News Letter 9-30-22

Friday, September 30, 2022

Newport Announcements/News/Events:

Newport Board of Commissioner’s Caucus Meeting – Monday, October 3rd –7:00pm – 998 Monmouth Street – Multi-Purpose Room & Available For Virtual Viewing

The October 3rd Board of Commissioner’s Caucus meeting will be held at the City Building at 7:00pm and available for viewing via the city’s Facebook: newportky Facebook link.

The agenda will be available for viewing this afternoon via the city’s website:

Newport Fire/EMS Announcement:

October is National Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 9th - 15th) is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family is protected.

Fire Prevention Week — the longest-running US public health observance on record — celebrates its 100th anniversary this October! The Fire Prevention Week 2022 theme, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape,” promotes potentially life-saving messages that can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Developing a home escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it regularly ensures that everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds and uses that time wisely.

Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to educate and talk with your whole family about fire safety – including testing alarms, changing the batteries, or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher and escape route planning.


Events In The City:

Newport Arts & Music Fest (NAMF) - Saturday, October 1st / Rain Shine -   11:00am-4:00PM -   Newport History Museum @ The Southgate Street School - 215 East Southgate Street – Free To Attend – Sponsored by Heritage Bank

Planned activities for the NAMF – 11:00am-4:00pm includes Oral Histories, Live Music, Artists, Author Book Signings and more!:

The Newport History Museum @ The Southgate Street School is hosting the “Newport Arts & Music Fest” event on Saturday, October 1st from11:00am-4:00pm at 215 East Southgate Street.  The event features local artists/artisans with hand-crafted designs to sell, live music and more!  Plus, Oral Historic presentation by former students from the Southgate Street School sharing their memories of Newport in years-gone-by.

Scott Clark, Historic Preservation Officer & Museum Executive Director and Daylin Garland, Museum Director were guests this morning on FOX 19 with a Newport Arts & Music Fest update with Newscaster Lauren Minor.  Please view the FOX 19 website for the interview.

Planned Activities:

11:00am-4:00pm: Artists/Artisans: Hand-crafted designs by local artists/artists for sale.

11:30am-12:30pm: Oral Histories: By former Southgate Street Students

Noon-2:00pm: Bourbon House Pizza – Pizza selections to purchase

12:30pm-2:30pm – Author book signings by: Sheila Williams, Ron Ellis, Roberta Schultz – Book Sales by: Roebling Books & Coffee

1:00-2:00pm: NKY Brotherhood Singers - a jubilee-style, Acapella, sacred gospel quintet

2:30pm-3:30pm – Jazz Vocalist - Kathy Wade, Keigo Hirakawa – piano & Eddie Brookshire Orchestra

Oral Histories 11:30am-12:30pm: Former students and family members of former students at the Southgate Street School will share stories of their school days and the role their dedicated teachers had on their lives.

Author Book Signings – 12:30pm-2:30pm: Meet local authors, share stories, and obtain autographs.  If you have any of the featured authors books, bring them to the event and get an autograph!

Sheila Williams: Newport resident and author of: Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, which Netflix made into a movie Juanita, the Shade of My Own, Tree, On the Right Side of a Dream, A Letter for My Mother, Girls Most Likely, The Secret Women, and Things Past Telling.  Ms. Williams was the Librettist for the Cincinnati Opera Fierce, which made its debut at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in July. 

Roberta Schultz: Former Newport resident, musician, songwriter, and author of Underscore, Touchstones, Songs from the Sharper’s Harp, and Outposts on the Border of Longing. Ms. Schultz, in addition to being a poet, is a member of the Raison D’Etre trio with Violet Webster and Vickie Ellis, who know “their reason for being” and is a retired teacher. 

Ron Ellis: Northern Kentucky resident and author of Cogan’s Woods, Of Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader, Brushes with Nature: The Art of Ron Van Gilder, and editor of In That Sweet Country: Uncollected writing of Harry Middleton and his new release Yonder. He is a contributor of the anthologies Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs, Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing, A passion for Grouse: The Love and Legend of America’s Premier Game Bird, and The Gigantic Book of Hunting Stories.

Mr. Ellis is retired from Northern Kentucky University, where he was Assistant Vice President for Advancement. 

