Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance, "The Horse-Powered Market Garden" Program, San Juan Island Grange Connection

New Year's Eve: Annual Fundraiser Dance

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.


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.

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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 2014 - Building a More Cooperative Economy; Square Dance with Gabe Strand and Skookumband!

In honor of National Cooperative Month, on October 20, Quimper Grange hosts a panel discussion on “Building a More Cooperative Economy,” featuring local experts who have been involved with successful cooperative businesses for decades.

Kenna Eaton has worked with
food co-ops for over 30 years!
“A film from the late ‘70s on the Mondragon Cooperatives inspired some of us to try it in Port Townsend,” said Robert Yourish. Yourish is the Chief Financial Officer for the worker-owned cooperative, Sunshine Propane, which he joined in 1980. Mondragon Corporation is a federation of 110 worker cooperatives started in 1955 in the Basque region of Spain, now with 80,000 worker-members and employees around the globe.

Panelists include Yourish; Kenna Eaton, General Manager of the Food Coop; Heather Dudley Nollette, co-founder of the CoLab, a “co-working” space; Steve Moore, board member of community-owned Quimper Mercantile; Jacob Talamante, founder and Executive Director of a youth-mentoring project, Labor Leaders; and Jim Lyons, co-founder and worker-owner since 1981 at the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Cooperative.

According to Worldwatch Institute, as of 2012, the number of memberships in cooperatives reached one billion globally. What are the advantages of organizing a business as a cooperative? What alternative business models are included in the “cooperative economy”? How might a more cooperative economy benefit citizens of Jefferson County?


Heather Dudley
Nollette

Robert Yourish of
Sunshine Propane

Panelists will address these and other questions as they explore how a new generation of cooperatives and related businesses might flourish locally. The program is set for Monday, October 20, 7-8:30PM at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Street, PT. The suggested donation for this Grange-sponsored event is $5-10. For more information, call Deb Wiese, 360-385-1928.

October is National Cooperative Month. It is an event that is meant to call attention to the fact that, every day, all across America, 120 million
Jacob Talamante
on left with Labor
Leaders
people are solving problems and enjoying a better life because of their co-ops. People have formed more than 48,000 cooperatives for farming, banking, healthcare, housing, electric and telephone service, grocery retailing, and many other products and services. They trust their cooperatives to help them find solutions. Among Jefferson County cooperatives are membership cooperatives including the Food Coop and Kitsap Credit Union; and worker cooperatives including Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op and Sunshine Propane.



October Square Dance and Social

Gabe Strand will be calling squares and related sets on October 11 at the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social. Skookumband includes Joanne Pontrello (fiddle) and Charles Espey (banjo).

Gabe Strand, from Seattle, calls dances up and down the west coast, from Arcata, CA to Bellingham, WA. This is his 3rd visit to Quimper Grange. Charles Espey and Joanne Pontrello, from Port Townsend, will be playing hardcore old time dance tunes.
Caller Joanne Pontrello


Should be rocking good dance. Dancing starts at 7:30 and goes till 11:00. All ages and experience levels are welcome; all dances are taught. Neither partners nor fancy duds are necessary. Come alone, as a couple, or as a tribe. $5.00 for adults. 16 and under are free. Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share with other dances, and a personal water bottle. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 2014 - Elections Coming Soon; Square Dance with John Luna and the Rose Street Ramblers

As we make our way into September and leave summer behind, I am reminded that we are quickly approaching the 2014 officer elections.  Please contact the Quimper Grange if you have an interest in stepping up to a leadership role in our organization.

Caller John Luna
September marks the return of the monthly Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social.  This season our dances will take place on the second Saturday of each month (September through May), beginning on September 13.   Corvallis caller John Luna will be calling squares and related sets; the Rose Street Ramblers will be playing hardcore old time tunes.
The Rose Street Ramblers
 Dancing starts at 7:30.   Admission is a mere $5.00 for adults; 16 and under are free.  All dances are taught; experience not necessary.  Come alone, with a partner, with your family (our dances are family friendly and alcohol free), your neighborhood, or the whole tribe!  If inclined, bring some snacks to share with other dancers.  It is also nice if you bring a personal water bottle!

