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.  RESOLUTIONS   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. DECK PROJECT

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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SJI YOUNG MUSICIANS SHOWCASE APRIL 27

We are proud to host a showcase of young musical talent at the Grange Hall on Thursday April 27. The evening will start with our traditional Grange Potluck at 5:30. The rules are simple: bring food to share, sit down with others to eat and talk. Salads, hot dishes and desserts create a balanced meal with absolutely no coordination. Turns out good every time.

The music starts at 6:30, with musicians from Spring Street International School and Friday Harbor High School. The Grange Hall is an excellent venue for small musical gatherings. The intimacy of the space and the excellent acoustics will combine with the young talent to create an evening to remember.

A suggested donation of $10 at the door will go toward supporting school music programs.

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ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CRAFT SKILLS

There will come a time when working with our hands, eyes and physical materials will once again be at the center of our culture. Restraints on technology and energy use, caused by climate change and the end of the petroleum era, will create a need in all of us to learn new skills and abilities. And many of these “new” skills will not be new at all; they will be the traditional skills of growing, preparing and preserving foods and housing and clothing our families.

The Grange arose during a previous time of upheaval for American families, during the post civil war emergence of national markets that rewrote the rules for farmers everywhere. The Grange responded by offering self-help instruction to rural families in farming techniques, home economics, and the visual and social arts.

SOME BLUE RIBBON ART

At San Juan Island Grange we are proud to continue this tradition with our Grange Arts Contest. Islanders are invited to bring in examples of their art, photography, crafts, needle arts, baking and food preservation to the Grange Hall on April 19th. Entries may be brought in between 11AM and 1PM. All work will be displayed along with its ribbons at our Open House from 1PM to 6PM. All are welcome! Please email Deirdre Morris at d2morris@gmail.com with any questions.

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OPEN HOUSE APRIL 19, 1-6PM

Everybody is welcome to our annual Grange Hall Open House (and art show), immediately following the close of judging of our art and baking contest. I’m tempted to call this our “Makers’ and Bakers’ Show”. THERE WILL BE PIE!

On display will be the entries in our Grange Arts Contest, a showcase of the visual and domestic arts (art, craft, photography, baking, needle arts, food preservation…), many of them sporting beautiful ribbons and holding tickets to compete at the state level in June.

This is a great time to look over the Grange Hall and the terrific progress we’ve made on the deck.  We made our goal of raising $60,000 for our deck project and have lined up a contractor to help us finish it. Today the deck, tomorrow the kitchen!

So, come see some art, have a look at the hall, talk to Grangers about our future, AND EAT PIE!

1-6PM Wednesday April 19.

 

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ANNUAL GRANGE ARTS CONTEST APRIL 19

All artists, artisans, canners and bakers, it is once again time for our contest at the Grange Hall. This year’s Grange Arts Contest will be on Wednesday April 19th. Please bring your entries to the hall between 11AM and 1PM and we will help you fill out the paperwork. Our contests are open to all, not just Grange members, and include youth categories.

WINNING ENTRIES AT OUR GRANGE ARTS CONTEST

Following the judging that afternoon, entries will be displayed (with their ribbons!) at the Grange Hall Open House, which starts at 1PM or so, immediately after contest judging ends.

Top winners have a chance for greater glory and some cash prizes at the State Grange Convention in June.

Questions? Ask Deirdre Morris at d2morris@gmail.com.

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APRIL 5 POTLUCK AND MEETING

April’s regular Grange meeting will be a special one, with the draping of the charter ceremony for our recently departed Past Master Jim Sesby. Much of what you see today at San Juan Island Grange: the emphasis on local agriculture, the strong volunteer effort, and the constant influx of new members, all started under Jim’s guiding hand. In fact, we were the fastest growing Grange in the state during Jim’s tenure.

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PAST GRANGE MASTER JIM SESBY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

POTLUCK AT 5:30, MEETING AT 7:00. We will start our potluck a bit earlier than normal in order to give us lots of time for members and guests to share memories of Jim. Everybody welcome, Grangers and non-Grangers alike!

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MARCH 1ST BUSINESS MEETING

sow the seeds of victoryThe next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, March 1st starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck.  But wait, that’s not all! Alice and Roger will be selling our very own San Juan Seed Company Grange seeds starting at 5pm until the meeting starts at 7, so come early to prepare for Spring!

Among other things, we will be discussing the exciting program schedule proposed by our new Worthy Lecturer Glenn Hendrick as well as progress on the deck and our marketing plans for the Hall

All are welcome to attend!

 

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