Scorpions, moonshine & Miss Kentucky

COVINGTON, Ky. - What do the soon-to-be Miss Kentucky, a new OJ theory, black forest scorpions, a new nightspot called Sugar Whiskey Sis, a brand-new 5K race tied to a holiday have in common and painted wine bottles have in common?
They all can be found in Covington this weekend.
(Of course you already guessed that, given this IS the weekend events roundup for #LoveTheCov.)
Or check out the free admission to BCM, an array of yoga and holistic healing classes, and lots of live music.
‘Whiskey’s younger, hotter sister’
Madison Avenue’s newest restaurant and bar will hold its grand opening Friday evening with free samples of moonshine, all sorts of funky food and drinks (such as Ole Smokey Apple Pie Shot), live music, giveaways, and more.
Come to Sugar Whiskey Sis (the self-proclaimed “moonshine room” next door to Agave & Rye) and check out the drink that fliers (we’re talking about leaflets, not pilots, although it’s possible that they too agree) are calling “whiskey’s younger, hotter sister.”
Info, HERE.
5K themes: V-day & beer
Reasons to participate in the inaugural Valentine's Hearts “R” Running 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, either by yourself or with a team:
  • Burn off calories from Valentine’s Day sweets.
  • It benefits Be Concerned food pantry and Honor Flight Tri-State.
  • Afterward, free pint of Braxton beer and bowl of pasta from ALTO Pizza Kitchen + Bar.
  • Prizes. 
The race starts on Russell Street, crosses into Cincinnati and ends back in Covington.
Info and registration: HERE.
The Scorpion Bling
Want to mount a scorpion?
Meddling with Nature will teach you how to preserve, mount, and display black forest scorpions in a workshop billed as “the perfect marriage between arthropod mounting and taxidermy” (the latter because these bad boys are like 7 inches long).
It’s Sunday at Hail Dark Aesthetics.
P.S.: No need to bring your own scorpion. Also, seats are very limited.
Info and registration, HERE.
Crowning some queens
The USA National Miss Kentucky Pageant 2019 will be held all day Saturday (and we do mean ALL day) at The Carnegie.
Admittedly, we can’t distinguish among the various beauty pageants, talent competitions, and young women scholarship programs out there. But we do know that this event will crown six new queens and princesses across a wide age group (age 4 to 25), and will no doubt feature a lot of talent.
Winners advance to the national pageant at Walt Disney World. Info, HERE.
True crime book signing
Roebling Point Books & Coffee on Saturday will feature former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter John Eckberg and his co-authored book that features a different take on a familiar topic - one of the nation’s most notorious unsolved murders.
Eckberg will read from and sign copies of “OJ Simpson & Glen Rogers: The Juice, Road Dog, & Murder on Bundy Drive,” which seeks to link Hamilton native Rogers to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994.
Info, HERE.
Getting your creative on
Some people make yard ornaments out of their empty wine bottles. Here’s something a bit more creative (and demanding):
Wine Bottle Painting (bottles and cork lights included) is hosted by Chroma Vino on Saturday afternoon. Info, HERE.
Also at Chroma Vino: Watercolor Valentine Cards, Saturday, HERE.
Admission free at BCM
Behringer-Crawford Museum is celebrating its reopening with free admission Saturday in Covington’s Devou Park.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, you can see a collection of 15 of the winning entries in the annual Duveneck Memorial Art Show. The show was started 50 years after Covington artist Frank Duveneck died and is celebrating its own 50th anniversary this year.
It’s part of “The Year of Duveneck” celebration in Northern Kentucky.
Museum info, HERE.
Farmers Market
Yes, it’s winter. But this is Covington, and the Farmers Market here is year-round.
Typical wares include seasonal produce, bread, pastries, desserts, meats and eggs, hot soups, prepared salads, cold-pressed juices, natural body products, unique spice blends and rubs and much more.
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Smoke Justis. Info, HERE.
Live music
On Friday, there’s Rumpke Mountain Boys at the Octave, HERE ... The Steel Woods with Josh Card at Madison Theater, HERE ... Monroe Landway, with Bloody Royal Family, The Brass Owl and Jamie Carr Band at Madison Live, HERE ... The Amador Sisters at The Fifth Lounge, HERE ... The Sweeney Rebellion Live at Zazou Covington, HERE.
On Saturday, there is Rumpke Mountain Boys at the Octave, HERE ... Steady Flow with Strange Mechanics and Rookwood at Madison Live, HERE ... and Lost Celts at Molly Malones, HERE.
And then there’s ... “Shamanic Journey” with Julia Martin at Rooted Yoga on Sunday, HERE ... “Mommy and me” painting class at City Goat on Sunday, HERE ... “Maker’s Brunch: The Screen Door Prints” at Commonwealth Bistro on Saturday, HERE ... “DIY with Essential Oils” wellness series Saturday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE... “Fun Friday Flow!” at Warrior Spirit Wellness in Latonia on Friday, HERE ... The Barre Code REMIX Class on Saturday morning at Braxton Brewing, HERE ... Yin and Thai Yoga Exploration at Rooted Yoga on Saturday, HERE ... Mainstrasse Food Tour on Saturday, HERE, and Madison Avenue Food Tour on Sunday, HERE.