Wanna have a house dance????

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.



December 2014 - Trillium Stringband with Amy Hofer; Jeanie Murphy and Tunes from the North

Have you come to a Quimper Grange dance in the past year and left something behind?   Check out the photo or our lost and found!   All remaining goods will be auctioned off or given away at the end of the year!  There are shoes, water bottles, hats, scarves, paints, vests, coats and t-shirts!
The square dance falls on December 13 and features caller Amy Hofer with Trillium Stringband.  

Jeanie Murphy will be calling our contra dance on December 20, with tune provided by Len Feldman, Katya Kirsch, and Dave Thielk.  

Last but not least, this year marks the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Fundraiser Dance.  Two local bands, with Dave Thielk and possible guest callers, calling the dances. 

More details for all of these events to come!  




November 2014 - Possum Carvers with Dave Thielk Calling Squares; Wild Phyl and Laura Me Smith

Dave Thielk will be calling traditional square dances and related dance forms to live music provided by the extraordinary Possum Carvers on November 8.  Dave Thielk is a local musician/dancer/caller who has been involved with the community dance events in Port Townsend for over 25 years.  The Possum
The Possum Carvers
Carvers, also local, have been playing for squares and contras all over the State of Washington, and beyond, for decades.

Caller Dave Thielk
Caller
Laura Me Smith
All dances taught.  Come as you are. Singles, couples, families, and tribes, beginners and experienced, are all welcome.

Admission is $5.00.  Aged 16 and under are free.  All dances are taught.  This event is non alcohol and family friendly.  Dancers are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle and in inclined, snacks to share with other dancers.  Call Dave Thielk (360-385-3308) for more information.

Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
Joanne Pontrello
On Saturday November 15 as Laura Me' Smith calls the dance and Wild Phyl and the Buffalo Gals, with Joanne Pontrello, will 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.                                                    

Chimacum Potluck and Jam! 

Harvest Potluck and Old Timey Jam in Chimacum.   6:30 to 8:30 on Friday, November 21st. All players and experience levels are welcome.  At the Chimacum Grange.

October 2014 - Square Dance with Gabe Strand, and Skookumband (with Joanne Pontrello on fiddle); Contra Dance with Airstream Traveler and Carol Piening

Gabe Strand will be calling squares and related sets on October 11 at the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social.  Skookumband includes Joanne Pontrello (fiddle) and Charles Espey (banjo).
Fiddler Joanne Pontrello
Gabe Strand, from Seattle, calls dances up and down the west coast, from Arcata, CA to Bellingham, WA.  This is his 3rd visit to Quimper Grange.  Charles Espey and Joanne Pontrello, from Port Townsend, will be playing hardcore old time dance tunes.

Should be rocking good dance.  Dancing starts at 7:30 and goes till 11:00.   All ages and experience levels are welcome; all dances are taught.  Neither partners nor fancy duds are necessary. Come alone, as a couple, or as a tribe.  $5.00 for adults.  16 and under are free.  Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share with other dances, and a personal water bottle.  Hope to see you there.

The Third Saturday contra dance takes place on Saturday, October 18. Playing the tunes on is AIRSTREAM TRAVELER with popular guest caller Carol Piening. 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 Carol Piening
Airsteam Traveler

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.