Celebrating Women of the High Country
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 of Boone, 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 talented female entertainers who will be featured during the expo include the following: Mary Greene, who keeps traditional mountain music alive through her varied instrumentals, ballads and folk songs; dancers representing High Country Dance Studio; Avery County’s own contemporary Christian music artist, Shane Guichard; and The Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee fusion belly dance troupe and others.
Returning just for the expo all the way from Disney World in Orlando 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 popular family theme parks.
Three local women — Margaret Moore, Regina DeLisse Hartley and Betsy Bolick — each with her personal story of sacrifice, strength and inspiration, will deliver motivational speeches throughout the day.
Dee Dee Rominger, investigations captain with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, will be among those leading breakout sessions during the event.
Rominger is a certified RAD (rape, aggression and defense) instructor, which is a self-defense course designed especially for women, and which she will be teaching at the expo.
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. They are Rachel Deal (Service to the High Country), Julie Landry (Professional Leadership), Suzette Patterson (Advocacy for Women’s Issues) and Leniavell Trivette (Preserving Mountain Heritage).
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.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this summer afternoon of celebration, free of charge. Concessions, door prizes and raffles will be available. Also, there will be free gifts for the first 50 to enter the doors, which open at noon.
For more information, call (828) 264-3612.