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What happens when you get a circus and an opera at the same time? Magic, of course, at Ludlow Theatre

So, play along — and enjoy the show. What if an opera company and a troupe of circus performers were accidentally booked into the same space on the same night? Created by international opera director Andrew Nienaber and international circus impresario Paul Miller, Ariadne auf Naxos auf Ludlow builds on the concept of Richard Straus’ comedic opera Ariadne auf Naxos with two very different...

Welcome to island life, right here in Kentucky: Rent Colt Island at Craig’s Creek lake for special getaway

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor When you think ‘island,’ you don’t really think ‘Kentucky,’ but you should probably think again. One data-base counts 106 islands in Kentucky and a travel site lists nine that are “must sees.” Some are nature preserves, some are privately owned, some have river pirate histories, some are great for hunting and fishing, some just handy...

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week returns September 23-29, with more than 45 participants

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week will once again bring an exclusive, local dining experience to the tri-state. A collection of Greater Cincinnati restaurants will offer $26 and $36 three-course prix fixe menus the week of September 23-29, extending locals and foodies the opportunity to take a culinary tour of their city while trying new restaurants and old favorites.  Restaurant Week also offers...

Kentucky by Heart: Book recounts young boy’s effort to give other sick kids ‘something to look forward to’

Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist It was over twenty years ago and Lexington’s Fox 56 veteran anchor/reporter Marvin Bartlett scrambled to piece together a short news item about a cancer-stricken boy in a local hospital. It was a hectic time in the newsroom — certainly not an unusual thing — but it was also “March Madness” tournament time for the Kentucky Wildcat men’s basketball...

Our Rich History: Business branding and regional trademarks — some recognized globally

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune All of us have identities — sort of like product brands—in addition to our names. Throughout history, even cities have branded themselves. For example, Cincinnati was originally christened as the “Queen City of the West.” Over time, its municipal marker simply became the “Queen City.” “Suspension Bridge Grand March,” by composer Henry Mayer, to...

The River: Paddlewheelers, especially wooden ones, are a special kind of boat; here’s a tutorial

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The paddlewheel on the Rafter CLYDE, my 53-foot sternwheeler, is said to be one of the very few authentic wooden paddlewheels remaining on...

Honoring firefighter Chip Terry, his family is on mission to help others, starting with seminar on PTS

When Assistant Chief Chip Terry retired in 2012 after 26 years with the Covington Fire Department, he addressed City leaders in a speech that recapped his career and detailed advances in the department’s efforts to protect the citizens of Covington. Suddenly, his remarks turned personal. Most people don’t realize the horrific and haunting tragedies that firefighters see, Terry said. Nor do they...

Election boycott, ballot burning; as an international observer, Covington mayor saw history in Albania

News accounts in the weeks and days leading up to Election Day detailed the turmoil: Widespread protests … Molotov cocktails … destroyed ballots … arson … a purge of local officials … an opposition-party boycott … and censure of the country’s president by its Parliament for his attempt to cancel the voting. Each ballot cast in the June 30 municipal elections...

Keven Moore: First responders and the risk of PTSD — the problems are real and need to be addressed

As a parent of three adult kids, I have raised them to always show first responders the respect that they deserve. To role model this behavior my kids have seen me buy first responders meals while we were out visiting a local restaurant or they have seen me go out of my way to stop and thank them for the work that they do.  Like most of us, my kids have had some encounters or witnessed situations...

Rabbit Hash Old Timers Day is Saturday; 40th year for annual festival includes live music, food, more

The annual Old Timers Day celebration in Rabbit Hash is Saturday, August 31. This year marks the 40th year of the Old Timers Day Festival. It started out as an intimate, local gathering to share food and stories of yesteryear and although it has morphed into a music festival, it still serves a similar purpose. It is a gathering of families, friends, locals and out of town folks to bid farewell to...

People of NKY: Tahli Mays happened onto a garden tour and decided to stay in Old Seminary Square

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter You never know when a little curiosity will change the direction of your life. In 2015, Tahli Mays, and her husband Don, decided to check out a garden tour being put on by the Old Seminary Square and Westside neighborhoods in Covington. Tahli Mays in the beautiful garden of their Old Seminary Square home.At the time, she and Don had been living in Ft. Thomas. They...

Kentucky by Heart: Reflecting on a life spent ‘Kentucky-ing,’ with no change in sight

Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I don’t believe I’ll ever be “Kentucky-ed” to death. Never, it seems, do I get tired of “Kentucky-ing” around. While thinking about it the other day, I pondered how much of my life has a Kentucky flavor to it. Turns out, quite a lot. As for the traveling I do these days, it’s pretty much within the borders of my state, mostly chasing down subjects for...

Our Rich History: In Normandy, the only way to learn was the hard way — and survival was prize

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune [Part 4 in a continuing series commemorating the 75th anniversary of the closing stages of WWII. August commemorates the “breakout” of Allied forces in France after the victory at Saint Lo.] Private Arthur B. Pranger of Company A, 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion (CMB) had been in Normandy just eight days when he found himself facing the harsh realities...

The River: Young riverboat captain has gathered big load of rosebuds fast, wants to stay on river forever

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Alex Schuchter, age 19, who has been mentioned in this column before, commanded his first passenger excursion boat, BB Riverboats, RIVER...

Two-Time Grammy winner Jason Crabb to perform at the Ark Encounter’s new Answers Center

The new 2,500-seat Answers Center at the Ark Encounter Christian themed attraction will play host to Grammy award-winning Christian music vocalist Jason Crabb, Sept. 17 and 18, at 6 p.m. Crabb The high-tech center in Williamstown opened in April, and features excellent acoustics and a stunning 70-foot-long LED screen, which will enhance Crabb’s stage performance. Parking will be free with a valid...