2010-10-28 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
After the great outpouring of generosity last year, island representatives of the Salvation Army will once again be collecting food items suitable for a Thanksgiving dinner. The food will be distributed to needy Jamestowners. Also, gift cards can be purchased at McQuade’s Market and deposited, along with the food items, in the basket at the exit door at the market. The cards will be used to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. The Salvation Army along with Star Market will be supplying the turkey vouchers. All the other goodies will come from the donations. The program is being coordinated by Maggie Grenier, local secretary, and Sue Brayman, local treasurer, of the Salvation Army. Maggie is also the island’s general public assistance director. Questions? Call Maggie at 423-0175.

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Julia Hirsch likes to sing, but in her role as the stepmother in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” she doesn’t sound like herself when she sings. “I have to sound ugly and it’s not my real voice,” she said. Julia, who is 13 and an eighth grader at the Rocky Hill School previously has appeared in the JCT’s “Into the Woods,” “Song Man, Dance Man” and “Little Women.” She was also in “Guys and Dolls” at school.

Julia described the stepmother as “evil, a sociopath who manipulates people and you don’t know what she’s going to do next. She doesn’t like Cinderella and doesn’t want her daughters to compete with her. It’s a very different role, hard to play, but I’m doing the best that I can.”

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

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The show couldn’t go on without the dedicated people behind the scenes. The musical’s crew includes: Carol Hopkins, Mary Wright and Jolie Curran, choreographers; Maia White, stage manager; Maryann England and Jim Rafferty, directors of set design and building; Dori Hirsch, costumes; Peter Hansen, Caellum Kerr and Caleb Brown, lighting; Chris Kuester and Josh Brown, backstage managers, Jim Rafferty, flyman; Cathy Kaiser, program design and Laura Totten, publicity.

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Ticket prices for the play are the same as last year’s. Advance tickets for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over sell for $8, $11 at the door. Adult ducats are $13, $16 at the door. Tickets are available at Baker’s Pharmacy, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, The Secret Garden and the Conanicut Marine Store.

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Kudos to the parents, teachers and students who walked last Saturday from the Melrose School to downtown and back in a local effort to raise funds to support the eradication of breast cancer. Sponsored by the Lawn Avenue School Student Council, about 25 walked, some accompanied by their K-9 companions. Eight young men dressed all in pink and carrying a large banner stood out among the walkers. Residents who have not had a chance to donate can send their contributions in care of Student Council advisor Kristin DeSantis at the Lawn Avenue School, 55 Lawn Ave., 02835.

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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Next Tuesday go to the polls and vote your conscience.

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B.J.’s poser last week was “Autumn Leaves” says Ira Murphy, Babs Reis, Betty Kinder, Sam Bari and Tom Bembenek. Tom gives us the full skinny:

“B.J.’s poser is probably the most popular and recognized song of this season:

‘Since you went away the days grow long

And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song

And I miss you most of all my darling’

When “Autumn Leaves” start to fall.’

“This music by Joseph Kosma was originally released in France in 1945 as “Les Feuilles Mortes” (The Dead Leaves), with lyrics by French poet Jacques Prevert. American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947 and Jo Stafford was among the first to perform the Mercer version. ‘Autumn Leaves’ became a pop standard and a jazz standard in both languages, both as an instrumental and with a singer. It’s been recorded by various renowned artists from all over the world including Cannonball Adderley and Chet Baker.

“The film ‘Autumn Leaves’ starring Joan Crawford released in 1956 featured the song as sung by Nat King Cole over the title sequence. It crossed over into the club scene when dance act Coldcut recorded a version in 1994, the resulting remix by ‘Irresistible Force’ became widely regarded as a classic of the chillout genre. Believe it or not, ‘Autumn Leaves’ is currently the ‘Corps Song’ of the internationally renown Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio.”

Thanks, guys!

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To identify B.J.’s last fall poser it helps if you’re Irish. Though autumn leaves may droop and die, a bud of spring are you.

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Douglas MacIntosh and Bob Kinder both said that Chuck Connors was the Rifleman with Douglas noting that Connors played for the Boston Celtics from 1946 to 1948. Cheryl Fernstrom emailed that before being the Rifleman, Connors also played first base for the Chicago Cubs.

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Vampire movies are in vogue with today’s young set. The movie that set the tone for all future vampire movies was “Dracula” released way back in 1931. Who played the role of Dracula? Other horror films in the 30s included “Frankenstein,” “Bride of Frankenstein” and the one that scared the bejeeses out of me when I was a kid, “The Mummy.” Who starred in the three movies?

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We note that last week the four candidates for governor pandering for women’s votes signed a pledge that if elected they would increase the number of women in high-level state jobs. None had the guts to say that the best-qualifi ed people would get the jobs regardless of sex.

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The last cruise ship of the season, Crystal Symphony of the Crystal Line, will anchor off Newport Monday.

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Be careful out there on Halloween, someone is watching you.

*** Be true!

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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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