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Calendar girls put together ‘The Last Roundup’

Project will benefit school foundations “Don’t squat with yer spurs on!”

That age-old cowboy advice came in handy for the Brady Beauties this month as they posed for photographs that will appear in the next calendar produced by the members of the Red Hat Society.

Trail boss Bonnie Glo Aubushon also learned to be wary of stacked hay bales.

After climbing to the top for a picture, the 84-year-old Aubushon learned the hard way that horses had been eating out of the middle of the hay.

“I fell all the way through,” she said, giggling. “When I landed, all you could see was my boots sticking out the top.”

Nothing was hurt. Not even her pride.

“The laughs we had were well worth it,” she said.

The Brady Beauties have just completed their third calendar.

From bad bucking broncos to dance hall girls, the project follows a western cowboy theme. Most of the pictures were taken at a ranch near Maxwell.

The calendar project was the brainchild of Aubushon’s in 2005 when the Brady Beauties produced their first calendar with pictures of themselves elegantly, yet scantily, clad.

That first year, the calendar raised money to help get the Brady library up and running.

In 2008, the ladies followed a new theme wearing leather and climbing aboard motorcycles for “Hawgs, Leather and Lace.” That year, proceeds benefitted the Brady Volunteer Fire Department.

“It’s been great fun for all of us,” Aubushon said of the group. “But it’s also hard work to pull together the outfits and the props and all.”

That’s why this year’s calendar is called “The Last Roundup.”

“We’re starting to get a little old for these shenanigans,” Aubushon said.

The average age of women in the group is over 70 years with the oldest member at 94.

Steve and Doris Andersen of Cozad donated their time and creativity again to make the pictures come to life and the 12-month calendars are being printed in Kearney.

They will be available beginning Dec. 1 with all proceeds this year divided equally between school foundations in Brady, Maxwell and Gothenburg.

“We have members from all three communities so we thought it would only be fitting to donate to all three foundations,” Aubushon said.

Calendars are being printed now and can be ordered from any Red Hat member. They will be available to pick up Dec, 1.

“We’ve been so blessed and people have been so supportive,” Aubushon said. “It’s been a great ride.”

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