Pumpkins & the freshest art

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COVINGTON, Ky. - With this weekend’s events featuring pumpkins, voting, hiking, and BCM’s annual art festival and fund-raiser, it’s most definitely beginning to sound a lot like … autumn.
 
28 years of art
“Bid high and bid often” is an oft-urged mantra of auctions around the world. Come Sunday, the stunning talent of regional artists might inspire you to actually feel that fervor and follow that plea.
 
That’s the 2020 live finale auction for freshART, the 28th annual art event held by Behringer-Crawford Museum to benefit its educational programs. You can view and bid on original paintings, drawings, ceramics, and jewelry – some of which was created “fresh” in Devou Park recently.
 
Usually a big gala, this year it’s on-line. Tickets are required, but they’re just $15. There’s also a silent auction going on now.
 
For info, tickets, and to browse, bid and buy, see HERE.
 
Nocturnal wanderings
Nature becomes a whole different world at night.
 
Come experience that phenomenon (and test your night vision) Saturday evening on the Licking River Greenway and Trails, during the formally named “Nature Walks With David – A Series! (Night walk).”
 
“David” is a board member at Keep Covington Beautiful, the host for the hike. The LRGT is an awesome City asset.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Jack Skellingtons in waiting
Get your gourds here … the best gourds.
 
The pumpkin sale held by the Mutter Gottes Neighborhood Association was so successful last year that the “second-annual” is being held Saturday, all day.
 
Buy them mini, medium, or big to decorate your porch or carve up in scary faces. Who knows – a la Frosty the Snowman – one of them might have the magic to come to life.
 
(Question is, would it become Jack the Pumpkin King from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”? The Great Pumpkin from Charlie Brown? Or The Grand Pumpkin from the Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror XIX, the demon pumpkin that terrorizes everyone when it sees its brethren carved up or made into pumpkin bread?)
 
At any rate, the sale is a fund-raiser for the association, with proceeds used to good effect around the ‘hood.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Pumpkin Pie Ale
Speaking of “pumpkin,” if you’re one of those people whose taste buds swoon for all things incorporating what technically is an orangish-colored cultivar of winter squash, there’s this: Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale Taproom Release, at Braxton Brewing Company.
 
People who love it, LOVE it.
 
So get your “handcrafted collaboration brewed to pumpkin perfection” starting at noon on Saturday. You can also get big scoops of assorted Graeter’s ice cream flavors.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Brisket & bourbon
Now, THAT’s a combination worth buying a ticket for.
 
The Smoke Justis Bourbon Social is a reservation-only event – get your tickets! – that allows you to enjoy that renowned Kentucky spirit safely during the pandemic. We’re talking bourbon ambassadors, barrel picks, networking … and of course a Smoke Justis smoked brisket dinner.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Registering to vote
The last day to register to vote in Kentucky is Oct. 5. That’s Monday.
 
If you’re not registered, head to Roebling Point Books & Coffee on Saturday morning during the nearby Covington Farmers Market, and folks with the Kentucky Democracy Project will not only help you register but also help you understand how to vote this November (because things will be different this year).
 
Do your civic duty.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Open-air produce
Locally grown and produced food? It’s there for the purchasing every Saturday morning at the Covington Farmers Market.
 
This is one of the most fruitful times of the year, what with peak-season vegetables, fruit, and herbs, including things like cherry tomatoes, zucchini, hatch chiles, peaches, apples, sweet corn, hummus, honey, cucumbers, beans, sprouts, eggplant, sweet peppers, and tomatillos. There are also meat and freshly made food products like honey, jam, zucchini relish, and kimchi. Oh, and wine.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s … the Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck Pop-Up on Saturday at Crafts & Vines, HERE … the Covington Bourbon Experience! (Pedal Wagon) all weekend, HERE … the Mainstrasse Village Food & Culture Tour on Saturday, HERE
 
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