Wednesday, May 13, 2020

May 2020 Quimper Grange

Hello All,

Same as last month - stay (mostly) home, stay safe!


However, our Food Bank Garden is in full swing!  Please contact  Rachel Smith rdsmith491@gmail.com   if you would like to help! (bring your own tools, masks, gloves, ...)

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 2020 No Events

Hello All,

The Quimper Grange Hall will continue to be closed until the authorities declare it is safe to congregate again.

In the meantime walk, talk to friends (with distance or on phones, social media, email), garden, dance in your kitchen, learn a new skill, ...  Take care of yourself and others.  Wash your hands!  Wear a mask (bandanas work just fine).

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Saturday, February 29, 2020

March 2020 Quimper Grange Events

3/16
Last night, Governor Inslee announced that there will be a statewide ban on all bars, restaurants and recreational facilities. 

Accordingly, we've decided to make the hard decision to close down all Quimper Grange events; both those sponsored by us and those sponsored by others in order to keep this pandemic at bay here in our community.

There will likely be more updates to our operations as things continue to unfold. Rest assured that we will keep you informed as changes occur. Check www.quimpergrange.com for updates!

Thank you again for your forbearance and ongoing support. 

Stay well,

The Quimper Grange Board




3/13 - we are cancelling all Grange events for the rest of March.  This does not include rentals/rental classes. Please talk to them directly.

Stay safe everyone!  Wash hands, read books!
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As of 3/7 we will be cancelling Balkan Dance Party, the Contra dance, and the Todalo Shakers concert (hope to reschedule in October).  Our jam sessions are small and no immediate contact, so will have them unless things change.  We will have the Instrument sale on April 4th Noon - 2. We are waiting 2 weeks before deciding about the Balfolk dance.  Make sure to wash your hands, and do stay home if you are not feeling well. Stay safe!

Hello all!
In addition to our Instrument Sale on March 14th, we are ramping up for celebrating our 100th in April.  Save the date for our open House April 25th 1-4pm.
Side note - the Plant and Seed exchange is changing venue - they have their own place now.  Check bareboards for March 22nd for details.

Feb 29th 7pm Canote Brothers Concert!  


March 2020 Events


3/6  CANCELLED 7pm iPod Shuffle Community Dance
 Jack Dwyer, Jonathon Doyle, David Conklin and Tomoki Sage
All are welcome. Free, donations accepted. PLEASE, No Scents!

3/8 1pm Old Time Jam
Bring a snack to share if you wish. $3-$5.


3/13 7pm Balkan Dance Party
Dances taught. Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20.

3/14 Noon-2 Instrument Sale. Come sell or buy instruments or other musical items.  Instrument makers welcome too!  Free admission to the event. Seller tables 6' $20, 3' $10, no other fees.  Set up starts at 11:30.  Questions? Write to sheila quimpergrange@gmail.com
 

3/14 7:30pm Contra Dance

 








 The Possum Carvers will keep your feet moving! Jeanie Murphy on banjo, Scott Marckx on fiddle, Chris Cooper on guitar, with Marlin Prowell calling. 
There's a free half-hour lesson at 7:30 so come early if you are new or would just like a refresher. All dances taught. $6.


3/15 1pm-3pm Song Circle and Jam
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well. $3-$5.

3/15 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam
Bring your music stand! $3-$5.

3/26 7pm The Todalo Shakers



The Todalo Shakers (Eric & Suzy Thompson, Matt Weiner, WB Reid, Frannie Leopold) specialize in vintage jug band party, blues, rags and stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. Complex and soulful vocal arrangements create rich and funky harmonies.
ericandsuzy.com/todalo-shakers.html

Co-sponsor KPTZ 91.9  
Doors open at 6:30pm. Sliding scale $15-$25.

3/27 7pm Balfolk International Dancing
This month first set is Italian music by The Nines, dances taught by Diane Thompson, Linda Natali, and Lisa Flores. After that polkas, schottishes, bourees, waltzes, zwiefacher, troikas, and more, all to live music! Dances taught. $5-$20

Saturday, January 25, 2020

February 2020 Quimper Grange Events

February 2020 Events

Save the date! March 14th Instrument Sale. Come sell or buy instruments or other musical items.  Instrument makers welcome too!  Free admission to the event. Seller tables 6' $20, 3' $10, no other fees.  Questions? Write to sheila quimpergrange@gmail.com
 

2/7 7pm iPod Shuffle Community Dance
Abakis and Friends 
(Abakis, Angie Tabor, David Conklin, and Jack Dwyer)

All are welcome. Free, donations accepted. PLEASE, No Scents!

2/9 1pm Old Time Jam
Bring a snack to share if you wish. $3-$5.


2/14 7pm Balkan Dance Party
Special Band - Folkvoice from Seattle!

Dances taught. Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20.