For more information, call Dave Thielk at 260-385-3308 or visit www.ptcommunitydance.com.  We are also on facebook (Port Townsend Community Dance).  See you there.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Summer Break

There are no Quimper Grange sponsored events scheduled in August

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Contra Dance, "What Cheer? Brigade", "Loyd Family Players", Slack Key Guitar, Chris Yeaton, Adam Werner, May Quimper Grange Sponsored

SUMMER AT QUIMPER GRANGE 

There is a lot happening at Quimper Grange this summer: dances, dance classes, concerts, art classes, private parties, fundraising events...Here is a sampling of summer fun:

 June 14th Contra Dance from 7:30-10:30 
Many of you may not know that it was George and Jo Yount who contacted the Grange in 1986 about using the hall for dances and arranged to refinish the floor in exchange six months free rent. They have continued monthly dances for 28 years. That's dedication! Nan Evans will be calling the June 14th Contra Dance to the music of the PT Cruisers.


June 22nd at 7:00:  "What Cheer? Brigade" and the "Loyd Family Players" Two brass bands and dancing!
"What Cheer? Brigade", a 19 piece brass band, hails from Rhode Island more about their band is on their website: http://www.whatcheerbrigade.com/
photo by N.Krebill
The "Loyd Family Players", a non-traditional bateria   from Oakland California are touring with "What Cheer? Brigade" their website is: http://www.theloydfamilyplayers.com/ 
Suggested donation for the evening $5-$10


July 11th, 7:30 Slack Key Guitar Concert featuring Chris Yeaton and Adam Werner
$15 in advance $25 at the door. Children under 12 free. Tickets can be purchased at the Food Coop or by credit card on the phone at 808-960-1026

AND MORE...

To find out what else will be happening this summer check our calendar by clicking on the "Calendar of Events" tab at the top of the page.


MAY WAS BUSY 
"Searching for True Gold" with Kevin Carr
In May Quimper Grange pulled out the stops and sponsored three events:"Searching for True Gold" a story telling and music event; "Growing Tomatoes in Port Townsend", an educational program; and the last Quimper Grange Square Dance of the season, an affordable social event. When you see that an event is Quimper Grange sponsored this means that has been organized and publicized by member/volunteers and advances our mission to serve the community. If you would like to know more about our goals as a community Grange click on the "About" tab at the top of the page.

Marla Streator

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May 2014: 1) Kevin Carr "House Concert"; 2) Dick Schneider: Tomato Program; 3) Square Dance; 4) Check Our Calendar 5) Plant and Seed Exchange Followup


This website is updated once a month.
May 11th, (Mother's Day) 7:00
Fiddle Tunes Favorite, Kevin Carr, Brings "Searching For True Gold" to Quimper Grange

Fiddler, piper, and storyteller Kevin Carr will be in Port Townsend with a one man story telling and music performance called "Searching for True Gold" on Mother’s Day, May 11th, 7:00. Kevin has graced the stage at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes for many years and has played with groups such as “The Hillbillies From Mars”, “Les Tetes Violon”,“The Carr Family Band” and " Wake the Dead".  Suggested donation: $8 -$15. 


 You are encouraged to bring potluck finger foods to share during the intermission.

"What became of King Midas after the whole Gold fiasco? What is the oldest reed instrument in Europe, and why did Marsyas the Satyr wish he had a bagpipe instead? Should you ever trust a man who lives in a waterfall? What happens when you take Hungarian pipes to a party? And, after being kidnapped by Fairies, exactly what kind of pot of gold should one ask for? An evening of stories true and slightly true, with tunes and songs from several corners of Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Euskadi, Appalachia and Scotland. Kevin Carr has been telling stories and making music for decades, and a sweet, rousing, enchanting evening is guaranteed. Expect fiddles, banjo, and several small bagpipes. 


