2009-11-05 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Boy Scouts from Troop 1 will be stopping by Saturday after 9 a.m. to pick up your donations to the Scouting for Food drive. Residents received the plastic bags last weekend and are asked to leave them with their donation of non-perishable foods out in plain view for the scouts.

Scoutmaster Jim Archibald said, “Islanders have supported the drive in past years and I look forward to their continued generosity.” Collected items go to the St. Mark Church food pantry for distribution to the local needy.

Suggested donations are canned soup, tuna, meats, peanut butter and nuts; canned fruits and vegetables, including juices, dried fruit and tomato sauce; nutritious breakfast cereals, whole-wheat pasta and rice; crackers, granola bars, cheese and cracker packages, and canned or dried beans.

Jim said if you did not receive a bag or your pick-up is missed, leave him a message at 423-3094.

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“Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two, the Candy Man can” and in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka,” Ed Silvia belts out the tune, and does all the lyrics say and more in his role as the Candy Man. Ed portrays the factory worker who enables the last golden ticket to go to Charlie Bucket. “I’m enjoying it a lot. I love the idea of singing and dancing.”

No stranger to the stage and acting, he appeared in the JCT’s “Joseph and the Amazing Colored Dreamcoat,” the movies, “Amistad,” “The Brotherhood,” “Underdog” and “Hearing Zoe.” He also sang at Sessions at 54th St. Ed also recalled that in the fourth grade, he had the male lead as a wandering troubadour in a play directed by his teacher, Patty Vandal. Patty is co-founder of the JCT and appears as Grandma Josephine in “Willy Wonka.” “It’s a joy working with her after all this time. It’s a fulfilling experience. She is my favorite teacher of all time. I’m really enjoying this venture, being a part of such a group effort.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22, at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at Baker’s Pharmacy, Secret Garden, the Conanicut Marine Store and the Cathryn Jamieson Salon. In Newport, tickets are sold at Pleasant Surprise and in Wickford, at Midnight Sun. Prices are $13 for adults if purchased in advance and $16 when purchased at the door. Children 12 and under and seniors, 65 and older, will pay $8 in advance or $11 at the door.

At each performance, one lucky winner will find a Golden Ticket hidden inside a Wonka intermission candy refreshment, which will reward the winner with a surprise.

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It’s time to think about cookies. Jamestown eighth graders will be stopping by through Nov. 13 to take orders for frozen Otis cookies to raise money for their Washington, D.C. trip in June. Funds raised in the door-to-door drive will go to the student’s individual account for the trip. Prices range from $14 to $16. The cookies will arrive on Dec. 13 in plenty of time for Christmas.

And, you won’t have to bake for Thanksgiving. Parents of eighth graders will bake and deliver pies to your home. The pies will arrive on Nov. 24 and 25. They sell for $7 each and choices include pumpkin, pecan and apple crumb, with more flavors to come. You can place your order by calling Maryann Toppa at 423-2866. There is also a need for an eighth grade mom or dad who is home during the day to take orders.

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Peter C. Pemantell had the poser from the Jamestown Community Chorus’ 60th anniversary concert. It’s “Mule Train” and was sung by Frankie Laine and Vaughan Monroe, among others.

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How about “A note to follow sol.”

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We don’t answer our home phone on weekends anymore. There’s either no one on the line, or a person or machine shilling for money.

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If you think your days of enjoying volleyball are over, forget it. Grab your shorts and sneakers and join other volleyball lovers at the Lawn Avenue School gym Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Andrea von Hohenleiten, coordinator of the recreation department program, says everyone is invited, ages 12 to 90. Questions? Call the rec. dept. at 423-7260, or Andrea at 932-0939.

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Is “Have a good one!” just a Rhode Island thing? I’m never quite sure of what or with whom I’m supposed to be having a good one. Not only that, but I may not want to have a good one.

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On the topic of the Spa, John Wright e-mailed, “I believe the reference to the Spa is the Theater Spa, which was located in the east portion of the theater building. It was owned by Phil McCafferty, George Sheehan and Bill Sheehan. I worked there from 1949 to 1950, when I entered the U.S.A.F. Paul Picard, Ray Matoes and Claire Picard also worked there. It was small in area, but big in heart.”

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On the question of the Western Auto store, Peter C. Pemantell wrote, “The Western Auto store was located in the old Post Offi ce building that was next to the Islander Restaurant. It was on the first floor and I remember it well because I rented a room on the top floor, as did Jack Albaugh back in the 60s. The store, as well as the building and the Islander, were owned and operated by Leo and Mona Allaire and their son, Al.

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We get nervous when the General Assembly is in session, even if it is only two days.

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The fire horn has been a way of life for islanders for a long time. Former Jamestowner Phyllis Anderson writes from Ohio, “I can understand the complaints of those who live near the fire station. Back when we lived across from the old fire station, the old deep horn going off in the middle of the night was enough to throw us out of bed. My sister and I would together count the signal, which was repeated three times. I think back then the men were all volunteers so it took a few minutes before we heard the engines go out with the sirens blaring. Since Jamestown didn’t have a newspaper in those days, very often we never did learn where the fire had been.”

Thanks, Phyllis!

*** Hug a veteran next Wednesday.

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A Snapple cap moment: Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

*** Be true!

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

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