Thursday, December 1, 2022

December 2022 Jam, dances, wrap-up

December Greetings from Quimper Grange



With our Merv-13 filtration system, we feel confident having our events.
Please stay home if you are not feeling well or may have been exposed!

December 14th 7pm    Old Time Jam
This month is an open jam. Please bring some tune ideas! $5, proof of vaccination +/or test before you come, masks optional.

Folkdancing
2nd Friday 7pm Balkan Dance Party $5
4th Friday 7pm Balfolk International Dance with local band. $5+
- for both, some instruction included, proof of vaccination and/or test beforehand required.

Comedy Night coming soon!
Mary Beth Haralovich is putting together an evening presenting Stand Up Women - women in comedy. Please send links to your favorite comediennes to quimpergrange@gmail.com and put comedy in the subject line

2022 Year End Wrap-up

Dear Quimper Grange Friends,

What a whirlwind of a year this has been! Keeping the Grange Hall open during a pandemic has had its set of challenges along with the rewards of serving our community. Our Merv-13 air filtration system, installed last year, helped us to determine the safe opening of the space for renters early in 2022. And, the Boeing Bluebills came and replaced a rotting ramp for easier disabled access.

KPTZ ran an interview about us on October 21. You can go hear it at https://kptz.org/2022/10/22/community-tides-10-21-22/

As most of you know, our Grange focuses on the needs of our community. In addition to supporting agriculture by way of the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden located behind the hall, we have also supported community events such as sponsoring concerts, lectures, dances, and music jams. Here is a rundown of the events that you helped us sponsor this year:

• March – Keltoi: Scottish & Irish dance concert.
• April – Monthly Balkan Dance Party resumed; new flooring installed; Gerry O’Connor & Richard Mandel concert; Co-Housing lecture.
• May – Michael Palzewiscz Trio concert.
• June – True Life Trio concert.
• July – New ramp & porch upgrade.
• August – Growing Groceries: Winter Gardening lecture.
• September – John O’Connor poetry and music; Grange Open House & Ice Cream Social.
• October – Fireworks in Film & TV Storytelling series
• November – Monthly Old Time Jam resumed; Elizabeth LaPrelle & Brian Dolphin concert; Monthly Balfolk dance resumes.
• And, more fun in 2023: see our quimpergrange.com tab Grange Events List to see upcoming events!

We are grateful to each of you for helping us provide these, and future offerings. They help us keep our selves and our community healthy and vibrant. We look forward to your continued membership to keep us going, and keep us growing! Our monthly meetings are happening now in person, the 3rd Sunday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall. Please come to a meeting or two if you are able and help us plan the future.

Grange Membership
Interested in becoming a member? Our doors open at 6:30pm prior to our meetings, the third Sunday of the month, at 7:00pm at the Quimper Grange hall. Meet some active members and learn about activities and concerts and new projects we’re considering.
You can download and print our brochure from our membership tab on our website and mail to 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Curious about the hall or grounds? Contact Doug at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time to be shown around.

Building Rentals
Rent our Grange Hall for your event or meeting. We have an efficient air filtration system and a beautiful interior. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326.

Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange or the Garden. Winter maintenance will include weeding, and mulching, turning compost, tool repair, and other maintenance. If you can share any time, please contact barbaratusting97@gmail.com.

As donations continue to arrive, improvements to the hall can continue. You can see the improvements just in the last few months thanks to donors (and members) like you. Your donations help keep the Grange hall accessible to the community. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.



Saturday, October 29, 2022

November 2022 lecture, workshop, concert, jam, dances

November Greetings from Quimper Grange

With our Merv-13 filtration system, we feel confident having our events.
Please stay home if you are not feeling well or may have been exposed!

