Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

 We hope everyone is doing well. Our focus this year continues to be on keeping our keeping our community-centered building in shape and functioning. We are seeking donations of any amount to replenish the funds spent on the needed flooring and to help with repairs to our ramp/porch entry plus planning for the outside coat of paint. If you are able, please send a check to “Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368“.  Haven’t been by to see our hall for yourself in a while? ... Contact Doug via email quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time.

True Life Trio: from Bulgaria to the Bayou
Thursday, June 9 at 7pm.

The True Life Trio’s performances include a mix of a cappella songs and tunes accompanied by fiddle, guitar, accordion and percussion. In any given concert, the trio will sing in more than ten languages, interweaving translations, tales of their travels and background stories that bring this beautiful music to life and demonstrate their passion, joy and humor in singing together.

You can hear samples of their music at Truelifetrio.com
Co-presented with KPTZ.  Admission $20.  Doors open at 6:30, proof of vaccine and masks required.
 
Other Events
The Balkan Dance Party is planned for twice this month on June 10 and June 24 at 7 pm. Only $5. Proof of vaccination, and masks depending on case count and Jefferson County Health recommendations.


Keep checking quimpergrange.com Events Calendar tab for (hopefully soon) music jams and other dancing.
 
Consider renting the grange for your event or meeting. We have installed VENTILATION. You can check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326,
 
Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange. There's a year-round supply of outdoor maintenance needed with mowing, weeding and mulching. The ramp and porch need some serious help, so the Grange is looking for decent lumber donations and carpentry skills. Goodies are provided for any work parties! Contact Barbara at barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare any time.
 
We are also in need of help keeping administrative works going. If you are computer-savvy, help putting out the monthly newsletter via Mailchimp, updating the website (Blogger – html knowledge a huge plus), and bookkeeping are all desired!  Contact us at quimpergrange@gmail.com Thank you!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

May 2022

 

Greetings from Quimper Grange

Quimper Grange is pleased to report that the needed new flooring is down and it is not only beautiful, but it makes our hall appear lighter and larger! Want to come and see for yourself? Contact Doug via email quimpergrange@gmail.com to arrange a time. Donations and members are always warmly received to help keep our community-focused building up and running.

Saturday, May 28th at 7pm.

Take A Folk/Classical/Originals Journey with The Michal Palzewicz Trio

The (Me-how) (Pow-Say-Vich) Trio is based in Ashland, OR. They bring diverse musicianship by way of Warsaw, Philadelphia, and Port-land to their magical trio. Enjoy their balanced repertoire of dynamic instrumental music incorporating the Cello, Guitar, Banjo, and Percussion, sprinkled with vocal tunes Whether they’re playing an original composition, folk song, or a classical masterpiece, this Trio will take you on a unique journey that will have you humming down the streets. See mptmusic.com Co-presented with KPTZ. Admission $20. Doors open at 6:30, proof of vaccine and masks required.

Other Events

 The Balkan Dance Party happens twice this month on May 13 and May 27 at 7 pm. Only $5. Proof of vaccination, and masks depending on case count and Jefferson County Health recommendations. Keep checking the Events Calendar for and, (hopefully) soon, music jams and other dancing.

Quimper Food Bank Garden Notes

 It may be tempting to plant everything under the sun right now, but WAIT until the nightime temperatures are into the 50s. It’s too early to put in your beans, squash, and other heat-loving veggies, but not too early for onions, lettuce and brassicas. You can plant your next rotation of carrots (cover against carrot rust fly), beets and more peas.

No Mow May is a real thing – trying to help the first bees and other pollinators get a head start before everything else bursts into bloom. However, the reality is that the grass around here grows Really Fast and Really Thick, so maybe alternate every other week as a compromise. They especially love dandelions, the bane of many gardeners. Leave part of your garden undisturbed with extra woody and leafy materials for pollinating insects, and they’ll return the favor by pollinating your fruits, veggies, & flowers.

Volunteering 

Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange. There's a year-round supply of outdoor maintenance needed with mowing, weeding and mulching. The ramp and porch need some serious help, so the Grange is looking for decent lumber donations and carpentry skills. Goodies are provided for any work parties! Contact Barbara at barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare any time.

Doug Groenig
Quimper Grange President

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

April 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

Quimper Grange is responding to Spring and to the change in Covid regulations with an increase/return of music and dance options, plus other events at our hall. Our first concert on Saturday March 26th was both well received and was very well attended. All the usual chairs, plus nearly all from the storage closet were put to good use by appreciative listeners.


Gerry O'Connor with Richard Mandel
Captivating Traditional Irish Music


Gerry is an amazing award winning traditional Irish fiddle player, he has performed and recorded with his bands La Lugh, Skylark, & Oirialla as well as with the Irish Rovers, Chieftains, Bothy Band, and more. An all-around Renaissance man; Gerry has won many fiddle competitions; he teaches, and he builds fiddles! Accompanying him on his US tour will be guitarist Richard Mandel, who has played with many other well-known Irish artists. Gerry’s tour is supported by Culture Ireland. See gerryoconnor.net for more information about the music.

