Thursday, April 18, 2019

May 2019 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Local Spotlight, Contra Dance, Biochar Program, Traditional Jam



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May 1, 7:00 First Wednesday Old Time Jam
Led by Steve Nelson, accompanied by Chris Cooper and Dave Thielk

Steve Nelson has been playing music in assisted living facilities for many years recently and has retired to Port Townsend. During his work life he developed a vast repertoire of old songs that he accompanied on guitar. In retirement he is returning to fiddling
He will start by playing in the key of D, teaching a Luther Davis tune, “Lily of the Valley” in the first hour, then switch to G tunes after the break then end with a couple of tunes in C.
Members of the Old Time community volunteer their time to lead the jams. They are not paid nor is the organizer, Marla Streator. All we ask is for a small donation to cover costs of using the hall. Snacks to share are appreciated. 
Doors open at 6:45
organized by Marla Streator

May 11, 8:00 Square Dance to the Canote Brothers, Greg and Jere! Susan Michaels Calling
details will be posted soon

May 12, 6:00 Local Spotlight Social and Dessert Competition - Matt Sircely - Multi-Instrumentalist and Songwriter

May 17, 7:00 Concert and Potluck Rigel Thurston - Bluesy Piano and Soulful Vocals  PTHS class of 1999

May 18, 7:30-11 Contra Dance
Sweater Weather String Band
Adam Amr, percussion, Richard Vinh,  banjo, Will Jevne, guitar, Joey Gish, fiddle and Collin McAvinchey on mandolin  playing mostly old-time but other stuff too.  Juanita Ramsey-Jevne calling.  The band and caller are all from around the Salish Sea and they love knitwear.

Free lesson 7:30 to 8:00
Admission $6   
16 and under get in free

1219 Corona 
Port Townsend, WA


Questions call Tinker @ (360) 379 2882



May 20, 7:00 Biochar Production and Use: 
Farm, Garden, Environmental Cleanup
with Francesco Tortorici

Francesco at Plant and Seed Exchange March 2019
 The potential of biochar to heal the earth has led Francesco Tortorici to
promote its uses and benefits to farmers, orchardists and students as soil amendment, as well as for the purpose environmental cleanup. With his wife Joan, he created Olympic Biochar, a business that produces locally made biochar. Most recently Francesco’s focus has been on regenerating soils using biochar to produce nutrient dense food.
An engineer and long time appropriate technology advocate, Francesco was the co-founder of the Norwegian Center for Appropriate Technology in the 70’s.  His interest in those technologies led him to attend the ETHOS
Biochar Stove Building Fundraiser  at Quimper Grange May 2013
(Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities Services) conference in 2011. Through that experience he worked with several NGOs that promote clean cook stoves, which also produce biochar. When Francesco first became interested in the topic of biochar in 2007 there were only 150 scientific papers written on the topic. Now there are about 18,000.
Seven years ago Francesco gave a talk about micro-gasifier stoves and biochar at Quimper Grange, the very first he had given on the subject. At his presentation he met and later collaborated with Sequim mushroom farmer, Lowell Deitz, to develop a commercial gasifier stove to pasteurize straw and make biochar. Since then Francesco has explored other aspects of biochar including collaborating with the Port of Port Townsend to design and build filters to remove heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
There will be opportunities for Q and A and a social half hour following program.
Suggested donation for this program is $5-10. Donations help maintain and make improvements to the Quimper Grange hall.
Doors open at 6:30
organized by Marla Streator


May 26th  1pm-3:30 Traditional Music Jam
The Traditional Music Jam will be held on the last Sunday of every month except June. Format:
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long


May 30, 7:00 Concert Orville Johnson  - Blues Master
details will be posted later

Friday, March 22, 2019

April 2019 Quimper Grange News: Canote Brothers Old Time Music Workshop and Old Time Jam; Larry Hanks Deborah Robbins and Steven Strauss Concert; Square Dance; Simon Lynge, "Local Spotlight"; True Life Trio Concert; Contra Dance; Trad Jam

April  3rd (Wed)  The Canote Brothers Two Old Time Events! 
Afternoon Workshop and Evening Old Time Jam!



