Wanna have a house dance????

Wanna have a house dance? All you need is 8 dancers and a small space (living rooms generally work great with a bit of furniture adjustments). I bring the caller and a band. Let's have a house dance! Dave Thielk 360-385-3308.



April 2014 - Squares with Anne Marie Schaefer and Cobbler; Contras with Sherry Nevins and Wild Phil

Two great dances coming up in April.


Guest caller Lindsey Dono will call some fun & lively dances on Saturday, April 12 at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange. She will be backed with tunes by Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals. The dance begins at 7:30 and ends about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3.

Caller Anne Marie Schaefer
Cobbler!
On April 19th, Olympia caller Anne Marie Schaefer will be squaring the sets with the duo Cobbler (Jesse Partridge and Jay Finkelstein) rocking the tunes out.  Jesse and Jay came last year in April, and rocked the house with some mighty fine dance music.  Jesse and Jay, also from Olympia, play for squares and contras all around western Washington.

Dancing starts at 7:30. All dances taught, experience is not necessary, all ages appreciated, and family friendly. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks to share with other dancers. 1219 Corona, Port Townsend. Adults $5.00; 16 and under free.

Come as you are. Partners are not necessary. See info at the right for admission costs. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle, and snacks to share. Hope to see you there.




March 2014 Airstream Traveler, Tim Jenkins, Rose Street Ramblers, North Meets South Ramblers with Gabe Strand

Tim Jenkins is still in Port Townsend. He is calling a square dance in Chimacum with the Rose Street Ramblers on February 28.  Dancing starts at 7:30 to 10:30 at the Chimacum Grange across from the Tri Area Community Center.  
The Rose Street Ramblers
Caller Tim Jenkins
He will also be calling the March 1st contra dance (normally on the second Saturday, but this month on the 1st Saturday) with Airstream Traveler playing the tunes.  Dave Thielk will be sitting in with the band on banjo.  Dancing runs from 7:30 to 10:30 at the Quimper Grange in Port Townsend.
Airstream Traveler


Caller Gabe Strand
Later in the month, the North meets South Ramblers are playing traditional tunes for square dance caller Gabe Strand on March 15 at Quimper Grange. Gabe Strand hails from Seattle and has been a key player in the traditional music and dance revival in the northwest. This will be Gabe's third visit to Quimper Grange. Gabe has experience with dancers of all ages and experience levels.

The North meets South Ramblers hail from Haines, AK, San Diego, CA,
and places in between. They play southern Appalachian square dance
tunes; instrumentation includes fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass.

Dancing starts at 7:30. All dances taught, experience is not
necessary, all ages appreciated, and family friendly. Dancers are
encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks to share with
other dancers. 1219 Corona, Port Townsend. Adults $5.00; 16 and
under free.

All dances are come as you are.  All experience levels and ages are welcome.  Partners are not necessary.  See info at the right for admission costs. Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle, and snacks to share.  Hope to see you there.


February 2014 - Contra Dance Featuring Fiddlers for the Floor with Jo Yount calling; Square Dance with caller Tim Jenkins and the From-ers

Caller Tim Jenkins 
Lots of dances in the next month! On Feb 8 Fiddlers for the Floor will play dance tunes with Jo Yount calling. Fiddlers for the Floor feature 3 (count 'em) fiddlers: Tim Cullinan, Kristin Smith, and Steve Nordine with back up musicians Val Cullinan, Llory Wilson, and George Yount. Jo Yount will call contras and related dance forms. Dancing starts at 7:30.


Airstream Traveler
Visiting Wisconsin caller Tim Jenkins will be calling the February Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social on February 22nd. The From-ers will play the tunes. The From-ers include Scott Marckx on fiddle, Jeanie Murphy on banjo, and Chris Cooper on guitar. I think its going to be
The From - ers
rock and roll time!


On February 28, there will be a square dance at the Chimacum Grange.  Rose Street Ramblers will play tunes, again with visiting caller Tim Jenkins.  The Rose Street Ramblers play old time rocking good
The Rose Street Ramblers
dance tunes.  Becky Evasick on fiddle, Dave Thielk on banjo, Carol Hardy on guitar and Lori Bernstein on bass.

