Good cause behind ‘Calendar Girls’ |

Good cause behind ‘Calendar Girls’

The BIG news in Lake Wildwood is that the Art Club is doing another calendar. This isn’t just any calendar but a take-off on the movie “Calendar Girls.” This group is dedicated to keeping art alive in the local schools and uses the proceeds from their fund-raisers to buy art supplies at both Pleasant Valley and Ready Springs schools and to help fund an art scholarship at Sierra College. With all the cutbacks in the schools and the real risk of these programs being discontinued, financial help from the Art Club is needed now more than ever.

The men’s calendar in 2003 was a huge success. Now, members of the club are working hard to produce a 2005 calendar featuring the women of the Wildwood Art Club. According to Carol Manfrin, age 73, club president and Ms. November, “the group is embarking upon a voyage of self discovery. We confront our fears and revulsion at the natural effects of age and fondly remember our younger selves – our firm young bodies. … We express through this calendar our joy in the reality of this moment in our lives. As we shed our clothes, we drop the foolish artifice and protection of our real selves.”

The photos for the calendar will be a class act. I had the pleasure of joining this “band of sisters” at a photo session for the front and back covers. They are an amazing and beautiful group of talented and committed women who are all moving outside of their “comfort zones” to help a cause, have fun, and learn a little more about themselves in the process.

Dodie Fluckiger, a very accomplished artist, said that she was hoodwinked into the group when someone else dropped out but that she was happy to be Ms. September if it helps the kids keep their art program. Ms. January, Toni Baker, took glamour shots at 17 and said she felt just a little more risqué taking them again at 67. Cathy Fagan, Ms. May, said that posing nude was just one of those things she wanted to do someday before she died and now, at age 67, she had her chance.

Other women participating in the calendar include Deanna Batson, Carolyn Burton, Diane Hall, Judi Kreinick, Bonnie Lawless, Eve Roberson, Gladys Schneider, and Linda Zilner.

Don Batson, also a club member, is the photographer. He photographed the men’s calendar and is also helping the women, which includes his wife, Ms. October. Don loves photographing beautiful women but he did say that there were a lot more opinions to deal with this time around. Don’s a patient man.

At $15 a calendar, this will be a quick sell-out. If you want to help the local schools by ordering advance copies, call Judi Kreinick at 432-4067 or Diane Swenson at 432-7700.

It looks like a beautiful weekend for hanging out at the fairgrounds. The Roamin Angels Car Show is Saturday and Sunday, and lots of LWW folks will be there helping in various ways. Lake Wildwood resident Mary Gish and I will be at the car show on Saturday selling peanuts and popcorn on behalf of Child Advocates of Nevada County.

Friends of Hospice will also be there selling ice cream sundaes and root beer floats. Wildwood volunteers Betty Ericsson and Sally Ward head up the committee and will be assisted by Beth and Jerry Biagini, Linda Bjork, Linda and Bob Campbell, Bob Ericsson, Mary Lou Fuchs, Marge Krause, Norma Leone, Ruth and Bill Marshall, Saundra and Vince Mutascio, Fran Ramirez, Sheri Smith, Marilyn and Don Streseman, and Dave Ward. Maybe if I start with ice cream for breakfast, I can switch to peanuts and beer for lunch and help both groups.


Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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