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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CONTRA DANCE NOVEMBER 19TH

contra-nov-19The Grange hall is the place to be on Saturday November 19th as Gwen Rousseau calls the dances and Au Contraire plays the tunes. Starts at 7. $10, $5 for students. No partner needed and all dances taught.

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Au Contraire is Susan Burke, Jay Finkelstein and Julie Bennett

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NOVEMBER 2nd BUSINESS MEETING

pumpkinsWednesday, November 2nd is All Souls Day and we expect all you souls to attend our Grange Business Meeting starting at 7pm, preceded by the usual potluck at 6pm!  We will be doing the very important business of electing officers for 2017 as well as discussing possible changes (read, increase) in our membership dues structure, among other important Grange activities.

So please join us for a soulful gathering!

 

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GRANGE REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 5

The inexorable march of time brings us

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HAPPY AUTUMN, EVERYBODY!

to the first Wednesday of a new month. Time for a Grange Meeting! As usual, we will start Wednesday’s meeting at 6PM with a potluck of delicious home-cooked and home-baked offerings, and then move into our business meeting at 7PM.

 

On the agenda are a discussion of raising the membership dues, reports from the Deck Project, the Parade and Party, and plans for upcoming 3rd Wednesday programs.

Have more fruit and veggies than you need? A good book you want to share? Bring them to the meeting and we will put them on the Share the Harvest table.

See you all there!

 

 

 

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POST PARADE PARTY OCTOBER 1

Please come into the Grange Hall for pie, music, piglets and more at 3:30 or so as the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade terminates out front. We are expecting some scarecrows from the Island Rec scarecrow workshop at the Farmers Market as well. The piglets 2013-09-25 16.59.15will be cute little kune kunes from Sweet Earth Farm.  Grange members Dierdre Morris, Katy Nollman, Lori Ann David and others will bake pies and crisps for sale as part of our fundraising effort for a kitchen remodel.

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And stick around for the San Juan Island Food Co-op’s showing of Food for Change, an  82-minute documentary about the food co-op movement.

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SAN JUAN COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM SEPTEMBER 21ST

rockwellSan Juan Island Grange #966 will host a San Juan County Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, September 21st beginning at 5:00pm at the Grange Hall (152 1st St, Friday Harbor). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The questions will be focused on those issues of importance to San Juan Island Grange #966’s membership: local agriculture, home gardening/farming, and issues related to our mission and adopted resolutions.
Hope to see you there!

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3rd SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE SEPTEMBER 17

3rd-saturdayThis month our 3rd Saturday Contra Dance features caller Amy Carroll and the Great Band, comprised of Clyde, Forrest and Jerry. The dance starts at 7 and goes till we are exhausted, or 9 oʼclock, whichever happens first! $10 donation, $5 for students, to show our appreciation to these talented folks. As always no partner or experience needed, and all the dances are taught.

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-Alice Deane, Grange Steward and Dance Organizer

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FALL FARM PARADE OCTOBER 1

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FALL FARM PARADE POSTER 2016

Shine up the horse and dust off the tractor! It’s time once again for the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade, brought to you by the San Juan Island Grange. We will start staging at the Fairgrounds at 1:30, pull out onto Argyle Street at 2:30, and proceed into town. This time we will be turning left from Spring Street to First Street and heading toward the Grange Hall where we will be hosting an after-parade party.

Want to join us for a good time? Here are some ideas from past parades: A rolling greenhouse, a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins, goats on tether, a chicken in a wagon, two dogs in wagons pulled by a roto-tiller, tractors big and small, farm trucks, kids on bikes, lots of scarecrows, a truck full of bamboo escorted by a panda bear, horses!

farm-parade-2016  is the poster for you to download and print out.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/277606852626164/

 

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