Autumn in the Greater Rome area is packed with major community events, many of which are headed up by women. So that’s why the showcase portraits in the coming edition shine the light on the some of those leading ladies. They include cover girl Cathy Kerce, president of the Coosa Valley Fair; Tesa DuPre, founder of Rome’s Empty Bowls; Monica Sheppard, co-director of Chiaha Harvest Fair; Wanda Whitten, who organizes both Surviving to Share and Heart of the Community; Amy Weaver of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes; and Terrica Shields of the Thanksgiving Love Feast.
Of course, the popular She Said Q&As return, where dozens of local women answer questions posed by the magazine.
“We have so many fabulous fall events in the Greater Rome area and many of their organizers are women,” Editor Charlotte Atkins said. “By celebrating some of these event leaders, we are paying homage to all the hardworking women who create events and experiences that enrich our lives and help local causes.”
And since the holidays are synonymous with eating in many ways, the Bon Appetit Y’all section shares some favorite recipes from Taste of Home and some of the women who attended October’s Cooking School, another major fall event every year. The Cheers section will help you do some wassailing.
You’ll get some tips and suggestions, too, about making your own Christmas wreaths to deck the halls in Home Sweet Home.
For another history lesson, Magnolia of the Past celebrates the legacy of Nelle Allison Wyatt and her memorable sidekick Human Bunny.
Rome played host to two major health fairs for women this fall, so the For the Health section outlines five major health screenings that need to be on women’s radar and To Do list.
On the arts front, Brava raises the curtain on Tracy Hellriegel, who portrayed the memorable Blanche DuBois in the Rome Little Theatre’s production of “Streetcar Named Desire” this fall and who also serves as the special projects manager for the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.
For a bit of wisdom on how women can and should set aside some time to exhale and renew, several 50-Plus and Fabulous women share how they do just that.
In the smartphone age, it seems most people have cells … even kids. So the magazine talks to some local Magnolia Moms about how they decided what age was appropriate for their children to have their own phones and what kind of ground rules they set.
The magazine is also packed with ads from area stores and businesses. “The ads are a colorful and engaging part of Magnolia’s appeal. So be sure to look for your favorite advertisers as well as those who might have a deal or service that’s just what you need,” said Atkins.
“This edition wraps up our fifth year and the Magnolia spirit continues to bloom. So we are looking forward to continuing to celebrate the lives of local women in 2013.”
Magnolia is available at more than 50 locals in the area, including the Rome News-Tribune, the Rome-Floyd County Library and the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau. Watch for the complete list of locations in ads in the Rome News-Tribune.