Fireworks in Film & TV Storytelling
November 3rd 7pm - Romance & Comedy
Let’s Make Fireworks … or Not - attraction, rejection, love
To Catch a Thief, The Simpsons, Sleepless in Seattle and more
Don’t Try This at Home - slapstick comedy - once fireworks starts, it doesn' t stop, with Jackie Chan, Jacques Tati, South Park and more

suggested donation $5 helps support the Grange.
Proof of current vaccination required

Mary Beth Haralovich is Professor Emerita, University of Arizona in Tucson where she taught film and television history in the UA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. She was a longtime member of a professional woman-operated fireworks crew in Northern Wisconsin. Mary Beth is a member of Quimper Grange, Secretary of Food Bank Growers, and happy volunteer at Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden.

November 9th 7pm Old Time Jam
Steve Nordine
will be teaching and leading tunes. $5, proof of vaccination, masks optional.



Elizabeth LaPrelle and Brian Dolphin
November 18th 1-3pm Singing Workshop $20
Elizabeth and Brian will teach some of their favorite American traditional and original lullabies that they have arranged for 2 and 3 part harmony.

November 18th 7pm Concert $20
Elizabeth LaPrelle and Brian Dolphin are a married duo who share a love of bright vocal harmonies, eerie traditional songs, and heartfelt originals. Elizabeth is a world-renowned ballad singer and scholar from rural Virginia and Brian is a songwriter, producer, and ethnomusicologist who has studied folk music all over the world.
There will be many stringed instruments and decades of experience at their backs. A concert with them is like being a guest at their kitchen table, so very welcoming that you will be invited to sing.

Folkdancing
2nd Friday 7pm Balkan Dance Party $5
4th Friday 7pm Balfolk International Dance with live local band. $5+
for both, some instruction included, vaccination and/or test beforehand required.

November News from the Quimper Grange
Is the rain here yet? Shorter days are here for sure. Standard time returns Nov 6. Despite seasonal darkness our Grange continues to encourage growing food and growing community. Events and activities occur. Last month’s presentation of part 1 “Fireworks in Film and Storytelling” was well received by all attendees. Part 2 has been moved to Thursday, Nov 3. See you there!

Grange Membership
Interested in becoming a member? Our doors open at 6:30pm prior to our meetings, the third Sunday of the month, at 7:00pm at the Quimper Grange hall. Meet some active members and learn about activities and concerts and new projects we’re considering.
You can download and print our brochure from our membership tab on our website and mail to 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Curious about the hall or grounds? Contact Doug at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time to be shown around.

Building Rentals
Rent our Grange Hall for your event or meeting. We have an efficient air filtration system and a beautiful interior. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326.

Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange or the Garden. Winter maintenance will include weeding, and mulching, turning compost, tool repair, and other maintenance. If you can share any time, please contact barbaratusting97@gmail.com.

As donations continue to arrive, improvements to the hall can continue. You can see the improvements just in the last few months thanks to donors (and members) like you. Your donations help keep the Grange hall accessible to the community. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.


Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022

October Greetings from Quimper Grange
With our Merv-13 filtration system, we feel confident having our events.
Please stay home if you are not feeling well or may have been exposed!

UPDATE - Leaders have cancelled
This will be an open jam, donations at the door for the hall.

Old Time Jams are back! Second Wednesdays, 7-9pm.
October 12th will be lead by Becky Evasick and Dave Lewicki teaching/playing tunes in Calico tuning (AEAC#). $5, proof of vaccination, masks optional.



Folkdancing
We are continuing to have our 2nd Friday Balkan Dance Party and our 4th Friday Balfolk International Dance with live band.
Starts 7pm, $5. Some instruction, sometimes 2nd Friday with live music and a $20 cover charge! Proof of current vaccination required.

