Garratt, Cohen to feature in "Memorable Men" project - June 8, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
After the success of the Inspiring Women of Huron County pin-up calendar, Marcie Riegling is turning to the men of the county to support the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.
Riegling, through her company Miss Marcie Media, put together the original pin-up calendar as a fundraiser for the Huron Women’s Shelter. It focused women froma cross the county in clothing, make-up and poses that fit the pin-up theme.
The new calendar, called the Memorable Men of Huron, features men from throughout the county posing in historical photos from the past.
Two such men are Elli Cohen and Gil Garratt, both of Blyth.
Cohen, the chair of the Blyth Centre for the Arts Board of Directors, said Garratt suggested Riegling contact him to take part in a photo with him.
The shot is a remake of a famous photo of some of the earliest influences for the Blyth Festival: James Roy and Jim Schaefer.
Cohen said he was excited to be involved and said he has family and friends that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and that his law partner, Quinn Ross, was past-president of the Alzheimer Society of Huron County and a fellow Blyth Centre for the Arts Board Member.
Garratt said he is excited to be involved in the project not only because of the important fundraising being done through the calendar, but because it gives a chance to shines a spotlight on an important member of the Blyth Festival’s history.
“This photo, with James and Jim, is a critical part of the origin of the Festival,” he said. “We hear about James and Keith Roulston when we talk about the origin of the Festival, but Jim is sometimes overlooked.”
The picture features the duo looking at the stage, not each other, which was indicative of the drive and focus of the two men, Garratt said.
Before becoming historical members of Huron County, both Cohen and Garratt had to have their looks changed a bit by local make-up artist and author Erin Bolger.
Bolger, a Blyth native now living in Brussels, was a part of the Inspiring Women calendar and was brought back to work on the next calendar. The photographer for the shoot is Dianne Brandon of Bayfield.
Photos that will be used include those from decades ago and a few more modern shots as well.
For example, Wingham-based CTV reporter Scott Miller will be in the calendar as Jim Finkbeiner, a man battling Alzheimer’s disease who walked from Exeter to Clinton multiple times to raise awareness of the disease.
Cathy Ritsema, executive director of the Society, explained that Finkbeiner had recently passed away, making the photo an important one for the calendar. She said that a special walk was being held this weekend in Crediton to mark Finkbeiner’s passing.
A Huron barbershop quartet called The Airmales will be recreated by Matt Hussey and Fadi Didi from The Beach radio station, Canadian Idol winner and Bayfield resident Ray Malcom and Goderich realtor Rick Lobb.
Local radio personality Phil Main will be portraying his younger self in a photo as well.
The calendar will cost $25 and initially be available through Riegling’s company website www.missmarcie.rocks.
For more information, visit the above website or look for the Alzheimer Society of Huron County on Facebook.