2/15 7:30pm Contra Dance

The Whistlebees play cherished old-time tunes that will buzz you into bliss. You’ll want to dance with your honey or at least tap your foot and grin! Famed duo The Beckster and Quenn Charrier blaze away on the fiddles, Carol Hardy rocks the guitar, Jeanie Murphy gallops on the banjo, and Tracy Grisman pumps and thumps the bass, all of it catching you up in listening and dancing joy.


with fabulous caller LauraMe Smith!

There's a free half-hour lesson at 7:30 so come early if you are new or would just like a refresher. All dances taught. $6.

2/16 1pm-3pm Song Circle and Jam
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well. $3-$5.

2/16 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam
Bring your music stand! $3-$5.

2/28 7pm Balfolk International Dancing
This month first hour is Balkan and other line and circle dances followed by polkas, schottishes, bourees, waltzes, zwiefacher, troikas, and more, all to live music! Dances taught. $5-$10.

2/29 1-3pm The Canote Brothers Workshop
Old Time fiddle, guitar, and uke! $20

 
2/29 7pm The Canote Brothers Concert


Old Time Tunes, Twin Brother Harmonies! 
Join Jere and Greg Canote as they continue the early country music tradition with rousing fiddle tunes, wacky novelty songs, and spirited musicianship. The Canote brothers have been playing in the Northwest for dances, events and their own radio show for over four decades. Their personal and musical enthusiasm, energy and humor knows no bounds!
Doors open at 6:30pm.  Sliding scale $15-$25.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

January 2020 Quimper Grange events

Happy New Year! Quimper Grange is starting it's 100th year! 

 

Here's a look back at what we presented in 2019. Last year we offered 23 concerts, 11 Emergency Preparedness workshops, as well as, music and garden-centered workshops. The volunteer-supported Quimper Grange Food Bank garden donated over 2700 pounds of fresh, organic food to the Port Townsend Food Bank, and we now have 3 music jams a month and 4 monthly dances!

In addition to that, the entire interior of the Grange Hall has fresh paint, most recently the main hall.  Thanks to our many volunteers: Farren, Doug Groenig, Ed Boring, Phil Burwell, Barbara Tusting, Tom Lambrecht, Michael Everitt, George Yount, Sheila Long, and everyone else who helped! We also had our dance floor professionally refinished.


As we head into 2020, we are planning even more improvements to the building. We are working with Richard Berg of Terrapin Architecture. Our first building goal is to build an ADA-compliant access ramp, with parking and a covered porch. Phase two will include an ADA bathroom and commercial kitchen. The plans have been drawn and we are working on estimates. We'll start fundraising this spring.
 
We'll be celebrating this year with an assortment of events, especially an Open House in April - National Grange Month!

We would like to thank all of you who support and participate in events at Quimper Grange. We hope this year treats you all well, and hope to see you at the Grange!

Sheila Long, President


 
January 2020 Events


1/3 7pm i-Pod Shuffle Dance
Couple dancing - swing, waltz, and many more styles. No partner needed. By donation.



1/10 7pm Balkan Dance Party 
Dances taught. Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20.


1/12 1pm Old Time Jam
Bring a snack to share if you wish.$3-$5.


1/19 1pm-3pm Song Circle and Jam
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well. $3-$5.


1/19 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam
Bring your music stand! $3-$5.
 

1/18 7:30pm Contra Dance

The Luddite Ramblers

The Luddite Ramblers are Laurel Stone (fiddle), Craig Shaw (flute, fife, whistle) and Jay Finkelstein (guitar). They magically weave together an infectious dance rhythm, enchanting melody, and rich harmony.

There's a free half-hour lesson at 7:30 so come early if you are new or would just like a refresher. All dances taught. $6.


1/23 7pm SVER - Epic Nordic Folk Music



SVER consists of Olav Luksengård Mjelva (fiddle and Hardanger fiddle),Anders Hall (fiddle and viola), Leif Ingvar Ranøien (diatonic accordion), Adam Johansson (guitar) and Jens Linell (Drums and percussion). Their imaginative soundscapes, grooves, and melodies will take you on a journey over the Norwegian fjords and mountains, into the lively pubs and back out into the deep forest.
Doors open at 6:30pm.  Sliding scale $15-$25.




1/24 7pm Balfolk International Dancing

This month first hour is Balkan dances followed by polkas, schottishes, bourees, waltzes, zwiefacher, troikas, and more, all to live music! Dances taught. $5-$10.

Friday, November 29, 2019

December 2019 Quimper Grange News

  We're wrapping up the year with music and dance!  Come enjoy the new look of the hall, and dance, listen, and play!

