2007-09-27 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

For the first time, the Jamestown Community Piano Group will present a chamber music ensemble, rather than a solo piano concert, this Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

The "Musica Dolce" Chamber Orchestra will feature music from the Baroque era to the Romantic era, including the work of Atilio Ariosti, Johann Sebastian Bach and Robert Schumann.

Island pianist Janet Grant, a member of the piano group, said that Dr. Joseph Ceo, who will perform on the viola, is the founder and artistic director of "Musica Dolce." As professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Rhode Island, he has directed the orchestra program for 17 years.

The other members of the ensemble are Dr. Paul Rosenbloom, the principal pianist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and violinist Meghan O'Connor.

Janet said that the concert is the first in a series of four free concerts for the 2007-2008 season to be sponsored by the Jamestown Community Piano Group to showcase the beautiful 7-foot Schimmel grand piano which was purchased entirely through donations in 2001 and is currently housed in St. Matthew's.

In addition to Janet, the group consists of Nancy Bennett, John Biddle, Rosemary Enright, Bill Knapp and Ann Zartler, all local music lovers who oversee and manage the piano.

Enjoy this wonderful opportunity!

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Happy birthday to Kayla Rafferty, who was 6 on Tuesday. Her mom, Wendy, says, "Mom loves you to the moon and back!"

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She didn't get as far as the moon, but Wendy and her "Just Wings" team joined 7,000 other walkers to complete the 26.6 mile walk in the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber marathon Sept. 16.

Wendy is still accepting donations because, she says, "We still need to fight together to find a cure for cancer."

Mail checks made out to The Jimmy Fund to Wendy Rafferty, 13 Plymouth Rd., Jamestown, 02835. "Thank you to all who have donated."

Kudos to "Just Wings!"

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Sunday is the deadline to send a check made out to The Tomorrow Fund to island marathoner Jim Pemantell, 224 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 02835.

On Oct. 7, Jim will be running in the Steamtown Marathon in Scanton, PA, in honor of 10-yearold Payton Watson who has leukemia.

The Tomorrow Fund works closely with families to help families in their long journey through a child's cancer treatments.

Kudos to Jim!

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That was a great half-page pix of the Conanicut Marina in the Sept. 18 ProJo.

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But, a pox on the ProJo. The paper had the island in South County again on Sept. 21.

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A father to his wayward son - "It was a horrible thing to do, but while you serve your time just think that when you get out, you can have your own radio show."

*** Bob Kinder wrote,

You made me love you

I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to do it

You mde me love you and all the time you knew it

I guess you always knew it

You made me happy sometime you made me glad

But there were times, dear, you made me feel so bad

You made me sigh for ---etc.

Kel DiLuglio said, "My dad used to croon this to us. It was a long time ago. I'm always amazed when any of the lyrics float back from my memory. I even remembered the tune and now my family will have to listen to me croon."

Charlie Masso commented, "Helen Forrest sang this tune back in the early 40s with Harry James. Marty Robbins also recorded it around the same time."

And, from John A. Murphy, "Or, as pronounced by the singer, "I didn't wanna do it, I didn't wanna do it."

Thanks to all!!

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The exit of the three sisters from The Secret Garden will be a great loss to the island. They are wonderful to do business with, efficient, accomodating and courteous.

Good luck, ladies, with the rest of your lives!

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Who said, "Wet birds don't fly at night?"

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Seventeen Boy Scouts and seven adult leaders from the island's Troop 1 will travel tomorrow to the Hudson River valley to attend Saturday's Scout Day at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The scouts will camp at Lake Frederick on the Academy grounds tomorrow night and on Saturday morning will take a cadet-guided walking tour of selected monuments, statues and other historic landmarks in the central post area.

Among the many highlights of the visit will be the double regiment parade of the Corps of Cadets on "The Plain," followed by a Division 1 college football game pitting Army's Black Knights against the Temple Owls. The scouts will return to the island on Sunday.

Scouts attending are Eric Archibald, Danny Bailey, John Chase, Sam DiGasper, Nick Hanson, Nathaniel Hopkins, Hayden Maclean, Drew Matley, Sal Morenzi, Tom Munro, Josh Nolan, Budd Oldewurtel, Jimmy Perry, Cam Toppa, Brian Volpe, Chris Waterman and Kyle Wright.

Adults making the trip are Jim Archibald, Tom Bailey, who has planned the weekend activity, Glenn Hopkins, John Keavy, Willy Maclean, Mike Perry and Scoutmaster Dave Volpe.

Have fun, guys!

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Islander Lisa Brendlinger is playing 2nd singles on the Providence Country Day varsity tennis team that has won its first five matches.

Lisa, a sophomore, is undefeated and won her first four matches all 6-0, 6-0.

Go, girl!

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That time of the year is rapidly approaching and Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic says precautions should be taken to make the season as comfortable as possible for Fido.

"Whether or not your dog likes tricks or treats for Halloween, this can be a stressful holiday for some pets. Many dogs don't appreciate a horde of children (much less ones dressed in costumes) at their door and all that barking can take away from the festivities. If your dog is particularly guarded of your home or yard consider keeping the canine distracted and away from the doors and windows for the night. Get them set up in a quiet room or basement with plenty of blankets, dog toys, treats, and even some music to help drown out the noises going on outside. Some very stressed dogs may benefit from anti-anxiety medications that your veterinarian can discuss with you. If your pet is going with you and the kids trick or treating then make sure they are on a leash at all times and provide them with some reflective clothing, collar, or leash to help passing motorists see you and your pet in the dark as well."

ARF!

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Where are all those ProJo sports writers who wrote in the spring that the Red Sox were invincible?

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The most overused and misused word in today's lexicon is "icon."

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Open the door, Richard,.............

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The Friends of the Jamestown Library will present "Amazon Adventure" with islander Chris Powell on Thursday night, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. as part of the Friends series on travel.

The talk traces Chris' trip on the motor yacht Tucano into the heart of Amazonas.

The passage begins in the capitol city of Manaus and preceeds 200 miles up the Rio Negro into the Rio Branco. Chris will tell of his visits with native people along the river and describe the Amazon's vast diversity of plants and animals.

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The art room at the Jamestown School on Melrose Avenue is in need of any variety of egg cartons, small margarine tubs without lids, an old steam iron that works, brown leather shoelaces, sandpaper, and sponges for washing tables.

See Jan Kraus and she'll tell you what it's all for.

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Want to get away from those noisy football games that are blasting in your home every Sunday afternoon?

How about chillin' out during a quiet two hours of afternoon knitting at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. The sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m., are free and open to all levels of expertise. Bring your own needles and yarn and a determination to pursue peace.

Registration is not required.

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Deputy Fire Chief Robert W. Church of the Portsmouth Fire Department will teach an Emergency Medical Technician course in Jamestown for the JEMS in November.

Class size will be limited to between 20 to 25 students. Successful completion of the class meets the requirements to take the EMTB certification for the state.

Interested persons should call JEMS headquarters at 423-7276 and someone will get back to you.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Last night's full moon was the Harvest Moon or Fruit Moon.

Today is the beginning of Sukkoth.

*** Be true!

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