Saturday, November 24, 2018

December 2018 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Concert, Contra Dance, Grange Elections, Excellence in Service Award, Chairs, First Annual Instrument Sale, More Hall Improvements, Food Bank Garden Report

Dec 5h, 7:00 Old Time Jam
led by Becky Evasick
Becky Evasick may have fiddled for more Quimper Grange square
and contra dances than any other player and has a passel of great tunes to play. This month her focus will be on the tunes of Ernie Carpenter, mostly in the key of A, (AEAE tuning on fiddles). However we will start out by learning John Dyke's Huckleberry Blues in the key of C. 
Cookies or other snacks share are appreciated. Suggested donation of $1-2 helps pay for use of the hall. Doors open at 6:45 

December 8, 8 PM, Joanna Stodden and the Willow Street Ramblers play the Quimper Grange Square Dance

Caller Joanna Stodden
The Willow Street Ramblers
The December 8 Quimper Grange Square Dance (at 8 PM) features Joanna Stodden calling squares and related forms with the Willow Street Ramblers knocking out the dance tunes.   Joanna is a well known Seattle square dance caller, but this is her first caller appearance at a Quimper Grange square dance. The Willow Street Ramblers include Becky Evasick on fiddle, Dave Thielk on banjo, and Carol Hardy on guitar. The Ramblers are guaranteed to knock your socks off.

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $5 if you arrive on bike or foot or bring a non disposable water bottle; $7 for car drivers; 16 and under is free. Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe. Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

Dec 11th, 7:00 Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Duo
Original Songs, Old Time Country Duets, and American Fiddle Tunes

Caleb Klauder and and Reeb Willms have graced the stage at Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Festival and at Voiceworks singing exquisite harmonies and playing strong, tasteful instrumentals.  Caleb has penned over 50 songs many of which are standards across America in honky-tonk and bluegrass jams. He has been touring nationally and internationally for over twenty years and is a founding member of the Foghorn string band. Reeb joined Foghorn in 2011. Presently Caleb and Reeb are touring as a duo, promoting their albums, Innocent Road. featuring six of Caleb’s original songs as well as their first duo CD, Oh Do You Remember recorded in 2013, a collection of close harmony gems.
Doors open at 6:30 Suggested donation $15-$20
Here is the title track of Innocent Road. Played at the KBOO Pickathon sessions:

Dec 15th, 7:30-11:00 Contra Dance

Caller: Tinker Cavallaro
Music: Local band "Steelhead" Dave Thielk on fiddle; Katya Kirsch on banjo; Roger Pick, concertina; and Carol Hardy on guitar.
Come early at 7:30 for the free 1/2 lesson if you are new to contras or want a little refresher.
Admission $6
16 and under free
Call Tinker (360)379 2882

New Officers for Quimper Grange in 2019

In November we held Quimper Grange elections. The Results?
President-Sheila Long
Vice president- Farren
Corresponding secretary- Marla Streator
Recording secretary-Janeann Twelker 
Treasurer - Johanna Perkins
Executive Committee: 
through 2019- Janeanne Twelker 
through 2020- Bill Dwyer
through 2021-Rob Harbour

Marla Anne Streator Excellence in Service Award

In November the first ever Marla Anne Streator Excellence in Service Award was presented to the outgoing president of Quimper Grange. This honor was bestowed not only for her service as president of Quimper Grange for the past 6 years but for the many other roles she plays that keep Quimper Grange rolling. Among her contributions Marla puts together the monthly Quimper Grange News; serves on the Grounds Committee; the Building Maintenance Committee; and is an Outreach Committee of one. She initiated "Quimper Grange House Concerts" with the help of Chris Cooper and she organizes the Quimper Grange Old Time Jam.  

First (Annual?) Instrument Sale, Lots to Choose From

Jere Canote and his instruments
The instrument sale in November brought together vendors with a wide variety of instruments to sell; new ones, used ones,  easily recognizable ones and highly unusual one. This first ever event was the organized by Grange members Sheila Long and Farren.  

