Fairfield Magazine 10 Great Years
Chock full of photos and stories that captured our interest and connected our community, Fairfield Magazine debuted in winter 2005. Readers responded to the essays, images, and interviews with an enthusiasm that continues to grow today. Ten years later, we celebrate some of the high points.
"John Mayer and I still get along great. We’d be sitting in my basement and he’d be messing around with a guitar and I’d be messing around with a tennis racket and now that’s what we do for a living. It’s come full circle. It’s so cool to see a friend of yours have that much success and who is now an icon." — Tennis Pro James Blake
"I love coming home to Fairfield. It’s so green. I never really noticed how green it was until I left. I’m a big fan of the Thanksgiving special at the Firehouse Deli, dinner at Paci, and of course hot dogs at Rawley’s. If my brother and sister are home at the same time, we might go to Sunny Daes and the movies." — Brooke Lyons, Actress, 2 Broke Girls
"There are a lot of us who live in Connecticut just because the proximity to New York where “Sesame Street” is shot. Fairfield is a very charming town, and that is what drew us here, along with other puppeteers who came before and after us." — Matt Vogel, puppeteer and voice of Constantine, Kermit’s evil doppelganger in "Muppets Most Wanted"
2005 Two talented Fairfield professionals recognized the need for a professionally produced magazine that shared news about people, places, and businesses. Fairfield Magazine was born that holiday season with its charming snowglobe cover.
2006 The town was growing and becoming more a haven for New York City transplants, yet it still possessed that small-town feel. The magazine’s editor, Deborah Owens, noted in her first editorial letter, “Fairfield is a large, diverse, and remarkable community. We, at Fairfield Magazine, are looking forward to telling its stories, introducing you to its people, and starting important conversations within these pages.”
2007 With six issues published a year, and an annual subscription price of $19.99 many Fairfielders were reading the magazine. It was also sent to area businesses; so many were happy to find it in their mailboxes every other month. Covering everything from food, fashion, and difficult issues such as how 9/11 affected local residents, the magazine flourished.
2008 Fairfield Magazine showcased its first “School Guide” supplement, featuring facts about local private schools. Since then, the magazine has published this school supplement in the September/October issue, making it a valuable resource for parents looking at different types of independent schools for their children.
2009 This was a year of change for the original Fairfield Magazine as it became part of the stable of successful magazines led by long-time editor and businessman Geoffrey Morris of Morris Media Group. Creative director Deborah Hayn spearheaded a redesign of the magazine, creating a new modern look with the tagline “the premier publication for the people of Fairfield” emblazoned on each cover. One especially memorable issue of that year featured a sleek, modern beach-area home designed by Roger Bartels of Bartels-Pagliaro architects. Seven years later that house is still a conversation piece, and it set the stage for many more homes of that caliber to be featured in every issue of the magazine.
2010 America is a mecca for fitness freaks and health nuts and Fairfield is no different. The July/August issue debuted our first health and fitness section, which is still going strong today. Want to learn about the best places for yoga, flotation, Pilates, or hypnosis? We share the latest and greatest each year. Seniors make up a large part of our readership too so we created a special feature for them that runs in every November/December issue.
2011 Just as it did in the beginning, the magazine always loved to showcase great fashion ideas. But we decided to make it as fun and as local as possible—introducing an annual style issue for September/October that features important locals (think teachers, heroes, and lifers) all decked out in our favorite area retailers hottest fall fashions.
2012 Pets, pets, pets. Our first special animal-focused section debuted in the November/December issue with an iconic cover of a young boy and his Jack Russell terrier. Always seeking to connect and engage the community in new ways, each pet issue shares terrific photography of the animals we love and even ones who need homes.
2013 Our “Ten Minutes With” feature allows us to shine a spotlight and sometimes learn surprising things about local“celebrities” and other notable folks. This year we got to hear more about comedian Lisa Lampanelli, actress Brooke Lyons, and TV “fix-it” man Ron Hazelton.
2014 The town of Fairfield celebrated its 375th year and Fairfield Magazine recognized the milestone with a special issue devoted to the history of the town. Magazine-publishing industry journal FOLIO: selected that edition as winner of the Ozzie Award in the Consumer–Special Issue category.
2015 For several years our March/April issue featured important developments in the world of green-building initiatives and local groups committed to environmental change. Our Green Awards recognize businesses, nonprofits, and individuals that are leading the local fight to protect the environment.
10 Reasons We Love It Here
We asked people why they love Fairfield
»Being able to walk to school with my kids and pick them up at the back door. It feels very old fashioned and down to earth. —Robyn Bilotta
»No parade even comes close to Fairfield’s Memorial Day Parade.—Ed Kuryluk
»Sasco Beach with family and friends at sunset! Nothing compares.—Jessica Grutkowski
»My favorite thing about Fairfield is that it’s home. I wouldn’t want home to be anywhere else.—Therese Caruso Casey
»Our farmers markets!—Heather Monchik Carey
»Coming home to Fairfield after a crazy day in NYC. It’s always quiet at night and feels like Mayberry. We have the best of both worlds: a large town with a small town feel filled with big thinkers and open minds.—Heidi Cron Gassel
»People from all over come to live in Fairfield. I love meeting them—it keeps it interesting.—Connie Cusick
»How neighbors watch out for each other.—Joe Theriault
»That people get along exceptionally well and prefer to be inclusive rather than exclusive.—Tim Sturtevant
»The fact that we can enjoy both the country setting and the beach in one town.—Pam Baldwin Foarde