Welcome spring and new chamber members

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By Paul Cole

Henry County Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to spring! We sprang forward to fast time, and it always takes me a few days to adjust. Besides, at my age, I may never get that hour back!
I learned as a child working in the fields, there are only so many hours of daylight, regardless of what the clock says. Spring is a beautiful time of year, especially here in Henry County with nature coming to life again — so many folks in the city don’t know what they are missing. My magnolia tree has bloomed and our fruit trees are about ready to. Soon, the apple blossoms will fill our entire yard with their wonderful aroma, taking me back to my childhood.
Perhaps you can tell I like spring. I enjoy all seasons and the things we associate with each. However, spring is special because the many wonders that have been created are coming alive. Then there’s Easter.
After winter, several spring events begin to take place.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed the Theater Downstream, presentation of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” It was awesome! On March 5, we enjoyed an evening at the Eminence school gymnasium. EIS had their 24th annual Eminence Education Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction. What a great event, the silent and live auctions were fun, and I wound up with a weed eater.
More importantly, it was a fundraiser and all the proceeds go to fund teacher mini-grants and innovative educational programs in EIS, as well as student scholarships.  I look forward to next year as it is a great way for us to help support them.
Upcoming events at the Henry County High School, John W. Smith Auditorium are:  March 22 at 7 p.m., the Henry County Middle School Band Concert, Orchestra Concert and the High School Band Concert; March 29 at 7 p.m. the Henry County High School Chorus Concert: then March 31 at 7 p.m., the HC Middle School Chorus Concert. April 21 to 23: 7 p.m., “Pirate of Penzance” play by Henry County Public Schools Theatre Department; and the final show, on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m.  
Also, on April 7, 6 to 8 p.m., The Berry Center presents Nana Lampton, author and artist, in the gallery of the bookstore.  Lampton will have a reading from her latest book “Wash the Dust from My Eyes,” and her paintings will be on display through Aug. 1 at the Berry Center, 129 S. Main Street, New Castle.
The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is always delighted to welcome our newest members and to thank them for joining and supporting the chamber. This month, we have three to introduce: Feemster’s Inverness Farm LLC, Smithfield; Trackside Butcher Shoppe, Campbellsburg; and Judy’s Beauty Salon, New Castle.
Feemster’s bought their farm on Hieatt Lane in 1999. Working with an architect, they built their home using various subcontractors and doing a good bit of the work themselves and moved in 2004. Their house is passive solar. They breed and sell Irish draught and Irish sport horses. Two of their horses have won the “in hand” class at a national show.
The sire of one of their foundation mares will compete in the dressage portion of the summer Olympics for Canada. Their web page is Feemsters Irish Draughts. The Feemsters think Henry County is one of the best venues for horse farms and possesses great, untapped potential.  
While many of you may already know about Trackside Butcher Shoppe, how many of you have actually visited them? Trackside is a local family owned business. They have been open since November and have been staying extremely busy since they opened their doors. They currently offer custom processing of beef, hog, goat and lamb. Their prices can be found on their website, www.tracksidebutchershoppe.com. In the past two weeks, Trackside has slowly been offering retail in their storefront. They will have both fresh and frozen beef and pork available in the coming weeks.
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at 123 Commerce Parkway, Campbellsburg. Trackside can be reached at (502) 532-3015.
Thus far, I have only tried their pork sausage but I can attest to the fact that it is scrumptious, very fresh and very lean.
We also want to welcome Judy’s Beauty Salon, New Castle. Judy has been operating her salon in New Castle for several years and maintains a consistent client following. Judy’s is located at 31 N. Property Road and appointments can be made by calling (502) 845-2855.
The Chamber is in existence due to loyal and new memberships. Thank you to all our members. As always, we are open to all new memberships, individuals, businesses, farms, industries and professional services.
We are also seeking better ways to serve our members and Henry County and welcome constructive feedback.
We are in the midst of providing input and advertising for the “This is Henry County” magazine. If you have not already placed an ad, please contact the Local soon to do so. This is the best Henry County advertising and ready reference guide we have. It is distributed all over the county, at our state fair booth and handed out at the chamber throughout the year to visitors.
You definitely get the “most bang for your buck” advertising in this magazine.
Enjoy spring and Happy Easter!