 

December Quimper Grange Events

 

Jonathon Doyle by Joel Patterson

12/6 7pm i-Pod Shuffle

Jonathon Doyle and Friends   

Couple dancing - swing, waltz, and many more styles.  No partner needed.
By donation



12/8 1pm Old Time Jam
Bring a snack to share if you wish.  $3-$5  



12/13 7pm Balkan Dance Party 

Michael Lawson, David Bilides, and Joe Finn

Dances taught.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20








12/15 1pm-3pm  Traditional Song Circle and Jam 
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well.  $3-$5.


12/15 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam   
Bring your music stand!  $3-$5 


12/21 7:30pm Contra Dance

North Beach Drifters  
One of Port Townsend's exceptional contra bands, the North Beach Drifters with Katya Kirsch on banjo, Bobbi Nikles on fiddle, Roland Nikles on guitar and Len Feldman on  concertina bring their warm and  rich music to the Grange for the dancers enjoyment.  Playing traditional tunes as well as their  own compositions their music will charm and light the way out of the darkness on the longest night of the year...Winter Solstice 



Alex MacLeod, calling
Known for his fun and interesting square dance calling, Alex brings clarity and spot-on timing to the art of calling. Expect to dance circles and contras as well as a few squares thrown in to spice it up. He'll be teaching a free half-hour lesson at 7:30 so come early if you are new or would just like a refresher.
 All dances taught.  $6.


12/27 7pm Balfolk 
International partner and line dances. 

This month first hour is Balkan dances followed by polkas, schottishes, boures, waltzes, zwiefacher, troikas, and more, all to live music! Dances taught. $5-$20

Friday, October 25, 2019

November 2019 Quimper Grange News



Getting Ready for 100!

In 2020 Quimper Grange will turn 100, and we are planning several events to celebrate! 
Stay tuned!

   We've been fixing up the building and grounds: new paint in the kitchen and hall ceiling; painted the floors of the kitchen and large bathroom; reorganized, remodeled and painted the storage closet, installed a new locking mailbox; and changed the layout of the garden. A big thanks to all our volunteers!  Barbara, Bill, Doug, Ed, Farren, Kathy, Michael, Sam, Sheila, and Tracy.

 We will be painting the inside of the hall in November.  Send us an email (quimpergrange@gmail.com) if you'd like to lend a hand!


November Quimper Grange Events

11/1 7pm i-Pod Shuffle 
couple dancing     no partner needed
by donation





11/4 6pm Howard Rains art show
            The art show runs before and during the concert!

        7pm Spencer and Rains  Texas and Kansas fiddling 

Spencer & Rains are known for their twin fiddle harmony, which is a product of the influence of midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child.  At the same time,  Howard’s distinct repertoire reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. That same sense of harmony is in their vocals, as well, which they pull from all manner of American folk music. Both multi-instrumentalists, they are steeped in tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and teaching of old time music. $15-$25 sliding scale  
If you have any questions call Marla at (360)385-6924


11/5 1pm Spencer and Rains Fiddle Workshop
$15-$25 sliding scale 
 

11/6 1:30pm Emergency Preparation: Camping in your House.
Put on by the L2020 NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!

11/8 7pm Balkan Dance Party 
Dances taught.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. $5-$20







11/10 1pm Old Time Jam         
Andy Olney will be teaching the first hour! Bring a snack to share if you wish. $3-$5.

11/14 7pm Ruthie Dornfeld and Morten Alfred Høirup    
Lovely music from all over 
Roots music is a wellspring for Copenhagen guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup and Seattle fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld. The group they founded in the mid-‘80s, The American Café Orchestra, was an international trio serving up a mix of swinging dance tunes, reimagined traditional melodies, and striking, outside originals. This duo concert will feature Morten and Ruthie’s original music that draws inspiration from the traditions of America, Scandinavia, the Middle Ages, and beyond.  $15-$25


11/16 7:30pm Contra Dance
A new live band every month. All dances taught.  $6.

 Heliotrope - Michael Hobart on guitar, Robin Brown on fiddle, Paul Englesberg on flutes, whistle, & concertina, and Greg Sherman on bass.  They play tunes from the New England, French Canadian, and Celtic traditions, interspersed with some Bach, Mozart, Klezmer, swing, and jazz.


 


Amy Carroll, caller - Amy has been calling since 1987. Given people, 5 minutes, and a few dozen square feet, Amy can create a dance!





11/17 1pm-3pm  Traditional Song Circle and Jam 
Bring 10 copies of words (with chords if possible) to share. Snacks welcome as well.  $3-$5.

11/17 3:30pm Folk Dance Music Jam   
Bring your music stand!  $3-$5 

11/20 1:30pm Emergency Preparation: Food Storage and Sanitation
Put on by the L2020 NPREP group and co-sponsored by Quimper Grange, Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Part of a series - come to one, some, or all!

11/22 7pm Balfolk 
International partner and line dances. 

This month first hour is Balkan dances.  Live music!  Dances taught.$5-$20