Thursday, April 18, 2019

May 2019 Quimper Grange News: Old Time Jam, Square Dance, Local Spotlight, Rigel Thurston, Contra Dance, Biochar, New Iberians Zydeco Dance,Orville Johnson


May 1, 7:00 First Wednesday Old Time Jam
Led by Steve Nelson, accompanied by Chris Cooper and Dave Thielk

Steve Nelson has been playing music in assisted living facilities for many years recently and has retired to Port Townsend. During his work life he developed a vast repertoire of old songs that he accompanied on guitar. In retirement he is returning to fiddling
He will start by playing in the key of D, teaching a Luther Davis tune, “Lily of the Valley” in the first hour, then switch to G tunes after the break then end with a couple of tunes in C.
Members of the Old Time community volunteer their time to lead the jams. They are not paid nor is the organizer, Marla Streator. All we ask is for a small donation to cover costs of using the hall. Snacks to share are appreciated. 
Doors open at 6:45
organized by Marla Streator

May 11, 8:00 Square Dance

Susan Michaels calls for the Canote Brothers and their Happy Pals, Nancy Katz and Jack Dwyer


The Canote Brothers
Susan Michaels from Vashon Island will be calling squares and related on May 11, starting at 8 PM at Quimper Grange.  The band is none other than the fabulous Canote Brothers.  Adding to the mix will be bassist Nancy Katz and banjoist Jack Dwyer.

Susan Michaels was the featured caller at the 2016 Dare to be Square West in Seattle.  She calls  . . . everything . . and does it with style and energy.  She is hailed as one of the top callers on the west coast. The May square dance is guaranteed to be most excellent.  And, as if Susan isn't enough to get you all to the dance, the Canote Brothers and Their Happy Pals will laying down the beats for you all.  The Canotes have been playing in the Northwest for dances, events and their own radio show for over four decades. Their personal and musical enthusiasm, energy and humor knows no bounds.  Nancy Katz is an exceptional musician, with decades of playing bass, guitar and banjo.  She will be laying down the bass beats for this dance. Jack Dwyer, a well known mandolinist and banjoist is also joining the group.

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.
Caller Susan Michaels


This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $7; 16 and under is free. For anyone bringing their own personal water bottle, or arriving on foot or bicycle, admission is $5.  Let's reduce our impact!  Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe and be prepared to rock out on this holiday weekend.  Come at 7 and jam with the band. For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

May 12, 6:00 Local Spotlight Social and Dessert Competition with Matt Sircely - Multi-Instrumentalist and Songwriter 


This Second Sunday series will feature a local musician in a quiet setting, and a home-made dessert competition at the long break!
Matt Sircely is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical interests span the worlds of folk and fiddle music, classic blues and country, vintage swing and bluegrass, and music from cultures across the continent and around the world. His instrumental work blends traditional and innovative approaches to mandolin, guitar, and four-string tenor guitar. Matt’s catalog of original songs is extensive, from simple songs of love and gardening to tales of history and struggle, hope and reconciliation. 

For the Dessert Competition:
Bring a home-made dessert with an ingredient list (allergies)
Winner will get a free pass and get to help judge at the following Local Spotlight Social event.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM.  $10, or $5 with a home-made dessert.
Organizing and Publicity Farren

May 17, (Friday)7:00 Concert and Potluck Rigel Thurston - Bluesy Piano and Soulful Vocals  PTHS class of 1999
Rigel plays piano and sings jazz, blues, rock, and pop in Austin, TX like Ray Charles meets Nora Jones with a streak of Lyle Lovett.
Rigel has been playing piano since he was eight. In high school he volunteered to sing eight bars of Frosty the Snow Man at at the annual Christmas concert marking the beginning of his singing career. He cut his teeth on the streets of Port Townsend Washington with a keyboard, mic and an amp. 
Doors open at 6:30.  Potluck at 7  Sliding $5-$10
Organized by Farren


