Renowned actress Drew Barrymore, the host of the nationally-televised Drew Barrymore Show in New York on CBS, made a visit to Cedar Hill in March to surprise Plummer Elementary Teacher of the Year Patricia Byrd and enjoy award-winning barbecue at Harris Bar-B-Que.
Harris Bar-B-Que moved to Cedar Hill in 2019, where they fit right in with other locally-owned Cedar Hill favorites like Sam’s Pizza and Dick’s Uptown Café. Owners Angie and Kelvin Harris dish up smoke meats, delicious sides, and a friendly hometown atmosphere that earned the restaurant a spot in Texas Monthly’s “Top-50 Barbecue Joints in Texas”.
“We’re thrilled to welcome The Drew Barrymore Show to Cedar Hill to share some of the stories of the people and places that make this community special,” says Mayor Stephen Mason. “Angie and Kelvin Harris and Patricia Byrd are great ambassadors for Cedar Hill, and I can’t wait to see them featured on the show.”
Barrymore surprised Byrd outside of Plummer Elementary, as Barrymore presented her with a free trip to Key Largo, Florida and a $20,000 donation for a new playground at Plummer – the district’s second-oldest elementary campus.
Byrd became a teacher in 1986 and in the early 1990s, she made her foray into educational administration. In the early 2000s, she became the first African American Principal at Bray Elementary as well as a Principal at West Intermediate. She eventually rose to the superintendent of a charter school before retiring from education. Byrd came out of retirement after her beloved husband, Lawrence, was diagnosed with Cancer.
The episodes featuring Cedar Hill will air on CBS 11 on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 at 2 p.m.