May 2018, Old Time Jam, Harmony Singing by Ear, Square Dance, Contra Dance, Call for Volunteers, Big Changes in the Kitchen

May 2nd, 7:00 Old Time Jam 
with Channing Showalter

It’s wonderful to have Channing back in Port Townsend after her several
year sojourn to the East Coast where she and her musical partner Annie started performing as West of Roan. To start off the jam Channing will break down Edden Hammon’s Cumberland Gap in the key of G (standard tuning on fiddles). We'll be playing in G until the break then shift into the key of D.  So get out your fiddles, banjos and guitars and ? and join us for tunes at Quimper Grange.There is a suggested donation of $1 or $2 to help pay for hall use. Snacks to share are appreciated.

May 12th, 1-3 Workshop Benefit for Quimper Grange
Taught by Sue Thompson
Sing Harmony by Ear – the Natural Way 

Do you wish you could sing harmony by ear? Join Sue for a high-energy afternoon of singing, and learn her proven method for harmonizing naturally and intuitively. No note reading, no bogging down in music theory and no need for someone else to teach you your part! You’ll learn how to find harmonies for old time, country, Americana, bluegrass, worship, and many other styles of music. To get the most out of this workshop, you should already be able to sing a melody reasonably in tune. You’re welcome to bring your singing buddies so you can learn and practice together.

Note: if you’re comfortable playing a chording instrument (guitar, ukulele, etc.) while you sing, please bring it with you, as it will be helpful and fun in our breakout sessions!

Sue Thompson is a noted bluegrass and roots-Americana vocalist, and a dedicated teacher whose Sing Harmony Now! method has won praise on three continents. Sue performs and teaches at festivals and workshops in Europe as well as in the US, Canada, and Japan. “Singing harmony by ear, on-the-fly, is one of the greatest joys of making music,” she says. “It’s rewarding to see my students sharing that joy.” 

She has released two harmony singing instruction CDs, "How to Sing Harmony the Natural Way" and "Switch on Your Harmony Autopilot"

Space is limited to 18 people so please sign up in advance by emailing  Please put “Fundraiser” in the subject line. The cost will be a sliding scale of $15-$25 paid at the door.  Sue is donating all proceeds to Quimper Grange. If you sign up in advance and arrive by 12:45 you will be assured of admission.
This workshop will fill up fast so please let us know if you would like to be on the mailing list for future singing classes.
Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona Street.

The Harmony Singing by Ear workshop is now full. If you would like to be on the mailing list for future singing classes send your contact information to and put "singing signup" in the subject line

May 12th, 8:00 Square Dance and Social
(come early and jam with the band at 7:00)

Port Townsend's Ferry Hoppers have just returned to Port Townsend from a Lopez Island square dance adventure and are scheduled to rock Quimper Grange on May 12.  The band includes

Caller Colin Sterling
 Channing Showalter, along with Chimacum favorites Joanne Pontrello , Paul Denison, and Annie Schermer.  The caller is Colin Sterling from Olympia. Colin has called square dances from way up in Conway all they way down to Olympia. I have been wrangling to get Colin to call one of our dances for several years and he is finally on the schedule.  This is the last dance of the season; don't be left out!  Dancing starts at 8PM (dancers can come early and jam with band
at 7 PM) and goes till 11PM.

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 $5 if you arrive on bike or foot or bring a non disposable water bottle; $7 for car drivers; 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.

Tinker Cavallaro 
May 19th, 7:30-11 Contra Dance

Music: "Barrel of Monkeys" Terry Weiner, mandolin, Becky Evasick, fiddle, and Nancy Katz, bass. Calling: Tinker Cavallaro
This newly formed contra dance band has some of the most experienced local musicians around. With over 100 years of playing combined, they invite you to come and join in their fun and love of music by dancing to their tunes!
Lesson 7:30 to 8:00
Come early for the free lesson if you're a beginner or want a refresher.
Admission $6
16 and under free
No need for a partner. Come alone or bring your friends!
Location: 1219 Corona, Port Townsend,

Call for Volunteers
We are aiming to get some big projects done in the next couple of months so if you are willing to put in some time helping out you can email us at 
Some examples of help we'll need: We could use help prepping the dance floor for refinishing, moving topsoil onto the berms, and we're looking for someone who has expertise working with marmoleum that can help lay it in the small bathroom.  

Big Changes In The Kitchen Are On The Way!
We're moving forward on hall upgrades inside and out! Bids and estimates are rolling in for replacing our plumbing and old kitchen appliances and we're gearing up for refinishing the floor, and having the exterior of the Grange hall painted. To start with we've been sorting through cupboards and our storage room, getting rid of unneeded items and assessing what we are lacking. The first two noticeable things that have been done are removing the big yellow double ovens and reconfiguring the awkward passover counter. 
All of the these improvements are going to cost Quimper Grange a lot of money, more than $9,000. So when you get our "Be a Quimper Grange Hero" donor appeal please give generously. If you are not on our email list you can still donate by sending a check to: Quimper Grange
PO Box 1844
Port Townsend, WA98368

Thank you Len Feldman for volunteering to cut back the passover counter top and doing a great job. Now, it's just the way we like it!