• By Vanessa Seitz

Midway News and Views


THIS MAP OF MIDWAY from 1852 is being restored and will one day be displayed in Midway City Hall. (Photo by Vanessa Seitz)

Midway News Candy Cane Cruise The first Midway Candy Cane Cruise through downtown is Saturday, Dec. 14. Stop into each business in Midway for a free candy cane and get your Candy Cane Cruise ticket stamped (tickets available at any restaurant/shop). Once your ticket has been stamped at 10 businesses, drop it off at the Midway Makers Market to enter the “Taste of Midway” basket drawing. The basket will contain donated items from Midway shops and restaurants. The Midway Women’s Club annual holiday outdoor decorating contest The annual decorating contest is back again this year and the judging date has been set for Dec. 18 at 6.30 p.m. The Midway Women’s Club holiday decorating judges will be driving around Midway homes and businesses that day to judge the various Christmas decorations. There is no charge to enter the contest, there are a range of different award categories and the winning homes will be published in The Woodford Sun. The Frozen Rails 5k and 10k Jan. 1, 2020 Start the new year right with the Frozen Rails 5K & 10K in Midway Jan. 1, 2020 at 2 p.m. The race will start and finish at the corner of Winter and Main Streets near Midway City Hall. The headquarters on race day will be at Midway Christian Church (123 East Bruen Street). This is a great place to stay warm before the race! After the race come back to the church for hot chocolate, fellowship and awards. Participants will receive a commemorative performance running beanie cap, chip timing by RaceRise, overall and age group awards, a live DJ and a “Best Finish Line Photo” contest. There will also be an untimed 1-mile fun run/walk. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Midway Ministerial Association, a collaborative effort involving seven Midway-area churches (Midway Christian Church, Midway Baptist Church, Midway Presbyterian Church, St. Matthew’s AME Church, Midway United Methodist Church, Historic Second Christian Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church) that provide support and funding for those in need in their community.

Midway Views Midway Map Restoration Project The citizens of Midway have been working hard on several historical projects for Midway. One of these is the Midway Map Restoration Project – a map dating back to 1852. Bill and Leslie Penn of the Historic Midway Museum Store gave me the details on the progress. A map of Midway had been hanging in Midway City Hall for many years. It had begun to fade and there were other issues, such as staining from tape that had been holding the map onto the cardboard backing. Old World Restorations was recommended by Mike Courtney of Black Swan Books, a professional rare book and ephemera dealer, who estimated the map to be valued at auction up to $5,000. The map was therefore deemed worthy of restoration and the restoration project began. Douglas Eisele, the President/CEO of Old World Restorations, evaluated the map and was concerned as there were discolorations and stains on the map that needed to be attended to and the map was fragile, being made from chiffon-silk-vellum and attached to a backing mat. Progress to date has been gradual, with work being done a little at a time, placing the map under weights to keep it as flat as possible. The restorers were able to successfully remove it from the backing board without any further damage and have been cleaning the map to reduce the staining from the tape and adhesive. The eventual plan is to have a copy of this map displayed on the wall in City Hall and the original be placed either in a proper darkened storage space or if placed on a wall, in a site without exterior windows and only dim lights. Funds for the restoration of the map have been raised from local residents’ donations who wanted to purchase copies of the map. New Walter Bradley Park sign to be erected Also, a project of the Living History Committee is a new sign for Walter Bradley Park. John Holloway is installing the sign, which will be erected at the park’s two pedestrian entrances. The signs should be completed and erected soon. The park is named for Walter T. Bradley Jr, the first African-American on the Midway City Council. He was the husband of Mollie McFarland Bradley of Midway. He was a veteran of World War II and was employed at the Bluegrass Army Depot for 27 years. Bradley was on the city council for two dozen years, from 1978-2002. In honor of this service, in 2006, Midway’s city park was named “Walter T. Bradley Jr. Memorial Park at Lee’s Branch.” Bradley’s hobby was reading, and as a student of history he wrote about famous African- Americans for The Woodford Sun. Walter was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church for more than 50 years and Immanuel Baptist Church for 15 years and received an Honorary 33rd degree in Prince Hall Freemasonry. Signs of the times The Living History committee has been working since last summer to put small interpretive plaques on the historic buildings in Midway. Each plaque features a vintage photo of the building and a brief history of the building. About 10 buildings have the plaques, but more are planned as we find old photos to use. Take a walk through Midway’s main street where several of these signs can be seen.

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