Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 18th Contra Dance, Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden Hoop House, Greenhouse Tour, Fun Committee

July 18th,  Contra Dance: 7:30-10:30
July 18 Contra Dance will feature one of our favorite callers, NAN EVANS, with one of our driving bands, WILD PHIL AND THE BUFFALO GALS. We are fortunate to have such a great combination for the middle of summer. Join us for a comfortable dance starting at 7:30 --- even if the heat is still with us we have fans that will help cool things off – everything will be cool except our HOT band!!
SEE YOU THERE!

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden Hoop House Is Up!
Volunteers assembled a new hoop house by the Grange hall in June.  The garden just keeps getting better and better and the amount of produce that goes to the Food Bank keeps increasing. Earlier in the year a drip irrigation system was installed.






Quimper Grange Members Tour Experimental Greenhouse
Quimper Grange members took a tour of Joe Breskin's experimental greenhouse at Colinwood Farm this past month. Joe said "I set out to solve 3 "high-level" problems: harvest timing and energy required, with a focus on yield." And he has succeeded in solving these problems: The harvesting of cucumbers and big red tomatoes began at the end of May.  Our Grange members appreciated getting to tour a work in progress and have an opportunity to ask questions. Thank you Joe Breskin!

Fun Committee
This fall Quimper Grange is cooking up fun for our members. We have been asking ourselves what kind of benefits we can offer our members besides the satisfaction of community service; the ideas are percolating! Potlucks, outings. Some great ideas are coming together so stay tuned....

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jefferson County Historical Society Certificate of Appreciation, Rhody Parade, Jefferson County Public Health Composting Workshops


COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS IN JUNE!

Jefferson County Public Health will present FOUR composting workshops at Quimper Grange this month. Quimper Grange is co-sponsoring these workshops because they are in keeping with the stated goals of Quimper Grange: to provide educational programs that honor our agrarian roots and that encourage using methods of growing that build healthy soil and conserve resources. 
There is a $25 fee per workshop. If you participate you will get a free worm bin or backyard composter.  Space is limited so if you plan to attend sign up soon. To apply: email ltucker@co.jefferson.wa.us Questions? 360-379-4491

"95 Bloomin' Years"
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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jefferson County Historical Society Preservation Awards, Square Dance, Contra Dance, Grange Month Highlights, San Juan Island Granger's Visit, “ American Meat “ and Local Meat Conversation Follow-up



May 6th (Wednesday) 3:00 PM
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS 

Jefferson County Historical Society will present this year’s Preservation Awards on Wed May 6th at the Quimper Grange hall. It is indeed a great honor for the volunteer efforts of Quimper Grange to be recognized at this year’s ceremony.

“The awards honor individuals and organizations that restore original structures and preserve traditions that form the historic fabric of Jefferson County.
Two types of awards are presented. The Mary P. Johnson Award is given to historic structure projects that meet the Secretary of Interior’s high standards for restoration. Certificates of Appreciation are given for a variety of preservation and restoration projects and are not limited to physical structures.”

All are invited to attend the awards event. For more information:  http://www.jchsmuseum.org/Programs/HistoricPreservationAwards.html


Quimper Grange would like to acknowledge Edensaw Woods and Henery Hardware for generous discounts and advice that have helped immensely with the preservation of our hall. 


May 9th, 7:30 LAST SQUARE DANCE OF THE SEASON
Joanne Pontrello calls squares and related sets with rocking old time tunes from the Rose Street
Caller Joanne Pontrello
The Rose Street Ramblers
on Water Street
Ramblers on May 9 from 7:30 to 10:30.   Square dance your heart away.  This is the last regular square dance of the season. Expect a rollicking good time.  As always,all ages and experience levels are welcome, all dances taught, come as a single, a couple, a trio, a family, or a tribe.  Dancers are
The Rose Street Ramblers
on Rose Street
encouraged to bring their own personal water vessel and snacks to share.  See you there!  360-385-3308.







