Screen Savers to the Midway’s Rescue

Nagelschmidt was at the Syracuse Regional Market

The hellacious July 8 tornado destroyed a Minetto landmark: the Midway Drive-In’s screen, which stood tall for 66 years. It looked like curtains for the summertime favorite until the Girl Scouts from Troop 10101 convinced Midway owner John Nagelschmidt that a series of fundraisers might be a good idea to raise a new screen. The young ladies quickly sold out more than 1,300 T-shirts and 1,000 bracelets during Oswego’s Harborfest weekend, and they are still making the rounds at area spots to solicit donations.


WSYR-Channel 9 newshounds Rachel Polansky and Michael Toper display the new wardrobe. Photo by Bill DeLapp

On Aug. 9 Nagelschmidt was at the Syracuse Regional Market to sell a new supply of T-shirts, available in several colors and sizes.

Midway Drive In

Nagelschmidt with a devoted Midway fan. Photo by Bill DeLapp

Nagelschmidt and his T-shirts will be stationed next at Cicero’s Buffalo Wild Wings, 5671 East Circle Drive, from Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where patrons can donate 20 percent of their food and bar tabs to the Midway’s rebuilding fund. Other fundraising events are in the works, and purchases of commemorative T-shirts can also be handled through the ozoner’s website,


Nagelschmidt with 13-year-old Girl Scout Maddie Rhinehart. Photo by Bill DeLapp

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