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Women’s Expo looks to entice wider audience

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    Musicians Donna Trunzo and Guy Loughran perform at the 2017 Women’s Expo.
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    Contributed photo Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’ Master Gardeners area at the 2017 Women’s Expo in Windham.
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    Heidi Ruehlmann teaching chair yoga at the 2017 Women’s Expo in Windham.
August 16, 2018 03:16 pm

WINDHAM — The second annual Women’s Expo will bring back familiar faces to Windham but also more activities and entertainment geared toward men and children.

The expo, to be held Aug. 18 in the parking lot and parish hall of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Windham, will feature a display of 10 classic cars and a putting green competition, organizer Anne Donovan said.

“We’re hoping that might draw some of the fellas in — some of the men didn’t know what they would do at a women’s expo,” Donovan said. “That’s why we added the putting competition and the classic cars to specifically say we want them [men] there.”

Activities for children include science, technology, engineering and math activities related to water — such as constructing paper boats, putting them in a tub of water and dropping pennies on them to see how many it takes to sink them, Donovan said.

“It’s about weight and water,” she said. “We want the children to have something special.”

Retuning guests will include singer Kitty Kelly and State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Executive Director Gwen Wright, Donovan said.

More than 50 vendors — twice as many as last year’s expo — are confirmed to attend, Donovan said. Returning organizations include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’ Master Gardeners and the Windham Patchworkers. Newcomers include the Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church and Hunter-based Karen’s Country Kitchen food truck. The church plans to hold a bake sale.

“We have a good combination of people returning and new people,” Donovan said.

Services such as Catholic Charities and Community Action of Greene and Columbia Counties will have booths, Donovan said, adding visitors can partake in meditation, yoga and chair massages.

“We’re hoping people will come throughout the day, have a good time, learn a few things, listen to some music,” she said. “It will be a good time.”

More than 500 people attended the 2017 expo and Donovan is expecting more to show up this year. The expo raised $8,500 which was donated to Community Action’s Domestic Violence Shelter. All proceeds this year will support the same cause.

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