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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SMALL PLEASURES TO PLAY AT DANCE SATURDAY

We have a very special lineup for our Saturday Contra Dance on November 18. Small Pleasures featuring Vivian Williams on fiddle will be our band, and Michael Karcher will be our caller.

“Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene.” From an NPR broadcast.

To be part of the thriving scene on our rock, come to the San  Juan Island Grange Hall at 7PM on Saturday November 18. You don;t need a partner, every dance is taught, and your fellow dancers are fun and forgiving.

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NOVEMBER 1ST BUSINESS MEETING

The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, November 1st starting at 7pm.  The Friday Harbor Farmers’ Market is holding a potluck, starting at 5:30pm, at Brickworks.  Because many of us have a presence, and all of us have the ability to sell goods, at the Market, we are all invited to this event.  This will take the place of our usual Hall potluck

rockwellAt the Business Meeting, we will be discussing the work of the Spring Street Property Committee, including a draft lease.  We will also discuss proposed changes to our Hall rental rates, our potential contributions to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and the progress of our audit. And, last (in fact, first on the agenda!) but not least, the moment has come for that Election of 2018 Officers!

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

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OCTOBER 4TH BUSINESS MEETING

pumpkinsThe next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, October 4th starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck.

We will be discussing continuing actions such as the work of the Spring Street Property Committee as well as the Fall Farm Parade, the celebration of our Deck completion (Ribbon Cutting), and Farm Celebration Dinner on Saturday, October 7th.  And, of course, that Election of Officers next (November) meeting)!

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

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2017 FRIDAY HARBOR FALL FARM PARADE

It’s that time again folks! Saturday, October 7th at the Fairgrounds, growers will gather with their goats. Marchers will roll open their banners. Tractor and farm truck owners will arrive with their ag equipment. Staging is from 1:30 to 2:30, with parade start at 2:30. The theme this year is “A Community of Growers”, and all garden, farm and food entries are welcome.

Bring your kids and cameras to line Argyle Avenue and Spring Street. The parade will terminate once again at the Grange Hall, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new deck, “the deck with the million-dollar view” will ensue. Followed by a farm-to-Grange dinner at 5:00.2015-Fall-Farm-Parade-Chili-Cookoff-01

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OCTOBER 7TH CELBRATIONS

th[7]Saturday, October 7th is a full day of Grange-related activities!

First-off, our annual Fall Farm Parade “A Community of Growers since 1931”: staging 1:30-2:30pm at the Fairgrounds and then the Parade 2:30-3:30ish ending at the Hall;

After mingling at the Hall (and staying out of the way of the Kitchen), a 4:30pm official Deck Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for our new Deck;

And then a 5:00pm Farm Community Dinner (please bring a potluck dish).

We look forward to seeing you all there at our serial celebrations!

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SEPTEMBER 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

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Check out our 2017 San Juan County Fair Display!

The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, September 6th starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck (on our new Deck—unless, of course, it rains!). 

We will be discussing continuing actions undertaken as a result of 2017 Strategic Plan—the Deck completion and further work on the Hall, work of the Spring Street Property Committee, installation of the Hall heating system, work of the Hall Rental Committee, ideas for the Kitchen Remodel (Wow! There is a lot going on, yes?).  And, of course, that Election of Officers looming on the horizon (November Meeting); now is definitely the time to think about our leadership going into 2018!  

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

 

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(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen August 31

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How can we cultivate connection with nature in a time when we’ve never been so separated?  How can we work to re-unify humanity with the life of the Earth?

Mike Cohen- scientist, counselor, applied ecopsychologist, traditional musician, and naturalist- believes it can be done through the conscientious and scientific exploration of our own senses.

For over 50 years, Mike has worked to develop techniques of reconnection that use not only 5 but 54 senses to connect to nature and natural areas, and to ourselves within each present moment.

At the core of Mike’s practice is the concept of the Earth as a living organism, with each of us inseparable from it.  By using our senses to locate ourselves within the greater organism of Earth, we can learn to align ourselves and our lives with the needs of a healthy planet.

Please join us at the San Juan Island Grange,152 1st St, Friday Harbor, Thursday, August 31st, as Mike discusses his work in depth and teaches techniques to “create mutually beneficial relationships with Earth’s self-correcting ways, and help others do the same.”

The program will begin at 7pm and, in typical Grange fashion, will be preceded by an optional potluck and meet ‘n’ greet at 6!

Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., Ed.D., is Director of Project NatureConnect, Institute of Applied Ecopsychology, Organic Psychology, Educating, Counseling, and Healing with Nature (ECHN).

(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen is part of the Grange Lecture Series, which strives to foster social and political engagement, discussion, and to maintain our historical Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

The San Juan Island Grange has been a community of growers, makers, and keepers since 1931.

The Grange is non-partisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids! 

You can find out more about more about Project NatureConnect here: http://www.projectnatureconnect.net/ 

 

 

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