Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt Provides Family-Friendly Fun

Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt

Once the turkey is eaten and the parade is over, what can you do with the rest of your holiday weekend? How about a fun and challenging scavenger hunt that takes you exploring through four Northern Kentucky neighborhoods?

The Finders Keepers Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt is perfect for a family, couple or group of friends. With your Code Kit, you’ll have everything you need for up to four players. You can do the hunt any time between Thanksgiving morning and the evening of Sunday November 27th.

Explanation of the Scavenger Hunt
Explanation of the Scavenger Hunt

What the Hunt Entails

Put on your spectacles and thinking caps because the puzzles require sharp eyes and a clever mind. There are four neighborhoods included in the hunt: downtown Covington, MainStrasse Village, historic downtown Newport and Bellevue’s Fairfield Avenue entertainment district. Each neighborhood has several puzzles to solve, mostly based on the public art and architecture you’ll encounter.

You’ll find clues, crack codes and test your brain as you solve the puzzles and do the photo challenges. Submit your answers when you’re done, and you could win art from local artists and prizes from NKY businesses.

The puzzles are intended for smarty pants adults and kids ages 12 and up. Younger kids can help spot the clues and play in the park and open spaces included on the hunt.

Registration for Finders Keepers closes on November 18, so don’t delay. Reserve your Code Kit here. Proceeds help support the arts in NKY.

NKY Finder's Keepers Scavenger Hunt Flyer with Website
NKY Finders Keepers Scavenger Hunt Flyer

Jill Morenz is the Director of the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Covington’s Spooky Secrets Revealed During Walking Tours

The Spooky Secrets Walking Tours

Covington has a rich history and parts of it are pretty spooky. To celebrate the Halloween season, two local women are teaming up to share these creepy secrets with the curious.

The Spooky Secrets walking tours are around 90 minutes long and start on Covington’s riverfront. They end in the MainStrasse Village neighborhood, where guests can remain for dinner or drinks or, if they prefer, they can walk back to the starting point with the tour guide.

Spooky Secrets Tour Flyer in Covington, KY
Spooky Secrets Tour – Covington, KY

Kathy Witt and Jill Morenz worked together to uncover the stories they share on the tours. Kathy Witt is the author of Secret Cincinnati, which highlights several dozen weird, wonderful or obscure places in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Jill Morenz, Director of the NKY Public Arts Network, guides the tours.

What You Will See

During the 2-mile walk, you’ll learn the real identity of the Grey Lady of Carneal House and meet Captain Mary B. Greene, who meddled in the lives of her friends after she died. You’ll picture the chaos of a ravaged cemetery and find out why dogs won’t enter the basement of a former hospital. You’ll peek inside mystical and creepy shops and hear gory tales hiding behind things you see every day.

You will also receive a signed copy of Secret Cincinnati, as well as a special bookmark that serves as a checklist for the locations included in the book.

Tickets and Dates

If you love ghost stories, you’ll enjoy the Spooky Secrets tour! Individual tickets are $29.99 and include one book.

A pair of tickets costs $39.99 and includes one book for the two people to share. See available dates and purchase tickets here.


Jill Morenz is the Director of the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

Urban Home Tour Takes You Beyond the Curb in Latonia

Beyond the Curb Tour

If you haven’t been to Covington’s Latonia neighborhood in a while, you’re in for a treat! The Catalytic Fund’s popular Beyond the Curb Urban Living Tour is focusing their October 2nd tour in this charming area.

This will be the twelfth of these tours, which showcase the range of housing options in Northern Kentucky’s urban river cities, while encouraging you to explore the architecture, art and businesses that make the region so vibrant.

On the Tour

The October 2nd tour offers an exclusive peek inside more than a dozen interesting properties, including historic buildings, artsy renovations, cute bungalows and updated apartments. There will also be a few businesses on the tour that are using old buildings in new ways, such as an event venue in a “mansion” and a music performance space inside a decommissioned church.

As you walk along the pretty streets, you’ll come upon beautiful gardens, fun public art, quirky shops and inviting restaurants. Latonia is experiencing a rebirth, as new businesses open and young families move in.

Latonia was an independent town from 1896-1909, when it was annexed by Covington. It is probably best known for the Latonia Racetrack, which was located at the current site of the Latonia Shopping Center on Winston Ave. The first race held there was in 1883 and the Latonia Derby debuted in 1888.The track closed in 1939.

