I know I’m not the only one who in 2020, was inspired to engage more with our wonderful community. I know this because I saw kind sharks brightening the days of strangers during the onset of the pandemic. I saw volunteers step up and donors give generously. I saw people rallying around our small businesses (Genée West and Dorothy Cameron De Nigris, to name just a few). And I watched in amazement as crucial, impactful Bethel events like The Scotty Gala and Relay for Life were reimagined.
I saw all of this and I was amazed, moved, and inspired. The Bethel Grapevine was born from gratitude: gratitude for our community and its resiliency and mutual support during some of our hardest years. And this gratitude has sustained us throughout The Grapevine’s first year.
One year later, we are proud to have published over 70 articles, sponsored many community events, raised money for The Scotty Fund on our For Goodness’ Sake page, updated a daily calendar of local events, and had, on average, over two-thousand visits to our site each month.
To our readers and supporters, we thank you.
As a token of our gratitude for your support through subscribing to The Grapevine and following us on Facebook and Instagram, we are offering you a free, limited-edition Bethel Grapevine car/refrigerator magnet (while supplies last). Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Free Magnet” in the subject line, include your name and address, and we will mail one out to you as soon as possible!
We are proud to continue offering you our unique, periodic, special interest columns, like Bygone Bethel, Bites of Bethel, Nature's Nooks, and Ask the Vet, just to name a few.
We look forward to working with you on another year of new, hyperlocal content. May the coming years be ever happier and healthier. And may we continue to grow as a supportive, inclusive, loving, and resilient community.
In perpetual gratitude,
Managing Editor, The Bethel Grapevine
A special thanks to these spectacular local sponsors who have supported us throughout our first year!
Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar
State Farm Insurance Agent Brennan Purdy
And a very heartfelt thank you to our authors, artists, and contributors for curating and creating our content! Without you, none of this would have been possible!
Dr. Emily Andersen, Writer/Contributor - Ask the Vet
Erik Andersen, Photographer & Contributor
Gerard Brooker, Writer/Contributor
Nathan Appelson, Technical Advisor
Barry Connolly, Writer/Contributor
Linda Cyr, Contributor and Editor of the Events Page
Cortney Davis, Poet/Contributor - Poetry Corner
Dorothy DeNigris, Writer/Contributor
Justin Fargiano, Video & Photographer
Ray Flanigan, Photographer & Contributor
Don Goodrich, Writer/Contributor - Nature’s Nooks
Kristen Heyel, Writer/Contributor
Alice Hutchinson, Writer/Contributor
Emma Kozlowski, Writer/Contributor
Mama Shark, Writer/Contributor
Michaela Lawlor, Writer/Contributor
Marion Lynott, Photographer and Contributor
Tim Martin, Writer/Contributor
Paul Moriber, Writer/Contributor - Grapevine Running
Gabriel Obadia, Designer of the Grapes on the logo
Kellie O’Brien, Photographer and Contributor
Erik Ofgang, Writer/Contributor
Karen Romano Young, Writer/Contributor
Elyse Shapiro, Photographer/Contributor
Sharon Struth, Writer/Contributor
Hannah Tamburino, Writer/Contributor
Anna Vande Velde, Editing Consultant
Genée West, Writer/Contributor - Bites of Bethel
Patrick Tierney Wild, Writer/Contributor - Bygone Bethel
Nicky Zooks, Content Creator - Extreme Bethel