• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

It's hardly a week that goes by when there isn't at least one article in the news about Midway or one of its residents. Last week was one exception. As I was perusing online to see what the public's gripe of the day was about, I found an article by Andrea Limke, who has a blog called Only in Your State. It is an interesting group of online articles based on people, places and things around Kentucky. Some of her articles have titles like "The 10 Best BBQ Sandwiches In Kentucky And Where To Find Them," "8 Epic Things You Never Thought Of Doing In Kentucky," "17 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Kentucky," and other such titles. This week she wrote an article titled "The Most Enchanting Town in All of Kentucky." Now guess what town she was talking about. Of course, you guessed Midway, or I wouldn't even be taking the time to bring the article to your attention. She commented that it would be hard to determine which town in Kentucky would be the best. In fact, she said it would be impossible; however, she goes on to say that there is a town called Midway that could easily claim the title as the most enchanting town. The article stated that Midway is its own destination town and tells the reader that he or she will never forget a trip to its quiet, enchanting streets. She said that Midway's Main Street is anything that you would hope for in a small town. The Main Street's colorful historical buildings line the street where a railroad track crosses through. On any day of the week, you may think that you've entered a movie set. It is nice to read about what other people think about Midway. ... It was another busy weekend with Midsummer Nights in Midway kicking things off Friday night. Again, the day began with rain, which continued throughout most of the day. Around 4 p.m. the clouds began to disappear and the sun began to shine and Midsummer Nights in Midway was given the green light, and the word went out over the social media gadgets and people started filling the streets. Of course, it's the music that adds the spark to the event, and on this evening Larry Cory and His Passport Band provided the sounds that were played over our radios and record players during the '50s, '60s, and '70s. The restaurants were filled and the sidewalk traffic checked out all the vendors who had set up for the night. My favorite part during these events is that it is not only the older visitors to town who enjoy what's going on. This is an event that has some activities set up for the children who attend. After they visit the face-painters, receive their balloons from the Tiny Tall Man, and get deputized and receive a Junior Policeman badge from an officer from the Versailles Police Department, they continue to search for other activities. One of the favorite activities is seeing who can walk the farthest down the tracks without falling off the rail. The railroad tracks seem to fascinate the young guys and some of the girls to no end. The next day, Saturday, which turned out to be a gorgeous day all day long, there was the Northside Block Party that kept the weekend activities moving right along. This event was a get-together for the Northside kids to play and make new friends before they head back to school. ... Going down to the very last day of the month, the Midway Christian Church Community Dinner that took place Monday night set the tone with their second veggie meal of the summer. The meal featured Kentucky Proud local produce from Susan Martin Hutcherson and Bobby Hutcherson of Hutcherson Produce Farm in Frankfort and local lettuce from the Ginter's at Bluegrass Aquaponics in Midway. With a menu that included great northern and pinto beans seasoned with country ham, green beans, new potatoes, roasted yellow squash, zucchini and onion, a salad of tomato, cucumbers and onion in an oil/vinegar/herb dressing, lettuce salad, cornbread, watermelon, and beverage how could anyone complain about being hungry? ... Even though summer is coming to an end, believe me when I say that Midway activities will not be slowing down. On Saturday, Aug. 19, the garden party and old-time music jam will take place at the Midway Presbyterian Church. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue to jam till 8:30 p.m. If you want to jam, bring your instrument - fiddle, banjo, washboard, spoons, French harp, guitar or whatever - along and join in. If you can't play a lick, you sure can bring a chair or blanket and listen. Oh, by the way, there is a rumor that ice cream will be available for your licking pleasure. See ya at the jam.

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