2009-11-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
We remember her as a kid and then a teenager appearing with her mom and dad in Jamestown Community Theatre productions and most recently, working Sunday mornings at McQuade’s when we’d stop in for groceries. She always has a big smile as we engage in pleasant banter.

Now, in an e-mail, Matthew Clarke tells us that she is all grown up and his 21-year-old daughter, Bethany, is working toward the completion of her bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Rhode Island, with a double major in music history and music education. As a requirement for her degree, Beth will be performing in her senior recital Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. at URI’s Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. She will be performing works by Ravel, Schubert, Copland, Sondheim and others, accompanied by Karyn Kauffman, Beth’s first music teacher and current music teacher at the Jamestown School, plus Leslie Sykes and Joseph Alberg. The recital is open to all and there is no charge.

In addition to her scholastic achievements, Beth is the codrum major of the URI Marching Band and will be performing her last half-time show at Mead Stadium on Nov. 21. She is also conducting the Jamestown Community Band and will be a guest conductor with the Jamestown Community Chorus at its 60th anniversary concert next month.

Next semester, Beth will be student teaching with islander Greg Charest at Exeter-West Greenwich High School.

Beth said, “I’m happy to be able to do what I love and lucky that that’s what I can do my entire life. Not everyone gets that opportunity.”

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Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., the curtain goes up at the recreation center for the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka.” Playing the compelling role of Veruca Salt is Dana Larkin, a very talented 13-year-old who says that “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was one of her favorite childhood movies. We asked her about the role and she said that Veruca is a real brat. “I’m happy because it’s the only place I can be bratty without getting in trouble,” she said.

Dana has appeared in just about all JCT presentations since she was 7 and stepped up to be assistant director of “Little Women.’ Dana also had roles in Fantasy Works productions of “Music Man Junior” and “Aladdin.” The Lawn Avenue School eighth-grader takes singing lessons with Julie Andrews and is president of the school chorus and vice-president of the band, where she plays tenor sax. She plays with jazz bands and participates in school music programs. Dana has appeared in talent shows and sings at fundraisers with her dad’s band, Dead Blues Society. You can see her tomorrow or Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday at 4 p.m. The same times apply next weekend, Nov. 20, 21 and 22.

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Islanders are being called upon to help heft up food baskets to be delivered by the Jamestown Salvation Army to needy islanders on Nov. 23. Maggie Grenier said that the Salvation Army’s headquarters in Providence provides 25 turkey vouchers and a small amount of sides for the meal, but that this year, they are a bit meager. ”We are asking our island residents for the next week and a half to make additional donations of fresh produce or canned and boxed goods in the basket situated near the exit door at Mc- Quade’s. Gift certificates for the items would also be appreciated. You can call Maggie at 423-0175 or Sue Brayman at 423-0237 to arrange a pick up.

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Whatever happened to candidates for town offices who used to go door to door to meet constituents? If people weren’t home, the candidates would leave brochures so residents knew they had been by. Often my vote went to the person who made that extra effort.

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We note that insurance companies continue to rip off islanders on their homeowners’ policies. Mine just went up $500 for next year. Isn’t that red-lining? Where are our representatives?

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Betty Kinder has last week’s poser correct. It is “Do-Re-Mi” from the “Sound of Music” by Rodgers and Hammerstein and originally sung by Mary Martin.

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Kudos to Governor Carcieri for vetoing the bill to license saltwater fishermen.

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Bob Eaton, who left the island in ’74, called to say he remembers Western Auto being next to the Islander where his mom, Elsie Eaton, worked for different owners. Bob said he bought a BB gun at Western Auto that had a defective front sight. He said that Leo (he can’t remember his last name) put in a new screw and he had the gun for years.

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Do not worry about dinner before going to see “Willy Wonka” on Saturday. Enjoy a Primo Pasta Dinner that evening from 5 to 7 p.m., put on by the St. Mark Council 9197 Knights of Columbus in the church hall. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children. Family tickets are available for $20. The menu consists of pasta, meatballs, salad, sausage and peppers, Italian bread, beverages and dessert. David Nardolillo said he guarantees the best pasta sauce this side of Federal Hill.

The Knights will also be kicking off ticket sales that night for the group’s 10/10 Club, with profits going to the purchase of a new tabernacle that will be included in the recently completed altar renovations at St. Mark. Tickets are $100 each, $10 a month for 10 months or $90 up front. There will be 10 monthly drawings for $100 and the grand prizes will be drawn in October 2010. Questions or tickets, call Dave at 423-2413.

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A Snapple cap moment: A pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones.

*** 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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