January always seems an odd time of the year to be featuring all things bridal! After all, it’s freezing cold, gray, snowy and hard to imagine the beauty that blossoms in a summer wedding. Everything from the bride’s sleek, sleeveless gown to the fragrant flourish of flowers to the timeless photographs that capture the essence of a warm-weather reception in Northeast Ohio seem light years away at this time of year.
But as brides-to-be realize, planning is key to a memorable wedding, reception and honeymoon and that planning takes months! So, Currents works annually in January to bring you the latest and greatest in bridal trends and traditions in order to assist early on in your wedding planning process. Brides- and bridegrooms-to-be shouldn’t miss reading Section B, in which you will discover the latest in gorgeous gowns and honeymoon lingerie, area bridal fairs, special jewelry, timeless photography and more.
In addition, our January issue always includes full coverage of the Cleveland Recreation League’s Assembly Ball, now in its 71st year and held at the Union Club in December 2008. (See pages A6 and A7).
Additionally, this month we present our annual Black Tie Awards, nominated by our benefit reporters as the most exceptional charity and arts events of 2008. Although Currents covers nearly 300 events per year, of the 170 we covered last year for which dollar amounts raised was reported, a whopping $21,170.252 was raised. The generosity of Greater Clevelanders is well-documented and should be appreciated and applauded because it makes our region a better place to live and enhances the quality of life for so many here. (See page A4).
Finally, our seven-month Empowering Women section which debuted last year was so well received that we’re continuing it again this year. Beginning this month, in Section C, and through July, we highlight issues of particular interest to women and will spotlight entrepreneurs, volunteers and nonprofits that champion the cause of women in our area.
A belated, but heartfelt Happy New Year to Currents readers, advertisers and fans! I encourage you to check our Web site, currentsnews.com for more information about our publication, and hope you will feel free to email me with feedback, ideas, questions, etc. at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from any of you about what you see and read, or would like to see and read, in our publication each month. KELLI COTESWORTH McLELLAN