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So….how was your summer? Laid-back and lazy? Or full of travel, family visits, and planning for the busy fall and winter season ahead?

Here at Venice Magazine, we have definitely been doing the latter. First things first: We slightly rearranged our publishing schedule from past years, with this season’s issues coming to you in October/November, December/January, and February/March installments. (That’s why you’re seeing this issue earlier than last fall’s.) Then we started checking into the seasons our cultural organizations have planned, in order to bring you a preview of the best new shows, concerts and special events coming up (see page 26). There’s much to see and do, whatever your entertainment preference.

We also salute the start of the season with a special Florida-style holiday dinner on the beach. We held ours at Sharky’s/Fins (no shivering over Thanksgiving here), but we hope you’ll be inspired to try some of the recipes and styling tips to host your own at your favorite beachfront spot. We also have an interview with our own “Friday Night Lights” football coach, Venice High’s John Peacock. (Go, Indians!). Ilene Denton updates us on some of the new home building taking place on the Island of Venice, and of course we feature our regular departments spotlighting great eats, shopping buys and more.

We’re excited about starting another season of publishing Venice Magazine, and especially proud to share that over the summer, we took home two awards from the Florida Magazine Association’s annual “Charlie” awards. The FMA each year welcomes publishing professionals from all around the state to celebrate winners in writing, design and overall excellence, and there’s a lot of friendly competition. Venice Magazine won a “Charlie” (first-place) award for redesign, thanks to our creative director, Gigi Ortwein, and a bronze for Best Overall Magazine in its circulation category.

Recognition from our peers always inspires us to do even better, so here’s to a great season ahead for Venice Magazine and for our readers. In addition to our print editions, we’ll continue bringing you news, photos and blogs online, so keep in touch!


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