Blue vs. Gray & the (Bridal) 5K

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Now THIS is more like it.
 
It was a bit slow the last couple of weeks, but the weekend calendar in #LoveTheCov is back and big and bursting with energy and many darn-good reasons NOT to stay home.
 
There’s a 5K with a bridal theme, a new beer at Braxton Brewery, a Civil War celebration at BCM, a rather intellectual look at Duveneck’s murals, a lively Carnegie production and the opening of a new food window in the heart of downtown Covington, among other things.
 
Civil War celebration
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park returns to the dark days of a nation at war with itself on Saturday during Civil War Park Day@BCM.
 
Come check out the reenactors, the mini-encampment, and the hike to Battery Bates led by archaeologist associate Jeannine Kreinbrink.
 
Get a better feel what military life was like while learning about Northern Kentucky’s role in the Civil War. Details, HERE.
 
New late-night food fix
Hotel Covington (and Coppin’s restaurant) has a walk-up window!
 
Friday evening is the start of the soft opening for a new solution to your late-night food cravings.
 
The window will be open Friday and Saturday nights in April. Info, HERE.
 
Bubbles vs. Bourbon
Organizers are billing it as combining “all the best elements of a wedding with the fun of a 5K.”
 
Yes, it’s The Great Bridal Chase, with different registration options, a Bubbles vs. Bourbon theme, fun T-shirts, and a great post-event party.
 
Sunday morning, beginning at Pike & Madison. Info and tickets, HERE.
 
Beauty, brains & culture
Come to the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (the beauty) on Saturday and hear the Msgr. William Cleves (the brains) lecture about the legendary Covington artist Frank Duveneck (the culture).
 
“An Interpretation of The Duveneck Murals” will focus on the artist’s three murals at the Basilica (so even more beauty and culture). 2019 is the 100-year anniversary of Duveneck’s death.
 
NOTE: This event is rescheduled from January. It’s free but space is limited, so register HERE.
 
Urban tour
Want to get a “feel” for downtown Covington in the company of others?
 
It’s another Covington Urban Walk on Sunday afternoon, with a quick circle through Cincinnati and Newport and a stop at Braxton Brewing Co. It’s part of a regular Meetup group.
 
Info, HERE.
 
SWING!
What is swing? High-energy beats and fast-paced dance moves.
 
SWING!, on the other hand, is taking swing culture to a new level at The Carnegie.
 
Come check out the enthralling song-and-dance production with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Info, HERE.   
 
Another new beer
Braxton Brewing is tapping its Summer Session IPA (tuned with Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, and Grüngeist hops) on Friday during its Jam Session Tapping & Can Release.
 
But it WILL get loud, they say.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Sense of belonging
Explore the theme of belonging - in the community, with each other, and as a human - during a free, fun, and interactive workshop at The Center for Great Neighborhoods on Saturday.
 
“You Belong Here” is a collaboration of the True Body Project and Take a Moment Studio that will involve creating images and words for screen prints that you can take home. The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati is a co-host.
 
For info and to register, HERE.
 
Year-round Farmers Market
This Saturday, wares include things like baked goods, meats and eggs, unique rubs and spices, prepared soups and salads, natural body products, cold-pressed juices, and more.
 
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Smoke Justis. Info, HERE.
 
Better than bird-cage lining
Long before Facebook and the comments section, “letters to the editor” were the thing, and hacked-off readers used pencils and typewriters to deal print journalists the consummate insult: “Your product is good only for lining a bird cage (or litter box).”
 
It’s a gentler time now (hahahahahaha), and newspapers not deemed worth reading can be recycled into creative things: Learn to use old newspapers, magazines and books to make paper flowers, which can be used as centerpieces, gift package bows or even bag clips.
 
The workshop Saturday at the Kenton County Public Library is free, but you need to register, HERE.
 
Live music
On Friday, there’s ... Jonathan Cody White at The Globe, HERE ... A Night of Blues & Folk at Wunderbar, HERE ... John Horan on the FIRE at RiverCenter patio, HERE ... and Josh Ferreira at Molly Malone’s, HERE.
 
On Saturday, there’s ... Animal Years at Madison Live!, HERE ... Spring Ascension, featuring Russ Liquid, Chuck Diesel and Dan Russell at Madison Live!, HERE ... Cincinnati Steampunk Salon at Molly Malone’s, HERE ... Black Mountain Throwdown at Wunderbar, HERE ... Kyla Mainous at FIRE at RiverCenter, HERE ... and Grey Dogs at Molly Malone’s, HERE.
 
On Sunday, there’s ... Ona at Madison Live!, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... Grey’s Anatomy Trivia night Friday at Keystone Bar & Grill, HERE ... the Cannoli Social with the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls on Saturday at Del Gardo’s, HERE ... Easter Truffles! (a class) at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center on Saturday, HERE ... a Skills Clinic (covering log rollovers, drops and switchbacks) on Saturday in Devou Park, HERE ... a Theatre Room Viewing Party on Saturday at RCK Pros, HERE ... and Reunion Crafting on Sunday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE.
 
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