Friday, April 24, 2015

Jefferson County Historical Society Preservation Awards, Square Dance, Contra Dance, Grange Month Highlights, San Juan Island Granger's Visit, “ American Meat “ and Local Meat Conversation Follow-up



May 6th (Wednesday) 3:00 PM
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS 

Jefferson County Historical Society will present this year’s Preservation Awards on Wed May 6th at the Quimper Grange hall. It is indeed a great honor for the volunteer efforts of Quimper Grange to be recognized at this year’s ceremony.

“The awards honor individuals and organizations that restore original structures and preserve traditions that form the historic fabric of Jefferson County.
Two types of awards are presented. The Mary P. Johnson Award is given to historic structure projects that meet the Secretary of Interior’s high standards for restoration. Certificates of Appreciation are given for a variety of preservation and restoration projects and are not limited to physical structures.”

All are invited to attend the awards event. For more information:  http://www.jchsmuseum.org/Programs/HistoricPreservationAwards.html


Quimper Grange would like to acknowledge Edensaw Woods and Henery Hardware for generous discounts and advice that have helped immensely with the preservation of our hall. 


May 9th, 7:30 LAST SQUARE DANCE OF THE SEASON
Joanne Pontrello calls squares and related sets with rocking old time tunes from the Rose Street
Caller Joanne Pontrello
The Rose Street Ramblers
on Water Street
Ramblers on May 9 from 7:30 to 10:30.   Square dance your heart away.  This is the last regular square dance of the season. Expect a rollicking good time.  As always,all ages and experience levels are welcome, all dances taught, come as a single, a couple, a trio, a family, or a tribe.  Dancers are
The Rose Street Ramblers
on Rose Street
encouraged to bring their own personal water vessel and snacks to share.  See you there!  360-385-3308.







May 16th, 7:30 THIRD SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE

Caller Nan Evans


Come and dance contras on Saturday May 16. The P. T. Cruisers will get your toes tapping and as she calls the dance, Nan Evans will get your bodies moving. We start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.





GRANGE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
Grange Month was busy. In April we hosted visitors from San Juan Island Grange # 966 for a Sunday brunch; sponsored a square dance; a contra dance; and our Grange month program, a screening of the movie “American Meat’ followed by a conversation about local meat production.
In addition, the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden is gearing up for another year of growing food and increasing production.



SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGERS VISIT P.T.

Quimper Grange members enjoyed getting to "talk Grange" with Roger Ellison, and his wife, Anita Barreca, members of San Juan Island Grange #966 at a delicious Sunday morning brunch on April 12th. It was a great opportunity share ideas and get and inspired. We discussed approaches to attracting new members and what we do to pay for upkeep and improvements of our halls. Roger brought copies of resolutions SJIG #966 will be taking to the state convention and discussed the resolution process and how it can work locally. He also brought seeds that San Juan Island Grange sells to help support their programs.   Nice label San Juan Island Grangers!


Our guests attended a square dance on Sat night, brunch on Sunday morning; and the  “American Meat” program on Sunday evening.



"AMERICAN MEAT" and LOCAL MEAT CONVERSATION FOLLOW-UP



There is a lot to learn about the ins and outs of locally produced meat.  We were fortunate that four Chimacum Valley meat producers were able to talk about the animals they raise, the choices they have made regarding slaughter, and their approaches to dealing with slaughter regulations. We would like to thank John Bellow, Samantha Janes, Roger Short and Janet Aubin for leaving us a little more informed. Hopefully the conversation will be continued.

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