A fun evening is in store for jazz, art and Cajun food fans Saturday, November 16, with a jambalaya dinner at 6 p.m.. The famed local jazz band, Jazzatti-tude, will be playing on stage, after a fabulous authentic Jambalaya dinner. Local artists will be showing and selling their art during the evening. Dinner is $15, with kids 12 and under $7.50. Proceeds will benefit the Grange’s restoration. Tickets available at the door. Music starts at 7.
Today, we received amazing news. The Tillamook Public Utility District, our consumer owned public electrical utility, awarded us a Community Service Grant for $5000, to help us begin to upgrade our heating and lighting system, and bring energy efficiency and cost savings to the Fairview Grange.
The PUD conducted an engineering study for us in November, which demonstrates our need for modern heat pumps and LED lighting, and other electrical needs, and now we can begin to move ahead.
The new heating and lighting will allow us to make the Grange more comfortable for the community, and all the numerous community events we are now scheduling at the Grange. And, our finances will improve, due to the efficiencies of the new systems.
We are very grateful for the PUD for their charity, advice, and community spirit. And, we will apply for other grants and donations, so that we can move ahead with improving the Grange.
We rejoice that we live in a generous and community-oriented community. Thank you, PUD!
Lots of things are happening at the Grange. Our March open mic and community supper is tonight, March 2, starting at 6. Soup and salad dinner by donation, and then our monthly open mic happens, with a variety of local poets, story tellers, and musicians. We are family friendly so come on down.
March 6 the Wilson River High School holds a workshop at the Grange.
March 10 is the Tillamook High School charity drive celebration, to honor another successful community wide fund raising campaign.
March 22 is the Serenity Club’s dance, with music by Benny and the Bay City Rockers.
The Rockers return on Friday, April 5 for a benefit concert for the Fairview Grange, starting at 6:30 p.m.
And, then, Saturday, April 6 is our monthly Open Mic and Community Supper.
The Grange will be featured in the April edition of the Tillamook PUD Ruralite magazine, with stories about our recent activities and plans for the future.
We’ve also been busy applying for grants, including a revamping of our electrical system and heating with the Tillamook PUD. We’ve also applied for funding for a summer workshop for young musicians on how to perform on stage, and use a sound system.
We’ll keep you up to date as we move forward, and continue our renovations and improving the Grange, being a good host for a variety of community events and activities.
December continues to be a busy month at the Grange.
Tuesday, December 4 brought the Tillamook High School choir to the Grange for a special holiday concert. It was lovely to hear all those young voices bringing holiday cheer.
Friday, December 16 will entice the artist in you to experience a paint night, where you will work under an art teacher to create your very own acrylic painting, and enjoy homemade pie. “Paint and Pie Night” is a fund raiser for the Tillamook Serenity Club. All the supplies are provided; just bring your artistic talent.
The Grange will be decorated for the holidays, with live trees, lights, and a Christmas village.
There’s still time to book your Christmas party and other events!
It was a great evening, judging by all comments and participation of the Open Mic crowd at the Fairview Grange.
Our bellies were full of delicious soups and salad, prepared by our cooks and kitchen staff, Michelle Bradley, Karen Keltz, Eric Sappington, and myself. The Grange was abuzz as Eric kicked off Open Mic with some great guitar music, and many poets shared their writings.
A soft drizzle and then more came down from the sky, but we were having such a great time, we didn’t notice.
A young high school artist displayed her amazing watercolor paintings, and enticed me to take one home with me, a beautiful portrait of a young woman. We want to see more of her work, as well as the work of other young artists in our community.
The conversations continued, and we were blessed with the piano playing talent of Noreen Flynn, who closed the evening with her magic.
Yes, we all agreed. This needs to be a monthly event. So, count on it, folks. The first Saturday of each month. Some food, some great music and writing, and a lot of camaraderie and community fun.
And, mark your calendars for our “Reopening the Grange” event Saturday, November 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. We’ll have snacks and coffee, and will be offering tours of our refurbished grange hall. Learn what we have planned next and how the Grange can be the perfect venue for your next event. See you then, neighbor!
It is a new beginning at the Fairview Grange. This summer has been a whirlwind of renewal. We cleaned, scrubbed, and painted. And, painted some more. We enjoyed painting so much we invited the Oregon Youth Authority work crew over for six days of scrubbing, scraping, and painting.
The paint recycling project at Tillamook County Solid Waste recycling project brought us a load of five gallon buckets of recycled paint, and we were regulars at the paint departments of local hardware stores. The ReStore store of Habitat for Humanity helped us with “new to us” appliances. Students from the Wilson River high school helped out, too.
Soon, fresh coats of paint covered the kitchen, the dining hall, and even outside. People driving by honked and gave us the “thumbs up” as we worked.
The performance hall was stripped of old curtains, and old furnishings, and new paint was transforming the stage, and the entire hall glistened with freshness. The beautiful old maple hardwood floor in the performance hall was cleaned and refurbished, and soon glistened with four coats of tough polyurethane, which will protect and enhance the hall for years to come. (Though, we promise to keep it cleaned, and to apply a new coat every year!)
The east porch and doors were painted, and so were the bathrooms! If it didn’t move, it probably got painted.
We spruced up the kitchen, too, adding a new refrigerator and microwave, and a second stove. We rewired the stove plug ins and now have a nice area set aside for the stoves.
The entrance to the performance hall was cleaned and painted, with some areas getting fresh paint for the first time since the 1940s.
Everything is fresh and clean!
There’s been a few gatherings since all this work has been done, and the public’s response has been enthusiastic and exciting. Once again, the Grange Hall has been filled with community members enjoying a meal together, and listening to local musicians. This weekend, we are holding our first Open Mic in the refurbished hall, inviting poets, storytellers, and musicians to share their creativity and allow the community to come together and celebrate our culture and our commonality.
We are again open to renting the Grange for weddings, anniversaries, parties, and other community events. Several youth groups are already coming every week and enjoying the Grange.
On November 17, we are planning a grand “Reopening” party, with food and music and celebrating our community! See you then!
–Neal Lemery 10/4/18
It has been busy summer at the Fairview Grange! We have recommitted ourselves to do some serious cleaning, and freshen the hall up with new paint everywhere!
We’ve made serious headway. The dining room is freshly painted, as is the kitchen, and much of the dance hall.
The stage has been redecorated and painted. The piano is on the stage now, and will soon be retuned. New track lighting has been installed, giving the stage a fresh, bright look. The proscenium and the backdrop have a new color scheme.
Another change is the entrance to the dance hall which has been completely refurbished and repainted.
As well, the bathrooms have been thoroughly cleaned and new paint is everywhere.
As well, the kitchen boasts a second stove and a new refrigerator. Fresh paint there has brightened the area up.
This fall will bring even more changes, and some additional community events.
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