Some kind of spring gift fair/festival/promotional catch-all has opened at Grand Central Station. Today I went from booth to booth exploring the vendors and the wares they were selling.
Most fun: Radio station CD101 (Their slogan is New York’s Chill Station) was handing out free CDs with music from various smooth jazz artists. I asked for one and they gave me two.
Most enticing: a booth promoting trips to Tahiti (no, sadly, they weren’t giving any away).
Most entertaining: The jewelry salesman who told me that he is also the Red Bastard. The what? “Check out my Web site,” he said. So I did.
Most irresistable: A silver charm saying “Vagina Warrior” made by a company called GK Designs. I bought one and will give it to mom for Mother’s Day. She’ll either love it or hate it, but I’m not sure which.
About Vagina Warriors:
“Since V-Day launched its very first event in 1998, the movement has encountered incredible women working to end violence against women and girls in their communities. These women have often experienced violence personally or witnessed it within their communities and dedicated themselves toward ending such violence through effective, grassroots means. They have been the very heart of V-Day since it was conceived as a worldwide movement to empower and enable local activists to raise awareness and funds locally through V-Day benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues.”
“This year, V-Day’s 2004 events and campaigns will celebrate these women whom Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler has dubbed ‘Vagina Warriors.’ Each V-Day production will select and honor up to three Vagina Warriors in its own community.In every community there are humble activists working every day, beat by beat, to undo suffering. They sit by hospital beds, pass new laws, chant taboo words, write proposals, beg for money, demonstrate and hold vigils in the streets. Every woman has a warrior inside waiting to be born. In order to guarantee a world without violence, in a time of danger and escalating madness, we urge them to come out.”
About the charm:
“The jewelry is a representation of the Strength of all women. It is a reminder for all To “Stop the Violence” against women here and world wide. A percentage of all sales will be donated to VDAY.ORG.