Sommeliers & sonnets

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Post-BLINK letdown?
 
Never. Not in #LoveTheCov, where this weekend you can learn all about wine, watch a Halloween-themed movie outdoors, listen to some Wild Sonnets, plant flower pots along Madison Avenue or celebrate a year of cannoli.
 
Or, for a good cause, you can wear 1920s flapper dresses, eat food from Bouquet while listening to music, or sit around with a bunch of fly fishermen/women.
 
Sommeliers in training
Want to go beyond the rudimentary “red meat, red wine” and “white meat, white wine” food pairing guidance, as in waaaay beyond?
 
Sign up for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, a beginner-level introduction (hands-on, of course) to wine, suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. Earn your WSET certificate and lapel pin, and serve with confidence.
 
The class on Sunday is presented by Antique Vines LLC and hosted by Ripple Wine Bar. But sign up now. Info and email instructions, HERE.
 
Or ... do a more basic Wine 101 class, where you can “learn to taste & evaluate wine like a pro!”
 
This is Saturday, also by Antique Wines, also at Ripple Wine Bar, but with a more “basic” cost. Again, don’t dawdle. Info and email instructions, HERE.
 
One. Big. Dark. Room.
Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice.
 
(There, we did it.) With Halloween right around the corner, it’s appropriate that the Courtyard Movie Night at Hotel Covington feature the 1988 Michael Keeton dark comedy thriller.
 
Sunday. At dusk. Bring a blanket. Info, HERE.
 
Shall I compare thee ...
A “sonnet” is a poem. It has 14 lines, usually 10 syllables, and uses basically any formal rhyme scheme. A “wild” sonnet, on the hand ... well ... let’s just say that some writers don’t want to be tied down, and so their sonnets might not follow the strictest of rules.
 
So here comes to Covington the Cincinnati-area poet/dramatist/filmmaker Nicholas Korn, who will read from and sign his newest, “The Wild Sonnets: Volume II (101-200), and other works.
 
(Not to get all down in the weeds and what-not, but Korn says his poetry project “...maintains the structure and stricture of the tradition, while allowing a more fluid interpretation of both the rhythm and rhyme schemes.” Or - and NOW we’re down in the weeds - two stanzas of seven lines each - composed of ambling iambics and capped with a rhyming couplet.”)
 
It starts at noon Saturday at Roebling Point Books & Coffee. Info, HERE.
 
Fall? Time to plant
All those colorful flower pots on Madison Avenue? They don’t appear magically.
 
Join an annual tradition with the Autumn Flower Planting on Saturday morning, sponsored by the Covington Business Council and Foundation.
 
No green thumbs needed. Really. Just a little bit of work ethic and a good attitude. Because flowers planted by grumpy people don’t do well. (Our grandmothers told us that.)
 
Info, HERE
 
Food & fall at Baker Hunt
Celebrate the Fall harvest - and art -- with the “Farm to Table: No Starving Artists” event at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center on Sunday.
 
Chef Stephen Williams of Bouquet will prepare the meal, featuring ingredients from Baker Hunt’s gardens. Also, there is live music and a live painting demonstration.
 
Info and tickets, HERE.
 
1920s fashion for a good cause
If you see a lot of flapper dresses, feather headbands and T-strap heels in downtown Covington on Friday, thank the Women’s Crisis Center.
 
The center is holding its 11th annual Toast for Hope fund-raiser in The Grand Ballroom, and this year features a 1920s fashion theme. Of course there will also be Green Dot cocktails at the pre- and post-Toast reception, dinner, auctions, a big award and more.
 
Info, HERE
 
One year of tubular pastry
(Our best Homer Simpson mouth-watering imitation): “Mmmmmm, cannoli.”
 
Covington has some of the best, courtesy of Del Gardo’s, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary tonight and Friday with a live DJ, drinks ... and of course that scrumptious Italian tubular pastry.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Royal Wulff & Umpqua Adams
Anglers in Covington will join their wand-wielders from around the nation on Sunday for the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour, an annual gathering “to soak up films ... spin a few yarns ... and dream about casts yet unmade.”
 
The local version will take place at Braxton Brewing Co., feature raffle prizes, and benefit the Northern Kentucky Fly Fishing Club and Trout Unlimited.
 
Info and tickets, HERE
 
Yoga. (For men)
If you ever thought about trying yoga but suffer from that Y chromosome (meaning you’re intimidated by all those female athletes who always seem to know what they’re doing in yoga class, and you don’t want to be laughed at), then here’s your chance:
 
Sage Yoga will offer “Yoga for Men” beginning Sunday for the next 10 weeks.
 
Here’s how the yoginis at Sage tactfully describe it: A yoga practice designed to improve flexibility, athletic ability, and mental clarity led by a man and specifically tailored to the male body. This class will both challenge and relax you while working to transform the modern stigmas most men have about yoga.”
 
Info, HERE.

Halloween in Latonia

Another annual tradition will happen tomorrow with the Latonia neighborhood's annual celebration of Halloween.

Sponsored by the Latonia Business Association, this kid friendly event takes place at Ritte's Corner and will feature costumes, food etc.

Info, HERE.

Farmers Market

What can you get at the Covington Farmers Market?
 
“Meats and eggs, soaps and natural body products, sugar scrubs, fresh bread and baked goods, cold-pressed juices, unique spice blends and rubs, seasonal produce, prepared foods like soup, hummus, salads and Buddha bowls, plant starts, flowers, farm crafts, and more.”
 
Special programming on the third Saturday of the month features local artisans.
 
Check it all out - plus live music and Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Third Street. Info, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... the mountain biking Skills Clinic (log rollovers, drops, cornering and switchbacks), Saturday at Devou Park, HERE ... Totter’s Fall Fun Fest (for kids) on Friday at Totter’s Otterville, HERE ... the Hangdrum & Hatha Healing Session on Sunday at Warrior Spirit 
Wellness, HERE ... the Q102 Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer (featuring Ingrid Michaelson), on Sunday at Madison Theater, HERE ... Musica Sacra Cincinnati’s 2019 Fall Concert on Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, HERE ... the Devou Third-Sunday Trail Day on Sunday, HERE.
 
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