All About Women Expo June 23

Article Published: May. 17, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 24, 2012

The second annual All About Women Expo, “Celebrating High Country Women,” will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Watauga High School in Boone.

Presented by Mountain Times Publications, the purpose of the event, according to Sherrie Norris, editor of All About Women magazine, is “to recognize and to celebrate the exceptional women of the High Country.”

The plan, she said, “is to showcase the diverse talents, skills and abilities of local women, to promote healthy lifestyles and to encourage personal, professional and social growth through a variety of resources and opportunities that are available here in our mountain communities.”

Among the area’s most talented women and young ladies who will be taking center stage during the expo are the multitalented Mary Greene, who keeps traditional mountain music alive through her varied instrumentals, ballads and folk songs; dancers representing High Country Dance Studio, owned by Vanessa Minton and Amber Hendley, with clogging and Zumba exhibitions and mini-dance lessons under he direction of Shauna Godwin Hamby; and the Mini Mountaineers, who will also be making a special appearance.

Avery County’s own contemporary Christian music artist, Shane Guichard, wife, mother and special education teacher’s assistant, will lend her popular soprano voice to the event’s opening ceremonies.
The Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee fusion belly dance troupe, which takes inspiration from the traditional and modern dances of a variety of cultures, will be in town, “flavoring” their style with the spices of movements and costumes from India, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Latin America and the Middle East.

Returning just for the expo all the way from Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is Boone’s own teenage starlet, Jessica Presnell, whose childhood debut on the local stage led her to the historic Barter Theatre for several seasons before she landed her dream job in one of America’s most fun family theme parks.

Sherry Boone, local writer and storyteller, whose stories, “Letters from Myrtle,” from her book, “A Bloomin’ Bouquet,” have been aired on local radio and NPR, will be bringing “Myrtle” back to life one more time for the expo audience.

Three local women — Margaret Moore, Regina DeLisse Hartley and Betsy Bolick — each with her personal story of sacrifice, strength and inspiration, are sure to motivate their listening audiences throughout the day.

Four women whose selfless contributions have enhanced the lives of countless people in our mountain communities through a variety of service efforts will be introduced as the 2012 High Country Women of the Year, during a 4 p.m. awards ceremony in the high school auditorium.

Attendees will also have many opportunities to explore various avenues through mini-breakout sessions, vendor booths representing local businesses and organizations with products and services geared toward the needs of women.

Mark your calendars now for this delightful summer afternoon of celebration.

See The Mountain Times, Watauga Democrat, Avery Journal-Times, Ashe Mountain Times and The Blowing Rocket, or visit any of the publications’ websites, for more information.

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