Eating out & serious pedaling

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COVINGTON, Ky. - After a rainy start, it’s supposed to be a perfect weekend for getting outdoors, and we have suggestions, including new outdoor dining options, bike clinics, and the Farmers Market.
 
Reopen Respect ReCov
This is weekend 2 of #RecoverCovington, the City-assisted gradual reopening of the local economy, focused first on restaurants (with expanded outdoor seating!), and now’s your chance to dine out again, finally.
 
#LoveTheCov is burgeoning with unique, authentic restaurants that serve everything from Korean bento boxes to Guatemalan chicken to bar-b-cue smoked outdoors near a brewery to deep-fried cheese curds to burgers cooked on a 1939 griddle (and a whole lot more).
 
If you can afford it, now’s your chance to dine out, but note you must abide by restrictions, safety protocols, and proper social distancing. (Such as “No seat, no service” -- meaning, this is dining, not festival congregating.)
 
To help out the restaurants, which are only allowed to use one-third of their interior tables, the City created a new program that allows outdoor seating on sidewalks, in alleys and parking lots, and in metered parking spaces. See HERE.
 
Drops, lunges & switchbacks
You rode that stationary bike all winter, so you’re feeling like Egan Bernal or Miguel Indurain (at one time, we would have said “Lance Armstrong”.) Two trail bike-riding clinics will happen in Devou Park this weekend with social distance guidelines in place. You must register and spots are limited:
  • The GOT DIRT Level 2 Clinic happens at 9 a.m. Saturday and will include drops, obstacles, cornering, and switchbacks. Info, HERE
  • The GOT DIRT Mountain Bike Beginner Skills Clinic happens at 9 a.m. Sunday and will include foundational skills. Info, HERE
Spokes & tire gauges
OK, so you’re feeling fit, but what about your bike? Is it in shape?
 
Find out at the Covington Farmers Market (more on the market itself below), where volunteers from several organizations - Ride the Cov, Reser Bicycle Outfitters, Queen City Bike and MoBo Bicycle Co-op - will be doing free bicycle safety checks.
 
Learn how and get help inflating, changing tubes, tightening loose ends etc.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Farmers Market
Shop with your favorite local farmers and artisans at the weekly open-air Covington Farmers Market on Saturday morning in Roebling Point.
 
Stock up on nutritious, locally grown and produced foods, purchase farmer-approved plants for your home garden, and - this weekend only - bring in kitchen and garden tools for sharpening by Mr. Clippers Sharpening service.
 
Wear a mask, and pay attention to safety protocols, HERE.
 
Cincy Fringe in the Cov
“Paul and Erika’s House Show” is as titled - a show that was created, performed, and recorded at the Covington home of its creators, Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald.
 
The 35-minute “virtual house for adults” will be featured at the upcoming Cincinnati Fringe Festival, delivered virtually because of COVID-19, starting Friday. It includes stories, original music, and digital puppetry.
 
This is the pair’s ninth Cincy Fringe show.
 
For an article on the show and links to tickets, see HERE or HERE.
 
Wunderbar’s benefit concert
Help Wunderbar reopen - almost 20 artists will be playing live on Facebook on Friday and Saturday nights in a benefit concert for the Covington bar and restaurant.
 
Presented by Cincy Groove, it’ll feature the likes of Dead Man String Band, The Duo-Jetts, twig & leaf, Moonshine & Wine, and Jamonn Zeiler.
 
Details, HERE. Or you can donate via a gofundme account.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... a hiring fair Friday morning sponsored by Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing, HERE ... a Discover KCC (Kentucky Career Center) Webinar on Friday morning, HERE ... online classes at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, HERE ...
 
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