Women's Fair: A $7 stroll to a better you

March 16, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

The talk at the Carroll County Women's Fair on March 28 will range from careers and politics to massage and floral arranging.

"It's an opportunity for women -- all kinds of women -- to get together and meet people," said organizer Rachelle Hurwitz of Uniontown.

"This is not for any one type of person. It's for all ages and backgrounds," she said.

The fair, which organizers hope will become an annual event, will be at Carroll Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 at the door.

The day will include a series of workshops and two guest speakers at lunch.

The goal is to promote networking between women's organizations, circulate information about local services for women and provide a forum to discuss women's concerns.

Men are welcome at the fair, but events are geared toward women's interests, organizers said.

The guest speakers at lunch -- Kara Brook and Kathleen Case, who work in graphic design and communications in Ellicott City -- will talk about nine Maryland women who have made their mark on history and the Maryland state poster that honors them.

The poster is called "Maryland Women and their Historic Handiwork" and features a quilt with a square for each woman.

The quilt will be on display at the fair.

Ms. Case will talk about the women's history, and Ms. Brook will talk about the artistic technique used by the nine female artists from Maryland who designed the quilt.

The women featured in the poster are:

* Clara Barton, Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross.

* Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint and founder of the Daughters of Charity.

* Harriet Tubman, who rescued hundreds of slaves during the Civil War.

* Gertrude Stein, writer.

* Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the first American flag of the American Revolution.

* Anna Ella Carroll, an unofficial member of Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet.

* Barbara Frietchie, a Frederick Unionist during the Civil War.

* Sophie Kerr, a writer and philanthropist.

* Mary Titcomb, founder of the bookmobile.

Most of the speakers at the fair's 39 workshops will be women from Carroll County, Ms. Hurwitz said. The workshops will be offered in four sessions, beginning at 9 a.m.

Workshops that are expected to be popular include:

* "Flexible Careers" -- Four county businesswomen will talk about careers selling Tupperware, Mary Kay cosmetics, insurance and real estate.

* "Mystery of Menopause" -- Janet Neslen, director of the county Health Department, will talk about menopause and how women should discuss it with their husbands and doctors.

* "You Don't Understand: Do Men and Women Communicate Differently?" -- Barbara S. Roswell, assistant professor of women's studies at Goucher College, will talk about differences in communications.

* "Women in Politics" -- Kathleen P. Iannello, assistant professor of political science at Gettysburg College, will talk about the status of women in American politics.

* "Violence Against Women: How It Affects All Women" -- Dorothy J. Thormaehlen, clinical director of the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center in Baltimore County, will speak.

* "Floral Arranging" -- Florist Lori Welsh-Graham of the Stewart N. Dutterer Flower Shop will demonstrate how to do hand-tied bouquets and Oriental design.

* "Massage: The Ultimate Communication" -- Susan Roberson, a massage practitioner and Carroll County Hospice volunteer, will lead a hands-on workshop on basic massage techniques.

For information about the women's fair, call 876-1429, 848-3360 or 795-6194.

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