2011-10-20 / The Walrus Says

Walrus Says

Island canines will have a chance to show off their costumes at the

Jamestown Fitness Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29. At 10 a.m. the dogs will step off in front of the fire station and march down Narragansett Avenue to East Ferry. Children age 10 and under will follow in all their Halloween splendor at 10:15. Prizes will be awarded for best big dog and little dog costumes, and children winners will be determined in two categories: under age 5 and 6 to 10. All dogs must be leashed and their human companions must pick up any poop. (For Halloween, poop bags are on sale at Island Animal.)

Woof!

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The Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” is a classic example of what community theater is all about. Its diversity is one of its biggest pluses. Take for example the roles of the Tin Man played by Patrick Driscoll, 48, an island farmer and owner of Fox Hill Farm, and the Lion, portrayed by 17-year-old Josh Brown, a home-schooled senior. This is Patrick’s first acting experience while Josh’s first taste of the theater was the JCT’s “Honk!” He has done five plays since then.

Patrick said he auditioned because he has always enjoyed the island productions. His only theater experience was singing in the chorus of musicals when he was in his early 20s with the Savoy Company in Philadelphia. He said he is very excited about the Tin Man role and fells comfortable in the part. He will sing “If I Only Had a Heart.” His biggest fan is his son, Rowan, 4, who has been going to and enjoying JCT presentations since he was 2.

Before coming to the island some 10 years ago, Patrick was an English teacher at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts. He now spends his days growing alfalfa and overseeing rotational grazing. He sits on the island Conservation Commission. Patrick called community theater a “rare and nice thing.”

“I’m impressed with how professional, clever and talented the young actors are,” he said. “The theater plays an incredible role in their intellectual development.”

Josh, the cowardly Lion, said when he was younger the Tin Man had been his favorite because he has an axe, but he has since switched his allegiance to the meek one. “It’s a great part. Everyone knows I’m a big goofball, and the Lion lets me be a big goofball,” he said. Josh has two solos: “If I Only Had the Nerve,” and “If I Were King of the Forest.” He said that in previous plays he had done everything, including acting, singing, and in the last production, “Cinderella,” he was assistant co-backstage manager.

Next year he’ll have to leave the JCT behind as he goes on to Cedarville University in Columbus, Ohio. He’ll go there on a ROTC scholarship and study criminal justice. Meanwhile, when he’s not at rehearsals, he enjoys playing his guitar and drums. He plays percussion in the five-member Waits Corner Group in West Kingston.

If I were king of the forest, not queen, not duke, not prince,

My regal robes of the forest, would be satin, not cotton, not chintz,

I’d command each thing, be it fish or fowl.

With a woof and a woof and a royal growl – woof.

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Aidan Regan, 10, will be the grim reaper, while his brothers Ben, 7, and Christian, 4, will be a zombie and cowboy, respectively.

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Larry Lewis writes regarding last week’s poser, “Mr. Murphy’s puzzler is ‘The First Fall of Snow,’ by Hank Williams Sr. As John and I share an interest in this country music icon, the answer wasn’t so hard, but I’d wanted to reply, to add my disgust for Hank’s son’s latest embarrassment to the Williams’ legacy and to his nation of birth. Ol’ Hank must be rollin’ in his grave. Also, kudos to ESPN for having the strength of its convictions.”

I talked with a stranger so sad and forlorn,

His garments were sackcloth all tattered and torn,

He told me a story of sorrow and woe,

His heart went to heaven at the first fall of snow.

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Kudos to the town DPW for the patch work on North Road. It’s smooth going to the dump.

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Speaking of the dump, it looks like the Fire Department has thrown away its tanker truck.

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Poser:

Hey kids, shake it loose together,

The spotlight’s hitting something,

That’s been known to change the weather,

We’ll kill the fatted calf tonight.

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Emma Kerr, 9, will be a vampire.

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Kudos to the North Kingstown’s unified volleyball team that is currently undefeated with one game left in the regular season and then on to the semifinals and finals. The team is coached by Jamestowners Laura Hosley and Vincent Claro. Island members of the team are Garrett Bucklin, Andrew Burrows, Kerry and Ashley Cardosz, Bruce and Brian Page, and Travis Earley. Laura said the team will be the top seed in the south and undefeated Woonsocket will be the top seed in the north. She said it should be a competitive match. “The team members get along great, have been learning a lot, and have fun,” Laura said.

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Jesse Long, 7, will be a Monster High girl, and her twin, Silvia, will dress as a spider ghost.

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When are we going to stop the island vandalism?

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Frank Meyer alerted us to a video of vehicles rolling through Jamestown’s invisible stop sign at the three-way intersection of Hamilton and Southwest avenues. See for yourselves at youtube.com/ watch?v=RtXh2uBjAAI and enjoy Frankie Laine’s singing the theme song for the 1959-65 TV series “Rawhide.”

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Alexandria DeCrescenzo, 5, will be a kitty cat, and her 1-year-old brother, Daniel, a Yankee baseball player.

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Check out the island’s Kettlebottom Productions new website at kettlebottom.com. There are updates on upcoming projects and premiere dates as well as a redux of past projects. There is something for everybody with interests in outdoor sports, extreme sports and even the fashion world.

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The Jamestown Warrior reports that beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 24, the Lawn Avenue School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week and join communities and students across America and commit to living drug free. Programs during the week will examine the effects drugs and bullying can have on young lives.

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For those who want a jump on Halloween, the Jamestown Arts Center will present two hours of absolute terror with the Horror Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Admission will be $10 at the door.

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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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