2010-10-14 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
A medley of John Williams’ hits and songs from the long-running Broadway show “Phantom of the Opera” will highlight the Jamestown Community Band’s fall “pops” concert next Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Portuguese American Citizens Club.

Director Bethany Clarke will lead the band in an arrangement of Ray Charles tunes, songs by Elvis Presley, “One o’clock Jump,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses, “That’s Entertainment” and the band’s signature arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The concert and refreshments are free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The band is seeking additional members. Dust off that old trombone and join the musicians at rehearsals Tuesday nights at 7 at the PAC.



“Broomsticks Forests Unknown” is the delightful title of Casey Weibust’s first professional art show. Her work – monoprints and handmade broomsticks – is at the Gypset Gallery, 3 Stone St. (off Broadway) in Newport through the end of October. A one-night show with more of Casey’s works, this one entitled, “From the Depths of the Cauldron,” will be held this Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Curl Up and Dye Salon, 104 Broadway in Newport.

Casey graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May with a B.F.A. in printmaking. She will be teaching “introduction to printmaking” to Jamestown Schools’ third through eighth-grade students after school this fall.

Speaking of her work, Casey said that her goal as an artist is to make the surreal world she often imagines believable. “My interest in the fantastical world derives from my childhood. I grew up in Jamestown, my home surrounded by woods, brooks, gardens and, of course, witches, fairies and gnomes!”


With people thinking politics this election year, the Jamestown Medical Fund is urging those who plan on attending the performance of Charlie Hall’s Ocean State Follies on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. to buy their tickets in advance. They are available at the Cathryn Jamieson Salon, Conanicut Marine and the Narragansett Cafe. JMF secretary, Maryann Toppa, will deliver tickets to those who call her at 423-2866 and leave a message.


Patricia Rushton remembers what a delightful experience it was when she was 10 and in her first play for the Jamestown Community Theatre. The show was “Oliver,” and she has been in four other productions since then. Now, at age 21, she is enjoying working with the youngsters in this fall’s JCT presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Patricia plays the role of the fairy godmother. When we asked her about the part, she said that early in the play, she comes on as a regular godmother, but after Cinderella really wishes very hard to go to the ball, the godmother reveals her magical powers and sends Cinderella off to the ball first-class.

Patricia has other theater experience, too. She was active in plays at North Kingstown High School and is busy with theater productions at CCRI, where she is studying forensic psychology. She is also working at Perspective Corp., where she is a behavioral therapist working with children with disabilities.

The musical will be presented Nov. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at the Jamestown Recreation Center.


Robert Godfrey responds to my question last week about whether or not a LNG tanker has exploded in the past. He replies: “You are claiming something is impossible simply because it has not yet happened. I agree that such an occurrence is unlikely, but it is not impossible, and must be taken into consideration when making safety decisions. Claiming a LNG ship cannot explode is simply not a credible statement. In fact, Sandia National Laboratories addressed cryogenic hull-cracking, and related disastrous events that include explosion, in its 2004 report to the U.S. Department of Energy.”

*** Bob Couttie of Maritime Accident Casebook challenges Godfrey’s claims that LNG vapor could migrate into the ship’s hull and conning tower.

“Conning tower? Even if there were such things on a ship (which says much for his research), LNG is heavier than air, so, no, it’s not going to leak upwards. It can go downwards, assuming there was an unnoticed leak. Remember LNG tanks are not pressurized; even a small leak must pass through a barricade of detectors in every confined space on the vessel.

“You’re safer with an LNG carrier than with any other vessel afloat. Exploding LNG carriers? If they don’t explode when a missile goes through them, and missiles have with no explosion, then a big bang scenario really is not credible and inventing ‘conning towers’ is just a con.”


Joe Walek and Bob Fleming say that B.J.’s poser is “Autumn in New York” by Billy Holiday. Peter Pemantell knows the song, but says he’s not sure who wrote it. “I know Frank Sinatra sang it because I just heard it on satellite radio on ‘Frank and Friends,’ good listening on Sundays.” B.J. says it’s by Vernon Duke.

Bob says that Peter’s poser is “See You in September” with lyrics by Fabares Shelley. Joan McCauley and Joe Walek write that the song is by The Happenings. Paula Noll agrees, saying, the song brings back “the memories of when I was young and listening to it. It seems just like yesterday.”


On the subject of “Gunsmoke,” Bob Fleming says that John Wayne was the first to be offered the role of Matt Dillon.

But, Peter Pemantell disagrees. “The job of Marshall Dillon was offered to Raymond Burr and Richard Boone. It was said that John Wayne was offered the job, but refused it. That is not true. He was a friend of James Arness and told him of the job and also recommended him. The idea of TV for well-known actors in those days was unheard of because it was considered degrading compared to making movies.”

Thanks, guys!


John Doty wonders if now that the potholes have been filled on North Main Road in anticipation of the bike race, the holes in West Street behind the Town Hall might get some attention?


B.J.’s poser: Now what do you say to a child of ten? How do you tell him his daddy’s going away?


Getting towards the end of the season. Three cruise ships will be in the Bay tomorrow – Clelia of the Great Lakes line, Atlantica of the Costa line and Poesia of MSC Cruises. Caribbean Princess of the Princess line will be here on Sunday.


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