Grange Notes by Tim Swartz for September 15, 2017
Also for the meeting, bring your singing voice as we singalong with Mat Nunnelly, our Grange Musician, on the piano–and we can legally sing Happy Birthday to Les now, too!
Everyone should know that Les was a huge part of keeping the CCG going, as Master for close to 20 years, as well as managing the finances as the “shadow Treasurer”, and then as Treasurer after I started trying to fill his large shoes in 2006. Les invited the contra dance community and the other renters to join in helping the Grange maintain the building, and ultimately to join the Grange itself. And he showed us that it is fun to be Grangers! We would not be where we are today without his leadership and tenacity.
Of course, neither Les nor the Grange would not have been able to do it without Phyllis doing all the things she has done, so like most Grange things, it is a team effort
Come help us celebrate!
Of course, we couldn’t have a dance without a caller, David Kreiss-Tomkins, plus a band: Robin Russell on the accordion, Mike Fiorillo on the guitar and Emily Bartlett on the fiddle. And they couldn’t have had a dance without us dancing. We enjoyed the simple dances David picked out, and his positive teaching style which brought people into the dances. The band played the kind of relaxed music that makes it easy to dance, too. If you haven’t had the opportunity to be part of a community dance, you’ll enjoy it too.
Our Grange audience and dancers showed their appreciation with lots of comments and applause–many of them have done some dancing, including square dancing, so it was easy to get them started.
We also got to see the prizes awarded for the cast-iron frying pan throwing contest, and the rolling pin throwing contest–don’t be surprised if you see them showing up at a “CCG Field Days” sometime.
Also coming up this fall is the VT State Session, on the 3rd weekend in October. At our meeting on Saturday, we’ll be starting to talk about the Resolutions which are to be discussed and voted on–and the Resolution we voted to propose in June is #1 in the booklet!
Our Resolution wants the State Grange to support a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy, to provide a legal status for agricultural workers who are year-round immigrants working in the US.
There are lots more to discuss–join us to learn more! The meeting starts at 4:30–and then there will be the famous Grange community Potluck dinner, starting at6:00. Join us to eat more, too!
Erica Holub, VT DoH, will help us learn how.
Potluck, also Free&Open, to follow at 6 pm.
Do you know about the OPEN HOUSE at the Capital City Grange Hall on Rte 12 in Berlin this Saturday, May 7 3-6 pm? There will be DISPLAYS about on-going activities at the Hall (clothing exchange + bulk buyers club + outdoor fun, etc), plus DEMONSTRATIONS by some of the entertaining regular renters (traditional music + a quick drum lesson + barbershop quartet, etc). Also PIZZA SAMPLES for the kiddies, a SING-ALONG and a POTLUCK at 5 pm. A “taste of the Grange,” literally & figuratively, with something for everyone. And it is FREE!