What’s behind the Green door?


Remember that song? It was good old rock ‘n roll with a honky-tonk piano playing along for good measure.
If you do remember it, you’re probably old enough to have bought this copy of the Jamestown Gazette with the last of last month’s Social Security check – or you would have if the Gazette wasn’t free. For the younger crowd, here’s your 21st Century advice: Google The Green Door, you’ll love it.
Singer Jim Lowe’s hit single “Green Door” reached #1 on the Billboard charts in November of 1956, knocking Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” out of that coveted top spot. Trouble was, nobody ever found out what was really behind that Green Door. Here’s the tease:
“Midnight, one more night without sleeping
Watching till the morning comes creeping
Green door, what’s that secret you’re keeping?”
Doors do a lot of things. They let people in and they keep people out. They are even your cat’s secret weapon for going in and out, over and over. Doors are also what children have to learn how to close if they were not born in a barn.
The best doors, however, are made to let you in. Sometimes there’s a surprise worth finding when you open one of them. These days, the Internet has lots of strange doors worth knocking on (maybe). Consider these:

  • Check out rent-a-chicken.net. Only $350 to rent one. Urban farmers – city folk – can rent a chicken to see if raising chickens works for them. And then there is the added boon of the eggs and fertilizer that come with them.
  • Try luckybreakwishbone.com. It is the place to go if your luck is running low. Everybody knows that when two people pull on a wishbone, the lucky winner always gets a wish to come true. Really?
  • Or how about Morkes Chocolates? Edible chocolate shoes and cowboy boots at https://morkeschocolates.com/fun-molds/high-heel-shoes-cowboy-boots/. Eat them before they melt on your feet.

But best of all, doors are for knocking on. When you hear knocking, it might be opportunity. Open and step right in.
This week your Jamestown Gazette is here to invite you to open doors all across the Greater Jamestown region. Every door that opens in this year’s Doors Open Jamestown will present an amazing opportunity for fun, enlightenment, inspiration, and some of our community’s most remarkable people.
The best news is that the doors that will open on Saturday, January 19, will be open all year long, too. This year they will include both non-profit and for-profit businesses, volunteers, entrepreneurs and community leaders with community-building on their minds for everyone to join in.
And it’s all free at local museums and attractions to enjoy history, art, nature, comedy, and some of the regions finest, new businesses – all with doors wide open to welcome guests and new friends. Local restaurants and retail shops will also be offering special discounts, and a chance to meet the people who keep Jamestown running.
Spend the day discovering Jamestown! There are no Green Doors that will keep their mysteries to themselves.
Enjoy all the open doors with their opportunities waiting. You won’t even have to knock. And while you have your very own Jamestown Gazette in your hands right now, enjoy the read, too.

Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.