German Stripes, takeout & critters

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky has begun Phase II of Healthy at Work: The Reopening, but socially speaking, we’re not there yet.
Still, there’s fun to be had in Love the Cov this weekend, what with the Farmers Market selling food and plants for your garden and all sorts of fantastic restaurants around the city delivering food or selling takeout.
There are also all sorts of virtual offerings, from yoga to crafts to a display of critters.
Which brings us to this: The Roaring ‘20s Gala and Sprouts & Stouts are big-deal and big-fun events held every year for important causes. This year, the crowds can’t gather. But the need is still there. If you typically go, think about supporting the agencies they benefit in hopes of attending in person next year.

Produce & plants

Want some tasty locally grown and produced foods? Want to support local farms? Looking to plant your own garden and would rather have “farmer-approved” plants?
Check out the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday morning. We hear there will be all sorts of tomato plants for sale, including varieties like San Marzano, German Stripe, and Lemon Boy.
Event info, HERE. And make sure follow the safety protocols (and look at the vendor map) HERE.
Sprouts & Stouts in time of COVID-19
In normal years, the Sprouts and Stouts Festival features live music and flowers, food, and beer for sale during Trinity Episcopal Church of Covington’s event that raises money for deserving non-profit agencies in the city.
This year, the year of social distancing, the “festival” will feature a livestreamed concert Saturday by Kyle Knapp of The Turkeys enjoyed in your own living room (hence you provide your own beer and food). But ... you can still help out by donating to Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.
For details and the concert link, HERE.
The (virtual) Roaring ‘20s
Same deal here: In a normal year, the Roaring ‘20s Gala to raise money for Brighton Center is a big and festive event.
This year, it’s a toned-down virtual event, but the need is still here.
Click HERE to make bids on auction items like bucket list international vacations, trips to the beach, and local date nights.
Trail work
Need to branch out (heh heh) and do some yard work somewhere else?
How about the backcountry trails of Devou Park, during the monthly Third-Sunday Trailday?
Of course you won’t be working in a tight group, and there won’t be the usual pizza afterward. But you can still enjoy the outdoor air and leave feeling tired and good about doing something meaningful.
Details, HERE.
Cool critters
If there’s one thing we’ve learned doing the City’s social media, it’s that people love animals.
At 10 a.m. Friday, the Kenton County Library is hosting “Cool Critters on Facebook Live,” in which Cool Critters Outreach of Cincinnati shares the up-close stories of the organization’s (mostly) rescues.
Info, HERE.
Takeout food & beer
As we said, Kentucky is edging closer and closer to the day when we can sit somewhere other than our dining room tables and eat and drink.
In the meantime, we’re going to repeat this again and again: Protect a few jobs during this challenging economic time and sample some of what makes LoveTheCov so worth loving by ordering delivery or takeout from a Covington restaurant. See this list of clickable links, HERE.
You can also order Braxton Brewing’s many varieties of beer to-go. Click HERE to order and pay, then drive to 7th Street and pick it up.
And then there’s ... Virtual Networking Happy Hour on Friday afternoon hosted by Aviatra Accelerators, HERE ... the Online Happy Hour on Saturday hosted by the Tri-State Freethinkers, HERE ... virtual Reiki Sessions on Saturday morning through Warrior Spirit Wellness, HERE ... virtual yoga Friday and Saturday hosted by Sage Yoga, HERE ... Pedal Wagon, HERE ... and lots of how-to videos from Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, HERE ... and library, HERE.