May 16th, 7:30 THIRD SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE

Caller Nan Evans


Come and dance contras on Saturday May 16. The P. T. Cruisers will get your toes tapping and as she calls the dance, Nan Evans will get your bodies moving. We start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.





GRANGE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
Grange Month was busy. In April we hosted visitors from San Juan Island Grange # 966 for a Sunday brunch; sponsored a square dance; a contra dance; and our Grange month program, a screening of the movie “American Meat’ followed by a conversation about local meat production.
In addition, the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden is gearing up for another year of growing food and increasing production.



SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGERS VISIT P.T.

Quimper Grange members enjoyed getting to "talk Grange" with Roger Ellison, and his wife, Anita Barreca, members of San Juan Island Grange #966 at a delicious Sunday morning brunch on April 12th. It was a great opportunity share ideas and get and inspired. We discussed approaches to attracting new members and what we do to pay for upkeep and improvements of our halls. Roger brought copies of resolutions SJIG #966 will be taking to the state convention and discussed the resolution process and how it can work locally. He also brought seeds that San Juan Island Grange sells to help support their programs.   Nice label San Juan Island Grangers!


Our guests attended a square dance on Sat night, brunch on Sunday morning; and the  “American Meat” program on Sunday evening.



"AMERICAN MEAT" and LOCAL MEAT CONVERSATION FOLLOW-UP



There is a lot to learn about the ins and outs of locally produced meat.  We were fortunate that four Chimacum Valley meat producers were able to talk about the animals they raise, the choices they have made regarding slaughter, and their approaches to dealing with slaughter regulations. We would like to thank John Bellow, Samantha Janes, Roger Short and Janet Aubin for leaving us a little more informed. Hopefully the conversation will be continued.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Square Dance; "American Meat" movie & Conversation With Local Meat Producers; Contra Dance; Jefferson County Historical Society Exhibit for Grange Month

April 11th,7:30 Square Dance and Social 

Caller Anne Marie Schaefer
Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
Anne Marie Schaefer is calling the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social on Saturday, April 11th.  Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals will be hitting the strings and rocking the dancers with southern tunes. Square dance your hearts out. All dances taught. Live music for every dance. Family friendly. Partners not necessary. 7:30 $5.00 for adults, 16 and under free.



April 12th (Sunday) 7:00 PM "American Meat" Screening and Local Meat Conversation
“American Meat” a recent documentary about meat production in America is a thought-provoking documentary of meat production throughout the country and recent innovations in the industry that show promise for a more healthful, humane and sustainable future for the production of meat. More information at: http://www.americanmeatfilm.com/our_documentary 

After seeing “American Meat" viewers can talk with local meat producers who will share their experiences producing healthy meat for our community. They will also share their ideas about expanding the range of locally grown and processed meat products available in our area. Among the local producers will be John Bellow and interns from Spring Rain Farm, Roger Short from Short’s Family Farm and Janet Aubin from Finnriver Farm.

This event is free and open to everyone. Donations will be gladly accepted to help maintain the Quimper Grange Hall. Questions? Call Marla 385-6924


April 18th,7:30 3rd Saturday Contra Dance
Henceforth Quimper Grange will be sponsoring 3rd Saturday Contra Dances. 
The April dance features AIRSTREAM TRAVELER playing tunes and Carol Piening, from Olympia will be calling.
Info: Jo at 385-0456

April is Grange Month 


To honor the occasion Quimper Grange and Chimacum Grange have collaborated displaying artifacts from the past in the foyer of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Jefferson County used to be home to five Granges: Uncas, Qulicene Rhododendron, Chimacum and Quimper but only two remain, those with halls of their own: Chimacum Grange # 681 and Quimper Grange #720. Within their walls are held the collective memories of community: celebrations of the milestones of life from baby showers to memorial services; potlucks, political forums, concerts, whatever is suited to an unpretentious public space.

