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 info@bethelgrapevine.com with “Free Magnet” in the subject line, include your name and address, and we will mail one out to you as soon as possible!

To get your free, limited edition Bethel Grapevine car/refrigerator magnet (while supplies last), send an email to info@bethelgrapevine.com 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,

Hannah Lipman

Managing Editor, The Bethel Grapevine


A special thanks to these spectacular local sponsors who have supported us throughout our first year!

Belardinelli Tire Company

Beyond Cabinets & Marble

Byrds Books

Famous Pizza

Hollandia Nurseries

J. Lawrence Downtown

Molten Java

Note Kitchen

Paul Morton Jewelers

Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar

Rejuvenate Dental Arts

State Farm Insurance Agent Brennan Purdy

The Toyroom Bethel

Varano Bakery

Whitlock’s Restaurant

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

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