• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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One big weekend down and another one coming up. Last weekend was Francisco's Farm Arts Festival at Midway University and it didn't disappoint despite the threat of rain all weekend. Visitors made their way through town to the university to check out the fine art photography, oil paintings, pottery, water colors, glass works, jewelry, and special demonstrations for folk art, Chinese paper-cutting, broom-making, and former UK basketball player La Von Williams demonstrated his art of wood-carving. If their eyes begin to get tired from looking at the exhibits, visitors could take a break and sit back and enjoy the music being played in front of the Little Memorial Library. The music presentations covered just about every musical genre except rap, and even the McTeggart Irish Dancers made an appearance. The dancers were part of the very first Francisco's Farm Festival 14 years ago. Everyone kept their eye to the sky as several major thunderstorms went around. However, when it was time for the festival to shut down, the sky decided that it would open. The rain came down in sheets just as everyone was starting to pack their exhibits away. The rain was so heavy that volunteer director Debra Shockley reported that she could not see the student center from the Anne Hart Raymond Center. The volunteers who are the backbone of the Francisco's Farm event hung in there to help the vendors load up. The Midway city workers and Midway University employees all pitched in to keep things rolling smooth. The city workers were the ones that set up all the tie-dyed flags around town. I would have to say that the festival was a huge community-involved event. What's coming up this weekend? As we all know, it is a Memorial Day weekend and Midway will not be slowing down one little bit. As a matter of fact, there will be a completely new event added on this year. The new event will be Movie Night in the Quarry and it will begin this Friday night, May 26. The next question you're probably asking yourself is where the quarry is. The quarry is on the grounds of Walter Bradley Park, just off of Dudley Street right behind the Dog Park. Announcements and a campfire session will begin at 7 p.m. The Midway Branch Library will have a storytelling time beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be a break around 8 just before the movie begins at 8:15 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring their own flashlights, bug spray, chair or blanket, drinks, and a litter bag to collect their trash. Alcoholic drinks will not be permitted at this event. The movie will be the Disney family film, "Sing." So come on down and help kick off the new event and kick off a great Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, May 27, Midway will be welcoming more than 2,000 bicycle riders as they make their way through town for the Horsey Hundred. Then downtown will ring with the sound of music as Larry Corey and the Passport Band bring their music to downtown at 7 p.m.for Midway's first block party of the year. On Memorial Day, May 29,h Midway will have its annual Memorial Day services at the Midway Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. This year's guest speaker will be Sarah Wilson. Everyone is invited to this service.

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