2008-01-10 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The Town Hall Gallery will soon open and showcase the works of island artists.

Karen Krider, president of the Conanicut Island Art Association, said, "Thanks to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, the old and new Town Councils, and architect Bill Burgin's firm, the beautiful new Town Hall has gallery space for multiple art exhibits throughout the year."

Watch this column for the announcements about the inaugural show which should take place in a few weeks. The title of the first presentation is "Art at the Heart of Jamestown," and all members of the CIAA are encouraged to hang a piece in the show.

Karen said that CIAA Vice President Don Miller and member Wendy Crooks have been hard at work putting the details together. Don commented that, "We hope to have quite a party when we open the first show. The new gallery will be one of our proudest accomplishments for our membership and for Jamestown."

Membership in the CIAA is open to all island residents.

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Kudos to the Jamestown Police Department for receiving a special achievement award from AAA Southern New England for going 23 years without a pedestrian fatality.

Sgt. Keith Woodbine accepted the award on behalf of the department.

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The Jamestown Community Chorus begins rehearsals Monday for its May spring concert featuring the music from movies.

Movie buff or not, the songs selected by Director B.J. Whitehouse will bring back wonderful memories and perhaps a few tears.

If you can't wait until May to hear the music you can join the chorus' soprano, alto, tenor or bass sections and sing along.

Selections chosen for the concert include: "Down to the River to Pray," performed in "O Brother Where Art Thou?" Pachelbel's Canon from "Ordinary People," "Jerusalem," from "Chariots of Fire" and Mozart's Lacrymosa from "The Big Lebowski." Also chosen were Vivaldi's Gloria from "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Cantique de Jean Racine," by Faure from "Babe," Beethoven's Ode to Joy, from "A Clockwork Orange."

"Kyrie," Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, K.427 from "Les Triplettes de Bellevile," "Toreador," from "Bad News Bears," "Shenandoah," arranged by Erb, from "How the West Was Won," "Finlandia," from "Die Hard II," "Idumea," from "Cold Mountain," "Non nobis domine," from "Henry V," "O Fortuna," from "Excalibur," "Hail Holy Queen," from "Sister Act," Duet from "Lakme" by Bizet, from "The American President," and "Man of Constant Sorrow," from "O Brother Where Art Thou?" Also on the list are "Gaudeamus Igitur," from "Student Prince," "Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day," from "Topsy Turvy," "Lobet den Herm," Bach, from "Oscar and Lucinda."

Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

Questions? Call B.J. at 423- 1574 or visit www.jamestownri. com/chorus.

Sing on!

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........is the loneliest night of the week.

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And will someone explain to me why the piggish antics of Brittany Spears and her sister are considered news?

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Congratulations to islander Guy Archambault who has been elected president of the USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee board of directors for 2008.

Guy is a retired Navy captain and was elected to the board in 2006.

The committee oversees the operations of the world's largest collection of historic naval vessels, the centerpiece of which is the battleship Massachusetts berthed in Fall River.

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Two of our readers have been busy researching the origin of Barbara Morinho's "song."

Larry Lewis writes that it is actually a poem entitled "Hang Up The Baby's Stocking" by Emily Huntingdon Miller and has four stanzas. "It dates back at least to 1907 and likely much further than that." Barbara-Ann MacIntosh confirms the author and that it is a poem.

The first verse was in last week's column. Here are the others provided by Larry:

Dear! what a tiny stocking!

It doesn't take much to hold Such little pink toes as baby's Away from the frost and cold.

But then for the baby's Christmas

It will never do at all; Why, Santa wouldn't be looking For anything half so small.

I know what will do for the baby.

I've thought of the very best plan;

I'll borrow a stocking of grandma,

The longest that ever I can;

And you'll hang it by mine, dear mother,

Right here in the corner, so! And write a letter to Santa, And fasten it on to the toe.

Write, "This is the baby's stocking That hangs in the corner here; You never have seen her, Santa, For she only came this year; But she's just the blessedest baby! And, now, before you go, Just cram her stocking with goodies, From the top clean down to the

toe."

Get that recorded for the next yule season and it'll be a big hit.

Both Barbara-Ann and Larry also came up with the poser answer. Barbara-Ann wrote:

I remember you,

You're the one who made my dreams come true

A few kisses ago, I remember you,

You're the one who said I love you too

Yes I do didn't you know ......

Larry added that "I Remember You" was recorded by numerous artists and co-written by Johnny Mercer, the masterful songsmith. I even have a version recorded by the Beatles live in 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. British singer Frank Ifield had a Top 5 hit in Britain with it that year and the Beatles, at that time, were still playing a lot of song covers. America's own Slim Whitman hit big with this tune, as well."

Thanks, guys!

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An illustrated program of interest to all age groups, elementary school students through adults, will be presented Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

Entitled "Antarctica: The Frozen Desert" the program will be presented by Prentice K. Stout and features his photography and maps from his recent trip to that continent.

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Wouldn't you like to see the marching bands return to college and NFLhalftimes? Now we have a bunch of comedians criticizing teams and players and telling us about what we had just seen.

I'll take the Texas A&M marching band over Terry Bradshaw anytime.

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