CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix is definitely a feast for the eyes. With abundant natural beauty and wildlife, the picture-worthy visual images are endless.
Charlevoix’s Photography Club gives the community a gift every year by putting into calendar form some of the sights they manage to capture through the lenses of their cameras.
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The fourth annual calendar features images from 12 different photographers; the growing club now has 68 members. Founded in 2009 by Mike Schlitt, the club and accepts members at all skill levels, according to John Doskoch, whose photograph of a snowy owl is featured in this year’s calendar.
“My thought on creating the first Best of the Charlevoix Photography Club calendar was to offer to the community examples of what our talented group could do. We have many members with a passion for showing Charlevoix at its best. I felt it would be a worthwhile project for the club, and it is also our primary fundraiser. From a marketing standpoint, we also wanted to help promote Charlevoix as a charming small town worth repeated visits, and to promote our great club,” said Doskoch.
Sales on the calendar have increased each year and ship all over the United States, Doskoch said.
“Our first edition was in 2020, when we sold (to our surprise) about 200. We had no idea of demand. We’ve sold out in the past three years, selling 400 last year,” said Doskoch.
“I recently mailed copies to St. Louis, Missouri; Olympia, Washington, and Redondo Beach, California,” Doskoch said. “I’d say at least one half sold leave the state. In the comment section for online ordering, it’s been wonderful to hear from the purchasers who take the time to write notes like ‘Thank you for this beautiful calendar.'”
With a sale price of $25 each, Doskoch said local printer Farley Calendar Co. in Boyne City helps keep the profits local.
To purchase a calendar or learn more about the Charlevoix Photography Club, visit charlevoixphotographyclub.org.
— Contact reporter Annie Doyle at (231) 675-0099 or [email protected]
This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Local talent is displayed in Charlevoix photography club’s annual calendar