The Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center will host the annual Native American Heritage Weekend on September 7-8th.  All of the activities are free and will be held on historic Main Street in Calico Rock.  The event will commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Trail of Tears with solemn ceremonies and events to honor the legacy of those who suffered the trail.

There will be seven Native American nations represented at the various events.  The Oklahoma Fancy Dancers will perform Native American dances on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The events include Quapaw Pottery, Storytelling, Chuck Wagon Cooking, Working with Stones, Basket Weaving, Teepee and Native American Dwelling demonstrations, Native American Art by Mike Diaz, Textile Demonstrations, and an Arrowhead and Points Exhibit.  The events will be at the Calico Rock Museum, the Tomlinson Art & Science Center, and the grassy hill across from Knowles True Value.

The Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center is pleased to announce the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers will be performing in Calico Rock September 8th.  The Native American dancers offer lessons in the heritage of Native American dance and culture along with their colorful performances.  The dancers will be performing at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.on Saturday, September 8 during the Native American Heritage Weekend.
The Oklahoma Fancy Dancers have performed at various events across the country, including the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball game and the Indiana State Fair.  Their performance is sponsored by the Nikki Lee Atwell Foundation.
Want a preview of their performance?  Visit to see video of their performance at the OKC Thunder game.
We will see you at Native American Heritage Weekend on Main Street on September 7-8th.

For more information, contact the museum at 870-297-6100 or visit


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.