In earlier days the Grange took on big challenges working to improve the lives of rural folks. Many goals have been achieved and are now taken for granted; for example the Grange initiated the Cooperative movement in the United States. One of the Grange’s stated purposes was “buying together, selling together and in general acting together for mutual protection”. We have Public Power because of the Grange, better roads; the Grange initiated Rural Free Delivery of mail, Extension Service and agricultural education in schools; the Pure Food and Drug Act, the Wool Products Labeling Act and local Granges weighed in on labeling of butter substitutes.


These days Jefferson County Granges have a more local focus and take pride in being of service to the community. 








Monday, February 16, 2015

WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow "House" Concert, Worm Bins talk, Square Dance, Plant and Seed Exchange, Grange halls talk recap, emergency floor refinishing, Old-time backup guitar workshop

March 29th, Sunday, 11-3
Fourth Annual Plant and Seed Exchange


This popular event will be held outdoors under canopies and in the Quimper Grange hall. Bring your extra seeds, plant divisions, spare potted plants, trees, bare roots, bulbs, and whatever else needs a new garden to thrive in. Books will be on hand to help answer plant and seed questions and Mountain Spirit Herbals will be providing hot tea. For more information call: Ashley Kehl at 360-821-2092 

March 1st, Sunday, 7:00
Quimper Grange "House Concert" featuring WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow 

Quimper Grange presents its first “house” concert of the year with an evening of Old Time music and song featuring W.B Reid and Bonnie Zahnow.  Stalwarts of the Seattle Old Time music scene and frequent
teachers at Centrums Fiddle Tunes, W.B. and Bonnie play old-time country songs and fiddle tunes, string blues music from Mississippi and Memphis, and Mexican songs and dance tunes. Both play fiddle and guitar, and W.B. also plays a variety of other stringed instruments. Sweet harmonies on songs ranging from poignant to humorous, twin-fiddling, foot-tapping tunes and slow waltzes,  will all make for fine and enjoyable musical evening. For a taste of their fine playing and musical history visit:
http://www.wbandbonnie.com/recordings.html
A donation of $10-$15 is suggested. 
and additionally:

March 1st 2-3:30 Old-Time Backup Guitar Workshop with WB Reid
WB will be sharing his decades of experience accompanying old-time fiddle music.

  • chords
  • grooves and styles
  • bass runs

assisted by fiddler Bonnie Zahnow
$15- $25 sliding scale if you have questions call WB at (206)501-7987

 March 2, Monday, 7 pm
"WIMBY - Worms In My Back Yard"
Linda Pfafman on Worm Bins 

In Mandarin one translation of worms is "angels of the earth". Worms are key to more environmentally friendly agricultural practices -- and much more.

Linda Pfafman has worked with the Master Gardener Foundation and Dundee Hill Community Garden and has become a worm specialist. Her talk will highlight:


-- the benefits of raising worms in your backyard
-- anatomy / physiology of worms
-- types of worm bins
-- the care and feeding of worms


By the end of the hour, you should be able to start your own worm bin, reduce your garbage bill, and be able to save money by reducing the need to purchase fertilizers to help your garden grow, bloom, and produce healthy organic groceries. A donation of $5-10 is suggested to help maintain and improve the Quimper Grange's community hall.

March 14th 7:30 Square Dance 
Caller Amy Carroll
On March 14th, Roscoe will be playing traditional Southern square dance tunes behind Seattle Caller Amy Carroll.  Roscoe features Dave Thielk on fiddle, Katya Kirsch on banjo, and ever-ready steady Chris Cooper on guitar.  Our square dance is family friendly and all dances taught.  Call Dave Thielk for more info.  360-301-6005.

Other Dances and Happenings... 

