Brighton Center Hosts 15th Annual Wine Over Water: A Unique Tasting Experience on the Purple People Bridge

Wine Over Water

Doing good never tasted so good! Brighton Center’s 15th annual Wine Over Water fundraiser will take place on September 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Purple People Bridge in Newport, Kentucky. Wine Over Water is an evening of tasting exquisite wines, local beer, spirits, and delectable foods all while raising funds to support a vital community resource – Brighton Center.

Wine Over Water will feature exceptional food and drinks from a variety of locally-owned establishments, including Better Blend, Carabello Coffee’s Analog Bar, CENTER TABLE, Catering with a Purpose, City BBQ, Gee’s Caribbean Style, Little Spoon Bakery & Café, Lumpia Queen, Mama Afrique Nigerian Cuisine Food Truck, New Riff Distilling, Old 502 Winery, One Stop Liquors, The Party Source, Stonebrook Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Uncorked, and West Sixth Brewing.

Guests will enjoy spectacular views from the bridge and live entertainment from Seanti-Aeris.

Ticket Options

General Admission tickets are $40 each and include six tasting tickets for food and six tasting tickets for drinks, with a complimentary tasting glass.

VIP admission is $250 for a table for two and $500 for a table for four. The VIP area is sponsored by Jim’s Fine Wine & Spirits and includes specially selected wine, a private table for the entire evening in a tented VIP area, appetizers catered by Brighton Center’s CENTER TABLE, Catering with a Purpose, specially selected items by Urban Stead Cheese, and a complimentary wine tumbler along with general admission tasting tickets for food and drinks from vendors on the bridge.

New this year is an exclusive sold-out lounge area. Guests will enjoy a relaxing lounge area on the bridge, complete with casual seating opportunities, where they will receive an individual graze box by Peace. Love. Charcuterie, additional wine tastings provided by Jim’s Fine Wine & Spirits, as well as the general admission tasting tickets for food and drinks from vendors on the bridge.

Tickets are available online at wow22.givesmart.com.

“Wine Over Water is a unique fundraiser that supports our more than 40 distinct programs and services at Brighton Center, all aimed at helping individuals and families on their path to self-sufficiency. Everyone who purchases a ticket to this event is playing a part in supporting our mission and the thousands of lives we impact throughout the region,” said Wonda Winkler, President & CEO of Brighton Center. 

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors Biller & Kimble, LLC, Celanese, Newport Racing & Gaming, Turfway Park Racing & Gaming, and Truist. To see a full list of sponsors, please visit www.brightoncenter.com.

About Brighton Center

The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership. Brighton Center impacts the lives of thousands of infants to older adults through over 40 programs across all of Northern Kentucky and beyond. For more information about Brighton Center, visit www.brightoncenter.com

KSO’s 2022 Summer Series

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra returns on Saturday evenings to its long-time summer home in Covington’s Devou Park and continues its Sunday evening repeat performances in Fort Thomas’ Tower Park. After a couple of odd summers, the KSO is looking to get back to its normal nostalgic, free, family-friendly regional gatherings with appreciative audiences, great musicians and music. This summer marks the orchestra’s 28th consecutive summer series of concerts in the parks. Though free to attend, these performances are not free to produce. Volunteers at donation boxes around the concert bowls will thankfully accept your contribution to continue this memory-making tradition. Audiences are encouraged to register at kyso.org for weather and information updates.

Summer Park Series

KSO 2022 Summer Series at Devou & Tower Parks

Marches Madness – (Marches from classics, opera, ballet & film)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9 (Devou Park)
7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10 (Tower Park)

The KSO surveys universally known marches from the classics and cinema in its
festive summer 2022 opener. Music associated with circus, weddings, graduation, opera,
ballet, bands and symphonies comprise the concert’s first half, whereas award-winning
marches from 20th century film scores close out an evening of pomp and pageantry.

