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

Sunday, June 23, 2019

July Quimper Grange News, Contra Dance, Thanks Food Coop

July Quimper Grange News

Summer is here and things slow down at Quimper Grange. There are no music jams, no concerts, and no square dance in the July or August., however there will be contra dances.

July 20th 7:30  Contra Dance 

Locals will be playing for the dance: Dave Thielk on fiddle; Carol Hardy and Cheryl Wallace on guitars; Chris Cooper, banjo;  Roger Pick playing concertina.
Tinker Cavallaro will be calling.


1/2 hour free lesson at 7:30
Admission $6
16 and under free

1219 Corona Ave.
Port Townsend, WA    questions? call Tinker @ 360 379-2882


Port Townsend Food Coop Friend of Quimper Grange


The PT Food Coop has been a long time supporter of Quimper Grange both contributing to programs during Cooperative Month (October) and making donations of food and a Cooper Card to help pay for refreshments at fundraising events. There are a very small number of active members who organize the concerts, dances and educational events that garner donations to help improve and maintain Quimper Grange's hall and grounds, ten at the most. It has been immensely helpful to receive the support of The Port Townsend Food Coop to provide refreshments at these events. By supporting Quimper Grange The Port Townsend Food Coop is also supporting the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden. The Grange donates use of land and pays for water to grow crops for the food bank. Last year the garden donated over 3,000 pounds of food to the food bank. But this garden could not exist if there were no Quimper Grange. Thank you PT Food Coop!
Marla Streator

Quimper Grange President 2013-2018

( This article appeared in the 2019 Summer edition of Commons the Food Co-op quarterly newsletter with a couple of typos) 




August 17th  Contra Dance 7:30 if Tinker can find a band.





Tuesday, May 28, 2019

June 2019 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam; Stringology, Local Spotlight and Dessert Competition; Contra Dance; Wildfire Risk Reduction; Irish Concert Dale Russ and Tom Creegan




Orville Johnson Concert May 30: 7:00 details? scroll down the page to May news

June 5th  7:00 (First Wednesday) Old Time Jam
with Len Feldman and Jere Canote

The last jam of the season of the season will be led by Len Feldman accompanied by Jere Canote. Len plans on playing mostly G tunes starting by teaching a version of Richmond he learned from Brad Leftwich at Fiddle Tunes.The jam will return again in September.
Suggested donation of $2-3 helps pay for use of the hall.

organized by Marla Streator

June 9th, 6:00 Local Spotlight Social and Dessert Competition
with Stringology - Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt



This Second Sunday series will feature local musicians in a quiet setting, and a home-made dessert competition at the long break!
Stringology is Eric Bogart - Guitar, Terianne Stratton - Rhythm Ukelele, and Tracy Grisman - Bass.  They play Hot Swing old standards of the 30's & 40's with some Bossa, Latin, and a few other surprises.

For the Dessert Competition:
Bring a home-made dessert with an ingredient list (allergies)
Winner will get a free pass and get to help judge at the following Local Spotlight Social event.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM.  $10, or $5 with a home-made dessert.
publicity Farren

June 15th (Saturday  7:30-11:00 Contra Dance

Back by popular demand
local band Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
will be playing the tunes.

With Seattle-based caller
Gwen Rousseau.

1/2 hour free lesson at 7:30
Admission $6
16 and under free

1219 Corona Ave.
Port Townsend, WA

questions? callTinker @ 360 379-2882

June 19th (Wednesday), 1-3pm
Wildfire Risk Reduction presentation
Fire Chief Walkowski will be presenting this talk

Summary: Each year, wildland fires consume homes in the wildland-urban interface which are defined as areas where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures. There is no better time than now to improve your resilience to wildfire by preparing and educating your family, friends and neighbors.

