Happy New Year! Quimper Grange is starting it's 100th year!
Here's a look back at what we presented in 2019. Last year we offered 23 concerts, 11 Emergency Preparedness workshops, as well as, music and garden-centered workshops. The volunteer-supported Quimper Grange Food Bank garden donated over 2700 pounds of fresh, organic food to the Port Townsend Food Bank, and we now have 3 music jams a month and 4 monthly dances!
In addition to that, the entire interior of the Grange Hall has fresh paint, most recently the main hall. Thanks to our many volunteers: Farren, Doug Groenig, Ed Boring, Phil Burwell, Barbara Tusting, Tom Lambrecht, Michael Everitt, George Yount, Sheila Long, and everyone else who helped! We also had our dance floor professionally refinished.
As we head into 2020, we are planning even more improvements to the building. We are working with Richard Berg of Terrapin Architecture. Our first building goal is to build an ADA-compliant access ramp, with parking and a covered porch. Phase two will include an ADA bathroom and commercial kitchen. The plans have been drawn and we are working on estimates. We'll start fundraising this spring.
We'll be celebrating this year with an assortment of events, especially an Open House in April - National Grange Month!
We would like to thank all of you who support and participate in events at Quimper Grange. We hope this year treats you all well, and hope to see you at the Grange!
Sheila Long, President
January 2020 Events
1/3 7pm i-Pod Shuffle Dance
Couple dancing - swing, waltz, and many more styles. No partner needed. By donation.
Dances taught. Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20.
1/12 1pm Old Time JamBring a snack to share if you wish.$3-$5.
1/19 1pm-3pm Song Circle and Jam
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well. $3-$5.
Bring your music stand! $3-$5.
1/18 7:30pm Contra Dance
The Luddite Ramblers
The Luddite Ramblers are Laurel Stone (fiddle), Craig Shaw (flute, fife, whistle) and Jay Finkelstein (guitar). They magically weave together an infectious dance rhythm, enchanting melody, and rich harmony.
There's a free half-hour lesson at 7:30 so come early if you are new or would just like a refresher. All dances taught. $6.
1/23 7pm SVER - Epic Nordic Folk Music
SVER consists of Olav Luksengård Mjelva (fiddle and Hardanger fiddle),Anders Hall (fiddle and viola), Leif Ingvar Ranøien (diatonic accordion), Adam Johansson (guitar) and Jens Linell (Drums and percussion). Their imaginative soundscapes, grooves, and melodies will take you on a journey over the Norwegian fjords and mountains, into the lively pubs and back out into the deep forest.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Sliding scale $15-$25.
1/24 7pm Balfolk International Dancing