An innovative new calendar featuring the art of local painter Marty Burgess is now for sale at Rayfield’s Pharmacy in Cape Charles. And here’s the story behind it! After retiring in 2018, Northampton County resident Pam Barefoot woke up every morning wondering what day it was.
“The first thought that came to mind when I opened my eyes was ‘What day is it?’” Barefoot said. “But I didn’t want to fumble around looking for my smartphone.”Barefoot hunted online for a solution, but the only items she found were electric or battery-operated clocks that also featured the time. She didn’t want the time, she just wanted the day. So she constructed a prototype of weekdays that she placed on the chest of drawers in her bedroom.
A photo of the homemade design on her Facebook page immediately received a response from retired businessman Lucius Kellam that said, “Pam, I think your calendar for retired folks is a winner, very clever, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
With that response and her husband’s blessing, she decided that developing a marketable version was worth a shot.For the cover, Barefoot wanted something joyful that would express the “morning” concept.
She recalled that Marty Burgess, a popular local painter, had posted examples of his works on his Facebook page. One featured early morning light coming through trees in a variety of colors.
This particular painting struck Barefoot immediately as being ideal for the cover of her new calendar. With the artist’s blessing, production began.The spiral-bound perpetual calendar of weekdays makes an ideal gift for retirees as well as a tool for children learning to read.
Featuring a built-in easel stand, the calendar retails for $9.95 and can be folded to take on trips.
Barefoot recommends keeping a small pad of post it notes nearby for quick removable reminders of appointments.