The ‘hunt’ is on & ceilidh

COVINGTON, Ky. – First of all, Covington Parks & Rec’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is back! So, get the kiddos ready for the big hunt (tho truth be told, it’s more like a “gather”).

Second, there’s a lot of other fun stuff going on this weekend (one or more of which might also involve eggs).

There’s a cool show at The Carnegie showcasing a fine Kentucky talent … an evening of music and cats … a ceilidh (scroll down to find out what that means, and, yeah, we might have had to look it up too) … a bourbon tutorial … trail tidying … music, and more.

Where angels tread

That’s precisely where “Preacher” – the character in artist/writer/musician Jay Bolotin’s “The Darktown Sermons” – has been. He climbs right up a ladder that takes him to heaven and goes calling on angels. Low and behold, he discovers that they’re far from what he expected. And when he returns from his celestial visit, things get stranger still.

This mix of live song and animation plays out on stage at The Carnegie tonight.

Bolotin is both a Kentucky native and a maker of outlaw country music and stories. Some big names have recorded his tunes – folks like Porter Wagoner, David Allen Coe, Merle Haggard, Dan Fogelberg, and Kris Kristofferson. It’s been written (in “The Aquarium Drunkard”) that his songs “live in the shadows” and possess “… an almost gothic air.”

(Ooh -- anybody else feel their hair raise on the back of their neck?)

The show isn’t until 10 p.m., so, if you’re quick, you can still score tickets. Details HERE.        

Feline jammin’

The music is sure to be purrfect (yes, we have to pun that, EVERY time) at the inaugural live music event at Purrfect Day Cat Café on Friday.

Turns out PDCC team member Allison is a gifted singer and her dad, Mike, knows more than a few chords on the guitar. So, get ready for an evening of acoustic music featuring hits from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s.

As for the cats, as usual they’ll be chillin’ in the cat lounge, waiting to have their ears scratched. More HERE.   

Lucky egg = free fresh veggies

Through the month of April, the Covington Farmers Market is running a special promotion called “Farmers Market Egg Hunt.”

Here’s how it works: When you buy a dozen eggs at the market, look inside the carton to see whether there’s a decorated egg nestled alongside all those pretty blue, green, and brown eggs.

If indeed you find a fancy egg, show it to the folks at the Market Info Tent, and you’ll get a $10 Covington Farmers Market gift card. Here’s what you can spend that $10 on: spring vegetables like lettuce, green onions, kale, cabbage, microgreens, radishes, and mustard greens.

Purchase what just might be a lucky egg carton at the Hampton Ridge Farm, North Valley Croft, Springcreek Farm, or Pine Hill Farm vendor tents. More HERE.

E with a double G!

The Covington Parks & Recreation Annual Easter Egg Hunt has returned (finally!) and it’s happening on Saturday at the Devou Park Bandshell.

There’ll be candy, toys, and free photos with the guest of honor, the Easter B. Oh, and eggs, so many eggs (the pretty plastic kind that you can keep for a long time, and they won’t smell bad).

Oh, and there will be a few big prizes (we buried the lede, right?), one for each of three age categories.

If Saturday morning brings heavy rain, snow, or bitter cold, this event will move to Sixth District Elementary gym. Any such decision will be announced by 9 a.m. on the Facebook pages of both Parks & Rec and the City (@covparks and @covingtonkygov) and on the City’s website,

Plan on your little ones (up to age 9) filling their baskets to the brim. More HERE.     

It’s Ceilidh time

That’s the Gaelic way of saying (and it’s pronounced “kay-lee”) that it’s party time. And by party, we’re talking about pipes, drums, and highland dancers.

Where, oh where, might this be taking place? Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, of course. 

The Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums presents Mad Maudlin at Ceilidh 2022 on Saturday evening.

Mad Maudlin, by the way, is a four-piece traditional Celtic folk band that produces toe-tappin’ sounds by way of guitar, fiddle, bouzouki, whistle, button box accordion, djembe, bodhran, Scottish Highland pipes, and small pipes. More HERE.

A ‘Weller’ of an experience

Aficionados of our native spirit know exactly what we’re talking about here: bourbon.

On Sunday, Mitch Wetenkamp, one of Hotel Covington’s resident “Bourbon Experts,” will enlighten participants about all things Weller at the “W. L. Weller Experience.”

There’s a fee … but then, there’s bourbon. Good bourbon. More HERE.    

Brunch & bouquets

We could have kept going with the eggs, because you can get a plateful of them at Cedar on Sunday. And while you’re at it, get a fistful of flowers on Sunday when Scarlett Begonia’s Flower Truck parks its big, beautiful self at Cedar Restaurant on Sunday.

Just like the warm weather and sunshine, Scarlett Begonia’s is back, and you can look forward to plenty weekly pop-ups around The Cov.

If you’re looking for some pretty petals to take home, you’ll find them in the truck bed. More HERE.    

Trail Day

They’re working on the jumps and improving some of the turns, and you can get in on the action by lending a hand.

Gnarnia Trail Day is on Sunday at Devou Park Back Country Bike Trails. No experience necessary to pitch in and help the trail continue to shape up nicely. Just energy. More HERE.   

Makers are makin’

And they’re showing and selling their wares at Pandemonium on Sunday for their Makers Market.

Artists and makers will set up in the Pandemonium parking lot, and you can get a good bite, a good sip, and check out some more cool art inside. More HERE.   

Live music

There’s … Alex Poteet at Smoke Justis tonight, HERE … Matt Cowherd at Keystone Bar & Grill tonight, HERE … Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s tonight, HERE … Satin Smooth Project at Smoke Justis on Friday, HERE … Friday Giants & Sleeperdaisy, with Dearest, Mouth Movements, and Rosecrest at Madison Live on Friday, HERE … Sepia Heyday, The godawful, Doomed City Villains, and ATTn Deficit Squirrel at Pandemonium on Friday, HERE … and the Acoustic Blue Trio at Smoke Justis on Saturday, HERE.      


And then there’s … MainStrasse Village Food Tour on Saturday, HERE … “Keeper of the Realm” at The Carnegie from Friday through Sunday, HERE … “Thought is a River” and “The Reds” exhibits at The Carnegie from Thursday through Saturday, HERE … “Spirit Riders and Abracadabra! exhibits at Behringer-Crawford Museum from Thursday through Sunday, HERE … “Heal Your Who Dey Heartbreak” exhibit at Behringer-Crawford Museum from Thursday through Sunday, HERE.