Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dam to Dam Community Fundraiser Photo Book

It was a great weekend in Croton. The 3rd Annual Dam-to-Dam Ice Fishing Contest, a fund raising event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County, officially kicked off Friday evening, February 13. And what better way to kick off a dam-to-dam event than with a "Dam She's Hot" contest.

Just Jake, a West Michigan band, warmed the crowd at the Driftwood Bar and Grill, the official Pre-Party site for this year's event. Contestants waited nervously for their chance to win the coveted rights to be crowned the first Dam Queen. In addition to spelling Leinenkugal's correctly, contestants had to give their best impressions of fish being caught.

A contestant practicing for his/her turn to win the crowd over.

A queen was crowned. In addition to the sought-after title, our queen also received a plaque, a Leinenkugel's t-shirt, and a fur-lined parka.

Fishing for the biggest catch in several categories took place on all sections of Croton and Hardy Dams on Saturday, February 14. A little food, a little fun, and a few friends made for a perfect Valentine's Day for our participants.

Weigh-in took place at the Walter F. Howarth American Legion on Croton-Hardy Drive. Several fishermen-women-children waited in line with their catches.

First and second place awards were given in the adult and childrens divisions for several fish categories. After the awards, the raffle began. Local businesses and individuals donated many gift certificates and prizes. The raffle was complete with a little drama as emcee Tony Gates, from local radio station WLAV, spilled the tickets. Not to worry, Alex from Hilltop Shopping Center, and Michelle from Croton Bay Trading Post were there to retrieve the tickets.

Every last one of them!

Thank yous go out to WLAV and Leinenkugal's for sponsoring the event, along with the American Legion Post 381, Anderson's Screen Printing and Trophies, Croton Bay Trading Post, Driftwood Bar and Grill, and Hilltop Shopping Center. The Fremont Foundation will again match all monies raised.

Freeze Frame Publishing will once again donate photo books commemorating the event to all major sponsors. For a sneak peak, click here. The official photo book will be printed when all the monies raised have been counted. Watch this space for final details.

Thank you for visiting our site. You can download our software or if you have slow internet connection or no internet connection you can request a disc with our software on it. We invite you to give our software a try. We hope you will consider us the next time you freeze time and frame your community fund raising events forever!

We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Friday, February 13, 2009

First Local First Photo Book Event!

Last night Freeze Frame Publishing had the pleasure of hosting February's Local First Networking event. Color House Graphics, our digital print partner, opened their print shop for members to meet, network, and participate in this interactive event.

Local First member and professional photographer, Russell Climie, from Tiberius Images taught members 10 tips for taking better pictures. The number one tip: take a lot of pictures! Digital cameras make it easy to take lots of pictures. The more pictures you take, the more likely you are to capture a moment beautifully. And don't worry about all of the pictures you delete.

Russ took several pictures of members as they entered the event. You can view a full line up of pictures taken Thursday evening as well as read his blog post of the event. Thanks, Russ and Rebecca for making the event so memorable!

Our own Jennifer, from Freeze Frame Publishing showed members just how fast, fun, and flexible our software is to use. You can download your own copy of our software, or request a disc and we'll drop a program CD in the mail to you.

Ken and Phil were on hand to guide tours of Color House Graphics off-set and digital printing areas. Much has changed and continues to change in the printing industry. Members enjoyed seeing how books are manufactured.

Overall, our First Local First Photo Book Event went very well. Thanks, Elissa for the opportunity to showcase our company. We look forward to hosting another event in the future. We were able to create, print, and hand out photo books of the event. To see the book created last night, click here.

We invite you to visit our web site for more information on how Freeze Frame Publishing can help you freeze time... and frame your networking event memories forever.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Building Your 2010 Photo Calendar --January

One of our new blog series this year will be Building Your Photo Calendar Month by Month. It may be easier to build next year's calendar month by month, instead of waiting until December and frantically searching for pictures highlighting the year! One post a month will be devoted to building my own family calendar. January has just ended. Most of the pictures I've taken this year are still on my camera and the current January calendar page is still handy. It was easy to find "January pictures" and I can easily add January '09 dates to my January '10 calendar.

I have chosen three pictures that capture the snowy winter we've had. Freeze Frame Publishing is located in West Michigan. We've had an extremely cold and snowy season. I didn't have to go far to take these pictures. The pine trees are in my front yard; the weathered fence surrounds a dilapidated cabin on a little lake a mile from my house. My calendar project is saved on my computer; it'll be there next month when I build February.

One month finished...11 more to go!

Our calendar program is easy to customize to fit your style. Our calendars come in a variety of sizes: 12 x 18 top-bound; 11 x 17 top-bound; 11 x 17 center-bound; and 8.5 x 11 top-bound. You are able to add text, graphics and pictures throughout.

Please visit our web site for more information on our products. You can download our free software and start building your own 2010 calendar!

Thank you for visiting our site. We hope we can help you freeze time and frame your calendar memories forever!

We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Dam to Dam Ice Fishing Fundraiser February 14!

It's time once again for the 3rd Annual Dam-to-Dam Ice Fishing contest at Croton and Hardy Dams. This annual event raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County. Saturday, February 14 is the date of this year's event.

Last year's event raised $12,000!

Registration has already begun at several spots in the area. Adults can register for $5.00 (Children 13 and under $2.00) at Croton Bay Trading Post, Hilltop Shopping Center, Driftwood Bar and Grill and the American Legion. Each registration comes with a raffle ticket for some great prizes. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase. This is Free Fishing Weekend so fishing licenses aren't necessary.

Fish all day but be in line for the weigh-in at the American Legion on Croton-Hardy Drive by 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given for the biggest fish in several categories; see someone at the American Legion for more details.

Leinenkugel's will have a tent on the ice. Stop by for food and fun games including Most Outrageous Hat contest and Tip Up Squares. Hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot dogs and much more will be avialable to make your stay on the ice a little nicer.

Stop by our table with your fish for a photo op! We will again make commemorative photo books for the major sponsors of this year's event. You can order your own copy of the book, too... or download our software and create a 2009 Dam-to-Dam Ice Fishing Contest book of your own!
Click here for a peek at last year's event.

Come early. Stay late. Dress warm. Have fun as we raise money for a good cause. See you on the ice!