“Hometown Heroes’ Documentary Debuting at Melba”

Old Independence Regional Museum, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, is proud to present: “Hometown Heroes”. The sports based documentary will debut Monday, November 13th, 7 p.m. at the Melba Theater. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Nearly everyone has a personal reason for loving sports. Each person’s connection is unique to their own experience as an athlete, fan, or coach; each experience influences a person’s life. Which sports experiences have shaped your life? A great team rivalry, a dedicated coach, special teammates? “Hometown Heroes” shares personal triumphs and defeats, wacky game day superstitions, the thrill of rivalries, the economic impact of athletics, and much, much more. Join as we explore the many ways sports shape our community, our families, and ourselves.

“Hometown Heroes” was filmed, edited, and produced entirely by EAST programs from Batesville, Cedar Ridge, Midland, and Southside schools, in partnership with Old Independence Regional Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Youth Access Grant. Students from each school began working on the documentary last November. Over the last year, students interviewed more than thirty local current athletes, former athletes, coaches, fans, school faculty, and community officials concerning the impact of team sports on their lives, careers, and communities.

“Hometown Heroes” was created in concurrence with the Smithsonian Institute’s Museums on Main Street’s exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” which will be on display at OIRM beginning December 16, 2017. “Hometown Teams” explored how sports influence the culture of communities and the lives of athletes and fans, alike.

Project funded by the Youth Access Grant; made possible by the Smithsonian Institute, EAST Initiative, Old Independence Regional Museum, and the great residents of Independence County.

For more information call the museum at 870-793-2121.

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.