This Beyond the Curb tour starts at the Roost Latonia, a quirky shop that serves coffee and cocktails. They also have an ever-changing stock of vintage or vintage-inspired art, home décor items, apparel and toys. On tour day, you’ll pick up your tour booklet, wristband and event bag there.

Beyond the Curb tours are a fun way to get to know the river cities a little better and experience urban living, NKY-style. Learn more about the Latonia tour here.

Beyond the Curb Flyer with Date, Time, and Website
Beyond the Curb Flyer

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

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Bourbon Heritage Month

September is Bourbon Heritage Month and Cincinnati is ready to celebrate!

Bourbon is a type of whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon. In order to be bourbon, it must contain at least 51% corn in its mash, it must be aged in new, charred-oak barrels, and it must be stored at no more than 125 proof and bottled at no less than 80 proof. Though bourbon can technically be made anywhere in the US, 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, our neighbor just to the south.

It is for that reason that we have a lot of great bourbon bars, events, and even bourbon-inspired foods in our area. Below is a comprehensive list of all things bourbon to try during Bourbon Heritage Month and beyond.

Old Fashioned cocktail from Mid City Restaurant
Old Fashioned cocktail from Mid City Restaurant

Food

There are so many excellent bourbon-inspired menu items across the region. Here are a handful of suggestions of what to get at nearby local restaurants.

Bourbon House Pizza (Florence, Newport)

Bourbon BBQ Wings and Chicken

bourbonhousepizza.com

BRU Burger Bar (downtown, Montgomery – Coming Soon)

Bourbon burger with peppercorn-bourbon glaze

bruburgerbar.com

The Eagle (OTR)

Kale Salad with bourbon-soaked raisins

eaglerestaurant.com

The Littlefield (Northside)

Sour Cream Doughnut Holes

Cinnamon sugar dusted, served with a bourbon caramel sauce (during Sat/Sun brunch).

littlefieldns.com

LouVino (OTR)

LouVino Triple Stack with bourbon maple and whipped cream

louvino.com

Purple Poulet Southern Bourbon Bistro (Newport)

Several bourbon-inspired menu items

purplepoulet.com

Note: Menus are always changing and can be viewed on the link shared for each restaurant.

Bourbon peach confit jumbo wings from HighGrain Brewing Co.
Bourbon peach confit jumbo wings from HighGrain Brewing Co.

Desserts

The creativity that goes into making a bourbon-inspired dish is fascinating, and the relationship between Bourbon and dessert will always be a fun combination.

Bouquet Restaurant (Covington)

Bread Pudding Stuffed Croissant topped with bourbon glaze

bouquetrestaurant.com

Graeter’s (multiple locations)

Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan

graeters.com

Happy Chicks Bakery (Northside)

Bourbon Apricot cake and cupcakes

happychicksbakery.com

Libby’s Gourmet Desserts (Forest Park)

Bourbon Butter Cake

libbysgourmetdesserts.com

Maverick Chocolate (Findlay Market, Rookwood)

Prohibition Milk Chocolate bar, made with real Kentucky Bourbon

maverickchocolate.com

Senate (Blue Ash)

Chocolate & Bourbon Bread Pudding

senatepub.com

Note: Menus are always changing and can be viewed on the link shared for each restaurant.

Graeter's Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan ice cream
Graeter’s Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan ice cream

Bars

There are a lot of great bourbon bars in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but, thanks to their varied and unique selections, these really stand out.

Bourbon Haus 1841 (Covington)

Local and rare varieties, plus craft cocktails.

bourbonhaus1841.com

The Littlefield (Northside)

Cozy bourbon bar and kitchen.

littlefieldns.com

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (Covington)

Craft cocktails and an extensive selection of whiskey in an upbeat setting.

oldkybourbonbar.com

Prohibition Bourbon Bar (Newport)

1920s-era speakeasy-style bourbon bar.

newberrybroscoffee.com

Revival Vintage Bottle Shop (Covington)

A retail and bottle shop with a one-of-a-kind shopping and tasting experience.

revivalky.com

Wiseguy Lounge (OTR, Covington)

Elite bourbons and craft cocktails with a roaring twenties vibe.

goodfellaspizzeria.com

Rare vintage bottle of bourbon (Nelson Groves) at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington
Rare vintage bottle of bourbon at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington

Distilleries

We all know about the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but we have some pretty great distilleries nearby, too. Here are several local options, including the type of bourbon they produce onsite.

Boone County Distilling (Boone County)

Kentucky Pot Still Bourbon

Small Batch Bourbon

boonedistilling.com

Knox Joseph Distillery at OTR StillHouse (OTR)

Straight Bourbon Whiskey

otrstillhouse.com

New Riff Distilling (Newport)

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Single Barrel Bourbon

newriffdistilling.com

Northside Distilling (downtown)

Bourbon whiskey

northsidedistilling.com

Old Pogue Distillery (Maysville, KY)

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

oldpogue.com

Pensive Distilling (Newport)

Bourbon

pensivedistilling.com

Second Sight Spirits (Ludlow, KY)

Oak Eye Kentucky Bourbon

Bourbon-barreled rum

secondsightspirits.com

Wenzel Whiskey (Covington)

Whiskey blending warehouse and event space.

facebook.com

Woodstone Creek (St. Bernard)

Straight bourbon whiskey

Five grain bourbon

woodstonecreek.com

Tours and Tastings

The B-Line

Northern Kentucky’s Self-Guided Bourbon Trail featuring 19 “sipping points”: taverns, distilleries, restaurants, and bars.

thebline.com

Bourbon and Bootleg Dinner

Specialty selected bourbon cocktails followed by a curated dinner and bourbon tasting, while learning about Newport’s bootlegging past.

americanlegacytours.com

Bourbon and Distillery Tasting Tour

Cincy Brew Bus

Start at New Riff, then tour and sample at Second Sight Spirits, Boone County Distilling, and Wooden Cask.

cincybrewbus.com

Kentucky Bourbon Adventure

(Private Tour Inquiry Only)

Cincy Brew Bus

Two- or three-stop option. Choose from: Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, and Four Roses. Minimum group size is 8.

cincybrewbus.com

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Choose your own adventure featuring 41 distilleries, tours, tastings, activities, big-city nightlife, quaint country towns, Bourbon-themed hotels, historic bed & breakfast accommodations, and more.

kybourbontrail.com

Wall of rare bourbon at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington
Wall of rare bourbon at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington

Events

May

Bourbon Flights

Cincinnati Zoo

Stroll the Zoo sampling a variety of bourbons (neat, on the rocks, or with mixers).

cincinnatizoo.com

July

Bacon, Bourbon, and Brew Festival

Newport

Dedicated to our rich history and connections to the brewing and pork industries as well as our region’s long ties to the bourbon industry.

thingstodocincinnati.com

September 7

Bourbon Heritage Tasting

Hotel Covington, 5–10p

Rare bourbon, open craft beer bar, and complimentary small bites.

Tickets

September 8

Neeley Family Distillery/Hidden Barn Dinner

Rich’s Proper Food and Drink, 6:30p

Three course dinner and pairings, plus the first opportunity to purchase the Rich’s Proper Hidden Barn Private Barrel.

Tickets

September 10

Heaven Hill Bourbon Dinner

Newport Syndicate, 6:30p

Signature cocktail and three bourbon tastings guided by a Heaven Hill representative alongside a 3-course plated meal.

newportsyndicate.com

September 15

Old Pogue Tasting

Bourbon Haus 1841, 7–9p

Exclusive tasting and discussion with the owner of Old Pogue, Peter Pogue.

facebook.com

September 16

On the Rocks

Bourbon Tasting Event

MegaCorp Pavilion, 6–9p

Inaugural celebration of Cincinnati’s adult beverage scene, including bourbon, vodka, and gin.

cincinnatimagazine.com

September 22

The Spirits Are Alive and Well

Tousey House Tavern, 5–10p

Tousey House’s 200-year anniversary open house celebration with Chef’s culinary showcase, history, and Boone County Bourbon.

thebline.com

October 7

Dinner Featuring Knob Creek & Wine Pairings

Newport Syndicate, 6:30–9p

Dinner featuring a bourbon pairing by Knob Creek and wine.

thebline.com

October 22

Bourbon in the Bluegrass

Farm Haven (Union, KY)

Local bourbon, live bluegrass, food trucks, plus more family friendly fun.

cityofunionky.org

October 29

Boots, Bourbon, and Biscuits

Receptions – Erlanger, 11a–2p

Biscuit bar, brunch, live music, entertainment, auction, bourbon tasting, open bar, and more. Supporting the Children’s Law Center.

childrenslawky.org

Date TBA

Bourbon and Bacon

Exclusive bourbon tasting package, featuring six different bourbons plus some of Cincinnati’s favorite eateries and brands.

bourbonandbaconcincy.com

View more events courtesy of thebline.com.


Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Cincinnati Magazine’s Popular Slice Night Returns September 21 with All-You-Can-Want Pizza

Cincinnati Magazine’s popular Slice Night is returning to Yeatman’s Cove for an evening of all-you-can-eat pizza for an incredible cause. The 9th annual Slice Night benefiting the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center is set for Wednesday, September 21 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Slice Night by Cincinnati Magazine. 2022 Flyer
Slice Night Flyer

What is Slice Night?

Slice Night is an outdoor event along the riverfront featuring pizza from nine Greater Cincinnati pizzerias with 100 percent of ticket proceeds benefiting cancer patients and care teams at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center.

“This family-friendly event is something we look forward to every year, as we get to showcase some of our city’s incredible local pizzerias while supporting a very worthy local cause,” said Ivy Bayer, Publisher of Cincinnati Magazine. “Slice Night is a fun and delicious way to not only experience a wide variety of styles and toppings, but you’ll also feel good about eating copious amounts of pizza as 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the important work of the Cancer Center, and the patients they care for.”

This event is a pizza lover’s dream. Guests will enjoy upbeat music and entertainment from DJ Toad while strolling the riverfront and enjoying unlimited pizza samples from Cincinnati’s favorite local pizzerias. Fritsch from Q102 will be in attendance also, serving as the official event emcee. Bonus menu items include pasta, flatbreads, dessert, and snacks from sponsors. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase.

Participating Pizzerias:

  • Larosa’s Pizzeria
  • Dewey’s Pizza
  • N.Y.P.D Ppizza
  • Krimmers Italianette Pizza
  • Taglio
  • Goodfella’s Pizzeria
  • Bourbon House Pizza
  • Pop’s Pizza
  • Terry’s Grocery and Pizza
  • and MORE!

Benefitting the Cancer Center

“I look forward to Slice Night each year, not only because it’s a great event, but for how meaningful it is for our entire community to come together in the fight against cancer,” said William Barrett, MD, co-director of the Cancer Center and professor and chair of the UC Department of Radiation Oncology. “The funds raised continue to make innovative, multidisciplinary care accessible to our patients—from early screenings to survivorship programs. We’re immensely grateful for our region’s support.”

Cincinnati Magazine’s Slice events have raised $234,000 for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center since they began in 2014.

Ticket Options

General admission tickets may be purchased online in advance for $20, or $25 at the door. Children 10 and under are $5. VIP tickets are $75 and include a parking pass, access to a VIP tent with a private open bar, seating, pizza sampling and gourmet desserts.

All tickets also include a complimentary one-year subscription to Cincinnati Magazine. Visit cincinnatimagazine.com/slice to learn more and purchase tickets.

Slice Night 2022 is made possible by the generous support of Western and Southern Financial Group (presenting sponsor), Performance FoodserviceDellatorriStorytellerMagistrateTide CleanersPregoTakisKeeblerStonefireHome ChefChinet, and Boboli.

For more information about Cincinnati Magazine and its annual fundraisers and events, visit cincinnatimagazine.com/events.


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Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Take a journey to explore the wonderment of art through the paintings of one of the
most influential artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh. Cincinnati is currently one of the
lucky chosen cities to feature the traveling exhibition that’s getting attention all over the
world! The immersive show is full of fascinating information about the life and work
of the artist along with the most incredible visuals that will have you in sheer awe at the
sight. The entire experience wakes up your senses and opens your mind to gain a
deeper appreciation for creativity and culture.

van Gogh's Immersive Experience in Cincinnati, OH.
van Gogh’s Immersive Experience Banner

As you step inside of the exhibit you are greeted by a large sculpture of van Gogh’s
portrait. There is an overlay of his paintings projected onto the sculpture that dash and
dance over the surface mimicking the mind of the artist and how he interpreted things.
The show starts off with a timeline of his life to give you an idea of his background that
is educational and filled with fascinating facts. Van Gogh was a complex and
compelling artist and is probably the most well-known and recognizable painters in
history.

The Exhibit

Throughout the exhibit, you will find many quotes by van Gogh that are thought provoking
and motivational. The paintings themselves offer a glimpse into the artist’s compassion
and connection to nature and the quotes support them. “If you truly love nature, you will
find beauty everywhere.” By pairing his words with his paintings, you become
enthralled by the magnificent emotion that radiates through the work. Along with quotes
are sketches of the artist in progress work that shows you his process and how
everything started.


When you go further into the exhibition you come across engaging story projections that
reveal the techniques and skills of the artist that have audio descriptions that help guide
you through the work. There is another statue of a vase that changes into different
paintings of his flower series that shows gestural bursts of energy with each brush
stroke.