Old Time Workshop 1:00-3:00 (Fiddle, Guitar and Uke)

T
he Canote twins know their stuff inside out and are known for their affable and friendly approach. They have been on staff at many music festivals across the country; performed as regulars on Sandy Bradley’s Potluck and been guests on Prairie Home Companion; they have taught at Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Festival and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop; and have been teaching a stringband class in Seattle for close to 40 years. More about them can be found at http://canote.com/


Learn some new tunes AND technique
Fiddle: Easy tips and tricks for making friends with your bow
Guitar: How to back up fiddle tunes, make good chord choices and play bass runs
Uke: New strums for playing Old Time tunes

Suggested donation for workshop: $20   Doors open at 12:45         questions?      Call Marla 360-385-6924
publicity Marla Streator

April 3rd (first Wednesday) Old Time Jam  7:00-9:00
with Greg and Jere Canote

The first Wednesday jam is led. The leader chooses and starts all of the
tunes. This month we will be playing in the keys of G and D in standard tuning on fiddles. As is our custom the first tune will be broken down for easy learning, this month Greg and Jere have chosen that tune to be Paddy on the Turnpike from Sara Armstrong. 
Doors open at 6:45  Cookies or other snacks are appreciated.
As of this month we are changing our suggested donation from $1-2 to  $2-3 to pay for use of the hall. 
organized by Marla Streator

April 4th (Thurs) 7:00 
Larry Hanks, Deborah Robbins, Steven Strauss “House Concert"                  Traditional American Songs



Larry Hanks is considered a "National Treasure", having performed to folk music audiences for over 50 years.  Larry and Deborah are acoustic performers of traditional American songs, singing and playing guitar and 6-string banjo.

Larry Hanks, is known as a "folksingers' folksinger", who has been delighting audiences for over 50 years with his deep bass voice, sparse acoustic guitar accompaniments, and acclaimed Jew's Harp playing.  Hanks is probably best known for his classic "folk" song, "Apple Picker's Reel".

Larry can be heard on recordings of David Grisman, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Mike Seeger, The New Lost City Ramblers, and many others; and has performed with Utah Phillips, Gordon Bok, Fred Holstein, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Elizabeth Cotten, Malvina Reynolds, Geoff Muldaur, and on and on...>

Doors open at 6:30         Suggested donation $15–$20
Publicity Shiela Long and Farren
April 13th (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance


Caller Tony Mates is multi talented!
The infamous Tony Mates of Seattle will be calling squares at Quimper Grange on Saturday, April 13 at 8PM. Tony Mates has called dances for decades, and in places far and near. A Seattle favorite and founding member of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society, Tony has called many dances at our Quimper Grange hall over the past 10 years, as well as Fiddle Tunes, Dare to be Square Events, and many others.

Knocking out tunes will be Atlas Stringband, also from Seattle. Atlas has been playing together since the 2006 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA where they jammed together for hours and days on end, wallowing in the energy and spirit of the music. Their rollicking dance tunes and hard driving rhythms come from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the golden era of Old-Time music. The current lineup includes David Parker (fiddle), Morgan John (banjo), Robert Hinrix (bass), and Tom
Collicott (guitar). If we are in luck, we may get to hear some of their vocals in between 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.

April 14th (Sunday) 6pm Local Spotlight Social
Concert and Dessert Competition!
This Second Sunday series will feature a local musician in a quiet setting, and a home-made dessert competition at the long break!