Chairs, Chairs, Chairs!

The chair  sorters and movers: Sheila Long, Jim Fritz, Jo Yount, Al Latham, Farren
Thank to Chimacum Grange members
Al Latham and Jim Fritz we now have more and better chairs. And thanks to the Quimper Grangers who sorted them, moved them and cleaned  upholstery.

The Latest Hall Improvements

The small bathroom got a new coat of paint, paper towel and TP dispensers, mirror and grab bar thanks to Building Maintenance Chair, Sheila Long. What an improvement! But that's not all, for better visibility at night, we have two new sensor lights shining in the parking area installed by Steve Wilson. And, Sheila and Farren worked on critter proofing our crawlspace. 

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden's 
Record Breaking Harvest

Once again Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden has increased the amount of organic produce it is providing to our local food bank. By November crops harvested were up to an amazing 2,879.25 pounds this year, and even as the gardening year is winding down the garden is still delivering about 60 pounds a week! Quimper Grange has supported Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson County from it's inception by providing land for growing crops and water to irrigate them. Two of our Grange members are the backbone of this feat of altruism, Jo Yount and Kathy Ryan. Kudos to you and your fellow gardeners!

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

November 2018 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Del Rey Concert, Fundraiser Instrument Sale, Contra Dance, Square Dance, Driveway Gravel

November 7th, 7:00 Old Time Jam with David Margolin
playing New Mexico jam favorites

We are fortunate to have David Margolin back to lead the jam bringing his unique sense of humor and eclectic mix of tunes.  David lives in New Mexico half of the year and will be playing "New Mexico favorites". 
The Quimper Grange jam is a friendly affair with musicians playing everything from fiddle to concertina; guitars, mandolins  banjos and the occasional ukelele. You are welcome to join us.
This month we'll be playing tunes in the friendly keys of D and G starting off with Earl Collins version of "Yellow Cat". A couple of the tunes we''ll be playing, Indian Nation and Flatwoods are in GDAD tuning on fiddles.  $1-2 suggested donation to help cover costs of using the hall.  Cookies to share are always appreciated. Doors open at 6:45

Nov 8th (Thurs) 7:00 Del Rey House Concert
Guitar  ~ Ukulele

Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four years old. At thirteen, she was immersed in the world of folk music, via the San Diego Folk Festival. She has tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele.

Del Rey has taught and played all over the world, and brings her distinctive finger-style approach to guitar and ukulele. Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition.  Del Rey also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.
Doors open at 6:30
Suggested donation $15–$25

Nov 10th (Sat) 1:00-4:00 Instrument Sale Fundraiser

New and used instrument sale for buyers and sellers.  Cash only.

Instrument makers and those with new and used instruments welcome.

Sellers will be allotted table space with 10% of all sales going to the Grange. The Grange will act as cashier.  Owner presence to sell is preferred but a Grange member will be on site to manage your sales for an additional 10% fee.

Check in to sell   Noon – 12:45pm
Questions? Please contact Sheila

All sales are as-is, and the Grange takes no responsibility for condition of instruments.

Nov 17th (Sat) 7:30 -11 Contra Dance 
Sherry Nevins calling

Dance to the music of a great local band  "Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals". The band members are Becky Evasick and Quenn Charrier on fiddle, Phil Andrus on guitar, and Carol Sword on banjo. 
Sherry brings years of experience calling contra dances and calls with calm and clarity. She makes dancing an art and joy. 

Come early if you're new to contra dance and learn the basics. Sherry will teach a 1/2 hour lesson at 7:30
Admission $6
16 and under free!
questions call tinker @ (360) 379 2882

November 24 Square Dance with Dave  Thielk calling and Turkey Sandwich Club on the strings!

