Midway News - Personals and Comments
Sunglasses seemed to be all the rage last Monday. Actually, they seemed to be in demand all last week. The phrase that was heard most often was "Have you gotten your sunglasses yet?" They were talking about the special glasses that were designed so you could look directly at the sun and watch as the moon made its way across its face. It was one of those once in a "Blue Moon" kind of event and we were able to witness 95 percent of it right here in our little old town of Midway. Why, there was even an eclipse party at Walter Bradley Park, hotdogs and all. Everyone at the park put their glasses on and checked out the progress of the eclipse as the minutes went by. One gentleman set up an apparatus where the image was projected on a large piece of cardboard so you didn't have to crane your neck upwards all afternoon. After seeing a couple of partial eclipse before this one, I figured at 95 percent you nearly had an eclipse. The horses in fields didn't head for the barns. The birds didn't start roosting. Well, actually, I don't think there were any birds around before the thing started. Midwegian Willy, the town groundhog, took one look at the sky, scratched his head and kept right on eating. Now I'll have to say it did get a wee bit darker (especially when you put those sunglasses on). The temperature did drop a bit. It was a nice happening after all it did get the kids out of school, I met some new people whom I hadn't met before. Any event that brings people together and they share a few happy moments ain't bad at all. ... The Midway Community Garden has a few accomplishments of its own. Not only does the garden produce all kinds of produce for those in the community, it has given cause for an annual gathering for the last three years, and this year wasn't any exception. Last Saturday, Midway area residents attended the annual Midway Community Garden Party. The event took place in behind the fellowship hall at the Midway Presbyterian Church. The ice cream alone is a good reason to attend this event; however, if you happen to be a grinner and a picker, you may have two reasons to attend this party. This year, there happened to be a whole back porch full of guitar, fiddles, bass and regular, flute, and banjo players who jammed away during the evening. Actually, there are a third and fourth reason to attend. You can just sit back and enjoy the music and there is a good chance that you may make a few new friends. My Irish grandmother always told me "there are good ships, and there are wood ships, but the best ships are friendships." ... Here it comes: Midsummer Nights in Midway, the last one for this year. Stir Crazy will be making the scene. They have just finished filling the streets and the Old Capitol grounds at Frankfort Downtown Summer Concert at the beginning of the month. This Friday night is guaranteed to be the biggest yet. There will be new vendors, a lot of the shops will be opened and the music will begin at 7 p.m. There is a possibility that a guest drummer might be setting in on a song. Meet Me in Midway on Saturday night. This event will be a great warmup for the Midway Fall Festival next month. Gosh, does the town ever slow down? I think not. ... Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift has announced a special event in response to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., and related issues. "Peace in the Park" will be held in the newly landscaped quarry area of Walter Bradley Park Sunday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. Join your fellow community members to celebrate diversity and discuss the important topics of the day. Everyone is welcome to participate.