Sunday, August 6, 2017

September 2017 - Square Dance on Union Wharf

September 9 Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social

Seattle caller, Gabe Strand and friends will be hosting the monthly Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social in September.  And, just for fun, and just because it's Wooden Boat weekend in Port Townsend, we are going to dance on Union Wharf, at the foot of Taylor Street in downtown Port Townsend. The dance is on Saturday, September 9th, at 8 PM.  Gabe will be calling squares, circles and reels to live 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 on Union Wharf..  From 8 PM to 11 PM.  Free.

This dance is sponsored by Quimper Grange and

Thursday, July 27, 2017

August 2017: Contra Dance, Summer in Food Bank Garden

August 19th 7:30-11:00 Contra Dance to Riffraff!

Lindon Tony and Jesse Partridge on fiddles...

For our August Contra dance we will have the band Riffraff from Olympia with Lindon Tony on fiddle, Jesse Partridge on fiddle and Alex Sturbaum on guitar.  Jesse and Lindon have been playing together for years and Alex and 
  ,,,,special guest Alex Sturbaum of Countercurrents on guitar  
Jesse are two-thirds of the contra dance band "Waxwings".  

Calling for us will be Emma Anderson from Seattle.  

Admission is $6 under 16 free.

Summer in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden
Jo Yount preparing a bed for planting
During the summer Quimper Grange takes a two-month break from most activities but the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden continues on, producing healthy organic food for our local food bank. Many volunteers help out in the garden but often Quimper Grange member Jo Yount is the only person you will see working in the garden. 
If you would like to help grow organic food for our local food bank now is a good time to lend a hand. To volunteer in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden contact Jo: 360-385-0456 or Emily: 517-231-1332

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden is thriving and looking good!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

July 2017 Quimper Grange News: Contra Dance, Food Bank Garden Tour, Floor Project, Bike Rack, Bow Weevils


July 15th 7:30 -11 Contra Dance

Montana Shorty and the Furheads
For our July Contra dance, the band will be Montana Shorty and the Furheads with Terry Weiner on mandolin, Jay Finkelstein, guitar and Sono Hashisaki on fiddle. The band specializes in Metis music from Canada, a mix of Native and Scottish fiddle music. Come hear and dance to a different style of music played by masters! 

Calling for the dance is Abigail Hobart.. Abigail hails from Bellingham, WA though considers parts of New England to be home as well. A beginning caller, Abigail has been a dancer, fiddle player, and an organizer of sorts since childhood, and brings a deep love of the tradition, personal warmth, and joie de vivre to her calling and interactions both on and off the dance floor.

Admission $6, under 16 free

A Lot is Going on in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden! 
Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden  

At the beginning of June Quimper Grange was one of the stops on a Jefferson County food bank gardens tour.  One of the things folks on the tour learned about was the gardening practices used in all of the food bank gardens. They are things you can learn by doing as a food bank garden volunteer: techniques for growing organic food; advantages of companion planting( like planting alliums with peas to keep pests away and lettuce to take advantage of shade made by kale); and benefits of crop rotation. You can also learn what crops produce the most in the shortest time and which ones keep well. 
Jo Yount preparing lettuce  for the food bank

There are many ways volunteers support the food bank gardens in apart form growing food that range from beekeeping, to fence building, to building knowledge of what grows best in a specific garden. If you would like to be a volunteer in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden contact Jo: 360-385-0456 or Emily: 517-231-1332

Saved Again! Our Precious Dance Floor 
A new finish on our old fir floor 
The old Grange hall floor has been sanded down to the nails and cannot be sanded down to bare wood again, so in order to save the floor it needs to be refinished about once a year. This year old metal registers around the perimeter of the floor have been replaced with wood covers that have been stained and blend in with the rest of the floor. Three coats of finish cover the center of the floor that gets the most use, and two coats around the edges. Ready for another year of dancing!
Here's a big Quimper Grange "thank you!" to all who helped with this project. We would also like to thank Edensaw for a generous discount on refinishing supplies, and Michael Morrow for technical advice.

