2011-07-14 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Celebrating its 175th anniversary on the island, the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will hold its 80th Summer Fair Saturday, July 16, on the church grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

There will be children’s games, a large selection of toys and books, household electronics, sporting goods, jewelry and attic treasures. The fair’s famous lobster rolls will be back as well as other delectable goodies at the Beech Tree Grille. The tropical Tiki punch stand will quench your thirst and a large selection of baked goods will calm your sweet tooth.

There will be a raffle offering a myriad of prizes donated by local merchants.

The church’s thrift shop with its large inventory of affordable items will be open during the fair.

A silent auction inside the parish hall will offer bidding opportunities on collectibles, fine china, silver, crystal and works by island artists. Items include a stay at a slope-side condo at Sunday River in Maine, golf packages at Jamestown and Carnegie Abbey courses, a sunset harbor cruise for two on a private yacht and silver jewelry by J.H. Breakell and Co. Silent auction bidding will end at noon.

This year’s confirmation class committed to a project to support the Jonnycake Center in Peacedale. Fair-goers are asked to help the class by bringing along a canned good. Parishioners are further marking the 175th anniversary by marching in the Memorial Day parade and entering the upcoming Fools’ Rules Regatta.

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Some 35 islanders, young and older, came out to an uncomfortably warm country club building on July 6 to audition for the lead roles in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” to be performed in November. Sitting in judgment to determine which actors they will work with when rehearsals start right after Labor Day were artistic director Mary S. Wright, co-directors Annie McIntyre and Luigina Vecchione, choreographer Carol Hopkins and music director Rebecca Brazil. This is Rebecca Brazil’s second “Oz” for the JCT. As a youngster she appeared in the first production in 1991.

I arrived early when those seeking the Dorothy role were scheduled to individually sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” A few of the young actors were standing outside the entrance door to the hall waiting to be called. I went over to chat with the actors.

Julia Bush, 10, appeared last year in JCT’s “Cinderella” and told us, “I might not get the part because I’ve only been in one play.” We asked Madison Hodrick, 12, who had been in two previous plays, if she was nervous and she replied, “I’m confident and that’s better than being nervous.”

Isabella Zainyeh, 12, said she was nervous because this will be her first play. We talked to Jolie Curran, 11, after she had auditioned and she said, “I think I did good.” Abby Hirsch and Anza DiGasper, both 10, said they had mixed emotions, including confi- dent, happy, excited and nervous.

I went in search of actors seeking other than the Dorothy role. We found Bianca Di Gasper, 11, who is a first-timer and who said she was “calm” about auditioning for the role of the Wicked Witch. Two veterans of past JCT plays, Julia Hirsch and Dana Larkin, both 14, were going out for the role of Glinda the Good Witch, and Julia was also going to read for the Wicked Witch part. Sarah Farrelly, 15, who played the stepsister in “Cinderella” was also going out for the Wicked Witch role.

There to sing “If I Only Had a Brain” in the hope of being cast as the Scarecrow were Joshua Brown, 17, Liam Gamon, 11, and Matt Bolles. Joshua was also interested in the Tin Man and the cowardly Lion parts. Matt was the Scarecrow in 1991 when the JCT presented “The Wizard of Oz” as its second play. All three aspirants are long-time veterans of the JCT.

For the brief hour I was there, I sensed a combination of excitement, hope, confidence and nervousness. I couldn’t tell the difference between the first-timers and the experienced performers. They’re all good actors.

One stage veteran expressed her reason for turning out. It is probably shared by many others who were auditioning. As I was leaving the building, driven out by the heat inside, I noticed Laura Smith sitting on a bench near the door. She has done two previous plays and was there to read for the Wicked Witch role. She told me that answering the audition call “was like being back with the family again.”

Break a leg!

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Happy birthday to the Bastille Day babies.

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Kathy Tiexiera called with the correct answer to last week’s poser. It is from The Temptations’ “My Girl,” written and produced by The Miracle’s Smokey Robinson and Ronald White. It was released in 1964 and was the No. 1 single a year later. The song was inspired by Smokey’s wife and Miracles member, Claudette Rogers Robinson.

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Do you know there is a place in town where you can purchase chicken, duck and ostrich necks? It’s the same place you can buy spareribs and knuckle bones. What is the name of the business? ***

Poser:

I’m gonna pop her the question, that question,

Do you, darling do you, do?

It’ll be easy, so easy,

If I can only bank on you.

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Jottings:

Why do governments take so long to accomplish anything? Maybe fewer commissions and committees would help.

Grants and federal assistance from Washington and states are taxpayer-funded money. Governments have no money!

The feds say they’re not sure how they’ll detect surgically implanted bombs. How about looking for recent scars?

We wonder how many milligrams of salt were in the 62 Nathan’s hot dogs that Joey Chestnut shoved down in 10 minutes. Figuring 450 milligrams per dog, it comes to 27,900 mgs. The medically suggested daily intake should not exceed 1,500 milligrams.

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The Jamestown Arts Center will offer a class in ceramics for 5- to 8-year-olds from July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The students will be introduced to and use several methods of creating with clay and have the opportunity to create a tumbler, mug, bowl or sculpture.

On the same dates from 1 to 4 p.m., 9- to 12-year-olds will delve into art making based on and infl uenced by artists that use collage, clay and color as a means of expression. The fee is $150 plus $10 for materials. Natalie Squillante will be the instructor. Questions? E-mail jamestownartscenter@gmail.com or call 662-3839.

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In another arts offering, the Jamestown Philomenian Library invites children ages 10 and older to a filmmaking workshop on Thursday, July 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. During the free program the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art will present its program, “Animation: The Art and Science of Visual Perception.” Young adults will make a Victorian-era animation (a thaumatrope) to take home and work in small groups to make their own stop-motion film.

I have no idea what that means.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail me at jtn walrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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