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.

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.

Where to Catch Live Music

PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation Banner

Looking for a place to catch live music? We have a list of great venues, bars and restaurants, and establishments to catch live music! Some of these are weekly, daily, or biweekly, but check out their site for more information!

Everything Cincy Clients
  1. Belterra Park Cincinnati
  2. Bircus Brewing Co.
  3. Cincinnati Parks
  4. Fountain Square
  5. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
  6. Hofbrauhaus Newport
  7. Just Brew Coffee House
  8. Knox Joseph Distillery at the OTR StillHouse
  9. Memorial Hall OTR
  10. Moerlein Lager House
  11. Montgomery Inn The Boathouse
  12. Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
  13. PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation
  14. The Bark Park and Patio
  15. The Ludlow Garage
  16. The View at Shires’ Garden
  17. Washington Park
Additional Places To Catch Live Music
  1. Barleycorns
  2. Blind Lemon
  3. Brothers Bar and Grill
  4. Findlay Market
  5. Fretboard Brewing
  6. Ghost Baby
  7. Grassroots and Vine
  8. Keystone
  9. Longnecks Sports Grill
  10. Louvino
  11. Madtree
  12. Molly Malones
  13. MOTR Pub
  14. Newport on the Levee
  15. Northern Row Brewery
  16. Queen City Radio
  17. Sis’s on Monmouth
  18. Southgate House Revival
  19. Streetside Brewery

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NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk: A Celebration of Art and Bourbon

In 2019, two Northern Kentucky organizations, the Catalytic Fund and the NKY Chamber of Commerce, organized a project that brought together businesses with artists to create painted bourbon barrels.

The barrels are coming back this month in a celebration of the people, places and passions of our region. The 100 barrels were created by local artists for sponsors who worked with them on the designs. The result is a stunning display of public art that will debut this Thursday, July 21.

Roll Out the Barrels is a public preview of all 100 barrels before they go on display throughout the river cities on the NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk. To join in and see all the barrels together, come to Newport on the Levee on Thursday July 21 at 7:00pm.

Once the Walk goes live, you can find the route at www.NKYBourbonBarrels.com.

The art on the barrels celebrates Northern Kentucky’s people, places and passions, depicting bourbon, horses, landmarks and more. It showcases the incredible local talent and the support that the business community gives to the arts.

The barrels will be on display through next August. When you “take the walk,” you will follow the barrels through the entertainment districts of Northern Kentucky, discovering fun restaurants, bars and shops along the way.

Take the Walk at www.NKYBourbonBarrels.com.

Roll Our The Barrels Banner

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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Summer Festivals Guide

Here is your go-to guide for all summer festivals in and around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!

JULY:

7/14-7/17 – Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival

7/15-7/17 – St. Pius X Summer Festival

7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Summerfest

7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival

7/15-7/17 – St. Cecilia Festival

7/21-7/23 – Cincinnati Music Festival

7/22-7/24 – Holy Cross Festival

7/27 – Sad Summer Festival: Newport

7/28-7/31 – Glier’s Goettafest I

7/29-7/30 – St. Ann Festival

7/29-7/31 – Our Lady of Lourdes Festival

7/29-7/31 – St. Bartholomew

AUGUST:

8/4-8/7 – Glier’s Goettafest II

8/5-8/6 – St. Joseph Cold Spring Parish Festival

8/5-8/6 – Holy Cross Immaculata

8/5-8/7 – St. John the Baptist

8/6 – Festival on the Lake at AJ Jolly Park

8/7 – Flea in the Fort II

8/11-8/14 – Hamilton County Fair

8/11-8/14 – Great Inland Seafood Festival

8/12-8/13 – Maysville Oktoberfest

8/12-8/13 – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Festival

8/12-8/14 – Sacred Heart Festival

8/12-8/14 – Our Lady of the Visitation Visifest

8/12-8/14 – St. Joseph Crescent Springs End of Summer Celebration

8/19-8/21 – St. Mary Funfest

8/26-8/28 – St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish

SEPTEMBER:

9/3-9/5 – St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival

9/4 – Riverfest Newport

9/9-9/11 – St. Barbara Rocktoberfest

9/9-9/11 – St. Susanna

9/16-9/18 – St. Timothy Oktoberfest

9/23-9/24 – Loveland Oktoberfest

9/23-9/25 – Newport Oktoberfest


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Celebrate Covington Farmers Market’s 10th Anniversary by Becoming a Friend of the Market

Covington Farmers Market is Celebrating a Milestone!

