2010-11-04 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Sunday we return to Standard Time. Turn your time pieces back one hour.

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Boy Scouts of Jamestown’s Troop 1 have kicked off their annual Scouting for Food project. Last Saturday, troop members began the drive by distributing food bags to island residents. This Saturday, Nov. 6, the scouts will collect them. Scout Truman Christie, who is heading up the drive, asks that the bags be placed outside front doors by 9 a.m. so that the troop can be done picking them up by noon.

“After the bags are collected, they will be dropped off at St. Mark Church to be organized and boxed up for our local food pantry,” Truman said. “Inside the bags we are looking for canned and boxed goods only. The most needed items include canned tuna, beef stews, turkey, chicken, ham, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and dry beans, pasta, pasta sauce, rice and soups. Also no perishable or glass items should be put into the bags.”

Should you miss the pickup, you can drop your bag off at St. Mark. If a bag was not left at your home and you want to donate to the drive, you can call Truman at 401-423-3343.

Great job, guys!

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Laura Smith plays the queen in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” This is Laura’s second appearance on the stage for the JCT. She also played “Mrs. Beauregarde” in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” As the prince’s mom in “Cinderella,” she wants to have a birthday ball for her son who is about to turn 21. She thinks he is unhappy because he has not yet married. The king is not thrilled about the ball and doesn’t want to be involved. Although not spoiled, the queen can get pretty much what she wants by schmoozing the king. What happens at the ball is now history.

Laura said that being in the musical is a big commitment but that the rewards make it well worthwhile. She has all good things to say about artistic director Mary Wright. “How nice it is working with her” Laura said. “She is so dedicated and accommodating to everyone’s situations and schedules.”

In her other life, Laura is a hair stylist at the Cathryn Jamieson Salon.

Performances will be Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Baker’s Pharmacy, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, The Secret Garden and the Conanicut Marine Store. In Newport, tickets are available at Pleasant Surprise and at Midnight Sun in Wickford.

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The Jamestown Community Chorus has added another concert to its repertoire of excellent annual presentations. After its production of this year’s winter concert entitled “A Very British Christmas, or What the Dickens!” on December 11 and 12, the chorus will begin tuning up for “The Pirates of Penzance,” which will be presented with a chamber orchestra on March 5 and 6. The chorus will conclude its season with “Spring Fling” and share the stage with the Jamestown School Chorus for a program of lighter material on May 7 and 8.

The JCC is now conducting its annual fundraiser to support its performances and other outreach programs, including annual scholarships for promising musicians, and yearly donations of music to the Jamestown Philomenian Library. To underwrite the two early joint concerts next year, the chorus has applied for a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Chorus director B.J. Whitehouse said that the council would look favorably on strong financial support from friends of the JCC. “Please support us at whatever level you can in these challenging times,” he said. Send your tax-deductible contributions –

• Bravo ($250 or more), • Benefactor ($150 – $249), • Patron ($100 - $149), • Sponsor ($25 - $99) or

• Friend (under $25)

– to the chorus at P.O. Box 602, Jamestown, R.I., 02835.

Sing on!

*** Poser:

The one I adore

Love you forever and ever more

I’m just a fool A fool in love with you

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Thank heavens the election is over. After I received a call from the mayor of New York City, that was it. I didn’t answer the phone again until Wednesday.

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Patti Vandal writes, “I’d like to thank The Accidental Sisters, the women’s a cappella singing group, for taking the time to come to my house and blend their lovely voices in song. The music was sweet, lilting and peaceful. The proclamation making me an honorary member of the group made me feel like I was right back in the swing of things.”

Kudos to The Accidental Sisters.

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Island percussionist Aaron Cote was the drummer in a seven-piece band playing at the Michelle Cruz CD release party last Thursday night at the Sidebar Bistro in Providence. The group played original songs, jazz standards and modern jazz covers.

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As for the horror movies, Cheryl Fernstrom and Tom Bembenek nailed Hungarian-born Bela Lugosi as the 1931 “Dracula.” Tom correctly said that Boris Karloff was the monster in the 1930’s “Frankenstein” flicks, as well as “The Mummy.” He noted that Elsa Lanchester was the “Bride of Frankenstein” in 1935.

“In three subsequent ‘Mummy’ films of the early 1940s – ‘The Mummy’s Tomb’ (1942), ‘The Mummy’s Ghost’ and ‘The Mummy’s Curse’ (both in 1944) – ‘Kharis,’ the mummy, was played by Lon Chaney Jr.,” Bembenek said. “The one that probably scared the bejesus out of you was more than likely the 1959 version starring Christopher Lee as ‘Kharis.’ That’s the one I remember best. It was in color and Lee portrayed quite a scary character using simply the expressions in the mummy’s eyes.”

Nope, it was the 30’s Mummy that scared the bejesus out of me.

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Tom was the only one to solve B.J.’s poser, admitting he’s not Irish.

“Half of my ancestry begins with letter ‘I’ and the other half ends with ‘ish,” but neither half contains the letter ‘R,’” Tom said. “As for B.J.’s poser, it is a line from the Irish hushabye/lullaby “Cáislean Droma Mhor” (“The Castle of Dromore”):

‘October winds lament Around the castle of Dromore Yet peace is in her lofty halls,

My loving treasure store

Though autumn leaves may droop and die,

A bud of spring are you’

As for the castle itself, it takes its name from the Gaelic ‘Druim Mor’ meaning ‘great ridge’ or ‘back of a hill.’ Castle Dromore is near Kenmare.”

Thanks, Tom!

*** Be true!

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