SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE: A Community of Growers since 1931.

2013-09-25 16.59.15MISSION: To support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

Resilient Community: Grange members grow food and fiber, make music and artifacts, keep house and livestock. Likewise do we grow in our skills and knowledge, make a meaningful life for our families, and keep this island in good health for future generations.  In our programs we learn and teach the skills of living in this special place, because we believe that a resilient community skilled in the arts of living can weather whatever  storms the future may bring.

Engagement: The Grange is political, but not partisan. We take stands on issues, not on candidates. For instance, in 2012 San Juan Island Grange #966 endorsed the initiative to ban the growing of GMO crops in our county. We also believe that a community that plays together stays together, so we make sure we have plenty of potlucks and other social events on our calendar.

Maintain our Hall: We are known to the public by the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, a beautiful wooden building originally built as a church in the 1880’s. Recognizing its value to our island community, we vow to take care of it so that it can serve its function as a cultural venue for years to come.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 at the Grange Hall at 152 First Street North in Friday Harbor. Visitors are welcome.

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HORSES ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN

Photo by Nina LeBaron

Photo by Nina LeBaron

Here’s a great picture of Grange Member Jim Lawrence cooling his horse’s heels on the courthouse lawn after the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade. What seems kind of odd today may seem commonplace in our near future. As cheap liquid fuel becomes a thing of the past, we may need to look to our tried and true transportation choices like horses to get us into town to do our business. Might as well plan for bridal trails, hitching posts, livery stables, blacksmith shops, municipal compost yards and the rest of the equestrian infrastructure of old. After all, they aren’t making any more oil.

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GRANGE HALLS OF WASHINGTON STATE OCTOBER 15TH

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MAP OF GRANGE HALL LOCATIONS BY MICHELE SAVELLE

San Juan Island Grange #966 is sponsoring a program on Grange Halls of Washington State, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Grange Hall; the program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Holly Taylor, a historic preservation consultant from Vashon Island and a doctoral student at UW, will talk about her recent research on the history and preservation of grange halls.  She has visited and documented over 200 grange halls in Washington State, looking at characteristics of both purpose-built halls, and those (like the San Juan Island hall) that were originally built for other uses such as schools, churches, clubhouses and commercial buildings.  Her presentation will touch on Progressive-era history of the Grange, consider why Washington State (still!) has more Grange members than any other state, and explore preservation issues related to rural and small-town community buildings.

Boyd Pratt, Lecturer, San Juan Island Grange #966

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2014 FRIDAY HARBOR FALL FARM PARADE TOMORROW

PARADE MEME 2014The big parade is tomorrow, October 4th. Farm trucks, tractors, horses, sheep on leash, dogs in wagons and people marching with banners will gather at the Fairgrounds at 1:30 to get ready for a 2:30 parade start. The weather promises to be parade perfect: hazy but dry and warm.

Islanders and visitors, pack up the kids and the cameras and hie on down to Friday Harbor. Best viewing areas are along Argyle and Spring Streets.

Please follow the parade as it passes, and come along to the Grange Hall Open House, featuring music, cookies, exhibits of blue-ribbon arts and crafts, and perhaps piglets and a scarecrow or two.

Hope to see you all there!

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OCTOBER MEETING TO HONOR AL SUNDSTROM

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photo by Gary Tarleton, NPS Ranger

The October meeting of San Juan Island Grange #966 on Wednesday October 1st will feature a charter-draping ceremony for Past Master Al Sundstrom.

His daughter and our Executive Committee member Paula Sundstrom will present a photo essay of Al’s life with a soundtrack that includes Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”, very moving because Al passed away during the most recent harvest moon last month.

The members of San Juan Island Grange will celebrate Al’s life with a Share the Harvest table piled with the fruits and vegetables of Autumn. Members bring surpluses of produce to the meeting and go home with something else they could use, an informal way of sharing the bounty of our island and the fruits of our labors.

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FRIDAY HARBOR FARM PARADE UPDATE

2014 parade poster bitmapLooks like it will be another great parade this year. We have commitments from Westcott Bay Cider, San Juan Island Distillery, Thirsty Goose Farm, Rex and Lisa Guard, Double Dog Farm/Ellison Repair, Thornbush Farm, San Juan Island Grange, Thousand Flower Farm, and Wild Bird Bamboo to have entries in the parade. We have lined up music by the Island Chordsmen and the Spuds at the Grange Hall after the parade.

Have a look at our Facebook page for details and more photos: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681374412088745/

So bring the kids and the camera downtown on October 4th! We want everybody to fall in at the end of the parade, march in the street to the Grange Hall to join the celebration!

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BRANDING FRIDAY HARBOR

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Stand up and speak your mind

How do we want to be seen by the rest of the world? Who do we want to attract to our town and our island? How can we present ourselves in ways that encourage us to be the best we can be?

The mission of San Juan Island Grange is “To support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

Sounds like a good mission for the whole town.

At a public meeting at the Grange Hall recently, the branding consultants hired by the Town of Friday Harbor stated that this process will be driven by the people of San Juan Island, and if we get enough participation, the outcome will truly reflect how we see ourselves, and what story we want to tell on the world stage.

If you want to encourage visitors to come see how we live here, to eat our healthy and delicious local food, to stay the weekend on our farms or in our inns, to treat the land as carefully as we do, to interact in affirming ways with us, then make sure you are heard by taking the survey on the town website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/branding-friday-harbor

 

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AL SUNDSTROM, PAST MASTER

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AL SUNDSTROM photo courtesy Journal of the San Juans

San Juan Island Grange #966 is saddened by the passage of Al Sundstrom, Past Master. He was our rock and our foundation, gently reminding us of our history and encouraging us to stick to our principles. Al, you will be missed.

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