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!
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.
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!
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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