Local calendars set the pace for 2009

If it hasn’t already, that much-marked 2008 calendar of yours is about to become obsolete. But you can make plans and set schedules for 2009 in style, thanks to several local groups and artists whose calendars focus on various aspects of life in Western North Carolina. Below are several local ways to save the date in ‘09.

Treasured Trees: Asheville Greenworks (formerly Quality Forward) has a new edition of its Treasured Trees Calendar. With photos by Benjamin Porter, John Widman and Dana Irwin, the calendar features black-and-white images of 12 of Buncombe County’s “largest, rarest, oldest and prettiest trees.” A new twist this year: The pictures serve double duty as postcards, so once a given month has passed, you can separate the picture and mail it to a friend. Visit www.qualityforward.org for info on how to obtain the Treasured Trees Calendar, which costs $13.

UNCA Weather Calendar: Published by UNCA’s Atmospheric Sciences Department for the past 24 years, this calendar features Asheville climate data, including monthly temperature and precipitation normals, monthly heating-and-cooling degree days, plus daily normals for maximum and minimum temperatures. It’s also got info on moon phases, daily sunrise and sunset times, and a climate-data table showing normals, means and extremes for Asheville. The calendar costs $6, postage included. Make checks payable to “Weather Calendar” and mail to Dr. Alex Huang, UNCA Atmospheric Sciences Dept., 1 University Heights, Asheville NC 28804-8511.

Men of Westville Pub: One of the funnier calendars to grace local walls is The Men of Westville Pub, a fundraiser for domestic-violence agency Helpmate. This will be the calendar’s third outing, and while it was still in production at press time, it was due out soon—and you can count on each month featuring a Westville man in all of his, um, natural glory. (A sample photo, shot by Celeste Adams, is shown here.) Visit www.westvillepub.com for details on the calendar, which will sell for $10.

SouthWings: Asheville-based nonprofit SouthWings practices “conservation through aviation,” highlighting environmental threats with aerial photography of endangered sites. Their new calendar features beautiful, large-scale prints of some of the group’s best work. Available for a donation at www.southwings.org, or at Malaprop’s Bookstore for $15.

The River Through our Children’s Eyes: Each year, Asheville-based nonprofit RiverLink holds a Children’s Art and Poetry Contest wherein kids from kindergarten through 12th grade pay tribute to the French Broad River with their art. The calendar, available for $18 at www.riverlink.org, features a dozen works from this year’s contest.

A Portrait of Nature: Asheville-based photographer Laurie McCarriar, who designed the RiverLink calendar, has produced two area-specific calendars of her own for 2009. A Portrait of Nature features her distinctive local nature photos. Order online for $18 at www.gingerprintpress.com or call McCarriar’s studio at 398-4190.

Reflected Asheville: McCarriar’s other local calendar features her photos of reflections in the windows and waters around Asheville. Order online for $18 at www.gingerprintpress.com or call McCarriar’s studio at 398-4190.

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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