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The Midway Merchant’s Old Fashion Christmas Kick-off and Chili Cook-off along with the tree lighting and Midway’s Small Business Saturday with Santa got things rolling pretty good for the downtown businesses. Even with no major downtown activities going on last week, visitors to town were hard pressed to find a place to park. Apparently the visitors are doing more than parking their cars as businesses are reporting record activity in their stores.

Lots of people are checking out the vendors that have set up in the old Eagle’s Nest building. The building has been dubbed the “Pop-up Shop.” The shop will be open for a couple of more weeks for Christmas shoppers.

The picture in last week’s Midway section of the Woodford Sun with Santa and the little girl deciding what she wants for Christmas was submitted by Julie Morgan. Julie has taken some great pictures of Midway activities; maybe we can set up an exhibit sometime next year and check out some of her work.

This Friday would be a good time to check out the Woodford County Public Library’s Midway Branch, that is located at 400 Northside Dr., Midway, Kentucky. They will be having their Midway Branch Library Holiday Open House. Everyone is encouraged to drop in any time between 3 and 6 p.m.and make a gingerbread house. Light refreshments will be served and children from Northside Elementary School will be here to perform a few musical numbers. No sign up is necessary. Midwegian Blake Jones has recently spearheaded a project

On a Winter’s Night, Midway Community Artist Series. So far he has put together the following events with artist and location:

January 14: Blake Jones, Bill and Leslie Penn Location: Eat, Drink, Breathe Midway

January 28: The Hills, Grayson Vandegrift Location: Eat, Drink, Breathe Midway

February 11: Sara Day Evans, Readings by Bob Rouse Location: Midway Women’s Club

February 25: Open Mic Night Location: Higher Grounds

March 4: Midway University students, Aaron Hamilton Location: The Homeplace

March 18: Nathaniel Wyatt, Bruce Skeeter Location: Eat, Drink, Breathe Midway

Did I mention that all of these programs are free? These events could very well lessen the effects of cabin fever that creep over us during the winter months.

Talk about keeping up the spirit of Christmas, the Midway Business Association is happy to report they have delivered a sleigh full of toys this week to the Lexington Marine Reserves for Toys for Tots. Six large donation boxes were filled by our Community at Midway Chiropractic, Mezzos Italian Cafe, Midway Post Office, Midway City Hall, United Bank, and one rotating box. If you know anyone or family in Woodford County or central Kentucky who needs assistance with toys this year, please have them call Sgt. Gomilar this week at 859-254-0360. ext. 4.

News from Northside Elementary: The fifth grade Leadership Team, aka Lighthouse Team, has been collecting change for their Hurricane Relief Drive. The money will be used to buy a gift card to send to an elementary school in Florida that has suffered damage from Hurricane Irma.

This is just one of Northside’s programs to teach students about community service.

It seems that this year’s Northside Elementary Fall Book Fair was a big success. Book sales were higher than ever before, which enable Melinda Caldwell, Librarian/Media Specialist, to order over 125 new books for Northside students to enjoy. She would like to thank the volunteers who shared their time. She also wanted to thank Midway Christian Church for helping to make sure every child received a book from the fair.

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