Archive for month: August, 2013
These just came in, the response is overwhelming! Be sure to read the Updated List of Donations below!
Don’t Miss This!
GREAT RRR CALENDARS
Great Food & Drinks
& most of all, for a GREAT CAUSE.
Come Out and Help Us Help Our Suffering Island Animals!
Roatan Renegade Rescue Calendar Unveiling Event
Sunday September 1 1pm-5pm
San Simon Beach ClUb (adjacent to Mayan Princess)
West Bay Beach
Selling Roatan Renegade Raw Calendars for $20.00 each
Calendar Girl autograph $5.00
Yappy Hour Special Animal Named Drinks
Full Menu plus specials for RRR Event
Tremendous Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction Items
Not to be missed!!
RRR Goal: to raise funds to purchase a used Mobile Vet Van
RAFFLES – Tickets – $1.00!
12 Italian Leather Sterling Silver designer pet collars Value: $240.00 $20.00 each Eldon's - Pet Food Aisle Spree! Value: $200.00 Spay/Neuter/Vaccines/ Medications for Needy animal Value: $150.00 Penny - 7 Icy Cool Dog Vests ($20.00 each) Value:$140.00 Upachaya - Five Roatan Island Board Games ($22.00 each) Value: $110.00 12 Gift Baskets of home baked Pet Treats & Toys Value: $120.00 $10.00 each Penelope's Island Emporium-West Bay Mall-gift certificate Value:$100.00 Kristofer Goldman's Welcome to Roatan Five CD's ($13.00 each) Value: $65.00 Anne Jennings Brown - Five Roatan Odyssey books - water damaged in shipping, looks bad, Reads Great! Value: $60.00 Steve Cowley - Six bags Montecillos Coffee ($10 each) Value: $60.00 The Beauty Shop - Mani-Pedi-Wash-Blowout Mega Mall Value: $44.00 Penelope's - Large beige floral painting Value: $35.00 Kent's Blue Bahia - Sandy Bay -Ladies tank top & matching beach skirt Value: $30.00 Flying Pig Restaurant - West End Value: $30.00 Kent's Blue Bahia - Sandy Bay-Ladies tank top & matching beach skirt Value: $30.00 The Lily Pond - Meal for Two - West End Value: $30.00 Waldina - 2 throw pillows- fabric of your choice Value: $30.00 Multi-Servicio Printing -French Harbour-printing services Value: $25.00 Buena Vida Cafe - West End Sunday Brunch - Bring Your Dog for Treats! Value: $25.00 Blue Marlin - West End - Bar Tab Value: $25.00 Monkey Island Restaurant West End - Dinner &/or Drinks Value: $25.00 Pink Seahorse - West End- Food & Beverage Value: $25.00 Blue Parrot - Sandy Bay Value: $25.00 RASxpress - credit towards your mail account Value: $25.00 Foster's West Bay Restaurant and Bar Value: $25.00 Roatan Rum Factory - West Bay Road Value: $25.00 Patricia Bathgate - Pat's Pepper Paste (yum!) 3 large jars - home made- $8.00 each Value:$24.00 Coconut Tree Mini-Mart - West End Value: $20.00 Roatan Ladies Network Event - complimentary Admission Value: $20.00 Rick's Cigar Bar - West End - Cigars or Booze Value: $20.00 Coconut Tree Restaurant - West End - Food & Beverage Value: $20.00 Pepperoni Pizza - West End - 1 pizza Value: $20.00 Penelope's - Small floral painting Value: $20.00 Butch & Sherry - Bulk Gourmet Bistro - Brick Bay Value:$20.00 Penelope's - Complaint Dept Sign VALUE: $18.00 Haircut by Nadia - Glam HairStyles, Mangrove Bight Value: $17.00 Lusty Lizard Restaurant -Dixon Cove - Lunch Value: $15.00 Beach Grill at Blue Bahia - Sandy Bay - Friday Fish Fry & Key Lime Pie Value: $15.00 Carniagro - Multi-Vitamins for Dogs & Cats Value: $14.00 Patricia Bathgate - Pat's Pepper Paste (yum!) 3 small jars - $4.00 each Value: $12.00
Mayan Princess Resort - West Bay Beach All Inclusive Package for 2 Value: $1150.00 Infinity Bay: 3 night stay with breakfast Value: $750.00 Bull Dog Security Alarm System fully installed Value: $749.00 William Shepherd - Captain Action Fishing Charter 38' Topaz Value: $700.00 Zeppelin Dive & Sail - Three hour Customized Sunset Cruise on a 47' Zeppelin, for Four, including drinks and appetizers - Wayne & Elly Smith Value: $600.00 Alex & Marilyn-Afternoon Sailboat Cruise & Romantic Sunset Evening at the Calabash Bight Yacht Club for 4 Value: $350.00 Peter & Jackie - 3 Hour Fishing Trip- Mangrove Bight Value: $350.00 Solar/Wind Energy Performance & Financial Analysis Profile by Fuentes de Energia Value: $350.00 Pristine Bay - Black Pearl Golf Course - Two Rounds of Golf Value: $290.00 Tasha Crook Photography - One Hour Photo Shoot Value: $250.00 South Shore Canopy Zipline Adventure for FIVE Value: $225.00 Sueno Del Mar- 2 night stay-Presidential Suite-West End Value: $200.00 Sand Castles Professional Interior Design Services; in depth consultation: Staging for Sale, Updating Your Rental property, easy fixes to make your website pop! Value: $200.00 Picnic Day for 4 - Maya Key - Port of Roatan Value: $168.00 The Shop - Coconut Plaza - one teak chair Value: $168.00 Paddle Sports - Paddle Board Escorted Tour for 4 Value: $160.00 Purchased at Penelope's & donated by Sue Page: 32" Italian hand blown vase Value: $155.00 Wendy Lopez - La Pina Spa - Pineapple Villas French Harbour- Massage, facial, mani, pedi Value: $150.00 Heather Donnelly - One Dream Ticket Entry - Roatan Dream Home Raffle Value: $150.00 Penelope's - Triptich Acrylic Abstract Art (3 pc) Value: $150.00 Roatan Builders - 2 - 2 hour consultation on the Do's & Don'ts of building on Roatan - top TWO Bidders Value: $150.00 Larissa - Frenchy's 44 or Little French Key Value: $150.00 An Evening of Music with Bobby Rieman Value: $125.00 Penelope's - Brown Geometric Outdoor Art Value: $125.00 Roatan Businesses - Advertisement for one year on RoatanBusinesses.com Value: $110.00 A Day of Beauty at Destiny's - Coral Stone, Sandy Bay Value: $100.00 Penelope's - Large, brown plaid abstract Art by Paul Juszkiewill Value: $100.00 Penelope's Blue Flower Retro Artwork Value: $99.00 Alex & Marilyn- Sunset Beached Boat Artwork Value: $80.00 Kirk Obryan, Accountant - 2 hour consultation "How to establish a Roatan Business" Value: $75.00 Roatan Dental Center - Consultation & Services Mega Mall - French Harbour Value: $65.00 Blue Harbour Tropical Arboretum- Tropical & Hydroponic Tour for 4 Value: $60.00 Purchased at Penelope's & donated by Sue Page: Large pewter pineapple tray Value: $52.00 Umbul Umbul- Indonesian furniture & Accessories Gift Certificate Value: $50.00 Ms Deb of Steel Pan Alley - private voice lesson Value: $50.00 Peggy Orange - Private Swim Lessons - 3 hours Value: $50.00 Ace Hardware - Gift Certificate Value: $50.00 Zobeida's Shop - French Harbour Value: $50.00 Lion Fish Louie's - Meal for 2 - West End Value: $50.00 Ana Svoboda - famous tiramisu - serves 15-20 Value: $50.00 Barefoot Cay - Barefoot Divers - Pig Roast Lunch for 4 Value: $50.00 Claudia Malacarne - 1 hour massage West End Value: $50.00 Blue Marlin Restaurant - Dinner - West End Value: $40.00 Tracey Pewtoran - Professional Bartending- 4 hours- Any Event Value: $40.00 West End Suzy - Handmade agate ring Value: $40.00 Nanny Lu-Lu - 4 hours child care- 4 children max Value: $40.00 Real Value: Priceless! Casa Rustica - West Bay - Mix Max Cardio workout for one month Value: $40.00 Diane Coming - just back from safari! Collection of African crafts including giraffe salad tongs, wood bowl,wood trivet and serape material Value: $30.00 Blue Harbour Tropical Arboretum- Tropical & Hydroponic Tour for 2 Value: $30.00 Hungry Munkey- Lunch for 2 - West Bay Mall Value: $30.00 Blue Harbour Plantation- large selection of lettuce, parsley and mint Value: $25.00 Sun Downer's Bar Tab Value: $25.00 Mangiamo Market & Delicatessen - West Bay Mall Luncheon for 2 Value: $25.00 Blue Harbour Plantation - large selection of lettuce, basil and chives Value: $25.00 Kathy Shupe- Personal Pet Grooming - in home service Value: $25.00
Island Posh - Coral Stone Plaza - Exquisite replica Sunglasses, Handbags and Watches $200.00 Gilberto & Kelly Gonzales - Life Force Landscape & Maintenance Co., Kelawra, BC, Canada $180.00 Walter Herbert & Susan Scogin, soon to be Roatan residents and supporter of felines $100.00 Vanda & Peter Brown - Palmetto Bay/CA $ 50.00 Bob Magyar Puerta Vallarta MX $ 25.00
