MIDWAY NEWS AND VIEWS
Model train exhibit A G-scale model train exhibit will be on display Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A local train enthusiast will display “Fantasy Land” model trains at 113 E. Main Street (the brick building to the right of Railroad Drug). A N-scale model of Midway will be on display in Midway City Hall. Admission is free and kid friendly. A toy train vendor will be set up at 113 E. Main Street. In addition, Midway stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for holiday shopping and restaurants will have appetizers, meal and beverage features all day.
Candy Cane Cruise The first Candy Cane Cruise through downtown will be held Saturday, Dec. 14. Stop into each business in Midway for a free candy cane and get your free Candy Cane Cruise ticket stamped (tickets available at any restaurant/shop). Once your ticket has been stamped at 10 businesses, drop it off at Midway Makers Market to enter the “Taste of Midway” basket drawing. The basket will be comprised of donated items from Midway shops and restaurants.
Santa arrives by train Another Saturday in Midway. Another rainy day. But the rain and clouds could do little to dampen the spirits of the families who gathered to greet the R.J. Corman train as it rolled into Midway last Saturday morning. Children and parents with brightly colored umbrellas and rain jackets smiled and cheered as the train sounded its horn and came to a stop on Main Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus exited the train to an excited crowd and spent several hours talking to the eagerly awaiting children about what they want for Christmas, taking photos and being a central part of the weekend’s festivities. The weekend was a celebration of Small Business Saturday to encourage locals to shop local, and several vendors were set up in pop-up tents along main street in addition to the local stores being open to shoppers.
Lighting of the Christmas tree A favorite annual tradition of mine is the simple ceremony of lighting the Christmas tree in downtown Midway. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift leads the ceremonies with a brief introduction and a carol before the street lights and the tree are lit to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. About 75 local residents turned out last Friday to sing carols and celebrate together and this simple event has turned into one of our family’s favorite traditions. Many of those attending also enjoyed dinner at one of the local restaurants after the ceremony. It is a lovely community event, where you get to meet and talk with your neighbors and kick off the Christmas season. My parents were in from England and it was truly special to share this event with them.