• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Midway Renaissance’s Midsummer Nights in Midway committee hosted its third and last event for the summer of 2016. The third musical event consisted of a freelance jam session where any musicians could join in and play together. There were a number of participants who came to town with their guitars across their backs, fiddles and bows, mandolins, and banjos. After pickin' and grinnin’ for a while, a dance caller joined the audience to organize a good old fashioned square dance, dancing to the tunes played by the Pawpaw Pickers. Some of the crowd joined in on the dancing while others sampled all the food and drinks at the event. I really hate seeing the Midsummer Nights end as it means that the summer is gradually coming to an end. It’s time for a big shout out to those who made the Midsummer Nights in Midway possible. The committee chairlady that kept the project rolling was Midway Renaissance president Jo Blease. Other committee members who participated on the committee included Sara Pennington-Busick, Lee Busick, Sandra Darneal, Kim Skeeters, John McDaniel, Steve and Julie Morgan, Katie Vandegrift, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift The event sponsors who helped make the project possible were Graviss McDonald’s Restaurants, Mezzo Italian Cafe and Provisions, the Lexington law firm of Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney, The Grey Goose, The Homeplace at Midway, Kentucky Honey Farms, Railroad Drug and Old Time Soda Fountain, Midway Shell and Foodmart, 2 Ladies and a Kettle, Damselfly Studio and Gallery and May and Co. of Midway. You can still get a souvenir for the Midsummer Nights in Midway, as there are still some t-shirts. The $20 shirts are available at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ••• The ladies at Midway University were put to the test when they volunteered for community service work last Saturday. The work was part of their orientation and introduction to the community. They not only got orientated, they got baptized, as it began raining about an hour after they began spreading mulch at the Walter Bradley Park. More than 20 students from Midway University worked with members of the Friends of Walter Bradley Park committee, raking and shoveling mulch the trail in the paddock area of Walter Bradley Park. That’s the area closest to Northside Elementary School. According to project supervisor Steve Simoff, the group did accomplish all their goals for the day despite the rain showers. Thanks to the students who participated in the day’s work. It is good to see some of the old traditions returning where the students at the university become part of the Midway Community. Another round of thanks goes out to the Friends of Walter Bradley Park volunteers for all their work they have carried out throughout the summer. I suggest that all nature-loving Midwegians take the time to check out the park pathways that have been renewed, cleared, and beautified this year. ••• For all of you readers who like to help others and to those who like to have fun, you can do both this Sunday, Aug. 28. Holly Hill Inn will be sponsoring a benefit Hamburger Hootenanny. For $20, proceeds will benefit an International Mission Trip in 2017, to the Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home in Guatemala; you will be able to enjoy food and music at one sitting. The music will be provided by the Puncheon Creek Band. The fun will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 7. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://lburgfcc.org/. ••• You’ve seen these guys (Steve and Julie Morgan, owners of Kentucky Honey Farms) handing out samples of honey at lots of different events throughout Kentucky. Steve is the guy you call when you go out in your back yard and hear a humming sound and you discover a swarm of bees hanging from a tree. Steve comes in and smokes the swarm of bees, gathers them up and takes them back to his place to give them a new home.

Last week was a pretty good week for Kentucky Honey Farms. Their honey brought home a couple of ribbons from the Kentucky State Fair. Their Whipped Wildflower Honey captured a first place and their Honey Package/Basket took a second place in its category – just another example of Midway staying in the news. ••• Don’t forget the next community dinner this Monday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Midway Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

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