Kick off T-day with Drinksgiving, shopping local

COVINGTON, Ky. – Here we are in your inbox on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so that you can get started on the weekend festivities (which starts tonight and largely involves imbibing).

That’s not to say there isn’t more stuff going on this week after all the turkey business. Once the leftovers are stored, it’s time to commence with holiday shopping, which you can do locally on Small Business Saturday.

Drinksgiving (yep, it’s a thing)

Maybe we get a little hung up on semantics – we like to fancy ourselves as wordsmiths, after all – but doesn’t “Drinksgiving” sound a bit more tasteful than “Blackout Wednesday?” (If one chooses to drink copious amounts of alcohol the day before a holiday with the family, surely a more dignified moniker is warranted, right?)

Tonight, as one might expect, just about every esteemed watering hole in town is partaking in the long-held tradition of imbibing the evening before Thanksgiving. The Drinksgiving at Braxton Brewing Company – Covington’s very own brewery – is among them.

Fancy eggshells for the holidays

We’re not talking about just any old eggshell here. We’re talking about eggshells transformed into veritable jewels to hang from your holiday tree.

The Christmas Ornament Egg Class at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop on Saturday is where you can learn Pysanka, or Ukrainian Egg Decorating, and walk away with a veritable jewel that you fashioned.

Local artist Ivanka Lempitskiy will demonstrate how to decorate an empty, cleaned eggshell using beeswax and vegetable dyes, and special tools to draw images. You’ll also get a bit of a history lesson about the 2,000-year-old art of egg painting.

Small biz, big shopping

Odds are you’ll be ready to walk off calories come Saturday, and Small Business Saturday provides the perfect incentive.

Here in The Cov, you’ll be sure to get your steps in, as they say, strolling all over town for great small biz shopping and local events like Shop Small Saturday at Maison at Left Bank Coffeehouse and Grainwell Holiday Open House.

Latonia’s Shop Small, Eat Big event on Saturday presents a “journey” through the community’s small businesses. Each purchase you make at a participating business equals a stamp on your passport. Keep buying, because every stamp is a chance to win one of several grand prizes valued at more than $500.

There are so many great small businesses all throughout Covington that – with just a modicum of effort – we have no doubt you’ll be able to check off every name on your holiday list. The only challenge you face is where to begin.

Flame weekend returns

The Wreath Auction at Creative House of Art & Design (CHAD) on Sunday benefits Caracole, the Greater Cincinnati’s nonprofit devoted to positively changing lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

So, instead of insisting yet another year that you’ll make your own holiday wreaths (and failing to do so, as you do every year), purchase a magnificent wreath at CHAD and you’ll also be making a difference.

Live music

Thursday: Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Friday: Two Mississippi at Smoke Justis … The Day After Thanksgiving Show at Pandemonium.

Saturday: Alico at Smoke Justis … Earle Diamond CD Release Party at Mike’s Music/The Village Theater.


Tonight: Wednesday Trivia at The Gruff.

Friday: Holtman’s Pop-Up Donut Shop & Coffee at Braxton Brewing Company … Winterfair at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Company … MainStrasse Village Food TourNorthern Wrestling Federation 27th Anniversary at Hits Indoor Baseball and Sportsplex.