Notes from the Founders

It’s here! Our favorite time of the year.

Though summer is always a close second,there is something that feels so good about a comfortable routine and that’s what fall brings – school days, football games, family holidays and the WLM Holiday Expo, of course!

Going into our 6th year, the Wilson Living Magazine Holiday Expo has moved locations to accommodate even more vendors and fun! Scheduled for three days, the event will kick off with our Sneak Peek “Light Up The Night” GALA on Thursday, November 20th, a ticketed evening event at the James Ag Ward Center in Lebanon. This year the famous Chamber Christmas Lights will be turned on exclusively for our guests, a week before everyone else gets to see them! The GALA will include great music, food and all sorts of holiday goodies with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber’s Education Fund.

And then on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd, the shopping extravaganza will once again be FREE to the public with over 100 vendors in four buildings. Food truck vendors will be set up with hot chocolate and all sorts of tasty treats, Santa will be ready for photos and live holiday music will be performed throughout the weekend. Breakfast with Santa will also be part of the event, once again this year catered by Wildberry Catering. The WLM Holiday Expo has become this area’s kickoff to the holiday season and we couldn’t be more thrilled about our new venue and all the new folks we’ve added to help make the bigger event go off without a hitch. Read all about what’s new at the Expo on … and then be sure to save the date!

Also this issue, be sure to meet one of our newest WLM ladies. After seven years of growing Wilson Living Magazine, we decided it was time to hand over the reigns…or some of them at least. Truthfully, she is going to have to slowly pry them from our hands…but we are taking the big leap!

Interestingly, Tilly found us. A well appointed email as to why we needed her set it all in motion and we couldn’t be more excited to have added another lady to our fun group. Most people who know us, comment on how different Becky and I are, which is one of the reasons the magazine really works. Tilly brings out the best in both of us. She is enthusiastic with a vibrant spirit and ready to join in on all our local happenings, but she also has a professional background in writing as well as being the former editor of the Macon County Times. We are sure you are all going to love her as much as we do. She officially takes over with our November issue but for now, you can read all about her in “Finding Your Piece of the Good Life.”

And while change is always good, there is something comforting about well written, uplifting stories about your neighbors. And that’s what WLM is all about. When Becky and I conceived WLM with our friend Mary Beard, we wanted our content to focus on celebrating the good life we had found right here in the heart of Middle Tennessee. We are proud that all these years later, our mission is still going strong and has expanded to include other counties whose citizens share the same passion.

The future for our area and our little magazine that celebrates it, is wide open and we can’t wait to see what the road ahead looks like.

Until next time, keep reading…

Check out all our new blogs each week online at wilsonlivingmagazine.com

  • Angel Kane & Becky Andrews – Co-Editors
  • Denise Moore & Bess Anne Warren – Advertising Consultants
  • Amy Rich, Donna Neely, Jana Pastors, Ken Beck & Dan Kane – Photography
  • Donna Neeley – Creative Art Design & Production
  • Carrie Tomlin, Mary Anne Ferrell – Advertising Design
  • Shelley Satterfield – Accounts
  • Ken Beck, Dr. Roy Harris, Randy Rudder, Sue Siens, Tiffany Cunningham, Amelia Morrison Hipps, Sabrina Garrett, Elizabeth Scruggs & Amber Hurdle  – Contributing Writers
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