By Katie Ledford
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications
“Meet Me In Midway for First Friday” begins this Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. This event is hosted by the Midway Business Association to attract more visitors from surrounding counties.
Kenny Smith, association president and owner of Kennydid Gallery, started this event in his business to bring more visitors to Midway and draw more customers to his store. Smith’s idea was so successful that other businesses began participating in First Friday as well.
The goal of First Friday is to make Midway the destination for the first Friday of each month. Smith says the entertainment for First Friday depends on the individual shops. Kennydid Gallery will feature a live guitar player for two hours.
Shops will be doing more than just having their doors open. They may feature certain artists or designers each month or have special events. Some businesses will be providing refreshments such as cheese and crackers, cookies, and soft drinks. “As more shops get involved,” Smith said, “there will be more festivities.”
Furlong Friday will resume once the weather warms up. This event, which began last year, is a downtown block party held on the second Friday during the summer months. These events will feature live bands that will play in the parking lot at Darlin’ Jeans Apple Cobbler Café. Furlong Friday will begin at 7 p.m. and will last until 9 or 10 p.m. depending on the entertainment.
Meet Me In Midway For First Friday will be held every first Friday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Smith encourages everyone to head over to Midway this Friday. He said, “We want to make it as big of an event as possible.”
Shops that will be participating in First Friday are Midway Boutique, Kennydid Gallery, LeMarche, Eagle’s Nest Antiques, Damselfly Studio and Gallery, Celtic Trends and Fashion Filly. Participating restaurants are 815 Prime, Darlin’ Jeans Apple Cobbler Café and The Grey Goose.