The event showcased 37 entertainers, as well as vendors. Co-organizer Jim Bradshaw said this is the third year for the showcase series, and Saturday’s event was the “biggest group I’ve ever seen. We were asked if we wanted to put on a show, so we put together a three-hour show. We have more than 30 entertainers here today. You might see a band or a group.”
In addition to the singers, which were from Amy Lechner’s vocal performance students, there were clips of the musicals, “Into the Woods,” “Beauty and the Beast” and the upcoming “Christmas Carol,” by Angie Dees’ Audience of One Productions.
The day was capped off with Bradshaw and Lechner’s Music Review, featuring Mt. Juliet Showcase winners. The Mt. Juliet Showcase, which wrapped up two weeks ago, was won by Ariana Crefeld. She performed, in addition to six other artists, at the end of Saturday’s events.
Crefeld, and her sister Neveya, also played host to a vendor booth at the event, featuring their headbands made with homemade flowers and feathers. The items are made by the girls and 20 percent of the sale of the items are donated to families dealing with cancer. The name of their business is Anaveya Creations.
“Me and my sister had a neighbor, named Savannah Swandal, and she had some type of cancer,” Ariana said. “At the age of 6, I just wanted to help her in some way. I didn’t know exactly how, but I thought I’d do a lemonade stand, but it was the middle of winter. My parents talked about it with me, and we decided we’d do a hot chocolate and cookie stand.”
They made more than $3,000 from the sale, and the money was donated to Swandal’s family. They’ve also helped other families along the way, she said.
“It was amazing to see all of those people supporting this.” Ariana said. “It was pretty unbelievable. Of course, my little six-year-old mind couldn’t grasp all of that.”
For more information on Anaveya’s Creations, visit anaveya.com.