2010-09-30 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
With its musical, satirical and hysterical look at the ‘state’ of Rhode Island as we head into the November elections, Charlie Hall’s Ocean State Follies is coming to town.

The Jamestown Medical Fund is sponsoring the appearance as its major fundraiser for the year. Mark your calendar – it will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the recreation center. This is a fundraiser that everyone can afford, tickets are only $20. There will be refreshments in the lobby at intermission and a raffle drawing at the end of the show.

Maryann Toppa, secretary for the JMF, said the show will offer new spoofs on Jersey Shore, budget cutbacks and the gubernatorial candidates.

“The Jersey Shore bit with “Shnipples” is not to be missed! Linc Chafee croons ‘Nowhere Man,’ Attorney General Patrick Lynch enters on stilts with Frank Caprio and we try to figure who the GOP contender is. Patrick consults with a nun, calls it quits and all of North America applies for his job. Plus, jabs at the Don Carcieri budget cuts, Steve Laffey’s status, Lt. Governor Roberts, President Obama – even Tiger Woods! Check out the new R.I. GPS, ‘go left where Rocky Point used to be.’ There is a Rhody version of ‘We Are The World,’ titled ‘We’re Our Own World’ that ends the show in spectacular fashion.”

Maryann added, “We figure a 7 p.m. show will give people time for dinner before or after the show, making it a full evening for them.”

The Jamestown Medical Fund helps islanders who do not have insurance or find that their insurance does not cover all their medical expenses.

Stay tuned!

*** Kyle Tiexiera’s star birthday was on Sept. 21 when he turned 21. He was also 21 inches long at birth. Give him a big belated hug.

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Peter Pemantell asks, “What was the name of Marshall Dillon’s horse in the ‘Gunsmoke’ series?”

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Victoria has come to the island. The three-month-old kitten has been adopted by Susan Piccerelli from the Potter League for Animals. The kitten had been abandoned and was found alongside the road. Macey, an 11-yearold German Shepherd – also from the Potter League – welcomed Victoria to the home. Susan said they are working on getting along. “They tolerate each other, Macey wants to play and Victoria just looks at him.” Both get lots of love from daughter, Isabelle, 11, who picked out both animals from the league.

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OUCH! Last week’s column had a name misspelled, which is a real no-no in this business. How it got by three proofreaders is a mystery, but Thursday morning, I was greeted by the following email:

“Dear Jim...In this morning’s Jamestown Press, Sept. 23, 2010, I was surprised that the Walrus had finally found me out! Subordinate, small-minded, insignifi- cant, with narrow interests and sympathies, according to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary 1980...aside from the possibility that this is a typographic error, I really would like to be known as BETTY. Otherwise known as Elizabeth F. Purdum.”

As a person whose last name is misspelled on a regular basis, I know your pain. My apologies, BETTY.

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Note to JEMS: A LNG tanker can’t explode.

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Sam Bari, Barbara-Ann Mac- Intosh, Elizabeth Mancini, Bob Kinder, Patti Vandal and Peter Pemantell nailed B.J.’s poser as “September Song.” Peter wrote, “Willie Nelson did a great job on this one, as he does with all his music, but the credit has to go to Jimmy Durante for his rendition.” Patti said the song is from Kurt Weill’s and Maxwell Anderson’s 1938 “Knickerbocker Holiday.”

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Also from B.J.:

Like a song through the trees you came to love me

Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away.

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It’s not October yet, but the Halloween decorations are out on the lawns, stores are advertising costumes and candy is on the grocer’s shelves. It’s getting to be bigger than Christmas.

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From John A. Murphy: “Last week, I watched this tableau unfold in Mackerel Cove: On a beautiful morning, a luxury yacht enters the cove, and drops anchor. It is so large that it makes the Cove look narrow. The anchoring takes place automatically, without crew appearing on the deck of the yacht. A large panel in the stern opens, and the yacht ‘gives birth’ to four jet skis. A helicopter suddenly appears and takes flight. Anyone living nearby might wonder whether attack was imminent.

“The thought occurs: We have lost Jamestown to the heathens.”

Thanks, John…to the battlements!

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Tot Wright will appear as the Royal Name Dropper and Trevette Kuester will play the chef in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” in November. Laura Totten is handling publicity for the musical.

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Get to know the candidates in November’s election so you can vote your conscience.

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If the NFL continues to make more rules restricting contact between players, they might as well play flag or touch football.

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Kudos to the Cardi Corp. for a great job paving a northern section of North Main Road leading to the entrance to the dump. The trip north is now much smoother. The job was financed by the town.

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The Jamestown library has installed an E-Zone download station that enables users to download best-selling audio books directly to a MP3 player, iPod, iPad or Zune.

*** Next Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., the library will present a program on “Outsider Art and Its Artists.” A showing of the film, “Outsider: the Life and Art of Judith Scott” by Betsy Bayha, will be introduced by Tom McAleer, administrator for “Top Drawer Art.” Artists Katrina Cathcart and Emmet Estrada from Top Drawer will talk about their work and accomplishments. The Top Drawer Art Center is a nonprofit visual art center providing art programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

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The cruise ship fleet scheduled to be in the East Passage this week includes the Poesia of MSC Cruises tomorrow, Norwegian Dawn of the Norwegian cruise line on Saturday and the Caribbean Princess of the Princess line on Sunday. Crown Princess of the Princess line will drop anchor on Wednesday.

*** Be true!

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