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Glier’s Goetta ‘Party on the Purple’ extends free summer concert series due to popularity

The Glier’s Goetta “Party on the Purple” organizers announced that they are extending the free summer concert series on the Purple People Bridge to include five more dates to close out the summer.   ColdIron Enterprises Inc., Glier’s Meats Inc., and the Newport Southbank Bridge Company, which started the concert series May 17, have added these five new dates:   ·Wednesday, Aug. 9, with 3...

Chef Foster: Elusiveness, local availability of seasonal fruits is all just part of their appeal

It seems like only yesterday that we were enjoying the literal fruits of the land, indulging in big fat strawberries, then blueberries and on to black raspberries and the like. These fruits went by us so fast that unless you were locked into buying them all up you may have missed them entirely as they whizzed by. Melons and cantaloupe and watermelons now rule the day, fruits we identify solely with...

Freedom return to UC Health Stadium with weekend of promos, including UK Night Sunday

The first-place Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, return to UC Health Stadium for a three-game homestand beginning Friday. Promotions planned for the weekend include: FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 — “BETTER IN A BOOK” NIGHT AND FIREWORKS (GAME TIME 7:05 PM) Characters from popular books that were later made into movies will appear on the concourse for photos and autographs. The following...

Perennial Small Space: Local artist plans next show for ‘immersive gallery’ in Covington’s Mutual building

Perennial Small Space: An immersive, interactive experience with local art will have a new show opening August 12th 5-9 p.m. with Pulchritudinous, a collection fungi paintings by Devan Horton. A previously unused store front of the Mutual building at 625 Madison Avenue has been transformed into an immersive gallery experience where six local artists will have their work on display every month through...

Gayle Pille: Feisty house Wrens are a backyard favorite — they come and go and make great song

One of our most anticipated backyard migrants is the House Wren. Arriving here around Earth Day, these feisty LBJ’s (little brown jobs) make up for in song what they lack in fancy colors. They may only weigh as much as two quarters, but they sing like a million dollars. And sing they do, almost nonstop after arriving at their nesting territory until shortly before leaving again for their winter...

Kentucky by Heart: A close encounter of the bear kind will put a little pep back into your step

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist In the summer of 2002, I decided to indulge my hiking interest in a big way. Some might call it a crazy way. I drove down from Lexington to Cumberland Gap, stayed overnight in the adjacent town of Middlesboro at the Holiday Inn Express, then set out the next morning on a long hike from Pinnacle Overlook to Hensley Settlement. The details, admittedly, are a little...

Our Rich History: Cincinnati’s old ‘fireproof’ Chamber of Commerce building at 4th and Vine

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to the NKyTribune On the southwest corner of Fourth and Vine Streets in Cincinnati stands a stately skyscraper, the PNC Tower. The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Building, circa 1907. At the time of its completion in 1913, it was the tallest skyscraper outside of New York City, and the fifth-tallest building in the world. Formerly known as the Union Central Life Insurance...

Covington Business Council lights up bridge for pedestrians, thanks to grant from Haile Foundation

The section of roadway connecting the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and a number of hotels along Third Street adjacent to the Brent Spence Bridge will be getting a much needed injection of light and color. The $40,000 completed project involves decorative LED lighting, spotlights, decorative rocks and lovely yet easily maintainable landscaping and are made possible by a generous grant from the...

Chef Foster: Beans, whether fresh or dried, are so much more than just a rich source of protein

It has taken me a long time to figure out people’s fascination with beans. Beans in the fresh form and dried beans seem to dominate the market from mid-summer on. Colors, textures and varieties on are full display and there is a recipe or two for each and every type. My previous experience has been the standard stringless green bean, although in culinary school and beyond I was introduced to the...

Crestview Hills’ Marc Phelps to attempt to break world record for longest journey in a jon boat

Marc Phelps, co-founder of Cincinnati-based AlloyFx and resident of Crestview Hills, will attempt to break the world record for longest journey by jon boat. The 2017 River Record Adventure is sponsored by Grote Industries, headquartered in Madison, Indiana. “I’ve spent a lot a lot of time on the Ohio River and always dreamed of achieving a world record,” said Phelps. “The idea for this trip...

Back in Time: Carter Caves State Resort Park site for 26th annual Pioneer Life Week

The 26th Annual Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Resort Park will be held through Saturday. The weeklong event focuses on special programs that show life on the Kentucky frontier in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the pioneer camp near the Carter Caves campground registration building. Re-enactors will demonstrate skills that were needed for...

Kentucky by Heart: Mary Holmes, largely forgotten, another star for Kentucky’s rich heritage of writers

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Recently, I paged through a copy of an old book I noticed at a yard sale in Versailles. It piqued my interest as soon as I recognized it to be set in central Kentucky, and with the opening scene taking place in Versailles and mentioning both Frankfort and Lexington. And since I enthusiastically collect old Kentucky books, especially at the right price, I gladly...

Our Rich History: Air pioneer Hugh Watson was ‘Grand Patriarch of Cincinnati Aviation’

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to NKyTribune On a crisp autumn morning in November 1954, 60-year old Hugh Watson, one of Cincinnati’s early air pioneers, walked into a meeting room helped by his wife Roberta and slowly took a seat at the table. He looked tired and moved with some effort, but was otherwise alert and ready to do business. Seated across the table was Cincinnati City Manager C.A. Harrell,...

Celebrate Shark Week at Newport Aquarium; one kid free with full-priced adult ticket and extended hours

Newport Aquarium has so many shark habitats to see, touch and explore, it’s a great place to celebrate Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. See sharks like never before when you cross over the open waters of the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit on Shark Bridge. Experience what it feels like to touch six different species in Shark Central. Then, get nose-to-nose with sharks when they swim...

Jamie Vaught: Watergate, ‘fake news’ and Hemingway among topics for your late summer reading list

This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy this summer. — “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” by Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books, $20) is an attempt to tell what we need to know about mercy. While using the kindness, wisdom and humor, Lamott explains that as we struggle to move through this complex world, mercy certainly points us...