2008-07-17 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

At the Aug. 30 concert by the Men's Chorus of Jamestown, John Grant will be the accompanist for the classic "Down in the Valley." John instead of his wife, Janet Grant, the usual accompanist? What goes here? John explained that the music is thought by many to be one of the greatest songs for a men's chorus. Director B.J. Whitehouse believes that a man should accompany the singers. In the past, in addition to John, Norm Newberry and B.J. himself have performed the task.

We didn't know you played the piano, we said. "I don't play unless I practice, and I'm working on that now," he replied. In Jamestown the word "piano" is synonymous with the name Grant. Janet Grant is accompanist for the Jamestown Community Chorus, the Jamestown Community Theatre, and the Men's Chorus of Jamestown plus any other individual or group that needs her talents. John quipped, "Most people know me as Mr. Janet Grant, she is better known in the community."

John has sung bass as a member of the men's group since its inception as the All-Guys Choir and has performed in all of its concerts. "I love the music, it's great to make the sounds a men's chorus makes." John is also a member of the JCC and will be on stage with the chorus at the JCC's Talent Show on Aug. 13.

"If you like to sing at all, give us a try. It's a lot of fun."

John has meshed nicely with the world of arts and sciences. In the daytime he works in research and fluid dynamics at Alion Science and Technology in Middletown.

Next month we'll be able to see John in his dual role as pianist and singer. That is as long as he continues to practice.

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Dust off your piccolos and polish your dancing shoes. It's time again for the entertainment event of the summer, the Jamestown Community Chorus' annual talent show. The curtain will go up at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Community Center.

The theme of this year's show is "Salute to Vaudeville." Co-producers, Andrea von Hohenleiten and Ginger Holland are conducting a talent search and urge residents from the greater Jamestown area, which includes towns surrounding Narragansett Bay, to bring their talents to auditions at the center on Sunday, Aug. 10, or Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. A piano accompanist will be available.

Some of the groups and individuals who have participated in the past are the Jamestown Community Band, the Kathy Brownell Follies, Emily Anthony, Janet Grant, John Biddle, the Men's Chorus of Jamestown, the Hummingbird Trio, and other pianists, violinists, vocalists, poets, dancers, gymnasts and fiddlers. The ever-popular guitar, banjo, and mandolin were also highlighted on stage.

The fundraiser will include a gasoline raffle, a Chamber Bucks raffle, and refreshments.

Questions? Call Chorus Director B.J. Whitehouse, 423-1574.

*** Great show Hogs!

*** Last Saturday the 26-foot Stella left the Conanicut Marina at 3:30 a.m.for a day of shark fishing 45 miles ESE. On board were Robb Roach head of Jamestown's Kettlebottom Outfitters; his son, Ben, 11; Jay Howell;, photographer Ty Leger and grandson Tom.

According to Robb, about an hour after setting out a chum slick, "we got a big hit on the 'short line' the one closest to the boat. I tried to have Ben fight the shark but it proved to be a formidable opponent. In about 45 minutes we landed the female thresher shark, which was 12-feet long and weighed 217 pounds."

Soon the boat was surrounded by blue sharks. Ben, Jay and Tom all caught blue sharks. The one Tom hooked was a tagged fish and after the tag was removed the shark was released. At Snug Harbor the thresher was weighed and the tag was handed in. Tom received thanks and an official hat from the Marine Research Tagging Program.

In the midst of all the excitment offshore Ty went overboard to film the action from underwater. "He braved hungry sharks to get great footage for Kettlebottom Outdoor Pursuits. It will be a great show," Robb said.

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Bill Crowell noted the sign when he was coming off the bridge that said, Mowing Ahead. "How do you mow concrete," he wonders.

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Yep, Bob Kinder says it's

Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny how you can love

Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny heaven's above

You make my sad heart jump with joy...

Recorded by Wee Bonnie Baker.

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The Ali Dunn Packer Memorial Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation has made a generous donation to the Jamestown Philomenian Library that has resulted in the purchase of all 20 Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominees.The books, published between 2006 and 2008, were selected by the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee based on their literary quality and appeal to teens.

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.............What's a little kiss between a fellow and his gal

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What was the name of the host who introduced himself after the sound of the squeeky door at the opening of the"Inner Sanctum?"

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Tomorrow's full moon is the Thunder Moon or Hay Moon.

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