QUABBIN REGION, Massachusetts—Uniquely Quabbin serves the twenty-one Quabbin region towns, according to Mark Wright, executive director of the North Quabbin Chamber and Visitors Bureau.
“Athol Historical Society, Athol Press, and Haley’s Publishing have collaborated with the Chamber to produce Uniquely Quabbin in cooperation with writers, photographers, and artists from the greater Quabbin area,” Wright said.
“With Uniquely Quabbin, we serve a Quabbin-wide area, including both the North Quabbin and what I’d call the South Quabbin,” Wright said. “The magazine features distinctive and sometimes new people, places, and things sure to interest readers from the area and beyond.”
Planners identified the towns of Barre, Belchertown, Hardwick (Gilbertville), Hubbardston, Leverett, New Braintree, Oakham, Pelham, Rutland, Shutesbury, and Ware as belonging to the South Quabbin. Towns long identified as part of the North Quabbin are Athol, Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick, and Wendell.
Wright said Uniquely Quabbin will be inserted in the Athol Daily News and available in Quabbin-area stores and information sites throughout Massachusetts and New England.
Artist Casey Williams designed signs, postcards, maps, and other materials to complement the open houses and magazine, which will also be made available online.
Wright said that the Chamber received a seed grant from the International Music and Art Foundation designated to support the magazine a consortium of Quabbin area historical societies, museums, and arts centers.
Marcia Gagliardi of Haley's edits and publishes Uniquely Quabbin. Debra Ellis is business manager. Williams coordinates special projects. Wright designs graphics.A team of writers, photographers, and artists contribute to Uniquely Quabbin.
Theresa Cody and Ted Chase of Athol Press head the production team for the glossy, full-color cover magazine with alternating double-page spreads of full color and one spot color designated each month by the editorial staff.
With a circulation of 7,000+ copies, the magazine will appear three times a year in January for January-April, in May for May-August, and in September for September-December.