May 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. 

  • Wednesdays May 8, 15, 22, & 29 - Balkan Dancing (all but first Weds of the month).
  • May 11 - Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman.
  • May 12 - Second Sunday Social Dance with Jill & Kevin and the Other Guys. Presented by Cheri & Doug Partner Dance Lessons.
  • May 25 - Schola Galante - a QG Early Music Series event.


Wednesdays May 8, 15, 22, & 29 - Balkan Dance  7 pm, $5 entry. 

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

A Quimper Grange Special Event

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Breathtaking Irish Harp & Guitar

Maire Ni Chathasaigh - deemed the doyenne of Irish harpers, and Chris Newman - considered one of the world’s most influential guitarists, will be bringing blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass, and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions.

“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique...” - The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Scotsman, & Froots.

Saturday, May 11th 2024

Doors open 6:30 pm • Concert begins 7:00 pm

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

$20 at door • masks optional

Sunday, May 12th - Second Sunday Social Dance 
with Jill & Kevin and the Other Guys.

Our Second Sunday Social Dance with Cheri & Doug Partner Dance Lessons presents live dance music with Jill & Kevin and the Other Guys. Jill & Kevin perform many of her own tunes as well as old-timey country, western swing, and blues numbers. Jill McAnally is perhaps our region’s most authentic female country voice.  She has been performing on stages from Alaska to Nashville Tennessee since she was 16 years old. She has opened for the Burrito Brothers, been called onstage to sing with Doc Watson, and has garnered praise from the likes of Don Everly. Teaming up with her husband, the amazing blues and swing guitarist Kevin McConnell. Formerly of the Lonestar Retrobates, Keven has been picking since he was 10 years old in numerous bands, sharing the stage with everyone from Elvin Bishop to Texas Playboy Johnny Cuviello. These two are sure to stir your heart and move your feet!

Second Sunday Social Dance 
with Jill & Kevin and the Other Guys
Sunday, May 12th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Admission by donation helps us bring you more live dance music!

A Quimper Grange Early Music Series Event

Saturday, May 25th • Schola Galante

Quimper Grange is pleased to present the next installment of our Early Music Series with 'Return to Potsdam' by Schola Galante, played on instruments appropriate to the period.

Ensemble Schola Galante members are left to right:
Dahti Blanchard, Lee Inman, Miguel Rodé, and Douglass Hjelm

Schola Galante focuses on music from the court of Frederick the Great, ruler of Prussia from 1740 to 1786.  The so-called 'Berlin School' of which he was a generous patron, attracted over 25 of the finest European composers and performers whose creations - chamber and orchestral music, as well as operas - epitomized the latest evolution of musical styles.  Most of Frederick's brilliant musicians have since faded into obscurity, but their influence on subsequent generations of composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven was profound. Frederick was also a talented amateur flutist, thus most of the music written under his sponsorship brilliantly demonstrates the capabilities of the Baroque flute. Come and hear this uplifting music!

Schola Galante
Saturday, May 25th 2024
Doors open at 1:30 pm, performance at 2:00 pm, 
Tickets $20
Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend


by Barbara Tusting

Hurray for the PT Noon Rotary! They gifted the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden with a generous grant written to "Improve Winter Produce Donations". With these funds we will be raising some of our beds out of the sodden spring-fed dirt into higher ground. This will enable us to grow more outdoor essentials like carrots, onions and greens well into the next year. "Nobody likes to have their feet wet," quipped Kerry, a Food Bank Growers volunteer.

As we hurry to get these 5 beds raised, we will also be improving and expanding our greenhouse growing areas. We will install gravel (to keep OUR feet dry!), massive quantities of compost, and irrigation to newly created beds.

A quote from Linda Gilkeson of Salt Spring Island: "As for when to put out the tomatoes and squash, when the night temperatures in your garden are over 10oC [50oF] most nights, plants will be fine, even if there is an occasional cooler night or two. Cucumbers, melons and sweet basil, however, are really sensitive to cool weather and will fare better if planted out after the weather has warmed up even more. In some years I have had to wait until the end of May to plant them out. If you do plant earlier, watch the weather forecast and be ready to cover plants with cloches or floating row cover on cool nights." If you wish to get on Linda's mailing list for more wonderful gardening tips, email:

Yesterday we were treated to a visit from Swan School students on a field trip with Head of School Emily Gohn. Her students have been working with Dundee Hill Community Garden leader Judy Alexander. They created a "Plant Train'' with carts and wheelbarrows and brought hundreds of beautiful veggie starts "freight" to the Grange garden.

The "freight" they wheeled in is for the combined Master Gardener/Food Bank Growers Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Chimacum School Multi-Purpose Room. The proceeds from this sale will benefit the Grange Food Bank Garden and the other 14 Food Bank Growers' Gardens in the area. Come and support both of these worthy organizations! Happy Spring Growing!