Vampires, a Luau & e-waste

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Friday is the summer solstice, so get in as much outdoors fun as you can. (The days just get shorter from here.)
 
In Covington there’s an outdoors movie, evening yoga, and what’s being billed as the longest happy hour of the year. If you prefer to be inside, there’s a Vampire production, a luau and date-night pottery night.
 
Oh, and then there’s Saturday and Sunday ...
 
To be, or not to be.
Be? This weekend, you’ll definitely want to be at each of these fun summer performances: 
  • Why the corny Bard reference? Historic Linden Grove Cemetery hosts a free performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company on Saturday. Get there early for kids activities. Info, HERE
  • Horror more your thing? Check out a vampire-themed night you can sink your teeth into. “Count Smackula and his Three Scares” looks to set the record straight on Dracula in what organizers call “a revival of a 1919 production” featuring the “full original cast.” Leapin Lizard Lounge hosts shows tonight through Saturday. (There’s also a Sunday show in Newport’s York Street Café.) Tickets and times, HERE
  • See what happens Friday after the curtain closes and the final bows as a Carnegie cast and crew look back. “The Last Three Years: A Night of Storytelling and Song” features numbers from the hit musical “The Last Five Years” and stories from the team behind The Carnegie’s 2016 production. Tickets and info, HERE
Luau at Braxton’s
Covington’s favorite “garage” (a la Braxton Brewing Co.) is turning tropical this Friday.
 
Dance the night away to the Queen City Silverstars Caribbean party band, try Venezuelan fare supplied by Empanadas Aqui, and sample Braxton’s tropical-infused Summertrip in its taproom. Aloha, summer.
 
Info, HERE.
 
A new rooftop bar
We all know that Commonwealth Bistro is an utterly fantastic place to eat.
 
So we couldn’t wait when we heard that the same folks were working on something new: And Saturday is the opening of Yonder, a Red River Gorge-inspired rooftop concept above the bistro with elements of treehouse fun, craft beers, cocktails, and more.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Like a drive-in without cars
Cue the project, break out the blankets and lawn chairs, and bring the popcorn (extra butter, please!)
 
Outdoor movies return to Devou Park on Friday as Covington Parks & Recreation kicks off its family movie series with “Sing” at 9 p.m. in the Band Shell. Oh, and it’s free.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Recycling ‘e-waste’
Now here’s a reminder geared more toward helpfulness than fun: Help protect the environment and get rid of your confidential documents in a safe manner at the annual Recycling Drop-Off Day for Electronic Waste and Paper Shredding.
 
It’s Saturday in the side parking lot of Holmes High School. Info, HERE
 
Dogs and brunch
Pet-friendly cupcakes and breakfast bread pudding are front and center as Coppin’s at Hotel Covington and I Love Petcakes team up for Saturday brunch for your animals.
 
A dollar from each I Love Petcakes menu item goes to the Stray Animal Adoption Program, an all-volunteer non-profit that rescues, protects, and cares for at-risk pets.
 
Make a “pawservation” for you and your pooch, HERE.
 
Jazzercise at The Gruff
Get up and groove at The Gruff for Jazzercise on Saturday morning.
 
Then enjoy your choice of free mimosa or Bloody Mary after the class, hosted by Shari of Edgewood Jazzercise.
 
Info, HERE
 
Longest happy hour of the year
The summer solstice is upon us, meaning you have the most daylight to burn all year.
 
Keystone Bar & Grill is marking the occasion with a special “all-day happy hour” to celebrate from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday. Appetizers and bottles of wine are half-price, plus other specials found HERE.
 
Farmer’s Market: Kids week
Come for the farm fresh food, stay for the activities for little ones.
 
Produce, meat, dairy, sugar scrubs, bread and baked goods, juices, soups and other goods return to the Covington Farmers Market on Third Street in Roebling Point on Saturday, along with activities presented by the Kenton County Public Library and nearby Children’s Garden.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... Date Night Pottery Wheel at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center on Friday, HERE ... St. Augustine’s annual church festival on Friday and Saturday night, HERE... Coppin’s at Hotel Covington is screening “Birdcage” as part of Pride Month on Sunday, HERE... Pride Month edition of Rooted Yoga at Braxton Brewing Sunday morning, HERE... All-you-can-eat crawfish boil at Crafts & Vines on Sunday, HERE ... “Writing for Change: Race-Class Narrative” on Saturday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE ... Summer Solstice Yoga at Devou Overlook on Friday evening, HERE ... Yoga Fit with Rooted Yoga on Saturday morning at the Devou Park Bank Shell, HERE ... and The Peach Truck Tour on Sunday at Lexus RiverCenter, HERE.
 
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