Last Word from the Editor-in-Chief

by Allison Smith – 

As I give this issue a final close read in preparation to send it to press tomorrow, I’m so pleased and hope you will be as well! With no specific “theme” for November, this issue is packed with tons of great articles on a variety of subjects: how to warm up your décor as the temperature drops outside (pg 15), an interesting interview with amazing local veteran – and centenarian! – Peter Chance (pg 10); recipes for unique alternatives to mashed potatoes (pg 16), ideas for staycations on the Island over the fall and winter months (pg 22)… I hope there’s something for everyone here!

We used to have a specific focus for every issue, which allowed us to plan interesting, targeted features around a common theme each month. But over time we have realized that while those “theme” issues are still fun and relevant (and we continue to have them throughout the year), it makes sense to also have non-theme issues, in which we can include lots of seasonal and timely content, whatever the topic!

That’s the thing about being part of the team that produces a community publication – you have to be willing to change things up when needed, to reflect the needs of your community. With that being said, we are always looking at what our readers want and will find of interest. In November we have our yearly editorial planning meeting, where we’ll talk about what 2023 holds for Seaside Magazine – what columns are no longer needed? What niche needs filling? Is there something we’re missing? Of course, the editorial team is just one piece of the puzzle: you – our readers and clients – are that critical piece that provides a broader perspective and we would love to hear it. Have an idea for a column you’d like to see? Think there’s something we’re not getting right? Interested in writing for us? Please let us know by emailing

Wishing everyone a cozy November!

Photo by Janis Jean Photography. Clothing provided and styled by Ecotopia Naturals. For more, visit Shot on location at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.

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