The Smithsonian, smokes & ‘sustainability'

COVINGTON, Ky. - The theme of this weekend in #LoveTheCov is Serious, Solemn and Citizenship September.
OK, we just made that up.
But after the recent Unlock the Block and Oktoberfest weekends, we’re toning it down a bit this weekend to highlight a free day at the museum, the unveiling of the proposed new look at a community park, a “sustainability” tour and conversation at some pretty cool places, a public debate (about smoking) and a couple of annual events for some important community organizations.
But of course there is also a boxing night, a wood-working tool festival, a beer crawl in MainStrasse and “Burbees and Beer” and “Brews and Bulldogs” events.
Outdoor movie
It’s a twofer evening at Barb Cook Park in Latonia on Friday: Come see and give your feedback on the newly unveiled proposed design for the redevelopment of the park. Then stay for an outdoor movie.
On the big screen will be playing the very kid friendly “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the animated cartoon movie starring the voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman as the bumbling star of “Wreck-It-Ralph’ and the precocious Vanellope.
So grab your blankets, lawn chairs and popcorn. Info, HERE.
Community ‘warriors’
Every year, the dedicated folk at The Center for Great Neighborhoods hold a big event to - in turn - recognize a lot of engaged folk in Covington who work hard to make this community great.
The Annual Celebration - this Saturday at the Hellmann Creative Center - also salutes youth leaders.
The free event will include a look back at CGN’s accomplishments in 2019, as well as food prepared by graduates of CGN’s FreshLo Chef Fellowship program.
Info and tickets, HERE.
Get in free at BCM
Saturday is #MuseumDay - and that means free admission for two to Behringer-Crawford Museum.
But you need to get it emailed to you from the Smithsonian magazine, those Washington DC people who know a bit or two about museums. One per email address, btw.
For a free ticket, go HERE. About BCM, HERE.
‘Sustainability’ tour - i.e. ‘5 cool places’
Here’s an event that encompasses - in rapid fire - some of the coolest (and our favorite) places in #LoveTheCov: Roebling Point Books & Coffee, the Covington Farmers Market, Redden Gardens, Lil’s Bagels, and the Licking River Greenway & Trail.
What do they have in common?
They’re examples of places striving to promote “sustainability.” Thus they’re stops on the “NKY Sustainability Tour” hosted by the Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
It begins early Saturday morning and includes periodic policy discussions.
Info, HERE.
‘Twilight in Gardens’ at Baker Hunt
One of the most peaceful places in Covington is the garden area outside the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center.
Saturday night, it’ll be lit up - and lit - for “Twilight in the Gardens,” as Baker Hunt celebrates 97 years of creating art and building community with its annual fund-raiser.
Food, music, art demonstrations etc. Info (including about parking) and tickets, HERE.
The Great Smoking Debate
Should Covington implement a smoking ban in public establishments?
That’s the topic of the first outdoor debate in the “Debatable Covington” series, to be held Friday at Lil’s Bagels in conjunction with the Cincinnati Debate Society.
Yes, this could be lively. Info, HERE.
Artisans at the Farmers Market
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 third Saturday of the month features Kentucky artisans.
Check it all out - plus live music and Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Third Street. Info, HERE.
Working w/ wood
Want to learn some woodworking tips and tricks, not to mention sharpening techniques?
Here’s an event that should resonate in a city with a stunning array of historical buildings and lots of rehabbers (tho this is more about furniture).
The Hand Tool Event (by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks) is a demonstration and sale at Lost Art Press, which - if you aren’t familiar - publishes books and videos from a storefront on Willard Street that help the modern woodworker learn traditional hand-tool skills.
The event is Friday and Saturday, HERE.
And then there’s ... Brews + Bulldogs: 3 on Sunday at Braxton Brewing Co., HERE ... “Maintenance Day” on Saturday morning at the Goebel Park Pollinator Garden, HERE ... the Against the Grain Beer Crawl on Saturday in MainStrasse Village, HERE ... the New Era Boxing Series on Saturday at Hits Entertainment Complex, HERE ... the Steps Against Stigma Walk on Saturday sponsored by NAMI Northern Kentucky at Pioneer Park, HERE ... the Salvation Army Block Party on Saturday, HERE ... CoreStrong’s “Burpees and Beer” 5th Anniversary Workout and Party on Sunday, HERE ... Yoga Fit: Cov Edition on Saturday morning at George Rogers Clark Park, HERE.