This month: Simon Lynge - Folk quitar and Song
Greenlandic-Danish singer songwriter Simon Lynge draws listeners in
with his expert ¬finger style guitar playing, stunning vocals, captivating melodies and a poetic lyricism that is at once beautiful and bold. His lyrics speak candidly, of personal challenges and an astutely observed world. His perception of the beauty of life leads listeners into a magical and joyful space, even amidst sorrows.
For the Dessert Competition:
Bring a home-made dessert with an ingredient list (allergies)
Winner will get a free pass and get to help judge at the following Local Spotlight Social event.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM. Suggested donation $10, or $5 with a home-made dessert.
Organizing and Publicity Farren 
April 18th (Thurs) 7:00 True Life Trio- from Bulgaria to the Bayou
The True Life Trio takes audiences on a borderless journey through the villages of Ukraine, the mountains of Bulgaria and Louisiana’s Cajun country, demonstrating the beauty, power and diversity of vocally driven folk music from Eastern Europe and North America. TLT honors these traditions while adding their own unique spin via innovative arrangements and folk-inspired compositions. The trio’s fiery and supple vocals bridge musical worlds and deliver them right to the listeners’ ears.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM.  Suggested donation $15 - $20.

for more information see www.truelifetrio.com
Publicity Shiela Long and Farren 


April 20, Saturday (7:30 to 11:00) Contra Dance 
with the Time Zones


Caller Woody Lane - A caller for more than 30 years, from Roseburg is also an accomplished clogger, he often accompanies the band as a foot percussionist. 


Time Zones contra band will playing the April dance. 

Time Zones is:
Rex Blazer -- fiddle. Currently lives in Florida. A great dance fiddler, used to live in Alaska, many times attended FiddleTunes.

Chris Knepper - mandolin and guitar -- Chris is one of the organizers of the San Francisco contra dance. 

Sue Songer - keyboards. Sue wrote and published "The Portland Collection" (all three volumes) which is now the universal reference for contra dance tunes. She also organizes the Portland Megaband -- an orchestra of 75 Portland musicians that play one huge dance every March and then at Folklife every other year. And she is this year's recipient of the "Lifetime Contribution Award" by CDSS (The Country Dance and Song Society).

There will be a 1/2 hour lesson at 7:30
Come early if you are a beginner or want to touch up on your contra dancing. Admission $6, 16 and under free
Questions? call tinker @ (360) 379 2882 
organized by Tinker Cavallaro 

April 28th (Last Sunday)  1pm-3:30 pm Traditional Music Jam
We are trying a new type of jam here at Quimper Grange!
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

March 2019 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, John Reischman & John Miller Concert, Square Dance, Bertram and Madeline Levy Music & Dessert Competition, Contra Dance, Steve James Concert, Plant and Seed Exchange, Traditional Jam


March 6th (1st Wednesday) 7pm  Old Time Jam 
led by Joanne Pontrello 

The First Wednesday Jam focuses on Old Time fiddle tunes and is led by a different person every month. The leader chooses and starts all of the tunes, usually playing in two keys to minimize retuning for banjo players. The jam is participatory and geared to intermediate players, but all levels of players are welcome.

This month's jam will be led by multi-instrumentalist, square dance caller and local wonder Joanne Pontrello.  She will start off by teaching an Aurthur Smith tune,
Evening Shade. We'll be playing in the keys of G and D.

Doors open at 6:45
Bring cookies or snacks for the break. A suggested donation $1 or $2 helps pay for hall use.
Organized by Marla Streator



Mar 7th (Thurs) 7pm  
John Reischman and John Miller in Concert
Latin classics and Originals

Mandolinist John Reischman and guitarist John Miller have been performing and recording together for over 25 years now.  John Reischman has been described by David Grisman as "one of the unsung heroes of the mandolin", and Duck Baker said of John Miller, "He has few peers for percussive right-hand work or beautifully voiced harmonies."  The duo's repertoire of Latin classics and originals abounds in memorable melodies and lively rhythms.  Here is an opportunity to bask in their beautiful sounds.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM.  Suggested donation $15 - $20.
For more information see www.johnmillerguitar.com  
Publicity Sheila Long and Farren


