Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Local Event Showcases Creative Women, Their Art and Published Works

The Cordial Cricket, a Chester, Virginia retail boutique, specializing in custom invitations, stationery and gifts will hold its first annual “Creative Women’s Showcase” on Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at their store. The idea for this unique retail event was developed in part by a book one of the store’s customers brought to the attention of owner Elizabeth Howard. The book, entitled “Women Embracing Creativity”, written by author Christina Thompson of Raleigh, North Carolina, is designed to help women uncover their true creative talents, learn to take their ideas seriously, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of creative enjoyment. After learning about the book, Howard contacted the author and purchased a copy. Since then, the idea for this event has been cemented. The book’s author, Mrs. Thompson, will attend, sell and sign copies of her book during the event. “All the ideas in the book are ones I use each day to keep my imagination strong. It’s a treat to be able to help others by sharing what I've learned on my own creative journey!” stated Thompson.

Howard is also proud to feature a local fiction author at the event. Michele Young-Stone, originally from Chester, Virginia where The Cordial Cricket retail store is located, has just released her first published novel. Her debut novel, “The Handbook for Lightening Strike Survivors”, went on sale nationwide on April 13th and is already receiving rave reviews from all over the country. Michele will also attend the Creative Women’s Showcase, where she will sell and sign copies of her debut novel. The unique event will feature many creative women and showcase their art for sale from jewelry to paintings to books and more. There will also be door prizes given away from many of the participating artists.

“Planning this event has really brought the subject of creativity in all its varied forms to the forefront of my mind. I am thrilled to be able to host not one, but two female authors, with local ties to our area, one non-fiction and one fiction, both debuting their very first published works, along with many other creative women and their artwork,” stated The Cordial Cricket’s owner, Elizabeth Howard. “I think that many women have creative talent, however, they don’t consider themselves to be “creative women”. I hope our “Creative Women’s Showcase” will be just the type of event to inspire women to recognize their creativity and use it to its full potential,” stated Howard. Mrs. Howard hopes this will become the first of many “Creative Women’s Showcase” events during which she can feature many different and unique creative local women and their talents.

For more information or media inquiries about The Cordial Cricket or this event contact Elizabeth Howard at:



The Cordial Cricket
3524 Festival Park Plaza
Chester, VA 23831

For more information Christina Thompson, author of “Women Embracing Creativity” visit her website at:


For more information about Michele Young-Stone, author of “The Handbook for Lightening Strike Survivors” visit her website at:


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