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Our 19th Annual Christmas at Midway Midway Marina, Inc.· P.O. Box 308, Fulton, MS 38843 · midway@nexband.com · 662-862-7306 · November 2009

What a whirlwind it’s been at Midway! The Halloween Party was wonderful. Over 80 people enjoyed a smorgasbord of food, games, and prizes. The music was so great we just had to dance. Thank you, Billy and Laura Crawford !

OPEN HOUSE 4:30-6:30

On the first Saturday of December we show

Happy Birthday to you!

off for company. You will be hearing about us on all the media. Literally hundreds come to let their children tell Santa what they want for Christmas, look at the beautiful boats decorated for Christmas, enjoy the generosity of the boaters who provide refreshments, ride the train (adults, too!) and marvel at the spectacular fireworks. And everything is free! Every Christmas light and every decoration we can find is displayed on the grounds and on each boat. We will start decorating the grounds for Christmas at Midway the first of November. If you have any ideas for decorating or want to help, we appreciate anything you can contribute. We are looking forward to plenty of volunteers as usual to wrap the gifts for the children. Over 300 were given away last year. If you cannot be here we will turn your boat lights on. Bonnie Pearson 11/2 Gary Reynolds 11/2 Gene Lalonde 11/4 Barry Boyd 11/12 Evan Conner 11/13 Sharon Shoemaker 11/14 Leo Roeske 11/18 Monica Lamelas 11/18 Madison McLeod 11/23 Mary Conner 11/23 (92!) Cyndi Bowen 11/28

Important notice Keep an eye on the weather forecasts. The water will be turned off when 32F or below is predicted. The water will be turned back on when the danger of the pipes’ bursting has passed. Thank you for your understanding.

THANKSGIVING DINNER, NOVEMBER 26 Bring a covered dish and meet in the lounge at 1pm. You may let us know ( 862-7306) if you plan to attend and we will post names so we can be sure all goodies will be covered! A HOBO DINNER is planned for 4pm Saturday evening, November 21. (You may use the fire pit anytime.)

Welcome to Our Newcomers Welcome to the Howell family whose names are Victoria, Brock, Nathaniel, Cora, Mahala, Eleasah and Gabriel. Mom is Kecia and Dad is James. Carl and Sally Acklund arrived last month. Jerry Rea arrived on Halloween.

Natchez Trace Fall Color Take a drive along the Natchez Trace to enjoy gorgeous fall colors. One way to reach the Trace is to turn left when you leave the marina, drive 18 miles and you will see the Trace bridge over Rankin Highway. The entrance to the Trace is there, although you will not see a sign.


Things to Do in Our Town Itawamba Community College in Fulton is sponsoring a fall concert featuring their own “Center Stage” entertainers. The date is November 3, 6:30 pm at the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center. FREE! Call 662-862-8244 for more information. Please support our college by attending. A Workshop/Lecture entitled “Linking Life to Literature” will be held at 6pm on November 10 at the Learning Resource Center, Itawamba Community College in Fulton. The workshop will be presented by Robin Lowe of the Tupelo campus. She is an English instructor and recipient of the MS Humanities Council Theater Award. FREE! Call 662-862-8039. Fulton’s Merchants Holiday Open House will be held Sunday, November 22. Super Sales start at 1 pm. Come out and take part in super holiday savings at various Fulton merchants. This is an ideal time for your Christmas shopping. Refreshments and beautiful decoration, too! A Genealogy Fair will be held on Friday, November 6, at the MSU-Itawamba County Extension Office, 304 W. Wiygul, Fulton from noon until 5 pm. The fair will enable

beginners a chance to learn more about beginning your genealogy search by using courthouse records, military pensions and preserving family memorabilia. Bring a sack lunch and join us for a fun afternoon learning how to dig up your family history. Please call the Extension office at 662-862-3201 to sign up.

Across the River in Tupelo Disney On Ice is presenting Disney/Pixar's “Finding Nemo” on Thursday, November 12, 10:30am and 7pm; on Friday, November 13, 10:30am and 7pm; Saturday, November 14 11am, 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, November 15, at 2pm. Public ice skating is offered 11/21, 11/22, 11/28 and 11/29. There will be two sessions each day from 1-3pm and 4-6pm. The cost in $7 per person and this includes skates. Go to www.bcsarena.com for more information. An Independent Film Series will be held at the Link Center, 1800 W. Main, on November 28 at 6:30pm. The price is $5 and includes popcorn and drink. Call 662-690-4011 for more information.

The Trent/Severn Canal in Ontario, Canada connects Lake Ontario to the Georgian Bay section of Lake Huron. It’s a series of man-made canals (with 44 locks) that connect rivers, lakes and ponds to cover the 240 mile stretch. One of the most interesting parts of the Trent/Severn is lock #44, commonly referred to as “the Big Chute”. It’s really not a lock. Instead, it’s a motorized marine railway (of sorts) that actually lifts your boat out of the water, carries it across a narrow spit of land, and deposits it in the water on the other side. When you first enter the “Chute” it is submerged which allows your boat to float on. Once in position, the lock operator straps your boat down to prevent it from falling on it’s side when the Chute moves out of the water. The Chute then moves forward on rails toward the land, while at the same time, rising up. Once you’re on land, the entire railway, with both you and your boat in it, is totally out of the water. The railway continues moving forward, then descends the bank on the other side until you are, once again, floating. The Big Chute has been in operation since the 1940’s, and allegedly, has never had a mishap. Amazing! contributed by Peter Ferioli

Editor’s note: Although Peter has described this lock very well, you must be there to get the tremendous impact of this phenomenon. It is absolutely worth the trip just to watch. It’s much better on a boat!


November 2009