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"Antique" women of Leadville bare their souls and more--boldly, bodily expressing their desire to save the Historic Tabor Opera House!
"Antique" women of Leadville bare their souls and more--boldly, bodily expressing their desire to save the Historic Tabor Opera House!
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On a planet destined to keep throwing woes our way, I decided to give the world something to smile about.

How, you ask? Well, when my friend Stephanie Spong--president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation--asked me what I might do to help raise funds for the historic Opera House, she thought I might offer a respectable wine and cheese party in my old Victorian home.

She never saw the 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville coming!

Although it would have been far easier to host an evening gala, the creation of this calendar--seven months in the making so far--has brought laughter and joy to the many volunteers who have donated their time and talents . . . and goosebumps.

Elise Sunday, local shop owner and photographer, didn't even wait for me get my full request out before saying, "I want to be your photographer," and Karen Onderdonk, producer/director of this hilarious Indigo Media Arts video, asked if she could put together a short "Making of the Calendar" documentary!

Leadville is an old mining town and--much like our "antique" Calendar Girls--is in need of a little pick-me-up here and there. In its heyday late in the 1800s, the Opera House offered its visitors entertainers such as Harry Houdini, Oscar Wilde and Buffalo Bill. This building's the real deal, and you should see the upstairs ballroom! Just thinking about the once-rich and powerful people who waltzed upon its floors is enough to make you feel their spirits dancing there still!

Leadville's Historic Tabor Opera House, on Colorado's Endangered Places list, is a designated National Historic Treasure.
Leadville's Historic Tabor Opera House, on Colorado's Endangered Places list, is a designated National Historic Treasure.

  

I established the Leadville Literary League as a nonprofit organization to promote local literary endeavors and the arts, so helping to preserve a local treasure--this incredible historic building that has hosted literary giants and artists--seemed like a no-brainer.    

Every photo shoot we’ve done for this calendar project has been joyful because the women who have volunteered to bare more than their souls for it have brought with them their feisty, fun-loving spirits! All of the women are 50 and older, except for our December photo in which we "gifted" some younger lasses a place in the group.

  

One of many possible photos you could see in this keepsake calendar! [photo by Elise Sunday]
One of many possible photos you could see in this keepsake calendar! [photo by Elise Sunday]

  

...and maybe something like this eclipse day photo! [photo by Elise Sunday]
...and maybe something like this eclipse day photo! [photo by Elise Sunday]

What I'm asking from you, kind potential supporters, is funding for the printing and distribution of this calendar. My inspiration for it, of course, was the 2003 film Calendar Girls, so our models for each month are "tastefully uncovered," some with other dressed models . . . or perhaps a ghost!    

Meet Roxy, our demure, 4-legged star. Roxy's owner is a real Colorado cowgirl, and the two models (not shown here) in the photo shoot for this month's offering agreed to be "tastefully uncovered"! [photo by Elise Sunday]
Meet Roxy, our demure, 4-legged star. Roxy's owner is a real Colorado cowgirl, and the two models (not shown here) in the photo shoot for this month's offering agreed to be "tastefully uncovered"! [photo by Elise Sunday]

   

My goals are to help save the Tabor by selling at least 1,000 calendars, to make you smile, and to give you something to look forward to in this wackadoodle world. Please help me reach my goals!

A "thank you" kiss (it's safe because I'm wearing approved eclipse glasses!)
A "thank you" kiss (it's safe because I'm wearing approved eclipse glasses!)

 

Risks and challenges

Let's see. Has this project presented challenges? It sure has.

We've just completed all of our photo shoots, and our biggest detractor has been the weather (although that freezing, windy day way back in March didn't keep two of our models from gettin' nekked in the snow)!

Although we were concerned about our photo shoot with a horse (we weren't sure how thrilled Roxy would be about the whole idea as she is a shy old horse), the day was gorgeous and Roxy posed as if she's been modeling her whole life!

And unless our printing company disappears off the face off the earth (and I'm as certain as can be that this will not happen), we intend to have all orders filled by early November. Note: The documentary DVD download reward may take until December.

So yes, there have been challenges, but we have overcome them all!

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    Perpetual Gratitude

    Where else can you receive a perpetual gift for ten dollars or more? Leadville Literary League and the Calendar Girls of Leadville appreciate your donation from the very centers of their hearts.

    It's truly the gift that keeps on giving.

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    The Calendar!

    You need it, you want it, and when we reach our goal, you'll get it! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    As a bonus, please accept our perpetual gratitude!

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    2 Calendars!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    We would be remiss if we did not offer our perpetual gratitude as well!

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    2 Calendars plus an autographed photo

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your holiday shopping with one pledge and keep for yourself the full-color 8" x 10" photo autographed by the president of the Leadville Literary League!

    Oh, and our perpetual gratitude, of course!

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    5 Calendars!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your four best friends and keep one calendar for yourself!

    Oh, and our perpetual gratitude, of course!