Sub-Topics:
- Firewise mindset
- Wildfire risk reduction
- Developing a defensible space around your home
- Recognize and identify hazard vegetation
- Ready-Set-Go
- Actions to take in the event of a wildfire
publicity by Sheila Long

June 21st (Friday) 7pm Dale Russ and Tom Creegan
Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle, Pipes and Whistle



Anyone who has not heard a master play the Irish pipes is in for a treat! Tom Creegan grew up in Dublin learning in one of the best environments possible, the Pipers' Club headquarters on Thomas Street. He played extensively in Europe and Canada before moving to Seattle where he started the band "The Suffering Gaels." He has long been widely regarded as one of the foremost pipers in North America. Concert appearances have included numerous dates with such luminaries as Kevin Burke, James Kelly, and Johnny Cunningham. He teaches tin whistle and pipes and has served on the teaching faculty of the Lark in the Morning summer school in California, The Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp, and CeltFest on Vancouver Island. Tom is in big demand for recording, and has appeared on many, including a CD of music from Hawaii!

Dale Russ started playing the fiddle in 1973 when first moving to Washington State from his native Connecticut. Although self-taught - and 100% Slovak - in 1990 he was invited to perform at the first Boston College Irish Music Festival "My Love is in America" featuring 16 of the finest Irish fiddle players living in the States.  His playing is known for its balance of power and elegance.  He was a founding member in 1977 of the Seattle Irish band "No Comhaile", and has worked for years as a duo with Mike Saunders on guitar.  In 1990 he joined the then-premiere Seattle Irish band "The Suffering Gaels", and as a sidelight, teamed up with Jack Gilder and Junji Shirota to record two CDs as "Jody's Heaven". It was with this band that Dale first visited Japan in 1996. He likes to revisit Japan at least once a year to compose himself and sample delectable dishes. Dale also collaborated with Finn Mac Ginty(RIP) and current Portland, Maine resident Hanz Araki in making two CDs as the trio "Setanta", and one recording with piper Todd Denman titled "Reeds and Rosin". He is featured in the 1997 issue of Fiddler Magazine and has taught at many North American music camps, including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

Doors open at 6:30  Sliding scale $25-$15

           

Thursday, April 18, 2019

May 2019 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Local Spotlight, Rigel Thurston, Contra Dance, Biochar, New Iberians Zydeco Dance,Orville Johnson


May 1, 7:00 First Wednesday Old Time Jam
Led by Steve Nelson, accompanied by Chris Cooper and Dave Thielk

Steve Nelson has been playing music in assisted living facilities for many years recently and has retired to Port Townsend. During his work life he developed a vast repertoire of old songs that he accompanied on guitar. In retirement he is returning to fiddling
He will start by playing in the key of D, teaching a Luther Davis tune, “Lily of the Valley” in the first hour, then switch to G tunes after the break then end with a couple of tunes in C.
Members of the Old Time community volunteer their time to lead the jams. They are not paid nor is the organizer, Marla Streator. All we ask is for a small donation to cover costs of using the hall. Snacks to share are appreciated. 
Doors open at 6:45
organized by Marla Streator

May 11, 8:00 Square Dance

Susan Michaels calls for the Canote Brothers and their Happy Pals, Nancy Katz and Jack Dwyer


The Canote Brothers
Susan Michaels from Vashon Island will be calling squares and related on May 11, starting at 8 PM at Quimper Grange.  The band is none other than the fabulous Canote Brothers.  Adding to the mix will be bassist Nancy Katz and banjoist Jack Dwyer.

Susan Michaels was the featured caller at the 2016 Dare to be Square West in Seattle.  She calls  . . . everything . . and does it with style and energy.  She is hailed as one of the top callers on the west coast. The May square dance is guaranteed to be most excellent.  And, as if Susan isn't enough to get you all to the dance, the Canote Brothers and Their Happy Pals will laying down the beats for you all.  The Canotes have been playing in the Northwest for dances, events and their own radio show for over four decades. Their personal and musical enthusiasm, energy and humor knows no bounds.  Nancy Katz is an exceptional musician, with decades of playing bass, guitar and banjo.  She will be laying down the bass beats for this dance. Jack Dwyer, a well known mandolinist and banjoist is also joining the group.

