Glastonbury men to be featured in calendar

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Sep. 5, 2013

Local businessmen will be showing off the beefcake in the "Men of Glastonbury" calendar, which will soon be available through the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski said the idea for a 15-month calendar, featuring local men is admittedly borrowed from the Westerly, R.I., Chamber. It will feature shirtless business owners, leaders and elected officials who were invited to promote their businesses.

“Westerly has run it three times, and they are so successful at this project that they offer seminars at Chamber conferences to teach others how to do it,” Dombrowski said, adding that a chief difference is that the men in the Westerly calendar appear in the buff [but covered by props, etc.], while Glastonbury's is “beach-appropriate.”

The photos for the calendar were taken by the Chamber’s six professional photographers: Peter Billard, Lynn Damon, Carrie Draghi, Brian Ambrose, E.B. Taylor and Paul Misciagno.

Billard, who is also on the Chamber's Board of Directors, said he took three of the “photos of the month.”

“It's kind of a daring thing to do,” he said, “but on the wider scale of things, it's rather tame.”

“It's been so much fun,” Dombrowski said, adding that the models pay to be in the calendar, and many came home from out-of-state vacations over the summer, just to make their photo appointments.

Exactly who the featured models are will be kept under wraps until the The Great Reveal event on Oct. 3 at the Pond House Grille, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dombrowski said most of the models are well-known in town.

“Some of the people in it have been in the community for generations. We tried to get a good mixture of age, shapes and sizes,” she said, adding that the photos are “hilarious.”

“We are having so much fun with this project,” she said. “Some are funny, some are artistic.”

Billard said there are many stylistic variances between the photographers, and some of the portraits are playful, while others are more stoic. “It's going to be incredibly interesting and diverse,” Billard said. “The guidelines were purposefully kept minimal. There is quite a bit of variation in the photos. It's tasteful, but exciting. I've seen some of the others, and I'm so impressed with what they have done. No one is doing this involuntarily, so there is a lot of enthusiasm.”

Tickets for the Oct. 3 event are $40 if purchased in advance, which include a copy of the calendar, and hors d’oeuvres, and the excitement of being among the first to find out who Glastonbury's calendar models are. Calendars will later be available for $20 at the Apple Harvest Festival, the Jingle Bell Mingle, and at the Chamber office. Some of the proceeds from the calendar sales are also going to the Chamber's charities.

For more information, visit www.glastonburychamber.com.


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