2010-04-08 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Because of the stinky weather, those of you who would have been unable to attend the Jamestown Community Band’s Spring Concert last week get a second chance. The event has been rescheduled to Tuesday night, April 13, at the Portuguese American Citizens Club at 7 p.m.

Band Director Bethany Clarke will lead a program of 15 selections, including pieces played publicly by the band for the first time.

“There are a lot of different and intensive emotions in our new pieces,” Bethany said.

Selections will include “Colonel Bogey’s March,” “Thunderer,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “If

Thou Be Near,” “The Duke of Marlborough

Fanfare,” “The Lowlands of Scotland,” “Sea Songs,” “Linden Lea” and more.

Refreshments will be served following the concert. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

PLAY ON!

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As in the past few years, a mysterious Easter Bunny helper left beautiful pansies on our doorstep Easter morning. They are always the first flowers that we plant in the spring. Thank you again, whoever you are!

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Jackson Hawkins, 11, a big Beatles fan, and Susan Rembijas both nailed B.J. Whitehouse’s poser. The answer is “Norwegian Wood” subtitled, “This Bird Has Flown,” by the Beatles.

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The question about the first janitor at the Jamestown School continues as Peter Pemantell writes, “I am older than Clarke Westall and when the new Jamestown School opened, I was in the fourth grade, so it would make it impossible for Clarke to work there at that time. It was Bill Glenn and Dick Hull for sure!”

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Nancy O’Brien responded to Peter’s teacher question. “The kindergarten teacher when the Carr School closed was Violet Drury. A great teacher.”

Nancy asks, “Name a first-grade teacher who went from the Carr School to the new school on Lawn Avenue.”

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We goofed! The Perez Prado tune played often by the Jamestown Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1950s was “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.” We had the title wrong in last week’s column.

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No one responded to John A. Murphy’s doozies. The answers are: First, the soul superstar was Wilson Pickett and the song was “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies. Second, the island musicians were OMZ and the music was “How Bizarre.”

*** Who remembers Joe Palooka?

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Our annual thanks to the Quononoquott Garden Club for its plantings of daffodils along North Road. They’re a “brightener up” in the morning.

*** B.J.’s poser for the week: “He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole.”

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The Jamestown Community Theatre’s “A Smorgasbord of Acting” will end next week after a series of Wednesday night activities instructing islanders in the fine arts of the theater. Some turned the experience into an opportunity to share the lessons with family members and to be able to do things totally creative together. It seems some learned more than stage techniques.

Mary Haite, Annie McIntyre and Mary Wright combined their theater talents and led the group. Mary Haite said she asked her son, Jan, 14, and daughter, Alexandra, 11, if they wanted to participate. Jan’s reaction was, “It doesn’t sound cool.” But after putting on plays together and acting together with others in big circles in the room, they’ve been thrilled. Mary said as the classes progress, her children work on their lines and can’t wait to go. Alexandra said, “It’s really a good place. I don’t feel pressured doing the monologues and other things.” Jan said he’s no longer scared speaking in front of other people. “It allows you to be an extrovert and express yourself fully.”

Cynthia Flagg is no stranger to the theater. She has appeared with the R.I. Shakespeare Theatre in Newport and with the East Greenwich Academy Players. “It was one of my interests that is now dormant,” she said. She invited her 14-year-old granddaughter, Liza, to take the classes. “I wanted us to do something together. The people in the group are fantastic. It’s fun to go back to something you enjoy. We’re happy doing it together.”

Although John Warner had helped out the JCT with lighting and refreshments, this is the first time he had tried acting. It was also the first time for his daughter, Brooke, 10. Another daughter, Rachel, 12, had appeared in two JCT productions, but only in group scenes. “I’m a behind-the-scenes person. I get nervous; it’s different for me standing up in front of others. Each week, it gets better and easier.” He said he did it for first-timers Brooke and himself, but added it had to also help Rachel feel more comfortable. He said he’s going to audition for the next play. “It’s been a fun experience.”

Jeff Williams, his son, Erik, 24, and granddaughter, Ivy, 16, are all attending the classes because of their common interest in the theater. Jeff has been involved with the JCT for some 20 years, Erik since he was 7 and Ivy for the past six years. Erik is pursuing theater studies at CCRI and Ivy is active on the stage and in the chorus at North Kingstown High School. Jeff said the classes are a great opportunity to work on the craft together. Ivy said she now feels more comfortable with new people and Erik said it’s been fun and he has been surprised by the different experience levels of the participants and what some people are capable of coming up with. Jeff added, “It’s been fun to play off each other. Erik has a comedic bend, and Ivy, who has an instinct for the theater, has a classic voice. I do pratfalls, I fall down well.”

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Tonight at 7:30 in the Jamestown library’s meeting hall, author Marie Younkin-Waldman of Narragansett will talk about her book, “To Hear the Birds Sing, Conversations with my Heart” in which she tells of her life’s struggles with a progressive hearing loss before and after her cochlear implant at the age of 63.

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Moses Brown School’s the Quaker Notes Quartet will play a classic repertoire at the library next Sunday afternoon, April 11, at 3 p.m.

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A Snapple cap moment: Pistol shrimp can make a noise loud enough to break glass.

*** 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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