By Ashley M. Casey and Debra J. Groom
The Midway Drive-In will no longer be “Gone with the Wind,” as its websites playfully states.
A T-shirt sale held this weekend at the Drive-In and at Harborfest will raise money to rebuild the screen, which was destroyed in a storm earlier this month.
Owner John Nagelschmidt announced the fundraiser via a press release and the Friends of Oswego Facebook page.
“As that caretaker I feel obligated to try to bring the Midway back to life. So many memories have been made here and we don’t want to see it end,” Nagelschmidt said in his statement.
Nagelschmidt said members of Girl Scout Troop 10101 will assist with the fundraiser, selling T-shirts and bracelets that say “I Helped Save the Midway.”
Cindy Rhinehart, leader of Troop 10101, said the 10 girls in the troop were devastated to hear about the Midway because it has been such a hugh part of their lives.
“Shelby came flying down stairs in tears when she heard,” Rhinehart said.
Rhinehart’s daughter, Maddie, didn’t find out about the Midway until later because she was away at camp.
“She was hysterical. It was terrible,” Rhinehart said of her daughter’s reaction. “Later, she collected herself, cleared her head and said ‘we have to do something.’”
The girls are helping the Midway not as an official Girl Scout event, but simply as themselves — children who love the theater.
“This is everything to them,” Rhinehart said.
T-shirts will be $20 and bracelets will be $2.
Those interested in donating can buy shirts and bracelets at the Drive-In (2475 Route 48 in Minetto) during the following times:
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27
A booth also will be set up during Harborfest at 77 W. First St. in the parking lot located directly north of Cahill’s from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, July 26.
Donations can also be mailed to: Midway Drive-In Theatre, PO Box 22 Minetto, NY 13115.
Checks should be made out to the Midway Drive-In Theatre with “donation” on the memo line.
The Drive-In also has a PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more updates about the Midway Drive-In, visitmidwaydrivein.com and like the theater on Facebook.