March 9th (Saturday) 8pm Square Dance

The winds of March are blowing Rats Gone to Rest up from Portland on March 9 to play for the

Caller Dave Thielk plays
for his hens
 Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social. Rats gone to rest is a high-energy square dance band including long time friends Joel Brown and Devin Forest-Hines.  Joel and Devin are musical collaborators who arrived into traditional Old time music through punk music. Rats Gone to Rest channels the lawless energy and spirit of late night fiddle festivals, and rogue square dances.  Calling that night will be Dave Thielk with a great selection of old dances, visiting squares, circles and mixers.  Dave's approach to traditional squares is erase the boundary between dancer, band and caller.  Come prepared for an evening of frivolity, rhythm and rockin'.  

Rats Gone to Rest

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.



March 10th (Sunday) 6pm Local Spotlight  Social 
Concert and Dessert Competition!
This new Second Sunday series will feature a local musician in a quiet setting, and a home-made dessert competition at the long break!


Our first local act is Bertram and Madeline Levy - International touring father-daughter old time banjo fiddle duo.
For the Dessert Competition: 
Bring a home-made dessert with an ingredient list (allergies)
Winner will get a free pass and get to help judge at the following Local Spotlight Social event.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM. Suggested donation $10, or $5 with a home-made dessert.
publicity Farren and Sheila Long

March 16th (Saturday) 7:30-10:30 Contra Dance
With the North Beach Drifters
Caller Carol Piening

The North Beach Drifters are new old friends playing driving upbeat old-time dance music. Carol Piening calling. Carol will be up from Olympia to call for us. She's been calling for 20+ years and has a fun relaxed way of teaching and calling.
1/2 free lesson at 7:30
Admission $6
16 and under free 1219 Corona, Port Townsend
? call Tinker (360) 379 2882

tunes to cheer us all into spring. Bobbi and Roland Nikles on fiddle and guitar, Katya Kirsch on banjo, and Len Feldman on English concertina.

Organized by Tinker Cavallaro



March 21st (Thursday) 7pm Steve James in Concert
Soulful Country Blues


Steve James is a blues musician, a notable songwriter, one of the best modern bottleneck slide players, a storyteller and a compendium of interesting facts. In the world of contemporary acoustic and roots music, he’s earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of solo recordings, a funny, kinetic stage presence and an unmistakable style of playing and singing.
Steve has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Austin City Limits Live”, “NPR Morning Edition” and many other syndicated broadcasts worldwide.
Doors open at 6:30pm.  Suggested donation $15-$20.
Publicity Sheila Long and Farren

March 24th (Sunday) 10:00-3:00 Plant and Seed Exchange
The 8th annual Plant and Seed Exchange will be held outdoors under canopies and in the Quimper Grange hall, 1219 Corona Street (at the north end of Sheridan). Bring your extra seeds, plant divisions, spare potted plants, trees, bare roots, bulbs, and whatever else needs a new garden to thrive in and take away the plants and seeds you’d like to grow.  Books will be on hand to help answer plant and seed questions.  Hot tea will be provided. Please bring a cash donation to help keep this event going. For more information call: Ashley Kehl at 360-821-2092 Organized by Ashley Kehl and Jennimae Hilliard -Quimper Grange assistance from Marla Streator


March 31st (Last Sunday)  1pm-3:30 pm Traditional Music Jam
We are trying a new type of jam here at Quimper Grange!
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

February 2019, Quimper Grange News: Joe Newberry Concert, Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Genticorum Concert, Contra Dance, Traditional Music Jam, Plant and Seed Exchange, Heads Up


Feb 3rd (Sunday) 3pm Joe Newberry 
Quimper Grange House Concert
Banjo - Guitar - Song

Known around the world for his exquisite clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Joe has been a long-time guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. He has also taught at many music camps and festivals including Ashokan, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Targhee Music Camp, the Swannanoa Gathering, Centrum Voice Works, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Pinewoods Camp, Vocal Week, Bluegrass Week, and Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV, the Australia National Folk Festival, the Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week, and the Bluff Country Gathering. For many years Joe was the coordinator of Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center.

