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A new exhibit, “Women of the Turf,” will run from October 4 through December 20, 2019 in the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College. Several events around that theme will be held in the House in the fall including the following:

Girls’ Horse Literature

  • October 10 (Thursday), 12:30-1:30 PM and 6:30-7:30 PM

From Black Beauty and National Velvet to modern pony club series, relationships with horses have been a popular theme for children’s literature. Join us for a discussion of what gives these stories their enduring appeal. The program will be presented by Julie Mancine and Jennie Towner. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.   

Children’s Tea: Pony Party!

  • October 12 (Saturday), 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Children ages 5 to 14 are invited to bring their favorite horse or pony toy to this tea with equestrian-themed snacks and activities; they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $12. Reservations are required. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a set.

Defining Modern Women

  • October 15 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 8 PM

Writer Glynnis MacNicol co-founded the professional women’s networking site theli.st and argues for greater media representation of women who seek fulfillment in sustaining friendships and careers rather than traditional domesticity. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.   

History of the Pimlico Race Course

  • October 22 (Tuesday), 12:30-1:30 PM

Baltimore’s own race course, home of the Preakness Stakes, is just shy of its 150th year. Follow the highs and lows of this historic venue and speculate about what its future may hold. The program will be presented by Karin DeFrancis. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.   

Women’s Sportswear: Fashion and the Equestrian World

  • October 29 (Tuesday), 12:30 to 1:30 PM

Today, connections between women’s active wear and women’s race-going clothing may not be evident, but historically, equestriennes and spectators at sporting events sought easy-to-care-for garments that allowed freedom of movement. The resulting “American Look” showcased flexible, clean, youthful clothing appropriate for a variety of occasions – today’s smart casual.  The program will be presented by Ann Bennett. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Early Women Jockeys

  • November 5 (Tuesday), 12:30 to 1:30 PM

“When a man hits a target, they call him a marksman. When I hit a target, they call it a trick.” Annie Oakley’s frustration might well apply to early women jockeys as well; while they have only ridden as licensed jockeys in the U.S. for the last 50 years, their history extends back into the 19th century as trick riders, barrel racers, and more. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Make a Derby Hat!

  • November 7 (Thursday), 1 to 5 PM

Feather, flowers, and ribbons galore! Join us as we learn to decorate wide-brimmed hats or fascinators for Derby Day. Bring your own hat to refurbish, or use one of our blanks. Tickets are $20. Reservations are required. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Tea: Hats Off to the Derby! A Day at the Races

  • November 12 (Tuesday), 12:30 to 2 PM

Wear your fancy hats or Derby dresses, and learn more about a typical day at the races! Tickets are $20. Reservations are required. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Anne Heighe’s Home Movies

  • November 19 (Tuesday), 12:30 to 2 PM

Hays-Heighe House was once the manor house for Prospect Hill Farm, and the headquarters of Robert and Anne Heighe’s thoroughbred horse breeding and training facility. View recently digitized “home movies” of the farm, their horses, and race tracks up and down the eastern seaboard from the 1930s and 1940s. The program will be presented by Maryanna Skowronski.  

Women in Non-Traditional Careers

  • November 21 (Thursday), 6:30 to 8 PM

The numbers of women in non-traditional careers – computer science, construction trades, engineering – are on the rise. Our panelists will discuss challenges and opportunities in industries traditionally dominated by men and answer audience questions. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Tea: Hats Off to the Derby! A Day at the Races

  • December 5 (Thursday), 12:30 to 2 PM

Wear your fancy hats or Derby dresses, and learn more about a typical day at the races! Tickets are $20. Reservations are required. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Maryland Women of the Turf

  • December 10 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 8 PM

Working with horses – 1,000 pound animals that can break your toes with a step of the hoof, break your nose with a toss of the head, and break your heart with the results of a race – is tough, dirty, and tiring. “Women of the turf” do it despite confusion, criticism, and hostility from men in the industry. Find out why, as our panel of women discuss the struggles and joys of this work. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended: Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to reserve a seat.

Visit http://www.harford.edu/community/hays-heighe-house/events.aspx for information on all upcoming events.  

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