2022 marks the Covington Farmers Market’s 10th year of connecting Covingtonians with local producers! Our success and longevity are partly due to our amazing group of vendors and the fabulous products they bring to our market, but it is also our dedicated and loyal customer base that has propelled us into a decade of operations! We couldn’t do what we do without YOU! 

Our market is essential to the livelihoods of the 30+ farmers, producers, artisans, chefs, and other small business owners. We are committed to continuing to create a vibrant marketplace for our vendors to directly connect with their consumers so they may generate the necessary revenue to keep their businesses, as well as the tradition of farming, thriving in our community. 

Your Friends of Covington Farmers Market donation helps to offset the costs that come with operating a market week after week – a financial burden that is usually shared by our vendors as well as market supporters. From street permits to tents & tables, the cost of operating a farmers’ market adds up quickly! 

With a Little Help From Our Friends…

Donations from our friends will go directly to support market operations, programming, and community outreach. Covington’s Market is proud to be NKY’s first year-round farmers market, and we strive to continue our growth and increase our impact in the community- we just need a little help from friends like you to do it! 

Friends of the Covington Farmers Market Logo
Friends of the Covington Farmers Market Logo

Become a Friend of Covington Farmers Market Today!

Perks of becoming a Friend of the Market:
– Early Event Ticket Access
– Free Birthday Treat
– 10% off Covington Farmers Market Merchandise Donor Appreciation Events

Become a Friend of Covington Farmers Market for a one-time tax-deductible donation of $50. 

Still have questions, or want more details? Reach out to Nick at nickwade@rcov.org. 


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Where to Find Weekly Trivia in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Looking for a way to show off your knowledge? Wanting to get a bit competitive? We have all the spots on where you can find weekly trivia around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Grab your friends and test your knowledge with trivia and themes from TV shows, basic trivia, movies, and more!

Everything Cincy Clients
  1. 16 Lots Brewing Company
    • Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
  2. Cock and Bull Covington
    • Tuesdays 7-9pm
  3. Fountain Square
    • Mondays 6-8pm
  4. Frosthaus
    • Wednesdays 7-10pm
  5. Gypsy’s Covington
    • Tuesdays 7pm and 8pm
  6. Listermann Brewing Co.
    • Wednesdays 7-9pm
  7. Listermann Trail House
    • Mondays 7-9pm
  8. LOCOBA
    • Sundays 6:30-8pm
  9. Purrfect Day Cat Café
    • Thursdays 7-9pm
  10. Street City Pub
    • Thursdays 6-9pm
  11. The Blind Pig
    • Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
  12. The Dog Haus
    • Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
  13. The Growler House
    • Tuesdays 7-9pm
  14. The Bark Park & Patio
    • Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
  15. Washington Park
    • Thursdays 6-8pm
Other Establishments Offering Trivia
  1. 1860 Taproom
  2. Bad Tom Smith Brewing
  3. Back Porch Saloon
  4. Braxton Brewery
  5. Buffalo Wings and Rings
  6. Catch-a-Fire Pizza
  7. Eagles of Mt. Healthy
  8. Esoteric Brewing
  9. Fig Leaf Brewing
  10. High Grain Brewing Company
  11. Longnecks Sports Grill
  12. Lucky Duck Pub
  13. Macs Pizza Pub
  14. Mecca OTR
  15. Northern Row Brewery and Distillery
  16. Oakley Pub and Grill
  17. Paxton’s Grill
  18. Pirates Den Bar and Grill
  19. Quaker Steak and Lube
  20. Rhinegeist
  21. Rosedale OTR
  22. Taft’s Ale House
  23. Taste of Belgium
  24. The Gallery at Newport on the Levee
  25. The Hangar of West Chester
  26. Third Eye Brewing
  27. West Side Brewing
  28. Woodburn Brewing
  29. Wooden Cask Brewing Company
  30. Your Neighborhood Bar and Grill