Many other regularly scheduled public events take place at Quimper Grange: Contra dances, Cajun/ Zydeco dances and dance classes as occassional special events. Check our calendar (at the top of the page) and click on the event for details.
                                                         
Grange and Community Halls are Worthy of Preservation 
Holly Taylor proposes that Grange halls as well as small town and rural community halls should be evaluated as Traditional Cultural Properties, which are eligible for being listed in the National Register because of their association with the cultural practices of living communities; she sees a need to preserve community halls that are used by working class people and honor those who not only restore but those that maintain them. Holly spoke to an audience that included Granger's from from Sequim Prairie #1108 and Chimacum #681 for our February program as well as  members of the Jefferson County Historical Society. We thank JCHS for co-sponsoring this event.
People asked questions after Holly’s talk. “What happens if there aren’t enough members or required officers to continue as a Grange?” Answer: The Grange loses its charter and all assets are placed in a trust fund. If the Grange isn’t reorganized within seven years the building will be sold and the money from the sale will be added to the State Grange general fund. “Why are Granges struggling to attract members?” A past Jefferson county extension agent suggested that relevance is the issue and the fact that younger people are not joiners. Regarding attracting members Sequim Prairie Grange found that fund raising events for worthy organizations attract members. People see joining their Grange as a way to have a sense of purpose in their lives. 


Speaking of Preservation---Our Precious Dance Floor
Emergency Floor Refinishing January 28th


While mopping the floor after our New Year’s Eve Fund Raiser Dance yours truly noticed that our floor finish had worn through to bare wood and we, the guardians of the dance floor, would have to get a protective finish on it ASAP.  The volunteer crew included Jo Yount, Marla Streator, Joanne Pontrello, Chris Cooper, George Yount and John Drew who did a marathon prepping and finishing blitz starting at 12:30 in the afternoon and finishing at 11PM. With a full calendar of renters this was the one and only day possible to get the job done. But, as you can see it got done. Thanks crew!

And Quimper Grange would also like to thank Edensaw’s John Montgomery for answering a million questions and giving us a huge discount on floor finish and prepping supplies.

Marla Streator

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

February "Grange Halls of Washington" program, preserving our local granges, square dance, draft horse farming program, new year's eve thank yous

FEB 2nd, (Mon)7:00 “GRANGE HALLS of WASHINGTON, Preservation of Rural and Small Town Community Buildings” 

Quimper Grange and the Jefferson County Historical Society are hosting a talk by historic preservation consultant Holly Taylor in an effort to call attention to the wide assortment of rural community buildings both well cared for and neglected that exist in our state, especially our two local Granges, Quimper #720 and Chimacum #681. 

In an article written for the Washington Trust, Taylor wrote, “One of our state’s cultural treasures, and best-kept preservation secrets, is its remarkable collection of Grange halls.”  While the Grange is often thought of as a Midwestern organization, Washington State has the largest membership in the country and the largest number of Grange halls in active use.   Many halls were purpose-built, but about a third of Washington’s halls were repurposed structures.  Taylor wrote: “adaptive reuse is often regarded as a contemporary urban phenomenon, so it is noteworthy that the National Grange embraced ‘recycling’ of rural community buildings almost 90 years ago.”  The halls were rarely architectural monuments, but they embodied the collective memories and cultural practices of living communities. To view the article in full: http://preservewa.org/FileLibrary/file/Newsletters/2014/2014-3%20July.pdf 
Holly Taylor is from Vashon Island and is a doctoral student at the University of Washington.  She has visited and documented over 200 Grange halls in Washington State.  Her talk will touch on progressive-era history of the Grange and explore preservation issues related to rural and small town community buildings. 
There is a suggested donation of $5-10 to help maintain and improve the Quimper Grange Hall.

Preserving Our Local Granges
Our local Granges have hosted many educational programs related to farming and gardening since they were first established in the early 1900's. Their community halls have been venues of choice for dances and potlucks in addition to a meeting place for Grange members. Many people do not realize that the Grange is not the hall, but is comprised of the dues paying members of the organization who have the responsibility of maintaining the building and grounds. If there are not enough members or if certain crucial offices are not filled the Grange loses its charter and the building and assets of the Grange then become property of the State Grange. Thus one aspect of Grange Hall preservation is community involvement as members, volunteers, renters and donors. 