Note: on March 1 (the first Saturday) caller Tim Jenkins returns again to Quimper Grange calling contras. Airstream Traveler is the band. There will NOT be a contra dance on the 2nd Saturday.

All dances will be taught!  Dance times start at 7:30.  1219 Quimper Grange.  Partners, experience not necessary!  Family friendly, and CHEAP  ($5.00 for the square dances; $6.00 for the contra dances).  See you there.








January 2013 - Marsha Weiner and the Hot Dogs with Nan Evans calling Contras; Jack Dunton calls squares

Square dances will be on the 4th Saturday in January and February!


Caller Nan Evans
Time to celebrate the new year with all the more dancing at Quimper Grange! The first contra dance of 2014 is on Saturday, January 11th at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange. Nan Evans will keep us moving to the tunes of Marsha Weiner & the Hot Dogs. The dance begins at 7:30 and ends about 10:30.$6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.



The first square dance of the season will be on the 4th Saturday, January 25th. Jack Dunton will be calling. Skookumband, with Dylan the fiddler, will be playing old time southern dance tunes.

Traditional dance opportunities are growing in Jefferson County. Both the Second Saturday contra dance, and the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social are hosting a steady and enthusiastic group of dancers each month. In Chimacum, Becky Evasick is organizing a square dance about 4 times each year, with the next one scheduled for February 28. These are good times for dancers.

What to expect later this year: Tim Jenkins from Wisconsin will be calling both a square dance and contra dance in Port Townsend, and a square dance in Chimacum. Gabe Strand and Anne Marie Schaefer return to call squares in March and April, respectively.


Hope to see all of you at a dance this year!

December 2013 - Charmaine Slaven, Willow Street Ramblers, Sherry Nevins with Wild Phil Plus New Year's Eve Dance!

Charmaine Slaven 
Caller Charmaine Slaven will host the December 21 Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social. This is Charmaine's second calling gig at Quimper Grange! Charmaine, the guitar player in the Tall Boys (of Seattle), is also a buckdancer, singer, and of course caller extraordinaire! And Charmaine is a founding member of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society and has been a driving force in the twice monthly square dance at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Live music will be played by local old time string band The Willow StWeet Women. The band includes fiddler Becky Evasick, banjo player Katya Kirsch, guitar player Carol Hardy, and upright bass player Lori Bernstein. Collectively, these players have over 60 years of playing for dances, from Colorado to Alaska.

Dancing commences at 7:30. All dances taught, partners are optional. All experience levels and ages are welcome and encouraged. Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share and their own personal water bottle. Adults (still) are $5.00; 16 and under free. 1219 Corona Avenue, Port Townsend. For additional information, see ptcommunitydance.com or call Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308.



Tunes for the December contra dance (December 14) are provided by Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals.  Caller will be Sherry Nevins.   $6.00 for adults, under 16 $3.00, and under three are free.  All dances taught, partners not necessary.  Family friendly.  See you there!
Caller Sherry Nevins
Rose Street Ramblers
Airstream Traveler
And, best of all, Quimper Grange is hosting the 4th annual building maintenance fund raiser on New Year's Eve!  Building hall maintenance continues to gouge our small budget (floors need refinishing, the crawl space has been cleaned and repaired, we need a bike rack, and we paid for a new electric main this summer).  Two bands - the Rose Street Ramblers with Katya Kirsch, and Airstream Traveler will be playing the tunes.  Dancing commences at 8:00 and will go till midnight.  Some drinks and holiday treats will be provide, and dancers are encouraged to bring food and (non alcoholic) drinks to share!  Admission is a suggested $12.00 donation. however NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR.  Drop in with a donation and say hello, or stay all night and dance and celebrate your heart out.

