2010-10-21 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Saturday’s full moon should fuel the satirical and zany performance of Charlie Hall’s Ocean State Follies that night at the Recreation Center beginning at 7.

Sponsored by the Jamestown Medical Fund as its major fundraiser for the year, it’s an event everyone can afford with tickets going for only $20.

With the elections just two weeks away, the show will offer new spoofs on budget cutbacks and political notables including Patrick Lynch, Frank Caprio, Patrick Kennedy, and the candidates vying for their jobs. Don Carcieri, Steve Laffey, Tiger Woods and President Obama do not escape the sword.

Prizes to be raffled off include: a gift card from McQuade’s Market, a Rose Island photograph from Kathy Brownell, a canvas bag of items from Conanicut Marine, gift certificate from Cathryn Jamieson Salon, cooler with beer from Friends of the Library, Jenn Cocktails from Jamestown Wine & Spirits and assorted gift baskets. Door Prizes will be Rhode Island Rocks donated by McQuade’s Market. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Recreation Center prior to the show and at intermission. Doors open at 6:30. Drawing for raffle and door prizes will be after the show.

There also will be refreshments in the lobby at intermission. Tickets are available at Baker’s Pharmacy, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, Conanicut Marine and the Narragansett Cafe. Members of the JMF will be selling tickets at McQuade’s on Saturday. Also, you can call JMF Secretary Maryann Toppa at 423-2866 and she will see that you get tickets.

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

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Grandson Tom is an Eagle Scout. We couldn’t be prouder. Lotsa hugs, please.

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Sarah Farrelly loves playing the part of Portia, the step sister, in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” because she can be “as weird and crazy as I want to be.” Sarah said that Portia was named after a very smart lawyer in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” but “Portia is dumb as a rock.” Sarah, 14, is an eighth grader at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School and has been in all the class plays since the first grade. This is the third JCT play that Sarah has appeared in. She was also in “Willy Wonka” and “Little Women.” “It’s so much fun being in this play and working with so many talented people,” Sarah said.

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

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Thomas Shaw, 10, a fourth grader at the Melrose Avenue School, will be a zombie on Halloween.

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We note that Question 3 in next month’s ballot asks us to approve $87.7 million for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Every two years we get a similar request and every two years road conditions get worse. We also see that the DOT has contracted out $961,000 to have the remainder of the old Jamestown Bridge on the Saunderstown side removed. It’s a shame, it would have made a great fishing pier and that $961,000 would have bought a lot of asphalt for our embarrassing roads.

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If you haven’t had the chance to checkout the Jamestown Arts Center yet, members will give you a grand tour of the 5,000- square-foot facility Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. till noon. The center is at 18 Valley St. across from the playground.

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The Jamestown Fire Department is conducting its annual fund-raising campaign. With members looking after us 24/7 it deserves every islander’s support. Send your check to 50 Narragansett Ave. Jamestown 02835.

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You have to feel for our seniors who are not getting a bump in their Social Security checks next year while billions of their dollars are being sent to corrupt Afghan and Pakistani leaders in cahoots with the Taliban.

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Peter Pemantell and Tom Bembenek agree that B.J.’s poser last week is “Autumn of My Life” by Bobby Goldsboro. Tom writes that the third verse lyrics bring us into the song title as follows:

“But in the autumn of my years I noticed the tears

And I knew that our life was in the past

Though I tried to pretend, I knew it was the end

For the ‘Autumn of My Life’ had come at last

Now what, what do you say to a child of ten

How do you tell him his daddy’s going away

Do I tell him that I’ve reached the autumn of my life

And that he’ll understand some winter’s day?”

“The song: is one of my all time favorites by Bobby Goldsboro. It was released as a single in early 1968 with ‘She Chased Me’ as the B-side. It was also the title song for a later album.”

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Another B.J. autumn poser: I miss you most of all , my darling.....

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For you gals, and guys, who think TV’s “Project Runway” is about an airport, check it out.

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Who was the Rifleman and what sport did he excel in before becoming an actor?

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A special book sale, with titles about sailing, cooking, gardening and travel, will be held at the Jamestown library Sat., Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. Hardcovers will be $2 and paperbacks $1. There will also be a few specially priced items.

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Also at the library on Tues., Oct. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. there will be a “Spook-tacular Halloween Event” for school-age children and their older companions to come in costume and decorate their own haunted houses. Children will be given a simple graham cracker house to decorate with candy and other treats. Lisa Sheley, Children’s and Young Adult’s Librarian, says, “the scarier the house, the better!”

Prizes will be awarded for house and costume artistry and originality. Registration is necessary. E-mail Lisa at jamlibkids@ gmail.com or call 423-7280.

BOO!

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Saturday’s full moon is the Hunter’s Moon.

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On Sunday the Crown Princess of the Princess Line will anchor off Newport, and next Tuesday, the mother of all cruise ships, the Queen Mary 2 of the Cunard Line, will visit for the day.

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

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