Quimper Grange rolling in a new direction that has evolved through the years.  The first months after reorganization was devoted to addressing major deferred maintenance issues, like painting the interior of the hall, refinishing the floor, removing walls at the entrance to the hall and installing electric heat. When the hall was ready for public use Grange members decided to offer "must be there"educational programs that focused on gardening and agricultural topics. Then, in 2015 or so, under the leadership of Marla Streator, Quimper Grange gained members with interests in traditional music and dance, at the same time members with the energy to continue presenting agricultural programs faded.  New members however, were musicians and willing to produce concerts so "House Concerts" became a primary focus of Grange sponsored events. In the same time frame the Old Time jam got rolling.

It is mind boggling tho think of how many upgrades have been made to the hall since George's presidency and they continue. Keep posted as Quimper Grange continues to evolve!

Marla Streator Quimper Grange historian