November 2013 - Tony Mates with the Onlies; Jeanie Murphy with The Rose Street Ramblers

Tony Mates, founding member of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society, will be calling squares at Quimper Grange on
Caller Tony Mates
Saturday, November 16 from 7:30 to 11:00.  Tony has been calling dances and teaching dance calling for at least 3 decades and has been calling in Port Townsend for at least twenty years.  The Onlies are returning to Quimper Grange for the third time and are one of the rockin’est dance bands in western Washington.

All dances are taught, all experience levels and ages are welcome.
Partners not necessary. Dancing workshop for beginners at 7:30; dancing starts at 8:00. Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share with other dancers.  Adults $5.00; youth under 16 free.

The Rose Street Ramblers play for caller Jeanie Murphy for The Second Saturday Contradance on November 9th.  Special guest
The Rose Street Ramblers
Katya Kirsch will be playing banjo (since I will be at Dare 2 B Square in Los Angeles).  Contradances are $6.00; youth $3.00;  three and under free.  
Caller Jeanie Murphy
8:00 - 11:00.

October Square Dance: Beware - T Claw is coming! Joanne Pontrello in Chimacum

Dance on over to the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social on Saturday, October 19th. Notorious Tennessee caller T Claw will be directing dancers to live music from Port Townsend banjoist Charles Espey and friends. T Claw has called dances at numerous festivals, including Morehead, Dare to be Square, Clifftop, Augusta Dance Week, Seattle Folklife, and the Portland Gathering. Over the last couple years, T
Caller T Claw
has been steadfastly touring the Southeast and Midwest to play and call dances, stimulating interest in towns that no longer have old school square dancing. We are pleased and fortunate to have him grace our hall. Charles Espey and friends play high energy old time Appalachian tunes specifically made for dancers! All dances are taught, all experience levels and ages are welcome. Partners not necessary. Dancing workshop for beginners at 7:30; dancing starts at 8:00. Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share with other dancers.

On October 5th, Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals play for caller Joanne Pontrello at Chimacum Grange.  All dances are taught, all experience levels and ages are welcome. Partners are not necessary. Dancing workshop for beginners at 8:00.

Come and join us in this fun and lively community dance, on October 12 at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange. Jo Yount will call while The Wharf Rats play. The dance begins at 7:30 and ends about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend. See http://ptcommunitydance.blogspot.com/ for additional information

Contra Dance on Sept 14; Fall Square Dance Season Begins on September 21!

September Contra Dance:

Come and join in the dance, Saturday, September 14 at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange in this lively form of community dancing. Nan Evans will keep us moving to the tunes of the Idle Frets. The dance begins at 7:30 and ends about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3.
Caller Nan Evans


Square Dance Season:


I am lining up the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social for this upcoming season (September through May).  I have some great bands and callers coming.

(Note:  All dances are on the 3rd Saturday EXCEPT January and February.  In those two months, the dances take place on the 4th Saturday.)

For September 21st:   Start out the Fall just a little square by heading over to the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social on September 21st.
Caller Joanne Pontrello
Joanne Pontrello from Whidbey Island will be calling the dances.  Live music will be served up by The Dry Hoppers, a Seattle-based band with Noah Frank on fiddle, Adam Price on banjo, Brian Peterka on harmonica, and Gabe Strand on guitar.
All dances are taught, all experience levels and ages are welcome.  Partners are not necessary.  Dancing workshop for beginners at 7:30; dancing starts at 8:00.  Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share with other dancers.

All dances will be at the wonderful Quimper Grange Hall at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend.

Admission for adults is $5.00 Youth 16 and under are free.  For additional information, go to ptcommunitydance.com or call David Thielk at 360-301-6005.

August 2013 - The Contradictions and Jay Finkelstein

Come and join the dance on Saturday, August 10th, at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange. Jay Finkelstein will keep us moving to while the Contradictions play the tunes. The dance begins at 7:30 and ends about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.

Contra Dances Continue in July, August; Next Square Dance in September

Otto Smith, George Yount, and Kristin Smith
Come to the PT Quimper Grange and join the fun on Saturday, July 13, as Eric Curl calls the dance to the tunes of Kristin, Otto & friends.   The dance begins at 7:30 and ends about 10:30$6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 3 to 18 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.
Caller Eric Curl