Red, white & blues

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COVINGTON, Ky. – For the time being, the weather is supposed to be clear (if hot) for the Fourth of July this weekend, but you know how that is …
 
Celebrating the 4th
Technically speaking, Sunday should revolve around mentions of the Continental Congress, King George III, and a bunch of courageous co-signers.
 
But we’re realists. We know that just as Christmas = Santa and Easter = egg hunts, Independence Day has come to equal picnics, pool parties, and backyard grill-outs.
 
To throw a few more options in the mix:
  • Covington Yard will hold its all-day July 4th Yard Party on Sunday featuring live music, games, kids’ activities, a “best-dressed” contest, drink specials, Reds tickets giveaways (and other prizes), etc. Guarantee your spot by reserving a table. Details, HERE.   
  • Need some red, white & blue decorations for your porch? Sign up for Local Studio 325’s “Make Your Own All-American Porch Signs” workshop on Saturday. There’s a fee, but then your neighbors will be jealous. Details, HERE. (BYOB, btw). 
  • Also Saturday, the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard will bring the brass (and more) to the Patriotic Showcase at Devou Park on Saturday. Details, HERE. (Check out the shuttle service.)
Blues tonight
Ben Levin & The Heaters bring the blues to the stage at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park as part of the Music@BCM concert series.
 
Doors open at 6, music starts at 7. So don’t dawdle. Details, HERE.
 
Tunes by the river
The Cov’s fantastic new space on the river will host HiFi Honey – a Cincinnati-based band that covers pop, country, and rock hits – on Friday evening.
 
It’s part of the Luv the Cov Concert Series at the Covington Plaza amphitheater. Details, HERE.
 
One foot in front of the …
Kudos to the “no pain, no gain” exercise buffs who approach each session like an MMA fight against Francis Ngannou.
 
But if you prefer a moderately paced hike in a green setting, check out Covington Parks & Rec’s 3rd hike of the season as part of its free Urban Hike Series, HERE.
 
Meet about 9 a.m. Saturday at the trailhead of the Licking River Greenway & Trail (at 2234 Eastern Ave., just park in the Holmes High School lot across the street).
 
It’s free, no registration is required. Total distance? About 4 miles.
 
Grow lights & gratitude
Half the people in the United States seemingly tried their hands at gardening during COVID-19. The serious and sophisticated ones stopped by Garden Grove Organics in Covington for expertise, equipment, soil amendments, and rare seeds.
 
Saturday, Garden Grove is holding a Customer Appreciation Day at its soon-to-be (new) location next to Molly Malone’s Irish Pub. They’re giving away all sorts of stuff, like sophisticated grow lights and mystery boxes and such. But you have to be present to win.
 
Also, brand reps, food, music and drinks. Details, HERE.
 
Words & wine
OK, this event is Tuesday. But we’re touting it here to give you time to think about attending (and buy and read the book!).
 
The Wine & Words Book Club meets at Craft & Vines every Tuesday night. The July book is “Come Fly the World (The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am)” by Julia Cooke.
 
The book club insists that it’s a “laid-back, friendly group,” and we’re like “duh, how can you not be after drinking wine?” (But we DO wonder whether “red” or “white” goes best with reading.)
 
Details, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s … a floral workshop at Mud Lanes Blooms (pop-up shop) on Saturday, HERE … the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, HERE … the VIVE Punch DJ Summer Rooftop series on Saturday evening at Braxton Brewing Co., HERE … Tarot Card Readings on Saturday at Local Studio 325, HERE.
 
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