Sunday in the Park with Steve – (A tribute to Stephen Sondheim)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 6 (Devou Park)
7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 7 (Tower Park)

Broadway composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) followed in the steps of his mentor Oscar Hammerstein to rank among the greatest in the history of American musical theater. Join the KSO for an evening of Sondheim hit songs from 11 shows including Company, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with
George, etc., with musings by actress, friend and Sondheim protégé Pamela Myers.

The Pack Is Back! – (Sinatra, Martin & Davis)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 3 (Devou Park)
7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 4 (Tower Park)

The Rat Pack (Frank, Sammy & Dean) drop in for a Labor Day weekend of song and antics backed by the KSO. Sing along with ageless croon tunes like “Fly Me to the Moon” Volare” “Mr. Bojangles”and more. Dan Radank, Mickey James and Corey Tucker are backed by the KSO’s all-star big band with strings.


Expansion of the KSO Series

The KSO is thrilled to continue and expand its summer offerings to the NKY & Greater Cincinnati community. For those who wish to avoid outdoor crowds, the dress rehearsals on Saturday mornings (7/9 & 9/3) at 10 a.m. in Devou Park (Covington) are open to those who wish to attend. Each program will be livestreamed on Sunday evening at 7:30 from Tower Park (Ft. Thomas).

The KSO appreciates the generous support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, The Milburn Family, The Elsa Heisel-Sule, Wohlgemuth-Herschede, The Charles & Ruth Seligmann Family Foundations, Cincinnati Summerfair and Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, with following local corporate sponsors: St. Elizabeth Health Care, Fischer Homes, Duke Energy, Schneller Knochelmann Heating and Air, DBL Law, Regal Maid, Truist Bank and the Cities of Covington and Fort Thomas for hosting the KSO’s 2022 free series of family-friendly summer programs.

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. — July 9, August 7 and September 3 at Devou Park (Covington) and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. — July 10, August 7 and September 4 at Tower Park (Ft. Thomas). Concessions and food trucks will be on-site at both Devou and Tower Parks. Bring blankets, picnics or lawn chairs.

For more information, registration (for weather updates) and directions, visit the KSO at kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216. $5 (per person) suggested donation. Free parking and TANK Shuttles are running from Cov Cath parking lot to the Devou band shell for $1 each way.


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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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Cool Down in NKY

When the sun is shining and the temperature is rising, you need a place to cool down. Here are some great spots in NKY, perfect for chillin’ on a hot summer day.

Take a Dip

When it’s time to cool off, go to the Florence Aquatic Center, where you can float down a lazy river, splash in the zero-depth pool or zip down the spiral slide. Families love to frolic in the spray grounds and under the sprinkling “funbrellas.” You can drop in with a daily pass or buy a membership. You don’t even have to live in Florence to enjoy this classic summertime experience.

Skating By

Lace up your skates at Northern Kentucky Ice Center in Crescent Springs and spin (or slide) your way across the ice. They offer daily public skating sessions, perfect for everyone, from the wobbly-kneed beginner to the next Olympic figure skating hopeful. 

Penguin Palooza

Be transported to the arctic home of playful penguins at Newport Aquarium. Watch the adorable waddlers as they hop up rocky, snowcapped cliffs and slide down a snowbank into icy water.

Cone by Cone

Northern Kentucky knows ice cream, which is why the options here are so delicious. We’ve got Graeter’s and Cold Stone, of course. You can also indulge in more than a dozen homemade flavors at Schneider’s Sweet Shop in Bellevue or Piper’s Café in MainStrasse offers hundreds of flavors of their creamy soft serve.

Super Slushie

Frosthaus, in Covington’s Roebling Point neighborhood, specializes in boozy (and non-boozy) frozen drinks. Be sure to sip carefully to avoid the dreaded brain freeze!

Cupful of Heaven

For the creamiest frozen treat around, come to Golden Gelato in downtown Covington. They make all their gelato and sorbet from scratch using traditional Italian methods and locally sourced ingredients. You will love the flavor selection and you may even want to try an Affogato, a scoop of vanilla gelato topped with a shot of espresso.