The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise,” featuring guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs, won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA “Song of the Year” Award for “They Called It Music.”

Come and enjoy this wonderful musician!
Doors open at 2:30 Suggested donation $15–$25

Concertgoers are invited to stay afterward and jam with Joe
publicity Sheila Long


Feb 6, 7:00 Old Time Jam
Led by Scott Marckx accompanied by Chris Cooper


This month Scott Marckx will mostly play tunes of his mentor Carthy Sisco who passed away this past yearScott was one of Carthy's "Sisco Kids" from whence Scott learned a good chunk of his repertoir.  The first tune, the one that will be taught, is "Freda" composed by Kenny Baker but as played by Carthy Sisco is a different animal. Scott loves playing in the key of C so there will be a couple of C tunes then tunes in G and A. 
Here is a video of Scott as a teenager playing with Carthy as a "Sisco Kid":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qG_t3fwcDc
Doors open at 6:45
Cookies or snacks appreciated. Suggested donation $1 or $2 helps pay for hall use.
Organized by Marla Streator


Feb 9,  8:00 Square Dance 

Dave Thielk calling  with music by Rattlesnail!  Plan on a rockin' good dance!

Rattlesnail (Kate Lichtenstein and Morgan John) are coming across the Salish Sea along with Port Townsend's Jere Canote to play for the February 9 (8 PM) Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social.  Kate and Morgan play individually with a number of Seattle based bands, including The Barn Owls, $4 Shoe and Atlas String Band. Dave Thielk lives right here in Port Townsend, but has called dances all the way from Juneau, Alaska to Westby, Wisconsin, and some places in between. Dave calls a wonderful mixture of active squares, reels, circle sets and mixers.

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.
organized by Dave Thielk


February 10, 7:00 Genticorum in Concert!
High-energy Quebecois fiddle, flute, foot percussion and song

Genticorum: Pascal Gemme, Nicholas Williams, Yann Falquette                     photo credit: Louise Bichan
Over the past 18 years the traditional Quebec group  has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future.

Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than 1,000 concerts in more than 15 countries including locally at Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Festival.

Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, this energetic traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser. Suggested Donation $15-25 Doors open at 6:30

For more about Genticorum: wwwgenticorum.com
publicity, Marla Streator

Feb 16 (Sat) 7:30 to 10:30 Contra Dance


Kristin and Otto
Dance to musicians Kristin Smith (fiddle),  Otto Smith (concertina),  Lori Bernstein (bass), and friends!
 Marlin Prowell calling


Veteran caller Marlin Prowell from Bellingham will call the dance.

Come early for the 1/2 hour free lesson at 7:30
Admission $6
16 and under free
1219 Corona
Port Townsend, Wa
questions? call Tinker (360) 379 2882
There is a new Facebook page called "Port Townsend Contra" created by Michael Everitt. check it out and "like" it.




Feb 24th (Sunday) 1pm-3:30 pm Traditional Music Jam
We are trying a new type of jam here at Quimper Grange!
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long

8th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange coming March 24th!
Heads Up!  Now is the time to start preparing for the 8th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange which will be held on March 24th this year. If you are starting to plant seeds plant a little extra, or keep an eye out for volunteer plants that you might like to pop into containers to share. What plants you can divide? How about bulbs or tubers? Although gardening books will be available to find out more about the many plants, trees and seeds labels help a lot.

