Sunday, October 21, 2018

November 2018 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam




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

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

Come join in playing Old Time string band music on the first Wednesday of the month. The Quimper Grange jam is a friendly affair with musicians playing everything from fiddle to concertina. There are guitars, mandolins and banjos. You are welcome to join us.
This month we'll be playing tunes that arein 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. We are fortunate to have David Margolin back to lead the jam bringing a unique sense of humor and eclectic mix of tunes.  David lives in New Mexico halfof the year  New Mexico Favorites.  $1-2 suggested donation to help cover costs of using the hall.  cookies are always appreciated. Doors open at 6:45

Nov 8th (Thurs) 7:00 Del Rey House Concert
Nov 10th (Sat) 1:00 Instrument Sale Fundraiser
Nov 17th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance
Nov 24th (Sat) 8:00 SquareDance

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 : https:www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3620914
Questions? Ltucker@co.jefferson.wa.us 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: ptfoodbankgarden@gmail.com

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. www.mollieobrien.com

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 ptfoodbankgarden@gmail.com 

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: foodbankfarmandgardensjc@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

July 2018 Quimper Grange News: Contra Dance; Summer Classes; Plumbing, Painting and Floor: We Did it!

SUMMER BREAK:
QUIMPER GRANGE WILL NOT MEET IN JULY AND AUGUST NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 10TH

July 21st 7:30 -11 Contra Dance
Annie and Channing plus two = "Golden Gems"
The Golden Gems will be playing for this month’s contra. The

Golden Gems include local fiddlers, Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer, and from Bellingham, Clea Taylor on cello and Sam Vogt on guitar/banjo. Guest callers TBA
There will be a 1/2 hour lesson at 7:30 for beginners or those a little rusty.
Admission $6, 16 and under free
For info call or email Tinker @ tinker.cavallaro@gmail.com  (360) 379-2882

Watercolor Classes with John Adams


John Adams is a watercolorist and graphic designer whose work is inspired by the environment of the Pacific Northwest. His award winning paintings have been exhibited widely in the Seattle area since 1985. John teaches weekly watercolor classes at Quimper Grange.

Summer Session Schedule:

July 11th through the end of August Classes meet every Wed from 10am to 12:30pm. The cost is $95 for 4 classes or


Drop-in to single classes anytime for $25.

To register contact John at 206-842-3099

For more information: http://www.johnadamsdesign.com





Projects and Progress at the Old Grange Hall! Thanks Donors!
June has been a crazy busy month: we’ve had all of our plumbing replaced, including bathroom and kitchen sinks; the exterior of the Grange hall has been painted; we’ve refinished the dance floor; and later this week, new tables will arrive. That took a lot of doing! Here are progress photos: 


Bill Dwyer got the small bathroom ready for the plumbers by removing the sink, exposing the pipes and installing marmoleum on the floor.



Brother's plumbing took on replacing our old rotten pipes, a task that several other plumbing companies did not want to take on.
A big thanks to Farren for coordinating the entire plumbing project and dealing with unexpected wierdnesses that cropped up.


This is how bad our pipes were.We are extremely fortunate that no major disaster occurred before we got our pipes replaced. There were two small leaks in our incoming water line, and a leak under the kitchen sink that rotted the bottom of the sink cabinet. We were lucky that that was all.   


Wheelchair friendly bathroom.
         
Pedestal sink with new faucet. New flooring.





New water heater


We have new sinks and faucets in both bathrooms, and marmoleum on one bathroom floor. 

We also have a yard hydrant (to water the berms), two new exterior faucets and a new sewer cleanout (we did not have one before).


This kitchen sink has already been installed and a one basin sink will soon be installed next to it. 






Roger Smith painted the exterior of the hall including the skirting and trimmed the hall entrance in green.  
For the first time since 2012 we had an outdoor potluck gathering, a precursor to moving the furniture out of the hall for refinishing.
Grange members Rob Harbour and Ben Bishoff did the lion's share of refinishing the dance floor: cleaning then abrading the floor with a buffer as well as applying the first coat of finish. Marla Streator coordinated the floor refinishing effort. Paul Dennison and Joanne Pontrello applied the last two coats. The Grange strategy is to build up the finish so we never get down to bare wood again.
Our beautiful refinished dance floor.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

June 2018 Old Time Jam, Composting Workshops, Contra Dance, In memory of Quimper Grange member Tony Mauhar, Quimper Grange Heros, Hall Improvement Progress

June 6th, 7:00 Old Time Jam 
with Paul Denison
The last Old Time Jam before our July/August summer break will be led Paul Denison who has just moved to Chimacum from Seattle. Paul is  planning to teach Candy Girl, a great tune for working on bowing technique. We'll be starting out in AEAE tuning on fiddles and then switching in to the key of G. So get out your fiddles, banjos and guitars and join us for tunes at Quimper Grange.
There is a suggested donation of $1 or $2 to help pay for hall use. Snacks to share are appreciated. Doors open at 6:45

June 9th, Two Composting Workshops




June 16th, (Sat) 7:30- 11:00  Contra Dance
with the Possum Carvers, Gwen Rousseau calling


The Possum Carvers are: Chris Cooper, guitar; Scott Marckx, fiddle; Jeanie Murphy banjo

Lesson 7:30 to 8:00
Admission $6
16 and under free                                
? Tinker at  (360) 379 2882                                      


In Memory of Tony Mauhar 1950- 2018
Quimper Grange is greatly saddened by the untimely loss of one of our members, Tony Mauhar. Among other things Tony helped us with legal wording in our rental contract and although he was unable to attend recent meetings made a generous donation this past month to help with the cost of refinishing our floor. Thank you Tony, and condolences to your family.


 A BIG "Thank You" Quimper Grange Heroes!
One week after sending out a request for financial help for major projects that are now (or soon will be) in the works, we got an an immediate response from the community. Checks started arriving in the mail to help our hall upgrades along and volunteers have offered their help. Thank you so much to these Quimper Grange heroes:

Michael Felber and Karen Hackenberg
Doug Groenig
Terrapin Architecture
Libby Palmer
Carol Sword
Dan Post
Carol Chandler
Vickie Townsend
Andy Olney
Johanna Perkins 

and 
In addition to the Quimper Grange heroes listed above we must add Sue Thompson. Her offer to donate proceeds from teaching a harmony singing workshop fit right in with one of our goals " to create a vibrant live music and dance community", so it was a double donation. Thank you Sue!

Progress is Being Made!


In order to prepare for the big plumbing replacement project and to make the kitchen and storage room more functional Sheila Long and Farren removed many excess or unused items from cabinets and shelves that ended up in a 2 day garage sale at Farren's house generating a little more moola for Grange projects.



Sheila and Farren showing off the new kitchen appliances they picked out. Good choices gals!










A big thank you! to Len Feldman for cutting out a space for the new refrigerator.




Volunteer extraordinaire, Bill Dwyer, has prepared the small bathroom for the plumbing work that will be done in June.