Caller Dave Thielk
Turkey Sandwich Club
The November 24 (8 PM) Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social brings local musicians and callers together for a post-Thanksgiving gathering at Quimper Grange.  Dave Thielk calls squares and related sets as far away as Juneau, AK and Westby, WI, and for all ages and abilities. Turkey Sandwich Club features Bobbi Nikles on fiddle, Jack Dwyer on mandolin, and Jere Canote on guitar. The November square dance is one of my favorites each year because it falls on Thanksgiving weekend, and is always local folks!  What a great way to extend the holiday celebrations into the weekend. 

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and
encouraged. This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $5 if you arrive on bike or foot or bring a non disposable water bottle; $7 for car drivers; 16 and under is free. Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe. Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

Driveway Gets Gravel
We're getting ready for the rainy season by graveling the driveway for mud prevention. The less mud that gets tracked into the hall the better it is for  our dance floor.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

October 2018 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Evie Ladin and Keith Terry Concert, Square Dance, Walkling Biking and Motoring in Port Townsend, Composting Workshop,Cooperatives Program, Randal Bays and John Coyne Irish Concert

October 3, (Wed) Old Time Jam
Led by Dave Thielk

This month’s jam will be led by Quimper Grange’s square dance organizer, Dave Thielk. He will be accompanied by Chris Cooper on guitar and will start off by teaching Jim Shank (AEAE tuning on fiddles). He will also slowdown a couple of other tunes but not teach them in detail: Railroad Runs Through Georgia and Free State Hornpipe. It will be an odd set of tunes overall, ones that are not commonly played in Port Townsend. Some a little crooked but none of them too mysterious. Tunes will be in the keys of A and G.
Suggested donation of $1 or $2 helps cover the cost of using the hall. Doors open at 6:45

October 11, (Thurs) 7:00   Evie Ladin and Keith Terry
   Quimper Grange House Concert

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry will be performing at the Quimper Grange in Port Townsend on Thursday, October 11th.  The doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7pm.  Suggested donation $15 - $20.

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin and Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.
A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin.

October 13th, 8:00 Square Dance 

Caller Gabe Strand
The October Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social is scheduled for October 13 at 8 PM at Quimper Grange.  Gabe Strand (one of my favorites) from Lopez Island will be calling.  Joe Fulton, Charles Espey and friends will be rocking out the dance tunes.

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $5 if you arrive on bike or foot or bring a non disposable water bottle; $7 for car drivers; 16 and under is free. Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe. Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

Oct 15, (Monday) 7-8:30 Walking, Biking and Motoring in Port Townsend:
Water Street and Beyond: Panel discussion

Are you confused about the new striping on Water Street? Would you like to know more about the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? Do you have questions about design features on Water Street and other locations? Do you want to hear about ”Best Practices“ from a cyclist? Then consider attending our forum!

We will have a city engineer, a police officer, and a pedestrian/cyclist present to provide information and answer questions. More details coming.
? Contact Dave Thielk 360-602-1270

Oct 16th, 6:00 Composting Workshop
To Register go to Brown Paper Tickets :
Questions? call 360-379-4491

Oct 20th, 7:30 Contra Dance 

October 22nd (Mon) 7:00 
“Secure Your Business Future: Convert to a Cooperative”
As they approach retirement, Baby Boomers-born 1946 to 1964- may have a hard time finding a buyer or family member to carry on their business, especially in rural areas. Cooperative conversion is one answer.

 Converting a business to a worker cooperative can help Baby 
Boomers retire, employees keep jobs, and the community retain valuable services. “Secure Your Business Future: Convert to a Cooperative” features Deborah Craig, Cooperative Development Specialist of the Northwest Cooperative Development Center, Olympia, WA, talking about planning, financing options, and training for worker buyouts of existing businesses. 

This National Cooperative Month program is open to business owners, employees, advisors, and anyone interested in a strong environment for local business: Monday, October 22, 7PM, at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend. Sponsored by Quimper Grange and the Olympic Cooperative Network. Admission by donation. For information, call Deb Wiese, 360-385-1928.

