The summer is just a blurry memory—rain, rain, rain and searing heat. I think we were robbed and now school is back in session. The most common lament on the street is “Where did the time go?”


The next few months feature Northern Kentucky ramping up for the Kentucky’s Edge Conference and Festival throughout Covington and Newport on October 4-5, the big Blink show that will include Covington this year on October 10-13 and a statewide Kentucky Proud Beer Festival on October 19 (at the Wooden Cask Brewery in Newport).


What a heady start to fall. A few details:


KENTUCKY’S Edge


This bourbon conference and festival will celebrate the state’s heritage at venues throughout Covington and Newport. There’ll be free music on the river, a Kentucky artisan market in MainStrasse Village, plenty of bourbon pairings and tastings and musical performances at area restaurants. And a major conference featuring, for one, Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark. This salute to the state’s bourbon heritage and culture is a major step for meetNKY’s B-Line, which grows and grows—and makes the point that Kentucky’s bourbon experience starts here.


Blink


Thanks to funding from Corporex, Blink will bring about 20 light and art installations to Covington, from the Roebling Bridge to Seventh and Madison. One will be a permanent animated mural on the north side of the TANK garage. There’ll be a free concert by Grouplove on October 12 at the RiverCenter parking lot and plenty of art, light, music and food. The Roebling Bridge will be bathed in light and sound and the world’s largest mobile disco ball will find a temporary home in NKY.


Kentucky Proud Beer Festival


Paying homage to the growing craft brewing industry in Kentucky, the Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers are bringing their statewide festival to Newport’s Wooden Cask Brewery on October 19, from noon to 6 p.m. Craft breweries will serve their Kentucky Proud beers and Kentucky-sourced foods will be featured during this family-friendly festival.


To get ready for all this excitement, Northern Kentucky is rolling out the barrels—custom-painted barrels that are showing up throughout the entertainment districts in Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Ludlow. Some 100 barrels were sold and sponsored to serve as both wayfinding and public art.


a PAINTED tribute to the region


C-Forward is getting into the swing of it with a mural on the back of their building at Fifth and Madison that features more than 25 unique Northern Kentucky-themed references, tributes and landmarks.


C-Forward partnered with Covington-based BLDG to design and paint the mural. It includes the Roebling Bridge, bourbon barrels, the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower and a few famous locals like Braxton Brewery and Hotel Covington.


The mural was created as part of C-Forward’s 20th Anniversary and is a tribute to the Northern Kentucky region. It will also be on display during the upcoming Kentucky’s Edge and Blink events.


C-Forward founder Brent Cooper and President Brian Ruschman wanted to express pride in the community and demonstrate all that makes it so special.


A tribute to Mike Farrell


Mike Farrell, lifelong Northern Kentuckian who lived in the Latonia neighborhood where he grew up, died after a long illness on August 28. He was 70 and is survived by his wife, Marsha, their two sons, David and Jonathan, and eight young grandchildren.


He will be remembered as a distinguished journalist, a dedicated champion of the First Amendment and a great teacher and mentor of future journalists.


Farrell was the longtime managing editor of The Kentucky Post, got his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky when The Post closed and became a tenured professor there, recognized nationally as a great advisor to students. He was the director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and was on medical leave as interim director of UK’s School of Journalism and Media when he died.


A memorial scholarship fund in his name has been established at the Horizon Community Fund so that journalism and communication students at NKU and UK will continue to benefit from his nurturing guidance. Contributions can be sent to Horizon Community Funds of NKY, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 431 Covington, KY 41011, designated to the Mike Farrell Fund.