July 21, 2011
A Day in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Last Sunday, I flew to Chattanooga, Tennessee to attend She – An Expo for Women. She is a wonderful two-day event that offers women good food, health and beauty tips, entertainment, shopping, and just plain fun, sponsored by The Chattanooga Times Free Press, EPB Fiber Optics, and Memorial Hospital. The event was held at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center and the venue was filled with more than 150 vendors. I was asked to take part in a moderated Q&A with interaction with the audience at the end. On the way to the convention center, we stopped first at Memorial Hospital, where I met with a lovely group of female donors and physicians. Here are some photos taken that day.
1 Here I am with the lovely group of high level donors and physicians, who hosted the brunch at the Memorial Hospital Women's Center.
2 I was asked to share my health tips and talk about my involvement in the Martha Stewart Center for Living and Northern Westchester Hospital ER
3 The captive audience was very gracious.
4 The tables were decorated with pretty floral arrangements and colorful goodie bags.
5 After the hospital, I arrived at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center for the She Expo for Women.
6 My speech entitled 'Life is a Balancing Act' was well-advertised.
7 Before my speech, I sat and signed copies of my books that the attendees brought.
8 Someone toted around my Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.
9 I also signed headshots.
10 I'm always happy to meet my younger fans.
11 Many women attended the She Expo.
12 This woman told me that she was having a very good time.
13 Posing with a couple of sharks from the famous Chattanooga Aquarium - Here I am with little Angel with my scary shark face on.
14 The pink shark had a copy of my Cookies book for me to sign.
15 And posing with Angel and her father, Chuck.
16 The wonderful staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press - Tanya Williamson, Lyndsi Sebastian, and Jason Taylor, President of the CTFP
17 One of my security escorts - Chattanooga’s finest, Sgt. Austin Garrett
18 And with Sgt. Tommy Meeks
19 After the signing, I sat for a moderated Q&A. The moderator/interviewee was Alison Lebovitz, president of the non-profit One Clip at a Time.
20 There were big screens in the convention center, set up around the expo so everyone could see.
21 The set was designed by a local designer, Marsha Yessick of Yessick’s Design center <http://www.yessicks.com> giving the stage a homey feel.
22 For 45-minutes, I was asked many interesting questions, including what it was like to finally be a grandmother.
23 Then, there were 15-minutes of audience Q&A.
24 The Expo featured more than 150 vendor booths, offering exciting new products, fashions, food, and ideas for you and your home.
25 A nice photo of Jason & Tayna