The ladies were the stars of the day on July 22 for Creek Rising: A Women’s Music Festival, a daylong series of live performances at Muddy Creek Music Hall, but the ode to feminine talent didn’t start and stop at the stage. Instead, female entrepreneurs were also part of the program and spent the day selling their wares and telling the festival attendees about their businesses.
“Years ago, my mom moved and broke a teacup that her brother had brought her from the service,” said Sandra Belmont, owner of Reckless Abandon, a custom mosaic art business. “I wanted to figure out how to make something out of it for her and that was my first mosaic 20 years ago.”
As Emily Stewart, a singer/songwriter with a loyal local following prepared for her 2 o’clock show backstage, Bill Heath, who is responsible for much of the Music Hall’s performance schedule, and Bill Poindexter, a sound engineer with the Fiddle and Bow Society, did final sound checks.
“We’re celebrating the presence of women in the local music scene,” Heath said. “We’ve got a great lineup, everything from established performers like Karon Click and the Hot Licks to up and comers who are just getting started.”
Donna Young helped Amy Cushman with the care of two little ones. As Cushman swayed with her son, Jeremiah, 4 months old, Young kept Avery Moore, 13 months old, entertained.
“She’s my niece,” Cushman said, smiling at the just over a year old toddler. Passersby also smiled at the little ones when they stopped to learn more about Cushman’s company, American Moving and Hauling.
“I used to manage a storage facility, so I decided to start the moving company,” Cushman said. “Now we’ve grown to four trucks and 25 employees.”
Just across from Cushman, Lisa Culpepper told visitors about her company, It Works.
“I’ve lost 25…