January 2019, Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Contra Dance, "Medicine Line" Metis Fiddle , Frankie Gavin Irish Fiddle, President's Farewell Message

Jan 2nd (Wed) 7:00 - Old Time Jam
Led by Bobbi Nikles accompanied by Bertram Levy

Start the new year with music! If you have not participated in the

Quimper Grange Old Time Jam before it is geared toward intermediate players but players of any skill level are welcome. The jam is structured, meaning the jam leader chooses all the tunes, the focus is on Old Time string band music. Usually there are fiddles, banjos, guitars, concertinas and an occasional mandolin or ukelele. Come join us!

This month’s jam will be led by Bobbi Nikles who will be accompanied by Bertram Levy on banjo. Bobbi will start us off teaching Henry Reed’s, The Route (A modal tuning on banjo’s). the rest of the tunes we’ll play are in the keys of D and G. There is a suggested donation of $1- $2 to help pay for hall use. Cookies /snacks appreciated
Doors open at 6:45           questions? call, Marla 360-385-69

Jan 12, 8:00 Square Dance - Alex Macleod and the Devil's Club Darlins'

Caller Alex Macleod
Alex MacLeod is calling squares and related dance forms at the January 12 (8PM) Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social. Alex, a founding member of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society, calls all over  the northwest and beyond. The Devil’s Club Darlins’, with Howie Meltzer and Laurel Bliss on fiddle, John Clark on banjo, John Hatton on guitar, and Dream Frohe will be laying down some very sweet dance tunes.  This dance could possibly be the highlight of your winter. Certainly the best January event to ring in 2019.

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.
The Devils Club Darlin's

Jan 19, 7:30-11:00 Contra Dance
to the Luddite Ramblers, Isaac Banner  calling

The Luddite Ramblers:
Jay Finklestein on guitar, Laurel Stone on fiddle and Craig Shaw on flute, fife and whistle. These fabulous musicians weave together infectious dance rhythms, enchanting melodies, and rich harmonies. A joy to dance and listen to!

Isaac Banner Calling:

A long-time contra dancer, Isaac has become well-known for his particular blend of humor and dance instruction. With contagious excitement, a warm cadence, and a cheerful personality, he brings moments of magic into the lives of newcomers and veteran dancers alike. 

Come early if you are new or want a refresher for a 1/2 hour lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8:00pm
Admission $6       16 and under free
Questions? call Tinker @ (360) 379 2882

Jan 23, (Wed) 7:00 Medicine Line Project 
Concert and Culture- Fiddling with Indigenous Dialect 
Featuring Metis Fiddler Jamie Fox and Pianist Scotty Leach 

Jamie Fox is collaborating with Scotty Leach for this project about the Metis music and culture along the Medicine Line (border between the US and Canada).

Jamie Fox is a Metis fiddler of the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes. She grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation of Northern Montana where she was immersed in a lively fiddle and dance tradition in the community, playing for dances starting at a young age. The tunes and dancing played there derive from a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures - local Saturday night dances were a positive bridge in the racial divide of what it meant to grow up on the reservation and be Metis - mixed blood. 
Scotty Leach hails from Centralia, WA and grew up in the folk music world. He is an accomplished pianist and also plays fiddle, with repertoire pulled from most North American genres of traditional fiddling.
Jamie and Scotty met at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes as teenagers and have been friends ever since by sharing tunes, traveling, and exceptionally dry humor. 

Doors open at 6:30pm.  Suggested donation $15-$20
publicity, Sheila Long

Jan 31, (Thurs) 7:00- Frankie Gavin Irish Fiddle

Frankie Gavin is one, and perhaps the best of, Ireland's premier
traditional fiddle players. And in a land that produces many prodigiously talented players, that is saying a lot.

