March 2016: Old Time Jam; Game Night; Quebecois Workshop and Concert, Square Dance; Contra Dance; Plant and Seed Exchange

March 2nd (Wed) 7:00-9  Old Time Music Jam 

This month we’ll be playing West Virginia tunes with Jim Ketterman and Pam Johnston. They are coming all the way from Eatonville to lead this month’s jam. Lucky us!  The  tune Jim will be teaching at the beginning of the evening is Brushy Run. We will be playing in the keys of G and A and all tunes will be in standard tuning on fiddle. Donations to cover costs of hosting the jam are greatly appreciated!

A word about the Old Time jam: 
The purpose of our monthly Old Time Jam is to further Quimper Grange’s mission of “fostering community connection” by
pursuing the goal of “creating a vibrant live music and dance community”.
This is an opportunity to learn new tunes and practice learning to play Old Time string band music by ear in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  All levels of experience are welcome and to make it easier for less experienced players to participate
tunes are chosen by the jam leader. You won't be put on the spot to start a tune or need to know the key you are playing in however you do need to come with an instrument!

March 7th (Mon) 7:00-8:30 
Community Game Night

A brand new family friendly event is taking place on March 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Quimper Grange, Community Game Night. All ages are welcome. Participants are welcome to bring their own games and a variety of small and large group board games and card games will be provided. A suggested donation of $3-$5 per person will be collected at the door. Child care is available. 
For more information contact Barbara Hansen at 360-774-1794

March 8th (Tues) French Canadian Music at Quimper Grange! Workshop 3:30-5 Concert 7:30

CONCERTOn Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm, Quimper Grange will present another in its series of traditional music house concerts.  This concert will feature music from Quebec with the band Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville (The Buzz Around Town).  Quebecois music is lively, joyous and emotionally charged and the members of Le Bruit are all legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene.

Band members are, Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Andre Marchand (guitar/vocals), and Normand Miron (accordion/vocals). Lisa and Andre first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic traditional music super group which kickstarted Quebec’s folk music revival. Normand is a marvelous singer and accordionist who grew up surrounded by family musicians in Lanaudière, the epicenter of Quebec’s folk scene. As a trio, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville’s music is deeply-rooted, innovative, nuanced, and spontaneous. André’s meticulous accompaniment and gorgeous vocals complement Normand’s pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals and irrepressible spirit, while Lisa’s fiddle combines soaring harmonies with fiery tunes learned over years of kitchen visits with old masters.
No advance ticket sales. Admission at the door for the evening concert is $15-$25 (sliding scale). 

Workshop:The members of Le Bruit have been on staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes here in Port Townsend numerous times and are skilled teachers as well as performers.  Along with their concert, they will be hosting a band-lab style Quebecois music workshop.  They’’ll teach 2 or 3 tunes and leave some time for jamming and friendly conversation. The workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange hall 3:30 - 5:00 on the afternoon before their  evening concert.  The workshop is open to all acoustic instruments (fiddle, guitar, accordion, concertina, flute, mandolin, banjo, clarinet, etc.).   No reservations necessary, just show up.       Admission to the workshop is $15.

The concert and workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange Hall.  For more information go to  Any questions ? call 360-344-2635

March 12th (Sat) 8:00 Square Dance

Caller T Claw
 The effervescent T Claw is calling the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social this month.  Tunes provided by local players
West Fork of the Greywolf
Greywolf (Westfork).  Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome. 8:00. $6. 16 and under free. Come at 7 to jam with the band. Please bring a personal water bottle. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005. 

March 19th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance
Third Saturday contra dancers are looking forward this month to the sound of a
South Fork of the Greywolf
new combination of experienced local players who call themselves Greywolf (South Fork). Len Feldman, concertina; Esther Whitmore, fiddle; Katya Kirsch, banjo;and Phil Andrus, guitar, will be playing on March 19 with Nan Evans calling and teaching all dances.  We will start at 7:30 and expect adults to pay $6 for this treat – all 16 and younger are free.

March 20th (Sun) 10am-3pm 
5th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange
Join us for the 5th Annual Plant & Seed Exchange at the Quimper Grange,  hosted by Ashley Kehl & Jennimae Hilliard with the help of their friends and family! The event is happening Sunday, March 20th from 10a.m. through 3p.m. rain or shine.

Bring along your extra seeds, plant starts, bulbs, plant divisions and any other plants that need a new place to thrive, whether they be edible or ornamental. Spend some time looking at the plants and seeds others have brought and take home something new! The event is free, but donations to help cover the costs are greatly appreciated and gladly accepted!!

Refreshments will be provided. There will be a couple of demonstrations this year, so check out Ashley and Jennimae's Facebook event page, Port Townsend Plant & Seed Exchange, for details as they come! Bring your friends and neighbors, the more the merrier.