Roebling Books & Coffee – Newport & Covington:  Owner, Richard Hunt is pleased to be a site for selling the featured authors books.  Book sales will be processed via Roebling Book.  Roebling Point Books & Coffee is a place that first and foremost celebrates the impact a good book can have on one’s soul and our collective culture at large. We believe there’s no greater joy than the sharing of words and ideas amongst kindred spirits, and we've been honored to be a part of the conversation these past several years. If we don't have the book you're looking for, we can certainly special order it for you. Whether you’re stopping in to say hi for your morning cup or looking to cozy up for a few hours to dive into another world, we hope to welcome you soon to find out what you’re reading these days.

Music Performances:

1:00-2:00pm – NKY Brotherhood Singers – Acapella Quintet: The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers are among the very few remaining Quintet style groups that still perform in the old-school acapella fashion. The Singers (Eric Riley, Ric Jennings, Stace Darden, Sam Norris Jr and Mike Wright) specialize in the intricate and emotional four-part harmony "jubilee" style pioneered by such legendary groups as the Dixie Hummingbirds, Soul Stirrers, Take 6 and Harptones of Cincinnati.  CD’s will be available for purchase.

2:30-3:30pm – Jazz Vocalist - Kathy Wade, Keigo Hirakawa – piano & Eddie Brookshire Orchestra: Kathy Wade is a twice EMMY-nominated, award-winning international jazz entertainer, producer, CEO, and bridge-builder in the community. Kathy co-founded Learning Through Art, Inc., celebrating 29 years of building community through art impacting over one million participants and is a Cincinnati Sister City Ambassador.

Keigo Hirakawa is a Jazz pianist, composer and educator.

Eddie Brookshire Orchestra is a big band based out of Dayton, Ohio.

Visit Newportky Facebook for additional information.

Taste of Newport-OKTOBERFEAST – The Month of October

Restaurants in the Historic Business District On/Off Monmouth Street will be offering a variety of Food and Drink Specials to promote indoor, outdoor, and carry-out dining during the month of October.  You will be able to see a complete listing of 20+ participating businesses, along with a QR code for easy access to the OKTOBERFEAST Specials.  The website: is almost ready for viewing.

“Fall Flea & Market On Monmouth” – Saturday, October 15th – 9:00am-2:00pm On Monmouth Street In The Historic Business District

Flea Market vendors will be set-up on the sidewalk selling a variety of “must-have” items.  The event is FREE to attend.  The vendor fee to participate is $20.  This is a Rain/Shine event. 

A “Call To Vendor” request, with details, is posted on the city’s Facebook page: newportky Facebook or you can e-mail: to receive an application to participate.

The Footlighters At The Stained Glass Theatre Presents: Pippin – Now - October 9th – 802 York Street

Provided by Mary Stone

Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Director: Amanda Emmons Shumate / Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz / Book by Roger O. Hirson / Music director: Alan Masters / Choreographer: Robert Fields

Producers: Adrianna Boris, Amanda Emmons Shumate, and Alan Masters

“PIPPIN is rated PG-13 and contains adult themes, violence, and some sexual situations. This production uses strobe lighting effects and fog throughout the production.”

Season Tickets available for 2022-2023 season! Visit the Footlighters website for additional information or call: Ticket Line: 859-652-3849 / Theater: 859-291-7464 (SING)

Falcon Theatre opens its’ 2022-2023 season with the Regional premiere of playwright Lauren Gunderson’s The Half-Life of Marie Curie, a compelling new play about renowned scientist Marie Curie and radical engineer Hertha Ayrton—and the friendship that strengthened their resolve to pursue their ambitions.

Performances are September 30, October 1, 6, 7, and 8, 2022.

In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. By 1912, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with the married Frenchman Paul Langevin, all but erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by the press lambasting her as a “foreign” Jewish temptress and a homewrecking traitor, Marie agrees to join her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragette. The Half-Life of Marie Curie revels in the power of female friendship as it explores the relationship between these two brilliant women, both of whom are mothers, widows, and fearless champions of scientific inquiry.

Filled with snappy back-and-forth dialogue, this two-woman play is directed by Ted J. Weil, and features Tara Williams as Marie Curie and Tracy M. Schoster as Hertha Ayrton.

All performances are at 8:00 PM, Ticket prices are $28 for adults and $15 for students with valid ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit to reserve seats.

USS Nightmare Is Open– 101 Riverboat Row – East Side Of The Taylor Southgate Bridge

Submitted by Nancy Willhoite

Open Fridays and Saturdays, now through September 24 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.  These nights feature our lowest prices of the season!