In a nutshell, Frankie has been playing since the age of four, when he was handed a whistle, and has since performed for four presidents beginning at the age of six; is a founding member of the legendary Irish traditional band De Danann, in the forefront of the renaissance of trad Irish music along with Bothy Band and Planxty (and the reformed New De Danann); performs and records with other luminaries in the Irish traditional music scene and more, such as Yehudi Menuhin; was in the 2010 Guinness Book of World records as the world's fastest fiddler; has just recently win the 2018 Musician of the Year award from Ireland's prestigious Gradam Ceoil Arts Academy; AND recently performed for the Pope in Dublin

Frankie's artistry is amazing; he is a master of control over bow and fiddle, and makes each piece of music delight the ear.  His concerts also share anecdotes about his childhood and life on tour. 
                 Doors open at 6:30   $15-20 suggested donation  
Publicity Chris Stuart

2018 A Year of Giant Sized Accomplishments

Before saying goodbye to 2018 it’s worth looking back on what Quimper Grange accomplished this past year. We were able to host:
  • 13 contra dances 
  • 9 square dances
  • 10 Old Time Jams
  •  9 Quimper Grange House Concerts
  • 1 harmony singing workshop
  • 1 Danish dance workshop
  •  5 educational programs
  •  The 7th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange 
  •  The first (annual?) instrument sale 
When you are in the hall peruse the posters on the wall so you can see the wide variety of public events we were able to offer the community. But there is more! A massive effort was put into improvements to the hall and grounds, including: 
  •  Exterior of the hall: painted
  •  Bathrooms: new sinks, paper product dispensers, grab bars, and mirrors; walls painted. Big bathroom remodeled, small bathroom now has marmoleum on the floor. 
  • Kitchen: old appliances were removed, and unused kitchen items were sold at a garage sale. One of the counters was extended, the other reconfigured. A new stove and refrigerator were installed
  •  Plumbing: all of our WWII era plumbing, pipes; drains; water heater; everything was replaced, and an outdoor faucet and hydrant were added
  • Dance floor: refinished
  • Furnishings: We purchased 22 new tables and Chimacum Grange offered us many chairs they no longer needed. So we have more and better seating. 
When you think back on 2018 hopefully you have joyful memories that include our warm and welcoming Grange hall! These accomplishments are the work of a very small number of people, all of them volunteers. A special thanks to Farren, Marla Streator, Sheila Long, Rob Harbour, JoYount, Dave Thielk, Deb Wiese and Janeann Twelker who did the majority of the heavy lifting.

President’s Farewell Message
Marla Streator, Quimper Grange 2013-2018

In 2013 I reluctantly became the president of Quimper Grange and took on the responsibility because no one else was willing to do so. Our membership was down to the bare minimum and there were several months we didn’t even have a quorum to conduct business.
I am pleased to say that by actively seeking members we built up our membership enough to be able to start getting things done. We still don’t have a lot of members but have had enough to plow ahead anyway.
Among my proudest achievements in the past 6 years are starting the highly successful “Quimper Grange House Concerts” in 2012, and the low key Quimper Grange Old Time Jam in 2015.  Most Quimper Grange members are musicians or dancers so going where the energy is made sense. 
Besides creating music events there is also a lot of energy around dance so another source of pride has been saving the Quimper Grange dance floor.  A few years ago we were down to bare wood on a floor that cannot be sanded down again because it is down to the the tongue in the tongue and groove. But, thanks to expert advice of Michael Morrow of Sound Hardwood Flooring, I was able to create an easy to follow step by step, how to refinish the dance floor document with colored pictures. Now we can refinish the floor ourselves. If we continue refinishing the floor annually the floor is saved!
Although I will be stepping down as president after 6 years and passing that baton to Sheila Long I will still be doing things that keep Quimper Grange rolling like posting Quimper Grange News on this website, producing the occasional concert or educational program, continuing to organize the Old Time Jam, helping out with the Plant and Seed Exchange and taking on the role of Corresponding Secretary. It will continue to be my pleasure to help Quimper Grange serve the community.

February 3rd 7:00 PM-  Joe Newberry Concert
Details will be in Feb Quimper Grange News posted at the end of Jan