Her mother named her after the actress Deidre Hall, who played the iconic Dr. Marlena Evans on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. But Deidre Drewes, 24, doesn’t lead a life of high drama and wildly improbably storylines. She’s too busy holding down a full-time job at Kingston-based DragonSearch Marketing and pursuing a master’s degree in communications from Marist College.
At DragonSearch, which Drewes says looks like a “Google office, bright and colorful, with stability balls to sit on,” her title, which she chose, is “interactive culture cultivator.”
“I do a lot of social media marketing, handling Facebook and Twitter accounts for our clients,” said Drewes.
The native Saugertesian returned after finishing up her undergrad degree in public relations at SUNY New Paltz.
“I boomeranged,” said Deidre. “I lived on my own all during college but then I moved back in with my parents.”
The Drewes are a close and very local family. Her mother works at Mount Marion Elementary School, her father grew up in Lake Katrine, and her older sister Ashley owns Sugartown Vintage Boutique on Partition Street.
Her favorite motto is ‘stay hungry’
Deidre keeps fit taking boxing classes at MAC Fitness, and she also shoots a mean game of pool. She plays on a Kingston team which went to the regional playoffs in Connecticut and then qualified for the nationals in Nevada.
“I got to go to Las Vegas in August on an all-expenses paid trip to play pool,” said Drewes.
Locally, Drewes remains close to a couple of friends with whom she attended high school, and they hang out at Mirabella’s, Stella Station and The Dutch. It’s a comfortable life, but Deidre wants to see more of the world.
“I have big-city dreams! My first semester of college I studied abroad in London,” she said.
What makes Saugerties unique?
Saugerties has the most amazing antiques stores ever. It’s a nice small town which can stay a small town, you can support small businesses, not just chain stores.
What’s your favorite virtue?
Diligence. I feel like I come from a generation which has a lot of apathy. I was taught by my parents if you bust your butt you are going to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to be a musician except I have no talent whatsoever. I can do a mean rap on karaoke but that’s it.
What is your favorite color, flower and animal?
Black. When I’m shopping I buy a lot of black. Lilacs. I loves how they smell in the spring. And bunnies! I have a bunny – his name is Bunny. He’s about five years old. He was up for adoption at the Poughkeepsie pet store. Nobody wanted him because he had a runny nose. I couldn’t refuse. He’s cost a lot in vet bills. For a while we paid $75 every month to get his teeth trimmed and then we finally just had them removed. But he’s worth every dime.
What do you like most about this community?
There is always something going on, always something to do. I really like all the festivals.
Who is the most interesting person you have met in Saugerties?
Harold Swart, who owns the [Central Hotel Antiques], he’s one of my favorites. He’s a real Saugerties character. He tells really good stories. I got to know him when I waited tables at Miss Lucy’s. Sometimes he would bring in old newspaper clipping of arrests and other pieces of local history to share.
What’s your idea of the perfect Saturday?
Wake up early. Go visit my sister at her boutique and have some coffee with her. Then head to Cafe Tango and sit outside and people watch. Probably stop by some of the other local shops.
Which qualities do you most admire in others?
Honesty, hard work, and responsibility. Also, I’m always, always early!
Do you have any heroes?
Not really. The one person I look up to as a scholar is actor James Franco. He’s managing his career while going for his degree, I can relate to that. Maybe not on the same level, though.
What’s your idea of happiness?
Happiness is doing something that you love and having great friends who are always there for you.
What’s your idea of misery?
Not doing something that you love and not having a group of friends who reflect your virtues, values and ideas; being in bad company.
What talent do you most wish you had been given?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a gymnast.
What’s your main fault?
I bite off more than I can chew.
For which fault do you have the most tolerance?
Certainly not apathy. I’m always early to everything. I like people who are also too early. If you are too early I’m ready for you.
What’s your favorite motto?
Steve Jobs: “Stay Hungry.”
What characters in history do you most dislike?
I don’t like any tyrants and dictators. Who does?
What is your present state of mind?
I’m exhausted. I worked today and then I just came from boxing class, which is lots of cardio.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear Saint Peter say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Hopefully, that I’m getting in. And that it was a unanimous decision.