Veterans Day, felines & Irving Berlin

COVINGTON, Ky. – “Have yourself a merry little …”

Wait, not yet. We still haven’t put all of our cornucopias and turkeys on display yet.

Actually, we are starting to ease into “the most wonderful time of the year,” folks, but with a good classic movie and “start your shoppin’ with local-made goods” kind of way.

That’s to say that there’s a cool holiday exhibit that starts this weekend and a holiday bazaar featuring local art, so you can begin checking off that gift list you probably started putting together at 8:01 p.m. on Oct. 31.

We also have veterans to honor, cats to celebrate (all weekend long), bourbon to drink, knitters and weavers to watch, a boozy brunch, and pretty much anything that your discerning aesthetic might be seeking this weekend. Onward (as in scroll down), friends.

Beer cheese & a good effort

We’ve enjoyed mighty nice temperatures over the last week or so, but chillier days are ahead. With that in mind, you can do your part to make sure others have reliably warm attire.

And if you’re of that frame of mind, you’ll be happy to know that Freddy Mac & Nat from Q102 are broadcasting live from Braxton Brewing Co. tonight from a cozy rooftop igloo, and they’re looking forward to you stopping in with an armful of hats, gloves, mittens, or scarves to place in the donation bins and put in the hands of the City Gospel Mission during the Q102 Happy Hours for a Cause – Live Broadcast.

The City Gospel Mission is just across the river, and it provides meals and help to people throughout our area. In the event that generosity and kindness are stirring within you tonight, you’ll be rewarded for your gesture with a voucher for a free pretzel and beer cheese appetizer.

Sip & Shop

Wind down Friday with good bourbon and an equally good shopping experience at soHza Sister Fairtrade Boutique’s Sips & Shopping Bourbon Night.

There’s big feminine energy in this little shop in MainStrasse Village. soHza sister partners with 22 different fair trade co-ops in more than 11 countries, offering empowered women opportunities to change their lives by selling the handmade jewelry and ethical clothing they create. (Which, by the way, is exquisitely made).

soHza also supports local nonprofits that help women, so they’re helping women both here at home and beyond.

Pawty time

We would include the current number of adoptions that Purrfect Day Cat Café has secured for local felines seeking a safe, loving home, but the truth is that figure would be higher by the time we send out this newsletter.

What we will tell you is the number is well over a thousand and going strong. All of this has happened within two years of this magnificent kitty lounge setting up home in The Cov. Now THAT warrants a celebration.

Purrfect Day Cat Café’s 2-Year Celebration starts Friday (You read that right, it “starts” on Friday), and runs through Sunday with food, giveaways, café specials, kids’ activity fun, gift basket raffles, $2-off-apparel, and $2-off-Happy Meower Specials.

If you’ve adopted one of their cats, then you are invited to share a photo of the kitty or kitties (It’s always good to get more than one!) and receive a free key chain. (Now that’ll make you purr).

Veterans in blue and red

Friday is Veterans Day and Braxton Brewing Company invites you to join them in the taproom for their Covington Fire & Police Veterans Day Celebration.

(And it’s no surprise that a lot of The Cov’s Police and Fire are veterans, because some folks are simply wired to put themselves in harm’s way in service to others).

You can also order this year’s Veterans Day Party t-shirts before the celebration. There will be special beers on tap to represent The Cov Police and Fire, and Braxton will donate $1 per pint of Garage Beer sold and proceeds from the t-shirts will go to the Covington Fire Department and Covington Police Department Scholarship Funds.

Already dreaming of something white?

Behringer-Crawford has just the thing for you.

If you’d rather not wait until after Thanksgiving to satisfy your craving for Christmas, then Behringer-Crawford has just the thing Saturday when its Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” Exhibit begins.

(And for those who might know the song but not the film. Here’s a synopsis: Two WWII veterans team up with a singing sister duo to save a faltering Vermont lodge.)

Immersed in the iconic film’s magic and merriment, old memories will stir, and new ones will emerge as you stroll through the exhibit’s collection of designer Edith Head’s costumes that were worn by Kentucky legend Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye, and others.

Studio props, sheet music, cast members’ memorabilia, and other “White Christmas” treasures have found their way to the museum. The exhibit is in partnership with the Rosemary Clooney House and is part of the museum’s Holly Jolly Days, which is a celebration of family-centered fun and attractions.

Start checking that list

Don’t lollygag and wait until Christmas Eve to commence your shopping.

Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop will make it easy for you to avoid the rush and relax by the time you’re knee deep in all things Christmas.

The Holiday Bazaar on Saturday will feature items created by local artists that will surely fulfill your holiday shopping needs.

Plus, there will be light refreshments. Support local artists and small businesses and spread cheer while you’re at it.

Knitters, spinners, and more

Calling all fiberistas, yarnies, yarnsters, fiberists, and handcrafters … the Woolly Fest at the Hellmann Creative Center on Sunday will have farmers with local fiber, spinners, dyers, knitters, weavers, felters, and oh so much more on hand.

Bring your knitting and enjoy a cup of tea and share your latest fiber creation with like-minded folks.

Shop beautiful handmade gifts, chat up vendors about their cool work, and maybe even try your hand at something new with live demonstrations.

Live music

Tonight: Music + MadTree at Keystone Bar & Grill … Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … Sonny Moorman at Smoke Justis.

Friday: Jonny Estep at The Roost Latonia … Twiddle and Dogs in a Pile at Madison Theater … Distance Sprinter with Beloved Youth and Thomas Bowles at Madison Live … The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis.

Saturday:  Viva Voices Youth Choir at Kenton County Public Library … Dirty Mike and the Six Speeds at Mac’s Pizza … Satin Smooth Project at Smoke Justis.


Tonight: Thirsty Thursday Bingo at Frosthaus.

Friday: Thank You to Our Veterans at Frosthaus …  Frosty Feud at Frosthaus.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Company … MainStrasse Village Food TourPurrfect Day Cat Café 2-Year Celebration at Purrfect Day Cat Café.

Sunday: Purrfect Day Cat Café 2-Year Celebration. … Cincinnati Bengals – Book Signing at Behringer-Crawford Museum … Boozy Brunch Bingo at Frosthaus.

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