• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway - Personals and Comments

Midway has several events scheduled in the next few weeks. One is the Midsummer Nights in Midway, and they will be trying something new this year. The westbound lane of East Main Street will be closed for the street parties, which are scheduled for June 29, July 27 and Aug. 24. The Midsummer Nights in Midway series is an offshoot of Midway’s very successful Furlong Fridays music block party event, which lost support from the Midway Business Association and was abandoned in favor of a very unsuccessful First Friday event which favored only a few stores.

Midway Renaissance picked up the ball and recreated Furlong Friday, calling it Midsummer Nights in Midway, which is in its third year and has grown in popularity each year. One thing that has taken it to the next level from Furlong Friday is the addition of vendors selling crafts, food and other interesting items. Twenty booths are expected to participate this year.

The first band for this year will be Larry Corey and The Passport Band. They will be playing June 29, and the music will begin at 7 p.m. Let’s hope the new layout makes the event even better.

Be sure to mark your calendars for July 3 for Midway’s annual Sparks in the Park, which began (if memory serves me right) in 2010. The event is a warm-up for the 4th of July festivities taking place the next day. Midway’s Sparks is a laid back program with a little music, and the city provides a barbecue dinner with bottled water and a bouncy house for children. Vendors offer ice cream, kettle corn and lemonade.

Those who attend usually want to know where the sparks are. For safety reasons, the sparklers at the first events were eliminated. This year, The Friends of Walter Bradley Park organization has donated money to buy safe sparklers. They are the wooden stick-type less likely to burn the kids because they cool down very rapidly after the sparks stop. There will be several hundred handed out to parents of children at the event.

The fun will begin at Walter Bradley Park July 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Market every Monday beginning at 3 p.m. till 6 p.m.

Another date to add to your calendar: The Midway United Methodist Church, located at 120 West Bruen Street, is holding a reception to welcome our new Pastor on July 30 immediately after church services. We invite the community to help us give a warm Southern welcome to Pastor Samantha Penwell. Pastor Sam is a seminary student at Asbury University and comes to Kentucky from Clarendon, Penn. She has a special interest in working with the youth of our community, and we look forward to seeing you at the reception.

Remember that the next Versailles’s Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy Class will be held in Midway at the Woodford County Library on Northside Drive. The community room, restroom accommodations, along with parking, will be a convenient location for all. The next CPA Class will startTuesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. and last 90 minutes. You can pick up an application for the program at the Midway City Hall.

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