Evie Ladin Live in Concert Saturday, June 8, 7-9 p.m.
The Evie Ladin Band is a combination of the deep Appalachian sounds of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance. Combine that instrumentation with contemporary storytelling and original arrangements and the sound of the Evie Ladin band is revealed. Evie is also a regular instructor at fiddle and traditional dance camps throughout the US.
2019 Autoharp Workshop June 6-8, 2019
Workshop Schedule Class descriptions
Our autoharp workshop features intensive classroom instruction Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon. Performances by instructors, special guests and participants are also included in the schedule. All playing levels, beginners to advanced, are welcome! Students will choose a class that they will remain with based on playing level. ALL students will have classes with each instructor every day.
Brian Bowers autoharp
Bryan Bowers – Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Bryan Bowers is to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and a soulful singing voice. Click here for tickets or buy them at the door. Box office opens at 6 p.m.
June Music Shows at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
Performing this Week
Daytime Music 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45
Craft Village open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ozark Highlands Theater doors open at 6 p.m.; Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Daytime Musicians on the Blacksmith Stage: James Clinkingbeard
Spinning Tales program on the Bessie Moore Deck next to the School House at noon
Wednesday, June 5
Daytime Musicians on the Blacksmith Stage: Down Yonder
Weekly Garden Tour: Departing at Noon from the Bessie Moore Deck
Thursday, June 6
Daytime Musicians on the Blacksmith Stage: Big River country Blues Band
Noon Program: Rock Tales & More with Charles Widmer at the Jewelry Shop
Evening Concert in the Ozark Highlands Theater: Karen Mueller, Pretty Lil Miss, Charles Whitmer, Les Gustafson-Zook
Friday, June 7
Daytime Musicians on the Blacksmith Stage: Rocky Bayou Boys
Evening Concert in the Ozark Highlands Theater: Feature Concert with Bryan Bowers, Opening act Five South
Saturday, June 8
Daytime Musicians on the Blacksmith Stage: The Ellis Family
Afternoon Matinee on the Blacksmith Stage from 2 – 3 p.m. with the Evie Ladin Band
Evening Concert in the Ozark Highlands Theater: Feature Concert with Evie Ladin Band, opening act Unkle Dave and Friends
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.