Rhody Parade Square Dance
“80 Years and Still Blooming” was the theme for this year’s Rhododendron Festival. Most people don’t know it but Quimper Grange has been around before the Rhododendron Festival existed. It was organized in 1919 and chartered in 1920. That makes “95 Bloomin’ Years!"
Dancers danced and musicians played non-stop from the beginning of the Grand Parade to the end. Quite a feat! Joanne Pontrello who calls and plays music for square dances at Quimper Grange pulled in dancers and musicians from Conway, Bellingham, Olympia and Lopez Island to join with local dancing and music playing friends for the parade. Joanne's mom, Kim Pontrello, was one of the banner bearers.
Quimper Grange Honored
Quimper Grange president, Marla Streator, and Grange member, Rob Harbour, show off the certificate of appreciation presented by the Jefferson County Historical Society for ongoing stewardship of the Quimper Grange Hall. The awards ceremony took place on May 6th.