As Magazine Managing Editor of The Villages Media Group from 2015-16, Kathryn led brainstorming sessions, set goals, assigned stories, helped direct photography and design, polished copy and wrote much of the content. She constantly innovated and occasionally overhauled sections for improvement. A member of the Florida Magazine Association, she networked with industry leaders to stay abreast of what’s next.
The publications that she oversaw served the residents of The Villages, an active retirement community in central Florida with about 115,000 residents ages 55 and up.
- The Villages Magazine is a monthly lifestyle publication that delivers original content exploring residents’ diverse activities and interests in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. On average, 38,000 copies a month are delivered to households that pay to subscribe to The Villages Daily Sun, as well as to local businesses.
- Grandparents Magazine is a quarterly niche publication highlighting special grandparent-grandchild bonds and fostering intergenerational understanding and connections. On average, 5,800 copies are distributed for free through the eight Publix Supermarkets stores in The Villages.
View full editions of The Villages Magazine by clicking on the underlined dates below.
December 2016 The sweet scent of Christmas cookies and the joys of the season are in the air. This holiday issue is packed with helpful tips for a very merry time, including the ultimate sweets recipes and a helpful gift guide for everyone on your list. Also, volunteering is a heartfelt part of Villagers’ holidays. Learn how you can help.
November 2016 In honor of Veterans Day, The Villages Magazine’s cover story takes you on a tour of military memorabilia at Eisenhower Recreation Center. November also is a time to give thanks and feast. Residents share what they’re thankful for and dish out their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Plus, don’t miss our suggestions for a stylish fall wardrobe and cozy home decor.
October 2016 This month stirs all sorts of passion in Villagers. Residents rally for breast cancer awareness and share stories of love and support. They also are excited for fall polo season. You can learn about the people who make “the sport of kings” a success. Plus, see how Villagers prepare to party for Halloween and Oktoberfest. You’ll find all that and more in the October issue of The Villages Magazine.
September 2016 September bustles with excitement as many groups reconvene in The Villages. This month’s cover story looks at the explosive growth and latest trends among more than 2,500 clubs from A to Z. Fall also means the return of many sports and much entertainment. Read all about what makes softball such a hit among residents. And don’t miss an exclusive Q-and-A with country star Scotty McCreery, coming soon to The Sharon. You’ll find all that and more in the September issue of The Villages Magazine.
August 2016 The food issue is back! We’re celebrating a smorgasbord of culinary delights in The Villages. Get exclusive recipes from the country club chefs. Discover the array of live music offerings at area restaurants. Plus, for football season, find out residents’ favorite spots to watch the big game, and don’t miss the latest in tailgating supplies and game-day gear. You’ll find all that and more in the August issue of The Villages Magazine.
July 2016 There is plenty to celebrate this month. Citizens First Bank reaches its 25-year milestone, so don’t miss our story highlighting the bank’s incredible accomplishments and contributions to the community. July also is National Park and Recreation Month. Find out what The Villages Recreation Department has in store, and check out our overview of the picturesque parks here.
June 2016 There’s always a shoulder to lean on in The Villages. This special neighbor issue highlights caring residents who help each other with everything from gardening to losing weight to overcoming life’s biggest hurdles. Plus, read up on The Sharon’s new Studio Theatre, and get ready for Independence Day with our patriotic fashion and party supply guide.
May 2016 Summer is around the corner. Tackle the last of your spring cleaning with our helpful organizing guide. Plus, residents show off their luxurious spaces. You also won’t want to miss this month’s exciting summer movie preview; mouth-watering secret recipes revealed by Katie Belle’s executive chef; and the success story of The Villages Triathlon Club.
April 2016 April is Volunteer Month, and The Villages Magazine is giving a heartfelt “thank you” to Villagers, who set the gold standard for giving back. Meet several residents who started impactful charities in the tri-county area. Plus, learn how you can get more involved by using our volunteer opportunities listing. All that and more in the April magazine.
March 2016 Nowhere else in the world offers 630 holes of golf. We’re celebrating the unique golf community of The Villages with our annual Golf Issue. It’s back by popular demand in time for the 10th annual The Villages Golf Festival. Flip through our photo timeline of courses, learn about the PGA professionals working here and read residents’ special golf stories.
February 2016 Love is in the air. Discover just how sweet Villages couples can be in this month’s Romance Issue. Meet lovebirds who recently met and married here, and read about other sweethearts’ treasured love letters. Discover the health benefits of relationships, follow along to make your own valentine cards and don’t miss our 10 suggested couples activities.
January 2016 Relive The Villages’ incredible milestones of 2015 in our special Year In Review issue. 2016 is full of promise too, so don’t miss local leaders’ insight into the year to come. Tour one couple’s exquisite, Western-themed home, find out how new Villagers are making instant connections, and meet a variety of residents loving The Villages lifestyle.
December 2015 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. This holiday issue is packed with helpful tips for a merry season, including the ultimate gift guide, winter fashion, cookie recipes, DIY crafts and ways to relax during the hustle and bustle. Also, meet the “elves” who donate toys and others who don the big red suit.
November 2015 It’s all about pets this month. Meet residents’ show dogs, therapy pooches and many others. Discover all the places to
take your dogs for a fun day out in The Villages. Also, learn about the many health benefits that pets provide. For Thanksgiving, try out residents’ favorite recipes and learn how you can volunteer to feed those in need.
October 2015 Pink is taking over for our special breast cancer awareness issue. Meet survivors, learn about community support and discover the latest recommendations and medical advancements. Also, we help you usher in fall with pro and college football season predictions, autumn decor ideas, tips for throwing a killer Halloween party and more.
September 2015 Pack your bags because we’re going on an adventure. The great outdoors is beckoning, so join us as we explore all sorts of outdoor fun around The Villages. Discover residents’ favorite tranquil spaces and fishing holes, don’t miss our map of parks and picnic areas, learn all about the town squares, get updates on golf, softball and pickleball, and more.
August 2015 Bring your appetite because we’re serving up the Food and Drink Issue. Savor signature recipes from all 12 country club restaurants. Learn about the health benefits of eating in good company. Get a taste of the smorgasbord of unique social dining experiences in The Villages. Tour residents’ exquisite outdoor kitchens. And so much more.
July 2015 The heart of summer means laid-back gatherings and savory cookouts with your neighbors. Don’t miss our ultimate driveway party guide and mouth-watering recipes. Take our neighborhood quiz. And learn about unbreakable friendships around the block.