2011-03-10 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Sunday, March 13, is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Before going to bed Saturday night, set your timepieces ahead one hour. Spring ahead, Fall back!

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The Jamestown Arts Center will exhibit an open juried members’ show, Collaboration ‘11, April 1-28 at the center. It is the forth annual Collaboration show and artists of all ages and disciplines are invited to submit 12- inch square works of art to the center at 18 Valley St.

Artwork in any medium will be accepted and hung in a mosaic. Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on Friday, April 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dropoff date is Tuesday, March 29, from 1 to 7 p.m., and the pick-up date is Thursday, April 28, from 1 to 7 p.m. All work must be wired and ready to hang. Submit as many squares as you wish, but do not exceed 25 pounds per piece. Membership is required and can be renewed or acquired at drop off. Membership fees are $40 for families, $25 for individuals and $20 for seniors and students. Entry fees for the show are $10 for adults, and $5 seniors and students. Questions? E-mail Jocelyn Donaghue at djdonaghue@yahoo.com.

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Welcome Callie to the island. The female 3-year-old calico was adopted by Ann Poirier from the Potter League for Animals. We’re told Callie is “very mischievous, loving and a real character.”

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Carol Baldwin, Cheryl Fernstrom and Elizabeth Mancini identified last week’s poser as “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. It was named Song of the Year at the recent Grammy Awards.

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Poser: She is handsome, she is pretty

She is the bell of Belfast city

She is counting one, two, three

Please won’t you tell me who is she

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Did you know that Captain Kidd’s first mate might be buried in Jamestown? Debbie Ryng has been doing some research on island historical cemeteries. One, named the Paine Cemetery, is 250 feet east of East Shore Road at telephone pole No. 212 and has 25 burial plots. There were, however, more fieldstones at that location some 50 years ago when the area was a campground.

Three of the present markers have inscriptions from 1707 to 1806. Legend has it that Captain Kidd visited Captain Thomas Paine and that Captain Kidd’s first mate is buried in the cemetery. The research revealed that some think that Captain Kidd (1654 -1701) is also buried here, but it is recorded that he was hanged for murder and piracy in London, England, on May 23, 1701.

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Listen up all you islanders who own pleasure boats. The print media has come up with a new word describing you. You are now “yachters.” I guess this eliminates the need to distinguish between yachtsmen and yachtswomen.

Takes me back to the days when boaters were hats.

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Had enough of Charlie Sheen yet?

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In 1952, one of the greatest films set in Ireland was released. It was directed by John Ford. What was the movie and who starred in it?

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The tulips and crocuses are poking through. Hang in there.

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But, it’s still winter, and Dorothy Strang and Lyla, her 8-yearold yellow Lab, continue to walk the island byways observing and discovering new things that go unnoticed by most of us, like the flowers of frozen snow. “Amazing what you can see up in winter trees,” she said. “Clutches of leaves, hanging on. Seed pods of many kinds; pointed cups on the tulip poplar, long seed pods on the locust, prickly spheres on a tree whose name I haven’t learned. Those messy summer nests the squirrels make of leaves and twigs. How do they stay lodged through blizzards, so high up? An occasional bird’s nest. The stumps of wind-broken branches. Sometimes a broken branch caught up amongst other limbs. An occasional flower of frozen snow, a winter magnolia! Sadly, a few plastic bags. For several days I wondered why that black flapping crow sat endlessly on a certain topmost branch, until I realized the crow was a plastic bag. It’s still there, tattered by the recent storms, but refusing to let go.

“Best of all, if you look up into winter trees on these cold days you will see, on some, the buds of the coming spring. Lyla doesn’t much care, but I sure do.”

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Beware the Ides of March.

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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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