2010-12-09 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The Jamestown Community Band’s annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 14, will have a new opening. The 7 p.m. performance will be preceded by a special jazz Christmas performance by the Aaron Cote Combo at 6:40 p.m. Arrive early and enjoy great entertainment featuring guest vocalist Michelle Cruz and band members Sam Bari on piano, Fred Brome on base and Aaron who began his percussionist career with the JCB. The combo will play “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Santa Baby,” “Let It Snow” and “Christmas Time is Here.”

No dancing please!

JCB conductor Bethany Clarke will lead the band in arrangements that include Leroy Anderson’s holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride;” Mel Torme’s “Christmas Song;” Polar Express tunes; a holiday fanfare, “Christmas Florish;” “Celtic Christmas,” plus visits from Frosty and Rudolph.

The concert and refreshments are free, but donations to the band will gladden everyone’s heart, especially this time of year.

Play on!

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The Jamestown Community Chorus has completed rehearsals for its concert on Saturday, Dec.11, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

Readers were unable to come up with the solutions to B.J.’s first letters’ puzzles.

TFNTADSWTCPSIFWTL: “The First Noel”

GRYMGLNYD: “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”

JBJBJATW: “Jingle Bells”

Tickets for the concert – entitled “A Very British Christmas; or, What the Dickens!” – are available at Jamestown Hardware, Baker’s Pharmacy and the Secret Garden. You may also call 423-1574 for reservations.

Sing on!

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Also, no takers on the poser either. It’s a children’s Christmas song entitled “I’m Happy (The Holidays Are Coming)” by Barbara Klaskin Silberg.

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Kudos to islander Dana Larkin who came in second in her age group for All-State Chorus. The 14-yearold North Kingstown High School freshman is a frequent cast member of the Jamestown Community Theatre, having just completed a run as one of “Ella’s Angels” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Last year Dana was nominated by Motif Magazine in the Best Child Actor category.

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We erred last week in not mentioning Dec. 7. It’s a date that should never be forgotten.

*** Our favorite “study” last week came to us via the ProJo. The study said that men whose index finger is longer than their ring finger are at lower risk of prostate cancer.

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It’s a good time of year for a little island nostalgia. This from Robert Fleming:

“Nostalgia seems to breed as we get older. A quick story about Ms. Clara Lewis, who taught seventh grade at Clarke School, and was one of the most dedicated teachers I will ever know, and truly admired, especially for her classes in English. She was dedicated and proud of all who were in her class.

“My story encompasses the time my brother Bill was nominated to be valedictorian of the 1948 graduating class at De La Salle Academy. Ms. Lewis presented him with a book, autographed by her, to show how proud she was of her former student. My mother, in return, asked her to accompany our family to the graduation. I recall Bill standing on the podium and myself staring at the floor, not wanting to make eye contact.

“On the way home, on the ferry Governor Carr, the conversation naturally was about Bill’s presentation. My mother, openly proud of her son, said, ‘Well Ms. Lewis, how do you think Bill did?’ I’ll never forget her reply. In an un-emphatic tone. she replied, ‘It was OK.’

“My poor mother’s [pride] defl ated like a balloon. Ms. Clara Lewis, always the teacher, had thought he could have done better and that is one of the reasons I admired her. She was one of a kind and spoke her convictions.”

Thanks Robert!

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More Christmas doings from Lisa Sheley, children’s and young adult librarian at the Jamestown library. Children of all ages are invited to Holiday Crafting Workshops this month. They will run Monday through Thursday of each week from 2 to 5 p.m. on a drop-in basis. The schedule is Dec. 13-16, card making workshop; Dec. 20-23, ornament making workshop; and Dec. 27-30, crafting workshop with a new, surprise craft made each day.

Questions? Call Lisa at 423- 7280.

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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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