This will be the first ever Quimper Grange sponsored "House Concert": Unamplified acoustic, intimate...
Marla Streator


May 12th (Mon) 7:00
"Growing Tomatoes in Port Townsend: The Agony and the Ecstasy" a talk by Dick Schneider

This presentation will cover Dick’s experience growing tomatoes in our Northwest marine environment for the past 7 years. He will focus on the factors for success that home and commercial growers should concentrate on when attempting to grow this highly sought after fruit. His experimental enterprise, called RainCoast Farms, has grown over 300 varieties of tomatoes and evaluated each for yield, quality and taste. Tomatoes can be grown in a greenhouse, a hoophouse or outdoors against a south facing exterior wall. A list of the 50 or so most successful varieties will be provided to those present.

Every year he adds mew varieties and gains more experience. The many factors which determine success will be discussed in some detail. To the extent that home gardeners apply these factors in their own situation, success in achieving a satisfactory crop can be increased significantly.

A number of diseases and pests effect tomatoes. Of particular interest are blossom end rot and late blight. Both of these will be covered along with a variety of remedies appropriate for the home gardener. Both soil amendments and fertilizers can and should be used to discourage disease and encourage success.
About Dick:
Dick retired to Port Townsend about 20 years ago after a career in business and science. RainCoast Farms, a non-commercial experimental enterprise was founded 7 years ago with the specific purpose of evaluating known varieties of commercially relevant farm crops for their ability to thrive in our climate. They have collected data on tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, berry fuits, apples, plums and pears.
Information is freely shared with both home gardeners and commercial farmers, through talks about the trials and tribulations of growing tomatoes and other warmer weather crops to garden clubs, the Grange, AAUW, the Land Trust and others. Fruits and vegetables from the farm are distributed free to local food banks and other non-profit institutions. 

Suggested Donation $5-$10
Jo Yount

May 17th ( Sat) 7:30 Square Dance and Social 
On May 17th, during the heat of Rhody Fest, Seattle's own Pecking out Dough will team up with Port Townsend's own caller Dave Thielk for a rocking good old time square dance. Band members  include Tony Mates, Catherine Alexander, David Cahn and Brigid Blume. Peckin' Out Dough represents square dance playing at its finest. Fiddler Tony Mates has been involved with old time music and dance for decades, is a founding member of the Seattle Square Dance Society, and is a feared and revered dance caller in his own right! For a short preview of Peckin' Out Dough's square dance music groove, check out this video.

 

Dave Thielk is an active Quimper Grange member who single handedly started and continues to organize all Quimper Grange sponsored square dances. One of our Grange's goals has been " to foster a vibrant music and dance community..."  He is planning some special square dances for your dancing pleasure. All dances taught and the events are family friendly. Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Come alone, with a partner or with a gaggle of geese. There is something for everyone. If you can walk, you can dance. And, if you want, you can just sit an listen to the music. Come over to the grange and check out our wonderful dance community. Dancers are encouraged to bring easy snacks to share and their own personal water bottle. Squares are $5.00 with 16 and under free.



QUIMPER GRANGE CALENDAR: MORE CLASSES, DANCES AND COMMUNITY EVENTS   To find out about what else is happening at Quimper Grange click on "Calendar of Events" at the top of the page and click on the event for details. Also if you would like to rent the Grange hall this is where you can check for availability.



