2011-08-04 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

On Aug. 15, singer Kim Oakes of Warwick will come to the island to audition for the Jamestown Community Chorus talent show that will be presented the following week at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.

This will be Kim’s fifth year performing in the show. She is a year-round entertainer. After working full time at the Rhode Island Blood Center, she heads out in the evenings to perform 12 to 14 shows per month at senior homes with her friend Cris Medina of Woonsocket.

“I love to wear various costumes and really entertain the audience,” she said. For the second year, Cris will come to the auditions. He will sing “Teddy Bear” by Elvis and Kim will sing a country song by Loretta Lynn titled “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”

Why does she come down to the island each year to perform? “The audience is so wonderful and they appreciate each and every act. The program is so nicely arranged and I feel proud to be a part of it. I am truly looking forward to being in the show again this year.”

Residents as well as summer visitors from on or off the island are invited to polish their entertainment skills and come to the auditions on Aug. 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the rec center.

The show looks for acts ranging from singers, dancers and storytellers, to instrumentalists, and more. There is no charge to audition and all ages are welcome to try out. Accompaniment on piano will be available.

For young or first-time performers, the talent show auditions provide a safe and low-key opportunity to try out skills in public. A committee of Jamestown Community Chorus members welcomes those auditioning, chats briefly with each to put them at ease, reviews the performances, and meets after the second night of auditions to decide on the final program. The talent show is a summertime island tradition, now in its 22nd year and is the chorus’ biggest fundraiser providing a fine evening’s entertainment. Tickets are $7 and $5 for seniors and children and are sold at the door. Raffle tickets can be purchased from chorus members in front of McQuade’s Market and at East Ferry on weekends. For more information about the auditions, the talent show or the chorus, call 423-1574 or visit jamestownri.com/chorus.

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Rehearsals are underway for the second island summer evening of entertainment. The Men’s Chorus of Jamestown is preparing for its Aug. 27 concert. The men will present a wide variety of musical styles from English music hall (“They’re Moving Father’s Grave to Build a Sewer”) to a Georgian love song, the Beach Boys and Russian liturgical music to rap.

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Speaking of the Beach Boys, B.J. Whitehouse, the men’s chorus director, sends along this poser: Which song by the Beach Boys contains the lyrics “do my dreaming and my scheming?”

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Tori’s and Pio’s pet store, Island Animal, and the Narragansett Cafe have been named winners in Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of Rhode Island competition for Newport County. The ’Ganny won for best place to listen to live music. Island winners in the entire state category are: the Secret Garden for hanging baskets; Paul Housberg Project, architectural glass; Beavertail State Park, best day on an island, road trip edition; and the Bay Voyage, hall of fame.

Kudos to all!

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The Cleveland Browns are on the practice field. The NFL is back. I forgive the greed.

Go Browns!

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Aug. 12 is the deadline to register kids between 8 and 10 years old for a special summer program, A Week of Woodland Animals. The program is offered by the Humane Society of Jamestown and will be held at the Jamestown Philomenian Library from Aug. 22-26 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

The sessions are limited to 12 children. They will learn about five different woodland animals, their anatomy, habitats, food preferences and contributions to the ecosystem. The children will share their own stories about wild animals in Jamestown. The structured workshop includes a variety of activities including guessing games, stories, art projects and lessons from teacher Ann Marie Lepre. Questions? Call 423-1465.

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Congratulations to this year’s eighth-graders who won the Humane Society of Jamestown’s Mary Stearns McGaughan Compassion Towards Animals Essay Awards. They are, Zachary Neronha, first place; Jaime Leonard, second place; Emily Brewer, third place; and Allie Baldwin, Grace Lynn and Brad Flood, honorable mention.

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Got water! A water vessel is now in place in front of the Cathryn Jamieson Salon for the thirsty quadrupeds ambling down the avenue.

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If you wondered about the name of the yacht on the front page of the July 14 Press, she is the J-Boat Ranger captured in all its glory by island photographer Onne van der Wal. The photograph was taken off the island of Antiqua.

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You haven’t had a lobster roll until you’ve had one from the Shack at West Ferry.

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We don’t know how the town workers preparing Howland Avenue for new paving survived the days of blistering heat last month.

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Hubba Hubba!

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Stay true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email me at jtnwal rus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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