Forgive us for uncharacteristically putting Currents in the spotlight, but we shared our 25th anniversary celebration with all of you who mean so much to us!
Not including the walk-in crowd, some 500 people showed up at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven for Currents’ first public, milestone party that included 33 local businesses and vendors showcasing a wide variety of personal, home and event-planning services. Several bakeries participated in a cake contest, their luscious confections competing for a People’s Choice Award, won by Phyllis Lester Designs, and top prizes judged by the Douthit family, owners/publishers of Currents and the Chagrin Valley Times newspapers. Winners were The West Side Bakery, first place; Phyllis Lester Designs, second place; and Linda’s Kitchen, third place. Musical entertainment included pianist Judy Kamm and recorded soundtracks.
Executive Caterers created a signature cocktail that along with an open wine bar, were libations accompanied by a buffet of savories and sweets. A continuous PowerPoint presentation, created by Kara Chism, showcased a variety of Currents’ covers through the past 25 years, along with photographs of Martha Towns with local community leaders and well-known celebrities. The Currents booth featured a poster of its 20th anniversary cover signed by staff members and a photograph of the late Terry Skall. In 1985 as editor of the Times, Terry had the idea to publish a monthly lifestyle newspaper whose raison d’etre would be to provide social coverage of nonprofit and cultural arts organizations.
In his program remarks, Ken Douthit, Currents’ publisher, honored Terry Skall, Carole Vigliotti, who after 25 years as general manager of Currents and the Times retired last December, and Martha Towns, Currents’ first editor. Veteran photographer Jeff Farr and yours truly also were recognized for 25 years of service to Currents. Ken extended thanks to Taylor Eisner, new sales associate for Currents, for suggesting the idea of the party celebration. She, Ken’s sister Susie Douthit Austin, and the entire newspaper staff worked many long hours to make Currents’ anniversary one to remember. Kudos to everyone! Finally, Ken presented a $4,000 check, the entire ticket sales proceeds, to Mike Benz, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland. Guests left the party with commemorative Currents bags, sponsored by The Invitation Studio, and stuffed with goodies for all! STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE