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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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!

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

 

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DECK PROJECT FINAL PUSH

August 2016 Deck Project Progress Report:

We are now within $3000 of our fundraising goal, thanks to our generous donors and hard-working fundraisers! Special thanks goes to the Grange family who started us off with a $5000 pledge, and the contra dance community who pitched in $10,000. Pie bakers added close to $1000. And those were good pies, too! Want to help out? Send your check for any amount to San Juan Island Grange, PO Box 2013, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Thanks!

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OUR CREW OF CRACK CARPENTERS CONSULTING

 

 

Your contributions have made it possible for us to buy the materials we needed to build the foundation and framing of our deck. We have all the posts in place and some of the joists. The french doors have arrived and are awaiting a crew to install them.

 

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WHAT A VIEW THIS WILL BE!

Want to lend a hand and be part of the final push? Call Steve Porten at 378-6904 and join the next work party.

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MASTER OF THE GRANGE, MASTER OF THE SHOVEL

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 7th BUSINESS MEETING

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Happy Labor Day!
After the absence of an August business meeting, our next, catch-up business meeting will be this Wednesday, September 7th, at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck at 6pm.  We will be discussing many things, including: the results of our involvement in the San Juan County Fair (hope you all had fun and got to see our presence there); a proposed San Juan County Council candidate forum on our Grange-related issues; upcoming Fall events and programs; and of course our wonderful deck project, which we need to push to completion!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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MONDAY NIGHT CONTRA DANCE RETURNS!

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MIKE CALLING “LONG LINES”

MONDAY NIGHT CONTRA

DANCERS CIRCLE RIGHT AS THE BAND STARTS TO SWING

Returning from a successful summer at English Camp,  the Monday Night Contra Dance is back home at the Grange Hall! As always itʼs free, Mike Cohen calls and the Organic Contraband plays.
The dance starts at 7PM every Monday, all dances are taught, no partner or experience is needed. Musicians of all experience levels are welcome to join the band for the evening.

The Grange Hall is a great place for a dance. The setting is intimate, the acoustics excellent. Come join us for a good time!

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