Quiet county is buzzing with activity

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By Pat Wallace

Henry County may look quiet, but if you explore the many things going on around this beautiful area, you will find variety and fun for all ages.
The Chamber will have a networking picnic  at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Extension Office Shelter (or inside if inclement weather). The famous Smoke Doctors will cure our hunger and State Senator Ernie Harris and State Representative Representative Rick Rand will share information on what the next state legislative session might bring to the citizens.  If you are not a Chamber member, you are welcome to attend and perhaps decide that this is just what you need to bring new attention to your business, civic group, or church. Dinner is $20 a person, and you may pay at the door, but I do need to know you would like to attend so I can have an accurate number for the caterer.
Smith-Berry Winery will conclude their concert and dinner series with two more events.  Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will perform on Sept. 22 and The Rigbys, a Beatles Tribute Band, will finish the year on Oct. 13.  Call 845-7091 for reservations and more information.
The Central Kentucky Celtic Fest and Highland Games take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the KY Renaissance Fairegrounds on Kentucky 22, just outside Eminence.  Celtic Fest is one of my favorite events since I am Irish.  There will be Celtic food and drink, vendors, children’s activities, and plenty of entertainment.  Tickets are $10 and $12.  They also will have bands such as the Screaming Orphans, the girls of Maidens IV , Liams Fancy, and Drunk and Sailor. Chamber members can set up a vendor booth and show the rest of the world what we have to offer.  Call Holly at 859-983-7312 if you need more information.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 22, Friends for Michael 5K Run, Walk and Wheel will be at Henry County High School to benefit the handicapped accessible playground at the Henry County Recreational and Services Park and research for spinal cord injury.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9.
The KRDC Tri-County Diabetes Walk on Saturday Sept. 29, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Henry County Recreational Park. Walking will be from 9-10:30.  This is a contest between Bullitt, Henry and Shelby Counties.  County winners will be determined by the number of steps taken during the walk.  Refreshments and prizes will be from 10:30-11:00.  In case of rain, the event will be at Henry County High. Contact Mona Huff at 845-6849 or email at monahuff.henrykipda@gmail.com.
The WLKY Bell Awards will be presented to ten volunteers in communities in Kentucky on Oct. 11. Polly Troxell, city Council member, Chamber Board Member, Senior advocate, volunteer for so much there is not enough room to put it all here, will receive the award, and will be joined by her family at the Galt House for the presentation.
Drennon Day Festival 2012 will take place on Oct. 13 with artwork, crafts, food, storytelling, kids activities, historical reenactments and presentations all day in historic Drennon Springs, both on the church grounds and the sites in the immediate area.  Bring your own tents and tables to set up as you want for your sales.  Booth rental fee is $20.  For more information e-mail corey@wavyspace.com or check the web site at www.wavyspace.com/drennon. Drennon Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the main sponsor.
Henry County Pride in the Arts will return on Oct. 13 at Eminence Christian Church.  People do not realize what wonderful talent our residents have, and this event makes us aware of our many hidden resources.  There will be music by Alice Newman, John Ball, Tanya Berry and Wayne Sparrow;  vocal performances by Mark Hughes and the Eminence Baptist Church Choir, the Powell Family, James Simpson, and Jesse Harris, violin performance by Katie Ruble Smith; and a Christmas theme presentation by Earl “Hammer” Smith, J.T. Stinson, Martha Hall, and John Logan Brent.  This is a tentative line-up, and there will be a pete-a-tete after the performances for all to visit with the performers and enjoy refreshments.  Martha Tarry Simpson, with helpers Wayne Sparrow and Martha Hall, brings this presentation to life with her gracious charm and warmth.  The last event two years ago filled the church, and this year’s program will get you ready for the holidays as well as giving you a new appreciation of the many and varied talents in our communities.
Finally, on Dec. 1, Sweet Home Spun Low Dutch Meetinghouse will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Gifts from the Farm is the theme.  More information on this will be available closer to the date.
I am sure I have not covered all the upcoming attractions, but as I receive word of them, they will be included in future articles.