• By Vanessa Seitz Midway, Correspondent

Midway News and Views

Weisenberger Mill bridge Work has started on removing and then replacing the 80-year old bridge at Weisenberger Mill this week. Signs have been put up, gravel work has been done and the first step will be to remove the existing bridge. Work is expected to be completed by May 2020. Zion Hill picnic The residents of Zion Hill in Midway enjoyed their 13th annual picnic Saturday with food, music, train rides and entertainment. About 125 people attended this popular family event, including Zion Hill residents, friends, family and community leaders. Also in attendance were Scott County EMS personnel. The event is organized by volunteers from Zion Hill and, in the past, catered for as many as 850 people with free food and enough left over to donate to the Hope Center in Lexington. Each year on the Friday before, there is a tour to a local attraction followed by lunch. This year’s event was a tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery, followed by lunch at Wallace Station. This event is popular with the many senior citizens who attend. Participants ranged in age from 54 months to 92 years old this year. New this year was a train ride around the community and helicopter rides. Darrell Sloan was the chef for the day and cooked up some excellent food, including fried peppers. Midsummer Nights in Midway Midway Renaissance’s last Midsummer Nights in Midway event this year is Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be food, crafts and the band is Superfecta! The Iron Horse Half Marathon and 12k on Sunday, Sept. 22 Coming up soon in Midway is the 10th annual Iron Horse Half Marathon and 3rd annual Iron Horse 12k. For their 10th anniversary, they are holding the race in conjunction with the Midway Fall Festival. The race starts at 7 a.m. and runs from the water tower in Midway, behind Darlin’ Jeans, out and back from Midway Road on Spring Station Road and then across Midway Road again out and back on Stephens Street/Weisenberger Mill Road to complete the half marathon, finishing by the Midway College soccer fields. There will be water stations, race photographers on course and plenty of cheering at the finish! Come join in a morning of running, fun and the best local vendors Kentucky has to offer. Sign up with RunSignUp.com or at ironhorsehalfmarathon.com. Registrants will receive a long sleeve technical running shirt with custom Iron Horse artwork, an Iron Horse poster by local artist Cricket Press, personalized bibs, custom age group awards, free unlimited downloading of all race photos after the race, free custom 13.1 sticker to all Half Marathon participants, post-race massage for runners and a finisher medal.

Midway Views An evening with author Silas House and musical guests The Local Honeys at Holly Hill Inn. Is there a more perfect way to spend a summer evening than listening to some Kentucky music and enjoying Ouita Michel’s menu under a summer sky and a hundred fairy lights in the ambience of Holly Hill Inn? Last Saturday’s poetry-inspired menu was one of a summer’s worth of cuisine inspired by Kentucky farmers and literary tradition – poetry in particular. Inspired by Michel’s own mother, Pam Papka Sexton, a poet who will be featured in the series Sept. 11-21, the series is a journey through literature and food. A fixed price buffet menu for $50 inspired by poetry comes to life in the mixing bowls and menus of chef and owner Michel and chef de cuisine Tyler McNabb at Holly Hill Inn with ingredients locally sourced from local farms and a Kentucky story that entices your taste buds. A menu that takes you back to the decades-old recipes and pages of cookbooks from Kentucky kitchens; the menu is available from Aug. 24 at the Holly Hill Inn. Last Saturday’s event celebrated Hazel Dickens, the American bluegrass singer, songwriter and musician. This, by Silas House, inspired the menu. “Hazel Dickens,” by Silas House. “As soon as I heard she had died I looked A mess of soup beans, studying hard for rocks, let the beans slide over my outstretched hand and into the cold water. I lit the stove eye, plopped in a big glomp of grease, salted like a hillbilly does: a lot. I stood there a long while, but a watched pot never boils. So I will wait here by the window, watching redbirds fly hither and yon on a stormy Good Friday. Later, when we are eating our soup beans (and sweet onions, fried taters, chow-chow, salmon patties) we will listen to Hazel singing “Black Lung” or maybe put on her and Alice doing “The One I Love is Gone” and there will be nothing else except the silver sound of forks between us.” The buffet menu was twice-cooked Stone Cross Farm pork belly glazed in Ronni’s orange sorghum vinegar, rolled and fried marinated Kentucky catfish – tartar sauce, scratch hot sauce, green beans and new potatoes, cheese grits soufflé, cheese and tomato pie, eggplant casserole, cabbage salad, corn salad, watermelon and cantaloupe with lime, pickled peaches, pickled watermelon rind, pickled beets, lime pickles, hot water cornbread, sweet potato biscuits. For dessert there was a choice of peanut butter pie, bourbon buttermilk chess pie, lingonberry pie, lemon chiffon pie or chocolate bourbon pecan pie. The nightcap for the evening was the author himself, Silas House, who attended the event, read the poem and graciously circulated among the guests, many of which congratulated the Lexington-based author on his work. As the evening came to a close, with diners enjoying drinks on the lawn in front of Holly Hill Inn, The Local Honeys played the well-known notes of “My Old Kentucky Home,” requested by House. Michel swaying in time to the Bluegrass version of our state song, led us all in an appreciation for an evening of great food and music. The moonlight shining through the branches of the giant tree, the notes fading in the summer air, our bellies full with a taste of Kentucky, we all felt we had shared a banquet of food, of music and of true hospitality at Holly Hill Inn.

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