Calendar Offers Mooving ?Pictures for a Good Cause | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Calendar Offers Mooving ?Pictures for a Good Cause 

State of the Arts

Bernie Sanders

Published November 21, 2007 at 2:02 p.m.

There used to be a saying about Vermont that it had more cows than people. That may no longer be true, what with the decline of the family dairy farm and the ongoing influx of flatlanders. Still, a new 2008 calendar with the silly name of "Haute Cowture" has fun with Vermonters' affection for the bucolic bovine. And the celebrities in its photos seem to have fun, well, being in the photos.

"Haute Cowture" is the brainchild of Sebastian Ryder, production manager of the Gratisky Calendar Company of Burlington. Her aim was to create a Vermont product her students at Champlain Valley Union High School could sell - instead of those ubiquitous, non-local chocolate bars - to raise money for performing arts projects. Ryder got an initial boost from a "stage mother," Elizabeth Skarie. She in turn prompted her husband, Jerry Greenfield, and his pal Ben Cohen to pose. The smiling duo ended up on the August page.

Other Vermont celebs include author Chris Bohjalian, filmmaker Nora Jacobson, Senator Bernie Sanders and real farmer/actor George Woodard. The best image - which made the cover as well as March - is of Burlington's Nan Patrick cozying up to a couple cows in a muddy farmyard. She's clad in a glamorous red evening gown, long black gloves, a huge grin and manure-covered boots; her cow friend is wearing a matching red rope.

The "Haute Cowture" calendar was shot by Jeff Clarke and designed by Craig Bailey of Random Precision Media. It retails for $15 and can be found at local bookstores and other outlets.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston is a cofounder and the Art Editor of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation