Cookie-brew pairings & Gala Maskenball

COVINGTON, Ky. – February is Black History Month, so before you go about pairing beer with Girl Scout cookies, dressing up for a Gala Maskenball, attending a musical or live music, be sure to brush up on some things you might not know about.

Here in The Cov, we have both a Covington Black History Tour full of fascinating stops and history and a month-long reading assignment that will help you guide your kids into becoming more aware of the diversity of the world around them and of this nation’s past.

The details of the tour are below. As for the latter, follow Read Ready Covington’s Facebook page for some solid suggestions on fine children’s books to read during Black History Month.

A sleeve (of cookies) with that stout?

Girl Scout cookie season is back and that means Braxton Brewing Company is hosting its Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing.

On Saturday, this self-led pairing serves up a flight of 4 taster beers, 4 cookies, and tasting sheet to explore the flavor combinations and perfectly chosen partnerships of cookies and beer.

How about some tasty Toast-Yays! ™ with a S’mores Imperial Stout? Or Lemonades with Blueberry Strudel Berlinger Weisse?

As an added bonus, Girl Scout Cookies will be available for purchase in the taproom from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., so pick up a few (dozen) boxes and a 6-pack (or two).

Rock out at a maskenball

Pull together something formal or semi-formal from your closet that reflects your favorite decade (maybe that high school prom dress that will definitely fit), and go to the Germania Society’s 70s, 80s, 90s Gala Maskenball at the Radisson Hotel on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Germania Society’s Karneval gruppe, which celebrates a Mardi Gras-type season, is sure to result in gute zeiten.

Prost band will be rocking out with tunes and the Germania Prinzengarde dance troupe will have all the moves. (Odds are you will too when those Journey and Aerosmith tunes crank up).

Valentine crafting with kiddos (and cats)

Yes, all range of things could go wrong here.

If you’ve ever tried to read a newspaper, work at your computer, or wrap packages in the presence of a cat, odds are things did not go smoothly. Most likely the cat chose to sit on the article you were reading, walk in front of the computer screen or type its own missive to the universe, and to shred your overpriced gift wrap.

But Purrfect Day Cat CafĂ©’s Miss Kyleigh’s Valentine’s Fun with Kiddos and Kitties event on Sunday will deliver fun, safe, productive Valentine crafting and feline cuddles instead of the cat anarchy and destruction some have come to know in other circumstances. These cats, unlike the master of world domination in your home, are all about the cuddles.

Walk and learn

The Covington Black History Tour on NKY Art Tours website was originally developed by the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) as a walking tour. It’s a walk you’re going to want to take, and not just during February, which is, as we mentioned earlier, Black History Month, but because it includes fascinating points of historical interest (16, to be precise) in the city.

For instance, at 11th & Greenup streets there’s a narrow strip of greenspace separating eastbound and westbound traffic on 11th Street in the Eastside neighborhood that’s named after Covington native Benjamin Franklin Howard, co-founder of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, also known as the Black Elks.

If you walk to 422 Madison Ave., to the Henry Wenzel Building, that cool 150-year-old building that’s now called the Pickle Factory because it was once used for that purpose, you’ll learn that its third floor housed the African American Odd Fellows Hall, an organization whose purpose was to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate an orphan.”

Then there’s the African American Business District that runs from 5th St. to 11th St. on Scott St. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, that district was the epicenter of commerce for African Americans throughout the region. And did you know that The Carnegie was one of the only libraries in the country never to segregate? This tour has much to share. Bundle up and take a walk.

Live music

Tonight: The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis … The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … Carey Hunley at Strasse Haus.

Friday: Chad & Jeff at Strasse Haus.

Saturday: Trauma Illinois at Madison Live … Grey Dogs at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … The Yada Yada Yadas at Strasse Haus.

Sunday: 2023 Golden Donut Awards at Madison Live.


Friday: Singin’ in the Rain at The Carnegie.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Company. … Singin’ in the Rain at The Carnegie.

Sunday: Singing in the Rain at The Carnegie.