River Sweep & potluck > City of Covington, KY

COVINGTON, Ky. – There’s good work to do and good times to be had this weekend in The Cov.

As for the “work,” summer is practically upon us, it is high time to tidy up the riverbank, and you can join a bunch of volunteers Saturday morning to make it happen. You’ll likely wind up a muddy mess. No problem. Go home, clean up and head out in The Cov for fun and relaxation.

As for the “good times,” read on to find out about art and artists, music, books, and conversation, not to mention food, fishing, and farmers.

Sure, the potluck dinner on Friday at Local Studio 325’s Sisterhood Society Dinner Party will include a dish that you and others bring, but that’s your entrée to a night full of sustenance of all kinds.

Along with the food, count on important conversations, a little writing, music, and overall good vibes.

So bring a dish and something to serve it up with, your delightful and engaging self, and a new or gently used book to donate to the Latonia Community Libraries because, really, there are no sweeter desserts than good books.

Head over to the River Walk Trail behind Theater House on 3rd Street and join volunteers Saturday for the Keep Covington Beautiful 2022 River Sweep.

Dress appropriately (as in clothes you don’t care getting muddy) and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes because the terrain’s not smooth.

Expect to find Styrofoam, cigar filters, soccer balls, and plastic bottles, but don’t be surprised if you have to help dig out bigger things like a wheelchair tire, a shopping cart, or television. Gloves, trash grabbers, and trash bags will be provided.

You won’t go hungry. The 2022 River Sweep will provide you with a light breakfast (coffee and a bagel at Lil’s at 8:30-ish), and lunch after the cleanup is complete.

If you haven’t had a Covid vaccine, social distancing or masking is suggested.

Saturday’s the Derby, but don’t expect to see broad-brimmed chapeaus, folks sippin’ juleps, or a wreath of roses to drape around the winner’s neck. No, this “derby” involves wax worms, bobbers going under, bluegills, and channel cats.

So grab your kids and fishing tackle – after a three-year hiatus, Covington Parks & Rec’s annual youth Fishing Derby returns to Prisoners Lake in Devou Park.

“Kids” means ages 5 to 15, and in addition to the old-fashioned fun there are prizes to be won for first, biggest, and most fish. Parks & Rec will have a limited supply of poles, tackle, and bait for those who need them.

Shady Grove Farm will be back at this Saturday’s Covington Farmers Market, and Farmer Nancy says she’ll be bringing a full selection of tomato plants, some eggplant, and limited qualities of green garlic, scallions, and arugula.

Cozy Fern Studio will be there too with some handmade items inspired by nature, like crocheted “plant sweaters” and crocheted hanging baskets for small succulents and air plants (for those who realize their green thumb is best served tending to the low-maintenance variety of plants).

Look for cold-pressed juices, honey, beeswax candles, meats, eggs, wine, and herbal teas, so bring plenty of bags and load ’em up.

See how a pro does it on Saturday when local artist Jenna Webster creates a painting – start to finish – while you watch.

Webster will be at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop on Saturday for Live Painting with Jenna Webster and feel free to question her about technique and other things while she works.

And, if you happen to like what you see, the shop carries plenty of Webster’s works for purchase, as well as those by dozens of other artists.

Wiki says “book-reading circles” went secular in the late 1700s, and we have no doubt that’s true. We also keep seeing a “5 million” figure for the number of people in the United States who belong to at least one book club, and we have no doubt that’s true too.

Point is, book clubs are popular, they’re old, and they are often founded for serious purposes. Amid this historical context comes the NKY Pride Center’s book club for LGBTQA+ middle and high school students.

On Friday, youth of those ages can join for this month’s reading and discussion of “Dress Codes for Small Towns,” by Courtney Stevens.

And don’t worry if you missed the previous Youth Book Club meeting. There are copies of the book available at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Library at the circulation desk and at the Pride Center itself on Pike Street.

Here’s one way to see the world through the eyes of teen-agers.

The 2022 Senior Art Show on Friday in Latonia will feature original work by students at Holy Cross High School displayed at several locations.

You can take a look at creations of these talented students at the Holy Cross Art Studio, The Roost Latonia, and Local Studio 325.

Tonight: Open Mic Night with Mara Moon at Pandemonium … Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s … Matt Waters at Keystone Bar & Grill.

Friday: The Rawest Show Out Tour starring Qualoo, Midwest Milly, B.Luck, D Moneii, TOG Skinny, Spilly, OTM Payme, Gaida Noriega, Filmore Bands, 120 Mun, Rakz Fifth, Larry Smith, Rico Blu, and DJ J. Dough at Madison Live.

Sunday: Rooftop Sessions at Braxton Brewing … Lil Boom + Friends: The End of the World Tour with Lil Boom, E The Profit, Lil Ree, Dayo Gold, Straptheuno, and Mari Da Goat at Madison Live.

And then there’s … Trivia Night at Creative House and Design tonight … “The Reds” and “Thought is a River” exhibits at The Carnegie tonight through Saturday.. … RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 7 at Creative House and Design on Friday … Schitt’s Creek Trivia at Keystone Bar & Grill on Friday … Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck at Bean Haus on Main Street on Saturday … Egg Decorating Workshop at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop on Saturday … MainStrasse Village Food Tour on Saturday.

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