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Wanna have a house dance or a dance part with friends? All you need is 8 dancers and a little space. We can organize a band and caller for any event big or small. Dave Thielk 360-385-3308.



September 2014 - John Luna calls squares with the Rose Street Ramblers

The Rose Street Ramblers out for a ramble!
Caller John Luna
September is here and we are starting our Quimper Grange Square Dance series up again. Dances will be on second Saturdays from September to May.  On September 13, caller John Luna, from Corvallis will be calling squares at Quimper Grange on September 13!  The band will be local favorites The Rose Street Ramblers with Becky Evasick on fiddle. Dave Thielk on banjo, Carol Hardy on guitar, and Lori Bernstein on bass.

Dancing starts at 7:30.  All dances taught.  Neither experience or partners are necessary.  Come alone or with a friend or friends.  If inclined, dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share, and their personal water bottle.  Only 5 bucks!  16 and under are free.

Caller Jeanie Murphy
For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-30106005.

We also have a September contra dance on Saturday, Sept 20. Playing the tunes are the PT CRUISERS with Jeanie Murphy calling – all local experts, what a treat! 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.

August 2014- Amy Carrol calls contras with Kristin and Otto Smith; Square dance at the Pour House

On Saturday August 16, Amy Carroll will call the dance to the tunes of Kristin & Otto Smith . 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.


Joanne Pontrello will call squares at the Pour House on August 27. Dancing from 6:00 to 8:30. Details coming.

July 2014 - Contra Dance with Jay Finklestein; Squares at the Pour House;

On July 12th, check out the Chimacum Corner Farmer's Market Interdependence Day Celebration. Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals, a fabulous local traditional dance band, will be belting out the tunes while caller Joanne Pontrello will be calling squares. No experience required!  Music and dancing from 5 to 7 PM.

Our monthly contra dance has moved to 3rd Saturdays.  Jay Finkelstein calls the dance while Laurel & the Hardy Boys play the tunes on Saturday July 19. 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.

Also, Joanne Pontrello will be calling squares at the Pour House impound lot (outdoors by the water) on Wednesday, July 30, at 6PM.


June 2014 - Contra Dance in Port Townsend

The next Quimper Grange Square Dance will be the 2nd Saturday in September.  However, don't miss out on 4th Wednesday dances at the Pour House in Port Townsend.  Starting at 6PM.   In June, this will occur on June 25th.  No cover.  Joanne Pontrello calling.


On Saturday, June 14, Nan Evans will call fun & lively dances  at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange while the P.T. Cruisers 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.

Please note: As of July these regularly scheduled contra dances at the Quimper Grange will occur on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

As noted above, the 2014-2015 square dance schedule shifts to the 2nd Saturday, starting in September. The dates for square dances are:

9/13/2014
10/11/2014
11/8/2014
12/13/2014
1/10/2015
2/14/2015
3/14/2015
4/11/2015
5/9/2015

Please contact me for additional details. Dave T.

May 2014 - Squares with Peckin' Out Dough and Dave Thielk; Contras with the Rose Street Ramblers with Nan Evans

Caller Nan Evans
The Rose Street Ramblers

Lots of good dance things happening in May.  For starters, the Rose Street Ramblers are playing tunes for contra dancer caller Nan Evans on May 10th.  Sure to be a fun spring dance.  The Rose Street Ramblers, a local band,  have been playing dances together for 4 years, but collectively have about 75 years of dance playing behind them.  And they play like they have another 75 years to go.  For this dance they are thinking C tunes, a singing waltz and some hard rocking southern tunes, among others.

Caller Dave Thielk
One week later, on May 17th, during the heat of Rhody Fest, Pecking out Dough will team up with caller Dave Thielk for a rocking good old time square dance.  Peckin' Out Dough hails from Seattle, and represents square dance playing at its finest.  Fiddler Tony Mates has been involved with old time music and dance for decades, is a founding member of the Seattle Square Dance Society, and is a feared and revered dance caller in his own right!  For a short preview of Peckin' Out Dough's square dance music groove, check out this video.


Both the contra and square dances start at 7:30.  All dances taught and the events are family friendly.  Beginners and experienced dancers welcome.  Come alone, with a partner or with a gaggle of geese.  There is something for everyone.  If you can walk, you can dance.  And, if you want, you can just sit an listen to the music.  Come over to the grange and check out our wonderful dance community  Dancers are encouraged to bring easy snacks to share and their own personal water bottle.  Contra dances are $6.00 and squares are $5.00 with 16 and under free.  Email me for work trades at square dances.

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.