April 2017: Grange Month, Donate to Plant Berms, Old Time Jam, "Three Traditions House Concert", Square Dance, Contra Dance

April is Grange Month- Help us plant the Berms!
DONATE NOW at Henery's Garden Center
In honor of Grange Month Quimper Grange will start developing the wood chip planting berms around our hall. The idea is to increase square footage of garden space for food growing and for beautification. At present the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden donates over 2,000 pounds of produce annually to the Jefferson County Food Bank; our Grange Month Project aims to increase the harvest!

Rhubarb! Super volunteer Farren plants the first edibles.
You can help by donating to the Quimper Grange Garden account that has been set up at Henery’s Garden Center for this project. Your donation will go toward the purchase of plant materials and supplies and will include a mix of deer resistant landscaping and edible plants. Henery’s Garden Center is located at 406 Benedict St, Port Townsend WA 98368 Phone: 385-3354

April 5th, 7-9 Old Time Jam, Led by Tony Goldenberg
Tony will start the jam teaching “Little Gal’ll Fool Ya”, a Roan Mountain Hilltoppers tune in the key of D and switching to the key of A and may play something in G. For those of us familiar with Tony’s excellent southern fiddling style this will be a real treat; rhythm, tone, cool tunes. What more could you ask for?
Tony and friends at Sept 2016 Old TimeJam
The Quimper Grange Old Time Jam is always held on the first Wednesday of the month and focuses on string band music with all tunes chosen by the leader. The first tune of the evening is broken down for easy learning and tunes are played at a moderate pace.  Players of all levels are welcome. $1 -$2 donation to help pay for heat. Bringing snacks to share is encouraged. Doors open at  6:45.      Questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

April 8th, (Sat) 7:00pm “Three Traditions” House Concert

On April 8th at 7:00pm Quimper Grange will host a house concert featuring three fiddlers from three traditions.
Kristian Bugge, Ruthie Dornfeld, and Jamie Fox will come together for an evening of music that combines the textures of their three distinct traditional styles creating a complex and multilayered performance.

Bugge (Denmark) is widely considered a master of traditional Danish music while Dornfeld (Oregon) is regarded as an expert of old-time American tunes, as well as styles ranging from Celtic to Scandinavian folk. Lastly, Fox (Montana) is one of the most well-known young players of Metis fiddle music which is a tradition crossing ties of Celtic, French and Native American music cultures.  All three of these fine players are well known to participants at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes having been on staff there many times.

The Quimper Grange Hall is located at 1219 Corona St. in Port Townsend.  Doors will open around 6:45 and admission is by a suggested donation of $15-$25.  For more information go to www.3fiddlers3traditions.com

April 15th, Saturday 7:30 to 11:00 - Contra Dance

1/2 hour lesson 7:30 to 8:00 !

Local wonders Kristin and Otto Smith and their band "The Boathouse Band" with Lori Bernstein on bass and others joining in to add to their incredible melodic and diverse music, will be playing for the dance 

Jay Finkelstein, a popular caller in the Seattle- Olympia contra dance community, is also a musician and avid dancer. His appreciation of the relationship between the music and the dances brings a clarity and ease to his calling... a good match to the smooth and flowing music of the the "Boathouse Band"  Admission $6, under 16 free

April 22nd, Saturday - Square Dance and Social with Amy Hofer, and Anticipation 

Caller Amy Hofer 
April showers bring - Earth day and more dance fun! Portland caller Amy Hofer, along with the the one night stand band, The Anticipations, are coming to Quimper Grange on April 22nd at 8 PM.  This is Amy's third visit to Quimper Grange. If you haven't danced squares with Amy, you haven't danced.  The Anticipations include Bruce Reid (fiddle), Bonnie Zahnow (guitar), from Seattle, and the vivacious and energetic Port Townsender Jeanie Murphy (banjo).  Rumor has it that other musicians may join the band during the evening. 

All dances are taught. All ages and experience levels are welcome. This a family friendly event.
Bruce Reid and Bonnie Zahnow
 Dancers are advised to bring their own personal water container. And, if inclined, they can bring some light snacks to share. 
Jeanie Murphy
Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come at 7 PM and jam with the band. Adults $6. 16 and under free.