2009-08-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The Jamestown Community Theatre’s artistic director, Mary Wright, has announced that the company’s November production will be “Willy Wonka.” The JCT was unable to receive the rights to “Fiddler on the Roof,” but the rights to do the full “grown-up” version of “Willy Wonker” have just been released and the JCT will be one of the first theater groups to present it.

Mary said, “This musical includes songs from the original movie, the one with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, but the composers have written additional songs to enhance the show. There are many roles in this play for all ages; please do not shy away because you think this is a children’s show. Believe me, we need adults, in many lead roles. We encourage families to audition together!

JCT presented a different version of Willy Wonka many years ago, but the story was the same.

The times for auditions will be announced in the Press next week, but it looks as if they will be during the week before Labor Day. By the way, you can read updates on Facebook by going to our page (Jamestown Community Theatre). We will be announcing audition times there as well.”

Mary will be directing the production. If you have any questions, call her at 423 1586 or e-mail her at ms.wright@cox.net.

Oh, the Candy Man can..........

*** The Fire Department’s Ladder Company 1 last Thursday became a rescue company. The apparatus was parked on the apron in front of the station and was taking part in the department’s weekly drill activities when, firefighter Andrea von Hohenleiten said, a woman approached the truck and asked if the crew could help her out. It seems a raccoon was stuck in a tree o and she was concerned for the safety of her adult daughter, who was attempting to help the animal. The truck and crew went to the scene.

Below the hole in the tree trunk used by the raccoon family to gain access to its nest, there was a slit in the wood in the shape of a very thin V. The young quadruped’s neck was wedged in the crack.

Donning his full gear, including heavy-duty gloves, firefighter Jon Caito went up a ladder and gently lifted the boisterous animal and lowered it back into its nest. Andrea said the raccoon was so young it hadn’t yet opened its eyes. A gathering crowd of neighbors voiced its approval.

Ladder Company 1 then went back to being Ladder Company 1.

Great job, guys!


BankNewport is participating in the Rhode Island Food Bank summer food drive through Aug. 28. So, if you go into the bank for a withdrawal, join the drive and deposit canned goods for the needy.


In last week’s column, we mentioned – as we usually do each month – the names of the August full moon. We said it was the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Our names come from a list of Native American and folklore sources.

Maureen Lapinski called to say her August moon is the “Full Sturgeon Moon.” Maureen’s source is the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Engagement Calendar, which also draws its information from Native Americans. The Calendar states, “This month’s full moon got its name because the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught at this time. It is also called the Green Corn Moon and the Red Moon.” So, different tribes, different moons.

Our thanks to Maureen for her interest and from now on, we’ll include the Almanac’s listings as well.


Dick Rembijas writes: “I’m still waiting for someone to tell me what two businesses were located on the south end of Green Lane and who were the owners? Someone named one of them a couple of weeks ago, but I question her second answer.

“Also, I believe the owners of the Narragansett Cafe in the 1950s were Scotty Santoes and her brother, Vic Minus.”


This week’s question from Peter C. Pemantell: What color was the old St. Mark Church?


Kudos to the newly elected officers of the Jamestown Emergency Medical Services. They are: Lennart Nilsson, chief; Keith Ford, deputy chief; Bob Boyle, secretary; Larry Bartley, treasurer; Chris Reilly, training officer; Linda Brown, supply officer and Jim Perry, administrator. JEMS is a volunteer organization providing emergency care and transport service at no charge to island residents. It responds to some 600 calls each year. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Questions? Call 423-2726.


Erich Stahl of Friendship Street writes, “Where is the fire horn? The people want to know. Rumors are that if it is being repaired in Sweden by the last known fire horn repair authority or possibly finally returned to the alien invaders from ‘War of the Worlds’ for a tune up... How has the press missed this vital piece of news? (perhaps the detection of the change is no longer an option having been too close to the roar of the instrument?) Waiting with earplugs at the ready.”

Put them in, Erich, the horn was working again Saturday at noon. Its long silence was caused by a defective valve, complicated by a delay in the deliverance of the correct replacement part.


Islander Todd Messinger, head chef at DiMare Seafood in East Greenwich, answers questions in “Tips from a Tastemaker” in the current issue of “SO Rhode Island.”


A sign of the times: A billboard in Hamilton reads “Rhode Island Bankruptcy Center,” and gives information about how to contact it. Of course, it’s an attorney’s office.


Patti Vandal correctly identified last week’s poser as “Moonlight Becomes You,” and said it was featured in the Bob Hope, Bing Crosby movie “The Road to Morocco.” “In answer to Marilynn Dutton’s question about phone numbers – my number was 11, my grandfather Miller’s was 66 and the Clarke School was 197.”

Bob Kinder had it right and said it was made popular by Bing Crosby.

Paula Florentino and Mary F. Mastostefano also had the correct title.

Barbara-Ann MacIntosh said it was written by Burke and Van Heusen. “I have a great recording of it done by Classic Collection, the 1982 Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.”

Thanks, guys!

*** This week’s poser is from B.J. Whitehouse and the song will be part of the Jamestown Community Chorus’ 60th anniversary performance in December. “You make everything groovy.”


The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, in reaction to its successful 10 percent discount on any one item purchased by visitors to the museum gift shop on National Lighthouse Day, has extended the offer through the remainder of August. The gift shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beavertail Lighthouse.


Joe “Boo” Lyons writes, “Special thanks to Jim Pemantell for the fine Saturday afternoon that we all enjoyed at the Clarke/Carr reunion. It was so good to see old classmates and share memories of school and teachers. Jim and his staff put a lot of time and effort into making that day a day to remember.”

*** The following item was requested by Joanie Shaffer and her family to be inserted in this week’s column:

“Charlie you are pain free and now you can rest in peace. It just doesn’t seem like a year has passed already. I hope you are having fun driving the shuttle bus up there. I love you so much. I have a hummingbird tattoo on my ankle in honor of you. Also, Bill and May have donated a bench in your honor, it is at 1 Ferry Wharf. I hope you sit on it every now and then. We all miss you so very much. XOXOX You, Joanie and family, and friends. You are my guardian angel and I know you are watching over me.”


Tomorrow is VJ Day. Fly your flag in remembrance of the brave Americans who gave their lives in the South Pacific during World War II.

*** Be true!


Call in your stuff to 423-0383 or 829-2760 or e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com.

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