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Fall doesn’t mean a slow down in county activities

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The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is constantly looking for ways to make our chamber an association that businesses, churches, non-profits and individuals can look to for not just information, but also for support of our communities. 

We want to live up to our mission of promoting pride and progress in Henry County.  Our plans for 2013 include a business expo with opportunities for the public to become more acquainted with the many and varied businesses in our towns, as well as our awards dinner, a new leadership class and much more.  The expo will be in the spring and more details will be forthcoming.  All businesses (not just chamber members) are invited to participate.  Chamber members will have special pricing, so this is the time for those of you who are not chamber members to check out our affordable membership dues and become a part of Chamber.  Dues are good for a year, so it doesn’t matter what month you join as no dues will be needed for another 12 months.  For more information, call the office at 845-0806.  Leave a message for a return call if no one is available. 

There is no doubt that the holidays are here and in full swing.  All of the city “light-ups” are scheduled complete with Santa visits. Eminence leads the way on Dec. 1.  New Castle’s parade and festivities at the Locker will be Dec. 7. Pleasureville will welcome Santa on Dec. 8 with cookies and hot chocolate, and community fellowship.   Campbellsburg’s event will be Dec. 14 with another visit from Santa, along with “Almost Country” Band ringing in the season.  Santa will again make a visit to Our Best Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15.  Call 845-7682 for more information.

Before the light-ups in our communities, you can enjoy the old-fashioned Christmas cheer at the Kentucky Renaissance Festival grounds with their Dickens Christmas Festival on Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, from noon to 6 p.m.  Admission is $5, and entertainment includes scenes from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” throughout the day with Christmas caroling and more.  Vendors will be available with unique gift selections, and if you wish to be a part of the merchants’ area, contact Holly at events@kyrenfaire.com.   Mikaela’s Inn will be open to serve Christmas plate dinners at an additional cost and a cash bar will be available.  For more information check the website at www.kyrenfaire.com or visit on Facebook.

Smith-Berry Winery’s annual open house is from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.  This is a free event for all their friends and family who have made their 10 years in business fantastic.  There will be a release of new Burley and Burley Reserve as well as the re-release of Burley.  No tickets or reservations needed.  Call the winery at 845-7091 or check the website at www.smithberrywinery.com for more information.

Don’t forget the annual Open House at Pleasureville Florist, Gifts and Antiques Thanksgiving weekend from 9 a.m. tp 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.  They have beautiful decorations to add to your Christmas display, and Mike and Norma Jean can help you with decorating ideas.  Check out the new ornaments that horse lovers will enjoy: saddles, horseshoes and horse heads are in limited supply, so don’t wait to purchase for a surprise gift.  Call 878-2691 for more information.

The much anticipated Henry County Pride in the Arts will be at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, at Eminence Christian Church.  The last event was two years ago and is remembered with pleasure by all who attended.  It is amazing how much talent is in this county, as a list of performers include the sister of the late Jesse Harris (Mary Harris Beasley), the Faithful 8, Eminence Baptist Church choir, Alice Newman, John Ball, Tanya Berry and Wayne Sparrow, Mark Hughes, the Powell family James Simpson, Katie Ruble Smith, as well as a Christmas-themed presentation.  After the presentations there is a “tete a tete” to meet and greet the performers.  This is one event that will not only make you proud to live or work in Henry County, but will put you in the right mood for the coming season.  Martha Tarry Simpson is the mover of this great celebration, and we are so grateful for her hard work.

Don’t forget the holiday open house at Sweet Home Spun Low Dutch Meeting House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on U.S. 421 just outside Pleasureville.  “Gifts from the Farm” is the day’s theme, and if you still have a long list to fill for those that seem to have everything, this is the place to find the unique and beautiful  handmade items.  It is literally from the sheep to you!

The Chamber wishes all a wonderful Thanksgiving season.  We are all blessed to be in such a beautiful area with good people and businesses.  As the executive director, I feel so fortunate to have the support of our many businesses to help make Henry County the good place it is to live, work and raise our families.