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.
Caller Susan Michaels


This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $7; 16 and under is free. For anyone bringing their own personal water bottle, or arriving on foot or bicycle, admission is $5.  Let's reduce our impact!  Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe and be prepared to rock out on this holiday weekend.  Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

May 12, 6:00 Local Spotlight Social and Dessert Competition with Matt Sircely - Multi-Instrumentalist and Songwriter 


This Second Sunday series will feature a local musician in a quiet setting, and a home-made dessert competition at the long break!
Matt Sircely is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical interests span the worlds of folk and fiddle music, classic blues and country, vintage swing and bluegrass, and music from cultures across the continent and around the world. His instrumental work blends traditional and innovative approaches to mandolin, guitar, and four-string tenor guitar. Matt’s catalog of original songs is extensive, from simple songs of love and gardening to tales of history and struggle, hope and reconciliation. 

For the Dessert Competition:
Bring a home-made dessert with an ingredient list (allergies)
Winner will get a free pass and get to help judge at the following Local Spotlight Social event.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM.  $10, or $5 with a home-made dessert.
Organizing and Publicity Farren

May 17, (Friday)7:00 Concert and Potluck Rigel Thurston - Bluesy Piano and Soulful Vocals  PTHS class of 1999
Rigel plays piano and sings jazz, blues, rock, and pop in Austin, TX like Ray Charles meets Nora Jones with a streak of Lyle Lovett.
Rigel has been playing piano since he was eight. In high school he volunteered to sing eight bars of Frosty the Snow Man at at the annual Christmas concert marking the beginning of his singing career. He cut his teeth on the streets of Port Townsend Washington with a keyboard, mic and an amp. 
Doors open at 6:30.  Potluck at 7  Sliding $5-$10
Organized by Farren


May 18, 7:30-11 Contra Dance
Sweater Weather String Band

Adam Amr, percussion, Richard Vinh,  banjo, Will Jevne, guitar, Joey Gish, fiddle and Collin McAvinchey on mandolin  playing mostly old-time but other stuff too.  Juanita Ramsey-Jevne calling.  The band and caller are all from around the Salish Sea and they love knitwear.
Free lesson 7:30 to 8:00
Admission $6   
16 and under get in freeQuestions?       call Tinker: (360) 379 2882

May 20, 7:00 Introduction to Biochar Production and Use: Farm, Garden, Environmental Cleanup
with Francesco Tortorici

Francesco at Plant and Seed Exchange March 2019
The potential of biochar to heal the earth has led Francesco Tortorici to
promote its uses and benefits to farmers, orchardists and students as a soil amendment, as well as for the purpose environmental cleanup. With his wife Joan, he created Olympic Biochar, a business that produces locally made biochar. Most recently Francesco’s focus has been on regenerating soils using biochar to produce nutrient dense food.
An engineer and long time appropriate technology advocate, Francesco was the co-founder of the Norwegian Center for Appropriate Technology in the 70’s.  His interest in those technologies led him to attend the ETHOS
Biochar Stove Building Fundraiser  at Quimper Grange May 2013
(Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities Services) conference in 2011. Through that experience he worked with several NGOs that promote clean cook stoves, which also produce biochar. When Francesco first became interested in the topic of biochar in 2007 there were only 150 scientific papers written on the topic. Now there are about 18,000.
Seven years ago Francesco gave a talk about micro-gasifier stoves and biochar at Quimper Grange, the very first he had given on the subject. At his presentation he met and later collaborated with Sequim mushroom farmer, Lowell Deitz, to develop a commercial gasifier stove to pasteurize straw and make biochar. Since then Francesco has explored other aspects of biochar including collaborating with the Port of Port Townsend to design and build filters to remove heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
There will be opportunities for Q and A and a social half hour following program.
Suggested donation for this program is $5-10. Donations help maintain and make improvements to the Quimper Grange hall.
Doors open at 6:30
organized by Marla Streator

