2009-07-30 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The people’s choice for the Jamestown Community Theatre’s November production is “Fiddler on The Roof.”

Artistic Director Mary Wright said auditions will be held Aug. 15 and 16 at a location to be announced in an upcoming edition. Mary said, “Audition requirements, as well, will be placed into the article. All Jamestowners ages 7 years through 100+ are welcome to audition. Fiddler has many roles, some with singing, some without, and a lot of good music for the chorus. We hope that you will come and and try out. Remember to check the Press next week for the time of auditions, the place and requirements. The play runs the weekends of Nov. 13 and 20 with six performances in all. Rehearsals are one to three times a week, depending on one’s part in the play. Rehearsals start Sunday, Sept.13, in the late afternoon, although some people will not start until October. Come join us, as we start off the fall with one of Broadway’s biggest hits.”

Oh, if I were a rich man.........

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Richard Botelho writes:

“I have been quiet for a while, enjoying your who was who, and what is what, and where was it, but I have a where have they all gone question. Where have all the right of ways to the bay gone both to the east and west passages? They were at one time kept open so anyone could access the bay. The right of way at the extreme east end of High Street was to be reopened following what I thought was a court order. It’s still blocked. Why? Public Works has some brand-new heavy excavating equipment, let’s put it to use on this right of way and all the others. Open them up and keep them open, then no one will ever ask, “Where were they?” Anyone have a map of the old right of ways? Get it to the Walrus, maybe print it in the Press. Let’s keep something the way it used to be.

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Barbara-Ann MacIntosh nailed the poser. The lyrics are from “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.

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The Potter League for Animals’ Critter Glitter Jewelry Outlet is up and running at 13 Touro St. in Newport on Washington Square next to Banana Republic. The League is selling a huge variety of sample fashion jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings from Sequin at 50 to 80 percent off retail. Sequin has donated all the merchandise, so 100 percent of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Capital Campaign for the League’s new animal care and education center. This is a great place to get some early Christmas gifts. The outlet will be open for only three more weeks.

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In answer to Peter C. Pemantell’s questions in last week’s column, David E. Cain writes, “I grew up on the island and recall well the original Conanicut Yacht Club’s clubhouse and pier that were located on the east side of and at the foot of the steep Walcott Avenue hill. I learned how to sail at that club. The club and the pier were destroyed in a hurricane and thence re-located to the 40 Bay View Dr. location where it currently stands and continues to thrive.

“Also, I was Tina Mollís ‘summer grease monkey’ when she operated the second garage on t’e north side of Knowles Court at the intersection with Conanicus Avenue. I was paid the handsome sum of $35 per week to pump gas, grease cars and change tires at one or the other of the two garages during the summer of 1959. While working primarily at the Narragansett Avenue station (now Conanicut Marine), I periodically rotated between the two garages. When Spencer Dickinson could not staff the Knowles Court garage, I was dispatched to fill in for him.”

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And, from Linda Albaugh: “Peter Pemantell was right about Whitehead’s Express, except that it was on Doughlas Street, not Valley Street. Tina Moll bought her second garage from Art Alves. It is now Ken’s Barber Shop. I remember the yacht club. I was in it, but I’m just not sure on the name. I think it might have been the Jamestown Yacht Club. Dick Rembijas asked about the two businesses at the top of Green Lane. I think they were Head’s Taxi and Weiker’s Fuel.”

Thanks, guys!

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More memory tweaks from Peter C. Pemantell. Where on Narragansett Avenue was the American Red Cross Building? And, what was Lloyd Wright’s sister’s first name?

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Happy birthday to Nolan Roach, who was 2 last Sunday. We hear he received some cool fishing gear.

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After some 25 years, this is the first time the sump pump in our house has kicked in during the summer.

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B.J. Whitehouse says another lyric you’ll hear at the 60th anniversary concert by the Jamestown Community Chorus is “Cause he’s kinda big and he’s awful strong.” What’s the song?

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Kudos to whoever is maintaining the landscaping alongside the cross-island expressway. Great job!

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It may be geared for children ages 4 through 12, but adults will have as much fun as the kids tonight at 7 in the Jamestown Philomenian Library meeting hall. The Great Baldini will perform his show, “Always Be Creative,” which will enthrall everyone and magically motivate them to tap into their creative genes.

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We like the way the Texans run their state. The legislature for the economically healthy state meets once every two years for a couple of weeks. The lawmakers earn $8 an hour. Proof that less is better.

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The ProJo’s Bill Reynolds has it right: “Once upon a time, people in charge of a state with 12.4 percent unemployment would have done the right thing and fallen on their swords.”

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A Snapple cap moment: The bumblebee bat is the smallest mammal on Earth. It weighs less than a penny.

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