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    5 Calendars + Photo

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your four best friends and keep one calendar for yourself!

    To whom will you gift your 8" x 10" photo, autographed by the president of the Leadville Literary League?

    Oh, and our perpetual gratitude goes without saying!

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    5 Calendars + Documentary Download!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your four best friends with one pledge, keep one calendar for yourself, and enjoy your download of the making of the 2018 calendar in a documentary short film, to be delivered in December of 2018.

    You may watch it over and over and over again while laughing at the latest month's photo on your calendar!

    Oh, and yes, our perpetual gratitude.

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    10 Calendars!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your nine best friends and keep one calendar for yourself!

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    5 Calendars, Photo, and PROP!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your four best friends with one pledge and send your great aunt Edith an 8" x 10" color photo of Leadville's lovely ladies, autographed by the president of the Leadville Literary League!

    Your extra-special-bonus will be a genuine Santa hat worn by one of our lovely models during the December photo shoot!

    Oh, and yes, our perpetual gratitude.

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    5 Calendars, Photo, + Documentary!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your four best friends with one pledge and and send your great, great, great uncle Elmo an 8" x 10" color photo of Leadville's lovely ladies, autographed by the president of the Leadville Literary League!

    Enjoy your download of the making of the 2018 calendar in a documentary short film, to be delivered in December of 2018. You may watch it over and over and over again while laughing at the latest month's photo on your calendar!

    Oh, and yes, our perpetual gratitude.

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    15 Calendars!

    You have many friends!

    You need them, you want them, and when we reach our goal, you'll get them! The one and only 2018 Calendar Girls of Leadville, "Leadville Antiques: Uncovered" is a 12" x 12" full color calendar featuring some of the most spectacular women and locations in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the United States!

    Take care of your fourteen best friends and keep one calendar for yourself!

    As with all our calendar purchases, you have our perpetual gratitude!

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    5 Calendars + Limited Ed. Tabor Poster

    Take care of your four best friends and hang your calendar next to a limited edition, numbered poster of the Tabor Opera House created and signed by renowned artist, Ben Dallas!

    You will feel our perpetual gratitude (as a bonus) every time you gaze upon the magnificence of your new artwork!

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    Calendars and Sponsor Recognition!

    Five gorgeous calendars on which you and your four best friends can keep track of all upcoming events at the Tabor Opera House . . .

    And your name as "Contributing/Supporting Sponsor" on the Tabor Opera House website for the 2018 season!

    It goes without saying that you'll also have our perpetual gratitude.

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    The Tabor GRAND Prize!

    JUST ADDED: One set (pair?) of original, autographed boobbowls! (see update #23)

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    FIVE Keepsake calendars, our perpetual gratitude to the power of infinite, and . . .

    Your name as "Lead Baron Sponsor" on the Tabor Opera House website for the 2018 season, and . . .

    A private photo shoot on stage at the Tabor Opera House with the president of the Leadville Literary League ("tastefully uncovered") and the president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation (dressed in full Victorian). Pledge this amount and you may choose to be dressed however you'd like! We will provide you with an 11" x 14" full color photo and the digital file!

    (must be present to be photographed, travel expenses not included, and collect by October 1st, 2018!)

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    The Tabor GRANDER Prize!

    JUST ADDED: One set (pair?) of original, autographed boobbowls! (see update #23)

    PLUS:

    FIVE Keepsake calendars, our perpetual gratitude to the power of infinite, and . . .

    Your name as "Lead Baron Sponsor" on the Tabor Opera House website for the 2018 season, and . . .

    A private photo shoot on stage at the Tabor Opera House with the president of the Leadville Literary League ("tastefully uncovered") and the president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation (dressed in full Victorian). Pledge this amount and you may choose to be dressed however you'd like! We will provide you with an 11" x 14" full color photo and the digital file!

    (must be present to be photographed, travel expenses not included, and collect by October 1st, 2018)!

    But wait...there's more...AND...

    Dinner with the president of the Leadville Literary League and the president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation at a local fine dining establishment (and we'll let you take selfies with us there too!)

    (as stated earlier, must be present to be photographed and fed, travel expenses not included!)

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    The Tabor GRANDEST!

    JUST ADDED: One set (pair?) of original, autographed boobbowls! (see update #23)

    PLUS:
    If you truly want to show the world how much you love the arts and believe in preserving spectacularly historic buildings, you probably don't even care about getting a reward for your contribution.

    We will, however, send you ten calendars, give you name recognition as "Augusta Tabor Sponsor" for the 2018 season, introduce you at an event at the Tabor during the 2018 season, and invite you to have dinner with the president of the Leadville Literary League and the president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation at a local fine dining establishment (and we'll let you take selfies with us there too!)

    (as stated earlier, must be present to be fed, travel expenses not included!)

    Plus, our perpetual gratitude to infinite, you know, and beyond.

    (If collecting rewards in Leadville, must be present, travel expenses not included, and collect by October 1st, 2018. And know that we will love you forever and ever!)

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