2011-11-24 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Kudos to Kathy Koken and John Preece of Pemberton Avenue for donating their 55-foot Norway spruce to be the town Christmas tree at East Ferry. The crew from Conanicut Marine Services was on the street early Saturday morning with a huge crane to lift it up and a low-bed truck to carry the 5,700-pound spruce to its Christmas location.

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Back in 1621, it was this time of the year at Plymouth Plantation when 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans bonded during a three-day Thanksgiving feast to give thanks to God for guiding the Pilgrims safely to the New World.

According to Wikipedia, the sumptuous offerings included cod, eels, bass, clams, lobster, mussels, ducks, geese, swans, turkey, venison, berries, peas, pumpkin, beetroot, barley, wheat, beans, dried Indian maze and squash.

What we’d like to know is what yoyo decided that turkey would be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving meals instead of lobster?

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More thankful islanders:

Becky Westall said she’s grateful for “my job, my family and my friends.”

Jean Esposito is thankful to awake every morning and put her feet on the floor.

Donna Gavin replied, “My daughters.”

Maureen Lapinski said, “My husband.”

Sandy La Plant is thankful for her health and family.

Barbara Morse replied, ”My good health.”

Bill Murphy is grateful for “good health, good wife and good son.”

Lisa Randall said she’s thankful for her job at the Jamestown Arts Center and “my incredible family.”

Andrea von Hohenleiten is thankful her husband, two sons and her dad will be home for Christmas. Dorothy Strang, whom we caught in the throes of laryngitis and a bad cold, said she’d be thankful to get her health back.

Mary Wright, when asked what she has to be thankful for, replied, “You mean besides Tot?” She is also grateful for her health, the Jamestown community and peanut butter.

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Kudos to the three kindergarten classes at the Melrose Avenue School who last week emptied their piggy banks and traipsed over to McQuade’s to purchase food for the island food bank.

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When the Jamestown Community Chorus presents its Christmas concert on Dec. 11 with a ninepiece chamber orchestra playing the Christmas section of “The Messiah” by G.F. Handel, it will be the 43rd time one chorus member has sung the magnificent work.

Julie Andrews was introduced to “The Messiah” when she was in fifth grade and singing in a choir in a large Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Wis. Julie said, “We performed ‘The Messiah’ four times every year. At that time I sang in the chorus. I continued to sing multiple performances of ‘The Messiah’ all through junior high, high school,and college. After college, I divided my time between singing in professional choruses, church choruses and singing the soprano solos. All told, I have sung the Christmas portion of ‘The Messiah’ 42 times, both as a chorister and as a soloist. My last performance was as soloist with the Swanhurst Chorus under the direction of Constance Andrews. I decided to ‘retire’ at that time.”

That was until this year when Julie learned the Jamestown Community Chorus was performing the Christmas section with a chamber orchestra. “Since I am no longer performing professionally, I decided it would be great fun to sing ‘The Messiah’ one more time as a chorus member in the alto section.

“’The Messiah’ is a divinely inspired work that stands the test of time because of its universal musical appeal and the message it brings of hope, peace and faith. I have enjoyed practices with B. J. Whitehouse. He is well informed and a very talented musician and conductor. And my fellow choristers are just a delight to sing with.”

There will be only one performance of “Favorite Choruses from Handel’s Messiah with Festival Orchestra and English Carols” on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11, at 3 in the rec center. Janet Grant will provide the piano accompaniment for the carols. It will be the only “The Messiah” presentation in the southern part of the state. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for children and seniors. They will be sold at the door or reserved in advance by calling 423-1574. Sing On!

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We’re told David Swain is back in town.

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Welcome 1-year-old Artie to the island. He is the third cat from the Potter League for Animals adopted by Martha Milot. She said he is “terrific” and doing well. Next summer when the Milots take Artie aboard their boat, he will take on the added moniker of “Cruisin’ Kitty #2.”

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Poser:

I don’t need no money,

Fortune or fame.

I’ve got all the riches, baby,

One man can claim.

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Trivia from John A. Murphy: Can anyone recall the music that the great Sherm Strickhauser used as his theme song? Hint: It started with a powerful saxophone riff.

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The Jamestown Arts Center invites islanders to its inaugural Holiday Small Works Show & Sale on Dec. 2 and 3. The show will feature small works of art by artists from Jamestown and around the state. The opening reception will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and the show will continue on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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No one checked in with last week’s poser. It is the “Thanksgiving Song,” sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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Friday is Native American Heritage Day.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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