May 18, 7:30-11 Contra Dance
Sweater Weather String Band

Adam Amr, percussion, Richard Vinh,  banjo, Will Jevne, guitar, Joey Gish, fiddle and Collin McAvinchey on mandolin  playing mostly old-time but other stuff too.  Juanita Ramsey-Jevne calling.  The band and caller are all from around the Salish Sea and they love knitwear.
Free lesson 7:30 to 8:00
Admission $6   
16 and under get in freeQuestions?       call Tinker: (360) 379 2882

May 20, 7:00 Introduction to Biochar Production and Use: Farm, Garden, Environmental Cleanup
with Francesco Tortorici

Francesco at Plant and Seed Exchange March 2019
The potential of biochar to heal the earth has led Francesco Tortorici to
promote its uses and benefits to farmers, orchardists and students as a soil amendment, as well as for the purpose environmental cleanup. With his wife Joan, he created Olympic Biochar, a business that produces locally made biochar. Most recently Francesco’s focus has been on regenerating soils using biochar to produce nutrient dense food.
An engineer and long time appropriate technology advocate, Francesco was the co-founder of the Norwegian Center for Appropriate Technology in the 70’s.  His interest in those technologies led him to attend the ETHOS
Biochar Stove Building Fundraiser  at Quimper Grange May 2013
(Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities Services) conference in 2011. Through that experience he worked with several NGOs that promote clean cook stoves, which also produce biochar. When Francesco first became interested in the topic of biochar in 2007 there were only 150 scientific papers written on the topic. Now there are about 18,000.
Seven years ago Francesco gave a talk about micro-gasifier stoves and biochar at Quimper Grange, the very first he had given on the subject. At his presentation he met and later collaborated with Sequim mushroom farmer, Lowell Deitz, to develop a commercial gasifier stove to pasteurize straw and make biochar. Since then Francesco has explored other aspects of biochar including collaborating with the Port of Port Townsend to design and build filters to remove heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
There will be opportunities for Q and A and a social half hour following program.
Suggested donation for this program is $5-10. Donations help maintain and make improvements to the Quimper Grange hall.
Doors open at 6:30
organized by Marla Streator

May 25, 7-10 New Iberians Zydeco Dance 
Co-sponsored by iPod Shuffle Community Dance and Quimper Grange



The New Iberians are returning to Port Townsend with some kick-up-your heels Zydeco Blues tunes on Saturday, May 25th, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Quimper Grange. Accordian and rubboard accompany this authentic Zydeco band from Portland. Come listen and/or dance to this amazing group!  
Preview them at: http://www.newiberians.com
Admission by donation
organized by iPod Shuffle Community Dance 

May 26th  1pm-3:30 Traditional Music Jam
The Traditional Music Jam will be held on the last Sunday of every month except June. Format:
  • Tunes/songs must be traditional (Old Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Swedish, “Gu-Achi”,…), moderately paced, and fairly easy to pick up.
  • Songs should have a call and response or a chorus or both
  • Round robin – when it’s your turn you may:
    • Call out a tune/song name, the key, and the tradition it comes from
    • Pass
    • Say a tune you’d like but need someone else to start it
    • Whoever starts a tune ends it
Doors open at 12:30. Suggested donation $5
Bring a snack to share at the long break!
Listeners are welcome.
Organized by Sheila Long

May 30, 7:00 Concert Orville Johnson  - Blues Master
Orville Johnson can sing the blues, pick the guitar and dobro and just about anything with strings on it, write you a song and tell you a story and then teach you how to do it, too. 
He's been doing it all his life since he grew up next to the Mississippi river and now, years later, after traveling the world and spreading the joy of music far and wide, he's still at it. Johnson is a hard musician to categorize since he can do it all. He's a singer, player, songwriter, author, record producer, loves every aspect of music and wants to let you know about it. Orville plays music that is good for you!
Doors open at 6:30pm  Sliding scale $15-$25
Organized by Farren and Sheila

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