August 31, 2019: With Quill and Ink
Meeting Place: Schoolhouse
Learn how writing involved and the records of Powhatan were kept. Try your hand at writing with a quill, a fountain pen and a vintage typewriter.
September 07, 2019: Victorian Dutch Oven Workshop
In the 19th century, homes lacked electricity and gas to see with or cook food. How’d they do it then? Why, over the fire! Come learn several recipes from the Victorian dinner table and stay to eat them! Participants will leave with a full stomach, recipe booklet, and know-how of 19th century cooking! Fee includes all materials. Class size is limited; for questions and reservations, please call (870) 878-6765or email email@example.com reserve your space today.
September 14, 2019: Trial by Jury Dinner
Are you a fan of TV shows that portray trials? Ever wanted to “object” in a courtroom? After enjoying a home cooked meal and making dessert, guests will take part in a trial that occurred in this courtroom. Dress casual, or wear your favorite 19th century costume. Reservations are required; limit of 40 participants. For questions and reservations, please call (870) 878-6765.
September 21, 2019: Uncovering the Past
Meeting Place: Black River Picnic Area
The people of the past left their stories in artifacts. Join a park interpreter to learn about archeology, Powhatan’s history, and what these artifacts mean to us today. We’ll even screen dirt leftover from park construction to see if any artifacts were overlooked.
October 19, 2019: GHOSTWALKS
Admission: $3 adults, $2 children ages 6 to 12, under 6 free
Powhatan and Northeast Arkansas have a long, rich history, so it only makes sense that there are probably a few ghosts still wandering around. Century-old buildings, the Black River and old cemeteries play host to a number of Powhatan’s ghost stories, folktales and legends. What makes the rattling in the jail? Who is that you see in the second story window of the courthouse as you drive by at night? You are invited to our 5 historic structures to be introduced to the spirits and spine-tingling tales of ghostly happenings. These ghostly tales may very well be hauntingly true, or more likely just flights of fancy. We’ll let you decide…
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.
Jeff Drew is her husband of almost 29 years. They have 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.