November 2023 - Two concerts plus Partner and Balkan dancing

With our Merv-13 filtration system, we feel confident having our events. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or may have been exposed! See each event for COVID precautions.

Mark your calendars with these popular upcoming events (see below for more info)!
Sun Nov 12 - Second Sunday Social Dance with Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
Wed Nov 8, 15, 22 and 29 - Balkan Dancing Wednesdays (all but first Weds)
Fridays Nov 10 and 24 - Balkan Dance Party
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Special Events - Two concerts this month!

Kevin Henderson and Neil Pearlman
Thursday Nov 16 at 7:00 pm

Photo: Dylan Ladds

Two stand-out artists in the world of Celtic music, Kevin Henderson (“effortless grace and skill” -BBC2 Folk and Acoustic) and Neil Pearlman (“tremendous pianist” -BBC Radio Scotland) have joined forces to form one of the most exciting new acts in the Celtic music world. The duo is launching their debut album Burden Lake with tours of the US and UK over the next few months and their live show is not to be missed. Kevin's Shetland fiddle style is both fiery and sensitive while Neil's piano style supports with lush harmonies and syncopated, driving rhythm. The album features several new tunes composed by both musicians, with some traditional Shetland melodies scattered throughout.

A standard bearer for the rich fiddling tradition of the Shetland Islands, Kevin Henderson is known for his work with Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Boys of the Lough, Session A9 and Fiddlers Bid. Neil Pearlman is recognized throughout the Celtic and acoustic folk world for his unique approach to the piano which finds him in high demand often performing or recording alongside such figures as Alasdair Fraser, Darol Anger, Wendy MacIsaac, Katie McNally and many more.

Admission $20, masks requested
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Early Music at the Grange - Odd Pearl Consort
Saturday Nov 18 at 3:00 pm

L - R: Randall Wilkins, Miguel Rodé, Amy Warren, Bonnie Wilkins, not pictured - Lee Inman.

You are invited to attend the second of three concerts in the “Early Music at the Grange” series on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend. The performance starts at 3:00 PM.

The event is titled, “Superstars of the High Baroque” and features chamber music from 18th century Europe by the most renowned and skilled composers of the era: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, among others. The Odd Pearl Consort performs on reproductions of instruments used in the period, including Baroque flute, Baroque violin, harpsichord and viola da gamba.

Highlights of the program include three works that require two violas da gamba: two sonatas by Telemann, and a suite by Francois Couperin. These pieces are rarely heard, and are among the most delightful works by these excellent composers.

Performers in the consort are Miguel Rodé (Baroque flute), Bonnie Wilkins (Baroque violin), Randall Wilkins (Harpsichord), Amy Warren and Lee Inman (viola da gamba).

Tickets are $20 at the door; masking requested.

For further information, email, or


December Concert:

12/9 7pm Pint, Dale, Opland, and Freeman Winter Returns: Songs of the Season

Regular Events

Weds Nov 8, 15, 22, and 29 - Balkan Dance Wednesdays - 7 pm, $5 entry. Richard and Susi Watson host. Evenings start mellow and progress to intermediate.

Fri Nov 10 and Fri Nov 24 - Balkan Dance Party - 7 pm, $5 entry Sheila Long and Ed Boring host. All dances taught.

Sun Nov 12 - Second Sunday Social Dance with Ranger and the Re-Arrangers!
Cheri and Doug Partner Dancing presents Seattle’s "Gypsy Jazz" band Ranger and the Re-Arrangers! They evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Romani campsite with their version of Hot Club Swing. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional European melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger's unique originals. Entry is by donation; masking optional. 6:30-8:30.

Food Bank Garden News

The first frost of the year provides our carrots, beets, and celeriac with extra sweetness! It also reminds us of the importance of keeping our beds covered, not only to protect from freezing, but also to protect the soil from the rain’s erosion and compaction.

About half of our ‘cover crops’ have been sown, using Crimson Clover, Austrian Field Peas, and Diana Fava Beans as the main crops. The field peas and fava beans double as edible crops! These will be harvested and/or chopped into the beds before spring crops are planted.

The rhubarb patch has been divided to create another permanent crop bed. We use the ‘lasagna’ method of layering fresh greens and fall leaves, with a layer of dirt on top, and sprinkled with clover seeds. This method will produce a deep, luscious layer of compost in which to plant our crops in the spring. Other permanent crop beds, besides rhubarb, include elephant garlic (grown for winter greens), and late-season strawberries.

There is plenty of work to do. The Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden is one of the few Food Bank Growers gardens to produce crops throughout the winter for our local food banks. How can we do that? With the help of hardy volunteers, donations of supplies and funds, and our donated hoop houses which extend our growing season enormously.

We really need help in harvesting, washing pots, making lasagna beds, and weeding! Join the team any time Tuesday or Friday afternoons 1:00-3:00 to have fun, learn about growing (food/friendships), gathering (harvest /camaraderie), and giving (food/support to each other). ALL the produce grown at this garden is donated to food banks and other similar entities to enhance food security in our area. Contact to volunteer at this garden or one near you.

Grange Membership

Support your local Grange! Become a member! Keep the doors open to our community! Meetings occur the third Sunday of the month, at 7:00 pm at the Quimper Grange hall. Come at 6:30 and meet some of the group, and learn about activities, concerts and new projects we’re considering. Download and print our brochure (from membership tab and scroll down) and mail to: Quimper Grange - 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Building Rentals

Rent our Grange Hall for your event or meeting. We have an excellent air filtration system and a beautiful interior. Contact Doug at and arrange for an orientation. Check the Calendar of Events on our website, for available dates and more info or leave a message at 360-531-0326.

Donations Your support keeps the Grange hall open to offer music, dance, community events, and private rentals. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.

See you soon!