Additions to the Exhibit

There’s a small bar for refreshments, with a specialty cocktail in honor of the popular
painting, Starry Night. It’s a delicious drink to sip on while you walk around and watch
the visual displays. If you’re feeling compelled to make art in the likeness of van Gogh’s,
head to the section of the show for a reference to a studio where you can draw and color in pages of some of his famous pieces.


This show brings Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to life! It’s as if you’re inside of the
painting as it’s being created. The most spectacular part is the massive room with moving images all around you that has enchanting music playing in the distance. You
open a set of curtains to enter a large open space that is inviting and instantly impacts
you with overwhelming beauty. The projections are 2 stories high and are absolutely
stunning. There are multiple lounge areas and plenty of chairs to relax in and gaze at
the artwork as it transforms, shifts, and transcends you into a different dimension of
dazzling delight! There are rhythmic patterns of animated brushstrokes that go across
the wall in a 360-degree angle with movement of captivating colors and textures all
around you. It’s like stepping into a dream world that brings to light all the endless
opportunities that art has. Take it all in, this expressive atmosphere is something to sit
with for as long as you can.


There is a one-of-a-kind Virtual Reality experience that you can participate in that takes
you to a day in the life of Vincent van Gogh. Walk through a charming town in Europe
that the artist spent time in and where he found some of his sources of inspiration for his
work. As you take the same footsteps as he once did, you approach specific locations
that are 8 of his paintings and learn about why he painted them. Giving you a better
understanding of who he was and the things he did.

Where to Catch van Gogh’s Work

Another super cool aspect of this exhibition being in Cincinnati is that even though it
won’t be here forever you can still see Vincent van Gogh’s work in Eden Park. The
Cincinnati Art Museum has an original painting, Undergrowth with Two Figures in their
permanent collection, that was completed in June 1890. Visit the museum anytime for
free to view this painting and be moved by it in person!


The immersive experience will be here until November and takes about an hour to
two hours to view and enjoy. It’s located on 18 West Fourth Street 45202, Downtown Cincinnati and is for
all ages to attend!

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Wizarding Workshops at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

Hogwarts - Harry Potter
Hogwarts – Harry Potter

Got your wand and robes? Good—you’re ready for the Hogwarts-inspired art workshops, trivia and dinner feast hosted on August 27 at Covington’s Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center.

It all started when the leadership team at Baker Hunt decided to do a day of themed workshops. Someone suggested Harry Potter and the whole evening came together, almost like magic!

All the guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite HP-inspired garb, so now’s the time to dig out your Gryffindor scarf or witch’s hat. If you happen to have a lightning-shaped scar on your forehead, you’ll fit right in.

Wizarding Workshops

All the classes are for the 21 and older crowd. Whether you arrive via the Hogwarts Express, the Floo Network or by apparating, here’s what you can expect from the day of Wizarding Workshops:

Make a custom ceramic butterbeer flagon. It can have images of the Three Broomsticks, Weasley’s Wheeze’s, the Dark Mar, the Deathly Hallows or your favorite Hogwarts House.

Learn to make a “cobweb” broom, using basic weaving techniques and natural broomcorn. Everyone will complete at least one broom during the class and most people have time to make two (one for you, one for your familiar).

Paint the Hogwarts castle, bathed in moonlight. Your own talents will add the magic to this acrylic painting.

If your favorite wizards are Fred and George Weasley, you’ll love this improv comedy class—don’t worry, it’s muggle-friendly. You’ll play games like Letter to Hogwarts, Wizarding Dating Game and Muggle Translator. Giggles are guaranteed!

Whip up some culinary magic in this wizardly cooking class. Headmaster/Chef Kubicki will help you create (and eat) Mandrake Salad, Hungarian Horntail Paprikash, Edible Wands and Polyjuice Potion. Mrs. Weasley would approve!

Show your house pride with handmade ceramic coasters, one for each Hogwarts house. You’ll glaze them during the workshop and then pick them up later after they’ve been fired.

Signing Up

When you register for one of the workshops, you can reserve a free seat at Trivia Night in the ballroom, where you’ll compete for a handmade themed drink set. You can also purchase an adult beverage from the Three Broomsticks bar.

Information about all the classes and trivia is available on the Fantastic Workshops and Where to Find Them webpage.

For fans of Harry Potter and his friends, this day of wizarding workshops will be a blast. As they say at Baker Hunt, you’ll have more fun than a Niffler running amok in a Gringotts vault!


Abut the author: Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.