Carroll Women's Fair organizers pleased with results


Nearly 200 people attended the Carroll County Women's Fair yesterday, leading organizers to deem their first effort a success.

"I feel it went very well," said Kay Garnish, who chaired the 28-member committee that organized the fair at Carroll Community College.

"I wouldn't say this was the first Carroll County Women's Fair, because there have probably been other events under that name. But this is the first event this committee put together."

The participants in the daylong event attended workshops on several topics, such as marriage, music, relationships, exercise and massage, Ms. Garnish said.

During lunch, keynote speakers Kathleen Case and Kara Brook, graphic design and communication specialists from Ellicott City, told participants about their research into nine historically significant women from Maryland who have been featured on the fifth annual Maryland State Poster.

The women thought of the project, based on a quilt featuring the nine famous women, while looking for a way to encourage people to learn about Mary Pickersgill, who made the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The fair featured displays around the college's main lobby from organizations such as the Job Training Partnership Act office, Tupperware, Discovery Toys, Home Call, and the state Department of Economic and Employment Development.

"We wanted public agencies, small businesses and large businesses," said Ms. Garnish. "We had a broad representation of all three of those."

Ms. Garnish said the most popular workshops included:

* "Mothers and Daughters: Across the Generations in Life and Literature," which discussed mother/daughter relationships in fairy tales, myths and reality.

* "Service Careers from the Home."

* "Making Good Decisions."

* "Are You Creative?"

* "You Don't Understand: Do Men and Women Communicate Differently?"

A seminar on assertiveness training and conflict resolution, titled "Check Your CAQ (Confrontation and Assertiveness Quotient)" also was well-attended, she said.

"There were high preregistration numbers in most of those seminars," Ms. Garnish said.

"Being Alone," a seminar about widowhood, attracted many more participants than had preregistered, she said.

Attendance varied throughout the day, she said. Many women were waiting to get in when the doors opened at 8:30 a.m., and a second large group arrived about lunchtime.

The group already is planning to conduct the fair again next year.

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