Sun Shines on Plant and Seed Exchange
Community shows up for Wildsong Fire Relief Drive


For the past two years community has gathered at Quimper Grange for a great sharing event organized by Ashley Kehl and Jenniemae Hilliard, the Plant and Seed Exchange. People bring everything from vegetable starts to trees; from seeds to potted shrubs: herbs, flowering plants, tubers, whatever they have that might find a happy home elsewhere. But this year sharing went beyond what can be planted in the ground. Four days before the 3rd Annual Plant and Seed Exchange the organizers of this event had their home burn to the ground and lost everything, clothes, books, toys, everything.  Ashley and Jenniemae have two small children ages 9 and 2.
In response to this tragedy Quimper Grange did an all out media blitz to help get the word out that Ashley and Jenniemae would still be coming to the Plant and Seed Exchange and that people could bring clothes, shoes and household items as well as make donations to the Wildsong Fire Relief Fund. The effort succeeded in raising $446.56 and filling a van halfway full of household items, clothes and tools and many people went home with seeds, plants and trees for their gardens.

If you want to help the family donations can be made:
ONLINE at :  http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/wild-song-fire-relief-fund/162439
FIRST FEDERAL BANK you can donate to the " Wildsong Fire Relief Fund".
A RUMMAGE SALE BENEFIT will be held at the Recyclery on Sunday, May 4rd from 10-4.
Marla Streatror

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 2014: Plant and Seed Exchange, Square Dance, More Events on Calendar, Food Bank Gardens at Quimper Grange

April News and Events This blog is updated once a month
   1. Plant and Seed Exchange
   2. Square Dance
   3. More events on Quimper Grange Calendar
   4. Grange Garden/Food Bank Gardens

April 12th (Sat), 11am-3pm 


The Third Annual Plant and Seed Exchange will take place outdoors under canopies and in the Quimper Grange hall. Bring your extra seeds, plant divisions, spare potted plants, bare roots, bulbs, trees and whatever else needs a new garden to thrive in. There will be many books on hand to help answer plant and seed questions and Mountain Spirit Herbals will be providing hot tea.  To help support Quimper Grange and to help defray the costs of organizing this event donations will be greatly appreciated.


Pictures from last year's Plant and Seed Exchange

This event is organized by Ashley Kehl and his partner Jenniemae Hillyard who share a love of seed saving, trading with friends and preserving food. Ashley's father, Michael Pilarski hosted a plant and seed exchange in the Okanagan for many years and was a primary inspiration for starting  this one in Port Townsend.
Tip: bring something to carry your plants in. Hope to see you there!
For more information call: Ashley Kehl at 360-821-2092 .



APRIL 19TH (SAT) SQUARE DANCE 
Cobbler!
On April 19th, Olympia caller Anne Marie Schaefer will be squaring the sets with the duo Cobbler (Jesse Partridge and Jay Finkelstein) rocking the tunes out. Jesse and Jay came last year in
April, and rocked the house with some mighty fine dance music. Jesse and Jay, also from Olympia, play for squares and contras all around western Washington.

Dancing starts at 7:30. All dances taught, experience is not necessary, all ages appreciated, and family friendly. 
Caller Anne Marie Schaefer
Dancers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks to share with other dancers. 1219 Corona, Port Townsend. Adults $5.00; 16 and under free. 
Come as you are. Partners are not necessary. See info at the right for admission costs. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle, and snacks to share. Hope to see you there.

QUIMPER GRANGE CALENDAR: MORE CLASSES, DANCES AND COMMUNITY EVENTS   To find out about them click on "Calendar of Events" at the top of the page. Click on the event for details. Also if you would like to rent the Grange hall this is where you can check for availability.


GRANGE GARDEN GOAL: GROW MORE FOR THE FOOD BANK
Quimper Grange has been growing vegetables for the Food Bank for the past five years and the amount of food donated has increased year by year. Starting as a community garden there are now two gardening efforts taking place simultaneously within the deer fenced area west of the Grange hall: the southern part is being managed by Jo Yount for Quimper Grange and the northern part is being managed by Emily Vagts for Port Townsend Food Bank Gardens, an organization that is in the process of getting its 501c3 status. 


