• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

I guess all the entries are in for this year’s annual chili cook-off that will be taking place at this month’s community dinner. This year’s event will be judged by you. That means if you attend the community dinner Monday night, Jan. 29, you will be able to vote for your favorite cup of chili. This new format gives everyone a chance to vote for their favorite chili entries. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries.

The chili cook-off will take place in the Fellowship Hall at the Midway Christian Church at 6:30 p.m.

Be sure and bring an extra Rolaids or Tums for a friend. Some of the chili has stuff in it that your stomach has never seen before.

The chili cook-off also signals that it is time for this year’s annual Midway Renaissance meeting. If you are interested in the future of Midway and want to help with some of the group’s projects be sure to stay after the cook-off and attend this meeting. The election of officers also takes place at this time.

Mark your calendars for this Sunday and make your way to 101 Sexton Way, the Gathering House at The Homeplace at 5:30 p.m. It’s going to be another evening for “On a Winter’s Night Community Artist Showcase” event. Billy and Lauren Hill and Mayor Grayson Vandegrift will be entertaining. Blake Jones has put this program together and it is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. There is an open jam session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The headliners will start at 6:30 p.m. and will play until 7:30 p.m.

I want to give Amanda Davis and the Homeplace a big thank you for helping to get this Midway event off the ground.

You can say what you want about social media but there is at least one positive thing that I can say. Being the owner of two dogs - two dogs that have made their way all over town throughout their first three years of life - it is amazing how quick a lost dog finds its way back home after its picture is posted on Facebook. If your dog is ever missing post on Facebook (Midway Musings) as soon as possible, and I will bet you, that you will learn where it is within 20 minutes after posting.

It has been said that “Midway is a drinking town with a train problem,” but I say that Midway is a doggone good town!

The Midway Branch of the Woodford County Library hosted a Midway Living History event Tuesday night after being canceled last week due to the weather. Librarian and divisional winner in the Frozen Rails 5K at the beginning of the year opened up the event and turned it over to Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift. He addressed an audience of about 50 people that consisted of Midway people that grew up in Midway and have moved away, people that have just moved to Midway, people that have lived in Midway all their lives, and every combination in between. Three people in the audience boasted ages of 89 years old and older - 91 and 93 years old.

The audience wasn’t bashful at all as they asked questions and made comments about growing up in Midway. The group talked about playing ball, going to school, race relations, fire department, police department, and a downtown building burning down. From the looks on everyone’s faces it was easy to see that everyone found the evening interesting, informative, and the program gave several people a good chance to reminisce about the good old days in Midway.

Missy Bright, who grew up in Midway and whose mother was a Midway Council member, had this to say about the evening, “Tonight was magical, filled with warm memories, laughter and smiles. Stories were told by residents, past and current, of our ‘days gone by.’ The room was packed, my photos don’t do it justice. The town ‘get together’ was really organized as in how one story took us from one place in time to another. It’s a privilege to have grown up in such a town as Midway.”

Everyone enjoyed the program so much that other similar programs will be scheduled in the future.

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