To find more locations offering weekly trivia, visit: https://lastcalltrivia.com/


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Featured Bride: Hannah Conway

Bride and Groom
Tell us about your Fab Bridal experience as our featured Bride:

2 years ago I said yes to my dress and still treasure that day at Fabulous-Bridal! My mom heard about Fabulous-Bridal through a work connection and with no prior gown shopping experience, we made an appointment through the website and were there in two weeks. A couple months into COVID, Anne was so great at making sure I could safely have all of my important people there with me.

My experience at Fabulous-Bridal was very intimate and I felt like I was the most important person there. Anne was my consultant and she looked at all my Pinterest suggestions, listened to what I liked and didn’t like about every dress and then 6-8 dresses later I had on THE ONE! It was covered in glitter and lace and I felt so beautiful and aisle-ready instantly.

About an hour later, I was popping champagne in the boutique with my friends and family celebrating! And of course, I still share my “yes to the dress” photos in front of the unique floral wall.

What was the highlight of your wedding day?

I have such a hard time narrowing down a single highlight to my wedding day! I just kept telling myself that as long as I’m married to my (now) Husband then it’ll be the most perfect day ever.

My husband and I took dance lessons leading up to our wedding so one of the best moments was getting to dance and just feel alone for a few minutes. Some more specific highlights would be spending the day getting ready with my mom and bridesmaids, walking back down the aisle as Husband and Wife, and dancing at our reception with my best friends and family.

What is one piece of advice you have for future brides?

My one piece of advice for future brides is to not lose sight that your wedding day is about you and your fiancé tying the knot! Add in date nights to your planning timeline and as long as you’re married to the love of your life at the end of the day, there’s nothing that could go wrong!


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Featured Bride: Riley Clark

What is your Proposal Story?

We met the first week of college our freshman year. Let’s just say that it was not love at first sight. 6 years later he proposed and I became a bride. He picked me up after work to go to a “dinner with his coworkers” downtown. On the way there I was an absolute monster, telling him he went the wrong way, he’s going to slow, where to park etc. he just nodded and said “okay honey”. He parked the farthest away from the restaurant and wanted to walk through Smale park. He stopped in the middle of the garden and got down on one knee and asked the question, I screamed yes! Then I heard cheering behind me and I turned around and my whole family was there hiding behind a bush! He then took me to a separate location and had a surprise engagement party with all of our friends and family. September 19, 2020 will forever be one of my favorite days.

How was your Fab Bridal experience?

Finding a dress was one of my favorite wedding experiences. My mother, maid of honor and future mother in law came with me. I went in with the idea of sparkles and sleeves and walked out with the complete opposite. I loved the feel that Fabulous-Bridal had. It was so intimate and I felt like I was the only bride there with the attention I was getting. Anne was great with picking out dresses I described and even picked a dress out of left field that ended up being the one I picked. I used Fabulous-Bridal for alterations and they were great to work with. I would definitely suggest Fabulous-Bridal for all of your wedding dress needs.

What was the highlight of your wedding day?

Of course marrying my husband was up there. But my favorite memory of the day was definitely after all the reception formalities and we just danced our hearts out. If you wanted to talk to me or my husband you had to join us out on the dance floor and we made it hard for you to leave. I know that if you asked guests that attended our wedding they would say the same thing.

What is one piece of advice you have for future brides?

I asked my husband this question and he said, “enjoy every second of the day because it will fly by”. I would say remember what you are there for, you are finally marrying your person, nothing else should matter.


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