First Food Bank Garden Work Party of the year
You may have read our March 5th appeal in Port Townsend Leader for contributions to help pay for the cost of garden needs and we wish to thank all who have so generously responded.  So far top soil has been brought in, new beds have been build and wood chips cover the walkways.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

March 2014, "Gardening With Less Water" Tinker Cavallaro, Gabe Strand calls March Square Dance, More Classes Dances and Community Events, GMO labeling Safeway Washpirg, GMO contamination, Washington State Grange Leadership Conference.


This blog is updated once a month. 

1. March 3rd, "Gardening With less Water" Tinker Cavallaro
2. March 15th, Square Dance and photos from last dance
3. More Dances, Classes and Community Events at Quimper Grange
4. GMO Issues: A Continuing Quimper Grange Concern
5.Washington State Grange Leadership Conference


March 3rd, 7:30
Gardening With Less Water 
Local gardening expert Tinker Cavallaro will give a talk on how to reduce water usage in the garden: how to create more water storage in the soil, which crops can thrive with less water, mulching techniques, plant spacing to increase water retention in the soil, and irrigation systems that conserve water.
Tinker has over 30 years of local gardening experience, from managing the Abundant Life Seed Foundation Garden to her current work managing the Rosewind Community Garden. She apprenticed at a bio-dynamic educational garden in California during one of their worst droughts and was involved in the Dryland Farming Project in Port Townsend. She says gardeners will be surprised at the improvement in flavor and storage qualities of crops grown with less water.

We live in an area with low rainfall and have a water system that depends on snowpack in the Olympics where our water supply originates, but we can’t always depend on rainfall to come at a time that also brings snow in the Olympics. This program will help people become aware of their water usage and learn to use only what is necessary.

Doors open at 7:00 Program starts at 7:30. Suggested donation $5-$10 helps maintain and improve the Quimper Grange hall.


MARCH 15TH SQARE DANCE
The North meets South Ramblers are playing traditional tunes for
square dance caller Gabe Strand on March 15 at Quimper Grange. Gabe Strand hails from Seattle and has been a key player in the traditional music and dance revival in the northwest. This will be Gabe's third visit to Quimper Grange. Gabe has experience with
Caller Gabe Strand
dancers of all ages and experience levels.

The North meets South Ramblers hail from Haines, AK, San Diego, CA, and places in between. They play southern Appalachian square dance tunes; instrumentation includes fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass.

Dancing starts at 7:30. All dances taught, experience is not
necessary, all ages appreciated, and family friendly. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks to share with other dancers. 1219 Corona, Port Townsend. Adults $5.00; 16 and under free. For more information see www.ptcommunitydance.com or call Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308.

Photos from last dance :



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.

GMO ISSUES: A CONTINUING QUIMPER GRANGE CONCERN
Quimper Grange has voted to support the consumer advocacy group, Washpirg in its effort to convince Safeway CEO Robert Edwards to commit to labeling GMO ingredients on all Safeway-brand products. Washpirg’s partnering mutual fund—Green Century Funds—filed a shareholder resolution in time for Safeway’s annual shareholders’ meeting in May.
If you would like to join us in supporting Washpirg’s campaign the link to sign the online petition is:
https://secure3.convio.net/engage/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=9977

Besides labeling, another important GMO issue is responsibility for GMO contamination of organic farms and farms that grow non-GE (genetically engineered) crops. If you want to weigh in on this issue do so before March 4th. http://blog.seedalliance.org/2014/02/12/whos-responsible-for-gmo-contamination/


STATE GRANGE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Potluck at leadership conference
About 33 people from the Olympic Peninsula and beyond attended the Washington State Grange Leadership Conference at Chimacum Grange on February 1st President Marla Streator represented Quimper Grange. There was a potluck followed by a talk by State Grange President, Duane Hamp, and presentations by State Grange department and committee chairs. It was gratifying to find out that Quimper Grange is already doing much of what was suggested in the way of programs, from educating people about GMO issues to fire safety. As suggested we also donate a lot of produce to our local food bank.