• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

Just to let you know, the Midway Community Garden group is up and running. Even though the weather hasn't been all that yielding, they are already turning over the soil and have begun planting, kale, turnip and mustard greens, spinach, and radishes. I saw the group working last Saturday morning and they were scheduled to plant broccoli, cabbage, potatoes and onions. If you want to get your hands dirty and help with this community project, send Janice L. Holland a message at jholland@midway.edu. Children are welcome to participate in this project. ... The Midway merchants are springing forward with a 21-day event that will definitely put you in the mood for Keeneland and the Kentucky Derby and make your visit to downtown Midway a little different. After about 12 years, sawhorses will be making another appearance in downtown Midway as they are entered into Midway's Sawhorse Derby. I know your next question is, what in the world is a sawhorse derby? On Friday, April 7, the downtown merchants and restaurants will be featuring specially decorated sawhorses outside of their places of business. Customers will pick up a voting ballot (ticket) available at all participating businesses, and will vote for their favorite sawhorse number by dropping their ballot at the Midway Historic Museum Store, one ballot per person. As with almost any horse race, there is a win, place, and show, and the Midway merchants' Sawhorse Derby isn't any different. The voting starts this Friday and it will end on Saturday, April 29, when there will be a special "Round up and Winner's Circle" event the courtyard area between Historic Museum Store and Damselfly starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. and that's where the votes will be counted. The first, second, and third vote-getters will be announced. There will be horse-related children's activities (throwing hula hoops over sawhorses, stick horse races, etc.). ... Midway's biggest Easter egg hunt will be held this Sunday at Midway University. The Ruth Slack Roach Annual Easter egg hunt, face-painting, and games with prizes will make up a special Easter Sunday. All children 10 years old and younger are invited to join in. Activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. Folks this is a great family event. The fun is designed for the kids but there are no rules stating that mom and dad can't get in on the fun and have a great day, too. For more information, call 846-5390. ... Ouita Michel, owner of Midway's Holly Hill Inn along with her husband, Chris, is once again in the news. A great news story about her latest restaurant that will be opening soon cover the front page and all the second page of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sundayedition. The new restaurant will be called Honeywood and will be located at the Summit at Fritz Farm off Nicholasville Road. The restaurant that Michel is opening is named after Mrs. Honeywood Parrish Rouse, a Midway native who grew up at Holly Hill Inn when it was a private residence. ... Calling out to all those Johnny Appleseed wannabes. Volunteers are needed for planting trees at the Walter Bradley Park on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Volunteers will start gathering at the Walter Bradley Park Pavilion at 10 a.m. In reality, you won't be planting apple trees, but if need be, you can pretend to be Johnny Appleseed. I bet some old tin pots could be made available for those who need some inspiration. If you just have a tree-planting urge, join the group on Earth Day and start planting. Everyone is welcome to be part of Midway becoming just a little bit better place to live.

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