Special Events
Fireworks in Film & TV Storytelling
Fireworks are used in storytelling in many ways. They signify the spark of romance and attraction. They are slapstick comedy when pyrotechnics run amok. Fireworks underscore patriotism and community. In experimental and avant-garde works, fireworks are playful. These two programs use clips from films and tv shows to explore the cultural presence and diverse meanings of fireworks.

suggested donation $5 helps support the Grange.
Proof of current vaccination required

7-8:30pm October 20 - Painting in the Sky with Light
fireworks as art; fireworks and community
optical poetry, animation and Upturned Faces, Titanic, LOTR, Harry Potter, zombies and more

DATE CHANGE 7-8:30pm November 3rd- Romance & Comedy
Let’s Make Fireworks … or Not - attraction, rejection, love
To Catch a Thief, The Simpsons, Sleepless in Seattle and more
Don’t Try This at Home - slapstick comedy - once fireworks starts, it doesn' t stop, with Jackie Chan, Jacques Tati, South Park and more

Mary Beth Haralovich is Professor Emerita, University of Arizona in Tucson where she taught film and television history in the UA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. She was a longtime member of a professional woman-operated fireworks crew in Northern Wisconsin. Mary Beth is a member of Quimper Grange, Secretary of Food Bank Growers, and happy volunteer at Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden.

October News from the Quimper Grange
Fall has arrived in our area, but no rain yet. We’re sure looking forward to rain someday soon to perk up the grounds and assist new plantings in the garden. September’s Open House was a great event. People came and listened to the music jam, asked about the Grange and about hall rentals, and toured the food bank garden with their ice cream cones. We gained new members and volunteers in this rousing success. We vowed to hold another ice cream social soon, if Covid numbers keep dropping.

Grange Membership
Interested in becoming a member? Our doors open at 6:30 prior to our meetings, the third Sunday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. at the Quimper Grange hall. Meet some active members and learn about activities and concerts and new projects we’re considering. Or, download and print our brochure
-https://drive.google.com/file/d/155Xl30sc3Z6zZMmar8Hx79s4ONtF54Xw/view
and mail to 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Curious about the hall or grounds? Contact Doug at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time to be shown around.

Food Bank Garden Notes
The largest Grange Garden haul ever, nearly 110 pounds of organically grown produce, was harvested last week for the local Food Bank. Now that the beans are done, and the tomatoes and cukes are on their way out, everything will temporarily slow down. But not for long! Spinach, Tatsoi, Turnip, Scallion, and Pak Choi starts are all being planted both inside and outside the hoop houses for fall & winter harvests. We are also proud to announce a new partnership with the Recovery Café as one of the recipients of the produce. They prepare three beautiful meals per week for the clients and volunteers at the Café, located at 939 Kearney St.

Building Rentals
Rent our Grange Hall for your event or meeting. We have an efficient air filtration system and a beautiful interior. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326

. Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange or the Garden. Winter maintenance will include weeding, and mulching, turning compost, and tool repair & other maintenance. If you can spare any time, please contact barbaratusting97@gmail.com.

As donations continue to arrive, improvements to the hall can continue. You can see vast improvements just in the last two months, thanks to donors (and members) like you. Your donations help keep the Grange hall accessible to the community. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

September 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

Balkan Dance Party on September 9th will have Birgit and Philip Ages, with special guest Joe Finn, playing for our dancing pleasure! 7 - 9pm.  $5 or more, proof of vaccination.




Friday September 16th 7:30pm
John O'Connor - An Evening of Song, Poetry, Protest and Hope


Critically acclaimed songwriter and award-winning poet, John O’Connor will bring his songs, poems and stories of struggle, hope, hitchhiking, and love to Port Townsend. Admission at the door is a suggested $15 (no one turned away for inability to pay). Proof of vaccination must be presented for entry. Masks please.
John was a mainstay of the Seattle music and political scene in the heady days of the 1980s, when his debut album release brought him to national attention. He, and often the singing quartet he was associated with, Shays Rebellion, were regularly heard performing throughout Puget Sound for a wide range of causes, from labor to anti-apartheid, and in solidarity with revolutions in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Join former Northwind Poetry Reading Series Coordinators Sheila Bender, Sharon Carter, Gayle Kaune and Linda Robertson will read selections from their books of poetry in resonance with the evening’s theme, at the top of the second set. Books and CDs will be available during intermission and after the show.

