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In The Winter - 2018 Issue

Dear Readers,

Twenty-five years ago I put the finishing touches on the first issue of Susquehanna Life magazine, and planned the Premiere-Issue party.

With a background in public relations and journalism—and experience writing for a Tamp Bay area lifestyle magazine—I had come to appreciate how a regional lifestyle magazine can capture a region’s charm in words and pictures. I fell in love with this area and wanted to present its attributes in a national-caliber lifestyle magazine of my own. I just had to figure out how.  

Today, as I put together the Winter 2018/2019 issue, I’m as excited about this endeavor today as I was 25 years ago. Happily, I have accomplished many original objectives—and had experiences that went far beyond my expectations—in creating a high-quality lifestyle magazine about this special region I’ve called home for the past 28 years. Last week I was in NYC accepting an Honorable Mention award at Folio’s prestigious Eddie & Ozzie Awards.

A 25-year anniversary presents a rare opportunity to pause and catch our proverbial breath—to look back to see where we’ve been, and to glance forward to chart a course for the future.

As I envision the next step in the evolution of the Susquehanna Life brand, it makes sense to leverage the strength of the reputation we’ve earned over the past 25 years for producing high-quality communications.

That’s the idea behind the start-up of the Susquehanna Life Custom Publishing Division. Our team is eager to tell the backstories and successes of businesses and organizations to further their marketing and branding objectives.

We’ll accomplish this by creating communications pieces we infuse with the same attention to detail, and compelling graphics and words, endemic to our flagship lifestyle publication. And of course we will continue to publish Susquehanna Life magazine!

I can envision us tackling everything from newsletters, direct mail pieces and corporate backgrounders to feature articles, guides—even magazines—for our clients. We’re already working on several proposals!

What story can we tell for you?

Happy Winter! Stay warm and dry, and keep your copy of Susquehanna Life magazine close at hand for inspiring ideas on how to make this season merry, bright and full of joy.


Erica L. Shames
Founder & Publisher 

Articles from our Winter 2018 Issue:

Of the Season 11 Activities to Try This Winter

Of the Season: 11 Activities to Try This Winter

Fight the inclination to withdraw in the colder months! Here are some reasons to get outside, and ways to put the fun back into winter. Read More » 

Milestones 25 Years of Susquehanna Life Magazine

Milestones: 25 Years of Susquehanna Life Magazine

The life achievements of Erica Shames, founder and publisher of Susquehanna Life magazine, are at least partially defined by the lives she has touched through her magazine. Read More »   

By the Book Winter 2018

By the Book [Winter 2018]

Browse these book recommendations in a variety of genres. Read More » 

Cooking at Home 25 Years Our Best Recipes

Cooking at Home: 25 Years: Our Best Recipes

Through the years, we’ve shared some delicious recipes with you from home kitchens and restaurants. Since our inception, some restaurants have gone out of business or been sold; some chef... Read More » 

Susquehanna Lifes Winter 2018 Dining Guide

Susquehanna Life's Winter 2018 Dining Guide

Best Irish pubs, as chosen by our readers. Read More » 

Educator Spotlight Children Learn What They Live

Educator Spotlight: Children Learn What They Live

Our family was paddling amongst a group of islands on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, when I was reminded how much this magnificent waterway and its riverlands teach us. Read More » 

Fairs  Festivals - Winter 2018 in the Susquehanna Valley

Fairs & Festivals - Winter 2018 in the Susquehanna Valley

Events happening this Winter 2018 throughout the Susquehanna Valley. Read More » 

Winter Illumination 2018 Preserving American Treasures

Winter Illumination 2018: Preserving American Treasures

Henry David Thoreau's words inspired others to save treasured American landscapes. Read More » 

Focus Central PA Relaunches Ambassador Program Regional Buzz

Focus Central PA Relaunches Ambassador Program: Regional Buzz

Focus Central Pennsylvania, a regional coalition of seven counties in Central Pennsylvania made up of knowledgeable economic development and community leaders, has renewed its mission to ... Read More » 

Susquehanna Life Creates Custom Publishing Division Regional Buzz

Susquehanna Life Creates Custom Publishing Division: Regional Buzz

Building on the success of its 25-year history as the region’s most respected lifestyle publication, Susquehanna Life magazine announces the creation of its Custom Publishing Division. Th... Read More » 


Letters to the Editor [Winter 2018]

Readers share their thoughts on previous issues.

Web Extras

Cherished public lands Bird-watching at Walden PondCreditCreditPhotograph by SB Walker from his book Walden 2017

Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond

Read the New York Times article, “Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond,” by Douglas Brinkley (July 7, 2017) that chronicles Thoreau’s lasting impact. Read More » 


The International Dark Sky Places Conservation Program Recognizes And Promotes Excellent Stewardship Of The Night Sky

The award-winning International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program was founded in 2001 to encourage communities, parks and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark sites ... Read More » 

Mission Statement: Founded in 1993, Susquehanna Life magazine is the original lifestyle publication for Central PA, highlighting the region’s most captivating stories and undiscovered gems in a national-caliber publication. And the Susquehanna Life brand is an effective, cost-efficient multi-media platform on which businesses and organizations like yours, that produce a high-quality product or service, can partner with a brand with these same principles and attributes to meet and exceed sales goals.          

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