Farm to Fork & Paddlefest

COVINGTON, Ky. – Welcome to a weekend of superlatives in The Cov.

The biggest. The longest. (Might need to add “the hottest” as well). 

Big events on the block, on the river, in the park, and at the pool, so check ‘em out and don’t miss out.

Laura Palmer paper dolls

Any thoughts on the most Lynchian scene in David Lynch filmography?

Maybe the scene behind Winkie’s Diner in Mulholland Drive? The mystery man in Lost Highway? Any scene with Frank Booth in Blue Velvet? Laura Palmer confronted by Killer Bob?

Is there anyone more prolific in creating creepy scenes that we just can’t shake? No one comes to mind. If you’re inclined to agree, then don’t miss David Lynch: The Return (Group Art Show) at Earth to Kentucky on Friday.

Expect to see toy and art creations by more than 30 local and international artists, all inspired by Lynch’s work in films, television, or simply Lynch himself. And yes, maybe there will be Laura Palmer paper dolls.

Happy 50th

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati earns superlatives too. They do some of the finest work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And they’ve been doing all this great work for 50 years.

Plus, their coffee shop, Point Perk Coffee, makes a really good cup of joe.

Now, that demands a party. A big one.

On Friday, The Point/Arc’s Block Party & Open House takes place at 104 W. Pike St., with lots of food, drinks, music, and activities, but zero traffic. There’s also a tour of The Point/Arc’s new ZEC Center. Admission is free.

Paddling the Ohio

Back in 2001, a group of friends had a great idea to paddle down the Ohio River and raise money to help Adventure Crew, a nonprofit that takes city teens into nature and funds their adventures.

That’s how the biggest paddling event in the nation – Paddlefest – began.

On Friday, there’s an outdoor expo that involves an Inaugural Paddlefest Kayak Bass Fishing Event (which sounds like it will demand a strong core), and on Saturday morning, roughly 2,000 kayakers, canoers, and other paddlers will launch into the Ohio River. They’ll travel either 4.2 miles in the Race to the Roebling, or 9 miles in the Seven Bridges Race. (If you’re not a paddler, you might want to be a photographer for the day because the scene is pretty sweet).

You don’t need a $3,000 We-no-nah and a pair of exotic butternut and alder in-laid Bending Branches Sun Shadow paddles to take part, either. Plastic will do just fine.

Find your Jackson Pollock

Remember that truck driver who bought a Jackson Pollock painting at a yard sale for $5? And all those hidden gems that the American Pickers discover in junkyards, basements, garages, and barns? Here’s your chance to find your own treasures.

The World’s Longest Yard Sale officially started today outside Covington, and it is 690 glorious miles of pure perusing, bartering, and buying pleasure.

Also known as the 127 Yard Sale because of the route it runs along from Michigan to Alabama, this weekend-long event is a siren call to treasure seekers and what-not collectors who are on the hunt for all range of things, like sports memorabilia … retro appliances … vintage everything … cast iron skillets … hand tools … antique holiday ornaments … photographs of strangers from 1936 … and costume jewelry. (What one can do with fake jewelry and a glue gun should be featured in a Bergdorf Goodman window).

Starting Saturday, The Cov gets in on the World’s Longest Yard Sale with a pop-up in MainStrasse.  Keep an eye out for glass-blown kugels, first-edition toys, and The Man of Steel comic books because the first comic that Superman appeared in brought in a chunk of change (resold for $3.2 million). Here’s to successful treasure hunting and gettin’ rich.

Simply Sondheim

When composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim died last year, laudatory phrases like “songwriting titan” “intellectually rigorous,” and “most revered” peppered his obituary. (Again with the superlatives). They were warranted. He’s won Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

Over a 10-year period, Sondheim turned out “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” Pacific Overtures,” Sweeney Todd,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and “Into the Woods.” (Those standing Zoom meetings suddenly don’t sound so taxing, right?)

On Saturday, you can hear what was so wonderful about him when the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra celebrates Sondheim at the Devou Park bandshell for Sunday in the Park with Sondheim (we know, the concert is actually on Saturday, but in this case it’s a reference to “Sunday in the Park with George”). Broadway veterans and a top-notch cast of local vocalists will join the performance.

Dog paddlin’

Covington Parks & Rec’s Dog Day on Sunday at Goebel Pool gives a whole new meaning to those ominous dog days we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This is all about good times for canines.

Bring your fine furball friend for a swim (don’t forget their towels and some of that stick sunscreen for their noses).

Farmers Market brunch

The Covington Farmers Market celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday with a Farm to Fork: 10-Year Anniversary Brunch at Covington Yard, and you’re invited (but you’ll need to make a res).

All range of homegrown goodness will be turned into delicious culinary creations by the talented chefs at Nacho Average Taco Cart, Beards & Bellies BBQ food truck, and Talons Cincy Fried, presenting a tasting menu of six brunch items. Expect the menu to involve juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet yellow corn, seasonal summer squash, and farm fresh eggs (Are you salivating yet?)

Plus, there’s going to be the chill, beautiful sounds of Market Music Series regular Kryst Kruer and her ukulele. Oh, and libations, yard games, and a photobooth to snap pics.

Live music

Tonight: Danny Frazier Band at Behringer-Crawford Museum … Music + MadTree at Keystone Bar & Grill … Allison Bishop & Adam Sanregret at Keystone Bar & Grill … Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s … Alex Poteet at Smoke Justis … Open Mic Night with Mara Moon at Pandemonium.

Friday: Holy F*** with the Serfs at Madison Live … Nico Santanna at The Rooftop at The Madison … Ben Walz at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: Soul Serum Presents: Zone X2 at The Rooftop at The Madison … Leroy Ellington at Smoke Justis … High in the Sky at Pandemonium … Pete Jive at Wunderbar.

Sunday: Rooftop Sessions at Braxton Brewing Company … Alexandra Kay at Madison Live.


Friday: 35th Annual Old Timers Reunion begins at Randolph Park … Ru Paul Drag All Stars Watch Party at Creative House of Art & Design … Dueling Aesthetics opening reception at Pique Gallery … Maker’s Market at Pandemonium.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Roebling Point …MainStrasse Village Food TourIntro to Hand Spinning Yarn at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop … Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck at The Standard.

Sunday: Brunch Date with Pete Jive & Dan Van Vechten at Wunderbar.