BY WLM STAFF
PHOTOS BY DAVID WELTON
And VICKY BROWN
Sketches by BARBARA BARRY
April 28, 2014
As part of the lively celebration at the Whidbey Life Magazine Launch Party, unveiling the first print issue of WLM, publisher Sue Taves announced, “This is the part where the doctor turns around and says “Congratulations, you have a baby…magazine.”
The key management team of WLM: publisher and managing editor, Sue Taves; webmaster and graphic designer, Jan Shannon, and co-editor and graphic designer Claire Moore, were joined by the WLM writers, photographers, contributors and many community supporters for this event.
WLM event coordinator Meri McCormick pulled out all the stops to celebrate the occasion. The historic Freeland Hall and stage were decked out, the room was packed with enthusiastic WLM supporters and the food, music and cake demonstrated some of the artistry of Whidbey’s creative community.
In response to comments from Sue Taves, “it takes a village to raise a magazine, “MC Marsha Morgan kicked off the evening with her original lyrics in a “thank you” song to the many, many people who work on—and have worked on—WLM. Eileen Soskin coaxed the old stage piano through this song with just the right tempo. (See more notes on the village at the bottom of this article). To see the words to the “thank you” song, read this short article with the lyrics here.
John Auburn of J.W. Desserts outdid himself with a champagne bucket and bottle that was a chocolate cake. The accompanying tasty lemon cake was a perfect counterpoint.
“Apricot Cilantro Prawns” and “Curried Chicken stuffed Medjool Dates” prepared with care by Laurel Davis were served with gusto by the South Whidbey Commons servers. “Gingered Apple Beet Salsa,” a Charcuterie Board and fresh cheeses prepared by the culinary talents of Laurel, Lisa and Vicky, were among the many choices available at the food table. The team of enthusiastic servers of the South Whidbey Commons were guided by Gretchen Cole and Katy Wilson-Albert.
Early on in the evening, WLM Publisher Sue Taves announced that WLM has created a grant program and will set aside 10% of the proceeds from sales of the print magazines to fund this grant. The first grant was awarded to Island Strings and Island Strings co-founder Linda Good accepted the big check.
A table of Whidbey Island Sketchers recorded the entertainment at the party with paint and brushes. Artist Barbara Barry shared her sketches with WLM and more sketches by Faye Castle, Sue Van Etten and Phyllis Ray can be found on the Whidbey Island Sketchers Blog.
Whidbey Life Magazines can be purchased for $5 and are available at many island locations. You can find more information on the WLM order form.
Many thanks to the “village”
For the party:
Meri McCormick-party planner extraordinaire
Marsha Morgan-the MC who can sing
Gloria Ferry-Brennan and Sophia Duccini-knock your socks off musical entertainment
Phenomenal FOOD by:
Laurel Davis of 2nd Street Wine Shop
Lisa Carvey of The Braeburn
Vicky Brown of the Little Brown Farm
John Auburn of J.W. Desserts
Goosefoot Community Fund for co-sponsoring the event
South Whidbey Commons, an ace serving team
Helen Price Johnson-grade A ribbon cutter
Peggy Moe-bright light and flowers
Eileen Soskin-perfect piano
Sharon of the Freeland Hall
And all our party volunteers!
The creators and contributors for Issue #1:
Sue Taves-Publisher and Managing editor
Jan Shannon-Graphic Design and Layout
Claire Moore-Co-editor, Layout, Design and Photo Editing
Dianna MacLeod-Co-editor, proofreading
WLM Logo Lori Tate
Susanne Newbold & Sue Taves
Marketing/PR Meri McCormick
Printer Shawn Van Dyken and LithtexNW
And numerous other volunteers who helped produce the magazine
The additional WLM contributors who keep the content flowing online:
- Sirithiri by Siri Bardarson
- Pigment, Pandas and Perspective by Anne Belov
- Chief Milkmaid by Vicky Brown
- Play That Song Again by Erik Christensen
- The Storied Stylist by Julie Cunha
- Duff ’n Stuff by Patricia Duff
- Sue the Screenwriter by Suzanne Kelman
- The Creativity Cafe by Deb Lund
- From Stage to Page by Eric Mulholland
- In Search of Truth and Beauty by Joni Takanikos
- Minding the Sky by Judith Walcutt
Anne Belov-Virtual Gallery Curator
There are so many more thanks:
Our business sponsors: John L. Scott in Langley, Whidbey Vision Care and the Whidbey Island Arts Council
Our Indiegogo Contributors-see the list on our “Thank you” page
Our advertisers who took a chance signing up for Issue #1 sight unseen
Our many readers, contributors, Facebook and Twitter followers who help spread the word about WLM
Whidbey Island Local Lenders for helping us with our start
Our anonymous donors-our many, many thanks
The forming team of Whidbey Life Magazine: Sue Taves, Jan Shannon, Patricia Duff and Kim Tinuviel
The original Whidbey Art Source Advisory Group of 2012: Laura Blankenship, Anastasia Brencick, Robbie Cribbs, Diane Divelbess, Bridget Fischer, Zia Gipson, Robbie Lobell, Paul McClintock, Claire Moore, Sharon Shoemaker, Michael Stadler, Lori Tate and Sandra Whiting
(Featured photo: MC Marsha Morgan, Co-editor Claire Moore, Island Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, Publisher Sue Taves and volunteer Rob Anderson show the new magazine to the audience. (photo by David Welton)
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So proud of you and to be a part of this amazing community!
Thank you for the fabulous party AND the incredible Whidbey Life Magazine! Loving Issue 1!! 😀
Thanks for the amazing cheese AND the photos! It was a great party!!
Just love seeing this magazine flourish! Thanks for publishing my sketches of the Launch! and now I know the pianist’s name (for the Whidbey Island Sketcher’s website sketches). Now I feel more a part of the island!!!!