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Publisher's Letter

Holiday Celebrations, Charity Anniversaries And More Wrap Up 2016, But We're Looking Forward To New Beginnings

The saying goes that, “Every story has its end, but in life, every ending is just a new beginning.” As we come to the close of 2016, we thank you for joining us on this journey, and look forward to bringing to fruition all that we have planned for the New Year.

In this issue, you will find what I believe to be common themes of Christmas—children and grand celebrations.

Regarding children, the talented Wendy Dwyer wrote about the youth in our Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County to educate us on the amazing efforts this organization has provided the community for 25 years.

Our celebration piece explores ArtsFest, an organization the Arts Council has molded into one of our most successful events in Martin County. I volunteered with ArtsFest in the early ’90s under Mary Shaw, the first executive director. I loved wearing my official T-shirt and handling my special duties. We are happy to read about its past and future, and hopefully, you will attend the celebration happening this February. I am so proud of Nancy Turrell and her team, and am honored to help them celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary.

As the year comes to an end, I reminisce on our past issues—our great Swimmers Issue from January and the Grand Celebration for the 75th year of the Stuart Sailfish Club in February, to another great issue on Women in our May/June issue and finally, our Summer Issue that included a review of the political vote that is so important to our future. In October, we had our expanded celebration of charities and organizations that successfully hit milestones. Local charities continue to be a focus for us this year, and we are excited to continue into next year with the American Red Cross as it hits a huge milestone of 100 years. But for that story, you’ll have to check back in the New Year!

So, as the last issue closes, and our paperwork changes over to 2017, all of us at Stuart Magazine wish you the best this holiday season and warm wishes for a prosperous New Year.