BLINK, big bucks & Bitland

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Believe it or not, we asked someone the other day whether they were going to BLINK this weekend, and they actually - and sincerely - responded: “Never heard of it. What is it?”
 
(Bet they don’t say that after this weekend.)
 
But let’s say you WEREN’T a fan of exquisite and creative projected light mapping, art installations and music.
 
There’s still lots else to do in #LoveTheCov this weekend, including a dance party at BLDG Refuge, a tour of a gorgeous church, the Farmers Market, a bow-hunting seminar, some MMA bouts and a comedy show.
 
Check it out:
 
All lit up
First, the big one: BLINK.
 
More than a million people are expected to descend on Cincinnati and Covington for the four-night event (Thursday-Sunday) that uses projected lighting, immersive art, murals and music to showcase unique buildings and public spaces and turn the region into a massive outdoor art museum.
 
Download the app, tap into the free public wi-fi, and be awed.
 
The official events page is HERE with some additional Covington-specific info HERE. (In Covington, it’s all north of Seventh Street.)
 
Then there are the related events: 
  • The Blink Pre-Party on Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, HERE.
  • The Blink Party at the Bus Stop, hosted Friday and Saturday by the Center for Great Neighborhoods, HERE.
  • The NKU Open House Reception at BLINK (Saturday at The Gruff), HERE.
  • The LED Light Throw on Friday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE
Bitland Dance Party
When the BLINK lights are turned off Friday night, head to the BLDG Refuge for the Bitland Dance Party, where ‘80s-themed fashion, dayglow and neon-wear is not only welcomed but strongly encouraged.
 
As BLDG says, “get your bits on at this bit-themed dance party.” The DJ set is by Automagik, the first 50 people get bit glasses, and it’s free.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Pull back & release
Like to fill your freezer with venison and turkey - and do it the (somewhat) old-fashioned way?
 
Center Shot Archery in Latonia is hosting Bill Epeards from the PSE Archery Shooting staff for a seminar on whitetail deer and fall turkey hunting on Saturday evening.
 
Naturally, there are giveaways.
 
Info, HERE.
 
The art of worship
Mother of God Roman Catholic Church at 119 W. Sixth Street is worship space wrapped around an art museum and history museum.
 
Get to know the “Cradle of the Arts” with explanations of the building’s stained-glass windows, artwork, and statues, along with the church’s history during free tours Saturday.
 
Tour times are at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (in English), 4 p.m. (in Chinese), and 5 p.m. (in German).
 
Yoga and pets at 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 second Saturday of the month features yoga and pet adoption.
 
Check it all out - plus live music and Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Third Street. Info, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... the Pioneer Park Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, HERE ... the Fall Fest and Open House on Saturday at the Band of Helping Hands, HERE ... the Three Amigos Comedy Show on Saturday at Madison Live, HERE ... Hardrock MMA’s B2 Fighting Series Live Event on Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, HERE ... Yoga in the Loft on Sunday at Braxton Brewing Co., HERE ... Bracelet Design & Creation Workshop on Saturday at Helfrich Jewelry Creations, HERE ... and “Outside the Box”: Alternative Spaces Worship Service on Sunday outside the Hellmann Creative Center, HERE.
 
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