Details about the plant and seed exchange will be in the March Quimper Grange News.
Organized by Ashley Kehl and Jennimae Hilliard

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

January 2019, Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Contra Dance, "Medicine Line" Metis Fiddle , Frankie Gavin Irish Fiddle, President's Farewell Message


Jan 2nd (Wed) 7:00 - Old Time Jam
Led by Bobbi Nikles accompanied by Bertram Levy

Start the new year with music! If you have not participated in the

Quimper Grange Old Time Jam before it is geared toward intermediate players but players of any skill level are welcome. The jam is structured, meaning the jam leader chooses all the tunes, the focus is on Old Time string band music. Usually there are fiddles, banjos, guitars, concertinas and an occasional mandolin or ukelele. Come join us!

This month’s jam will be led by Bobbi Nikles who will be accompanied by Bertram Levy on banjo. Bobbi will start us off teaching Henry Reed’s, The Route (A modal tuning on banjo’s). the rest of the tunes we’ll play are in the keys of D and G. There is a suggested donation of $1- $2 to help pay for hall use. Cookies /snacks appreciated
Doors open at 6:45           questions? call, Marla 360-385-69


Jan 12, 8:00 Square Dance - Alex Macleod and the Devil's Club Darlins'


Caller Alex Macleod
Alex MacLeod is calling squares and related dance forms at the January 12 (8PM) Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social. Alex, a founding member of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society, calls all over  the northwest and beyond. The Devil’s Club Darlins’, with Howie Meltzer and Laurel Bliss on fiddle, John Clark on banjo, John Hatton on guitar, and Dream Frohe will be laying down some very sweet dance tunes.  This dance could possibly be the highlight of your winter. Certainly the best January event to ring in 2019.


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.
The Devils Club Darlin's


Jan 19, 7:30-11:00 Contra Dance
to the Luddite Ramblers, Isaac Banner  calling



The Luddite Ramblers:
Jay Finklestein on guitar, Laurel Stone on fiddle and Craig Shaw on flute, fife and whistle. These fabulous musicians weave together infectious dance rhythms, enchanting melodies, and rich harmonies. A joy to dance and listen to!

Isaac Banner Calling:

A long-time contra dancer, Isaac has become well-known for his particular blend of humor and dance instruction. With contagious excitement, a warm cadence, and a cheerful personality, he brings moments of magic into the lives of newcomers and veteran dancers alike. 

Come early if you are new or want a refresher for a 1/2 hour lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8:00pm
Admission $6       16 and under free
Questions? call Tinker @ (360) 379 2882


Jan 23, (Wed) 7:00 Medicine Line Project 
Concert and Culture- Fiddling with Indigenous Dialect 
Featuring Metis Fiddler Jamie Fox and Pianist Scotty Leach 


Jamie Fox is collaborating with Scotty Leach for this project about the Metis music and culture along the Medicine Line (border between the US and Canada).

Jamie Fox is a Metis fiddler of the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes. She grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation of Northern Montana where she was immersed in a lively fiddle and dance tradition in the community, playing for dances starting at a young age. The tunes and dancing played there derive from a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures - local Saturday night dances were a positive bridge in the racial divide of what it meant to grow up on the reservation and be Metis - mixed blood. 
Scotty Leach hails from Centralia, WA and grew up in the folk music world. He is an accomplished pianist and also plays fiddle, with repertoire pulled from most North American genres of traditional fiddling.
Jamie and Scotty met at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes as teenagers and have been friends ever since by sharing tunes, traveling, and exceptionally dry humor. 

Doors open at 6:30pm.  Suggested donation $15-$20
publicity, Sheila Long

Jan 31, (Thurs) 7:00- Frankie Gavin Irish Fiddle
FIERY IRISH FIDDLE BY AWARD WINNING MASTER

Frankie Gavin is one, and perhaps the best of, Ireland's premier
traditional fiddle players. And in a land that produces many prodigiously talented players, that is saying a lot.

