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 when the magazine was founded in 2016.
“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, Templeton, 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, 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.
Wright said that the Chamber received a seed grant from the International Music and Art Foundation designated to support the magazine and 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. Wright designs graphics.A team of writers, photographers, and artists contribute to Uniquely Quabbin.
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.