Oct 30, (Tues), 7:00 Randall Bays and John Coyne 
Renowned Irish Musicians in Concert!

Randal Bays and John Coyne bring power and passion to the traditional music of Ireland. Fiddle tunes – the reels and jigs that are the hallmark of the Irish tradition, plus a great selection of songs, a few stories, occasionally a guest musician or dancer jumping in… all of this delivered with the heartfelt wish to share the wild beauty of Irish music with their audience.
      Randal currently lives in Olympia, with a frequent touring and teaching schedule that makes a local concert a rare treat. He has been seriously obsessed with Irish fiddle for… let’s just say a very long time. He’s performed and recorded with a number of notable musicians including James Kelly, James Keane, Daithi Sproule, Martin Hayes and many more. As Fiddler Magazine says, “Randal Bays is one of the finest Irish fiddlers one could ever hope to hear”.
     John Coyne hails from Limerick, Ireland, and has been resident in Boston for some years. His excellent bouzouki playing and fine singing have made him the “first call” accompanist for many great traditional musicians, including Mary MacNamara, Mickey Dunne and Frankie Gavin.

$15-20 suggested donation. Doors open at 6:30

Kudos to Quimper Grange Food Bank Gardeners!

The food bank garden is  harvesting 200 pounds of produce a week. Congratulation gardeners!

Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson is always looking for volunteers at their various locations. If you would like to help grow nutritious food for the the food bank email:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

September 2018 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance on Union Wharf, Contra Dance, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore Concert, PT's New Bicycle Lanes, Hall and Grounds Improvements, Food Bank Garden

September 5, 7:00 (Wed) Old Time Jam 
with Pam Johnston and Jim Ketterman

After our summer hiatus the Old Time Jam returns! Pam Johnston and Jim Ketterman will lead the jam and focus on West Virginia tunes played in the keys of G and D (standard tuning on fiddles).  If you have not participated in our jam before it is geared to Old Time string band music. Jam leaders pick all of the tunes so if you are a beginner or shy player you will not be put on the spot to lead a tune. So get out your instruments and join us for a couple of hours of playing tunes with the local Old Time community.

Doors open at 6:45  Suggested donation $1or $2 to help to help pay for use of the Quimper Grange hall. 
questions? call Marla 360-385-6924

September 8th, (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance at Union Wharf

Union Wharf
Time to start the fall Quimper Grange Square Dance season! We are starting off the season with a dance on September 8 on Union Wharf! Come downtown and join with Dave Thielk and Chimacum’s own High Waisted Ramblers on Wooden Boat weekend and dance under the stars! We will dance through the sunset, under the stars and moon.
Union Wharf

Dave Thielk calls dances locally, as well as far afield. He calls traditional Appalachian squares and related dance forms, including reels, mixers, and circles. Dave has a smooth relaxed style and promises to engage beginning as well as advanced dancers. The High Waisted Ramblers features
Fiddler Joanne Pontrello
Joanne Pontrello and friends from Chimacum Valley. The High Waisted Ramblers play old time dance tunes and have performed at the Seattle Folk Life Festival and Dare to be Square among other many. We might even get them to play a Cajun waltz or two. 
Caller Dave Thielk

All dances are taught; no experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. This event is free (with a tip jar for the band). The event starts at 8 PM and will end when the dancers have all gone home! Dancers are encouraged to walk, ride a bicycle or take transit to get to the downtown. Bring your own water bottle.

September 15th, (Sat) Contra/ Ceilidh Dance 

The Bobcats playing, Trevor Monson Calling
7:30 to 11:00PM

Bobbi Nikles
Nancy Katz
Sue Thompson
We will be hosting British caller Trevor Monson for our Contra/Ceilidh dance. 
Known for his English Country Dance calling, he is here in the US on a dance tour.  He loves to call contras as well and it is guaranteed to be a great evening.  Star musicians Bobbi Nikles (fiddle) Nancy Katz (bass) and Sue Thompson(guitar) will be there to pluck, strum and bow their strings into beautiful rhythmic tunes for the dance.   This is a one of a kind dance bringing together much talent and knowledge.  Trevor Monson, the caller has many years of study and experience and the musicians too are all veterans of this music.  You won't want to miss this dance!  

