Thursday, September 26, 2013

October 2013 - Fire Extinguishers and Square Dancing


In the fall of 1986 Jo Yount contacted Quimper Grange about using its hall for dances. She and her husband George recognized the excellence of the old wooden floor for dancing and arranged with the Grange to refinish the floor in exchange for six months free rent.  George and Jo are avid dancers so when Quimper Grange was about to close it’s doors for lack of members in the fall of 2008 George Yount convened a community meeting of people willing to join the Grange and serve as officers. Jo has been serving selflessly as treasurer and rental manager ever since. She has also been buildings and grounds manager and has grown vegetables in the Grange Garden that go primarily to the Jefferson County Food Bank. Although Jo is all about service to the community when offered the opportunity to drop one of these roles she was happy to do so.  Our new treasurer is Francesco Tortorici.  Thanks Jo!

Francesco came to Quimper Grange for the first time in February last year, giving a well-attended presentation on micro-gasifier stoves. He and his wife Joan Cole became members in November.  Francesco has had a great deal of managerial experience that is a real asset to Quimper Grange and has become our new treasurer.  Our Grange is thankful to have him on board.

Caller T Claw
OCT 19TH 8:00 

Dance on over to the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social on Saturday, October 19th. Notorious Tennessee caller T Claw will be directing dancers to live music from Port Townsend banjoist Charles Espey and friends. T Claw has called dances at numerous festivals, including Morehead, Dare to be Square, Clifftop, Augusta Dance Week, Seattle Folklife, and the Portland Gathering. Over the last couple years, T has been steadfastly touring the Southeast and Midwest to play and call dances, stimulating interest in towns that no longer have old school square dancing. We are pleased and fortunate to have him grace our hall. Charles Espey and friends play high energy old time Appalachian tunes specifically made for dancers! All dances are taught, all experience levels and ages are welcome. Partners not necessary. Dancing workshop for beginners at 7:30; dancing starts at 8:00. Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share with other dancers. 

OCT 7, 6:00 
Put out a fire. Refill or replace your extinguishers, and learn the ABCs of fire extinguisher maintenance and use at Quimper Grange on Oct 7th at 6:00.

Winter is the season when most house fires occur so now is a good time to check your extinguishers to see if they are due for servicing. You will be able to have extinguishers refilled or replaced by the event’s presenter, Steve Brunette of Tarboo Ridge Extinguishers. He will have extinguishers available for sale: 2 1/2 lb ones for $30 and 5lb ones for $40 (checks or cash). Before conducting hands-on fire extinguisher practice outside the Quimper Grange hall Steve will be showing a short DVD. Dress warmly.
While extinguishers are being filled come in the hall for hot mulled cider, popcorn and conversation.
Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona Street ( N end of Sheridan). To help with maintenance and improvements  of the Quimper Grange Hall there is a suggested donation of $5-$10.

There was high energy dancing going on until 11:00 at Quimper Grange on September 21st. A great kickoff for the season!

Marla Streator,
Quimper Grange President

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