On October 1, the band is Jeanie Murphy, Scott Marckx and Jim Ketterman, with Gabe Strand calling. More details below.
Gabe, the caller, calls square dances regularly at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard and the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham. He has called at festivals, granges and Vet's Halls in Washington, Oregon, and California, and is co-founder of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society, a group of musicians and callers who throw old time square dance house parties and generally agitate for the reintroduction of Southern Appalachian music and dance into people's hands and feet.
Dancing and the Quimper Grange Hall have been linked together for many years. From swing, to Cajun, to Scandinavian, the hall has provided an venue for folks of all ages to come together through kinaesthetic expression. Indeed, more than any other group, dancers, and the musicians that play for them, have generated laughs, joy, and community in our hall. The Quimper Grange hall is considered an essential part of regional dance community.
This year, 2011-2012, Quimper Grange is sponsoring a Square Dance and Social every First Saturday, starting in October and continuing through May. These events will feature mostly local dance callers and local bands. The October 1 dance musicians include Quimper Grange members Jeanie Murphy and Scott Marckx along with caller Gabe Strand from Seattle.
The Quimper Grange First Saturday Square Dance and Social is intended for experienced dancers as well as those who have never danced. Sets will include traditional and contemporary American squares, circles, mixers, waltzes and an occasional contra dance. All dances are taught during the evening. Novice dancers will find the experienced dancers to be relaxed, enthusiastic and welcoming. During the evening there will be a short social interlude (with snacks). And of course, you can always just come and listen to the music.
The schedule for 2011-2012 includes the following First Saturday dates:
October 1, 2011
November 5, 2011
December 3, 2011
January 7, 2011
February 4, 2012
March 3, 2012
April 7, 2012
May 5, 2012
Dancing will begin at 7:30. Beginners welcome; all dances are taught. $6.00 for adults; $3.00 for youth; 6 or younger are free; show your your Grange membership card and admission is free!