Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Updated: 7:31 PM
The Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce is getting the year rolling with new events and a new board member.
Four new events were presented to members Tuesday during the chamber's monthly Lunch and Learn event at the Lee S. Jones Building. Area residents will have a chance to sample from new and their favorite restaurants in October, while a home show is planned for April.
"I have always been asked 'What is the Chamber going to do for us?' In the past couple years all we did is the golf tournament and annual dinner," said Cheryl Johnston, chamber director. "I've listened to everyone's suggestions and this is what we've come up with."
The first event of the year will be a home show April 1 at the Lyon County Convention Center.
Johnston is working with Realtors, builders and trade experts to present home improvement products and services.
Booth space is expected to be free, while an admission will be charged at the door for guests.
"You kind of have to think outside of the box," said Katie Gibson, chamber board member. "If you have something that qualifies, we're not going to tell you that you can't come."
In May, the chamber and participating businesses will honor mom, with a 'shop in your PJ's' event. Retailers will have a chance to offer special discounts for mothers being treated to a special day.
The chamber's annual dinner is set for June 2. A guest speaker from NASA has been confirmed to highlight the evening. Johnston said a few changes are planned for this year's event.
"We're not planning on doing auctions this year as we did in the past," Johnston said. "We're going to have four or five items and do a [drawing]."
The chamber's annual golf scramble will be held once again at Mineral Mounds State Park. Golfers will tee off Sept. 15.
Local restaurants will bring their best to a Taste of Lake Barkley on Oct. 14. The event will be held in the Lyon County Convention Center and feature a sampling of products from area eateries.
A Christmas in the Park events is in the works, Gibson said. The event is planned for Dec. 2.
"We're trying to raise money to purchase a large Christmas display," Gibson said. "There will be no charge for the event."
The chamber also recently appointed attorney Marvin Lee Wilson to fill a seat vacated by Alyson Van Hooser. Van Hooser, of Farmers Bank in Princeton, was elected to the Princeton City Council in November and stepped down from the board of directors earlier this month.