Thursday April 28 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission $20. For now, masks and proof of vaccination are required. Co-produced by KPTZ

Other Events
The Balkan Dance Party returns this month on 4th Fridays at 7 pm. Only $5 and proof of vaccination. Keep checking the Events Calendar (hopefully) soon music jams and other dancing.

Help Rebuild our Floor!
In support of all this activity, we have ordered the needed new flooring. Danceable, LEED certified, and it looks great. Your donation of $125 buys a carton of flooring, or $5 for a square foot – any amount gratefully accepted.

Quimper Food Bank Garden Notes:
A chilly start to Spring still brings much new growth. Pull shot weed NOW before it reseeds everywhere. Other weeds come out easily with their small root mass and wet soil. Some ‘weeds’ are actually edible, and can be made into tasty pesto! Try chickweed pesto, or use other young greens to eat. Recipes at https://www.foodbankgrowers.org/if-you-can-t-beat-it-eat-it

The first giant bumblebees appeared a couple of days ago. These are the queens looking for nest sites. Leave part of your garden undisturbed with extra woody and leafy materials for them, and other beneficial insects to start another generation, and they’ll return the favor by pollinating your fruits, veggies, & flowers.

Plant these seeds outdoors now: beets & spinach; carrots (cover right away against carrot rust fly); potatoes; the onion family; brassicas like mustard, kale, turnips & collards; and peas! And don’t forget herbs like dill, cilantro, fennel, and parsley.

The Food Bank Growers 2nd Annual Plant Sale is coming right up to benefit the twelve gardens that grow for our food banks (Quimper Grange supports one of the oldest). Online presales will be April 18-25; pickup will be Sat Apr 30, 10:00-1:00. The in-person sale and worm bin demo will follow from 1:00-3:00 in the Grange's garden. Come see what the hubbub is all about! Check foodbankgrowers.org for more info.

Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange. There's plenty of outdoor maintenance needed with mowing, weeding and mulching. A work party will be held on Sat, April 16 from 2:00-4:00. Bring water, gloves, and your favorite tools. Goodies will be provided for workers! Contact Barbara at barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare any time, or just show up. Steady rain will cancel.

Doug Groenig
Quimper Grange President


Sunday, February 27, 2022

March 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

Everyone at the Quimper Grange is looking forward to Spring and we are hoping to successfully and safely transition to more activity at our community meeting hall.

We are pleased to resume concerts and our first will be with…

KELTOI - Celtic Music at its Finest!


Keltoi is: Rich Hill (vocals), Cameron St. Louis (flute, pennywhistle, Scottish small pipes, and vocals), Vienna Scheyer (fiddle) David Rivers (guitar), Dave Bartley (cittern) and Bill Woods (bodhran). Keltoi specializes in Scots Gaelic songs, and their spirited interpretations of Scottish and Irish dance music and soulful vocal harmonies are innovative, entertaining, and uplifting. Ranging from the fiery to the poignant, Keltoi's music reflects the passion and experience of its members. See keltoi.org for music!

Saturday March 26 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission $20. For now, masks and proof of vaccination are required. Co-produced by KPTZ

We hope to see you there!

In support of returning activity, we need new flooring. Our plan is to install danceable flooring that will last for decades and require minimal upkeep. We voted to use existing funds and proceed. We will replenish our maintenance reserve with the help of fund raising and donations.

Garden Notes:

The Food Bank Garden has started its season by planting sugar snap peas! As of March 1, you can also plant out fava beans, lettuce, mustard, radishes and turnips from seed; by the end of the month you can add arugula, beets, carrots, rutabaga and Swiss chard. When planting carrots, make sure they’re covered at all times to deter the carrot rust fly. The snap peas will benefit from an inoculant (to add helpful bacteria) and a cover to keep the birds from dining on their winter greens!

Since the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden grows produce exclusively for the Food Bank, it is our responsibility to spread the word that fresh greens are currently in very short supply at the Food Banks. If you have any over-wintered kale, collards, chard, spinach or any other greens that you can spare, the Grange Garden will gladly get those transported to the Food Banks. Bring them to the garden between 1-3 on Tuesdays. We will wash and prepare these for distribution to anyone in need.

Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange. There's plenty to do during the winter months with weeding and mulching the building and grounds. Please contact barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare any time.

Doug Groenig
Quimper Grange President


Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

With a small speed bump due to the increase in Covid cases, rentals at the Grange Hall have kept going along at a nice clip. After a particularly wet month, the parking lot is looking pretty muddy, so extra care needs to be taken in where one steps. However; shoe brushes are being installed this week to keep the mud from being tracked inside. And more gravel is being laid at the Corona St entrance.

In recent years there has been much discussion about 'next steps' for the old floor. At the January meeting, the group decided it was time to put the money it would take to refinish the floor into the purchase of new flooring to lay over the existing floor. There are specific criteria for the materials to be used, and there will be a presentation of several choices at the next meeting. As a member, this may be one you want to attend! We will keep you informed about the fundraising campaign for the new flooring.

