December 2017 - Old Time Jam with Jeanie Murphy; Square Dance with Tony Mates and the Possum Carvers; Contra Dance with Countercurrents, Jesse Partridge calling; Quimper Grange Elections, Food Bank Garden

Dec 6th 7:00 Old Time Jam with Jeanie Murphy

The last Old Time Jam of the year will be led by Jeanie Murphy who has just learned a bunch of tunes from West Virginia fiddler, Dave Bing, at Augusta Old-Time Week in October. She is going to teach one of them, “Bucking Mule”.  We'll be playing tunes in the keys of G and A (in standard tuning on fiddle). Jeanie is well known for her banjo playing but will be leading the jam on fiddle.
As usual snacks are appreciated and a $1-2 donation is requested to help pay for heating the hall.
Doors open at 6:45

December 9th, Square Dance and Social
Caller Tony Mates
Come on up to the Grange on Saturday, December 9th at 8 PM for a pre solstice square dance with Seattle caller Tony Mates and the infamous Port Townsend Possum Carvers. Tony has been calling squares for a lifetime and is widely known throughout the region as one of the best. The Possum Carvers have played our dances for four years, but individually have a 100 plus years of playing, dancing and calling experience.

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.
The Possum Carvers
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 and be prepared to rock out on this holiday weekend. Please bring a personal water bottle and some snacks to share (optional). Come at 7 and jam with the band.
For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

December 16th, (Sat) 7:30 to 11:00 Quimper Grange Contra Dance 
With Countercurrents!  
Alex Sturbaum on guitar and Brian Lindsey on fiddle return to play for this Holiday Contra dance. Countercurrents embraces the dynamic, living tradition of contra dance incorporating the new and the old. Drawing from a wealth of traditional influences and modern rock and pop they create a unique and very danceable sound not to be missed.

Jesse Partridge a great fiddler as well as caller brings his calm,
clear, and well timed instructions to the dance.  Jesse is a music teacher from Olympia and though this is the first time for him to call one of our dances he is familiar to many of us as a fiddler in the bands RiffRaff and Waxwings.
Lesson 7:30 to 8:00
All ages welcome, no need for a partner
Bring your friends, no experience necessary
$6 admission
under16 free 

Quimper Grange Elections
Every fall Quimper Grange elects officers who take on responsibilities that make it possible to continue pursuing our mission and goals: building community through music, dance, educational programs, and food bank garden participation; as well as maintaining our historically significant Grange hall and grounds. 
Officers elected at our Nov. 13th Grange meeting are:
President- Marla Streator
Vice President - Sheila Long
Co-Secretaries -  Janeann Twelker and Deb Wiese
Treasurer - Rob Harbour
Executive Committee - ED Farren who will serve through 2020.

Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden

The season is winding down in the food bank garden however beets, carrots, turnips, garlic and onions are in the ground and kales and chard continue to prosper in the cold. 
Crops harvested to date (November 5th report) amount to a whopping 2,745 pounds! Kudos to the Food Bank Gardeners!

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones Quimper Grange House Concert  on Jan 9th! Details in January Quimper Grange News. Heads up!