10:30 on a Sunday morning our models assembled at the Mayan Princess. We were shooting our cover at San Simon. All decked out in black with our lime green RRR wristbands as the only accessory, we made a stunning group. It would be a long double header day. San Simon in the morning and Paya Bay for our December sunset shot. When all was said and done, we were pretty exhausted but very satisfied with what we had all accomplished, working together. That day will always be a fond memory for me.
This model was so prepared, you would have thought she was in the business. The set-up was to be Ms January reclining in a hammock with Scarlet Macaws. She even brought a hammock! It was far prettier than the one we had, so we used it. Pretty amazing. It makes it so much easier to get a good shot when the model warms up to the camera. We had so many great shots from which to choose. The only incident we had was a painful one. One of the macaws was determined to explore our model’s nudity. When she tried to stop him, Ms January was bitten. Even then, she was a real trooper.
Did I mention how brave my Calendar Girls are??
Another great model who gave so much to the camera. Here the dilemma was threefold. Shooting at the zip line location, first, we had to be quick before the cruise ship visitors arrived for their canopy tour. Second, I had 6 very large island boys to contend with and I was the self appointed bouncer on all the shoots. So, doing my very best Hitler impersonation I told them all to leave the area immediately. And they DID!! The third problem was the worst. Our little monkey was painfully shy and covered up his face with his tiny hands, turning away from the camera. Tasha shot dozens of frames. She and I were getting frustrated and anxious, but our model sailed right through it all. That is until the unbelievable happened. Our little monkey, wrapped around Ms March’s neck, decided it was a good time to nurse!
Cut! It’s a wrap! We are done here!
We only managed to get one shot with the monkey’s face showing. Thank goodness it was a great one.
This month was chosen as our model wanted to pose with her island famous Easter bunny; Mr. Quetip Plushbottom.
Weighing in at 20 lbs, he would come to Penelope’s Island Emporium for Semana Santa and people would rush in to get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. I was told they even announced it on the airport buses. Unfortunately, Quetip passed away before his scheduled shoot. Large, with a larger than life personality, he is missed terribly by Ms April and all his many fans.
So Q’s replacement model became an African Savannah cat named Jumu. This shot location was in a beautiful bedroom designed and decorated by Ms April. This would be a very simple shoot. All she had to do was go get her hair & make-up done, come home, pick up Jumu and head to the West End location. Destiny had out done himself this time and Ms April was camera ready. However, Jumu was a no show. He had disappeared. Trying to keep make-up from running, hair from frizzing, it was not to be. Jumu sauntered back home at 9:30 that night, with an attitude as if to say “What’s the problem? And my dinner is where, exactly?” I had to call the property manager, apologize, saying the model cancelled last minute, may we please reschedule? This condo rents out steadily, so we had to be squeezed in between bookings. The following week was scheduled much the same. However, Ms April cleverly locked Jumu up in her house the night before. Being an exotic feline, he is fast, wary and a door darter. Given just a moment’s opportunity, Jumu shot off the second floor balcony, down into the iron-shore and vanished into the night. At this point I was just about ready to rip April out of the calendar and forget it. Our model was up at 4:30 am, calling and searching to no avail. Finally, she sat down and started praying, pleading and making deals with all the angels she could summon. In the door strolls Jumu.
Screeching, howling, hissing and thrashing around in the cat carrier, off they went at lightning speed. This time however, Ms April took Jumu to the condo location first, locked him in the bathroom and then went for her session with Destiny. Other than Ms April being a total nervous wreck, the shoot itself was a piece of cake.