Bike Rack Dream Come True

Reduce your carbon footprint, ride your bike to Grange events

Cyclists will be happy to see there is now a bike rack at the hall thanks to the efforts of Dave Theilk. Dave is a long time advocate of non-motorized transportation and would like to to see more people riding bikes. Thanks Dave

Bow Weevils Win Hearts 

Bow Weevils at KPTZ with "Tossed Salad" host Phil Andres
The stars aligned when the Bow Weevils came to Port Townsend from Olympia. be on Phil Andres' radio show, "Tossed Salad" and play a combination concert and dance at the Quimper Grange hall. 
It was a very special couple of days for the entire entourage of kids in the band, their parents, their hosts and of course the people who got to hear great music from these young musicians. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

June 2017: Composting Workshops, Food Bank Garden Tour, Old Time Jam with the Possum Carvers, Bow Weevils Concert and Square Dance, Contra Dance, Food Bank Garden Tour

June 3rd, (Sat ) 10:30- Noon and 1:00 -2:30
Composting Workshops

Once again Quimper Grange, Jefferson County Public Health and Jefferson County Public Works are co-sponsoring two composting workshops. The cost is $25. Pre-registration required. You will receive a $125 Earth Machine backyard composter and instructions on how to use it. Additional family members and/or friends may attend at no charge with one paid registration.

Turn food waste into treasure! Join your fellow Jefferson County citizens for an engaging hands-on workshop with instruction on how to create and maintain a healthy compost system with food and yard waste. Create compost to amend your soil, retain moisture, provide essential nutrients for your plants and MORE!

To register go to Brown Paper Tickets: "Backyard Composting Workshop 1" for the  10:30 workshop and" Backyard Composting Workshop 2" for the 1:00 workshop.
Questions? Email: or call 360-379-4491

June 3, 1:00-3:00 (Sat) Food Bank Garden Tour
The tour will showcase four different production gardens which are currently in use to provide fresh organic produce to Jefferson County Food Banks including the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden.

The tour will start promptly at 1 p.m. at the Port Townsend High School Garden, located behind the school district offices in the Gael Stuart Building at 1610 Blaine Street and will continue with visits to the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden, a new large garden site on Hancock Street and a new Food Bank Garden in development in the county at Woodland Hills. Maps and directions to the other gardens will be provided at the first site as well as car pooling or caravanning to the other sites. 
For more information call 360-301-0982.
June 7th, (Wed ) 7:00 Old Time Jam 

led by Scott Marckx and Jeannie Murphy

The June Quimper Grange Old Time Jam will hosted by members of The Possum Carvers, a local dance band. The musicians are Scott Marckx, Jeannie Murphy and Chris Cooper. Scott will start the jam by teaching a G tune called "Walking Around the Room" that he learned from his grandmother.  Tunes this month will be in the keys of G and C. This will be our last Old Time Jam before taking a summer break and a good opportunity to get warmed up for the summer music festival season. Snacks to share are encouraged and a $1-2 donation is requested.
Doors open at 6:45
Questions? call Marla 385-6924

June 10, (Sat ) 7:00 
Bow Weevils  Concert and Square Dance!

The Bow Weevils are Olympia WA kids who play both traditional and original compositions with various ever changing combinations of fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass and their voices. Band members are: Rizley Cox, Hatcher Cox, Ellie Davis, Annie Davis, and Ruby Neatherlin. With their ripe old ages ranging from 11-15 they've already appeared at multiple festivals and workshops including the Mud City Old Time Social, Oly Old Time Festival, Dare-to-be-Square West and the Portland Old Time Gathering.

The Bow Weevils love camping at music festivals together, playing for dances, and busking. They are part of an entourage of Olympia musicians including parents, friends and music mentors who are regulars at Centrum's Fiddle Tunes Festival. Ruby has been coming to Fiddle Tunes since she was a babe in arms and has been participating for 8 or 9 years, Annie and Ellie have participated for about 8 years and Hatcher and Risley have participated for about 7 years.

The June 10th event at Quimper Grange will start with a concert at 7:00. At the break chairs will be pushed aside for square dancing; Bow Weevils playing, Dave Thielk calling. 
On Friday June 9th at 2:45 you can tune in to KPTZ 90.7 FM to hear the Bow Weevils on Phil Andres' radio show,"Tossed Salad". You can also visit the Bow Weevil's Facebook page 
Admission to the concert and dance suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away. 
Quimper Grange is located at1219 Corona Street in Port Townsend. Doors open at 6:45 
Questions? Call Marla 360-385-6924

June 17th 7:30-11:00 Contra Dance
For the upcoming Contra dance on June 17th we'll have Jay Finkelstein with Susan Burke.  Jay has been to the Grange as a caller many times over the years.  He'll be playing the guitar with fiddler Susan Burke.  They are 2 of the 3 members of Au Contraire, a contra dance band that has been playing for dances around the Puget Sound for years.  

Gwen Rousseu will be calling.  She said this is one of her favorite bands to call for. 

Admission is $6

under 16 free 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

May 2017: Old Time Jam with Brendan Hohmann, Square Dance, Contra Dance, Madrone Stump Removal, Food Bank Garden

May 3rd (Wed) 7:00 Old Time Jam led by Brendan Hohmann

This will be our next to the last jam before taking a summer break and a good opportunity to get in some tunes before festival season is in full swing.
Brendan will be starting off the jam by breaking down Isham Monday's "Fire on the Mountain" (AEAE tuning on the fiddle). We'll probably be playing some tunes in the key of C but will just have to see what evolves.

