It is time for my annual episode of shameless begging. The 2017 New England Reflections Calendar is now available and, now that I have finish my fall classes, I can devote more attention to distributing them throughout the region.
Two things are always true about my new calendars. First, once again, it is unquestionably the best calendar I have ever produced, and secondly, all the proceeds still go to support a wonderful cause, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene. Last year I increased the size of the calendar in response to those who wanted more writing room. It makes the calendar more functional and, importantly, provides more space for my pictures.
As always the calendar images focus on the unique beauty of New England and especially my home territory of the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont. We don’t have the highest mountains or a restless seacoast, but we do boast beautiful lakes and rivers and, of course, our region has “The Mountain that Stands Alone”, Mount Monadnock. It is not a region of many superlatives. Our beauty comes from the peaceful rolling hills, miles of meandering dirt roads and classic small villages and farms. That is what I try to capture in my photography and in the images which fill my calendars.
Of course, I love the ocean and, as always, included one image from the seacoast, this year the Portsmouth Harbor Light House at dawn. There is also a picture from my first visit to the Cheshire Fair and I shot (nonviolently) a deer who was gorging on the apples from my orchard. The cover image is always most important and the view of the Jaffrey Meeting House with Mount Monadnock in the background seemed appropriate. Recent tree removal has opened the view to the mountain making this an especially iconic vista.
You can check out all of this year’s images in my :
Even today, with everyone’s head buried in the calendars on their devices, I think a wall calendar provides essential benefits. Its reminders are always there and don’t require you to remember to turn on anything. The new bigger calendar covers a major portion of that unsightly refrigerator door and the pictures are a constant reminder of how lucky we are to live in rural New England. Many of my calendars get sent around the world, to show friends and family why we choose to live in this special corner of the world.
So, get out and buy a bunch of calendars. They make great gifts for the holidays or, really, anytime. It is a way to support an important cause and, instead of a coffee mug or a tote bag, you will come away with a useful tool that also has pretty pictures. I am still in the process of distributing the calendars to all the wonderful regional store that have agreed to dedicate a portion of their precious counter space to this cause. Don’t forget to thanks them for helping out.
Here is a list to date, but I will be adding more as I continue my rounds:
- Toadstool Bookstores, Keene and Peterborough New Hampshire
- Hannah Grimes, Keene New Hampshire
- The Cheshire Medical Center Gift Shop, Keene New Hampshire
- Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, New Hampshire
- J & J Discount, Chesterfield, New Hampshire
- Hancock Inn, Hancock New Hampshire
- Jingles Christmas and Country Shop, Westmoreland New Hampshire
- Gilsum Village Store, Gilsum New Hampshire
- Walpole Grocery Store, Walpole New Hampshire
- Apryl's Orchard, Walpole, New Hampshire
- Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough New Hampshire
- Vermont Artisans Design, Brattleboro, Vermont
- Harlows Sugar House, Putney Vermont
- Putney General Store, Putney Vermont
- Green Mountain Orchard, Putney Vermont
The calendar can also be purchased on-line at the CheshireMedical Center web site (With free shipping!) :
And of course, I always have a bunch in the back seat of my car and, if we meet on the street, be prepared to either buy calendars our sprint desperately away.