2010-08-05 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
With the Jamestown Community Chorus’ 21st annual talent show only two weeks away, publicist Jessica Wilson says that preparations for this year’s production, titled “Seaside Rendezvous,” are in full swing.

The talent-laden presentation – the entertainment highlight of the summer season – will take place on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jamestown recreation center. Admission tickets are $7; $5 for seniors.

Judy Stickney and Mark Male are co-directors. Frank (Hats) Darigan will once again offer his unique talents as the seasoned emcee.

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 16 and 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the recreation center.

Jessica said the time was moved back a half-hour to accommodate families with children who might be interested in trying out. Those auditioning need not be Jamestown residents. Those living in nearby towns, as well as summer residents, are welcome to try out. There is no charge to audition.

The traditional raffle drawing will continue this year, with prizes of $100, $75 and $50 in Jamestown Chamber Bucks. Raffle tickets will be available from chorus members during the next two weeks, as well as in the lobby the night of the show.

Flyers designed by chorus member Ken Greene, a graphic artist from North Kingstown, are appearing around town and are easily recognizable by the bikiniclad babe.

Jessica says she loves working on the talent show.

“I have performed in it solo and in a group, and I find it a very safe place to get up in front of people – everyone has always been very encouraging and supportive. I like that this event brings people of all ages together to have some fun and show what they can do. I look forward to it every year!”


The Men’s Chorus of Jamestown is on hiatus this summer, but that doesn’t mean their voices won’t be heard. The group will gather under the direction of B.J. Whitehouse for a night of song on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grange Hall “to get together and sing through a few things.” If you’re out for a walk, pause by Grange. There’ll be some great sounds on West Street that night.



Kudos to islander and Rocky Hill School student Anthea Weixel for being named to the Providence Journal honor roll program for outstanding student-athletes and student-correspondents.


Debra Vierra Murphy, Elizabeth Mancini and Joe Walek say that last week’s poser from Peter Pemantell is from the song “Summer Nights” and the movie “Grease,” starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

Skip Kingsley of Wickford says it is from the song “I Remember it Well,” sung by Maurice Chevalier to Hermione Gingold in “Gigi.”



Joe Walek and Larry Lewis write that John A. Murphy’s poser last week is Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line.” “A tough one to sing and I oughta know,” Larry said.


Eileen McCarney Muldoon and Cindy Horovitz Wilson will conduct a two-session beginner/intermediate photography workshop at the Jamestown Gallery on Tuesday, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The focus of the first session will be on the fundamentals of digital photography and gaining a fuller familiarization with one’s camera. After the instructional period, students will have an opportunity to spend the remainder of the class photographing in the field. The evening will conclude with an assignment for the students to work on during the following two weeks.

The second session will concentrate on reviewing each student’s assignment to ensure a better understanding of their cameras and the basics of producing wellcrafted photographs. A press release noted that, “The goal of the workshop is to connect the heart and soul to the brain during the photographic process.” The fee for the two sessions is $110.


A summer poser from B.J.: “Sometimes I wonder what I’m agonna do...”


Some island lore from John A. Murphy: This mispronunciation of a Jamestown fort name always reveals the speaker as a non-native?


The Cleveland Browns training camp is open – all’s well with the world.


Tidal pools set up in the Jamestown Philomenian Library will allow school-age children and their older companions to directly interact with marine animals from Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean this Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. The presentation is by the Biomes Marine Biology Center, southern New England’s only private aquarium and education center. The program is free and is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the R.I. Office of Library and Information Services, and McDonald’s Restaurants of Rhode Island.

No fishing poles, please.


The Caribbean Princess cruise ship of the Princess line will be anchored off Newport on Sunday.


The surrender of Japan in World War II occurred 65 years ago Aug. 14. Politicians have deemed that we observe VJ Day next Monday so everyone gets a three-day weekend. Even though the surrender ended World War II, its observance in recent years – mainly for politically correct reasons – has been tempered to say the least. But, one thing can never be forgotten. There were 354,000 American casualties in the Pacific, the result of military action by the Imperial Japanese forces. Fly Old Glory proudly next week in honor of the Americans who fought bravely to defeat the enemy and ensure a VJ Day.


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