July 2017 Quimper Grange News: Contra Dance, Food Bank Garden Tour, Floor Project, Bike Rack, Bow Weevils


July 15th 7:30 -11 Contra Dance

Montana Shorty and the Furheads
For our July Contra dance, the band will be Montana Shorty and the Furheads with Terry Weiner on mandolin, Jay Finkelstein, guitar and Sono Hashisaki on fiddle. The band specializes in Metis music from Canada, a mix of Native and Scottish fiddle music. Come hear and dance to a different style of music played by masters! 

Calling for the dance is Abigail Hobart.. Abigail hails from Bellingham, WA though considers parts of New England to be home as well. A beginning caller, Abigail has been a dancer, fiddle player, and an organizer of sorts since childhood, and brings a deep love of the tradition, personal warmth, and joie de vivre to her calling and interactions both on and off the dance floor.

Admission $6, under 16 free

A Lot is Going on in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden! 
Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden  

At the beginning of June Quimper Grange was one of the stops on a Jefferson County food bank gardens tour.  One of the things folks on the tour learned about was the gardening practices used in all of the food bank gardens. They are things you can learn by doing as a food bank garden volunteer: techniques for growing organic food; advantages of companion planting( like planting alliums with peas to keep pests away and lettuce to take advantage of shade made by kale); and benefits of crop rotation. You can also learn what crops produce the most in the shortest time and which ones keep well. 
Jo Yount preparing lettuce  for the food bank

There are many ways volunteers support the food bank gardens in apart form growing food that range from beekeeping, to fence building, to building knowledge of what grows best in a specific garden. If you would like to be a volunteer in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden contact Jo: 360-385-0456 or Emily: 517-231-1332

Saved Again! Our Precious Dance Floor 
A new finish on our old fir floor 
The old Grange hall floor has been sanded down to the nails and cannot be sanded down to bare wood again, so in order to save the floor it needs to be refinished about once a year. This year old metal registers around the perimeter of the floor have been replaced with wood covers that have been stained and blend in with the rest of the floor. Three coats of finish cover the center of the floor that gets the most use, and two coats around the edges. Ready for another year of dancing!
Here's a big Quimper Grange "thank you!" to all who helped with this project. We would also like to thank Edensaw for a generous discount on refinishing supplies, and Michael Morrow for technical advice.

Bike Rack Dream Come True

Reduce your carbon footprint, ride your bike to Grange events

Cyclists will be happy to see there is now a bike rack at the hall thanks to the efforts of Dave Theilk. Dave is a long time advocate of non-motorized transportation and would like to to see more people riding bikes. Thanks Dave

Bow Weevils Win Hearts 

Bow Weevils at KPTZ with "Tossed Salad" host Phil Andres
The stars aligned when the Bow Weevils came to Port Townsend from Olympia. be on Phil Andres' radio show, "Tossed Salad" and play a combination concert and dance at the Quimper Grange hall. 
It was a very special couple of days for the entire entourage of kids in the band, their parents, their hosts and of course the people who got to hear great music from these young musicians.