This Friday you’re in for a treat. At least I think so, but I might be a little bit biased because it was my idea.
Friday we will publish the inaugural issue of New Albany Magazine, which we plan to publish twice a year, in the fall and spring. It’s an 84-page glossy magazine about New Albany and Union County people and their activities.
You will get a copy free as part of your New Albany Gazette. If you have a subscription, it will be mailed to your home with your newspaper. If you buy the Gazette from a store or a newspaper rack, it will be included with Friday’s issue.
Each issue will tell the stories of New Albany and Union County people and the things they are doing. We’ll also include articles from time to time on such topics as homes and decorating, food, hobbies, weekend travel getaways, lawn care, gardening and outdoor living.
In short, almost anything might be a topic in New Albany Magazine.
How does this differ from Explore, the glossy magazine we produce each June? Explore focuses on tourism and community marketing. Its articles revolve around what tourists or newcomers need to know about our community: where to stay, where to eat and what to see and do. You can find Explore year-round in our hotels, restaurants and places visitors frequent.
New Albany Magazine is completely different. It’s all about us.
For instance, the first issue includes a cover story saluting New Albany and Union County women. We could have written about hundreds of you, but we picked 20 from a variety of careers and produced mini-profiles. And we gave each a quiz with a dozen questions that may give you a little insight into their lives.
We also peeked inside the oldest house in Union County, a home that traces its beginnings to the founder of New Albany. Local photographer Doyle Caviness will give you the tour.
Want to get away for a romantic long weekend? We’ve got an hour-by-hour guide for a four-day splurge in New Orleans. It’s interesting reading even if you are just an armchair traveler. And for something shorter (and much less expensive), try our day trip to Corinth.
Looking for a recipe for holiday cookies? You’ll find six that we’ve actually tried and photographed. Or maybe a Mississippi or Union County-made gift? They’re in our holiday gift guide.
Those are some of the things you’ll find in our inaugural issue. Each issue will be different, with new surprises. What we pledge is that we will try to seek out interesting topics, good writing and eye-catching photography.
And each issue will be professionally printed and bound, not stapled, in our company-owned plant in nearby Columbia, Tenn. To maintain quality standards, we don’t outsource the printing of our glossy magazines, or the Gazette, which is printed on our own press in New Albany.
We think every good town deserves a good general-interest magazine. Our goal with New Albany Magazine is to produce a magazine you will want to read and want to keep.
Read our inaugural edition and give us your ideas for future issues. We hope you will find New Albany Magazine worthy of your time and your support.
T. Wayne Mitchell, publisher of the Gazette, can be reached by phone at 662-534-6321 or by e-mail at email@example.com.