An unusual 4th of July

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Fireworks, cookouts, and lots of red, white, and blue (tho no parades in Covington).
 
Judging by the “booms” and “bangs” we hear outside our house every night, Americans plan to celebrate the nation’s independence this weekend in style, pandemic be danged.
 
But don’t let the fireworks and charcoal fumes rattle your brains: Show some common sense and protect yourself, social distancing style.
 
And if you want something other than the traditional 4th of July weekend fare, here are a few options:
 
Culture delayed
The Carnegie is one of those institutions that gives Covington gravitas, coolness, and culture.
 
So we’re excited to pass along that the center’s exhibitions are reopening to the public come Sunday, albeit under a timed-ticket reservation model.
 
For the first time, patrons will see the five exhibitions that were originally to open March 13 (before COVI-19 hit with a fury): Works by Jessie Dunahoo; “Call and Response” (from the Linda and George Kurz Collection); Stephen Irwin: Miss Everyone I Ever Loved; Gestures of Slowness: Snow Yu, Paige Früchtnicht-Ponchak, Julia Lipovsky; and The Yama Lab (by intuitive investigator/restorative culture producer, phrie).
 
Reservations, HERE. Info about exhibitions, HERE.
 
Tunes
Here’s a couple of music opportunities.
 
The Ben Levin Trio appears Friday evening in the bourbon bar at Smoke Justis!, HERE. (Space is limited.)
 
Or you can catch Heath Bowling at Mac’s Pizza Pub Mainstrass on Saturday, HERE.
 
Open-air market
By now it should be a tradition: get fresh vegetables and locally produced foods at the open-air Covington Farmers Market on Saturday morning. It’s the ultimate in “buy local.”
 
Typical offerings include things like red Russian kale, romaine lettuce, baby bok choy, herbal tea, bone-in chops, hanging plants, elderberry syrup, eggs, honey, hanging planters, granola, apple cider vinegar coleslaw, lemon meringue mini pies and other baked goods, wine etc. etc.
 
Wear a mask, follow the safety rules. Info, HERE.
 
Mezzo-soprano & more
Need a break from the powerful “booms” outside your door?
 
Tune in Friday evening to the premiere of the special on the 100th anniversary of the Cincinnati Opera, courtesy of Covington’s own Spotted Yeti Media. (Yep, there’s the Covington connection.)
 
Info, HERE.
 
Walk and eat
Let your eyes and your stomach enjoy what MainStrasse Village has to offer with the Mainstrasse Village Tour on Saturday.
 
It’s a walking tour of the German-themed “village” with a visit to five restaurants, organized by Riverside Food Tours.
 
For tickets, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck Pop-Up on Saturday at Parlor on Seventh, HERE ... Reiki Sessions on Saturday at Warrior Spirit Wellness, HERE
 
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