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The River: The Crack(ed) Crew of the Delta Queen, 1970, and sketches by the self-taught Bob Sikes

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 Robert “Bob or Bobby” Sikes, a dark Herculean specimen of a young warrior was fighting in the jungles of Vietnam only a year, or so,...

The Carnegie prepares for 2019-20 theatre season; subscriptions are on sale now

Subscriptions for The Carnegie’s 2019-20 season, filled with shows to please audiences of all ages, are now on sale. Theatre goers will be transported from a punk rock show to the troubled mind of a brilliant mathematician, back to biblical times, and finally to the London nightclub scene in the 1960s. In addition to four nights of theatre, subscription packages offer special perks for audiences....

Merriam-Webster and the dictionary that doesn’t sleep — adding 640 new words; quibit? buzzy?

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: The English language never sleeps, and neither does the dictionary. The work of revising a dictionary is constant, and it mirrors the culture’s need to make sense of the world with words. There are always new things to be named and new uses for existing words to be explained. A release of new words is also a map of the workings of a dictionary — you get to see...

Join the Lewis & Clark Exploration Series offered at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site — and camp out too

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site invites you to learn more about one of the greatest expeditions in American history, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery that began in 1803. The Northern Kentucky park is hosting a three-part Lewis and Clark Exploration Series this summer that will allow participants to see what it was like to explore unknown parts of the United States. Meriwether Lewis and William...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Gardening — blunders, hard work, setbacks, rewards, joy, accomplishment

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune It seems that, in life, pursuits that are rewarding and give the greatest satisfaction are those things that are a challenge. Hard work and setbacks are the norm. Everything I’ve ever done that has given me a sense of accomplishment has ALWAYS required some level of aggravating diligence, and usually on some protracted timeline that has, in some cases, caused...

‘Party on the Purple’ season returns to the Bridge — starting Wednesday with a Kentucky Derby theme

For the third consecutive year, the “Party on the Purple” series is returning to the Purple People Bridge this spring and summer with the first bridge party scheduled for this Wednesday. And — surprise! — it’s with a Kentucky Derby theme. So, wear Derby hats and your favorite Derby attire. It runs from 6 – 10:30 p.m. The free weekly summer party series — which includes...

Kentucky by Heart: Change in location means gardening — and a surprising interest in the weather

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Starting as a toddler, and for most of my youth, hearing my parents talk about the weather seldom interested me. It didn’t seem to matter to me then that the produce we grew in our gardens and the tobacco crops we raised were so dependent upon cooperating weather. It didn’t dawn on me that our small farm’s bountiful production could someday lead to a college...

Our Rich History: In 1894 the new Odd Fellows Temple in Cincinnati was a grand building

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune In 1894, 125 years ago, Cincinnatians and Northern Kentuckians really knew how to celebrate. In mid-May, the Cincinnati Post reported that 20,000 visitors were in the city for the dedication of the new seven-story (plus an attic story), $300,000 Odd Fellows Temple on the northwest corner of Seventh and Elm Streets in Cincinnati. Who are the Odd Fellows? The...

The River: Finding night watchman’s job after college, meeting characters and gathering up stories

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 Captain Ernest E. Wagner found an opening for me aboard the DELTA QUEEN as a relief night watchman after I was finally graduating from college...

New Banklick Baptist Church hosting Gospel Music Hall of Famer Dallas Holm in free concert

New Banklick Baptist Church is presenting Dallas Holm in a free concert on May 17 at 7 p.m. at the church at 10719 Banklick Road in Walton. Get your free tickets here. Attendees can make a voluntary contribution at the event. Dallas Holm is a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee and has garnered a Grammy nomination and numerous Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of...

Atlas Obscura: So if you are in the market for a whole town, historic Story, Indiana, is for sale again

By Evan Nicole Brown Atlas Obscura If just buying a charming rural home isn’t quite enough for you, we’ve got promising news. An entire small town in Indiana — named Story — is for sale. Fittingly, Story’s tale is one worth telling. The town began in 1851 when a doctor named George P. Story received 173 acres of land from Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States. Over the years,...

‘Next Gen Giving’ summit keynoter named; Horizon, KPI partner on second regional gathering

An economist who is internationally recognized as an expert on economic development and philanthropy will be the keynote speaker for the second annual NKY Summit on Philanthropy. The theme for the summit is “Next Gen Giving,” presented by the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and the Kentucky Philanthropy. Dr. Una Osili It will be held May 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth...

Fort Wright Garden Club’s annual Plant Swap & Sale is this weekend at Fort Wright City Hall

The Fort Wright Garden Club will be hosting its one and only fundraiser for the year this weekend with its annual Plant Swap & Sale. All activities take place at Fort Wright City Hall, 409 Kyles Lane. Sunflower SWAP Friday, April 26 Beginning at 5 p.m. Individuals are invited to dig up “extra” plants in their yard (perennials, shrubs or even small trees), pot them, and bring them to...

Florence Freedom Wrestling Night in June to feature legendary figures, additional promotions

NKyTribune staff Wrestling fans will be in for a treat on Thursday, June 6, when the Florence Freedom host “Wrestling Night” featuring legendary voice/personality Jim Ross, Billy Gunn, Jim Cornette and Marty Jannetty.  The night includes the Freedom taking on the Windy City Thunderbolts at 6:35 p.m.  The event falls on a Thursday night, which also means it’s a WEBN Thirsty Thursday presented...