In a nutshell, Frankie has been playing since the age of four, when he was handed a whistle, and has since performed for four presidents beginning at the age of six; is a founding member of the legendary Irish traditional band De Danann, in the forefront of the renaissance of trad Irish music along with Bothy Band and Planxty (and the reformed New De Danann); performs and records with other luminaries in the Irish traditional music scene and more, such as Yehudi Menuhin; was in the 2010 Guinness Book of World records as the world's fastest fiddler; has just recently win the 2018 Musician of the Year award from Ireland's prestigious Gradam Ceoil Arts Academy; AND recently performed for the Pope in Dublin

Frankie's artistry is amazing; he is a master of control over bow and fiddle, and makes each piece of music delight the ear.  His concerts also share anecdotes about his childhood and life on tour. 
                 Doors open at 6:30   $15-20 suggested donation  
Publicity Chris Stuart

2018 A Year of Giant Sized Accomplishments

Before saying goodbye to 2018 it’s worth looking back on what Quimper Grange accomplished this past year. We were able to host:
  • 13 contra dances 
  • 9 square dances
  • 10 Old Time Jams
  •  9 Quimper Grange House Concerts
  • 1 harmony singing workshop
  • 1 Danish dance workshop
  •  5 educational programs
  •  The 7th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange 
  •  The first (annual?) instrument sale 
When you are in the hall peruse the posters on the wall so you can see the wide variety of public events we were able to offer the community. But there is more! A massive effort was put into improvements to the hall and grounds, including: 
  •  Exterior of the hall: painted
  •  Bathrooms: new sinks, paper product dispensers, grab bars, and mirrors; walls painted. Big bathroom remodeled, small bathroom now has marmoleum on the floor. 
  • Kitchen: old appliances were removed, and unused kitchen items were sold at a garage sale. One of the counters was extended, the other reconfigured. A new stove and refrigerator were installed
  •  Plumbing: all of our WWII era plumbing, pipes; drains; water heater; everything was replaced, and an outdoor faucet and hydrant were added
  • Dance floor: refinished
  • Furnishings: We purchased 22 new tables and Chimacum Grange offered us many chairs they no longer needed. So we have more and better seating. 
When you think back on 2018 hopefully you have joyful memories that include our warm and welcoming Grange hall! These accomplishments are the work of a very small number of people, all of them volunteers. A special thanks to Farren, Marla Streator, Sheila Long, Rob Harbour, JoYount, Dave Thielk, Deb Wiese and Janeann Twelker who did the majority of the heavy lifting.

President’s Farewell Message
Marla Streator, Quimper Grange 2013-2018

In 2013 I reluctantly became the president of Quimper Grange and took on the responsibility because no one else was willing to do so. Our membership was down to the bare minimum and there were several months we didn’t even have a quorum to conduct business.
I am pleased to say that by actively seeking members we built up our membership enough to be able to start getting things done. We still don’t have a lot of members but have had enough to plow ahead anyway.
Among my proudest achievements in the past 6 years are starting the highly successful “Quimper Grange House Concerts” in 2012, and the low key Quimper Grange Old Time Jam in 2015.  Most Quimper Grange members are musicians or dancers so going where the energy is made sense. 
Besides creating music events there is also a lot of energy around dance so another source of pride has been saving the Quimper Grange dance floor.  A few years ago we were down to bare wood on a floor that cannot be sanded down again because it is down to the the tongue in the tongue and groove. But, thanks to expert advice of Michael Morrow of Sound Hardwood Flooring, I was able to create an easy to follow step by step, how to refinish the dance floor document with colored pictures. Now we can refinish the floor ourselves. If we continue refinishing the floor annually the floor is saved!
Although I will be stepping down as president after 6 years and passing that baton to Sheila Long I will still be doing things that keep Quimper Grange rolling like posting Quimper Grange News on this website, producing the occasional concert or educational program, continuing to organize the Old Time Jam, helping out with the Plant and Seed Exchange and taking on the role of Corresponding Secretary. It will continue to be my pleasure to help Quimper Grange serve the community.

February 3rd 7:00 PM-  Joe Newberry Concert
Details will be in Feb Quimper Grange News posted at the end of Jan