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Church men bare more than souls

By Amanda Cedrone
Globe Correspondent / September 30, 2011

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Watch out, Chippendales. A few men from Framingham are baring it all, almost, in a 2012 calendar.

The First Parish Celebration 2012 calendar features 12 of the church’s male parishioners between ages 64 and 87 proudly displaying their bodies.

“It’s meant to show people there is life after 65,’’ said Eva Benda, marketing coordinator for the project.

Each month the calendar features a photo of one of the men with his name, age, and a brief biography. The calendar is appropriate for all ages, Benda said.

“When you look at the picture, they’re nude,’’ she said. “But they’re strategically covered. Professional photographer Lynne Damianos, a Framingham resident and member of the parish, took the photographs.

The women of First Parish did a calendar in 2006, and the men and women are now coming together to celebrate the beauty of aging. The Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham will host an exhibit Nov. 5 of the men’s and women’s photos.

“Participating in the calendar project has heightened my awareness of the marvel of my aging body,’’ said Holly Hollerorth, a retired minister. “It has taken my spirit to places I wanted to go and brought me home again. The human body, especially the aging one, is indeed a marvel to be celebrated.’’

The calendars are $15 and can be bought at or by calling 508-872-3111. They will also be available at Barnes & Noble in Framingham.