LAKE PLACID - This can be considered somewhat of a "coming out" party, as the Garden Club of Lake Placid will show off their latest fundraising effort in the form of a 2014 calendar titled "Babes in Bloom."
The party will an Adirondack version of a Hollywood opening combined with the Miss America Pageant, according to the garden club and will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 on the second floor of Nicola's Restaurant on Main Street and is open to the public. The party will serve as a first edition preview party of the "controversial" calendar that features several garden club members and other models barely clothed. The cost of admission is $12.95, the price of a calendar, and there will also be a promotional discount of "Two for $25."
"This event is the first of its kind in the history of Lake Placid and promises to be a fun, first peek at a calendar that may run out quickly," said club member Linda Friedlander, who is also featured in the calendar.
The 2014 Babes in Bloom calendar produced by the Lake Placid Garden Club.
During the banquet, models with sashes denoting month posed for and photographers with arm bands will circulate to sign their months upon request. According to the club, all guests are assured of finding a model from their own decade as models range in age from 18 through 80.
Proceeds from calendar sales will be used for the continued beautification of Lake Placid. As public gardens and plantings have expanded, the need for physical help and money has grown accordingly, and plant prices have also gone up, the club said.
"One must understand that the conception of such a calendar is somewhat of a spoof and a bit of humor may be found in some of the captions," Friedlander said. "In many of the outdoor scenes, however, the camera lens captures the beauty of our environment with the beauty of the female form for startling results. Through the models, in fact, one can see and feel the joy we all share by living here."
The Garden Club's sister organization, Lake Placid Community Beautification Association, founded by Conni Cross has the ability to hire seasonal help for planting, maintaining, placing and removing our hanging baskets, barrels and many public gardens, according to a press release from the garden club. This past season, however, the LPCBA had to cut back on some of its creations because of financial constraints.Except for printing, the calendar is an all-volunteer enterprise with models, photographers, venue and prop providers donating their time, talent and/or space.
Jak Beardsworth, Marcy Doyle Miller, Karen Edgley and Jamie Rogers will be among celebrity bartenders to serve wine and beer at Happy Hour prices at the event Sunday. Complimentary snacks will also be available.
Remaining copies of the calendar will be sold at the following outlets: Adirondack Store, Adirondack Pub & Brewery, Bookstore Plus, Cunningham's Ski Barn, Lake Placid Flower & Gifts, Speedy Spa, UPS Store and Whiteface Club & Resort Pro Shops.
For more information, contact Linda Friedlander at 523-3749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.