2010-03-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Voices For Vision, a benefit concert to raise funds for a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic next month during school spring break, will take place this Sunday, March 21, at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist Church. Featured performers include Matt and Judy Bolles, Julie Beth Andrews, Jeanne Spinosa, country singer Bill Friday, Hannah Cordes, Malari Martin and the “Accidental Sisters” (a women’s a capella group directed and created by Julie Beth Andrews) in their Jamestown premiere, among others.

Hannah Cordes said, “The concert is called ‘Voices for Vision’ because my mother and I will be involved in the vision care aspect of the medical mission.”

Hannah will assist her mom, Optometrist Donna Gavin, at the hospital there. All proceeds will go towards the mission, and donations of eyeglasses will be gratefully accepted at the concert.

Admission is $8 per person and $20 per family. Tickets are available at Slice of Heaven, at the door or by contacting Hannah at 423- 3454.

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Starting this Saturday, March 20 – the first day of spring – Lawn Avenue School eighth-graders will be knocking on island doors selling spring garden bulbs in their fi- nal push to raise monies for their June trip to Washington, D.C.

The bulbs are “Dutch Mill Bulbs” and will be shipped to Jamestown in May. There are 18 selections, ranging from gladiolus, hosta, caladiums, bleeding heart, strawberry plants and a variety of lilies. All packages are $6 each. The students will be selling the bulbs through April 8.

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There are only three trombones in the band, but they’ll sound like 76 during the spring concert by the Jamestown Community Band on Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Portuguese American Citizens Club.

Band Director Bethany Clarke has prepared a program of favorite numbers, including “Colonel Bogey’s March,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Thunderer” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

But it won’t be all marches. Publicist Bill Knapp said, “Ms. Clarke will lead the band through adventuresome, lively, sometimes soulful interpretations of English folk and sea tunes by Percy Grainger, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others.” The program includes “If Thou Be Near,” “The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare,” “The Lowlands of Scotland,” “Sea Songs,” “Linden Lea” and more.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

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Well, it’s settled. Linda Albaugh says that Nelson Eddy lived on High Street and Van Johnson resided in Newport. Dave Duffy added that the singing star lived on High Street across from his grandparents (the Bestosos). He says he thinks Nelson’s sister’s name was Virginia.

Irrefutable proof comes from Jane Estes Bentley, who writes:

“I am writing in response to Robert Fleming’s question of what celebrity lived on High Street. The answer is Nelson Eddy. His stepmother, Marguerite Eddy, lived up the street from me and was a patient of my father’s (he was the first full time dentist in Jamestown). Also, an interesting bit of information: When Nelson Eddy died, his stepmother gave my father Nelson’s handkerchiefs, as they both had the same initials: NAE. Nelson Ackerman Eddy – Dr. Nathan Anthony Estes.”

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On the subject of island celebrities, Dave Duffy asks, “What Jamestowner produced the ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ and what was the production company’s name?”

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A dog-walking break zone has been established at the Cathryn Jamieson Salon on Narragansett Avenue. A “stop” sign in front of the building invites the canines and their walkers to stop in for a refreshment treat. While I was in there last week waiting for my stylist, Barbara Lundy stopped by with her two carzins, Dazzle and Daisy, who received not only bone treats, but lots of back scratches and affectionate greetings.

Can a dog-grooming room be far behind?

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Peter Pemantell has last week’s Irish poser. It is “Fiddlers Green.”

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From Dorothy Strang: “The street names in Jamestown Shores and South Shores are a category unto themselves, overflowing with terms from sailing and the sea, many of which are a puzzle to a newcomer from the Midwest. I’d like to propose to all aspiring artists that they draw a marine or seascape picture that includes as many street names from the Shores as possible. Be sure to label the parts of your picture with the appropriate street names. Lyla and I would be pleased to look at any pictures you produce, particularly if you can show us what Davit, Xebac and Spirketing mean.”

Dorothy and Lyla can be reached at dorstrang@worldnet.att.net. They will be taking a break from the column for a while, but we hope they will be returning soon with their interesting observations that make all of us more observant.

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Marlene Murphy says that John Wayne in “The Quiet Man” played the role of Trooper Thorne, a fighter who had killed another boxer in the ring.

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Our dedicated letter carrier, Peter Mullen, was pictured with his pipes on the front page of the Pro- Jo’s Lifebeat section two weeks in a row promoting St. Patrick’s Day observances. Peter, you’ve become the face of Rhode Island’s sons of Ireland.

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Peter Pemantell asks: Who were the janitors/maintenance men at the Carr and Thomas H. Clarke schools in the 1950s?

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A portion of the 3,000 DVDs from the Jamestown Video Showcase that were donated by Jamestown Wine & Liquors to the Jamestown Philomenian Library will go on sale Monday, March 22, in the hallway of the library. They will sell for $2 each and titles will be added as the sale progresses through April 2 during regular library hours.

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The Vernal Equinox is Saturday. Told ya we’d make it!

*** Be true!

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

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