I've been following the story of how some residents are trying desperately to save the "Grand Old Lady." This story, however, is a little different. A group of older women from the Farmland Bridge Club has gotten together and made a calendar in an effort to save the Lady. And the calendar is scintillating.
The calendars, due out Friday, feature full-length and head and shoulder photographs of the seven women, who appear to wear nothing but lipstick and powder. Porcelain courthouse models cover their more private body parts.The women hope to raise $20,000 to help save the courthouse. You can buy the calendar at www.courthousegirls.com. The girls have caused a media firestorm for rural Randolph County. Of course, some of the more conservative residents have expressed disapproval.
Each woman is photographed alone for her birth month, and group pictures fill in the rest of the months. No one will say just how naked the women got.
The ladies could be gone in the next decade, "and the only thing that's garnered them any attention is this," said Greg Hinshaw, who wrote a book about the town's history. "What a disappointment."
The Courthouse Girls have a different legacy in mind.
The calendar alone won't be enough to save the old courthouse but the idea is that controversy gets people to think.
"I don't know that there's any rules or regulations about what older women can and can't do," one of the participants said.