Creative Compassion

The Bigfoot Festival Returns

The inaugural Bigfoot Festival had around 8,000 festival-goers. Photo: Crossville Chronicle.

Planning for the second annual Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival is well underway and we can’t wait for folks to see what we have in store for them this year! Keep in mind that this year’s festival benefits Creative Compassion!

The festival will feature an assortment of entertainment, including live music, great storytelling, delicious food, and more than 100 vendors! The family-friendly festival is also very economical, only costing adults $5 to get in the gates and free for kids 12 and under. Parking is free. An expansive kids zone is sure to be a hit with the kiddos!

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union (UCFCU). Denise Cooper, president of the UCFCU and Creative Compassion board member, said, “This is not just an event. It’s helping a nonprofit in this community…I love that it’s a local festival helping local folks.” Their sponsorship is the main one for the festival, earning the distinction of gigantipithicus-level sponsor. Gigantipithicus is the scientific name reserved for a giant ape-like creature.

The Crossville Chronicle stopped by to interview Creative for an article they printed in the July 5th edition of the paper. Pictured below are Creative Executive Director Sarah Halcott, Deputy Director and Bigfoot Festival Organizer Mark Baldwin, and Creative board member and UCFCU president Denise Cooper.

The festival began last year as a quirky and new idea to raise money for local nonprofits. With more than 8,000 festival-goers attending the inaugural festival, the idea was quickly proven to be a success. This year an even larger turnout is expected.

This year’s festival will feature a VIP event the evening of the 14th. That event will take place at the historic Palace theatre in downtown Crossville and will give VIPs the chance to converse with the celebrity talents visiting this year’s festival. Those talents include cast members from Mountain Monsters and Ben Hansen, a retired FBI agent who pursues the truth behind UFOs. Other talents will also be there and it’s sure to be a very enteraining evening!

There will also be a Bigfoot 5K Glow Run at the Community Complex in Crossville that same evening. That run begins at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from that run will benefit the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. Live music, snacks, and prizes will be offered for this very special run/walk. And yes, you may even get to run with Bigfoot!

The festival ulitmately kicks off with a showing of the Legend of Boggy Creek at the Palace theatre on the evening of October 4th. It’s a way of kicking off “Bigfoot month” on the plateau. That movie is free for viewing, compliments of Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union.

To get tickets to the movie, the VIP event, the 5K, and even the festival, just visit! Meanwhile, mark those calendars for those dates in October and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Home tip of the week 

Reverse the ceiling fan

According to, “It’s a good idea to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan during the summer so that it spins counter-clockwise. This pushes the air straight down, creating a nice breeze. To do so, shut off the fan and wait for the blades to come to a complete stop. Once everything is still, use a ladder or step stool to locate the direction switch – this will probably be on the side of the fan above the blades. Flip the switch in the opposite direction and then turn the fan back on. While you’re up there, make sure to dust your fan blades as well.”

If the button on the side of the fan is one that is turned up or down, the up position is for summer and the down position is for winter. If the button slides from side to side, left is summer and right is winter, as shown below.

Creative Compassion Cares

The rent and utility program assistance (RUPA) being offered by Creative continues to make an impact on the community. The program started in January and 36 families have now recieved assistance from the program. That translates to nearly 100 people being helped! RUPA helps people who are facing a financial emergency and can’t make their bills on time. An application is necessary to prove the need and the money is paid directly to the utility company, bank, or landlord. If you would like to donate to the RUPA program you can find the donate button on this page or mail your donation to 20 Penny Lane, Crossville, TN, 38555.

Creative is also honored to have been able to help a local veterans through our veteran’s assistance program. Using funds from our veteran’s program, we were able to replace the HVAC system for the family pictured below. Their home was so hot that it was more comfortable for them to be outside than it was to be inside. Thanks to their new unit, they can now enjoy the rest of the summer in a much more comfortable home.

We were also able to help a veteran in Fentress County with an accessibility ramp. We are grateful to A King’s Creation Custom Woodwork for helping make this project possible. The homeowners were very pleased and now their entry to their home is much more safe and sound.

Money Saving Tip 

None of us like the word “audit”, yet a personal audit might be what you need to reassess your spending and find ways to save money. According to the financial advisors at U.S. News, “Take a close look at everything you spend money on and ask yourself if there’s any expense you can pare back. Maybe it’s time to look at your insurance policies and see if you’re overpaying for anything. Or maybe you divorced eight years ago and still have your ex-spouse on your life insurance. Or perhaps you’ve never calculated how much you’re spending on takeout three times a week, and maybe it’s time to start grocery shopping more often. Examining how you spend money – and then taking action – can result in significant savings.”

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Meet the Creative Crew

Karen Kindrick started Creative Compassion as a board member in 2014.  “As a Realtor, I became interested in Creative Compassion when my buyer clients were having trouble finding housing and/or loan products that would fit their needs.  Becoming a board member, I was able to gain first-hand knowledge on how Creative Compassion could assist in helping people become homeowners.  In 2015, I became board president and served as such until 2021.  I still serve on Creative Compassion’s board as a member today, it’s a rewarding and gratifying experience and an asset in my business as well.  But most importantly, it’s a way to help those that might otherwise not be able to experience the blessings of homeownership.”

When Karen was president of our board, she would always open with prayer. She was always sure to be grateful and sure to ask that our meetings be conducted as God would desire. Creative is so thankful for Karen’s guidance and leadership on our board of directors and her impact has helped make Creative the successfull nonprofit that we are.

Karen Kindrick

Creative Kitchen Tip 

Do you have some extra crescent rolls from last night’s dinner? Well, recommends that we reuse those rolls and turn them into sweet treats! Simply spritz them with butter-flavored spray or non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle each one with sugar and cinnamon. Then, microwave them for 15 to 20 seconds. They’re a perfect for busy mornings and make delicious treats for brunches.

Creative’s Recipe of the Month

For many of us, memories of the summer often bring thoughts of the local County Fair. For me, those memories often turn to the food offered at the Fair. One of my personal tried-and-true favorites is funnel cakes. Give this funnel cake recipe a try and make your own at home. See if you can compare to the best carnival cooks!

Simple Summer Funnel Cakes


(Yields 8 funnel cakes)

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, water and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth. In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°.
  • 2. For each cake: Cover the bottom of a funnel spout with your finger; ladle 1/2 cup batter into the funnel. Holding the funnel several inches above the oil, release your finger and move the funnel in a spiral motion until all the batter is released, scraping with a rubber spatula if needed.
  • 3. Fry until golden brown, 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners’ sugar; serve warm.
  • Top with fruit or whipped cream for an even more flavorful treat!

Creative Around the Community

Creative has once again been out and about in the community! From outreach to professional development, Creative always finds a way to engage in the community they love so much.

The month began with Creative’s Deputy Director Mark Baldwin being inducted into the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club. This outstanding organization has a volunteer spirt and love for community that is truly impressive. Mark is honored to join them and anxious to see where this outreach path leads.

On the 18th of July, Mark was invited to visit Cumberland Fellowship Church (CF) for an interview about Creative. At that interview, Mark was presented with a check from the church. The check was the product of an offering that CF does once a month to benefit a local nonprofit. For July, Creative was the recipient of that offering. We are very humbled and honored to have recieved this money and it will be put toward our emergency assistance program.

On the 22nd of the month, Mark participated in a Bridges Out of Poverty course that was offered at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and sponsored by the United Fund. The course offered insight into poverty and led to discussion about how local organizations and noprofits can help ease the burden for those folks. An additional course will be offered this month and Mark is already registered for that one.

A Creative Funny