Meet at the Grange

Let’s all meet at the Grange
history abounds in this country house
meeting and dancing hall

Going far back in time
Scotland Grange House 1564

leveled in 1906

Grange No.1 in Fredonia 1868
from secret to public
benefit the greater rural good
non-partisan
welcome co-ops, mail service
temperance and suffragettes
help farmers grow their farms
ranchers with livestock
homesteaders
being for the benefit
of the bucolic community

A center for rural fellowship
real country music
Rose Maddox

The Dooley Brothers
the ghosts of Woody Guthrie
and Hank Williams
voices of the land
fiddling banjos guitars
square dances
dare we say
hootenannies

Local farms decline
the great corporate land swallowing
Granges shuttered and dusty
few lights still shine
over wooden steps
we can walk right up
open the door
greeted by lilting old-time country notes
dancers dancing
let’s all meet
at the Grange

– ©Chris Nielsen 2018
– image – The Fairfax Grange
©Chris Nielsen 2017