‘Hello, Dolly!’ & a good rye

COVINGTON, Ky. – A beloved Broadway musical, a good blend, fierce wrestling, heart art and more happening this weekend, so find yourself something fun to do in The Cov.

Well, ‘hello,’ 60 years later, Dolly

When “Hello, Dolly!” opened on Broadway on Jan. 16, 1964, at the St. James Theater, a wide-eyed Carol Channing charmed audiences as the meddling, matchmaking Dolly Levi in the musical based on Thorton Wilder’s “The Merchant of Yonkers,” later revised and retitled as “The Matchmaker.”

On Friday, 60 years later, and just a cat hair from the musical’s opening date, you can celebrate its big anniversary and follow Dolly’s exploits over the course of an unforgettable day when “Hello, Dolly!” opens at The Carnegie. Shows happen Saturday and Sunday as well.

Got an eye for a good rye?

A while back, the good folks at the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (OKBB) spent an afternoon with the equally fine folks at Wenzel Whiskey, blending 8-year rye whiskies into one of their all-time favorite private selections. The blending was a nod to Repeal Day, Dec. 5, 1933, when the 21st Amendment repealed prohibition.

On Saturday, the OKBB/Wenzel Rye Release and Meet & Greet at OKBB invites you to hang out with Wenzel’s Griffin Ross and Bill Whitlow to hear how they’re reviving bourbon history right here in The Cov, and how you can get in on the rye collab. Odds are you’ll sip good libations while you’re there.

To. The. Mat.

You’ll want to be ringside Saturday when the Axis of Power’s Savannah Sweet teams with National Wrestling Federation’s Women’s Revolution Champion “Next Level” Nikki Victory to take on the team of Ryley Matthews and Kayla Kassidy.

It all happens on Saturday at Hits Indoor Baseball and Sportsplex for NWF presents WrestleBlast.

Pompano Joe will be also there, challenging Mr. Destiny, and the Hollywood Blondes take on Nasty Russ & DC. Damien Chambers is back, defending his Grindhouse Pro Ring Generals championship against The Swinger in what will be a veritable dream match. Special guest enforcer Nick Ultima will be in the house too for one big bodacious evening of wrestlin’.

Sublimate your love

With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, now is the time to think about how you’ll shower the object of your affection with gifts. The Heart Sublimation Photo Slates workshop at Kenton County Public Library on Saturday is a good place to start.

First things first, though. What is sublimation by way of arts and crafts? Turns out that sublimation, on its own, means to change the form of something (but not the essence). To that end, you’ll take a photo that your loved one will treasure, print the image on a sublimation printer, then apply that image to a heart-shaped photo slate, and – ta-da! – your love will be cast on stone.

Live music

Tonight: Sunsquabi with Vincent Antone at Madison Theater … The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis.

Friday: Estrada Do Sol at Metropolitan Club … Chris Comer Trio at Juniper’s … Leroy Ellington at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: Angie Coyle Quartet at Juniper’s.


Tonight: Cuentame un cuente!/Spanish Storytime at Kenton County Public Library.

Friday: LinkedIn for Business at Kenton County Public Library … Movie Matinee: Groundhog Day at Kenton County Public Library … Barn Square Workshop Night 2 at The Roost Latonia.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Company … MainStrasse Village Food and Culture TourFamily Storytime at Kenton County Public Library …  Meet the Artist Art Sale & Giveaway with Photographer Cindi Williams at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop … Zodiac Button Making: Aquarius at Kenton County Public Library … Stronger Together at Thrive Empowerment Center … Lot of Love Dot Mandala Workshop at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop.