Monday, February 16, 2015

WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow "House" Concert, Worm Bins talk, Square Dance, Plant and Seed Exchange, Grange halls talk recap, emergency floor refinishing, Old-time backup guitar workshop

March 29th, Sunday, 11-3
Fourth Annual Plant and Seed Exchange


This popular event will be held outdoors under canopies and in the Quimper Grange hall. Bring your extra seeds, plant divisions, spare potted plants, trees, bare roots, bulbs, and whatever else needs a new garden to thrive in. Books will be on hand to help answer plant and seed questions and Mountain Spirit Herbals will be providing hot tea. For more information call: Ashley Kehl at 360-821-2092 

March 1st, Sunday, 7:00
Quimper Grange "House Concert" featuring WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow 

Quimper Grange presents its first “house” concert of the year with an evening of Old Time music and song featuring W.B Reid and Bonnie Zahnow.  Stalwarts of the Seattle Old Time music scene and frequent
teachers at Centrums Fiddle Tunes, W.B. and Bonnie play old-time country songs and fiddle tunes, string blues music from Mississippi and Memphis, and Mexican songs and dance tunes. Both play fiddle and guitar, and W.B. also plays a variety of other stringed instruments. Sweet harmonies on songs ranging from poignant to humorous, twin-fiddling, foot-tapping tunes and slow waltzes,  will all make for fine and enjoyable musical evening. For a taste of their fine playing and musical history visit:
http://www.wbandbonnie.com/recordings.html
A donation of $10-$15 is suggested. 
and additionally:

March 1st 2-3:30 Old-Time Backup Guitar Workshop with WB Reid
WB will be sharing his decades of experience accompanying old-time fiddle music.

  • chords
  • grooves and styles
  • bass runs

assisted by fiddler Bonnie Zahnow
$15- $25 sliding scale if you have questions call WB at (206)501-7987

 March 2, Monday, 7 pm
"WIMBY - Worms In My Back Yard"
Linda Pfafman on Worm Bins 

In Mandarin one translation of worms is "angels of the earth". Worms are key to more environmentally friendly agricultural practices -- and much more.

Linda Pfafman has worked with the Master Gardener Foundation and Dundee Hill Community Garden and has become a worm specialist. Her talk will highlight:


-- the benefits of raising worms in your backyard
-- anatomy / physiology of worms
-- types of worm bins
-- the care and feeding of worms


By the end of the hour, you should be able to start your own worm bin, reduce your garbage bill, and be able to save money by reducing the need to purchase fertilizers to help your garden grow, bloom, and produce healthy organic groceries. A donation of $5-10 is suggested to help maintain and improve the Quimper Grange's community hall.

March 14th 7:30 Square Dance 
Caller Amy Carroll
On March 14th, Roscoe will be playing traditional Southern square dance tunes behind Seattle Caller Amy Carroll.  Roscoe features Dave Thielk on fiddle, Katya Kirsch on banjo, and ever-ready steady Chris Cooper on guitar.  Our square dance is family friendly and all dances taught.  Call Dave Thielk for more info.  360-301-6005.

Other Dances and Happenings... 

Many other regularly scheduled public events take place at Quimper Grange: Contra dances, Cajun/ Zydeco dances and dance classes as occassional special events. Check our calendar (at the top of the page) and click on the event for details.
                                                         
Grange and Community Halls are Worthy of Preservation 
Holly Taylor proposes that Grange halls as well as small town and rural community halls should be evaluated as Traditional Cultural Properties, which are eligible for being listed in the National Register because of their association with the cultural practices of living communities; she sees a need to preserve community halls that are used by working class people and honor those who not only restore but those that maintain them. Holly spoke to an audience that included Granger's from from Sequim Prairie #1108 and Chimacum #681 for our February program as well as  members of the Jefferson County Historical Society. We thank JCHS for co-sponsoring this event.
People asked questions after Holly’s talk. “What happens if there aren’t enough members or required officers to continue as a Grange?” Answer: The Grange loses its charter and all assets are placed in a trust fund. If the Grange isn’t reorganized within seven years the building will be sold and the money from the sale will be added to the State Grange general fund. “Why are Granges struggling to attract members?” A past Jefferson county extension agent suggested that relevance is the issue and the fact that younger people are not joiners. Regarding attracting members Sequim Prairie Grange found that fund raising events for worthy organizations attract members. People see joining their Grange as a way to have a sense of purpose in their lives. 


Speaking of Preservation---Our Precious Dance Floor
Emergency Floor Refinishing January 28th


While mopping the floor after our New Year’s Eve Fund Raiser Dance yours truly noticed that our floor finish had worn through to bare wood and we, the guardians of the dance floor, would have to get a protective finish on it ASAP.  The volunteer crew included Jo Yount, Marla Streator, Joanne Pontrello, Chris Cooper, George Yount and John Drew who did a marathon prepping and finishing blitz starting at 12:30 in the afternoon and finishing at 11PM. With a full calendar of renters this was the one and only day possible to get the job done. But, as you can see it got done. Thanks crew!

And Quimper Grange would also like to thank Edensaw’s John Montgomery for answering a million questions and giving us a huge discount on floor finish and prepping supplies.

Marla Streator

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