FEB 14th, 7:30 (Valentines Day)  Square Dance
The February 14 Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social features live music with Airstream Traveler and dance caller Dave
Caller Dave Thielk
Thielk. Come on up to Quimper Grange and celebrate Valentine's Day! Bring a sweetheart if you have one; if not, you just might find a valentine to dance with! Airstream Traveler features Gary Pasco, Carol Hardy, Roger Pick and Libby Reid on fiddle, guitar, concertina and mandolin. Dave Thielk will be calling traditional squares, circles, reels and mixers. Dancing starts at 7:30.


All dances are taught; experience is not necessary. Our dances are family friendly, and open to all ages and experience levels. Partners are not necessary, so come by yourself, with a friend, with your family, or the whole tribe. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle, and snacks to share with other dancers if inclined. Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. $5.00 adults; 16 and under free. For more information, see www.ptcommunitydance.com or call Dave Thielk 360-301-6005.

And Much More... 
Also at Quimper Grange: Contra dances, Cajun/ Zydeco dances and dance classes as well as a variety of other events. Check our calendar (at the top of the page) and click on the event for details.


Draft Horse Farming Program: a Glimpse Into the Future?
Our January program drew a big crowd: farmers, horse people, and seekers of alternatives to using fossil fuels for power. Caitlin Arnold and Brandon Wickes showed stunning slides of their experiences as draft horse interns in Canada this past year as well as from a draft horse and draft horse farming equipment event called "Horse Progress Days". Thank You Caitlin and Brandon!

Thanks for Making Our New Year's Eve Fundraiser a Success


Community support is what gives Quimper Grange the energy to do all the things people associate with the warm and friendly building at the north end of Sheridan Street: excellent educational programs, well attended dances, a highly productive Food Bank Garden, and an unpretentious rental space. Every year at our fundraiser dance that support is palpable. There are many to thank for their contributions to making our annual fundraiser dance a success. So here are thank yous in no particular order: Thank you: Dave Thielk for organizing, publicizing and calling dances; community businesses for donating refreshments: Mt Townsend Creamery, Pan d'Amore, the Food Co-op, Safeway, QFC ; musicians in Susannah Gals: Llory Wilson, Carol Sword, Becky Burton, and Carol Hardy; musicians in Airstream Traveler: Gary Pascoe, Katya Kirsch, Roger Pick and Carol Hardy (who played guitar in both bands). Thank you Jo Yount for calling, and helping with refreshments, Dick Johnson,who took donations at the door; Farren for helping decorate and contributing beaucoup pulled pork; to Marla Streator for soliciting donations, organizing the  "midnight" Martinelli's toast, and decorating; and last but not least, to dancers and non-dancers whose donations will help us make the next improvements to Quimper Grange!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

January 2015 - New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance, "The Horse-Powered Market Garden" Program, San Juan Island Grange Connection, More Events at Quimper Grange

December 31st, 5th Annual  New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance:      8:00-Midnight

Susannah Gals 
This year marks the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance. Two local bands, Susannah Gals and Airstream Traveler, with Dave Thielk and possible guest callers, calling the dances. Admission is a suggested $10.00 donation (no one turned away). This event is family friendly and alcohol free. Susannah Gals will be playing from 8 to 10, with Airstream Traveler on from 10 till midnight. Some food and refreshments will be provided; dancers are encouraged to bring deserts and other snacks to share. Drop in and support our Grange with a donation, or stay all night and dance till midnight.


January 5th, 7:00, "The Horse-Powered Market Garden"


Caitlin Arnold and Brandon Wickes spent eight months as draft horse interns on a successful organic vegetable farm in Ontario Canada this past year and will talk about working with the horses, and the tools and equipment they used to grow vegetables for a 220–member CSA. They see draft horse farming as a viable alternative to using fossil fuels and are hoping to start their own draft powered farm business in 2015. This slide show will provide attendees with a basic understanding of modern horse-powered organic farming and will be followed by a Q and A. Resources will be provided for those interested in learning more about and/or pursuing horse-powered farming.
A suggested donation of $5-10 is requested to help maintain and improve the Quimper Grange hall.