Come early for a lesson 7:30 to 8:00PM
Admission $6 
16 and under free

if you have questions call Tinker @ (360) 379 2882 

September 23rd, (Sun)7:00 Quimper Grange House Concert 

Mollie O' Brien and Rich Moore 

Mollie O'Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists' songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they’re completely at home with their musical selves. Grammy winner Mollie has long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who’s not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses. Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership. Their latest release is Love Runner on Remington Road Records.

Suggested donation $15 to $20 
Doors open at 6:30

Update: Tentative date  Oct 15, 7:00-8:30
Understanding Our New Bicycle Lanes panel discussion

Drivers and bicycle riders alike have questions about the meaning of Port Townsend's new bicycle lane markings, how to navigate them and their legal implications. Fortunately, Quimper Grange member Dave Thielk, a former member of the Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Board and now president of the Recyclery board is willing to put together a panel to help the public understand aspects of our new bicycle lanes. 

Grange Hall and Grounds Latest Improvements 

We've been on a roll since March making improvements to the Quimper Grange hall and grounds. The latest improvements have been extending the kitchen counter to cover the water heater, thanks to Len Feldman; and putting the berm watering system on timers, thanks Farren!

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden - Summer Harvest
and volunteer opportunities

If you are passing by Quimper Grange during the day you've probably seen someone working in the garden and it's very likely that it is Quimper Grange member, Jo Yount. Jo has put in untold hours growing organic food for the food bank. Now that it is summer there are lots of tomatoes in the greenhouse tended by Steven Cade. Here's Jo with the Saturday food bank harvest.

Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson is always looking for volunteers at their various locations. If you would like to help email 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

August 2018, Quimper Grange News: Contra Dance, Hall and Grounds Progress Report, Food Bank Garden Volunteers Needed

August 18, (Sat) 7:30 to 10:30 Contra Dance

Music by Au Contraire, caller Lindsey Dono

Not your ordinary bandAu Contraire includes master ukulele picker Dick Hinshaw; Lori Bernstein on bass; “Chicago Bob” Longmire on harmonica and guitar; George Yount on harmonica and ukulele; and Barbara Dawson on keyboard.

What a treat to have Lindsey Dono back to call our dance this month! Originally from  Massachusetts, she has a lot of dancing in her background.  A favorite caller of the Northwest, her calm and pleasant calling is very understandable, but surprisingly energetic. 

Lindsey will teach a 1/2 lesson at 7:30 so come early if you're a beginner or just for a refresher.

Admission $6
16 and under free     questions? Tinker Cavallaro, (360) 379 2882

Hall and Grounds Progress Report

Perseverance was needed to get the last
kitchen sink installed. Although it was a huge hassle, Grange member, Farren, persevered. The first sink didn't fit and had to be returned, the second sink didn't fit either, the third sink had to be special ordered but arrived damaged so a fourth sink had to be ordered. It arrived after the other plumbing work was done. So the plumber had to come out again to install it. It's in now, thanks Farren!

In addition Farren purchased connectors and got the irrigation system up and running for the berm surrounding the Quimper Grange parking area. The plants are much happier now.

And the 22 new tables Farren ordered for Quimper Grange are now in the hall thanks to Rob Harbour who physically moved them into the hall when they were delivered.

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden
Volunteer Opportunities

The food bank garden has never look so good or produced more food. But every summer when the garden is producing like mad there are fewer volunteers to help with harvest. If you would be willing to volunteer in the garden contact Jo Yount at 360- 385-0456 or email: