2008-07-24 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Concern for the environmental future of our island has resulted in a beautiful book entitled "Conanicut the Book." Jamestowner and photographer Coffee Bell has put together more than 70 of her photographs that wonderfully capture the very pristine essence of our island. It's a must for every island home and will make a classy gift for visitors and former Jamestowners.

Coffee said that a disability forced her to slow down. She came to the island almost 10 years ago and "Jamestown has become my muse. I put the book together to show my appreciation for the beautiful environment that I call home." The book will soon be available from local merchants.

Before coming here, Coffee lived in Newport for more than 30 years. In addition to her photography, she is a painter and sculptor. She is a member of the Conanicut Island Art Association and the Newport Art Association and shows and sells her work locally. She taught after-school art classes at Sheffield School in Newport, was one of the original members of Project One, an outdoor community art program, and was heavily involved in the Women's Sacred Art Festival and Exhibit for several years.

We'll let you in on a little secret. Coffee's birth name is Karen. She picked up the Coffee name in high school and it stuck.

In the book's opening comments she says, "Conanicut the book is a photo journal (over 70 images) from the eye, the heart and camera of Coffee Bell."

There's plenty of the heart part.

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The Jamestown Community Theatre has announced that auditions for its November production, "Miracle on 34th Street," are set for Sunday, Aug. 17, and Monday, Aug. 18. Artistic Director Mary Wright says there will be more information on the requirements for auditions in coming issues of the Jamestown Press.

"Please note that there will be a large chorus, but in addition, there will be a smaller group who will perform music that will require more sophisticated singing and harmony. This group will not be required to be at all rehearsals, and may in fact, rehearse separately," Mary said.

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Bob Kinder was in with last week's poser.

Gimme a little kiss will ya huh?

Whadda ya got to miss, will ya huh?

Gosh ooh gee why do you refuse?

I can't see what ya got to lose.

Larry Lewis said it was "recorded famously by Sinatra and not so famously by Whispering Jack Smith in 1928, among others."

Bill Fleming of Braintree, Mass. responded with "Eddie Arnold sang 'What's a little kiss between a fellow and his girl' in the 40s." Bill didn't answer the question about the "Inner Sanctum," but said the radio program "was founded in the 40s by Himan Brown."

What was the name of the host on "Inner Sanctum?" Larry wrote that the show "was squeakily introduced by 'Your host, Raymond' (Raymond Edward Johnson). He closed the program with, 'Pleasant dreaaaams, hmmmmmm?' The creaking door was in reality a desk chair that worked just as well!"

Thanks, guys!

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First it was the Easter Skulker who shows up early Easter mornings to drop off beautiful pansies.

Now we have the Chair Skulker who a week ago Sunday dropped off two brand new Adirondack chairs with a note reading "Enjoy." The chairs were left for Mim because the note continued by saying, "For all the good things you do. You deserve to take some time to just relax and enjoy life."

Thank you, whoever you are.

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The latest donations from people who wanted their money blown up came in from Christa and Richard Casey; Delia Klingbeil of Clinton Avenue; Susan Baccari, Rub Street; Christiana and Charles Matley, High Street; and Allie, August and Leigh Gribble of Valley Road.

Head 'Hog Gregg Charest sends "a special Hog thanks to JEMS for setting up the first aid station, the Jamestown Fire Department for putting out brush fires, and the Jamestown Police for explosives detail, and traffic and parking control.

"We would also like to thank everyone who we hustled for money on the beach - this gives us seed money for next year. That's right, we'll be back asking for more money to send sky-high. There's even talk about bringing it back downtown, so stay tuned for more information."

On the Hogs' web site, www. rockethogs.com, there is a pictorial timeline showing the activities of setting up for the shoot beginning at 2 p.m. on July 12 through 8:30 a.m. the next morning.

KA-BOOM!

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The ear-shattering noise on weekends from visiting motorcycles is getting pretty bad even for those of us with old hearing.

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Cut back on those showers, it looks like it's going to be one of those dry summers.

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A Snapple cap moment: A crocodile cannot move its tongue.

*** Be true!

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