2009-04-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

You won't go home hungry after the Jamestown Community Chorus' concerts next month. Chorus members, who always provide the postconcert refreshments, have been asked to prepare items out of the chorus' new cookbook, "Bach, Beethoven, and Bread" that will be offered for sale for $7 at the concerts. Jessica Wilson reports that the cookbook project has been coordinated by Pat Perry. The concerts will be held Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 and Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church. Tickets are $10 and $7 for seniors and children. They will be available at the door or in advance at The Secret Garden, Jamestown Hardware and Baker's Pharmacy.



In response to Peter C. Pemantell's query about the sandwich shop on Ferry Wharf, Judy Garlick called to say the business was first owned by Bill and Janice Garnett and later by Nick and Mary Bakios and called Nick's Sandwich Shop. She said that Nick's had a soft ice cream machine and while crowds waited for the ferry there'd be a line out the door, particularly during the Newport folk and music festivals.

Patti Vandal e-mailed that she had worked as a purserette on the ferry from 1949 to 1954. "The coffee shop was next to the waiting room and at the time was run by Mr. and Mrs. Garnett."

Judy corrected our misspelling of Tefft and said that the place was owned by Coleman (hence the Coley) Tefft and his wife, Bea. She said that friends John Clarke and Frank Garlick worked there as dishwashers. One night at high tide, instead of washing the dishes, the duo threw them in the water. The next morning at low tide they lay on the mud for all the world to see. Bea fired the two but later rehired them.

Shirley Hull called to say her grandfather, Howard Ellis, owned a restaurant at the same location before it was Tefft's, and she has a 1928 photograph to prove it.


As far as Charlie the barber goes, Linda and Jack Albaugh said the barber shop was on the corner of Fowler and Swinburne and that his name was Charlie Rimshaw.

John Quinn wrote, "Charlie had his shop and cut hair in his house at 3 Fowler Street. As you look at the house, the shop was on the right-hand end. The old door to the shop has been removed and is now covered with siding. I had haircuts there many times. There's also the possibility that at some point earlier than that time he had his shop between Lang's Dry Goods Store and Hunt's Drug Store which was run by Sanford Crowell. This shop was also the location where a much younger barber, who might well have been Ken started into the business. I'm not really sure who that younger guy really was. PS: I also had much more hair when I was one of Charlie's customers."


So, there'll be no more Columbus Days at Brown University. What's next, no more Thanksgivings? After all, the pilgrims must have offended a native American somewhere along the way.

The Jamestown Education Foundation will once again sponsor its 8-week spring after-school program beginning Monday at the school. Activities will include creating a new messenger bag out of recycled Capri Sun pouches, yoga, digital photography and working with the Melrose School newspaper.


Four hearty pansy plants were in a box on our deck Easter morning. As in past years the mystery bunny had made an early-hour visit.


John A. Murphy asks: What TV "sidekick" hailed from "Eastsidalia"? Clue: He had a very "religious" name.


Betty Kinder, Maggie B ulmer and Linda and Jack Albaugh knew last week's poser. Maggie supplied the lyrics:

… Don't take it serious, it's too mysterious

You work, you slave, you worry so, but you can't take it with you when you go, go, go

So keep repeating, it's the berries and the strongest oak must fall

The best things in life to you have been loaned so how can you lose what you've never owned

Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh at it all.

Maggie said she saw the music performed in FOSSE at PPAC years ago and that it was sensational.


This from Bob Fleming:

"De La Salle's a grand old place, we'll have you all to know,

It's name and fame came down to us, from many years ago,

The sons of all good fellows, as true as true can be,

It's a habit they acquired at the high school by the sea.

"As I read of the passing of Pet Viera, I remembered the happier days when he attended De La Salle Academy in the class with Peter Drury, Charles Broadhurst and Tony Faria. His uncle Frank Piva was an avid follower of basketball when the Eastern State Catholic Invitational tournaments were held in that school's small gym on Bellevue Avenue. The best players in the country performed there, for example, Tom Gola of La Salle of Philadelphia, who went on to basketball's Hall of Fame.

"But we also remember the names of other townies who attended there. The Gillises headed by Ken, the Picards headed by Paul, the LeDouxs headed by Emil, the Vieras, the Drummonds, the Smiths, the Drurys, the O'Briens, the Pivas and all the rest.

"Yes, there was only a small segment who attended De La Salle from the Clarke School but they made an endurable imprint on its history."

Thanks, Bob!

*** Be true!


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