Folkdancing
We are continuing to have our 2nd and 4th Friday Balkan Dance Party. Starts 7pm, $5. Some instruction, sometimes some live music! Proof of current vaccination required.

Work Party!
For a semi-annual grounds beautification this year we have weeding & deadheading, mulching, new planting, and mowing. There are also finishing touches to the porch and stairs that the Boeing Blue Bills installed last month. This will take all of us pitching in to make it look its best. There’s something to do for everyone. Wednesday, Sept 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Grange. No need to RSVP, just show up with your favorite garden gloves and tools. Treats provided.

OPEN HOUSE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL
On Sat, September 24th, Quimper Grange will be hosting an Open House for the community at 1:00-4:00 pm. We will have a variety of music outdoors, will be showing off our new floor, and opening the garden for a show-and-tell. An Ice Cream Social will top off the day’s celebration. Come for a quick tour, or stay for the music, treats, and surroundings. All are welcome.

Food Bank Garden Notes
The end of the August presented with a wonderful opportunity to team up with WSU Growing Groceries team for an engaging panel discussion on winter gardening tips. The garden was presented in a tour at the end, with attendees duly impressed with this lovely and productive setting.

Bean season is upon us. Did you know that beans shouldn’t be picked when the vines are wet? That can introduce “bean bacterial blight” which damages the plant and will affect the rest of the season’s crops.

Crops that can still be planted from seed in September – corn salad (tasty, small leaves), cilantro, arugula, and winter lettuce. These are all winter-hardy food crops. And start looking for your favorite garlic to plant! Check out seed catalogs, or go to the Co-op or Chimacum Farm Stand and for a local varietal. Plant your garlic in October for a late spring/early summer harvest.

Catch those weeds before they spread seed. Mulch your existing plants well to dampen weed seed growth, retain water now and protect from the cold later. There’s still plenty to do in the gardens…

Sequim Grange Visit
Dave McDaniels and Cherri Cerutti from the Sequim Prairie Grange visited Quimper Grange to present the $988 check from July’s regional Grange dessert auction proceeds. Quimper members Doug, Jo, Barbara, Barney, Joanne, Mary Beth and JJ met with the two and discussed the Quimper and Fairview Granges co-hosting next year’s auction at the Sequim location. Dave, the Sequim Prairie Grange President, offered to continue as the auctioneer and to facilitate communication with Fairview. What generous neighbors!

Building Rentals
Rent our Grange Hall for your event or meeting. We have an efficient air filtration system and a beautiful interior. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326.

Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange or the Garden. There's a year-round supply of outdoor maintenance needed with mowing, weeding, and mulching. Contact Barbara at barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare an hour.

Our Grange
We are grateful for donations of any amount to help with the cost of repairs and maintenance to the Grange hall, keeping it accessible to the community. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.
Curious about the hall or grounds? Contact Doug at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time to be shown around. ut the hall or grounds? Contact Doug via email at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time to be shown around.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

August 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

We hope everyone is dealing with the heat.



The hall has received another needed facelift thanks to the volunteer labor of the Olympic Peninsula chapter of the Boeing Bluebills. Our Grange purchased the materials and they built a new, longer and shallower, ramp entry. Also, our sagging porch was leveled and has new support structures and steps. The landing has been raised by a couple of inches so that it is now even with the sill. Now entry with a wheelchair or a walker is much easier and more convenient. Thank You, Bluebills!


And appreciation to the Grange members who removed the old ramp, performed clean up, provided extra materials as needed, and stopped by to offer support to the work crew. Thanks to Phil, Doug, Barney, Dave, Deborah, Barbara, J.J., and George.


