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‘Movies and Musicals’

Linden Ponds’ 2018 calendar supports good causes

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February 19th, 2018
South Pacific: (from left) Ed Hiller, Jim Hawkins, Bob Ward, Paul Carey, Mia Smith, Alice Pecce, and Laurel Morris.

South Pacific: (from left) Ed Hiller, Jim Hawkins, Bob Ward, Paul Carey, Mia Smith, Alice Pecce, and Laurel Morris.


Linden Ponds’ very own “calendar girl” is at it again. 

Back in 2010, resident Carol Oliver spearheaded a project to create a “Ladies of Linden Ponds” calendar. A group of women worked in secret on the project for a year and a half. 

Each month of the year featured a different woman posed in a unique setting to showcase her fun-loving personality. When the calendar was released, it was met with major accolades, and sales of $34,000 were donated to Linden Ponds’ Scholars’ Fund for student workers and the Resident Care Fun, which is in place to assist residents who have experienced a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation.

The “Ladies of Linden Ponds” calendar was a such a hit that it caught the attention of both local and national media. The story was covered by The Boston Globe, Fox News, New England Cable News, and The Patriot Ledger. A reporter from WCVB-TV Boston even interviewed several of the calendar organizers and models. 

Round two

Carol decided to produce another Linden Ponds calendar for 2018. This year’s theme is “Movies and Musicals.” The calendar features Linden Ponds residents reenacting scenes from Broadway hits such as Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Mama Mia, as well as classic films like Casablanca.

Community member Gloria Alvino took all of the photos for the calendar. The photo shoots took place in front of a green screen in Linden Ponds’ on-site television studio, and then the TV studio staff Photoshopped the pictures to add backgrounds from the musicals and movies. 

In total, 28 residents are pictured in the calendar. Carol says everyone who participated in the project had a lot of fun working on it.

Gloria took dozens of photos of each scene so that Carol and the TV studio crew could choose the perfect image for each month of the calendar. The whole process took about nine months, and sales of the calendars started toward the end of 2017. 

To generate excitement for the project, large reprints of each photo in the calendar were put on display in one of the community’s common areas. In early December, roughly half of the 500 calendars that were printed had already been sold. Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will again go to Linden Ponds’ Resident Care Fund. 

“We will make some money, and it’s for a good cause,” Carol says. 

Surrounded by happy faces

This second Linden Ponds calendar had special significance for Carol, who moved to Linden Ponds from Belmont, Mass., in 2008. Her husband passed away about a year and a half ago, and Carol was looking for a project to take her mind off her grief. 

“I am not the type of person to sit and do nothing,” she says. “I had to push myself to get through this, and working on the calendar helped.”

Carol says that living at a place like Linden Ponds—where residents are surrounded by friends and neighbors, and have convenient access to all kinds of clubs and social events—made a big difference for her during a difficult time.

“I can’t even tell you all of the support I got here when my husband died,” Carol says. “I would not have wanted to be living in a house by myself.”