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Bahamian ‘Wise Women’ Come Together For 2017 Festival

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Festival founder Cheryl Albury (left) with Minalee Hanchell.

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Free health screenings, pastries, art and more will be available at this year’s Wise Women Festival.

By ALESHA CADET

Tribune Features Reporter

acadet@tribunemedia.net 

THE dynamic group of ladies behind the Wise Women Festival are back in action for a fourth year in a row. This year, the festival will be held on Saturday, April 1.

The committee said it is heartened by how much the festival has grown since its inception in 2014. Not only have attendance numbers increased significantly, but they have also be able to reach more women and honour their impact on our society, be it in business, the church or in family life.

A highlight of the event is the presentation of the Wise Women Award, which goes to deserving woman who has given community service.

Held at a private residence on Yamacraw Road beginning 12 noon, the event festival feature free demonstrations by the Eye Candy Makeup Studio, healing massages by Rukenya Nash, work by local artisans, and a fashion show by Fashion Hall. Featured speakers will include Rev Rubyann Cooper Darling, Gaynel Curry, Dr Tracey Thompson, retired Justice Jeanne Thompson, and Erin Greene.

Topics discussed will touch on strong women and hard times, strengthening the family, women in culture and cottage industries. 

Founded by Justice Cheryl Albury, the festival was started as a way to reach women across generations and to holistically nurture, inspire and celebrate their growth. She gathered a committee of family members and friends who met to organise the festival, from logistics to entertainment. 

As the event continues to grow year after year, planning committee member Simmone Bowe said the hope is that the Wise Women Festival will continue to reach all generations of women, young and old, with a view to building a safe, trusting community for them.

“Often the perception is that women cannot work together or support each other, but this event seeks to dispel that image. It has done so successfully year after year. The event captures all dimensions of womanhood and the role of women in our communities. There will be information for women that covers their role in the family, their communities, their culture, their spiritual life, and their health. Though there will be fun activities that women enjoy, the day is intended for women to come away feeling inspired, supported and challenged to improve and enhance their quality of life through new learning,” said Ms Bowe.

Admission is $2 and all proceeds will go to the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged. Event information and inquiries are available via the Wise Women Festival Facebook page and by e-mailing wisewomen242@gmail.com.

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