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Time certainly goes by quickly near our holidays

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By Pat Wallace

Thanksgiving is almost here, and very shortly, Santa will be coming down the chimney. We hope your busy days will allow time to shop our local businesses and make their cash registers ring. Nov. 30 is called Small Saturday as opposed to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Henry County is blessed with really interesting small businesses where you can find gifts of all types. Finders Keepers, Somewhere in Tyme and The Shop on Main in Eminence can be a great help if you are looking for a special gift.

Our restaurants all have gift cards, and we all enjoy being able to have an evening out and use the card for our meal. Eminence restaurants that belong to the chamber include Dairy Queen, Snappy Tomato, Scribers Station on Elm, Hometown Pizza, as well as Our Best Restaurant in Smithfield, and Starvin’ Marvin in New Castle.

Pleasureville Florist, Gifts and Antiques will have a wonderful open house the weekend after Thanksgiving with specials, refreshments and extended hours.

Need something for the men? Perry’s Tri-County Hardware and Lumber is the place to go for all those ‘toys’ the men love.

The new CVS has gift cards, and a large assortment of gift ideas. How about a gift certificate to Brenda’s Beauty and Tanning Salon, or an oil change, or a new car, at Brownings’ Chevrolet?

Have you ever made the trip just outside Pleasureville to Sweet Home Spun? Located in the restored Low Dutch building, owner JoAnn Adams and friends are having an open house 10-4p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Gifts from the farm will be available for purchase.

Cash Express is having the 9th annual toy and coat drive for children. They are accepting toys, coats, shoes, and non-perishable food items. There are numerous drop-off locations around the county, and they need these by Dec. 1, for delivery by Christmas.

Smith-Berry Winery is having an open house from 2-5p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. Don Edlin will be providing entertainment; refreshments and great wine will be available. No need for reservations as this is a free event.

Henry County Pride in Arts will be 2 p.m.Dec. 1, at Eminence Christian Church. Martha Tarry Simpson’s wonderful influence on our communities is again felt with this year’s presentations of music, poetry, prose. Among the many performers are Wendell Berry, Alice Newman, Main Street Baptist Church Choir, Trey Paris, Troy Cook, Dr. David Jones, Faithful 8, and many others. A reception will be immediately following these inspirational performances where you can meet and greet these special people. All are welcome.

A Dickens Christmas Festival will be noon to 6p.m.,weekends, Dec. 7,8,14 and 15 at the Kentucky Renaissance Faire. Old- fashioned Christmas cheer with scenes from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are performed throughout the day, Christmas caroling, and vendors with unique Christmas gifts will be available. Admission is $5.00 per person and Christmas plate dinners will be available as well.

CVS held their grand opening Nov. 2, and Darrell Fincher, store manager and Nicki Sperling, District Manager shared the ribbon cutting with Missy Young, Assistant Manager, and Wayne Sparrow, Pharmacy and your Chamber Director. We welcome them to the Chamber and our county. We also welcome Robert “Bobby” Foree, Attorney at Law at 19 North Main in New Castle to the chamber, as well as, Emilene “Dickie” O’Nan, an associate member.

On Small Saturday, The Auction Barn will be open and selling Firearms and Ammo at auction at 1 p.m. They will have raffles and drawings. Check this out at 891 Ballardsville Road, Eminence.

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving, as we all have much to be thankful for this season. Please support our chamber businesses, and we welcome any who might want to become a member of the chamber.