COVINGTON, Ky. - We’ve featured eclectic weekends before in this narrative events calendar, but this might be the most eclectic of them all.
This weekend in #LoveTheCov: An art auction that’s been going on for over a quarter of a century. Two neighborhoods shut down for craft drafts and music.
Divine Right’s creator, Gurney Norman, reading and signing ... while Rocky Horror’s creator, Frank N. Furter, sings and struts and swims. BBRG back on skates. The Miss Kentucky Pageant. A trail day. And much more.
Original art for sale
It’s freshART weekend at Behringer-Crawford Museum and Devou Park, for the 27th time.
Friday and Saturday, dozens of artists will be working throughout the park to create "fresh" pieces of art. On Saturday evening, those works - and more - will be auctioned off during silent and live auctions at the 27th Annual freshART (dinner) Gala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum.
Block festival I
Latonia is going to “Unlock the Block” for the third year in a row, as West Southern Avenue (you know, the upper left arm of the 5-armed star that makes up Ritte’s Corner) is blocked off and shut down to make room for a big music stage, beer booths and food grills.
This year will feature the Derek Alan Band, Jason Owens, The Drysdales, The Electric Indigo, Austin Rath and more.
Block festival II
Meanwhile, down at the foot of Roebling Point, HealthPoint Family Care’s “Hopebox Derby” will hold its 2nd annual Covington Block Party for a Cause on Saturday.
Geared for all age groups, it’ll feature the Covington Farmers Market, a petting zoo, kids’ games and activities (bungee jump!), live music, food and drinks - and the 12th annual Hopebox Derby.
Wilgus grows up. And bildungsroman
Writing appears fairly easy - merely pick some words, and put them in a particular order. (Of course, knowing which words to pick and what order to use them is a little more difficult.)
On Saturday, two writers who make the rest of us weep in envy will read and sign their works at Covington’s only indie bookstore, Roebling Point Books & Coffee.
Gurney Norman, the 2009-2010 Kentucky Poet Laureate and a member of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, came to national attention with the 1972 counterculture novel “Divine Right’s Trip.” His “Allegiance” continues the life of Wilgus Collier, the star of Norman’s “Kinfolks” stories.
Meanwhile, Pauletta Hansel is the author of seven collections of poetry and was Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate in 2016-2018. Her “Coal Town Photograph” is described as “one part elegy, one part bildungsroman.” (Look it up, we’re not going to tell you what it means.)
A jump to the left
You don’t HAVE to dress up ... but you know some of you will.
The iconic public picture participation flick “Rocky Horror Picture Show” comes to the Hotel Covington courtyard on Sunday.
It’s free. And fun. And they would like - if they may - to take you on a strange journey. (Very strange.)
A daylong seminar seeking to fight the dangers of post-traumatic stress among first responders begins bright and early Friday at the Life Learning Center.
The seminar - the second in two years - is organized by the family of the late Assistant Fire Chief Chip Terry, who spent almost three decades working in Covington.
First responders, families, and community leaders are welcome.
Jammers & heroes
Speaking of first responders, Wednesday was the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and we remembered our emergency personnel who sacrificed themselves that day.
This Saturday, Big Hero Hulk-OUT! Is the theme of the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls’ bout vs. Vette City, which means tickets will benefit first responder heroes.
So come see some ferocious athletes and phenomenal skating for a good cause.
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 second Saturday of the month features yoga and a pet adoption event.
Check it all out - plus live music and Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Third Street. Info, HERE
And then there’s ... the Rocket Hopscotch Party on Saturday at Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe, HERE
... the Made in America Pop-up Shop all weekend at Hotel Covington, HERE
... the Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale Release all weekend at Braxton Brewing Co., HERE
... the Pump for Pups workout on Saturday at Braxton Brewing Company, HERE
... Downton Abbey Tea Time on Sunday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE
... Keystone Bar & Grill’s 12th
Birthday celebration on Friday, HERE
... the USA National Miss Kentucky 2020 State Pageant on Sunday at The Carnegie, HERE
... Yoga in the Loft at Braxton on Sunday, HERE
... a Wire Wrapping Workshop on Saturday at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop, HERE
... the Devou Third-Sunday Trail Day at Devou Park Trails, HERE
... and Yoga Fit: Cov Edition on Saturday at George Rogers Clark Park, HERE