Fish, chili & crumpets

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COVINGTON, Ky. -- Thanksgiving has turkey and stuffing. Valentine’s Day its iconic candy hearts, and New Year’s Day has its pork and sauerkraut (Covington’s German roots talking).
 
Come Friday, Lent has its fish (Covington’s German CATHOLIC roots talking).
 
Yes, it’s fish fry time, everyone, and we have some recommendations below.
 
Of course if you’re looking to get out in LovTheCov this weekend, you also will want to know about a chili contest, a new ice cream and local brew pairing, a street hockey league party, a tea party benefiting Read Ready Covington, a scorpion mounting workshop etc. etc.
 
These 40 days of ...   
Across the region, the bubbling sound you will hear Friday evening is that of fillets frying (we have no idea what sound baking fish makes).
 
In Covington, the Roman Catholics are leading the charge, with weekly fish fries at:
  • Holy Cross in Latonia, HERE.
  • Prince of Peace in Lewisburg, HERE.
  • St. Augustine in Peaselburg, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the gym
  • And St. Benedict Parish in Austinburg, 4:45 p.m.-7 p.m. 
There’s also one held by the Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38, HERE.
 
Chili & beer
Beef or bison, venison or vegan? What about beans, green peppers and cinnamon?
 
How many “alarms?”
 
You know what we love most about chili? There are a bazillion different recipes, and they’re pretty much all good - tho most of us are particularly proud of our own.
 
If you’re in the “... but mine is best” camp, cook up at least six quarts and head to Crafts & Vines on Sunday for its second-annual chili cook-off with Wooden Cask Brewing.
 
Or just bring $10 and be a taster. Info and registration, HOME.
 
Every 4 years
We’re not talking about the Olympics, or the presidential election.
 
We’re talking about Feb. 29.
 
Celebrate the Leap Year on Saturday with a Dance Party at Bar 32, where “Mama Mobley will sling the drinks and DJ Matt will be taking care of the ear candy.” Info, HERE.
 
Happy B-day to CSHL
Step aside, soccer and basketball. The recreation-minded in Covington can fish for trout, paddle on two rivers, throw axes, shoot arrows 300 feet per second (inside), ride mountain bikes and run a “beer mile.”
 
There’s also hockey on pavement, thanks to the Covington Street Hockey League, which on  Saturday will hold its “Two-year Celebration and Draft Party” at Gypsys in MainStrasse Village.
 
It’s a dress-up event with an award ceremony for 2019’s skaters, a team reveal (two new teams for 2020), the draft and roster announcements.
 
Info, HOME.
 
Crumpets & tea for RRC
A “tea party” can be a political movement or a harbor-area protest learned in history class. It can also be - and Sunday it will be - an excuse to get together for tea cakes and hot drinks to benefit a cool childhood literacy effort.
 
Various groups and people at NKU have gotten together to host The Red Apple Equi(Tea) Party at the school’s Student Union, featuring music, a silent auction, a short program and of course refreshments.
 
Tickets benefit Read Ready Covington, the early childhood literacy initiative that aims to help Covington youth succeed in school.
 
Info and tickets HERE and HERE.
 
I scream, you scream
Braxton Brewing and Graeter’s Ice Cream are coming together for another unique pairing this weekend: Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout.
 
Or, as the brewers call it: “a decadent dessert beer crafted in perfect harmony.”
 
Drafts and cans drop starting Friday morning, Saturday features a photo booth and a DJ, and Sunday features Sundaes and penguins.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... the Florida Citrus Sale on Saturday at Lexus RiverCenter, HERE ... Holtman’s Donut Bar on Friday morning at Braxton Brewing, HERE ... the Joy of Yoga Workshop on  Saturday and Sunday at Covington Yoga, HERE ... FC Cincinnati watch parties on Sunday at House of Orange Sports Bar & Grill, HERE, and Molly Malone’s, HERE ... the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, HERE ... and a black scorpion mounting workshop on Friday at Hail Dark Aesthetics, HERE.
 
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