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.

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April 2017 - Amy Hofer and Anticipation at the April Square Dance

April 22nd, Saturday - Square Dance and Social with Amy Hofer, and Anticipation


The Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social has been moved to the 4th Saturday for the month of April!  There is no dance on April 8th!   The dance will be held on April 22nd.  But, don't be alarmed. We have the wonderful Bruce Reid, Bonnie Zahnow and Jeanie Murphy playing tunes, with caller Amy Hofer coming up from Oregon.  More details soon.

March 2017 - Jammin' with Eva Leach, Square Dancin' with Jenny Monfore, and Contra Dancin' with Laure Me and the Canotes

What a great bunch of folks contributing to music and dance this month at the Grange!  It is fun, and gratifying to see players, callers, and dancers of all ages gracing the Grange Hall.

1st (Wednesday) 7:00-9 Old Time Jamwith Eva Leach

This month's Old Time Jam will be led by Eva Leach who grew up surrounded by music. Her family lived next to the sheep field 
Eva holding forth at the Centralia Old Time Campout
which is the site of the Centralia Old Time Campout, started by her fiddling parents almost 15 years ago and Eva has been a participant at Centrum's Fiddle Tunes Festival for almost as long.

The tune Eva plans to teach at the jam is Newt Payne's Great Big Taters in the key of G (standard tuning on fiddles). We will also be playing in the key of A. All levels of players are welcome however the jam is geared toward an intermediate skill level. A donation of $1or $2 is requested to help pay to heat the hall. Snacks to share are encouraged.
Any questions about the jam? call Marla 360-385-6924



March 11(Saturday) 8:00-11 Square Dance



Caller Jenny Monfore

March is the month of change. Peas go in the ground. Other garden work, also. Daylight savings begins, which means we all go crazy on March 12. Spring starts on March 21. So much to think about. Better get on over to the Quimper Grange and get on an even keel! Jenny Monfore is calling this month.  Jenny is a recent transplant to Port Townsend who plays hot fiddle, as well as calling cool dances. This may be your one and only chance to dance for her as she is attending the Woodworking school for just a few months.  The band is Ratrap. Ratrap is Dave Thielk, Chris Cooper, Terry Weiner and Nancy Katz.  They are still kicking out square dance tunes after all these years!   Check 'em out.  

All dances are taught.  All ages and experience levels are welcome. This a family friendly event.  Dancers are advised to bring their own personal water container.  And, if inclined, they can bring some light snacks to share. Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come at 7 PM and jam with the band.  Adults $6.  16 and under free. 

March 18 (Saturday) 7:30-11 Contra Dance: Greg and Jere Canote, LauraMe Smith Calling




For our upcoming contra dance we are blessed to have the famous Canote Brothers, Greg and Jere, playing their incredibly fun and driving music.  With over 40 years of playing together their music brings us all together as one big dancing family.


LauraMe Smith will be calling.  She too has been on the dance scene for many years, and seems to have an infinite amount of dances up her sleeve. Best of all she brings amazing humor to the dance floor.
admission $6,  under 16 free

February 2017 - Hoot and Holler Square Dance; House Concert with Hoot and Holler! and Contra Dance with Wild Phil and Sherry Nevins

February 1st First Wednesday Old Time Jam with Dave Thielk

Dave in the chicken coop!
Dave Thielk will be leading the tunes this month at the First Wednesday Quimper Grange February Jam.  Dave will be playing in the key of D and the key of A (fiddle tuned AEAE).   Dave has been dancing squares, and contras since 1976, when he moved to Seattle and immersed himself in the now infamous dance scene led by stalwarts such as the Mudflap Ramblers, and Sandy Bradley.  Shortly afterward, Dave started playing back up guitar, then banjo, and more recently fiddle.  Dave approaches the fiddle from the dance perspective, but also goes back to original source material before making tunes his own.  He will be playing tunes from John Salyer, Ernie Carpenter, Melvin Wine, Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Tommy Jarrel, James Bryan and others.




Saturday February 11 - Square Dance with Dave Thielk and Hoot and Holler

Caller Dave Thielk
Hoot and Holler (Amy Alvey on fiddle, and Mark Kiliansky on guitar) are coming to Quimper Grange to play the February 11th square dance. Local caller Dave Thielk will be rapping out the dance moves. Hoot and Holler are on a West Coast tour, and we were able to schedule them for both our monthly square dance and a house concert (see below). These guys have energy and drive, and put a really nice edge on old time dance music. It will be a rocking good dance.
Hoot and Holler

Dancing starts at 8 PM but you can come at 7 and jam with the band! All dances are taught. All ages and experience levels are invited. Families,
tribes, couples, and lone coyotes are all welcome. Cost is $6 for adults; 16 and under are free. 1219 Corona. Bring a personal water bottle, please, and optional snacks to share with other dancers. See you there!

For more info, call Dave at 360-602-1270.

Sunday February 12 - House Concert with Hoot and Holler

Bi-costal singer-songwriters and instrumentalists Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey, better known as Hoot and Holler, are kicking off 2017 by releasing a brand new album “Reasons to Run”, and embarking on their third annual west coast tour. That tour includes a stop in Port Townsend, playing for a dance on February 11th, and performing a house concert on February 12th from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Amy and Mark present a hearty dose of traditional songs and tunes, with a contemporary edge, on fiddle, guitar, and banjo as well as original songs and compositions. Their songwriting evokes the
Hoot and Holler's latest album
"Reasons to Run"
feeling of a cross country road trip, through the swamps of Louisiana and the deserts of New Mexico.

Amy and Mark, Berklee College of Music grads, are debuting brand new material from their upcoming album, "Reasons to Run," in addition to previous releases, “Nothing If Not Young,” and “Is This Goodbye.” The performance will be spring-loaded with rare energy and exceptional musicality as they unleash their best, and freshest works.
 
Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona.  Suggested donation $10 - $20.  For more information call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

Feb 18th, 7:30-11:00 Third Saturday Contra Dance 


The third Saturday Contra this month will be on February 18th and features WILD PHIL AND THE
BUFFALO GALS -- an evening of toe tapping fun for beginners and experienced alike. Calling the dances will be perennial favorite: Sherry Nevins. Come at 7:30 with friends and partners (or without) and enjoy ‘til 11. Admission will be $6 for adults with no charge for those 16 and under. For more details call Tinker at 379-2882.

The band includes Becky Evasick, Quenn Charrier, Carol Sword, Phil Andrus (not shown Nancy Katz on bass).