October 2017, Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Bruce Molsky Fiddle Workshop and House Concert, Contra Dance, Cooperative Program, Food Bank Garden Video, Surprise Guest, Union Wharf Dance

Upcoming Events:

October 4, 7:00 Old Time Jam

Concertina player, Len Feldman will be leading this month's Old Time Jam accompanied by Jere Canote on guitar. As is customary the first tune of the evening will be broken down for easy learning; that tune will be Gilsaw in the key of D. The first half of the evening tunes will stay in D and the second half in a key that is yet to be determined.

If you have not participated in the jam before the focus of our jams is string band music, all of the tunes are selected by the person leading the jam and we usually play in two keys so the banjo players don't have to retune a bunch of times. Newcomers are welcome.

Snacks to share are appreciated. Suggested donation is $1-$2 to help cover costs of using the hall. (Doors open at 6:45)

October 14, 8:00-11 Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social

Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
Chimacum Valley’s own Joanne Pontrello will calling squares on October 14th and Quimper Grange.  Dancin starts at 8PM and goes till 11PM.  Joanne is bringing her friends and neighbors, Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals, also Chimacum Valley residents, to rock out the tunes.  Wild Phil includes Becky Evasick, Quenn Charrier, Phil Andrus, Carol Sword and Tom Fenollosa.  I don’t think I need to remind all you dancers that these guys have a track record, having played for countless squares
Caller Joanne Pontrello
and contras around Jefferson County.  The October dance represents a delightful opportunity to hear and dance to a local caller and band.

All dances are taught.  All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.  This is a family friendly event (no alcohol).  Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend.  Admission is $6; 16 and under is free. Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe.  Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.  

Monday October 16, 7:00 pm  
Molsky's Mountain Drifters House Concert and

3:30- 5pm  Band workshop led by all the members of Molsky's Mountain Drifters. Participants will have the opportunity to play as a whole group then split off into fiddle, banjo and guitar sessions.

Port Townsend’s Quimper Grange hosts master fiddler and Grammy nominee Bruce Molsky and Molsky’s Mountain Drifters for a workshop and concert on Monday October 16. There is nothing to compare to an acoustic house concert experience at the Grange. Join your friends and enjoy the spirit of a traditional music community. The workshop will begin at 3:30 in the afternoon and the concert follows at 7:00pm.  Molsky will be joined by well known claw-hammered banjo player Allison DeGroot and guitarist Stash Wyslouch of the Deadly Gentlemen.

"Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who "gets it": has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it"- Mark Knopfler
Suggested donation for the concert is $15-20 at the door. 
Suggested donation for  the band workshop is $25.
Doors open a half hour before each event.

The Quimper Grange Hall is located at 1219 Corona St. in Port Townsend and For more information and videos go to brucemolsky.com

Oct 21st, 7:30 Contra Dance

This month dance to the music of the Chim Chums, Isaac Banner
The Chim Chums

Admission $6, Under 16 free. 

Oct 30th, 7:00-8:30 
A Cooperative Business “Ecosystem”:
How Do We Get There?

Diane Gasaway
What is a cooperative business “ecosystem” and how can it foster worker-owned and affordable-housing cooperatives? A panel of cooperative business activists, featuring Diane Gasaway, executive director for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC) in Olympia, and representatives from local cooperatives, will discuss the topic on Monday, October 30, in celebration of National Cooperative Month.

Additional panelists are Kippi Waters, administrator of the two-year-old Peninsula Homecare Cooperative in Port Townsend; and Marcia Adams, Kingston, of Twisted Strait Fibers, a group seeking to establish a cooperatively owned fiber processing mill on the Olympic
Kippi Waters

Panelists will provide inspiration for starting new cooperatives, as well as revealing the help that NWCDC can provide to start-up cooperative businesses. The program is set for Monday, October 30, 7-8:30PM at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Street, PT. The suggested donation for this Grange-sponsored event is $5-10. For more information, call Deb Wiese, 360-385-1928.

The Grange is a national organization promoting agriculture and thriving rural communities. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Granges established consumer cooperatives and continue to promote cooperative businesses. NWCDC is a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting new and existing cooperative businesses, from daycare centers to credit unions, in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii.

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden Video

Jo Yount harvesting 
It has been a busy and productive summer in the food bank garden. As of September the garden has harvested 1,690 pounds of organic food to donate and is on schedule to produce at least as much as last year, 2,500 pounds.
This past month Rob Greenfield, AKA "Dude Making a Difference", made a video about the the garden that you can watch here:  https://www.facebook.com/RobGreenfield/videos/1320112258115849/


Surprise Guest at Laurie Lewis Concert

The well attended Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands concert had quite a few unexpected twists and turns among them, a surprise appearance of David Grisman playing mandolin.

Union Wharf Square Dance Lots of Fun!

September’s Square Dance was held on on Union Wharf this year. Quimper Grange's square dance organizer, Dave Thielk, decided that since not enough people show up for dances Wooden Boat weekend at Grange hall dances he'd bring the dance where the people are. It worked!