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.

May 2016 - Old Time Jam with Bruce and Bonnie; Square Dance with Amy Carroll and the Last Chance Stringband

May 4th, 7:00: pm Old Time Jam

This month's Old Time Jam will be led by Seattleites, WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow, who have graced the stage on many occasions at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and were stars of a Quimper Grange "House Concert" and workshop in March of last year. WB will teach Illinois Rickett's Hornpipe and has made a regular speed and a slow recording. If you want to preview them they are here:


They will have CDs available in case you are interested in taking some of their fine music home. Our jams are participatory so bring an instrument and prepare to have fun! Players of all ages and abilities are welcome.
There is a suggested donation of $1or $2 to help pay for heating the hall. You are encouraged to bring cookies or other snacks to share. Any questions? Call Marla at 360-385-6924

May 14 - Square Dance - Amy Carroll calls for the Last Chance Stringband

Caller Amy Carroll
Come on out to the last dance of the spring/summer on May 14th  Seattle's Amy Carroll calls all over the PNW and is known for family friendly fun.  Amy always brings an exuberance to her events.  The Last Chance Stringband hails from Port Townsend and includes long time dance fiddler Gary Pasco,
Last Chance Stringband
along with Carol Hardy, Roger Pick and Dave Thielk.   Round up a partner or 3 and head on up to the grange on Saturday, May 14.  Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come early and jam with the band at 7.   Partners are not necessary, come as you are!  These dances are family friendly.  All dances are taught; no experience is necessary.  For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308

Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals
May 21st, 7:30: Contra Dance
Please join us on Saturday May 21 as we dance to the tunes of Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals. AND as special treat, we have guest caller, Laura Mé. Come one, come all and have a great time! The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00 fee, $3.00 for those 18 to 3 years, free for under 3. The Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St., in Port Townsend.

April 2016 - Square Dance with Lisa McAvoy and the Hi-O Reverlers

April 9th Square Dance with Lisa McAvoy and the Hi-O Revelers

Chantereller Hunter and
Square Dance Caller
Lisa McAvoy
The Hi-O Revelers
Bellingham square dance caller Lisa McAvoy will grace Quimper Grange on April 9th, along with the Hi-O revelers from Seattle. This is Lisa's first dance at the Grange, but rumor has it when Lisa is calling it is hard to tell who is having more fun, the dancers or her! The Hi-O Revelers are Devin Champlin and Katy Harris currently out of Seattle. They play old time music with a good mix of fiddle breakdowns, mandolin rags, guitar blues and singing duets. Both Devin and Katy draw heavy inspiration from early recordings, as well as learning from the great living musicians they are fortunate enough to learn from and play with. Not a slicked up, modern take on an old thing, nor an archival reproduction, this is two people playing music they absolutely love with a passion. They are equally at home playing a square dance, for a honky tonk, on a festival stage, or sitting on a cooler in a field. For this dance, they will be joined by Levi Danner on bass, and Andy Rick on banjo and steel, both of Bellingham.

Rustle up some dancing accomplices and come on down to the Grange tonight. Or just show up on your own! Partners are not necessary. All dances taught, all ages and experience levels are welcome, all dances are taught. 8:00. Come at 7 to jam with the band. For more info call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.

April 16th (Sat) 7:30 Contra Dance: Tinker Cavallaro Calling

 Need fiddles for the dance?  Au Contraire - dance to traditional Contra Dance tunes which have been morphed into a swing spirit with dance-able improvisations.  Au Contraire members include "Chicago Bob Longmire on harmonica; guitar, George Yount on harmonica; ukulele, master uke picker Dick Hinshaw; Steven Urbanc serves on the great bass.Tinker Cavallaro calls dances to fit your dancing skills.  Bring a partner or find one at the hall.  We'll have plenty of partners to go around on Saturday, April 16th.  The dance will start at 7:30 and end about 10:30. $6.00, free for under 16.  

March 2016 - Quebecois House Concert, Square Dance with T Claw, and Contra Dance

Tuesday, March 8 Quebecois Workshop and Concert

On Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm, the Quimper Grange will present another in its series of traditional music house concerts. In addition, there will be a workshop prior to the evening concert at 3:30 PM Read on!

Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville. Andre Marchand, Normand Miron, and Lisa Ornstein will be doing a 3:30-5pm band-lab style workshop. They’ll teach 2-3 tunes and leave some time for a bit of jamming and friendly conversation. $15 gets you in. All acoustic instruments welcome (fiddle, guitar, accordion, sax, clarinet, flute, mandolin, banjo, concertina).

The concert, starting at 7:30, will feature music from Quebec with the band Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville (The Buzz Around Town). Quebecois music is lively, joyous and emotionally charged and the members of Le Bruit are all legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene. The band members are, Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Andre Marchand (guitar/ vocals), and Normand Miron (accordion/vocals). Lisa and Andre first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic traditional music super group which kickstarted Quebec’s folk music revival. Normand is a marvelous singer and accordionist who grew up surrounded by family musicians in Lanaudière, the epicenter of Quebec’s folk scene. As a trio, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville’s music is deeply-rooted, innovative, nuanced, and spontaneous. André’s meticulous accompaniment and gorgeous vocals complement Normand’s pulsing accordion, grit-andpolish vocals and irrepressible spirit, while Lisa’s fiddle combines soaring harmonies with fiery tunes learned over years of kitchen visits with old masters. The members of Le Bruit have been on staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes here in Port Townsend numerous times and are skilled teachers as well as performers. Along with their concert, they will be hosting a band-lab style Quebecois music workshop. They’’ll teach 2 or 3 tunes and leave some time for jamming and friendly conversation. The workshop will be held at the Quimper Grange hall 3:30 - 5:00 on the afternoon before their evening concert. The workshop is open to all acoustic instruments (fiddle, guitar, accordion, concertina, flute, mandolin, banjo, clarinet, etc.).

Square Dance on March 12 with T Claw and Greywolf

Caller T Claw
 The effervescent T Claw is calling.  Tunes from local players
West Fork of the Greywolf
Greywolf.  Dancing starts at 8:00 PM.  Come at 7:00 PM and jam with the band. 

Fundraiser Square Dance for Bernie Sanders

March 18, at 6:30 at Quimper Grange!  Cost? DANCE IS FREE! All donations go to the Bernie Sanders Campaign


Sponsored by: The Millennials and Old Farts of Jefferson County, WA

Come get down and square with our Square/Contra dance Fundraiser for Bernie Sanders. We have two awesome old timey bands from PT: Rose Street Ramblers and The Possum Carvers and will be rotating between 4 Callers throughout the evening to keep it fun and fresh!

Whether you like to dance or not, come listen to some awesome music and get motivated for March 26th Caucus with tons of Bern supporters! If you've never Squared before-don't worry!-there will be lessons a long the way!

We will have special guest speakers who have been working around the country for Bernie Sanders, plus some Bernie swag for sale to get you decked out for the Caucus!

Contra Dance on March 19

Greywolf plays once again this month! This time for the third Saturday contra dance.  Dancing starts at 7:30 PM.

Chimacum Square Dance on March 25

Caller Joanne Pontrello
Joanne Pontrello and friends are going to be making the floor bounce at Chimacum Grange on Friday, March 25. Hot band and cool callers. Check it out.