2010-09-09 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
A building that once housed boats and outboard motors, had the scent of oil and marine solvents and emitted the sounds of workers going about their activities, has been transformed into the Jamestown Arts Center at 18 Valley St.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 11 p.m., the center will open its doors for the first time for “Party Now,” its first community fundraiser. So far, some 50 islanders have committed to exhibit artwork created from mirrors, which will be auctioned off during the evening.

The local band, Honky Tonk Knights, will entertain and there will be light bites, cocktails and a raffle. Models will mingle with the guests for figure drawing.

Tickets are $55, $60 at the door, and can be purchased at the Jamestown Gallery, the Conanicut Ship’s Store and Baker’s Pharmacy.

The evening’s activities are being spearheaded by event committee members Courtney Hunter and Katie Munger. Other committee members are Leslie Banker, Elizabeth Congdon, Jocelyn Donaghue, Kate Petrie, Lisa Randall, Vivi Valentine and Vanessa Wurman.

Visit jamestownartscenter@ gmail.com.


In more art news, the Jamestown Gallery’s opening reception for its September show was postponed last week due to the possible visit from tropical storm Earl and will be held tomorrow, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 47 Conanicus Ave.

Singer Carroll Venable will entertain from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Guest artists for September are Diane Harrison and Debra Lee Valeri. Gallery artists include Joan Bishop, Cynthia Blair, Elizabeth Congdon, Viv Eisner, Daniel Forster, Fran Gorman, Karen Imbriale, Roger Kirby, Eileen Muldoon, Jillian Barber and Pat Tuff.

Questions? Call 423-3383.


The Jamestown Community Theatre is looking for male chorus/ ensemble roles ages 13 through adult for its November production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The commitment will be one rehearsal each week on Sunday afternoons, with the possibility of an occasional two times a week. Rehearsals for chorus/ ensemble will not be long. Production week will require heavier attendance. Contact Mary Wright, 423-1586 or ms.wright@cox.net.


Judy Garlick, who was on the photo committee for the Carr- Clarke schools reunion last year, has compiled – with the help of former students and the Jamestown Historical Society – three books of the schools’ memorabilia covering the period from 1885 to 1955, when the schools closed.

Judy is still searching for playground photos, group or individual graduation photos taken prior to 1939, Newport Daily News graduation write-ups prior to 1939 and graduation programs before 1929, and for 1930 to 1932 and 1942.

“If anyone has anything they feel might be of interest, please call me at 423-1775. The books will eventually be at the Jamestown Historical Society, but anyone wishing to see them is welcome to stop by my home,” she said.


Those colorful balloons at BankNewport last Friday were in celebration of the promotion of Marlene Murphy to assistant teller supervisor at the Jamestown branch. Congratulations, Marlene.


Tom Bembenek says that B.J.’s last poser of the summer “is one from the tricky side of B.J.”

Tom says the poser is from a poem, “Sure on This Shining Night,” written in 1926 by John Agee.

“Sure on this shining night Of star made shadows round, Kindness must watch for me

This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.

All is healed, all is health. High summer holds the earth. Hearts all whole. Sure on this shining night

I weep for wonder wand’ring far alone

Of shadows on the stars.”

“The verse ‘High summer holds the earth’ ensures it has well-defi ned ties to ‘Summer.’ The poem was put to music by Samuel Barber, circ 1938, as a ‘choral’ piece and appears in several albums, so it enjoys great popularity in the ‘choral’ genre of today’s music.

One of those albums is titled ‘Summertime’ by Felicity Lott (2002); another is titled ‘Summerdays’ by Greenwald, Hoch, Koch and Krieger (1996). The most recent album is ‘Sure on This Shining Night’ by Voce Chamber Artists (2010), where it is listed as a ‘nocterne’ piece. I must admit that I had no choice but to look this one up.

“Good one, B.J.!”


Santa Claus is beginning to make his appearance in print advertisements and television commercials.



The Village Hearth received an outstanding rating from The Phoenix in its Sept. 3 issue.


Larry Lewis responds to John A. Murphy’s challenge in last week’s column:

“While I’m flattered that the estimable island Irishman deigns to purport that I’m skilled at musical trivia, any reader can look this stuff up. Edith Piaf introduced a Swiss tune, reworked as ‘Le Trois Cloches,’ during her late 1945 U.S. tour, predating the American chart release by country vocal group, The Browns, in 1959, when it hit number one on both pop and country lists. The song also charted for Piaf in 1952. Jim Ed Brown still sings it on the Grand Ole Opry, practically every week of his life. It’s been recorded by nearly every singing bard and group imaginable, save for John A. Murphy, his esteemed self. Thank goodness for small favors!”


We note that all candidates for governor are opposed to the LNG plan. Does that mean that all the candidates are opposed to the future economic growth of the state?


Percussionist Aaron Cote has settled back on the island again and has started a drum studio called “Cote Percussion” at his house. Students looking for drum instruction should contact cotepercussion@ hotmail.com or call 662- 2174.


What was Phyllis Diller’s husband’s name?


The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host a fundraising cocktail party at Altamira on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $35 per person. Pianist Matt Dube will entertain and there will be a silent auction with items provided by Jamestown artists, merchants and friends. Auction items are available for viewing and bidding on www.jamestownlibrary. cmarket.com.

Questions and tickets, 423- 7280.


On Saturday, remember the 3,000 victims of the attack on the World Trade Center.


Cruise ships in the East Passage this week are: Sunday, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Cruise Line; Monday, Silver Whisper, Silversea Line and Summit, Celebrity Line; Tuesday, Aurora, P&O Line and on Wednesday, the Silver Whisper returns.


The most ignored holiday of the year, Grandparents’ Day, is Sunday.

*** Be true!


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

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