Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Group to Resume Meeting at Old Independence Regional Museum
Old Independence Regional Museum will resume hosting monthly project meetings for anyone interested in quilting, sewing or crafting together. Novices and skilled practitioners are all welcome! The group will re-convene on Thursday, April 1 at the museum.
For this month’s project, the group will make quilted table runners. Table runners are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to add a pop of color or seasonal décor to a room. Mrs. Ruth Kent Cook will instruct participants on how to create their own table runners to take home.
Participants are asked to bring individual supplies for their projects. In doing so, each attendee can personalize his or her project according to personal taste and budget. A list of supplies will be provided upon registration. Cost of the meeting is $5 per person, payable at the door.
Class size will be limited to 10 participants and masks will be required. The first session offered is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Should that session fill, an earlier session of 9:00-11:00 a.m. will be offered. Pre-registration is required.
To register, call the museum at 870-793-2121 or email Terri Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The April meeting will be the kick-off for the group to resume meeting regularly on the first Thursday of each month with times adjusted as necessary to meet health regulations and guidelines. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Anyone who has a special crafting skill to share is also welcome! Future projects will be determined by the group and its leaders.
The quilting group is open to the public. For more information, contact Terri Crawford, Humanities Educator, at (870) 793-2121 or email@example.com. The museum is located at 380 S. Ninth Street in Batesville and is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students, and military, $2 for children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under.
Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.
This humanities program is made possible by local support from Independence County and the City of Batesville, as well as by Challenge Grant Endowment funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Cathy Drew is a lifelong resident of the region that she loves to promote. As a matter of fact, she was born in downtown Batesville in the late ’60s, which is in one of the eight counties she now enjoys encouraging people to visit.
She has a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew, his wife Devyn Stewart. Drew is also grandmother to Jon and Devyn’ s son, Jase Drew.
However, Drew can’t skip the other part of her family: the pets! Lady Bird (a stray dog welcomed into their home in June 2012) and of course, Howard – – a puppy compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arriving at the Drew home. They also have Kasha whom Drew inherited when her mother passed in 2016, and they adopted Bullet, a stray in November of 2016.
Drew, became associated with the Ozark Gateway Region in 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.). The agency handled marketing for the regional association where she along with her co-workers produced an annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region In June 2000.
After Drew became director, she took the region to the next level by helping the tourism organization create a new website and moved it from the old newspaper paper tabloid publication to a color magazine format.
Over the years Drew has helped the organization meet new marketing goals, such as in- and out-of-state marketing, assuring that all 105,000 copies of their magazines are distributed each year.
Drew also helped the region create a heritage trail map that is still on posters in many establishments across the region and Arkansas. She oversaw development of a motorcycle route map that folds into a credit card format for riders, as well as those seeking scenic routes to enjoy the beautiful Ozark Mountains.
She has attended several AARP Shows across the U.S., representing Arkansas. She helped open a visitor center for the Ozark Gateway, allowing visitors to pick up information from across the entire state 24/7.
In 2016, she assisted creating the first Ozark Gateway Region Golf Classic and the tournament continues to grow each year, allowing the organization to grow its co-op program, helping each county have dedicated promotion. Drew stays busy at Ozark Gateway as the ad sales manager, magazine editor, day-to-day office operations, trade show representative, as well as magazine distribution representative all while making sure that the region is represented all over Arkansas and southern Missouri.
Drew has been featured in several local and statewide publications over the years as well as the 1997 cover of the Ozark Gateway Region tabloid along with her then 4-year-old son, Jon. She has received several awards such as the Batesville Rotarian of the Year in 2010 as well as a three-time Paul Harris Fellow.
She also has served as an Independence County election commissioner for several years and now serves as their co-election coordinator, helping with behind-the-scenes management of voting equipment, day-to-day election deadlines as well as poll worker training.
Drew serves on the Arkansas Travel Council Board of Directors, Ozark Foothills Film Fest Board of Directors, Batesville Rotary Club Past President and is the Rotary Clubs current publicity chair.
In March of 2018, Drew was honored with induction into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame for her many years of dedicated service to the tourism industry.