2011-04-28 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

This is your last chance to buy a duck. Saturday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m. captain Rob Roach will sound the air horn, officially end the sale of rubber ducks and send hundreds of them swimming to shore at Mackerel Cove Town Beach in the first ever Great Duck Derby. The derby will benefit the Lawn Avenue School’s eighth-grade class trip to Washington D.C. in June.

Those with ducks in the race or just observers should arrive at the beach around 2 p.m. and enjoy DJ music by Jeremey Wigton, face painting, duck games, a bake sale and a lot of other stuff to enhance the festivities. Prizes donated by generous local businesses include pizzas from Ace’s, sessions at Balance, bracelets from Purple Door, Smith gear from Brian Cotsonas, PETCO gift card, Diamond baseball tees, a gift from the Secret Garden, Kettlebottom T-shirts, Salon Balayage certificate, Jamestown Design certificate and great items from Jackie Danckak by Volcom. Prizes for the ducks will be $50 for first place, $30 for second place and $20 for third place. Event coordinator Susan Baccari reports that, “Let’s not forget how hard it is for a rubber duck to make it to shore, so the last duck to come in will be rewarded for its efforts and for not giving up.”

Wanna buy a duck? If you’ve not been in contact with the salespersons known as the Duck Squad, e-mail Susan at Sbaccari@cox.net, or call her at 423- 1200, and she’ll get a duck, or two, to your home. Contributions are also welcome. Make your checks out to Jamestown School and send it to Susan Baccari, 10 Weatherly Court, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Quack!

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As in past years, the mystery bunny visited early Easter morning and left two lovely pansies. They are always the first flowers we plant each year. Thank you, whoever you are. ***

The great Dixieland classic “Tuba Tiger Rag” will be one of the feature pieces played by the Jamestown Community Band at its spring concert on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Portuguese American Citizens Club.

William Knapp says that all winter the band has been “holed up exploring the music of the Big Band Era. Is it the moon glow? Is it a moonlight serenade? And, who is that sophisticated lady?”

Under the directorship of Bethany Clarke, the musicians will offer the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and George Gershwin. As a special feature, the band will exude the excitement of “Latin Celebration,” a medley of Latin American music including “Brazil” and “Poincettia.”

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We note with dismay that as the coyotes and infested deer make further advances in to our communities the state DEM is still “studying” the problem.

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Jasper Coffman and Debra Vierra Murphy nailed the mystery movie. Jeffrey Hunter starred in “King of Kings.” ***

From Beej: Who was the original Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof?” Bonus: Who played Tevye in the film adaptation? The Jamestown Community Chorus will present performances of “Spring Fling: Our Salute to Broadway” on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

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The KaBooms are back. The Rocket ‘hogs have come out of their shells and scheduled this year’s colossal fireworks display for Saturday, July 2, at sundown at Mackerel Cove. As in past years, the show is completely funded by islanders. No tax dollars are allocated. Contributions can be sent to Rocket ‘hogs, PO Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Head ‘hog Gregg Charest reports, “We’ve contracted for our display through a new company this year. The old company was sold. We’ve been promised some really cool stuff that we haven’t been able to get from our old supplier including bigger and fancier shells.” The ‘hog website is in the process of being updated, and will accept donations within a month or so at www.Rockethogs.com. KaBoom canisters will return to island businesses for shoppers to contribute their loose change. Questions? E-mail Gregg.Charest@gmail.com.

Kaboom!

*** Poser: Won’t you come see about me? I’ll be alone, dancing,you know it baby

Tell me your troubles and doubts

Giving me everything inside and out

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Kath O’Neill knows “The Bunny Hop” poser.

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If the NFL doesn’t play this year, televised rugby matches would be fun.

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Next Wednesday is the day Rhode Island declared its independence from England in 1776.

Does anyone care anymore?

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This week through Sunday, May 8, the Potter League for Animals is having its Critter Glitter Mother’s Day Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the league in Middletown. Items include sequin bracelets, necklaces, pins and earrings. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the work of the league and its quadruped charges.

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The Jamestown Aquaculture Movement will conduct its annual board meeting tomorrow — Friday, April 29 — at 2 p.m. at 15 Melrose Ave. Officers are Philip Larson, chairman; Dr. Anne Kuhn-Hines and Steve Patterson, co-chairpersons; Dr. Marta Gomez-Chiari and Judith DiBello, secretaries; Janie Harris and Charles Biddle, treasurers; Ralph Boragine, by-laws chairman; Susan and Abbey Finn- Littmen, grant writing committee and Coral Hines, membership chairman.

The Educational Resource Team consists of Dr. Dale Leavitt, Dr. Boze Hancock, Dr. Ted Smayda and Christopher Powell. At 4 p.m., guest speaker Dave Beutel will take questions covering the CRMC aquaculture application process and the future of aquaculture in Rhode Island.

The meeting is open to all interested individuals.

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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 jt nwalrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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