Aug. 18, Joyce and Desmond Simmons, Lake in the Willows Apiary, members of the Arkansas Craft Guild, will spend the day at the Arkansas Craft Gallery from 10 to 5. Taste samples of their delicious honey products, including flavored creamed spreads like chocolate, lemon, or cinnamon. They also make shaped beeswax candles, lip balm, and wood conditioner. They bring an observation hive, tools needed for beekeeping, and a video that explains their harvest methods and commitment to saving bees from extinction.

Desmond has been called the “bee whisperer.”  He works with youth to teach beekeeping.  Anyone considering becoming a beekeeper should come in and ask questions.  Their apiary (honey farm) has over 60 hives in production at Scott, AR. As a community service, they capture and remove swarms of bees that are in the way of human activities.

The Arkansas Craft Gallery, just off the Square in Mountain View (Bee City USA) has been home to Arkansas Craft Guild members’ crafts since 1962, a cooperative fostering excellence. Desmond and Joyce Simmons also will be at the Guild’s 40th Annual Christmas Showcase, to be held in Little Rock Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2  at the State Fairgrounds Hall of Industry.

(501) 920-1381 phone for Lake in the Willows

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.