Caller Joanne Pontrello

January 10th Square Dance

Come on up to the Grange on January 10th for a "breakin' up Christmas" square dance and social. The tradition of "breakin' up Christmas" with community-based dancing and music goes back 100s of years and has its roots in southern Appalachia. Local favorite Joanne Pontrello will be calling traditional Appalachian squares. Music will be provided by Breakin' Up Christmas, with Dave Thielk on fiddle, Carol Hardy on guitar, and Chris Cooper on banjo.

Dancing starts at 7:30. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Partners not necessary.  For more information, contact Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308,

San Juan Island Grange and Quimper Grange Have a Lot in Common


Marla with San Juan Island Grangers
Marla Streator, the President Quimper Grange installed newly elected officers in a traditional ceremony at San Juan Island Grange’s December meeting. After the meeting there was time to talk about common experiences and give each other advice on how to run a successful Grange. Conversation ranged from hall improvement plans, to educational programs to dances; from collaborations with other organizations to how we approach fundraising. Quimper Grange's vision statement "to create a resilient community" and San Juan’s mission statement "to support a resilient community" point to a commonality of approach that hints at a long relationship to come.

MORE CLASSES, DANCES AND COMMUNITY EVENTS AT QUIMPER GRANGE 
To find out about them click on "Calendar of Events" at the top of the page.  Click on the event for details.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

December 2014- Square Dances, 2014 Accomplishments, Election results, Lost and Found,

Dec 13th, 7:30-10:30 Square Dance

Seattle's Trillium Stringband with Portland caller Amy Hofer will be hosting the December 13
Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social! Trillium Stringband features Charmaine Slaven on fiddle, Aisling McCarron on banjo, & Brigid Blume on guitar. Between Amy Hofer and Trillium Stringband, come prepared to knock your socks off! Dancing starts at 7:30.

Amy Hofer will teach all dances; experience is not necessary. Our dances are family friendly, and open to all ages and experience levels. Partners are not necessary, so come by yourself, with a friend, with your family, or the whole block. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle, and snacks to share with other dancers if inclined.  $5.00 adults; 16 and under free. For more information, call Dave Thielk 360-301-6005.
Susannah Gals


New Year's Eve: Annual Fundraiser Dance

This year marks the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance. Two local bands, Susannah Gals and Airstream Traveler, with Dave Thielk and possible guest callers, calling the dances. Admission is a suggested $10.00 donation (no one turned away). The even is family
friendly and alcohol free. Susannah Gals will be playing from 8 to 10, with Airstream Traveler on from 10 till midnight. Some food and refreshments will be provided; dancers are encouraged to bring deserts and other snacks to share. Drop in and support our grange with a donation, or stay all night and dance till midnight.
 

2014: A YEAR OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AT QUIMPER GRANGE

As the year draws to a close it is satisfying to look back on the many accomplishments of Quimper Grange. Our members take pride in the many ways we have served the community:
  • We presented three well-attended educational programs this year: “Building a More Cooperative Economy”, “Growing Tomatoes in Port Townsend” and “Gardening With Less Water”. We thank the presenters who have donated their time and expertise to make these programs possible as well as those who have organized and publicized these events.
  • Quimper Grange also sponsored the Third Annual Plant and Seed Exchange. Thanks go out to Jennimae Hilliard and Ashley Kehl who followed through on making this event a success despite the fact that they lost everything they owned in a house fire three days before. 
  • This year Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden expanded by a third and grew a literal ton (2,000 pounds) of food to help feed the hungry. A special thanks to Quimper Grange member Jo Yount and Emily Stewart, volunteer coordinator from The Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson County! Not only did food production increase but also water use went down by 13,000 gallons. Congratulations!