NKY Ice Balls

A summertime favorite that is sure to cool you down is the ice ball, available at Sweet Tooth Candies & Ice Cream on Newport’s West Side. What’s an ice ball? Picture a scoop of ice cream covered in a snow cone, giving you the smooth texture of the ice cream with the syrupy, crunch of the snow cone ice. Get creative with the flavor combinations and you’ll see why this dessert is perfect for hot afternoons.

This summer, let Northern Kentucky cool you down and chill you out.

About 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.


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Beyond the Curb Returns to Newport on April 24

Beyond the Curb Flyer
Home Tour Showcases Urban Living

Northern Kentucky’s popular home tour, Beyond the Curb, will offer an exclusive look inside properties in Newport’s Westside and hilltop Clifton neighborhoods on Sunday April 24 from 10:00am-4:00pm. EverythingCincy readers get exclusive savings by using the promotional code “EverythingCincy” when purchasing tickets.

Organizer Jill Morenz says, “People love our tours partly because they get to see interesting houses, and because they love to explore the urban neighborhoods. Beyond the Curb gives an up-close look at urban living in NKY’s river cities.”

What You’ll See

On April 24, you’ll get to check out 14 properties, including historic homes, artsy renovations and modern, luxury condos. As always, the tour stops include an intriguing mix of completed and in-progress projects that offer ideas and inspiration for anyone interested in architecture, interior design and the urban lifestyle.

How To Get Around

You can walk or drive between most of the tour stops. We are excited to be able to provide free shuttle transportation, sponsored by Martin’s Gate Development and provided by Executive Transportation. The shuttle coaches will run between the Westside and Clifton tour stops, giving guests the opportunity to travel in comfort and avoid parking challenges in the hillside neighborhood.

Tickets

You can save on your tickets by purchasing Early Bird tickets for $15, plus you can use the promo code “EverythingCincy.” Tickets will also be available for purchase for $20 on the day of the tour, either online or at the registration area at Wooden Cask Brewing Co., 629 York St., Newport, KY.

Your tickets include admission to exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of 14 cool properties, transportation on the shuttle, entry to win the “All Things Newport” raffle basket, and free parking at nearby locations. All ticket holders start their tour at Wooden Cask Brewing Co. , where they will receive their wristband, tour booklet and gift.

More Info

The tour is presented by KMK Law, Huff Realty and the Catalytic Fund. For more information and to preview the featured properties, please visit the Beyond the Curb website.


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.

Celebrate Covington Week: Foodies Will Save 50%

What’s a great way to celebrate a 50th anniversary? With a week of 50% discounts from restaurants and bars!

The Covington Business Council (known as the CBC) has been promoting Covington’s economic development and providing members with access to opportunity and growth for 50 years. As part of the festivities, they are hosting Celebrate Covington Week from April 11-17. More than 20 CBC member restaurants and bars will be offering a 50% discount on a signature menu item. Here’s how you can grab these deals.

Mark Your Calendar

Plan to eat out several times during the week of April 11-17. Check the Celebrate Covington website for all the deals.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Visit the participating restaurants and bars for great deals like:

  • Half off a Kentucky Mule at Rich’s Proper Food & Drink
  • Half off a Smoke Justis BBQ Fry Box
  • Half price bourbon slushies at the Globe
  • Half price Chermoula-Spiced Carrot Fritters appetizer at Hotel Covington’s Coppin’s Restaurant
Rich’s Proper Mules
Raise a Glass

Take a moment to toast the Covington Business Council, thanking them for these deals and for 50 years of hard work, making Covington an economically vibrant community.

Make Your Plans Here.

Stay tuned here for the CBC’s Bourbon Week in September.

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.

The Bourbon Barrels are Back in NKY!

Bourbon Barrel Walk Flyer

Bourbon barrels + original art + NKY’s city streets = NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk

In 2019, the NKY Bourbon Barrel Project placed more than 100 custom painted bourbon barrels around the rivers cities. This year, the project is coming back as the NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk, and the organizers are seeking both sponsors and artists.

As the “Gateway to Bourbon Country,” Northern Kentucky is steeped in the history and appreciation of bourbon. The Bourbon Barrel Walk will highlight the region’s bourbon connection, as well as the fun entertainment destinations in the river cities.

