Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Midsummer Nights in Midway starts this Friday at 5

Midway Renaissance is sponsoring "Midsummer Nights in Midway" starting this Friday, June 24, and repeating on July 22 and Aug. 19, also Fridays, starting at 5 p.m.

"The pop-up fair events will provide wholesome family fun and serve as a platform for local businesses, artists and non-profits to reach new audiences. The events will highlight the historic, small-town warmth of our community," Renaissance says on the event website.

Each event will have live music (dancing is encouraged), local bourbon and brews, street vendors, a mini farmers market, kids activities, classic cars, and a chance to win local goods. Many stores will be open for shopping.

This week's music will come from Shades of Grass, a Bluegrass band that says it plays a variety of acoustic music. The music is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Snacks and desserts will be offered on Main Street by The Midway School Bakery, 2 Ladies and a Kettle, and St. Matthew AME Church. Midway Renaissance and Mezzo Italian Cafe and Provisions will have beverages on the street.

Street vendors will include Kentucky Honey Farms, Weisenberger Mills, Bellaire Blooms, Bob Mickler's, Goff Club Collection, uniKYly Crafted, Rediscovered Treasures, Summer Starts Here Farm, Shop Twenty Something and the Midway United Methodist Church.

Walnut Grove Events will have a photo booth, Rebecca Partin will paint faces, and balloon artist and stilt walker Tiny Tallman will appear. A city fire truck and classic cars will be on display, and there will be a children's activity area and a cornhole game.

Besides Midway Renaissance, the event sponsors are Graviss McDonald's Restaurants, Mezzo Italian Cafe and Provisions, the Lexington law firm of Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney, The Grey Goose, The Homeplace at Midway, Kentucky Honey Farms, Railroad Drug and Old Time Soda Fountain, Midway Shell and Foodmart, 2 Ladies and a Kettle, Damselfly Studio and Gallery and May and Co. of Midway.

Renaissance is selling Midsummer Nights in Midway T-shirts, with the proceeds intended to help install a public restroom downtown. The $20 shirts are available at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the event.

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