Our jams are participatory and focus on old time string band music, so come with your instrument and join the fun! You are encouraged to bring cookies or other snacks to share and a couple of bucks for using the Grange hall. Doors open at 6:45. If you have any questions call Marla at 360-385-6924

May  13 (Sat)  8:00-11 Square Dance - Suzanne Girardot and the Barn Owls

The last spring square dance is coming up fast. Seattle caller Suzanne Girardot is a veteran caller with
The Barn Owls
photo credit Jessica C. Levine

Caller Suzanne Girardot
a very big dance repertoire, This is the first time she will grace Quimper Grange hall with her wonderful calling. The Barn Owls are an old-timey, country trio from Seattle. One late summer evening, Brittany Newell, Hanna Traynham and Kate Lichtenstein spent hours trading tunes around the woodstove. By the end of the night, they were a band. The Barn Owls bring an intuitive and inventive bent to the old-time and early country music tradition, mixing high energy dance tunes with tight three-part harmonies on traditional and original songs. Morgan John will be joining them on bass for this dance.

All dances are taught. All ages and experience levels are welcome. This a family friendly event.  Please bring your own personal water container. And, if inclined, 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.  For more info, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

May 20 (Sat) 7:30-11 Contra Dance
Music by Countercurrents, Michael Karcher calling
Lesson 7:30 to 8:00
Brian Lindsey and Alex Sturnbaum met in college in Ohio where
they both played in the band "Gallimaufry". Later they formed "Countercurrent ", a contra dance and folk music band with driving guitar, foot percussion, lyrical fiddle, and vocal harmonies. The passion and creativity they infuse into their music is contagious and dancers can't help but to get into the groove.

Michael Karcher
Michael Karcher is a PhD student in statistics at UW and has been calling dances in the area for 2 years. His diverse repertoire makes dances enjoyable and accessible to all levels of dancers. This will be the first time he has called in Port Townsend and the first time for Countercurrents to play for our dance as well! Lets welcome them with a full house of dancers. 
Admission $6 Under 16 free.

Madrone Tree to Madrone Stump to Sawdust: 
Next Step? Wait and See

A big pile of sawdust on the north side of the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden marks the place where a big old Madrone tree used to be. Like many of these trees in Port Townsend the one that used to stand here was dying and had to be taken down. Brett’s Stump Grinding did an excellent job of stump removal. Keep tuned to see what evolves in this area next…

What's Happening in the Food Bank Garden?

During the month of April Quimper Grange Food Bank Gardeners prepped beds for spring planting. Cover crops were turned over and many of the beds have already been planted. In the greenhouses even more crops are being started.

Although it has been cold and wet most of April, the garden still had kale, collards, carrots, salad mix, chard, spring onions and perennial herbs such as chives, rosemary and parsley to deliver to the food bank. 

Volunteers are always needed, so if you would like to roll up your sleeves and help out contact Emily Stewart:  517-231-1332 or email

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!
DONATE NOW at Henery's Garden Center
In honor of Grange Month Quimper Grange will start 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!

Rhubarb! Super volunteer Farren plants the first edibles.
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?
Tony and friends at Sept 2016 Old TimeJam
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

April 15th, Saturday 7:30 to 11:00 - Contra Dance

1/2 hour lesson 7:30 to 8:00 !

Local wonders Kristin and Otto Smith and their band "The Boathouse Band" with Lori Bernstein on bass and others joining in to add to their incredible melodic and diverse music, will be playing for the dance 

Jay Finkelstein, a popular caller in the Seattle- Olympia contra dance community, is also a musician and avid dancer. His appreciation of the relationship between the music and the dances brings a clarity and ease to his calling... a good match to the smooth and flowing music of the the "Boathouse Band"  Admission $6, under 16 free

April 22nd, Saturday - Square Dance and Social with Amy Hofer, and Anticipation 

Caller Amy Hofer 
April showers bring - Earth day and more dance fun! Portland caller Amy Hofer, along with the the one night stand band, The Anticipations, are coming to Quimper Grange on April 22nd at 8 PM.  This is Amy's third visit to Quimper Grange. If you haven't danced squares with Amy, you haven't danced.  The Anticipations include Bruce Reid (fiddle), Bonnie Zahnow (guitar), from Seattle, and the vivacious and energetic Port Townsender Jeanie Murphy (banjo).  Rumor has it that other musicians may join the band during the evening. 

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

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.

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