Dessert Auction
The Peninsula Granges hosted their 2nd Annual Dessert Auction on Sat, July 23 at the Sequim Grange Hall. Our Grange members contributed a variety of baked goods, from Seedy Whole Grain Bread to Chocolate Ganache! They had a great turnout, and the shared proceeds netted over $900 for the Quimper Grange alone.

Folkdancing
We are continuing to have our 2nd and 4th Friday Balkan Dance Party. Starts 7pm, $5. Some instruction, sometimes some live music! Proof of current vaccination required.

Rentals
Consider renting our Grange hall for your event or meeting. We have a great ventilation and air filtration system. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326.

Food Bank Garden
August 12 is "spinach day". Sow those seeds directly into the ground and keep well-watered during the heat. For other fall-appropriate plants, visit the Food Bank Grower’s Grow-A-Row fundraiser Aug 20, 10 – 2, 206 Hancock St in PT. There are plenty of winter vegetable crops (kale, onions, sprouting broccoli, winter cabbag-es, etc.) for sale, along with ornamental plants. We want to encourage our community to consider 'growing a row' for our food banks this winter, avoiding the produce shortage that we saw last winter.

Volunteering
Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange or the Garden. There's a year-round supply of outdoor maintenance needed with mowing, weeding and mulching. Goodies are provided for work parties! Contact Barbara at barbaratusting97@gmail.com if you can spare time.

We are grateful for donations of any amount to help with the cost of repairs and maintenance to the Grange hall, keeping it accessible to the community. If you are able, please send a check to “Quimper Grange #720”, 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368. Curious about the hall or grounds? Contact Doug via email at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time to be shown around.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

July 2022

 

Greetings from the Quimper Grange.

We hope everyone is doing well. The hall has hosted a number of events and meetings this past month, with attendees acting responsibly around masking and ventilation, and our rental process running smoothly.

The Balkan Dance Party is planned for July 8 and July 22 this month at 7 pm. Only $5. Proof of vaccination, and masks depending on case count and Jefferson County Health recommendations.

Dessert Auction!
The Peninsula Granges are hosting their 2nd Annual Dessert Auction on Sat, July 23 at the Sequim Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Rd, Sequim, WA 98382. Donating a pie or a plate of cookies is a great way to support your local Quimper Grange – this event generously splits the proceeds between all the participating Granges. We need to provide at least 15 items. Last year we were given over $600! For details on contributing a dessert, contact Sheila Long at quimpergrange@gmail.com

Consider renting the Grange for your event or meeting. We have a great ventilation and air filtration system. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326.

Food Bank Garden
Irrigation has been installed all around the Garden, donated by Jean Ball. For your landscaping projects, you can contact her at 360.301.4415, and please tell her thanks for all her hard work for us.

The Garden needs extra help during with harvesting in July and Aug. If you can donate an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated.We have seated jobs as well as bendy-over ones, no experience necessary. We have a lot of fun, and will train.

July 1 is "carrot day". Time to sow those seeds into the ground or large pots! Raised pots are handy to grow in – if the lip is around 2 feet high, it will deter the carrot rust fly. Otherwise, you’ll want to cover your carrot crop with Remay or other cover cloth. Stagger planting if you can ;every couple of weeks, ;and harvest carrots well into the fall.

Food Bank Growers has started plans for our Grow-A-Row fundraiser in Aug. If you have anything you can start or divide for the sale, contact Barbara at barbaratusting97@gmail.com.

Winter vegetable crops (kale, onions, sprouting broccoli, winter cabbages, etc) are being spotlighted with this sale, but ornamental plants are also welcome. We want to use this as an educational opportunity for our community to consider 'growing a row' for our food banks this winter, avoiding the deficit of produce we had last season.

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 grateful for donations of any amount to help with the cost of repairs and maintenance to the grange hall, keeping it accessible to the community. 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 beautiful new flooring? Contact Doug via email at quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange a time.

Keep checking quimpergrange.com “Events Calendar” tab for (hopefully) soon, music jams and other dancing.

Happy 4th of July, and stay safe out there!

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