2011-05-19 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

I sland theater enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting the annual announcement of theater awards from Motif Magazine, a New England magazine for the arts.

Nominees from the Jamestown Community Theatre are: Best Musical, “Cinderella”; Best Actor in a Musical, Jan Trousilek; Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Clayton Carlisle; and two nominees for Best Performance by a Youth, Hayley Carlisle and Sarah Farrelly. Artistic Director Mary S. Wright congratulates the individual nominees and “everyone who was involved in ‘Cinderella.’”

Kudos to all!

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The Quaker Notes Quartet from Moses Brown School will play a classic repertoire arrangement of Brandenburg Concertos, plus a Korean folk tune, at a special performance in the Jamestown Philomenian Library meeting hall Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m.

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will bring in the student group led by violist Molly Feldman with Gracie Gilbert, first violin, Joey DiZoglio, second violin, and cellist John Ribbans. The concert is free. *** Kath O’Neill has last week’s poser. It is “This Is My Life” by Edward Maya from the hit album “Stereo Love Song.”

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John A. Murphy asks, when and where did Chuck Berry sing a wild version of “Sweet Little Sixteen” featuring a fantastic clarinet solo?

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It’s being a lousy spring.

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Let’s see now: The feds have given us $28 million for highspeed trains that no one rides, but we can’t pay our teachers. Go figure!

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Accidental Sisters, a women’s a cappella vocal ensemble based in Jamestown, will present its annual spring concert on Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church. The ensemble is directed by Julie Beth Andrews and consists of amateur and professional musicians performing a repertoire of global music, folk, classical and contemporary styles.

Ensemble member Christine Ariel reports, “The concert, ‘Women on a Mission,’ celebrates the songs of women as they struggle for survival, nurture their families, and join voices to raise awareness for peace, equality and social justice in the global community.”

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties.

Featured in the concert are women’s voice arrangements from Scandinavia, Native America, Samoa, Estonia, England and the United States. Selections include the American spiritual “There’s Honey in the Rock,” a suite of Shaker Songs, and the traditional folk song “Shenandoah.”

The poetry of Kahlil Gibran is captured in “On Children,” while “I Have a Million Nightingales” uses the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, and “Breaths,” the poetry of Birago Diop, to underscore the concert theme.

Several contemporary and Old English rounds will be performed including “Sulle Mulle” (To You and Me), an Estonian chant, “Deep Peace,” a Gaelic blessing, and “Sometime,” a work by Bernice

Reagon.

Christine said that each highlight the ensemble’s musical skills and purpose for being. Contemporary folk pieces “One Voice” and “Long Time Traveler” are included along with “Malolo,” a lullaby with Samoan text and “Across the Bridge of Hope,” an entreaty for peace and justice by Jan Sandstrom.

Tickets are available at the door for $10. Questions? Call 560-0474.

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Grandson Tom shot his first wild turkey Sunday morning. It weighed 22 pounds had an 11.25- inch beard and 1-inch spurs. That’ll teach the birds not to do any more early-morning fly bys.

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Poser:

And felt your heart beat close to mine

Like the trembling heart of a captive bird

That was there at my command, my love

That was there at my command.

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This is my favorite time of the year on the island. In spite of the cool wind off Rhode Island Sound, trees and plants bloom and the birds are busy carrying small pieces of debris to rebuild their homes and prepare for the arrival of their young. The days work their way to the Memorial Day Parade after which we turn things over to the “summer folk.”

I was fortunate in being able to spend some of my youth here “on the rock” and return to stay in later years. The upcoming parade sparks my memory of times never to be seen again. Tell us about your remembrances of parades gone by or anything else for that matter.

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Our thanks to everyone who sent cards and notes on the passing of Joshua on May 2. We’d like to share with you a note from Josh’s next-door neighbor, Toshi, and her companion, Cindy Peloquin.

“Josh was a good neighbor and a great friend to me. How I will miss our daily sharing of neighborhood news, our idly gossiping over the backyard fence. I know he’s gone, but I still look for him, listen for his bark, sniff for his scent; I miss him.

“Josh was my first friend on the island, and everything I know about protecting humans, I learned from him. Although it was always he who sounded the alert should strangers approach, he’d sometimes feign sleep in order to test me – and to grant me the privilege of ‘first bark.’ I’ll never forget my friend Josh, and I’ll never forget my promise to him that when he retired, I would continue protecting our human families. I may never be the excellent security offi cer Josh was, but I will try my best. Like he told me so many times, ‘One bark can make a difference.’”

Woof!

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“Dan In Real Life,” filmed in Jamestown, will be shown at the Jamestown Arts Center as part of the “Jamestown and the Silver Screen” series on Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m.

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The ships are coming! The ships are coming! The Silver Whisper will be in the East Passage today and the Caribbean Princess on Wednesday, May 25.

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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 jtn walrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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