Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The smell of roast turkey wafts throughout the house. Sugar-crusted pecan pie waits on the hutch for coffee and conversation. Loved ones bustle in, shaking the last of fall off their coats, knowing the white chill of winter is just around the corner. It welcomes all ages and faiths. It is uniquely American, begun by people who built more graves than homes but who were thankful nonetheless. It quiets my Post-Modern grousing.
This issue brings lots of cause for thanksgiving. In our cover story, “Magnificent Menagerie,” we celebrate the creative talents of Rochester’s SEMVA Art Gallery and are grateful, as are they, that our city has such an incredible artistic presence. In “Captivating Character,” we get to take a behind-the-scenes look at the career of Melissa Brandt, a local screenwriter, whose work—on and off the page—inspires us.
“Bitty bite” treats chocked full of nuts, cranberries and chocolate sparkle on plates and make us beholden for the holiday season’s most brilliant ingredient… butter! Houses, like Lori and Larry Kirkland’s’ in “Light up the Night,” bring cheer to our pages.
Gifts to thank a hostess for her hospitality or a co-worker for her kindness, bring us to a few of our “Favorite Things,” a shopping guide filled with delightful products and sumptuous delectables picked by our staff. Every item is locally-sourced, handcrafted and sold right here by friends and neighbors. Nothing made in China, no fighting the crowds in chain stores on Black Friday, no shipping required. Best of all, with these treasures, your giving isn’t limited to the person who unwraps it.
So, as Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, revel in the chaos as it comes. We are a city and country rich with blessings. The chaos is the proof.
Many thanks to our readers, writers, contributors and advertisers, without whom there would not be a Rochester Women magazine. May the best that life has to offer welcome you and your families this season.