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

Thursday, July 29, 2021

August 2021

                                            Happy Summer!
Amazing to see people and hear live music again, and you can do that at our Grange.

The Sequim Prairie Grange All Grange Dessert and Quilt auction on July 17th was a huge success.  Thanks so much to Sequim and the other attending Granges. There were 143 desserts and 5 quilts auctioned off!

 Balkan Dance Party 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7-9pm, $5. You must bring proof of being fully vaccinated, and send a reservation (limited attendance) to ptbalkandancers@gmail.com .  Walk-thrus and teaching included. Masks optional - possible thanks to our stellar ventilation system. Thanks Jefferson Community Foundation for a grant for the bulk of the cost!!!

Next month we will be starting our concerts - the first a Tango Dance/Concert with music by Bertram Levy and friends. Come listen, dance, watch! More details in September.

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

Rentals available! All events will need to be COVID-mindful. 

We have renewed our commitment with the Red Cross to be an information center in case of area emergencies.  Another way we try to support our community!

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.

Somewhat back to our lives!  Hooray!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Friday, July 2, 2021

July 2021

 

We are dancing again!  Balkan Dance Party is now 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7-9pm, $5. You must bring proof of being fully vaccinated, and send a reservation (limited attendance) to ptbalkandancers@gmail.com .  Walkthrus and teaching included.  Masks optional - possible thanks to our stellar ventilation system. Thanks Jefferson Community Foundation for a grant for the bulk of the cost!!!



Our Grand Re-opening was well attended - thanks to all who helped and attended!

Rentals available! All events will need to be COVID-mindful. There is an additional $30 COVID sanitizing fee for rentals until such time as that can be relaxed.

Sequim Prarie Grange is hosting an All Grange Dessert and Quilt auction Saturday July 17th 1 - 3pm outside at their Grange (290 Macleay Road Sequim) to benefit our Granges.  We all try to support our communities, and buyers would be most appreciated in helping support us!  

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

We are getting rentals again, but 15 months of no income will take a long while to recover.  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.

See you on the dance floor, or maybe at a concert starting in the Fall!!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Monday, May 31, 2021

June 2021

 

We are opening back up!!!!!

We are having a grand re-opening event Saturday June 12th from 1-3pm. We'll have masked tours to see the updated building and hear our very quiet new state-of-the-art ventilation system, and if you haven't been in for a while see our updated bathrooms and painted hall.  This is sort of our 100th anniversary celebration, but on a smaller scale than we had hoped.  There will be live music outside :)  Come see our Food Bank Garden!  And remember, please stay home if you have been exposed or are showing symptoms.


In preparation for this we are having a grounds cleanup work party Saturday June 5th 1-4.  The west and south swales need weed whacking and trimming.  Please bring your tools, gloves, sun protection.  Volunteers are most welcome - contact Barbara Tusting at barbaratusting97@gmail.com  .

Rentals available! All events will need to be COVID-mindful (masks, handwashing, small crowds based on current recommendations). There is an additional $30 COVID cleaning fee for rentals until such time as that can be relaxed.

We are looking for new members - help how you want/can! Maintenance, gardening, programs and events (have something you'd like to see?), someone who can deal with Google docs, Facebook, websites, future vision,...  all are needed and welcome :)  Membership forms are on our website (www.quimpergrange.com) and in the Grange.

From our Garden:

So grateful for the volunteers who help in the garden! We have builders, weeders, waterers, planters, and harvesters who make sure we get fresh-off-the-vine organically grown food to our local food banks. Of note for June:

  • New bean trellises are built (thanks to Mark), strung, and planted.
  • PT Peddler resumes her 2/wk pick delivery to the PT Food Bank, thanks to a grant from the PT Food Co-op!
  • Volunteers have weeded Grange front berms in preparation for our June 12 Open House!

Tomatoes are planted inside and outside our hoop houses. Special thanks to Stephan Cade and Jude at Shooting Star Farm for their tomato donations.

Also thanks to Judy Alexander from Dundee Hill Farm for donations of many starts this spring. 

Volunteer hours and community connections are what make these food bank gardens so special! To volunteer at the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden, contact Barbara Tusting, co-manager, at barbaratusting97@gmail.com.


Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! 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.

Looking forward to new normalcy!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May 2021

 Happy Spring Weather!

 Our ventilation system is installed, and we are ready to start a slow opening! All events will need to be COVID-mindful (masks, handwashing, small crowds). There is an additional $30 COVID cleaning fee for rentals until such time as that can be relaxed.

We are looking for new members - help how you want/can! Maintenance, gardening, programs and events, someone who can deal with Google docs, Facebook, websites, future vision,...  all are needed and welcome :)  Membership forms are on our website (www.quimpergrange.com) and in the Grange.


For gardening in April, Barbara Tusting sent this:
Time to weed, mulch and water!
Planting time for potatoes, beets, turnips, kohlrabi, and spinach.


The Food Bank Farm and Gardens fundraiser brought in over $2000!  Thanks to all who made this possible.

Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! 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.

Here's to small gatherings!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Friday, April 2, 2021

April 2021


Greetings! It's National Grange month!  To honor this Doug Groenig will be distributing Quimper Grange pencils and information about the Grange at the fundraiser purchase pick up on Sat, April 17th. (see below for details)

We are moving closer to opening.  The airflow outlets are done, and we're just waiting for a few more pieces of the system to arrive.



For gardening in April, Barbara Tusting sent this:
April is the month that everything starts happening! Dig amendments (compost, fertilizer, peat moss, etc.) into your soil and let it rest a couple of weeks before planting your seeds. Get your irrigation system set up, check for leaks, and clean up your potting areas. Sharpen & oil tools if you haven't done it last winter. If you intend to grow beans, get your trellises set before planting. Turn your cold compost pile, re-build with nitrogenous materials (grass clippings will heat it up in no time) to get your compost cooking again.

For starting seeds indoors:
Early April - basil, broccoli, brussels sprouts, fennel, and summer and Chinese cabbage.
Mid April - cucumber, eggplant, melon, peppers, squash & tomatoes (make sure you have a warm location), transplant bok choy, collards and swiss chard to the outdoors, and direct seed arugula, beets, carrots, and cilantro.
For directly sowing outdoors: Mid April - Kohlrabi, lettuce, scallion, parsnip, potato, radish, shallot, spinach.

The Food Bank Farm and Gardens fundraiser to benefit all East Jefferson County food bank gardens starts online orders April 12th. Vegetable, herb, flower, and fruit starts will be available for donations. A preview of offerings will be posted on the FBFG website https://ptfoodbankgarden.com on April 10th prior to the sale opening.

Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! 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.

Happy sort-of Spring, and may we all be able to meet again soon!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President