Local businesses and organizations will sponsor the bourbon barrels. They will then be matched up with local artists to create custom designs for the barrels. Once the barrels are complete, they will be displayed on city streets so that they form a path that takes people from the river through the business and entertainment districts of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton.

Photo of Painted Barrels

Sponsoring businesses receive a discount if they are a member of the NKY Chamber of Commerce. The project is being coordinated by Jill Morenz, who directs the NKY Public Arts Network for the Catalytic Fund.

To sponsor a barrel, simply visit the website and fill out the sponsorship form there. This is a great way to show support for the arts and the businesses in the entertainment districts, as well as helping to create a piece of original public art.

Artists who would like to apply for a bourbon barrel commission are encouraged to apply on the website. By painting a barrel, they will gain valuable exposure to business owners, residents and visitors, while helping to build the “Walk,” giving people a fun way to discover new shops, restaurants and bars.

Sponsorship and artist applications close on April 30. The Bourbon Barrel Walk will be completed in late July. For more information, please visit the NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk website.

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.

Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt Returns

If you are looking for a fun activity to do over the holiday weekend, how about a scavenger hunt? You’ll explore four Covington neighborhoods, finding clues, cracking codes and solving puzzles. You can even win prizes, like original art by local artists.

The Catalytic Fund created Finders Keepers Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt last year to provide an outdoor activity for the four-day weekend. About 150 people participated, so they are doing it again with all new puzzles.

The hunt is not timed, so there is no added pressure. Players have from 8:00 am on Thanksgiving through 9:00 pm on Sunday November 28 to turn in their solutions.

The hunt is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends. The puzzles are designed for adults and older children, but young kids can help spot the clues and enjoy the parks and public spaces included in the hunt.

The puzzles range in difficulty from “easy peasy” to “puzzle master” and encourage players to discover the art, architecture and fun things to do in Covington. You can walk, bike or drive between clue locations, all of which can be accessed without going indoors.

Proceeds from Finders Keepers will support the Catalytic Fund’s public art initiatives, including NKY ArtQuest, a free calendar of arts-related events and NKY Art Tours, which are free, self-guided tours of public art in the river cities.

For more information and to purchase a Code Kit, visit the Finders Keepers website. Registration ends on November 19. Kits will be available for pickup or shipping on Monday November 22.

About 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.

Celebrate Halloween, NKY Style

Northern Kentucky can be a spooky place. With a long history and neighborhoods that date back to the Civil War, the region holds many tales of roaming ghosts and gruesome events that will send chills up your spine.  

Here is a sampling of what awaits you here, as the weather grows colder, and the spirits come out to play. Links to all the events can be found here.  

Nightmare ships and haunted fields 

The USS Nightmare docks in Newport this time of year. It’s one of the area’s longest haunted tours (over 30 minutes), inviting brave and foolhardy guests to explore two full decks of pure horror. 

Sandy Acres Farm is a charming place to visit in the daytime. At night, though, it gets a lot creepier. Come for a hayride through haunted fields—if you dare. 

For kids 

To get the kiddos involved in something more than just trick-or-treating, take them to the free Halloween Hoopla at Behringer-Crawford Museum. They can do a seasonal craft, march in the costume parade and more. 

For fans of LEGO, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center is hosting Bricks, Tricks and Treats, a LEGO convention with a Halloween theme.  

Talk to dead people 

Falcon Theatre and Dinsmore Homestead Museum have teamed up to create a rare opportunity to talk with six costumed actors who are portraying people from the Homestead’s past. All the characters are based on their actual lives, letters and journals. It’s kind of like a historic version of “Sixth Sense.”   

Take a spooky tour 

Tickets are still available for the Halloween date of the Spooky Secrets Tour. This 2-mile walk past haunted houses, creepy historic sites and cool shops was created by the author of “Secret Cincinnati” and the writer for the NKY Art Tours website. It’s the perfect way to start your Halloween celebrations. 

