November 2015: Todalo Shakers; Anne Marie Shaeffer, Possum Carvers; Cape Breton Concert Ben Miller and Anita Mc Donald; Fred Park; Master Story Teller, Old Time Jam, Door Guys

November 4th, 7:00 Old Time Jam

On November 4th Quimper Grange will be hosting an Old Time music jam with a focus on string band music.  We are hoping this will become a monthly event. There will be a leader or leaders who will choose the tunes.  This month Marla Streator and Jeanie Murphy will be leading the jam. At the beginning of the evening one tune will be taught, the rest of the evening will be tune playing, You can join in or catch tunes on the fly.  All are levels of experience are welcome.

November 6th, (Fri) 7:30pm "Todalo Shakers" House Concert

The Shakers play vintage jug band, party blues and old time rags & stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee or Dallas, Texas.  The band's harmony singing makes for a rich palette of vocal blends and a great feeling of camaraderie; the exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for their material and for each other is unmistakable.

Band members include: Eric and Suzy Thompson, Frannie Leopold, W.B. Reid and Matt Weiner. The members of this all-star band have graced the stage at numerous Centrum events: Blues, Voice Works, Uke Fest, Jazz, and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (where Suzy has served as Artistic Director since 2011). The musical bios of band members is too lengthy to innumerate. Suggested donation is $10-$15 at the door.

For a taste of their music: 

November 14th, (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance

Anne Marie Shaeffer
Thunder in November? Yep, at Quimper Grange! On November 14! Caller Anne Marie Schaeffer, along with the carnivorous Possum Carvers, welcome all ages and all abilities. You can come by your lonesome, with a friend, or with your tribe. All dances taught, all experience levels are welcome. 

Possum Carvers

The dance starts at 8:00. Bring an instrument and jam with the band at 7! Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share, and their own personal water bottle. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.

Nov 19th, (Thursday) 7:00-8:30
Cape Breton Musicians Ben Miller and Anita McDonald
Quimper Grange House Concert 

On Thursday November 19th Quimper Grange will be presenting a traditional music "house concert" with Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald. Their music combines the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes with the rich sounds of Cape Breton fiddle, merging traditional influences from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island as well as from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This fresh and talented duo pairs driving dance-tunes with expressive Gaelic airs and songs, bringing their listeners a powerful combination of passion and grace.
Suggested donation is $10-15 at the door.

To hear a sample of their fine music and learn more about Ben and Anita visit their website at

November 21st, (Sat)7:30 Dance Master Fred Park calls this month's contra dance!

Don't miss this rare opportunity to dance to one of the best callers on the planet! Fred Park from North Carolina will be calling to the  music of Laurie Andres on accordion, WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow on fiddle and guitar!
Dancing starts at 7:30
 $6 - 10 suggested donation.


Nov 22 (Sun) 2:30 Master Story Teller Fred Park 
and Ice Cream Social

On Sunday Nov 22nd at 2:30 you are invited to an afternoon of spell binding story telling at the Quimper Grange Hall.  Fred Park, from North Carolina is one of Americas best-loved storytellers. For more than 30 years he has been bringing traditional old world tales as well as those from his native Appalachia to schools and festivals across the country including the National Story Telling Festival in Jonesborough Tennessee. Suggested donation Adults $10-15 children 16 and under free. 

Quimper Grange Has a New Front Door

Off with the old and on with the new! No more sticky locks or cracked door jamb.
Maintaining the Grange hall is an ongoing effort that requires vigilance and depends on volunteers like the "Door Guys". Thank you Rob and Chris!