2007-05-03 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

It's sort of a dinner theater, but better.

Islanders will have the opportunity on Saturday to enjoy a pasta supper at St. Matthew's, then get a little exercise by walking two doors down Narragansett Avenue to attend a concert at the Central Baptist Church.

The meal at St. Matthew's is Boy Scout Troop 1's annual fundraiser, beginning at 5 p.m. and winding up at 7 p.m. The concert, entitled "Going Home" is the Jamestown Community Chorus' spring presentation and gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

The supper, served by the Scouts of Troop 1, and prepared by chefs Jim Archibald and John Keavy, will include meatballs, pasta, bread, salad, a beverage and dessert. This year dessert and coffee will be served outside.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. If possible purchase tickets from a member of the troop. They will also be available at the door.

After enjoying the lovely strains of Italian opera music during dinner, concertgoers will delight in the chorus' presentation of songs from Hungary, Russia, Finland, Ireland, and Brazil. The music reflects the heritage of some chorus members and explains the title "Going Home." Many of the singers will be in costume and dance.

The concert will also be presented Sunday at 3 p.m.

During the Sunday performance, the chorus will present its first annual Music Award to an island resident.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. They're available at Baker's Pharmacy,

History at South County Museum

The South County Museum will open for the season on Friday, May 5, offering revolving exhibits for the first time.

A rotation of three new exhibits will continue through the summer, in addition to popular attractions such as the Schmid Maritime Gallery, the indoor and outdoor farm collections, and the Blacksmith and Print shops.

The revolving exhibits are "Nineteenth Century Washday," now through mid-June; "Wedding Bells," featuring the museum's extensive collection of wedding gowns, from mid-June to late-July, and "Forty Winks," with 19th-century bedroom furnishings, from late July through the end of the season.

The Blacksmith Shop remains one of the museum's most popular venues, especially for youngsters. One of the Blacksmith Camps for Kids is already sold out, but openings for others remain. In addition, it will be open forge at the shop on Wednesday evenings from June 6 through July 25.

The museum remains open for school tours from May through November and makes classroom and educational programs, historic arts workshops, and lectures available throughout the year.

The museum will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., through the end of June. Summer hours, to the end of August are, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free to members and $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $2 for children ages 6 through 12.

For further information, call 783-5400. Jamestown Hardware, The Secret Garden, from members of the chorus and at the door.

Finish off your Saturday night on the town with the great sounds of Young Neil and the Vipers at the 'Gansett.

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Meredith and Stephen Meredith of Wellesley, Mass., have sent in their donation to the Rocket Dawgz for the July 4 shoot at Mackerel Cove. We're only some eight weeks away from the big blast, so time's a-wasting. Send your check to the Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown 02835.

KA-BOOM!!

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Kudos to the St. Mark Women's Club, who, during the past Lenten season organized a project to collect snack foods, toiletries, reading material, music, socks, playing cards and games to send to our deployed men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Diana Travisono explained that not all the military have access to a PX or supply area and many are out on patrol and unable to purchase the necessities of life.

"This was done through Operation Support Our Troops, a 501 (c) (3), all volunteer charitable organization. This group, led by Mary K. Salomone of North Kingstown, received the donations, and mailed them to predetermined addresses in the war zones. All of the money donations were used by the Women's Club to buy goods and help pay for postage.

"The response from our parish was very generous. The cash and goods realized were put to good use. We sincerely thank Fr. O'Neill and all who participated in this worthwhile endeavor," Diane said.

*** How are the bobolinks doing?

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Jamestown marathoner and former police chief Jim Pemantell writes, "Is there a main street anywhere that is in worse condition than Narragansett Avenue? I know it is a state road and I hate to say anything because if someone at DOT reads this, they will start fixing it during the parade on Memorial Day."

What year?

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Birthday greetings to Sonya Bieler from her younger husband.

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Keep information on your pet readily available in case it's needed says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"Just as you should have phone numbers and contact information for relatives and neighbors in a convenient place in case of a real emergency, you should do the same for your pets. Save a list of information including your veterinarian's name and number, a list of medications or conditions your pet may have, and an alternative contact, like a friend, neighbor, or relative who you trust to make decisions regarding your pet if you are unreachable.

"It is also wise to know where the local 24-hour emergency animal hospitals are and have directions already mapped so you can save precious minutes and avoid a lot of stress in an emergency. Whenever your pets are kenneled or have a pet sitter make sure these contacts and numbers are available to those people. Also, contact your regular veterinarian and give the pet sitter or kennel authority to have your pet treated if you are unavailable as well."

WOOF!!

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A reminder of the Giant Yard Sale at the school on Melrose Avenue on Saturday, May 12, to benefit the medical fund of 10-yearold Payton Watson who is being treated for leukemia.

The Melrose School Improvement Team will be collecting donated items in good condition all next week.

Check your attic and cellar and in between for those things you just don't need anymore and help out the Watsons.

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Kudos to Wellworks on the corner of North and Arnold for cleaning up what has been an eyesore for years. The new plantings look great.

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Islanders Marsha Brome, Sue Clarke and Marsha Gutierrez who sang in a 30-voice choir during last weekend's world premiere of Enrico Garzilli's "Michelangelo" may have been part of the beginning of something big.

After being present at last Thursday's dress rehearsal, ProJo theater critic Channing Gray said Garzilli "has a hit on his hands."

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Troop 1 Boy Scouts camped out last weekend on Hodgkiss Farm. They camped in tents and focused activities on scouts working on their tenderfoot, 2nd and 1st class requirements.

*** Tuesday is V-E Day.

*** Be True!!

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