Saturday, May 21, 2016

Summer (June, July, August) Quimper Grange News

Summer at Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden 
Volunteers Always Welcome!
Last year there were three food bank gardens: one at Port Townsend HighSchool, one at Mountain View Commons, and one at Quimper Grange; this year, however, there will be just one: the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden.

Fall 2015 - UGN "Day of Caring" work party
The garden has come along way since 2013!
Volunteers have been working hard to make this one garden produce as much food as possible. The next big projects will be dismantling and reassembling the Mountain View Commons hoop house, creating a service yard, and adding a much needed covered vegetable cleaning area. There is also a need to finish spreading wet cardboard and chips along the outside of the fence to keep weeds from encroaching; and, on a weekly basis; planting, hand watering seedlings, weeding, harvesting and delivering.

If you have some time you can dedicate toward helping with one of the upcoming projects or want to help out on an ongoing basis please Call Jo (774-6618) or Emily (517-231-1332)

June 1st 7:00 Old Time Jam
(Last Jam 'til Sept)

The last Quimper Grange Old Time Jam of the season will be led by Brendan Hohmann whose band, Conway West played for a square dance described this way: ”These ain’t the squares with frills and ruffles or the ones you learned in PE, these are old time traditional southern squares”. Brendan plays both square dance music and crooked-y tunes. He will be teaching Little Rose in the key of C. As usual at our jams he will break it down for easy learning. Most of the tunes we will play are in C and G. We might play some in D or A too.
Our jams are participatory so come with an instrument and join the fun! We encourage bringing cookies or other snacks to share and to kick in a couple of bucks to help pay to heat the hall. Any questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

Two Composting Workshops in June:

June 4th (Sat)10:30- Noon
June 4th (Sat)1:00-2:30 

Quimper Grange and Jefferson County Public Health will be co-sponsoring two composting workshops on (Sat)June 4th. These workshops fill up fast and require pre-registration so register online go to:; search Port Townsend 
More info? email: or Call: 360-379-4491

Community Game Night Summer Schedule: 
First Mondays 7:00 PMJune 6th and August 1st 

Quimper Grange's Community Game Night is fun for all ages. Join us on first Mondays this summer, June 6 and August 1, 7-9PM, for Farkel, Pinochle, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trouble, Sequence or any game you’d like to bring. Suggested donation per person to help maintain the hall is $1-$5. No one turned away. Please bring snacks to share, if you like. Childcare is provided for game-playing-age kids as long as their parents or guardians are on site. There is no Game Night on July 4. Call Barbara at 360-774-1794 for more information. And get ready to share the laughter at Quimper Grange Game Night!

Square Dances on Summer Break, will return in September

Contra Dance Summer Schedule:
June 18th, 7:30 
Come and join the fun on Saturday, June 18, as Marsha Wiener and the Hot Dogs play the tunes, while Nan Evans calls the dance. The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 18 to 3 years, free for under 3. 
Marsha Wiener and the Hot Dogs : Libby Schnick - fiddle, Ken Thompson - percussion, Fred Obee - guitar and Marsha Wiener - keyboard

July 16th, 7:30 Band and caller to be announced 
August 20th, 7:30 Band and callers to be announced 
For contradance information call Jo: 385-0456

Water Color Art Classes With John Adams All Summer...
There will be water color art classes offered all summer as a series or on a drop in basis. Sound interesting? Call John 206-842-3099 or email

In addition to Grange sponsored events our hall is rented for everything from birthday parties to dance classes. There have been political gatherings, baby showers, a bar mitzvah and even a weaving workshop replete with 10 or more sewing machines! John Adam's art classes are another example. Check the calendar tab on our website to see what is happening or if the hall is available to rent. If you would like to rent the hall call Jo at 385-0456 or email

Thursday, April 21, 2016

May: Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden Potluck and Work Party, Game Night, Old Time Jam, Composting Workshops, Squares and Contras, Scandinavian Music Workshop

Quimper Grange Potluck and Food Bank Garden Work Party
Thanks to everyone who made our Grange Month potluck and work party a success! Seventeen volunteers weeded and moved many wheelbarrowsful of woodchips from a woodchip mountain to cover wetted cardboard in the walkways. Many hands make light work. If you would like to volunteer to help grow fresh and healthy food for the Jefferson County  Food Bank contact Jo at 360-385-0456
or Emily at 517-231-1332.

