“Cheers to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
I recently attended the Women’s Expo sponsored by WKNE/The Monadnock Broadcasting Group at the Keene Country Club. I’m going to be honest when I admit I’m not usually one to frequent expos. I’m not crazy about crowds, I penny pinch my finances, and I’m usually otherwise occupied by the great outdoors or some social obligations, yet when my mom asked me if I’d drop by and check it out with her I figured what the heck! It couldn’t hurt to see what all the buzz was about.
We arrived to survey the twenty something vendors laid out at the venue. There was everything from skincare, to financial services, to building supplies. But do you know what I loved most? Ok, Lularoe’s leggings are SUPER soft and I have nothing against find the perfect shade of lip color, but I was most impressed by all the unconventional vendors curtailing to the modern, self sufficient woman. Want to know about carrying a taser or a pistol? Want a quote for building supplies or hiring a professional to paint the exterior of your home? Want to know more about getting active? There were a variety of vendors showing that the modern woman is anything but a simple Susie homeowner. The modern woman is complex. She has many passions. The modern woman knows the importance of self care, in order to be able to care about everyone else in her life.
My personal favorite booth of the day was definitely Highlander Arms, which is a local gun shop located in Chesterfield, NH. I spoke with Christopher Morgan who explained all about the strength and force behind their economy $20 stun gun. You better believe I walked away with one of those! I plan to carry the sleek, lightweight taser on my long runs in case I run into an aggressive dog or ever need to practice self defense. I think it’s better to be safe than sorry in today’s day and age.
I also walked away with Jennifer Vaughn’s novel, “Throw Away Girls”, which is the first psychological thriller novel in the Jaycee Wilder Series. I recognized Vaughn as as one of the WMUR-TV Anchors. She was at the expo with her daughter promoting the book and signing copies. I was happy to support a local writer, but more than anything I was eager to get reading once I read the back cover of the book!
Overall the expo was a great experience and validated that I should be more open minded about these type of community gatherings in the future. I walked away with some great swag in my bag. I had quality conversations with local business orders. I discovered businesses I didn’t know existed in my corner of the state and I had great quality time with my family. You can’t ask for a better day than that!