When I approached Ms May about posing for the RRR calendar, she exclaimed “Penny! Where do you get such crazy ideas? What’s next with you?”
Then, “Of course I’ll do it. I haven’t done anything outrageous in a while.”
Being passionate about gardening and flowers, it was a given that we would do the shoot at her lovely home. After her make-up session, by the time we arrived at our location, it was the heat of the day, noon. With her husband, Alan’s help, we created a beautiful arbor as the back drop. The problems were her two excited, out of control puppies. Finally, we had to have Alan crawl into the bushes with the puppies on leashes and stand behind Ms May. She whispered to me “Do I really have to be totally nude? I don’t want to scare the dogs.”
Ms May was beautiful in each photo. It was the puppies that were making the shot impossible. So we just kept shooting. That’s when the ants started biting our model, voraciously.
Hot, sweating, bitten, exhausted: the life of a Calendar Girl.
When I asked Ms June if she would participate, I got a lump in my throat when her immediate reply was “I would be honored.” She needed no explanation of what we are trying to do with this calendar.
Shooting in our model’s gourmet kitchen, it was a tight shot from basically one angle. Ms June looked great but her dog was totally not interested and we could not get him to react to or even look at the camera.
When we felt we had several good ones to choose from and were finished, the dog then decided to be a cover girl; grinning, posing, looking oh so cute, after the fact! The best part of this shoot was that the model’s passion is baking and we got to eat the prop….ummmm.
What a fun afternoon. Like a pro model, Ms July came with make-up, jewelry, ideas and was very actively involved in her hair and make-up decisions. Her dog was an absolute love and so easy to work with; what a refreshing turn of events. This time we were shooting totally in public view. Passionate about golf, we were shooting on the 11th hole at Pristine Bay. Once we got our shot and were wrapping it up, Ms July was having such a good time, she decided to hit a few balls for fun. Tasha and I, somewhat nonplussed were racing around with towels and bathrobe trying to provide a bit of screening from the public eye. In the meantime, her dog was rolling around in the grass having the time of her life. As Tasha said “Isn’t it lovely that Ms July is so comfortable in her own skin.”
A true lover of dogs, we shot Ms August with her two, in a very tranquil setting; her home in Sandy Bay. Ms August is also an avid potter, so we tried to capture the beauty of both herself and her work. Ranging from tiles to hanging gecko’s Ms August’s work is varied.
Working with one animal is hard enough, but when working with two the odds are most certainly against you. After numerous shots running around trying to get BOTH dog’s in place we finally got the one we wanted.
A supporter and advocate for wildlife, Maya Key was the perfect setting for Ms September. We had to do the shoot in two parts as we were working around cruise ship visitors. The zoo manager, Leonardo Consuegra was so very helpful and made us feel welcome. However, we did have a problem when it came time to disrobe our model. The animal handlers would not leave and would not take their eyes off the animals we were using. I tried to block her from view with my body, but it was to no avail. Ms September had no problem with the situation, so we went ahead and took our shots. Personally, I might have been a bit squeamish with a boa constrictor wrapped around my neck, but she said “Don’t be silly, I raised boys.”
Using nature as a theme, we found a location that was surreal and magical. Tasha came up with the creation of this shot. Everything would have been just fine, except the body painter was late, it took almost three hours to do the painting, and Upachaya had people arriving for a kayak tour and for lunch, walking right through our set. Then Tyson, the dog thought it was great fun to run off with the pumpkins. What a day!
Our final photo was a group sunset shot at Paya Bay. Up until that day, the models did not know who all was in the calendar, so it was great fun to get everyone together. Ms June drove so we could all travel together in one big vehicle. We stopped at Pukey’s in Jonesville for lunch and then went on to Paya Bay. We had a changing room and beach time for relaxing and swimming, while waiting for our sunset. Da Vinci McNabb had agreed to be our photographer so that Tasha could be in the group shot. The ladies were a bit hesitant, so Tasha & I led the way, getting in the water, removing all clothes except Santa Hats. Once everyone had jumped in, the fun began. Da Vinci quietly started shooting. Once Ms May exclaimed “Look! They float!” We were off and running. Crazy antics and lots of belly laughs. I even caught Da Vinci laughing at us………what a bunch of crazy ladies doing a crazy thing for a great cause.