January 2015 - New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance, "The Horse-Powered Market Garden" Program, San Juan Island Grange Connection, More Events at Quimper Grange

December 31st, 5th Annual  New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance:      8:00-Midnight

Susannah Gals 
This year marks the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance. Two local bands, Susannah Gals and Airstream Traveler, with Dave Thielk and possible guest callers, calling the dances. Admission is a suggested $10.00 donation (no one turned away). This event is family friendly and alcohol free. Susannah Gals will be playing from 8 to 10, with Airstream Traveler on from 10 till midnight. Some food and refreshments will be provided; dancers are encouraged to bring deserts and other snacks to share. Drop in and support our Grange with a donation, or stay all night and dance till midnight.

January 5th, 7:00, "The Horse-Powered Market Garden"

Caitlin Arnold and Brandon Wickes spent eight months as draft horse interns on a successful organic vegetable farm in Ontario Canada this past year and will talk about working with the horses, and the tools and equipment they used to grow vegetables for a 220–member CSA. They see draft horse farming as a viable alternative to using fossil fuels and are hoping to start their own draft powered farm business in 2015. This slide show will provide attendees with a basic understanding of modern horse-powered organic farming and will be followed by a Q and A. Resources will be provided for those interested in learning more about and/or pursuing horse-powered farming.
A suggested donation of $5-10 is requested to help maintain and improve the Quimper Grange hall.

Caller Joanne Pontrello

January 10th Square Dance

Come on up to the Grange on January 10th for a "breakin' up Christmas" square dance and social. The tradition of "breakin' up Christmas" with community-based dancing and music goes back 100s of years and has its roots in southern Appalachia. Local favorite Joanne Pontrello will be calling traditional Appalachian squares. Music will be provided by Breakin' Up Christmas, with Dave Thielk on fiddle, Carol Hardy on guitar, and Chris Cooper on banjo.

Dancing starts at 7:30. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Partners not necessary.  For more information, contact Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308,

San Juan Island Grange and Quimper Grange Have a Lot in Common

Marla with San Juan Island Grangers
Marla Streator, the President Quimper Grange installed newly elected officers in a traditional ceremony at San Juan Island Grange’s December meeting. After the meeting there was time to talk about common experiences and give each other advice on how to run a successful Grange. Conversation ranged from hall improvement plans, to educational programs to dances; from collaborations with other organizations to how we approach fundraising. Quimper Grange's vision statement "to create a resilient community" and San Juan’s mission statement "to support a resilient community" point to a commonality of approach that hints at a long relationship to come.

To find out about them click on "Calendar of Events" at the top of the page.  Click on the event for details.