    The Grange Garden in March of this year

  • In addition we have sponsored eight square dances so far this year and by year’s end that will be ten including our annual fundraising New Year’s Eve dance. For this we thank Grange member Dave Thielk, organizer, musician and square dance caller, who is ever focused on building community.
  • Lastly we sponsored the first Quimper Grange “House Concert” featuring story teller and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Carr. Thanks to Grange members Marla Streator and Chris Cooper.

Thank You Renters and Donors!
This year we have replaced our rotting single pane windows with low maintenance energy efficient ones and we have replaced the kitchen faucet which was too far gone to repair. For this we thank all of our renters and donors. Without your financial support these improvements to our Grange hall would not be possible.


2015 Quimper Grange Officers elected in November
President: Marla Streator
Vice President: Farren
Secretary: Deb Wiese
Treasurer: Lynn Taylor
Executive committee 3 year term: Jenifer Taylor


Deb Wiese has served as secretary for 2 years and has done an excellent job in this capacity but would like to pass this role to someone else. So we are actively seeking someone who would be willing to serve as Quimper Grange secretary.

Lost and Found - Claim Your Belongings




Our “Lost and Found” bin is full.  The deadline for picking up your lost belongings is January 1st.  We'd love to reunite you with your "stuff".




November Squares, Lively Crowd and Great Music!




"The Possum Carvers" carved up a storm on fiddle banjo and guitar at the November Quimper Grange Square Dance. Dave Thielk called to an enthusiastic dance crowd.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

November 2014 - Square Dance with Dave Thielk and the Possum Carvers; Quimper Grange Elections; Grange gets new windows; Cooperatives program

November 8th Square Dance

For the November Square Dance and Social, Dave Thielk will be calling traditional square dances and related dance forms from 7:30-10:30. Live music will be provided by the extraordinary Possum Carvers.  Dave Thielk is a local musician/dancer/caller who has been involved with community dance events in Port Townsend for over 25 years.  Members of The Possum Carvers, also local, have been playing for squares and contras all over the State of Washington, and beyond, for decades.
The Possum Carvers

Caller Dave Thielk
Come as you are. Singles, couples, families, and tribes, beginners and experienced, are all welcome.

Admission is $5.00.  Aged 16 and under are free.  All dances are taught.  This event is non alcohol and family friendly.  Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle and if inclined, snacks to share with other dancers.  Call Dave Thielk (360-385-3308) for more information.

Quimper Grange Elections: November 10th, 7PM
Perhaps the most crucial event of the Grange year is election of officers to fill the important roles that make it possible for our Grange to continue serving the community. We will be electing President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and one Executive Committee member at our November 10th business meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member and being able to take part in determining Quimper Grange priorities, cook up interesting programs or have other ideas you would like to put forth, membership applications can be found by the door in the Grange hall or by clicking on the "Membership Information" tab at the top of this page.

Grange Hall Gets New Windows!


Our old wooden windows were attractive but high maintenance; they needed to be re-puttied and painted to keep the wood from rotting and the panes from falling out. (Yes, panes were falling out). They were also difficult to open. So in order to preserve the look of the old windows, decrease time and energy spent on painting and puttying, and reduce our heating costs we have installed new double glazed, double hung, divided light windows. Check them out the next time you are in the hall!

October's Panel Discussion:"Building a More Cooperative Economy" 

In the 1870s Granges all over the nation began establishing cooperative businesses in an effort to have more control over pricing, quality of goods, and access to services. Their early efforts expanded to include buying, selling and manufacturing cooperatives for farmers, and eventually included credit unions, fire insurance and even Seattle's Group Health. October is National Cooperative Month and in an effort to shine a light on the Grange's role in establishing cooperative enterprise as a business model in the US our Quimper Grange secretary, Deb Wiese, brought together a panel of local people to speak about their experiences working co-operatively. Thanks go out to Deb Wiese who moderated the program, and panelists: Steve Moore, Heather Dudley-Nollette, Jacob Talamante, Jim Lyons, Kenna Eaton, and Robert Yourish.