2006-04-20 / About Town

Island cleanup Saturday

The annual Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup will begin Saturday morning, April 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center.

Organizers will divide participants into teams to clean up all of Jamestown's publicly accessible beaches.

Breakfast of muffins and coffee will be provided in the morning by Slice of Heaven and a lunch of hot dogs and chips will be provided by the Conanicut Island Land Trust at noon in front of the Community Center.

This family event will happen rain or shine and everyone is invited to help keep Jamestown clean.

Boy Scouts hold spaghetti dinner

Troop 1 Boy Scouts will host their annual Pasta Supper on Saturday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Matthew's Parish Hall.

The menu will include pasta, meatballs, bread, salad, beverages and homemade desserts.

Tickets cost $8 per adult, $5 for children.

Tickets will go on sale this week and will also be available at the door. Proceeds from supper help the Scouts pay for Camp Yawgoog or other Scouting-related activities.

For tickets or more information call Maryann Toppa at 423-2866 or Diane Archibald at 423-3094.

Plant society lecture Saturday on ferns

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society will present a talk and book signing by Cheryl Lowe and Elizabeth Farnsworth, authors of the revised edition of "Field Guide to Ferns," originally written in 1956 by Boughton Cobb.

Free and open to the public, the talk will take place at the Jamestown library on Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The revised book includes 100 new color photographs and fullpage line drawings by Laura Louise Foster, the illustrator of the original text.

Chorus concert tickets now on sale

The Jamestown Community Chorus spring performance, called "Love and Spirit," will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $6 for children and seniors and are available at Baker's Pharmacy, the Secret Garden, Jamestown Hardware, and from chorus members. Call 423-1574 for more information.

Teens to play dodgeball Friday

The Community Center will be open for dodgeball this Friday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

All local teens are invited to come and join a team to play. There is no admission fee and all students in the seventh grade and up are welcome to participate. The Teen Center, located at 6 West St., will also be open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Contact Melissa at 741-0562 or e-mail jamestownteens@ yahoo.com

Mecray talks today at the library

Marine artist John Mecray will talk about his varied experiences on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jamestown library.

Mecray will share stories and images of the people, events, and classic racing yachts that have influenced his remarkable career in his presentation. In his more than 30 years as an artist, Mecray has painted the world's most famous yachts.

Mecray helped found the International Yacht Restoration School and the Museum of Yachting in Newport, and he continues to work closely with them, as well as the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Mecray's knowledge and love of sailing is evident in his ability to detail dramatic moments in yachting history.

A limited number of Coronet posters designed for IYRS by John Mecray will be available free to those attending this library event.

Learn how to create a water garden

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will present "Water Gardens - Ideas and Advice on How to Create a Water Garden in Your Own Backyard." The speaker will be Nick DiGiando, owner of Atlantic Lawn and Garden.

The program will be on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown library.

Abstract photography exhibit at the library

"Sealing Dreams," a collection of abstracted photographic digital images by Didi Suydam, will be on view at the Jamestown library through May 12.

In this series, Suydam, Jamestown resident and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, primarily uses Conanicut Island locations such as Mackerel Cove and Beavertail as subject matter. The images are abstract studies in color, light, and form. The intent of the artist is "to capture the ephemeral nature of our environment , and experience it in another way, perhaps, emotionally or psychologically."

In collaboration with her husband, Peter Diepenbrock, Suydam's images are framed in a nontraditional format using steel, resin and gold leaf. Primarily known for metalsmithing, Suydam is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Her recent digital/mixed media work was included in two current juried exhibitions, including the Newport Art Museum and VOICE, Women In Contemporary Art opening in May at the Providence Art Club. Her work is also available at the couple's gallery in Newport, Suydam + Diepenbrock.

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