Duveneck, kālua pig & wiffle ball

COVINGTON, Ky. – This weekend might not be as breathless as last weekend’s Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day combination, but – hey, this is The Cov – it’s still going to be fun.

We’ve got a longtime art event with deep roots in The Cov (named after one of our most famous native sons), a nod at good old-fashioned gatherings and bringing some neighbors to town (Florence Y’alls), wiffle ball, food and a celebration in honor of Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month, a book signing, equine and wine, and the Remake Learning Days.

So, get out and about this weekend, lots of good stuff to do outside, even if it is hotter than the hinges of Hades already.

Pa’ina in Latonia

One of the many beautiful things about the different cultures that settle in our fair hamlet by the river are the recognitions and celebrations they point us to.

For instance, just in time for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (it’s a new thing), Kealoha’s Kitchen on Saturday will host a potluck pa’ina (which is Hawaiian for a meal or dinner party) next door at Pandemonium Bar & Art Gallery.

Kealoha’s is providing the rice, kālua pig, and potato-macaroni salad, but you’re invited to bring your favorite side dish to share. Check here for more about the ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER MAY PA'INA.

‘Hootenanny’ and wiffle ball

No need to look it up in a dictionary to get the exact definition. Just show up Saturday at BLDG Gallery and enjoy what will be a hootenanny in all its splendor.

The Y’ALLS HOOTENANNY 2022 is a collaborative art exhibition and party to ring in the new season for the Florence Y’alls baseball team. (Art & baseball? Bear with us here).

According to BLDG, the exhibition will recognize the multiple meanings and interpretations of so-called Y’alls culture. All we know is that it will feature local artists, food and drinks, a wiffle ball field – WIFFLE BALL!! – a bouncy house and live music.

And Pike Street between Madison Avenue and Washington Street will be shut down to house it all.

Y’all head down, there, OK?  

Pick your fate?

What kind of business did your ancestors get up to that’s impacting you years later … maybe set you down a bad path? Or are you charting your own course, dismissing the family demons? Then again, is it the case that fate has just dusted a golden path for you to waltz through life?

Author Rock Neelly, who lives over in Lebanon, Ohio, takes on those questions in his novel “Salt Fork Stations.” It’s a story that bounces back and forth between the settling of Oklahoma’s Cherokee Strip and the turbulent times of Lawrence, Kansas, during the 1960s civil rights unrest.

Neelly will be at Roebling Point Books & Coffee on Saturday to talk about his book and sign copies. Check here for more about the ROCK NEELLY BOOK EVENT.

Outdoor art show

Each month this summer (weather permitting, of course), Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop is moving local art outside with its Outdoor Artisan Market.

If you’re going to feature art in your home – whether it’s a painting, photograph, or sculpture – why not pick art with a story. But you have to FIND OUT the story.

Do that Saturday at the first market of the season, when you can chat with the artists and browse their creations, take some home (art, not artists, of course). Details, see OUTDOOR ARTISAN MARKET.

Equine & wine

Enjoy good wine, craft beer, and food while you help raise funds for children and adults who benefit from equine therapy on Saturday.

What is equine therapy? It’s therapeutic horseback riding which offers physical, emotional, and social benefits.

Another benefit of participating in the LOVESOME STABLES EQUITHERAPY FUNDRAISER at Crafts & Vines is that while you’re supporting a good effort, you could win a bottle of Rip Van Winkle 10-year-old bourbon.

Frank would be proud

An annual event that celebrates Covington native son Frank Duveneck returns Saturday, and there will be more than 50 regional artists showing their work.

The 51st ANNUAL DUVENECK ART SHOW will happen at George Rogers Park, and four categories of juried art will be judged: painting, sculpture/3-D, graphics/photography, and fine crafts.

There’s also going to be food trucks, like Pretzelfuls LLC and Kona Ice, and entertainment from the band Moonshine & Wine.

Cool stuff to learn

Saturday is THE DAY for learning cool stuff: Fascinating facts about the May 15 lunar eclipse … how to write a memoir with only six words (talk about tight editing) … how to build a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows … fire safety from the pros (Covington firefighters, and they’ll let you touch a firetruck).

The Greater Cincinnati Remake Learning Days Festival kicks off in Covington on Saturday with the COVINGTON REMAKE LEARNING DAY KICKOFF EVENT, and fortunately it’s not just for kids. Make a thumbprint mural. Paint some rocks. Make a pirate eye patch. Paint someone’s face. Paint your own face. There’s gonna be so much to do.

READ READY COVINGTON is participating, and you can find them at the library and at Austinburg Park. They’ll have loads of activities for kids and families, like an outdoor StoryWalk®, bilingual vocabulary activities, Word Walks, and an A-Z walking tour.  

The event organizers – The Catalytic Fund, and the Kenton County Public Library – will have nearly 20 free activities for kids of all ages and their families. It’s FREE and it’s fun for the whole family.

Live music

Tonight: Kyle English at Keystone Bar & Grill. … Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s. … Sonny Moorman at Smoke Justis.

Friday: Marsellus Wallace & 57 Fury with Eulkid, Sepia Heyday, and Marz Hall at Madison Live. … Chantelle & The Digs at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: Cincy Brass at Braxton Brewing. … Houndmouth with Sam Filiatreau at Madison Theater. … Pulsation: A Rooftop Affair with David Vance, Specter, Primal, Uncle Harold, Xcentrik, and Intrasy at The Madison Rooftop. … Kenny Cowden at Smoke Justis.

Sunday: Rooftop Sessions at Braxton.


And then there’s …. 70s, 80s, and 90s Sitcom Trivia on Friday at Keystone Bar & Grill. … Warehouse Night on Friday at Pandemonium. … Covington Parks & Recreation Youth Soccer League on Saturday. … MainStrasse Village Food Tour on Saturday. … Covington Farmers Market on Saturday. … Scarlet Begonias Flower Truck at The Roost Latonia on Saturday.