2008-11-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

This weekend Broadway is just minutes from your door. The Jamestown Community Theatre presents professional entertainer Jon Peterson in the debut of his new show, "Song Man, Dance Man" at the Recreation Center. Appearing with Jon in four musical numbers are 12 island children. The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

The theater company's artistic director, Mary Wright, said, "Just hearing the kids during rehearsals discuss their excitement to be performing with a real star has been thrilling. Their talent is quite remarkable. Last week, Jon added a new song for them to sing with him. The music and lyrics were presented to them just once by musical director Patty Vandal, and pianist Walter Sage, and they sang the song brilliantly at the next rehearsal. This is a big deal for them, for JCT, for Jon Peterson, and when you come to the show, I know it will become a big deal for you as well." The children rehearsed with Jon for the first time Tuesday night.

The singer, actor and dancer will present musical numbers made famous by stars such as George M. Cohan, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., and Anthony Newley. Tickets are available at Baker's Pharmacy, Conanicut Marine, Pleasant Surprise in Newport and Midnight Sun in Wickford. Senior and children's tickets are $7 and adult tickets $12. The prices will go up to $10 and $15 at the door. Questions? Call the JCT at 423-2121 or Mary at 423-1586.

Let's all go to Broadway this weekend!

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Kudos to islander Dan Hansen who was named a Newport Daily News Athlete of the Week for his many tennis accomplishments.

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Who was the TV detective known for his "Who loves ya, baby?"

*** Kudos to islander Chris Crawford who is spending this week in Appalachia helping to build a home and shelter for a family, reconstructing a barn, rebuilding fences and accomplishing any other chores that need to be done. The 16-year-old is there with 14 other students from Bishop Hendricken who were chosen by their classmates. They are living in abject poverty, no hot water, no electricity, outhouses, and they "bathe" in a spring-fed pond that is 38 degrees. There are no phones or cell phone towers, no TVs or stereos, no restaurants. They are sleeping on the floor at a farm.

Chris's dad, also named Chris, said "When we went to the parents meeting on this and they put up on the screen in pictures what the week entailed, you could hear a pin drop. Many parents were stunned that this existed in the United States. The kids were not allowed to bring books, as the families they will be mixing with cannot read, nor were they allowed to even bring wristwatches, never mind iPods. The statistics on literacy, percentages of pregnancies under age 17, diseases . . . for this area of the United States are embarrassing for a country with the resources we have. It's a huge gut check for kids who want to whine about their current standing in life and an eye-opening challenge to what they can accomplish in life if they have the guts and mental toughness to change things for the better."

Thanks Chris, both of you.

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Making plans for the many upcoming holiday events? Note that the Jamestown Community Band will be playing dance tunes and Christmas music at the Portuguese American Citizens Club on Tuesday, Dec. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. There will be light refreshments and a raffle.

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The Boy Scouts of Troop 1 will roast a turkey under a trashcan Saturday night at the Hodgkiss Farm. All are welcome to join in, including adults, at the farm's fire ring. There'll be hot dogs and buns, condiments, chips and cookies. A $2 fee will cover the overhead.

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Arthur Conlon, Debra Vierra Murphy, Bob Kinder and Pembroke Attaway all identified Broderick Crawford as the lead in "Highway Patrol." Pembroke commented, "He was a somewhat heavy set man with a gruff voice. How upsetting that I now know the answers to historical trivia."

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B.J.'s poser was identified correctly as from "The House of the Rising Sun" by Debra Vierra Murphy, Andrea von Hohenleiten, John A. Murphy who said it was too easy and that it was best sung by Bob Dylan, Kathy Tiexiera, Elizabeth Mancini and Pat Burgess preferred it sung by Eric Burdon and the Animals.

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Ira Murphy called to comment on "Hellzapoppin" and said the skit he liked the best was the bellhop trying to deliver a potted plant. As he continued paging as the show progressed, the plant grew larger and larger until it became a small tree.

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Don't miss the hallway exhibit at the library. The Jamestown Historical Society, the Conanicut Island Art Association, the American Legion Arnold Zweir Post 22 and the library have teamed up to hang a collection of paintings and other pieces of art work featuring American flags and fill a display case with medals, letters, photographs, certificates and other archival materials related to our country's history. The exhibit will be up through November.

This is something that all school-age children should see.

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"So, en garde, who knows what the fates have in store..." is a lyric that will be sung during "Song Man, Dance Man" this weekend. What song is it from?

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A moose hunt in Maine and a Thanksgiving turkey show are scheduled to be telecast by Jamestown's Kettlebottom Outdoor Pursuits on NESN Saturday at noon and Nov. 22 at noon respectively. Captain Robb Roach heads north to meet with an old friend who was lucky enough to pull a Bull Moose tag. The turkey show features Kettlebottom pro-staff hunter John DeMello who, as head of the Rhode Island Wild Turkey Federation, takes out handicapped hunters every spring for a chance at taking big Tom turkeys.

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Tonight's full moon is the Frosty Moon or the Beaver Moon.

*** Be true!

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