Our View: High Country summer opens with celebration
It's also easy to miss a unique opportunity or two — and especially so if those opportunities come early in the season as we're gearing up our warm-weather plans.
Saturday's second annual All About Women Expo at Watauga High School is a season-opening activity presented free by Mountain Times Publications — the owner of Watauga Democrat, All About Women magazine and other local and regional newspapers — to recognize and celebrate the exceptional women of the High Country.
One of those women is Boone's Suzette Patterson. On Saturday, Patterson will be noted as the 2012 High Country Woman of the Year for Advocacy on Women's Issues.
The honor is well-deserved. As an Appalachian State University faculty member, Patterson has never shied from an opportunity to create inclusive environments for underrepresented groups. She is active in coordinating efforts involving women's leadership, diversity and support for victims of sexual abuse. Throughout her career, Patterson also has worked for OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) and gained experience with ASU Women's Center.
But recognition of Patterson and other women of notable achievements is only part of Saturday's festival. Entertainers in music and dance, break-out sessions on diverse topics such as self-defense, vendors catering to the needs of women and concessions and prizes will complement the event.
Summer in the High Country has arrived. Saturday's expo offers an opportunity to launch the season with an experience singular to our community.