IT’S taken Hillston’s Hilda McKenzie a while, but she can now add calendar girl to her long list of achievements.
Mrs McKenzie turned 100 a few weeks ago and is one of 11 local women who posed for a new calendar.
The Gallery Girls calendar was created to raise funds for the town’s Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery.
Kay Irvine is Miss September and said she hoped locals would support them when they launch the masterpiece on September 6 at the gallery.
“A few of us in the sewing group and volunteers came up with the idea to try and make some money for ongoing costs to keep our head above water,” she said.
ago and at first we thought we’d get photos of some of the local scenery around Hillston but then we thought, why not make it photos of us.
“It’s Hilda’s 100th year so we are delighted she agreed to join us.”
With ages ranging from 50 to 100, each woman has been tastefully photographed incorporating the art gallery and quilting theme.
“It was so much fun to do. There were lots of cups of tea and other drinks had on the day. It was a really good friendship day,” Mrs Irvine said.
“None of us ever dreamt we’d be calendar girls at this stage in our lives.
“It’s more nice than naughty. I’m not giving too much away but there will be some bare skin showing.”
The Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery is a volunteer run gallery and Visitor Information Centre in the main street of Hillston.
The gallery girls are Beryl Hyder, Kay Irvine, Lyn Manton, Jean Wood, Pam Vagg, Allison Vannoort, Hilda McKenzie, Heather Stilvoy, Jenny Moran, Alice Blunden and Christina Civers.
For more information or to order calendars, call the gallery on 6967 1594.