And thanks to the businesses who not only have helped supply food and beverages for this occasion but have supported many Grange events: Port Townsend Food Coop, Pane d' Amore Bakery and Sunrise Coffee.

May 2nd (Mon) 7:00-8:30 pm: Community Game Night

Grange Community Game Night is fun for the whole family. Join in on Monday May 2, 7-8:30 PM for Farkel, Pinochle, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trouble, Sequence or any game you’d like to bring.  Please bring snacks to share, if you would like. 

Suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children helps heat the hall.  Childcare will be provided for game playing age kids.

May 4th, 7:00: pm Old Time Jam

This month's Old Time Jam will be led by Seattleites, WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow, who have graced the stage on many occasions at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and were stars of a Quimper Grange "House Concert" and workshop in March of last year. WB will teach Illinois Rickett's Hornpipe and has made a regular speed and a slow recording. If you want to preview them they are here:
They will have CDs available in case you are interested in taking some of their fine music home. Our jams are participatory so bring an instrument and prepare to have fun! Players of all ages and abilities are welcome.
There is a suggested donation of $1or $2 to help pay for heating the hall. You are encouraged to bring cookies or other snacks to share. Any questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

May 10th and 12th 7-8:30pm Composting Workshops Are Back!
Once again Quimper Grange and Jefferson County Public Health will be co-sponsoring composting workshops in the months of May and June. These popular workshops fill up fast and require pre-registration: email: or Call: 360-379-4491

May 14 - Square Dance: 800 - Amy Carroll calls for the Last Chance Stringband Jam with the band at 7:00

Caller Amy Carroll
Come on out to the last dance of the spring/summer.  Seattle's Amy Carroll calls all over the PNW and is known for family friendly fun.  Amy always brings an exuberance to her events.  The Last Chance Stringband hails from Port Townsend and includes long time dance fiddler Gary Pasco,
Last Chance Stringband
along with Carol Hardy, Roger Pick and Dave Thielk.   Round up a partner or 3 and head on up to the Grange on Saturday, May 14.  Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come early and jam with the band at 7.   Partners are not necessary, come as you are!  These dances are family friendly.  All dances are taught; no experience is necessary.  Admission $6, 16 and under free. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308

May 21st, 7:30: Contra Dance

Please join us on Saturday May 21 as we dance to the tunes of Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals.  AND as special treat, we have guest caller, Laura Mé Smith.  Come one, come all and have a great time! The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, free for under 18. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.

PS  At 6:45 the band welcomes other players for a short jam before the dance starts.

Sunshine and Scandinavian Dance Music With Jeff and Jane Anderson

 Sunshine and music, a perfect combination! Accordions played outside while fiddles learned melodies indoors. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 2016: Grange Month, Community Game Night, Old Time Music Jam, Square Dance, Scandinavian Music Workshop,Contra Dance, Quebecois events, Plant and Seed Exchange

April is Grange Month
To celebrate Grange Month this year we would like to call attention to the collaboration between Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson County and Quimper Grange. Evolving from its early weedy beginnings our most industrious Grange member, Jo Yount, started gardening for the Food Bank with very little help until the initiation of the present collaboration and influx of volunteers.  Last year the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden produced over 2,500 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables and added a hoop house to extend the growing season. This year a better deer fence is being installed and preparation is being made to add another hoop house. Volunteers gain a great deal of satisfaction knowing that their efforts are making a difference. If you would like to volunteer on an ongoing basis or be notified for work parties contact Jo at 385-0456.

April 4th (Mon) 7:00-8:30 p.m. Community Game Night
Quimper Grange is holding its second Game Night on Monday April 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. All ages welcome.  Participants are welcome to bring their own games and a variety of small and large group board games and card games will be provided. Suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Childcare will be provided for game playing age kids.  Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St. in Port Townsend.

April 6th (Wed) 7:00 Old Time Music Jam

Our first Wednesday Old Time Jam will be led by Seattle-ites, Al Hart and his Wildcats. The tune that will be taught is Snake Chapman's Pretty Little Widow and the evening's tunes will be played in the keys of G and A. Accompanying Al on banjo will be his wife, Debbie Spiegelman and on guitar, Sheila Long. Al, Deb and Sheila have been playing together for years. Al is not only an inspiring Old Time musician but an outstanding banjo builder and recording artist.
The Old Time jam is participatory (you need to bring an instrument), friendly and fun!
We encourage a donation of few dollars to help defray costs. 

April 9th Square Dance with Lisa McAvoy and the Hi-O Revelers 8:00

Chantereller Hunter and
Square Dance Caller
Lisa McAvoy
The Hi-O Revelers
Bellingham square dance caller Lisa McAvoy will grace Quimper Grange on April 9th, along with the Hi-O revelers from Seattle. This is Lisa's first dance at the Grange, but rumor has it when Lisa is calling it is hard to tell who is having more fun, the dancers or her! The Hi-O Revelers are Devin Champlin and Katy Harris currently out of Seattle. They play old time music with a good mix of fiddle breakdowns, mandolin rags, guitar blues and singing duets. Both Devin and Katy draw heavy inspiration from early recordings, as well as learning from the great living musicians they are fortunate enough to learn from and play with. Not a slicked up, modern take on an old thing, nor an archival reproduction, this is two people playing music they absolutely love with a passion. They are equally at home playing a square dance, for a honky tonk, on a festival stage, or sitting on a cooler in a field. For this dance, they will be joined by Levi Danner on bass, and Andy Rick on banjo and steel, both of Bellingham.

Rustle up some dancing accomplices and come on down to the Grange, or just show up on your own! Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dancing starts at 8:00. Come at 7 to jam with the band. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.

April 16th (Sat) 11:00-1:00 Scandinavian Folk Dance Music Workshop and Jam

Internationally known musicians and instructors, Jeff and Jane Anderson will introduce and you will play traditional Scandinavian schottische, waltz, mazurka, hambo, polka, polskas, pols, snoa, and more.   
Bring your fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, acoustic instruments as well as a recording device. CDs will be available for purchase as well.   
Non musicians are welcome.   Enjoy wonderful Scandinavian music.  
Suggested Donation… $10 - $15

Students….   $5  Contact Person:   George Yount, 360-385-0456

April 16th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance: Tinker Cavallaro Calling to  music of Au Contraire

 Need fiddles for the dance?  Au contraire. Dance to traditional Contra Dance tunes which have been morphed into a swing spirit with dance-able improvisations. Au Contraire members include master uke picker Dick Hinshaw; Steven Urbanc on bass; "Chicago Bob Longmire on harmonica and guitar: and George Yount on harmonica and ukulele. Tinker Cavallaro calls dances to fit your dancing skills.  Bring a partner or find one at the hall.  There will be plenty of partners to go around.
6:30 to 7:25 come for music jamming or listening. Dancing will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, free for those 16 and under.  

Quebecois Workshop and Concert: 
Yet Another Great Music Experience at Quimper Grange!

The Quebecois music workshop with Lisa Orenstein, Andre Marchand and Normand Miron was well attended. attendees learned a medley of three Quebecois tunes.

Our February "house concert" featured Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville. The band, consisting of Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene. Between the three of them they have been on the roster of virtually every ground-breaking band over the past 30 years. Their performance was a fine listening experience for all.

 Scenes From This Year's Plant and Seed Exchange 

The 5th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange was held on the first day of spring this year and the weather was perfect, not hot enough to wilt plants and not shivery cold. This free event draws more participants each year.  Some people cannot quite imagine that the plants, seeds, tubers and even trees are not for sale, they are free. That is the beauty of this event. A great community sharing. This year the organizers, Ashley Kehl and Jennimae Hilliard enticed their friends to come play music in the Grange hall while people perused the seeds and sipped tea.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

March 2016: Old Time Jam; Game Night; Quebecois Workshop and Concert, Square Dance; Contra Dance; Plant and Seed Exchange

March 2nd (Wed) 7:00-9  Old Time Music Jam 

This month we’ll be playing West Virginia tunes with Jim Ketterman and Pam Johnston. They are coming all the way from Eatonville to lead this month’s jam. Lucky us!  The  tune Jim will be teaching at the beginning of the evening is Brushy Run. We will be playing in the keys of G and A and all tunes will be in standard tuning on fiddle. Donations to cover costs of hosting the jam are greatly appreciated!

A word about the Old Time jam: 
The purpose of our monthly Old Time Jam is to further Quimper Grange’s mission of “fostering community connection” by
pursuing the goal of “creating a vibrant live music and dance community”.
This is an opportunity to learn new tunes and practice learning to play Old Time string band music by ear in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  All levels of experience are welcome and to make it easier for less experienced players to participate
tunes are chosen by the jam leader. You won't be put on the spot to start a tune or need to know the key you are playing in however you do need to come with an instrument!

