Upcoming Events at Davidsonville
The Great Arkansas Clean-Up
Davidsonville Historic State Park
November 2nd, 2019 from 9:00a.m. to 11:30am.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Grab a coat and join the staff of Davidsonville for a morning of spring cleaning in November. With the underbrush finally gone, volunteers are needed to delve into the wilder wooded sections of the park and collect trash that is harming the historic and natural resources of the park. Scout, Civic, and other organizations are encouraged to attend, and this is a great opportunity for students or others who need service hours for various causes.
We’ll provide the trash bags, gloves, awesome t-shirts (on a first come, first served basis), and keep you fueled up and warm with hot chocolate and other tasty snacks. RSVPs appreciated so the park has an approximate head-count prior to the day of. Grab your gear, bundle up, and we’ll see you in the park on November the 2nd!
The 4th Annual Thanksgiving Feast
November 16th, 2019
Class and Cooking 1:00-4:00pm
Meal and Clean-Up: 4:00-5:00pm
Let’s get cooking! Join Davidsonville Historic and Crowley’s Ridge State Park staff for a delicious afternoon of outdoor cooking and eating as Thanksgiving draws near. Pioneers relied heavily on both Dutch and Earthen Ovens when they were traveling west to settle the frontier. Learn how to use and care for these ovens as we cook up a Thanksgiving meal to be remembered. We’ll make each and every recipe from scratch, no box mixes, just like grandma used to do and you’ll go home with a laminated cookbook with all the instructions as well. This workshop is suitable for all levels of skill. Space is limited and early registration is required. Call the park to sign-up. Tentative menu included below.
Class Cost: $15
Dutch Oven Thanksgiving Feast Menu
Honey and Herb Roasted Turkey
Old Fashioned Green Bean Casserole
Grandma’s Mostly-Famous Stuffing
Hot Dinner Rolls
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Fall Festive Desserts
Davidsonville Historic State Park
8047 Hwy 166 South
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 892-4708
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.