September 2022

Greetings from Quimper Grange

Balkan Dance Party on September 9th will have Birgit and Philip Ages, with special guest Joe Finn, playing for our dancing pleasure! 7 - 9pm.  $5 or more, proof of vaccination.

Friday September 16th 7:30pm
John O'Connor - An Evening of Song, Poetry, Protest and Hope

Critically acclaimed songwriter and award-winning poet, John O’Connor will bring his songs, poems and stories of struggle, hope, hitchhiking, and love to Port Townsend. Admission at the door is a suggested $15 (no one turned away for inability to pay). Proof of vaccination must be presented for entry. Masks please.
John was a mainstay of the Seattle music and political scene in the heady days of the 1980s, when his debut album release brought him to national attention. He, and often the singing quartet he was associated with, Shays Rebellion, were regularly heard performing throughout Puget Sound for a wide range of causes, from labor to anti-apartheid, and in solidarity with revolutions in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Join former Northwind Poetry Reading Series Coordinators Sheila Bender, Sharon Carter, Gayle Kaune and Linda Robertson will read selections from their books of poetry in resonance with the evening’s theme, at the top of the second set. Books and CDs will be available during intermission and after the show.

We are continuing to have our 2nd and 4th Friday Balkan Dance Party. Starts 7pm, $5. Some instruction, sometimes some live music! Proof of current vaccination required.

Work Party!
For a semi-annual grounds beautification this year we have weeding & deadheading, mulching, new planting, and mowing. There are also finishing touches to the porch and stairs that the Boeing Blue Bills installed last month. This will take all of us pitching in to make it look its best. There’s something to do for everyone. Wednesday, Sept 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Grange. No need to RSVP, just show up with your favorite garden gloves and tools. Treats provided.

On Sat, September 24th, Quimper Grange will be hosting an Open House for the community at 1:00-4:00 pm. We will have a variety of music outdoors, will be showing off our new floor, and opening the garden for a show-and-tell. An Ice Cream Social will top off the day’s celebration. Come for a quick tour, or stay for the music, treats, and surroundings. All are welcome.

Food Bank Garden Notes
The end of the August presented with a wonderful opportunity to team up with WSU Growing Groceries team for an engaging panel discussion on winter gardening tips. The garden was presented in a tour at the end, with attendees duly impressed with this lovely and productive setting.

Bean season is upon us. Did you know that beans shouldn’t be picked when the vines are wet? That can introduce “bean bacterial blight” which damages the plant and will affect the rest of the season’s crops.

Crops that can still be planted from seed in September – corn salad (tasty, small leaves), cilantro, arugula, and winter lettuce. These are all winter-hardy food crops. And start looking for your favorite garlic to plant! Check out seed catalogs, or go to the Co-op or Chimacum Farm Stand and for a local varietal. Plant your garlic in October for a late spring/early summer harvest.

Catch those weeds before they spread seed. Mulch your existing plants well to dampen weed seed growth, retain water now and protect from the cold later. There’s still plenty to do in the gardens…

Sequim Grange Visit
Dave McDaniels and Cherri Cerutti from the Sequim Prairie Grange visited Quimper Grange to present the $988 check from July’s regional Grange dessert auction proceeds. Quimper members Doug, Jo, Barbara, Barney, Joanne, Mary Beth and JJ met with the two and discussed the Quimper and Fairview Granges co-hosting next year’s auction at the Sequim location. Dave, the Sequim Prairie Grange President, offered to continue as the auctioneer and to facilitate communication with Fairview. What generous neighbors!

Building Rentals
Rent our Grange Hall for your event or meeting. We have an efficient air filtration system and a beautiful interior. Check the website for more info or leave a contact/question message at 360-531-0326.

Volunteers are always welcome at the Grange or the Garden. There's a year-round supply of outdoor maintenance needed with mowing, weeding, and mulching. Contact Barbara at if you can spare an hour.

Our Grange
We are grateful for donations of any amount to help with the cost of repairs and maintenance to the Grange hall, keeping it accessible to the community. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.
Curious about the hall or grounds? Contact Doug at and arrange a time to be shown around. ut the hall or grounds? Contact Doug via email at and arrange a time to be shown around.