April 2024

 With our Merv-13 air filtration system, we feel confident having our events. Please stay home if you are not feeling well! See each event for health precautions.

Mark your calendars with these popular sponsored events (see below for more info).

  • April 14 - Second Sunday Social Dance with Jack Dwyer & Friends
  • April 20 - An Evening of live Balkan Music + Folk Dancing - a QG Special Event!
  • Wednesdays - Balkan Dancing (all but first Weds of the month).
  • April 28 - KALOS returns - Celtic Roots music - KPTZ 91.9 FM public radio co-presents.


Sunday April 14th - Second Sunday Social Dance with Jack Dwyer & Friends!

Great tunes to dance or listen to! 6:30-8:30 p.m. Entrance is free although donations are appreciated. Masking is optional. Presented by Cheri & Doug Partner Dancing.  Jack Dwyer and his band will perform Americana & country roots music for your dancing enjoyment. Hosted by Cheri & Doug Partner Dancing. This dance event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted at the door. All donations support monthly social dances with (mostly) live music. Masking is optional.

A Quimper Grange Special Event

An Evening of live Balkan Music + Folk Dancing

Joe Finn ~ fiddler extraordinaire, Dina Trageser & Tedy Dimitrova ~ impressive vocalists, David Bilides ~ tupan/kaval, and Michael Lawson ~ fabulous accordionist/vocalist will perform an evening of live music to get your feet moving...you can also attend to just listen! Snacks to share welcome.

Saturday, April 20th, 7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:45,  sliding scale $5-$20

Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Wednesdays April 10, 17, & 24 - Balkan Dance  7 pm, $5 entry. 

No partner needed. Evenings start with mellow dances & progress to intermediate. Fast pace & fun! Richard & Susi Watson host.

Sunday April 28th, 7:00 pm, KPTZ co-presents: 

KALOS Celtic Roots Music with Energy & Pulse 

Jeremiah McLane (accordion), Ryan McKasson (fiddle), & Eric McDonald (guitar)

KALOS are three innovative interpreters and composers of Celtic roots music. Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald, & Jeremiah McLane are masters of tradition who create a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes. They purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges, delivering an alluring musical complexity full of spontaneity and joyful exuberance. They set the standard for traditional repertoire with an underlying drive and pulse charged with rhythmic electricity and integrity. www.kalosband.com

Sunday April 28th

Doors open at 6:30,  concert begins at 7:00 pm

1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368

$20 at door; please wear a mask.

KPTZ co-presents!

FUTURE EVENTS - Save The Date!

Saturday May 11th 7pm Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman Irish Harp & Guitar 

Maire Ni Chathasaigh, considered one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians, and Chris Newman, “one of the UK’s greatest guitarists” (BBC RADIO 2), have toured in twenty-three countries with their distinctive mix of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque - and striking new compositions. KPTZ co-presents! www.mairenichathasaigh.com


by Barbara Tusting

Spring has sprung
The grass has riz
I wonder where
The birdies is?

This was my father-in-law's favorite spring poem. I recite it each year, as it always seems appropriate given the fickle spring weather we have around here.                                            

January through March yielded 137 pounds of mostly greens from the Grange Garden to the local food banks. This winter we served both Port Townsend and Quilcene food banks. That's a lot of salad mix and stir fry mix!

Snap and shelling peas can still be planted directly into your garden (assemble your trellis first!).  They're likely to be healthier if you coat your seeds with pea inoculant. You can buy it locally or order it online.

Our peas are accompanied this year by Shuksan strawberries. They say they're June bearing, but truly they bear into August under the right conditions. The two strawberry beds are being lovingly planted and tended this year by our Community Connections friends. They were planted with lots of rich worm dirt grown right in our garden by Jo's careful tending. 

It's too early to start squash plants. The will come up, but it'll be such a struggle for them in this cooler weather that they will not thrive and won't produce what they could with a warmer start. Aim for May 6, not April 6, according to Linda Gilkeson, Master Gardener from Salt Spring Island in Canada. Their climate is much like ours, and we follow most of what she recommends.

What we are direct sowing right now are spinach, beets, arugula, onions (bunching and bulb) and chard. Carrots will also come a bit later. And we aren't planting many brassicas (broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc) because we're giving the garden a break from those for a year or two. It is said that one should separate growing brassicas in the same bed for 3-4 years to prevent disease and pests attracted to that plant family.

ALL the produce grown at this garden is donated to food banks and other similar entities to enhance food security in our area. Contact FoodBankGrowers@gmail.com to volunteer at this garden or one near you.

Pot washing on a warm-ish spring day by Community Connections volunteers. 
Left to Right: Blaine, Robin, Scott, Larry, and Debbie.

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 www.quimpergrange.com 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 quimpergrange@gmail.com and arrange for an orientation. Check the Calendar of Events on our website, quimpergrange.com 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 at the Grange!