July 2024

 With our Merv-13 air filtration system, we feel confident hosting 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 July 10, 17, 24, 31 - Balkan Dancing (all but first Weds of the month). 
  • July 14th - All Peninsula Grange Bake Auction at the Sequim Grange.
  • July 26 - Special Guest Social Dance with The New Iberians!  Presented by Cheri & Doug Partner Dance.


Wednesdays July 10, 17, 24, & 31 - Balkan Dance  7 pm, $5 entry. 


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

Second Sunday Social Dance is cancelled this July due to medical issues. Instead, join us Friday, July 26th at this special event...

Special Guest Social Dance with
The New Iberians
Friday, July 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm

The New Iberians have been bringing their energetic brand of NW inflected Louisiana Zydeco to dance happy audiences since 1998 The band takes its name from the Gulf Coast burg New Iberia, Louisiana. Founding member Evan Shlaes learned the accordion and the blues growing up in Chicago, Illinois before relocating to Portland, Oregon.

Quimper Grange
1219 Corona Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Admission by donation helps us 
bring you more live dance music!

Saturday, July 13th, 2024 • 12 Noon 
All Peninsula Grange Bake Auction!

Please come help support the Olympic Peninsula Granges
and take home some delicious treats!
Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road Sequim, WA 98382


Sum', sum', summertime is here! This is so great for speedy growth of those much sought-after plants like tomatoes, basil, peppers, beans and squash! It also means that our steadfast team needs to check the garden daily, making sure new seedlings are kept moist, and opening and closing the greenhouses to regulate the temperatures.

Mary Beth's tomatoes are growing lickety-split. Every few days they need pruning and tying up. She grew most of them from seed, and we really look forward to the variety of produce that she chose to grow this year.

The most interesting news for us this month is that we are trying out four different varieties of sweet potatoes. The slips, which are usually fairly expensive, were donated by two volunteers and WSU Extension. We're excited to see how this project turns out; sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables out there, but they need just the right growing conditions! One bed of one of our hoop houses is dedicated to them this year.

Raised beds being filled with new, rich soil. Thanks to Noon Rotary!

The Improving Winter Harvest project continues on schedule. The generous grant from the Noon Rotary progresses to give us three of the five beds intending to built before the end of summer. Fall and overwinter crops will be planted inside, to include brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Our last crop of carrots is just about to be planted; this will carry us (we hope) well into the winter months, also increasing our winter yield for the food banks.

It's not too late to plant beets, chard, turnips, kohlrabi and kale, also endive and radicchio. Make sure to keep seedlings well watered until the plants are established; if the weather really heats up you may want to shade them from the searing rays of the sun.

The garden is always happy to have visitors. If you would like a short tour, please stop by any Tuesday and most Fridays, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We also have A LOT OF FREE POTS! Stop by anytime and take what you need from the growing pile outside our shed. We are temporarily cancelling intake of pots - we have too many!

JJ bringing in one of many wheelbarrows of soil/compost mixture. 
Who would think hard work would be so much fun?

Louise carefully picking snap peas from a snap pea project offered by WSU Seed Library. The insect trap hanging above is another project the garden is participating in with WSDA to assess how pests may be on the move in our area.


Grange Membership
Support your local Grange! Become a member! Keep the doors open to our community and keep the garden growing! 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.

Your support keeps the Grange hall open to offer music, dance, community events, and private rentals. We especially appreciate donations toward the cost of water to keep the food bank garden open. Checks made out to “Quimper Grange #720” can be mailed to 1219 Corona Ave., Port Townsend WA 98368.

See you at the Quimper Grange!