2010-04-28 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
There is an impressive list of auction items for Laura Smith’s fundraiser this Monday, May 3, at Trattoria Simpatico from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Laura was injured in an automobile accident and will be unable to work for some time. She has no medical insurance and the proceeds from the benefit will go toward her significant medical bills.

As of last weekend, auction donations include a five-course dinner for six at Trattoria Simpatico or at the winner’s home; jewelry worth $1,200 from Three Golden Apples in Newport; a basket with products and salon services valued at $1,000 from the Cathryn Jamieson Salon; a ceramic carousel horse worth $200; a make-up party at the winner’s home; an evening of music by the Dead Blues Society Band for a party, valued at $400 for two hours; homemade desserts for three occasions during a year; four hours of tutorial or enrichment work by Mary Wright valued at $240; a 10- yard dumpster from Island Rubbish worth $250; and a framed picture by artist Shirley Bell from Jamestown Designs, valued at more than $175.

If you would like to donate items or services to the raffle and auction, contact Mary Wright at 423-1586 or at ms.wright@cox.net.

The theme for the night will be the 1970s television hit M*A*S*H and although costumes are optional, there will be a prize for the best one.

Keep those auction items coming. As Radar would say, “Incoming!”


My heartfelt thanks to islander Dr. Durga Larkin and her wonderful associates at South County Hospital for helping me see things more clearly.


This weekend, we have an opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful music that has been written about our fine feathered friends. The Jamestown Community Chorus will present its spring concert, “For the Birds,” this Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $7 for seniors and children. Questions? Call 423-1574. SING ON!


The Jamestown Community Theatre’s presentation of “Willy Wonka” in November was reviewed by the magazine Motif, which is devoted to the arts. The publication reviews both professional and nonprofessional theater presentations, as well as other projects involved with the arts. In the past, JCT has received three nominations and won two awards for “Yours Anne,” and “Song Man, Dance Man” was nominated in three categories.

“Willy Wonka” has received six nominations. JCT Artistic Director Mary Wright asks “that each person who reads this to please vote. In the categories in which we are nominated, we hope you will vote for our nominees.”

Voting, which ends on Monday, May 10, is at www.motifmagazine. net. When you get to the link, go to page 34. Community Theater is the first category, and Best Youth Performance is the last category. After reading over the nominees, click on the same page, and it will take you to the voting area.

In the Community Theater Category:

Best Production: “Willy Wonka,” Jamestown Community Theatre Director of the Year: Mary S. Wright, “Willy Wonka,” JCT

Best Supporting Actor: Tot Wright, Grandpa George, “Willy Wonka,” JCT

Best Costume Design: Lee White, “Willy Wonka,” JCT

Best Youth Performance: Caellum Kerr, “Willy Wonka,” JCT; Dana Larkin, “Willy Wonka,” JCT

“Congratulations to everyone who was a part of ‘Willy Wonka,’” Mary Wright said. “Each individual shares the credit for our best play nomination. After voting, please send this to people on your e-mail address list. Thanks so much.”


Webelos Ryan Downing of island Cub Pack 1 won the Quequatuck District Pinewood Derby on April 10. Cubmaster Will Tuttle reports that the pack was well represented in an 80-car field. All four entrants, Ryan, Adam DiBliase, Stephen Smith and Tiger Cub Gary Harrington, made it to the second round, and Adam and Ryan qualified for the finals, with Ryan taking it all.

Kudos, guys!


As a Blue Chip subscriber who just had his monthly payments increased by 55%, I’d like to suggest a way Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island might save some money. On Friday of last week, two 472-page Provider Directories were stuffed into my mailbox. The one addressed to me went directly into the recycling bin. Mim’s was still in the mail pile at this writing. Ques- tions: Who reads them? Couldn’t a subscriber just get one on request? How much do they cost to print? What is the cost of mailing? Why send more than one to the same residence? How many other 472-page volumes are mailed out every year? Who’s in charge of common sense at BC & BS of RI?


Taya Marzano of Lemoore, Calif. has the answer to who owned O&C Rubbish Removal. “The answer would be Shad O’Brien and Donald Clarke. I should know because Don Clarke is my Poppa and I am his youngest grandchild. I love you, Poppa.”

John A. Murphy adds, “Shad also had, I think, the dominant ‘honey wagon’ franchise in town and handled a lot of the septic pumpouts here. Many of his customers probably met him at the door and opted to have him hand them an invoice whilst he stood outside on the steps.”

*** No love, no nothing, until...


Sam Bari writes, “The flip side of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ before Elvis recorded it was ‘Be-Bop-a-Lula’ by Gene Vincent. Although ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ was released as the ‘A’ side, the ‘B’ side became the hit. ‘Be-Bop-a-Lula’ outsold Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ which means Gene Vincent sold more “Blue Suede Shoes’ than Elvis.”

*** Sam asks, “In 1962, ‘Once Upon a Time’ was on a record that stayed on the top 20 charts for nine months and sold 14 million copies. It was released as the ‘A’ side on the recording, but the ‘B’ side became the hit. What was it?”


Island sculptor Jillian Barber’s ceramic mask creations were featured at the 34th annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston last weekend.


Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Potter League for Animals will offer its Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale this Tuesday, May 4, through Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front lobby of the league at 87 Oliphant Ln. in Middletown. The fashion jewelry is from Seqin and sells for 50 to 75% off. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the animals by supporting the campaign for the new building.



Former islander Amy Coleman, now in Jacksonville, Fla., wonders why there is a Walrus at the head of the column. We borrowed it from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” “The time has come, the Walrus said, to speak of many things...”


Cruise ships “Atlantica” of the Costa Line and “Summit” of the Celebrity Line will be in the East Passage Monday.

*** Be true!


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

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