May 25, 7-10 New Iberians Zydeco Dance 
Co-sponsored by iPod Shuffle Community Dance and Quimper Grange



The New Iberians are returning to Port Townsend with some kick-up-your heels Zydeco Blues tunes on Saturday, May 25th, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Quimper Grange. Accordian and rubboard accompany this authentic Zydeco band from Portland. Come listen and/or dance to this amazing group!  
Preview them at: http://www.newiberians.com
Admission by donation
organized by iPod Shuffle Community Dance 

May 26th  1pm-3:30 Traditional Music Jam
The Traditional Music Jam will be held on the last Sunday of every month except June. Format:
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long

May 30, 7:00 Concert Orville Johnson  - Blues Master
Orville Johnson can sing the blues, pick the guitar and dobro and just about anything with strings on it, write you a song and tell you a story and then teach you how to do it, too. 
He's been doing it all his life since he grew up next to the Mississippi river and now, years later, after traveling the world and spreading the joy of music far and wide, he's still at it. Johnson is a hard musician to categorize since he can do it all. He's a singer, player, songwriter, author, record producer, loves every aspect of music and wants to let you know about it. Orville plays music that is good for you!
Doors open at 6:30pm  Sliding scale $15-$25
Organized by Farren and Sheila

Friday, March 22, 2019

April 2019 Quimper Grange News: Canote Brothers Old Time Music Workshop and Old Time Jam; Larry Hanks Deborah Robbins and Steven Strauss Concert; Square Dance; Simon Lynge, "Local Spotlight"; True Life Trio Concert; Contra Dance; Trad Jam

April  3rd (Wed)  The Canote Brothers Two Old Time Events! 
Afternoon Workshop and Evening Old Time Jam!



Old Time Workshop 1:00-3:00 (Fiddle, Guitar and Uke)

T
he Canote twins know their stuff inside out and are known for their affable and friendly approach. They have been on staff at many music festivals across the country; performed as regulars on Sandy Bradley’s Potluck and been guests on Prairie Home Companion; they have taught at Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Festival and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop; and have been teaching a stringband class in Seattle for close to 40 years. More about them can be found at http://canote.com/


Learn some new tunes AND technique
Fiddle: Easy tips and tricks for making friends with your bow
Guitar: How to back up fiddle tunes, make good chord choices and play bass runs
Uke: New strums for playing Old Time tunes

Suggested donation for workshop: $20   Doors open at 12:45         questions?      Call Marla 360-385-6924
publicity Marla Streator

April 3rd (first Wednesday) Old Time Jam  7:00-9:00
with Greg and Jere Canote

The first Wednesday jam is led. The leader chooses and starts all of the
tunes. This month we will be playing in the keys of G and D in standard tuning on fiddles. As is our custom the first tune will be broken down for easy learning, this month Greg and Jere have chosen that tune to be Paddy on the Turnpike from Sara Armstrong. 
Doors open at 6:45  Cookies or other snacks are appreciated.
As of this month we are changing our suggested donation from $1-2 to  $2-3 to pay for use of the hall. 
organized by Marla Streator

April 4th (Thurs) 7:00 
Larry Hanks, Deborah Robbins, Steven Strauss “House Concert"                  Traditional American Songs



Larry Hanks is considered a "National Treasure", having performed to folk music audiences for over 50 years.  Larry and Deborah are acoustic performers of traditional American songs, singing and playing guitar and 6-string banjo.

Larry Hanks, is known as a "folksingers' folksinger", who has been delighting audiences for over 50 years with his deep bass voice, sparse acoustic guitar accompaniments, and acclaimed Jew's Harp playing.  Hanks is probably best known for his classic "folk" song, "Apple Picker's Reel".

