2012-02-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says


BY JIM MUNRO BY JIM MUNRO The Jamestown Tavern has opened on the site of the former Portuguese American Citizens Club and if the number of cars in its parking lot last weekend is any indication, the new eatery is already catching on.

House manager Krisanne Trainor, who is overseeing operations with Greg Johnson, said the dinner fare is tavern style with menu items such as fish and chips, steak a la mama, pasta and local farm fresh veggies. A traditional tavern salad is included with meals.

All dinner entrees are under $16. Every day there is a luncheon special for $6, and a tavern burger with a glass of draft can be had for $7.50. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The bar stays open until 1 a.m. Sunday hours are 12 to 12.

“We know islanders will be extremely pleased with the tavern. There is always something new and exciting on the menu,” Krisanne said. Stop in and welcome Greg and Krisanne to the island and sample the fare.

“The tavern chair is the throne of human felicity.” — Samuel Johnson.

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Marilyn Dutton called to say the Jamestown Casino was in the building at the corner of Conanicus Avenue and the road going up to Shoreby Hill. The Harbor View Nursing Home was just to the south of it. But, what is the name of the road going up to Shoreby Hill? We took a ride down there and found there is no street sign at Conanicus Avenue. Driving up the road there is a “Y” with street signs indicating the road to the left is Hawthone Road and the one to the right is Longfellow Road. But, what is the name of the road running down to Conanicus Avenue?

Stumped, we called the island tax assessor’s office and spoke to Ken Gray. We asked him what the name is. He was stumped but said he’d call me back – which he did a few minutes later. Checking the original map, Ken determined that Longfellow Road runs all the way down to Conanicus Avenue. So, the Jamestown Casino was located on the corner of Conanicus Avenue and Longfellow Road.

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Last week’s Valentine’s Day poser drew responses from Cheryl Fernstrom, Diana Brown, Betty Kinder, Jane Bentley and Elizabeth Mancini. Elizabeth wrote, “When I was a little girl, I remember singing ‘Dedicated to the One I Love’ by the Shirelles. As a teen, the song was made popular a second time by the Mamas and the Papas. I always liked to sing along to both versions.”

While I’m far away (Ooh, baby),

Whisper a little prayer for me (Ooh, baby),

And let’s tell all the stars above,

This is dedicated to the one I love,

It’s for you (Ooh, baby).

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Instruction in knitting techniques in the continental style will be available at the Jamestown Philomenian Library Sundays beginning Feb. 19 through March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. Susan Hoagland will instruct and assist with any knitting project you’re working on. This is a drop-in program and some yarn and needles are available. The program is free and all are welcome.

Programs at the library during school vacation will include entertainment by magician Mat Franco on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. That evening at 6:30 refreshments will be served prior to the 7 p.m. showing of the international film series movie, “Kannathil Muthamittal,” which translates to “A Peck on the Check.”

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, discounted passes are available to 13 local and out-of-state venues. Check at the front desk for a list of the places.

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Trivia from John A. Murphy. Who regularly uttered the following words: “Great Caesar’s ghost. Don’t call me ‘chief!’”

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David Urban at The Secret Garden says that roses were still the number one gift for Valentine’s Day, followed by tulips. David held his prices steady from last year and says customers this year seem more willing to go the extra buck.

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Responding to my comments about the Wounded Warrior Project in the Feb. 2 column, Maggie Bulmer writes, “Couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve sent letters to the folks who solicit funds for the paralyzed vets. I am glad that someone is caring for our vets and at the same time am troubled and angry that our government who uses these vets to wage wars does not care for them in their need. I’ve expressed my feelings to Sen. Jack Reed and received no reply. There probably is no legitimate reply except to agree that we do not actually care for our vets. Do we count that in as an expense of war? No!

“We cannot blame it only on the present administration. Without doing any research on the matter I’d be willing to bet my bottom buck that not one president, including Washington, has ever fully cared for the war wounded of our country.”

Thanks, Maggie. Taxpayer money still flows to countries that hate us and want to kill us. Why?

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Who remembers the names of the dump keeper couple at the old dump on North Road before the Transfer Station was built?

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“In Habitat,” a traveling exhibition of the works of Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong that originated at the Buonaccorsi+Agniel Gallery in late 2011, is being shown at the Jamestown Arts Center through March 16.

A press release explains, “Both Chippendale and Hong employ collaged silkscreen in many works, mining a printed lexicon developed over the last decade.”

Gallery hours for the showing are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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February 21 is Shrove Tuesday.

February 22 is Ash Wednesday, George Washington’s birthday and Thinking Day. (Ask all your elected politicians to participate.)

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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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