2007-08-16 / About Town

About Town

Chorus talent show tonight

The Jamestown Community Center is the place to be this evening as the Jamestown Community Chorus presents their 18th Annual Talent Show, "350 Years: Then and Now," at 7:30 p.m.

An outstanding lineup of performers has been selected by Producer Janet Kirk and Assistant Producer Pat Perry, including some longtime Jamestown favorites and some new additions.

Among those who will perform tonight are the Kathy Brownell Follies, Ava White, Emily Anthony on violin, vocalists Megan Leibovitz, Jeannie Spinosa Glier, and Jessica Wilson, pianist Janet Grant, and the Barbershop group "Just 4 Fun." There will be some wonderful surprises, and of course John Biddle is always a major highlight of the show.

Jim Perry is the director this year, with Andrea von Hohenleiten as assistant director. Frank Darigan will serve as Master of Ceremonies and is sure once again to delight the audience and put performers at ease, as only he can.

A crew of chorus members led by Laura Yentsch and Prim Bullock have been selling raffle tickets in recent weeks and winners will be drawn this evening. Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 and will be available at the talent show before the drawing. Prizes are $100, $75, and $50 in Chamber Bucks, redeemable at over 30 businesses in Jamestown.

Refreshments and cold drinks will be offered for sale as well, coordinated by Dianne Reilly and her team.

This summertime event is sure to please young and old alike. Tickets are $7 for general admission, and $5 for seniors and children. Buy them at the door tonight, or earlier at the Secret Garden, Jamestown Hardware, or Baker's Pharmacy. Proceeds from the talent show benefit the Jamestown Community Chorus and its programs.

Annual 'fools' event Saturday

The nationally famous 30th Annual Fools' Rules Regatta, sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, on the East Ferry Beach in Jamestown. The rain date will be the following day, Sunday, Aug. 19. This year the regatta is part of the 350th celebration of the founding of Jamestown, and the winner of the theme award will be judged by its historical theme. Construction of the unique sailing craft will begin with the firing of the cannon at 9 a.m. Contestants have two hours to build their vessels from non-marine items.

Entrants compete in one of five classes: one to four persons in respective classes, and the Unlimited Class, for five or more sailing fools. The course is downwind, 500-yards.

Entry forms and rules are available at various Jamestown businesses and on the Jamestown Yacht Club's web site: www.jyc. org. For more information, call 423-1492.

Concert features island band

Summer Music in Jamestown ends its 2007 season with an appearance by the island's own Jamestown Community Band on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The concert will be at East Ferry Memorial Square and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The community band's appearance as the official closing act of the annual concert series has become a Jamestown tradition.

The Jamestown Community Band has put together a concert with a theme to celebrate the last 350 years of music. The band will be conducted by Tony Carter.

This concert is sponsored by Conanicut Marine Services, Island Realty and Trattoria Simpatico. Enjoy the last concert of the summer and the end of Jamestown's 350th Celebration Week.

Film premier at library Aug. 23

Independent filmmaker Jay Craven will be at the Jamestown library on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. to introduce his film, "Disappearances," in its Rhode Island premiere.

Based on the award-winning novel by Howard Frank Mosher, the film is a spellbinding tale of high-stakes whiskey smuggling, a family's mysterious past, and a young boy's rite of passage. Quebec Bill, desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered cattle herd at the end of a long winter, resorts to whiskey smuggling, a traditional family occupation. He takes his son, Wild Bill, on an unforgettable journey that will long remain etched in the viewer's mind, through the vast reaches of the Canadian wilderness and into a haunted and elusive past. What they find is the stuff of genuine legend.

The film stars Kris Kristofferson, Genevieve Bujold, and 15- year-old Charlie McDermott in a performance that has garnered much praise.

This free program, for both teens and adults, is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

Library science program for kids

Children entering grades 3 through 6 are invited to participate in Pow!Science!'s Spy Science today, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Jamestown library.

Registration is required for this free, 45-minute program. Visit the library at 26 North Road or call 423-7280 to register.

Participants in Pow!Science!'s Spy Science program must never reveal the secret experiments and tricks of the spy trade they will learn in this exciting exploration of codes and cyphers, chemical analysis and dactylography (fingerprinting).

Pow!Science! recommends that all agents-in-training be in at least third grade for this program because reading and writing skills are required for maximum enjoyment.

This program is part of the Summer Reading Program, "Get a Clue @ Your Library" and is sponsored by the Friends of Jamestown Philomenian Library, the RI Office of Library and Information Services, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, McDonald's Restaurants of Rhode Island and the Citizens Bank Foundation.

Garden club to have summer fete

The Quononoquott Garden Club will meet at St. Matthew's Parish Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. President Gloria Westlake will conduct the business meeting as is customary, but there is no scheduled program.

Later in the evening, a "Seaside Sunset Celebration" will take place at the home of club member, Susan Little and her husband, Bruce Turner, beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call hospitality team leader Suzi Andrews at 423-1460.

Military families' ice cream social

The Jamestown Military Spouses Group will hold a "Welcome to Jamestown" ice cream social on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at 830 East Shore Rd.

New military families, Jamestown families who volunteered to be pen pals for the incoming group, or anyone who wants to meet the newcomers is invited to attend.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Julie at 560-0112, or Adrienne at 560-0145.

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