2010-12-02 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
A 37-inch flat-screen HDTV heads up an impressive list of raffle items to be won at the St. Mark Church Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Other prizes for winning tickets include local restaurant gift certificates, riding lessons at Glen Farms and golf at the Jamestown Country Club.

Some of the activities planned by the St. Mark Women’s Club include the sale of holiday gifts, handcrafts, baked goods, greenery baskets, wreaths, children’s gifts, liquor baskets, a “Luck of the Irish” booth and a silent auction with multiple baskets.

Festival goers can enjoy lunch at noon at the Taste & See Cafe and be entertained by the memorable music of Celtic Gathering.

No dancing, please!

*** Meanwhile, on the same day at the four corners, the Central Baptist Church’s Christmas Fair will be underway with a new feature called a “Charlie Brown Auction.” Kathryn Palen explains that four times during the fair folks will have a chance to buy tickets and bid on a variety of exciting Christmas items. The items will change each time one of the four auctions takes place, at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tickets will sell for $1, $5 or 15 for $10.

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Also, members of the Jamestown Community Band will gather in the parking lot adjacent to the fire station Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and stroll up and down Narragansett Avenue playing Christmas music. The band will be stopping in some shops along the way to entertain with a carol or two. First stop: Baker’s Pharmacy. Anyone with a horn, jingle bells or a tambourine is welcome to join in on the fun.

The band’s holiday concert, under the very able baton of Bethany Clarke, will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at the PAC Club.

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The next day, Sunday Dec. 5, everybody is invited by the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association to a Holiday Open House at the seasonally decorated beacon and enjoy light refreshments and plenty of good salt air.

Ho, Ho, Ho to all!

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Islander Mark Carnevale said he needed something to do in the winter, so the chess enthusiast has organized Jamestown Chess Nights on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Jamestown Library. The first session will be next Wednesday, Dec. 8. The matches, geared to adults, are open to players 16 and up and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sydney L. Wright Museum. A small amount of time at each meeting will be dedicated to chess theory and strategy. Mark is bringing a couple of chess sets and leaving them at the library. He said, “I like to play and this is a great chance to get together with others who enjoy the game.” Questions? Call Mark at 419-6410.

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More responses to the Nov. 18 poser. “Moon River” was identifi ed by Cathy Catala, Debra Vierra Murphy, Jessica Wilson and Judy Heelan who added, “How could I forget this song – our wedding song almost 42 years ago!”

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Only one taker on last week’s poser. B.J. identified the lyrics from “How Long Has This Been Going On?” by George Gershwin. Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Van Morrison sang it.

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“A Very British Christmas, or, What the Dickens!” will be presented in concert by the Jamestown Community Chorus on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

B.J. sent along the first letters of the words in the first lines of familiar carols that will be sung by the chorus. For example, OLTOBHSWSTL is “O, Little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie.” What are the songs?

TFNTADSWTCPSIFWTL GRYMGLNYD JBJBJATW

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Children of all ages are invited to a Gingerbread House Making Workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Jamestown library’s meeting hall. Participants will create their own gingerbread houses using all the treats of the season. Space is limited to 25 people, so please preregister at the library desk or by phone at 423-7280.

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A new monthly event at the library will begin on Thursday, Dec. 9, with the meeting of the first Children’s Book Club discussion group. Children in grades 3 through 5 will comment on “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger.

Snacks will be provided and Miss Lisa asks participants to come up with future titles for books plus a great book club name. Questions? Call Miss Lisa at 423-7280.

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Poser:
Snow is falling
From the sky,
Santa Claus
Is flying by,
Turkey’s roasting
Stuffing’s baking,
What a jolly mess
We’re making!

That’s a perfect Christmas tree at East Ferry.

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We drove down to Connecticut, just outside of Hartford, on Thanksgiving Day. Why can’t we have roads like that?

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A Snapple cap moment: Only male fireflies can fly.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com. Thank you.

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