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Sat, Apr 27


Athens Theatre

And the Women Gather Next Year , April 26, 2025

Women coming from all over Florida for Jazz, Books, Food and Fellowship. Live music , amazing authors , raffle items and more. Help us raise $5000. 00 train a midwife in Ghana.

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And the  Women Gather  Next Year , April 26, 2025
And the  Women Gather  Next Year , April 26, 2025

Time & Location

Apr 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Athens Theatre, 124 N Florida Ave, DeLand, FL 32720, USA

About the Event


Friday Night Reception: Desert Sage. 101 Artisan Alley , DeLand 6p-8pm

Friday Night 8pm-10pm . Elusive Grape.

Saturday April 27, 2024 : Book Event at the Athens Theater.

Cost for this event only $25. 00. No food or Drinks.

Cost with Food and Drinks $60:00. ONLY 10 Remaining

  • Latin Bowl
  • Guests will have a choice of Chicken or Jackfruit. Each platter is served with rice, beans, small side salad, and sweet plantains.
  • Drink Station
  • Drink Station with Dispensers of: Water Hibiscus Tea Butterfly Pea Tea. For Holder of Lunch Tickets ONLY.

Saturday night we will be attending the live performance of RENT at the Athens Theater.

Sunday . Quality Green Specialists

335 W. Michigan Ave.

DeLand, FL 32720

10am Master Class . Edible Flowers and Herbs


Live Performance by Shine and the Shakers

Swarbrick-Dries, an internationally known stage and television actress performs "Ms. Lillian Speaks ".


Lorna Owens -Author.

This Business of Publishing.

Hey you all I have decided to throw this extra feature in the mix.

Dreaming of becoming a published author?

I will be walking you all through the process right from stage.

I am the author of three books. Everyday Grace Everyday Miracle Living the Life you were Born to Live -over 15k copies sold.

Daily Sustenance and My Journey with Food.

Let me walk you through how to self publish, how to position your book in the marketplace and most importantly how to sell lots of books.

Lorna Owens is the Founder of Footprints Foundation working with governments to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the D.R. Congo, Jamaica,Ethiopia a, Somaliland and USA .

Owens is a former Midwife, Registered Nurse, and also Legal Commentator for Nancy Grace ,HLN and Tru TV In Session, Gender Expert, International Speaker, Executive/ Life Coach and Author who has traveled to over 20 countries  teaching  and coaching Women's Groups and Organizations and Ministries of Health.

She has appeared on NBC, TBN, and TV in Jamaica, Cayman Island, Bermuda and Curacao. The Miami Herald called her a Pioneer and the Mother of Reinvention; Advance for Nurses says she wows her Audiences.

Owens hold a Certificate in the Science of Wellbeing from Yale University.Also a Certificate in Everyday Chinese  Medicine from Chinese University of Hong Kong and Certificate in Mindfulness from Rice University.

Our Authors

Shana Smith

Shana Smith was born in Hilo, Hawaii and moved to Gainesville, Florida with her parents and sister as a teenager. She attended the University of Florida and Eckerd College, receiving a Master’s degree and Ph.D. candidacy in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Florida. She has lived for most of her adult life between her “two hometowns” of St. Petersburg and Gainesville, Florida.

For the past twenty-five years, she has been known to many across the state of Florida and the U.S. as the children’s musical persona “Shana Banana” (, winning national awards from Parent’s Choice, iParenting, NAPPA, and Just Plain Folks, and receiving two first-round Grammy nominations.

Shana’s first book, “Meditation for Moms and Dads: 108 Tips for Mindful Parents and Caregivers,” was the result of navigating Zen practice while raising her two children. “Islands of Cedars” is her first novel, directly inspired by her love of wild Florida and her wish to celebrate its best qualities while mindfully bringing awareness to current environmental threats, racial inequity, and a need for balanced history. She currently working on her next historical fiction novel, based in Micanopy, Florida.

Islands of Cedars

By Shana Smith

January 1, 1923 – Rosewood Florida, a thriving African-American community in the Jim Crow South, was torched to oblivion by the infamous spark of one white woman’s lie. Six innocent victims and untold gallons of blood and tears were left in the wake of the week-long racist rampage that followed. Terrorized families were left homeless and on the run. Exactly one hundred years later, another spark has begun to burn: Hope. Here in the still wild heart of remote northwest Florida, race and ecology intersect in the small Gulf coast town of Cedar Key, where the past, present, and future of our relationships with each other and the planet converge. With hundreds of souls still without a resting place in both Rosewood and Cedar Key, the first victim of the Rosewood massacre, Sam Carter, is determined to find a way Home with help from the Native ancestors. Meanwhile, three descendants–Sam’s great-grandson, the great-great-granddaughter of Seminole Indian matriarch Polly Emateloye Parker, and the son of the leader of a local Ku Klux Klan group–form an unlikely alliance as they learn to open their hearts and minds to increasing signals from ghosts of the past. By heeding nature, spirit, and their own sense of instinctive connection, they all work together to begin to change the patterns of history.

Charles Eady

Charles Eady, a mixed-media artist born in South Carolina and currently based in Ocala, Florida, graduated from Claflin University with a BA in Art Education.

An award-winning contemporary artist and author, Eady’s artwork is inspired by and remains focused on the history of free Blacks in the South prior to the Civil War. His painting depicting an early Black jockey titled American Jockey is on permanent display at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Fl. Eady’s painting, titled Anna and named after a character in his book, Hidden Freedom, won the Grand Prize at the 2021 ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina.

Through his artwork, Eady strives to disrupt mainstream images of history in the early South with hopes to improve social discord.

Eady was featured in a solo exhibit at the Appleton Museum of Art.

Featured Chef.


De La Vega Restaurant, DeLand.

Proud of her Latino heritage, Chef Nora combines tradition and innovation in her creations. Her dishes are definitely an artwork that mix and complement perfectly with ones hanging on our walls.

More about the special bowls we are preparing for your dining inside the theater.


Vine Importers

Desert Sage Lifestyle Wellness

Muse Bookshop

Alvarez Family Chiropractic

Become A Table Host:

● Advanced entry to the event

● Meet & Greet with a Speaker/Presenter before the event

● Reserved premier seating for ten guests

● Complimentary champagne toast for you and your guests

● Exclusive hostess gift provided by Desert Sage

● One entry to the grand prize (chance drawing)

● Name recognition from the stage at the event

● Name included in all press releases

● Name included in social media promoting the event

● Name recognition on all signage for the event

● Name recognition on all collateral for the event  

● Preferred seating and invitations to other events surrounding And The Women Gather

Current Table Host

Leah Miles

Judi Eady

Alison Smith Esq

City Sanctuary Church

Myra Solomon

Alliance Community (Kristi Tyrell)

 Partner Host Hotel . Courtyard Marriott. Special Rates.

Raffle Items. Door Prizes.

Help us Raise $5000.00 to train a midwife in Ghana.

Here is how you get tickets for RENT.

Here are your order details:



Rent on Saturday April 27, 2024 at 7:30 PM in Athens Theatre

WE HAVE A FEW SEATS REMAINING IN OUR BOOK. Call me for available. 386.339.9966.

These tickets have been reserved until 00:00 on Thursday 11 April 2024


  • And the Women Gather 2024

    Event only . No Food or Drinks

    Sale ended
    • $25.00



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