December 2015: Old Time Jam with David Margolin, Square dance, Quimper Grange's Annual Fundraiser Dance, Grange elections. 2015 Reflections

December 2nd, (Wed) 7:00 David Margolin Leads Old Time Music Jam 
David Margolin
This month's Old Time jam will be led by fiddler David Margolin from Bainbridge Island. David will not only play traditional tunes but a few that he composed himself. At the beginning of the evening he will be teaching Martha Campbell, a tune he calls "the national anthem of Kentucky". The rest of the evening will be devoted to tunes in D and G. All levels of experience welcome.
28 people attended the November Old Time Jam

December 12th, (Sat), 8:00 Square Dance: Caroline Oakley  and the Carolina Rowdies
Caroline Oakley and the
Carolina Rowdies
 Old time rock and roll with four edges and four corners? Yep, at Quimper Grange on December 12! Portland caller Caroline Oakley and the Carolina Rowdies welcome all ages and all abilities. Rustle up some dancing accomplices and come on down to the Grange tonight. Or just show up on your own! Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome, 8:00 - 11:00. Come and jam at 7 before the dance. Please bring a personal water container, and if so inclined, snacks to share. $6. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.

December 19th (Sat), 7:30-11  
Quimper Grange's 6th Annual Fundraiser Dance

Caller  Joanne Pontrello
Celebrate Port Townsend's Traditional Music and Dance Community with an evening of squares and contras! 

Quimper Grange's warm and friendly hall and excellent dance floor have provided a place for Port Townsend's traditional live music and dance to thrive. A big part of what makes this possible is you who attend our dances and the local musicians and organizers who put time and energy into in making them happen.

Caller Nan Evans
Contras will start the evening's dancing featuring Nan Evans calling to the music of Airstream Traveler at 7:30 and then after a break square dancing will begin with Joanne Pontrello calling to the music of the Rose Street Ramblers.

For this special event we are asking for a $10-15 suggested donation.  Potluck munchies are encouraged to compliment special treats from our generous commercial supporters.

Quimper Grange Election Results- No Big Surprises

Drum roll...our officers for 2016 are:
Marla Streator: President
Farren: Vice President
Deb Wiese: Secretary
Lynn Taylor: Treasurer

The Executive Committee includes the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, as well as elected members Rob Harbour, Jo Yount and Janeann Twelker.

It is worth noting that Granges are quintessentially democratic: officers are elected to carry out certain responsibilities but decision-making is done by the Grange membership at business meetings when a quorum of at least seven members is present.

A Message From the President: 2015 in Retrospect

Quimper Grange has had an active year: continuing to present well attended educational programs from “The Horse Powered Market Garden” to “ Building a More Co-Operative Economy”; we’ve sponsored monthly square dances; hosted three fabulous concerts; a guitar backup workshop; a story telling event; started a monthly Old Time jam and we’ve added contra dances to Grange sponsored events. The Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden has added a hoop house and produced well over 2,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables this year. We have refinished the floor twice and replaced the front door. We’ve done a lot.

In the past all of our energy has gone into fixing up the Grange hall and presenting educational programs and dances for the public. But this year we have started having events for our members starting with a potluck brunch with San Juan Island Grangers back in April. Now that Quimper Grange has a new “Fun Committee”: there will be every other month potlucks for members and invitees and special outings for Grange members.
We are proud of our accomplishments and thankful for the generosity of the community in supporting our efforts. Quimper Grange thrives because of you!

Thank You For Donating! 
Some of you reading this post received a donation request about a month ago. If you have already sent us a check THANK YOU ! Caring for and managing our Grange hall is done by a small group of volunteers. About eight volunteers do the majority of the work that keeps our community hall up and running, this group is continually making efforts to improve the hall and grounds and create interesting programing. You can help us. If you would like to support Quimper Grange but have not received a request now is a good time to make a donation: Mail a check made payable to Quimper Grange, PO Box 1844, Port Townsend, WA 98368

That Was the Month That Was: November at Quimper Grange!
Todalo Shakers
Quimper Grange pulled out the stops in November putting on more events than we ever have in one month: Two top notch concerts, a really fun square dance, a contra dance with celebrity caller Fred Park, Our first monthly Old Time jam session and Fred Park's story telling event. We are proud of our efforts!
Follow-up Event "Building a Co-Operative Economy" February 5-7, 2016

There will be a "Cultivating Cooperative Roots Conference" in Spokane, Washington at the Convention Center. 

"We call upon cooperatives large and small – farmers, growers, producers, distributors, financiers, policymakers and retailers, to share their successes and build their relationships across the Cascadia region of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, and other friends across the continent." For more information: