2011-06-30 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The big KABOOM is only two days away, on July 2, at sundown at Mackerel Cove Town Beach. The Rocket ’hogs have put together an exciting program to celebrate our country’s birth. Head ‘hog Gregg Charest said that new this year will be four special effects barrages, which include almost 1,100 shells like the Wave Willows, Red and Green Falling Leaves, Silver Whirl with Green Glittering Mines, and Lemon and Purple “X” Crossettes.

But, before then, it has to be paid for and the ‘hogs are really in need of an infusion of cash. McQuade’s helped out by matching all donations 100 percent last week. You may also mail your contribution to P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Gregg said, “Our opening presentation will have over 100 shells, followed by a main aerial display which will include radiant color combinations like violet and lemon, aqua and pink, and the always treasured red, white and blue. You’ll see amazing effects such as the Crossette, Twitter Glittering, Rings, and Color Changing Chrysanthemums from several hundred 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-inch shells. We’re very excited because for the first time in many years we are able to get a few 8-inch shells back in Jamestown, including some fancy color changers and a Variegated Crackler. Those shells have been hard to come by, and hopefully will produce the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ we’re looking for. Our finale will be a rapid fire demonstration of almost 950 shells, sure to send everyone home smiling.”

The Jamestown Community Band will play patriotic standards beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing until the first shell goes up.

Donations were received last week from Susan Potter in memory of her husband Dr. Charles P. Armstrong, who, she wrote, always loved to watch the fireworks; Elizabeth and Blair Boyer of Beavertail Road; Peter and Anne Drury of Southwest Avenue; Deborah and Mark Swistak of Lincoln Street; Francele and George Boyer of Whale Rock Road; Charlotte and John Zarlengo of Seaside Drive; Ed and Wendy Harvey of Walnut Street; Pearl and Walter Turgeon of Beavertail Road; BankNewport and one very appreciated anonymous donor.

The rain date is July 9 at sundown.

Kudos to Gregg and ’hogs Bob Bailey and Kerry Sheehan for their extraordinary efforts each year in bringing the Fourth of July to all of us.

Kaboom!

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Gregg’s wife, Elizabeth, sends congratulations to her husband for being voted Exeter-West Greenwich teacher of the year. Dittos from us. *** The Jamestown Community Band will also play in the Fourth of July parade in the North End Monday.

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Did you hear about the great cattle stampede on Beavertail Road last Wednesday morning? Well, maybe not a stampede. Peter Mullen said he was driving to Beavertail about 7 a.m. and encountered a steer walking south on the white line. He looked around and saw others peeking over the rocks at the beach. He slowly passed the one on the road receiving only an inquisitive glance from the animal.

It seems that some Scottish Highland cattle in a pasture next to the road found a gate that had been left open early that morning and decided to see what was going on outside.

Nonie O’Farrell, who owns the herd, said there are 17 of the breed, 16 males and one female. She said you can recognize the female because her head is larger than the others. “They are amazingly docile,” she said.

Moooooo!

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Carol Baldwin, Kath O’Neill and Kathy Bliss e-mailed that last week’s poser was “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts. Kathy said that the song is from an album of the same name released in 1972. “There were a lot of good songs on that album and I play it still. Dash Crofts was previously a member of the Champs, where he sang the only line in the otherwise instrumental song, ‘Tequila.’”

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Can’t we do something about the drainage in the Mackerel Cove parking lot? Like fill in the mud holes.

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Debra Vierra Murphy e-mails that she is taking a break from the stage and doing background work for the movie “Moonrise Kingdom,” starring Bruce Willis, Frances McDermond, Bill Murray and Ed Norton. “This is great. They’ve been filming in Newport, so there is no super early morning hikes to sets far away,” she said.

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Our question of who was the captain on the last Jamestown ferry crossing from Newport was answered by former Jamestowner and now Ohio resident Bill Pemantel. He said it was relative Capt. Herbie Pemantel. Anna Templeton-Cotill called to say that on the west side the last ferry from Saunderstown arrived with Capt. Garlick at the helm.

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The Jamestown Men’s Chorus will get together starting on Saturday, July 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Grange Hall. Director B.J. Whitehouse said that most of the rehearsals will be on Thursday nights. “There will be eight rehearsals, familiar music, good guys and ginger snaps,” he said. Questions? Call him at 423-1574.

Sing on!

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Fourth of July poser:

I thank my lucky stars,

To be living here today,

Cause the flag still stands for freedom,

And they can’t take that away.

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Where do frogs come from? Out of the sky with the rain? I have two in my little backyard pond and have no idea how they got there.

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Congratulations to acting Police Chief Angela Denault. May your tenure be uneventful. And, thanks to retiring Chief Tom Tighe for the 44 years he took care of us.

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Kudos to the Fire Department and JEMS for working out their differences. Islanders are the big winners in that one.

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The Jamestown Arts Center will present its first annual Summer Soiree this Sunday, July 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center on Valley Street. The event will feature an exhibit of large-scale works by artists from the region. It will be curated by Tom Deininger. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The committee consists of Leslie Banker, Ann Biddle, Ken Newman and Betsey Outerbridge. Tickets are $75 per person, $50 of which is tax deductible. Reserve tickets by calling 662-3839.

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The fourth largest private yacht in America arrived in Newport Harbor last week. The 228-foot Seafair will dock at Perry Mill Wharf through Sept. 5. The yacht carries the first annual Art Newport exhibit featuring prestigious international galleries presenting an array of fine art including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, design and fine art glass. One-day admission is $20. Questions? Call 239-495-2024.

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Happy Fourth!

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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 jtnw alrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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