March 7th (Mon) 7:00-8:30 
Community Game Night

A brand new family friendly event is taking place on March 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Quimper Grange, Community Game Night. All ages are welcome. Participants are welcome to bring their own games and a variety of small and large group board games and card games will be provided. A suggested donation of $3-$5 per person will be collected at the door. Child care is available. 
For more information contact Barbara Hansen at 360-774-1794

March 8th (Tues) French Canadian Music at Quimper Grange! Workshop 3:30-5 Concert 7:30

CONCERTOn Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm, Quimper Grange will present another in its series of traditional music house concerts.  This concert will feature music from Quebec with the band Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville (The Buzz Around Town).  Quebecois music is lively, joyous and emotionally charged and the members of Le Bruit are all legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene.

Band members are, Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Andre Marchand (guitar/vocals), and Normand Miron (accordion/vocals). Lisa and Andre first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic traditional music super group which kickstarted Quebec’s folk music revival. Normand is a marvelous singer and accordionist who grew up surrounded by family musicians in Lanaudière, the epicenter of Quebec’s folk scene. As a trio, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville’s music is deeply-rooted, innovative, nuanced, and spontaneous. André’s meticulous accompaniment and gorgeous vocals complement Normand’s pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals and irrepressible spirit, while Lisa’s fiddle combines soaring harmonies with fiery tunes learned over years of kitchen visits with old masters.
No advance ticket sales. Admission at the door for the evening concert is $15-$25 (sliding scale). 

Workshop:The members of Le Bruit have been on staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes here in Port Townsend numerous times and are skilled teachers as well as performers.  Along with their concert, they will be hosting a band-lab style Quebecois music workshop.  They’’ll teach 2 or 3 tunes and leave some time for jamming and friendly conversation. The workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange hall 3:30 - 5:00 on the afternoon before their  evening concert.  The workshop is open to all acoustic instruments (fiddle, guitar, accordion, concertina, flute, mandolin, banjo, clarinet, etc.).   No reservations necessary, just show up.       Admission to the workshop is $15.

The concert and workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange Hall.  For more information go to  Any questions ? call 360-344-2635

March 12th (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance

Caller T Claw
 The effervescent T Claw is calling the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social this month.  Tunes provided by local players
West Fork of the Greywolf
Greywolf (Westfork).  Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. 8:00. $6. 16 and under free. Come at 7 to jam with the band. Please bring a personal water bottle. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005. 

March 19th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance
Third Saturday contra dancers are looking forward this month to the sound of a
South Fork of the Greywolf
new combination of experienced local players who call themselves Greywolf (South Fork). Len Feldman, concertina; Esther Whitmore, fiddle; Katya Kirsch, banjo;and Phil Andrus, guitar, will be playing on March 19 with Nan Evans calling and teaching all dances.  We will start at 7:30 and expect adults to pay $6 for this treat – all 16 and younger are free.

March 20th (Sun) 10am-3pm 
5th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange
Join us for the 5th Annual Plant & Seed Exchange at the Quimper Grange,  hosted by Ashley Kehl & Jennimae Hilliard with the help of their friends and family! The event is happening Sunday, March 20th from 10a.m. through 3p.m. rain or shine.

Bring along your extra seeds, plant starts, bulbs, plant divisions and any other plants that need a new place to thrive, whether they be edible or ornamental. Spend some time looking at the plants and seeds others have brought and take home something new! The event is free, but donations to help cover the costs are greatly appreciated and gladly accepted!!

Refreshments will be provided. There will be a couple of demonstrations this year, so check out Ashley and Jennimae's Facebook event page, Port Townsend Plant & Seed Exchange, for details as they come! Bring your friends and neighbors, the more the merrier.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

February 2016 Old Time Jam, with Len Feldman, Square Dance with Alex Macleod, Contradance with Joe Micheals, Devil'sClub Darlings, Unamplified Music, Grange Leadership Conference

Feb 3rd, 7:00 Old Time Jam Hosted by Len Feldman

Concertina player Len Feldman will lead this month’s Old Time jam.  A recent arrival in Port Townsend from Haines Alaska, Len's repertoire includes often-played tunes as well as a smattering of unusual and interesting tunes rarely heard in these parts.  The tune he will teach at the beginning of the jam is an A modal tune, Clinch Mountain Backstep.  We will be playing in A in a couple of tunings. All abilities are welcome.
We request a $1-2 donation to help pay for heat.

