Passages: A Farewell from Marilyn & Dan
From the start, Rural Intelligence was an experiment. Our goal to create an online culture-and-lifestyle magazine that would unite four counties in three states was and remains, as far as we know, unique. We are proud of the work we’ve done and that we’ve succeeded in fostering a sense of community across state and county lines among full- and part-time residents, as well as visitors. We’ve immensely enjoyed chronicling the extraordinary people and places that make our neck of the woods so special.
Now, at the end of our fourth summer, despite a record number of advertisers and a still-growing readership, we remain a tenuous business. So, the time has come for us to step back and get some perspective on the world beyond the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires, and the Litchfield Hills and on Rural Intelligence—what it is and, just possibly, what it could be again someday. We honestly do not know if RI has a future. What we do know, and apologize for, is that we leave behind disappointed contributors, readers, and advertisers (who, if they’ve paid in advance, will receive refunds). For Labor Day weekend, we will refresh the home page one last time with golden oldies. Thereafter, Rural Intelligence will remain online as is, so that anyone can continue to access the hundreds of stories and thousands of photographs in our archive.
It has been our great honor and pleasure to be part of your lives. We’ve given this our all for the past three-and-a-half years. Thank you for making us feel that it’s been worthwhile.
We’ll miss you.
—Marilyn Bethany and Dan Shaw for Rural Intelligence