 


Coming back to the Food Bank garden after the holidays was no picnic. The freezing temperatures were hard to deal with. Still, the garden was able to produce Jo's Salad Mix with some cut-and-come-again lettuces growing in one hoop house, some baby carrots in another, and surprisingly, some radishes that made it through the freezes. We were able to create some Stir-Fry mixes with over-wintered kale, mizuna, chard, arugula, and more carrots. And of course there were herb bundles, mainly with rosemary and thyme.

One of the Food Bank Growers' goals is to recruit more gardens to grow winter vegetables for the food banks - as healthy greens have been in such short supply. In support of this goal, the Grange's 3rd hoop house has been turned into a nursery due to a generous gift the FBG received last year. Volunteers trenched; electricity was installed; and shelving, heat mats, and lights were added. The new greenhouse volunteer already has things sprouting to grow for the gardens and for the FBG’s 2nd Annual Plant Sale.

Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange. There's plenty to do during the winter months with weeding and mulching, the building and grounds. Please contact barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare any time.

Doug Groenig
Quimper Grange President

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January 2022

Happy New Year!

Leaving 2021 behind, we wish to extend our utmost gratitude and thanks to Sheila Long and George Yount for their outstanding leadership through these tumultuous times. We're so happy to have them continue to help guide our new Board in the coming year.

We started 2021 in lockdown - the Grange Hall closed up tight for the first half of the year - and eased into reopening with small vaccinated and masked groups.

Many people continue to inquire about renting the hall, especially since it has an air filtration and recirculating system funded by the Jefferson Community Foundation. Thank you!

As a result, our dear old hall has been getting a lot of use, from children’s acting groups to art classes to line dancers. Sadly though, the original wooden flooring (part of a WW II era barracks) is past refinishing, so we’re looking into options that can withstand the thunder of little feet or the dancing of larger ones. We'll keep you posted on this goal for 2022.

The Grange has hosted a Food Bank Garden on the property for nearly six years. The garden has been the focus of documentary films and many articles and is the only garden in the area that grows produce exclusively for donation to the Jefferson County Food Bank and other entities. In 2021, the Grange Garden alone produced over 2100 pounds of organically grown produce with 1500 volunteer hours! We are proud to sponsor land, water, and electricity for such an important contribution to this community.

Of course, none of this would be possible without you, our Grange members and friends. You attend meetings, dance in the Hall, volunteer on the property, and keep our grounds looking lovely. You are the reason that we can continue to do this.

Looking for a new year's resolution?

- Consider joining us as a new or returning member
- Or volunteer by contacting barbaratusting97@gmail.com
- Prefer to make a donation? Any amount will be gratefully accepted. Just mail a check or money order to: Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Looking forward to a brighter, lighter new 2022.
Doug Groenig
Quimper Grange President

Monday, November 29, 2021

December 2021

We held our elections in November, and starting in January we will have new officers! Doug Groenig - President, Phil Burwell - Vice President, Barney Truman and Barbara Tusting - co-Secretaries, Sheila Long - Treasurer. We also have a new Rental Manger, Deborah Olsen. Looking forward to new ideas in the new year!

I am honored to have had the privilege of being President these last 3 crazy years. From adding more dances, the Musical Instrument sale, co-presenting with the Emergency Services folks, lots of concerts, fixing up the Hall, to then having to close up for COVID yet still keep the Grange and the Food Bank garden going - what a shift in focus!

We are renting to COVID-cautious individuals for small gatherings. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear masks.

Our Food Bank Garden and the wonderful volunteers continue to work to send organic produce to our Food Bank. Contact Barbara Tusting if you'd like to get involved - barbaratusting97@gmail.com

Donations are most welcome. If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

New members are warmly welcomed!

Looking forward to having our events again once it is safe to do so.
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Friday, October 29, 2021

November 2021

November already!  We had hoped to have a Makers Fair, an Instrument sale, and dances by now...  and will once it is safe to do so.

  We are renting to COVID-cautious individuals for small gatherings. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear masks.

Our Food Bank Garden and the wonderful volunteers are sending lots of organic produce to our Food Bank. Contact Barbara Tusting if you'd like to get involved - barbaratusting97@gmail.com

Donations are most welcome. If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

New members are warmly welcomed!

Looking forward to having our events again once it is safe to do so.
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Monday, October 4, 2021

October 2021

Happy October!


We are renting to COVID-cautious individuals for small gatherings. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear masks.

Our Food Bank Garden and the wonderful volunteers are sending lots of organic produce to our Food Bank. Contact Barbara Tusting if you'd like to get involved - barbaratusting97@gmail.com

Donations are most welcome. If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

New members are warmly welcomed!

Looking forward to having our events again once it is safe to do so.
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

September 2021

Sadly, here we go again - all Grange dances are cancelled/postponed until the County says it's safe again. It was fun while it lasted.

We are still renting to COVID-cautious individuals for small gatherings.

Our Food Bank Garden and the wonderful volunteers are sending lots of organic produce to our Food Bank. Contact Barbara Tusting if you'd like to get involved - barbaratusting97@gmail.com

Donations are most welcome. If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

Take care and here's to opening back up a bit soon!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President