February 13th, Valentine's Square Dance  
Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
Alex Macleod with Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals are hosting this month's Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social. Alex MacLeod hails from the Seattle area. Wild Phil will be riding all the way from Chimacum Valley to play the dance. Bring your sweetheart, or come by yourself. Who knows what could happen at a dance on the day before Valentine's Day! Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dance starts at 8:00.  Come at 7 to jam with the band. Admission $6, 16 and under free. Please bring a personal water bottle. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005

Feb 20th, 7:30-10:30 Contra Dance 
with Joe Micheals calling

Devil's Club Darlings
Come and join the dance  Saturday,
Joe Micheals

February 20.  Joe Micheals calls the dance to the tunes of the Devils Club Darlins. We start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 18 to 3 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.

Quimper Grange...unamplified music sounds great! 
Danish music resounded at Quimper Grange at the first "House Concert" of 2016

Kristain Bugge of the trio Lydom, Bugge &Høirup wrote: "We're all looking forward to the next US trips together, this has been a really great one! And PT was absolutely one of the highlights! Thank you so much for that!!!

The next "House Concert" will be Mar 8th featuring Quebecois music. There will also be a Qubecois band workshop. Details on our calendar. ( tab at top of page)

"Charting Our Voyage" at the Washington State Grange Leadership Conference

This year's Leadership Conference was held at Sequim Prairie Grange with the theme " Charting our Voyage". Every year the Washington State Grange provides an opportunity for officers and committee chairs of local Granges to learn about programs and contests for the coming year as well as to ask questions concerning Grange issues.

Area deputy, Joy Barrett; Marla Streator, Quimper Grange president; and Washington State Grange Master Tom Gwin.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Old Time Jam, Becky Evasick; Square Dance: Tim Jenkins Calling, Contra Dance: Jo Yount and Tinker Cavallaro Calling, Danish Trio, Lydom, Bugge and Høirup, Lost and Found

Jan 6th (Wed) 7:00
Becky Evasick Leads Old Time Jam
Quimper Grange is kicking off the New Year with an Old Time jam lead by local fiddler Becky Evasick, accompanied by Carol Hardy. If you are a regular at square or contra dances at our hall you have doubtlessly swung your partner and promenaded to Becky’s lively fiddling. Becky will start out by teaching a three part Cumberland Gap in G. Tunes for the jam will be both in G and AEAE tuning. This will be a good opportunity for those who only play in standard tuning on fiddle (GDAE) to try something new. All abilities are welcome. We are requesting $1-2 donation to help pay for heat.

January 9th (Sat)  Square Dance with Tim Jenkins and the Rose Street Ramblers

Caller Tim Jenkins
The Rose Street Ramblers
January heat?  Yep, at Quimper Grange! On January 9th the illustrious Tim Jenkins will be calling to the string band music of the Rose Street Ramblers.
 Tim Jenkins hails from Gays Mills, Wisconsin and has called dances from New York City to Seattle, Wa.  The Rose Street Ramblers live right here in Jefferson County!  Rustle up some dancing accomplices and come on down to the Grange tonight.  Or just show up on your own! Partners are not necessary, all dances taught and all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dancing starts at 8:00.   Come at 7 to jam with the band. $6 for adults and 16 and under free.
For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.

January 16th (Sat) 7:30-10:30 Contra Dance 
PT Cruisers will provide music and there will be two callers: Jo Yount and Tinker Cavallaro. Sounds like fun! $6 for adults and 16 and under free.
January 22nd (Friday) 7:00 
Danish Trio: Lydom, Bugge and Høirup at Quimper Grange!

All the way from Denmark traditional music trio Lydom, Bugge and Høirup will be performing music from their homeland on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 7 p.m. Hailing from Copenhagen, the " Danish Grammy " nominees promise an unforgettable live experience, spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road. With Sonnich Lydom on accordion and harmonica, Kristian Bugge as fiddler and Morten Alfred Høirup on guitars and vocals, you are guaranteed an entertaining and varied journey through the traditions of Danish folk music.
This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs that originated in every corner of their Scandinavian home country, from wild polkas to jigs to waltzes to reels, you will be energized by their strength as players and engaged by their passionate presentation of the music.
Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona Street in Port Townsend. Admission is a suggested donation of $10-$15 at the door.
Learn more about the musicians:

Lost and Found - Claim Your Stuff ! 

Once a year we clear out the lost and found bin to make way for the new year's odd assortment of left behind items. If anything in these photos belongs to you you'll have the month of January to pick up your stuff. Unclaimed items will be tossed or given to charity. Come and get it!