2011-10-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

I sland musicians will bring their extraordinary talents to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Sunday, Oct. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. to celebrate the acquisition of the Jamestown Community Piano 10 years ago through donations from generous local individuals.

Artists playing piano solos and their music selections are: Rachel O’Neill, “Chanson” by an unknown composer; Alex Gorelick, “Auf Flugein des Gesanges”(On Wings of Music) by Felix Mendelssohn and “Dance in Bulgarian Rythm No. 6” by Bela Bartok; Sam Hollister, “Sposalizio” by Franz Liszt and Pastorale and Toccata from Trois Pieces by Francis Poulenc.

Duets and ensembles with piano will be performed by Cheryl Rebecchi on flute, “Menuet and Spirit Dance” from Orpheus by C.W. von Gluck; Jane Murray on oboe, 1st movement (“Munter”) from ”Sonata for Oboe and Piano” by Paul Hindemith; Daniel Gorelick on cello, “Sonata in D Minor” by Dimitry Shostakovich; Lauren McDonough on oboe, “Romance” by Carl Nielsen; Bill Knapp on concertina and Michael Loo, violin, “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin arr. Itzhak Perlman; Tres Moutarde, an ensemble with flute, piano, two clarinets, violin, concertina, bass clarinet and cello, (no title at this writing) and soloists are B.J. Whitehouse, (no title at this writing) and Beth Clarke who will sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables by Claude- Michel Schonberg.

Wow!

The concert is free and all are welcome.

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The St. Mark Knights of Columbus will put on its annual Columbus Day Pasta Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the St. Mark Church Hall. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 5 years and younger are free. There is also a large family ticket for $25, which will cover the cost of two adults and three children. The menu consists of pasta and meatballs, sausage and peppers, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverages. Dave Nardolillo said the dinner is “the best this side of Federal Hill”.

Tickets may be purchased after the weekend mass at St. Mark, or by calling Dave at 423-2413. You can also buy them at the door. Dave added that the event will give everyone a great opportunity to view the newly completed interior and exterior renovations which make St. Mark handicap accessible.

Mangia!

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Barbara-Ann Mac Intosh writes, “The poser belongs to ‘Little Things Mean A Lot’ and the original hit was by Kitty Kallen, and that was some time ago.” Right, 1954, and it was also recorded by Willie Nelson, Joni James, Fleetwoods and Wanda Jackson.

Blow me a kiss from across the room,

Say I look nice when I’m not,

Touch my hair as you pass my chair,

Little things mean a lot.

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Natalie Vaccaro, 5, says she is gong to be a mermaid on Halloween and her sister Isabella, 7, will be a ballerina.

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There’s been a major shakeup in the cast of the Jamestown Community Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” to be staged next month. Director Mary Wright says the move is reminiscent of the 1950 film “All About Eve,” in which understudy Anne Baxter connived to oust leading lady Betty Davis from a leading role, underdog Ringo has replaced Beau in the role of Toto.

It seems that Beau missed rehearsals while his human companion was out of state visiting friends. In leaped Ringo, a 1-yearold Yorkshire terrier, weighing in at 5.5 pounds, and compared with Beau’s 15 pounds, was easier for Dorothy to carry around on stage. We hear that Beau is not taking the move lightly and is being placated with bits of cheese while Ringo has added a bit of a strut to his walk.

Way to go, Ringo!

Woof!

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This week’s poser is from John A. Murphy. What mournful song, sung by a great American whose namesake recently tarnished the family name, starts with, ”I talked with a stranger so sad and forlorn; his garments were sackcloth, all tattered and torn”?

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The Jamestown Warrior reports that donations of plastic Easter eggs are needed at the Melrose School.

Also, a reminder that the PTO collects box tops throughout the year. Send them to school with your child. Last year, the PTO made more than $1,000 from the box tops.

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The Jamestown Community Band is now in rehearsals for its annual holiday concert. The band closed out its summer activities with a rousing performance at Hey Day at the Godena Farm. Some band members have left to go off to college or moved to other climes and there is an open invitation for anyone who has played a band instrument to come and join the group. There are no auditions and clarinets, flutes, saxophones, oboes, all the members of the brass family and percussion are welcome.

Band member Bill Knapp said, “Pull that clarinet out of the closet. It’s been calling you. We hear it squeaking at night. Become at one with it once again. If you’re 12 years old and just starting, that’s even better. That’s how old our conductor, Bethany Clarke, was when she first joined the band.” Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7 at the PAC. Questions? Call Bill at 423-9152 or email him at weuknapp@hotmail.com.

Play on!

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Jottings:

We note that upstate parents of school children are asking the schools to add additional classes and activities at the end of the school day. It’s called all-day babysitting.

College and NFL football game announcers are continually second guessing and critical of players and coaches throughout a game and take the pleasure out of watching.

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Saturday is White Cane Safety Day.

Next week is National Forest Products Week and National Character Counts Week.

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Be 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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