For more Halloween fun, as well as details on the events listed above, please visit NKY ArtQuest’s Halloween roundup

About 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. 

Boozy Milkshakes in Bellevue

We finally made it to Nomad after seeing so many mouth-watering social posts!  A product of pandemic-times, its opening may have seemed like a sleeper, but Nomad should be at the top of your list for picture-worthy boozy milkshakes!

A great place to gather with friends

nomad interior entry

Located at 225 Fairfield Avenue, the outdoor patio space is cute, comfy, and conducive to gathering.  And the interior of the restaurant is no different.

nomad lounge area interior

We loved the lounge area room, complete with a trunk full of board games.  I could totally hang out here, drinking milkshakes and playing games til my heart is content.  We opted to sit inside during our visit since the outside temperature exceeded 90 degrees, but we can’t wait to return and have a shake on the patio.

nomad interior tables

Food at Nomad

Those who’ve ever shared a meal with me know that my eating habits are like those of a child.  No, really, my young kids (8, 6, and 3) all eat more healthily and more adventurously than I do.  So when I heard about Nomad and their menu of tacos, tater tots, and milkshakes, my eyes lit up.  I mean, what a combination!  And combinations they have–all with witty menu names.  Being a lover of words, I took several minutes to just read the menu and giggle at the plays on words.

nomad cincinnati chili tots

After much debate, I settled on the Naughty Nati tot basket.  A nod to Cincinnati-style chili, this would be a great way for visitors to sample the Cincinnati delicacy if the thought of chili on spaghetti repulses them.  It’s literally tater tots smothered in Cincinnati-style chili and topped with onions, mustard, and cheese.  While the cheese was a bit different than the traditional shredded cheddar you’d see from Skyline, Gold Star, and the like, the Naughty Nati tots were tasty and exactly as I expected they’d taste.

nomad tacos

My friend ordered the blanco taco (smoked chicken, mozzarella, onion and pico) and the Korean BBQ taco (Korean style short rib, mozzarella, onions, house-made kimchi) and enjoyed both.  While they may not be the top pick if you’re looking for traditional tacos, they’re certainly a solid choice.  And when the hankering hits for tacos and tots or tacos and milkshakes–you know where to go!

Milkshakes at Nomad

nomad milkshakes

Drumroll, please…. The moment we’ve all been waiting for–the boozy milkshakes!  The menu names of these are all so cheeky! (S’more than a feeling, Oreo speedwagon, Dough you want me baby, Go Nutell-it on the mountain, etc.)  But the shakes are serious business.  So. Good!

nomad milkshakes

My friend opted for the “Ba-Duh Duhduhduh Duh-Dumdum! Tequila!,” a lemon sorbet blended with Jose Cuervo tequila & blueberries, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.  I sampled hers and it was incredible!  Much more of a berry base than I expected from the description, which I loved.  It would be perfect on a hot day, sitting on the patio.  So refreshing!

nomad milkshakes

If you’re like me and looking for a more “traditional” milkshake, there are several options.  I opted for the “Build me up peanut butter cup,” which is ice cream blended with bourbon, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce & peanut butter, topped with whipped cream, Reese’s Cups, Hershey bar, and cherry.  Yum–what’s not to love?!  One of the best milkshakes I’ve ever had!

And if you aren’t into milkshakes, they also have several other cocktail options, including margaritas, sorbet spritz, hot toddy, Kentucky mule, and more.

If you’re looking for a different dessert option, I’m intrigued by the tot fudge sundae–cinnamon sugar tossed tater tots, three scoops of vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli chocolate & caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and a cherry. I have never seen a concoction quite like that on a menu anywhere else and it sounds appetizing!

Explore Bellevue

nomad outdoor patio

Once you’ve gorged enough on the treats at Nomad, you can saunter over to Darkness Brewing across the street, or venture down Fairfield Avenue to explore more of Bellevue.  From the cute shops, other restaurants & bars, and chill patios (think Three Spirits Tavern, also a B-Line stop!), there’s plenty to do to keep you entertained in Bellevue!

Written By: Dot Crane, MeetNKY