• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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The second of the three Midsummer Nights in Midway series took place downtown last Friday night. Early in the day, the 90 degree-plus heat looked as though it was going to make all the planned activities unbearable. As the spirit of Midway began to take over the weather about an hour before the vendors and the band were to be set up, clouds began to hover over the town, blocking the heat that was coming from the sun and a slight breeze began to pick and around five. It seemed that the temperature had dropped 10 degrees. With the slightly cooler weather drifting in, along came people from everywhere, making their way up and down the street, checking out the vendors and heading into the shops. Yes, it was another good turnout for the second Midsummer Nights in Midway. The music played by Superfecta was great and people were dancing right up to the time they stopped playing and after everyone was calling for one more, the band played two more songs for an encore. Everyone had a good time and left the evening with a full stomach. There were lots of choices for eating from the restaurant specials to vendor barbecue, giant bags of popcorn, hotdogs, catfish, cakes and sweets of all kinds. The only missing item was the proverbial funnel cake. I guess we might have to wait for the Midway Fall Festival when that particular food wagon rolls around. There will be one more Midsummer Night in Midway event coming up this year. Exactly who will be playing hasn’t been decided or maybe there will be something special planned – who knows – as plans will be made about an hour after I finish writing this. So remember: Aug. 19 will be the next Midsummer Night in Midway. ••• For the last couple of weeks, we’ve had Midwegians on TV and making the news at fiddling contests. Event while they were in the headlines, the Midway restaurants have been competing with the big boys. Even though Midway is in Woodford County, our restaurants have been participating in the Lexington Restaurant Week for the past couple of weeks. The Midway Grey Goose, Holly Hill Inn, and Mezzo are part of that Lexington extravaganza. Maybe the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce doesn’t see fit to recognize our Midway restaurants, but Midwegians know what we have in Midway. As a matter of fact, so do a lot of people from all around the Bluegrass Region. ••• Another one of our city churches will be recognized Saturday, Aug. 13. The Midway Presbyterian Church will be receiving its own Kentucky Historical Highway Marker. As a matter of fact, the marker will be officially known as Highway Marker #2486. Midway Presbyterian Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The original frame church that was built where today’s church now stands was built in 1846. The dedication will begin at 4 p.m. at 121 North Turner Street in Midway. ••• There is another event that you may want to attend next month, so be sure to mark on your calendars for Wednesday night, Aug. 24, at 6. There will be a Community Unity Meal dinner served at the Midway Baptist Church, 121 South Winter Street. Pilgrim Baptist and St. Matthew’s AME churches will be joining the Midway Ministerial Association churches for a meal and singing songs led by Dr. Everett McCorvey. The event will be a time of fellowship, pray, mourn and sign in hopes of strengthening friendships and cultivate hope for peace throughout the world. ••• “Mammaw, Jimmy Duggan has tickets to go to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game Saturday and he wants me to go with him and his dad to see the game.” My Irish grandmother looked puzzled, “Well, why don’t you go?” “The circus is coming to town Saturday. If go to the game, I won’t be back in time for the circus. I don’t know what to do.” “Well Johnny Boy, your uncle Jamus always said when an Irishman tackles a problem he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation squarely. Midway blacktop project bid okayed Woodford Sun Staff Report The Midway City Council held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss a $64,000 bid from Lexington Blacktop to pave all of Northside Drive and the “apron” at the intersection of South Winter and East Stephens streets. Lexington Blacktop was the only bidder, and the vote was unanimous. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said he called the meeting in order to get the work done before school begins Aug. 12.

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