Larry can be heard on recordings of David Grisman, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Mike Seeger, The New Lost City Ramblers, and many others; and has performed with Utah Phillips, Gordon Bok, Fred Holstein, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Elizabeth Cotten, Malvina Reynolds, Geoff Muldaur, and on and on...>

Doors open at 6:30         Suggested donation $15–$20
Publicity Shiela Long and Farren
April 13th (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance


Caller Tony Mates is multi talented!
The infamous Tony Mates of Seattle will be calling squares at Quimper Grange on Saturday, April 13 at 8PM. Tony Mates has called dances for decades, and in places far and near. A Seattle favorite and founding member of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society, Tony has called many dances at our Quimper Grange hall over the past 10 years, as well as Fiddle Tunes, Dare to be Square Events, and many others.

Knocking out tunes will be Atlas Stringband, also from Seattle. Atlas has been playing together since the 2006 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA where they jammed together for hours and days on end, wallowing in the energy and spirit of the music. Their rollicking dance tunes and hard driving rhythms come from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the golden era of Old-Time music. The current lineup includes David Parker (fiddle), Morgan John (banjo), Robert Hinrix (bass), and Tom
Collicott (guitar). If we are in luck, we may get to hear some of their vocals in between dance tunes.


All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $5 if you arrive on bike or foot or bring a non disposable water bottle; $7 for car drivers; 16 and under is free. Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe. Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

April 14th (Sunday) 6pm Local Spotlight Social
Concert and Dessert Competition!
This Second Sunday series will feature a local musician in a quiet setting, and a home-made dessert competition at the long break!

This month: Simon Lynge - Folk quitar and Song
Greenlandic-Danish singer songwriter Simon Lynge draws listeners in
with his expert ¬finger style guitar playing, stunning vocals, captivating melodies and a poetic lyricism that is at once beautiful and bold. His lyrics speak candidly, of personal challenges and an astutely observed world. His perception of the beauty of life leads listeners into a magical and joyful space, even amidst sorrows.
For the Dessert Competition:
Bring a home-made dessert with an ingredient list (allergies)
Winner will get a free pass and get to help judge at the following Local Spotlight Social event.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM. Suggested donation $10, or $5 with a home-made dessert.
Organizing and Publicity Farren 
April 18th (Thurs) 7:00 True Life Trio- from Bulgaria to the Bayou
The True Life Trio takes audiences on a borderless journey through the villages of Ukraine, the mountains of Bulgaria and Louisiana’s Cajun country, demonstrating the beauty, power and diversity of vocally driven folk music from Eastern Europe and North America. TLT honors these traditions while adding their own unique spin via innovative arrangements and folk-inspired compositions. The trio’s fiery and supple vocals bridge musical worlds and deliver them right to the listeners’ ears.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM.  Suggested donation $15 - $20.

for more information see www.truelifetrio.com
Publicity Shiela Long and Farren 


April 20, Saturday (7:30 to 11:00) Contra Dance 
with the Time Zones


Caller Woody Lane - A caller for more than 30 years, from Roseburg is also an accomplished clogger, he often accompanies the band as a foot percussionist. 


Time Zones contra band will playing the April dance. 

Time Zones is:
Rex Blazer -- fiddle. Currently lives in Florida. A great dance fiddler, used to live in Alaska, many times attended FiddleTunes.

Chris Knepper - mandolin and guitar -- Chris is one of the organizers of the San Francisco contra dance. 

Sue Songer - keyboards. Sue wrote and published "The Portland Collection" (all three volumes) which is now the universal reference for contra dance tunes. She also organizes the Portland Megaband -- an orchestra of 75 Portland musicians that play one huge dance every March and then at Folklife every other year. And she is this year's recipient of the "Lifetime Contribution Award" by CDSS (The Country Dance and Song Society).

There will be a 1/2 hour lesson at 7:30
Come early if you are a beginner or want to touch up on your contra dancing. Admission $6, 16 and under free
Questions? call tinker @ (360) 379 2882 
organized by Tinker Cavallaro 

April 28th (Last Sunday)  1pm-3:30 pm Traditional Music Jam
We are trying a new type of jam here at Quimper Grange!
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long