Beginning Thursday, September 29, we are open Thursday through Sunday until October 30.  Sunday & Thursday times are 7-11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday times remain 7 p.m.-1 a.m.  We are also open Halloween Monday, October 31 from 7-11 p.m.

For regular show dates, General Admission tickets range from $23-$30, Fast Pass tickets are $36-$50, Front of the Line tickets are $50-$70.  RIP Experiences for any show (for a more intense, immersive experience) range from $36 - $80 depending on day, date and ticket type.

Our adult only Captain's Extreme Tours are on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.  Prices range from $30 - $70.

Visit USS Nightmare website or Facebook page for additional information and to order tickets.

American Legacy “Newport Is Haunted” Tours – Begins at Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar At 7:00pm – 18 East 5th Street

Enjoy a spooky good time exploring the streets of Newport.  Our guides will enthrall you with tales of murder, suicide and event decapitation.  You will learn the horrifying of bobby Mackey’s wicked haunting and discover the details of some of Newport’s most infamous unsolved crimes.

Upcoming Tours:

Friday, September 30th – 7:00pm

Saturday, October 1st – 7:00pm

Saturday, October 1st – 9:00pm

Friday, October 7th – 7:00pm

Saturday, October 8th – 7:00pm

& More!

Roebling Books & Coffee Presents: Roebling Writes: Community Writing Circle -Thursday, October 6th - 7 PM–8 PM - 601 Overton Street

Provided by Richard Hunt

Details: Many people in the community were touched by Gloria San Miguel's life and wounded by her loss. Writing can be restorative. Writer, educator, and coach Tina Neyer will lead writing exercises aimed to help you reflect and to put some of your thoughts on paper.

Newport Syndicate “We've got the perfect date night for you!” Knob Creek Bourbon & Wine Dinner – Friday, October 7th – 6:30pm – 18 East 5th Street

Provided by Megan Pettit

Look no further! We have the BEST date night in town! 

Come join us on October 7th as we explore what all Knob Creek has to offer. This savory bourbon is paired with some amazing wines. All given during a 3-course meal. Enjoy our 6oz filet and Norwegian Salmon plate with salad and dessert. Sure to make your night one for the books!

Signature Cocktail Hour is 6:30pm-7:00pm / Dinner Starts at 7:00pm

Call our sales team at 859-491-8000 to purchase tickets.

Ovation “Touch A Truck” Saturday, October 8th – 9:00am-Noon – Near The 4th Street Round-About – A FREE To Attend Event!

Provided by Suzanne Deatherage

“Touch A Truck” is a fun, family friendly event to learn more about the Ovation development and the opportunity to “touch a variety of trucks”, enjoy DJ music and more at the construction site.  Bring the family to explore our construction vehicles and learn more about the Ovation development coming to the Newport riverfront.


“Touch A Truck” participants: Construction vehicles for the kids to explore • City of Newport – fire truck, police cruiser • Campbell County Public Library Book Bus • DJ Brody Flynn – Brody’s Music Service • Ignite Your Taste Buds Food Truck

For additional information, visit: / Brought to you by Corporex


Campbell County News:

Last Day to Register to Vote in November Election is October 11th; Veterans Can Now Register at VA Facilities

To learn more about voter registration in Kentucky visit: Kentucky Secretary of State website. 

The registration deadline to be able to vote in the November 8th General Election is 4 p.m., local time, on October 11th.

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide voter registration information and assistance to Kentucky veterans and eligible dependents at VA facilities across the state. Under the partnership, select VA facilities in Kentucky will be designated as voter registration agencies under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

“Up until now, Kentuckians could register to vote at drivers licensing facilities and public assistance agencies, but not Veterans Affairs facilities,” said Adams. “I am proud that we are making it easier for veterans to participate in the democracy they put their lives on the line to protect.”

Beshear announces fourth NKY Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional office in Bellevue

Provided by NKY Tribune

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the opening of a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Driver Licensing Regional Office in Bellevue that expands driver licensing services to more Kentuckians in this part of the state. The office, located at 103 Landmark Drive, Bellevue, Ky, 41073, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

“The Bellevue office is a welcome addition to our network of regional offices across the state that offers both standard and REAL ID driver’s license and ID card versions,” Gov. Beshear said. “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to monitor statewide needs and identify areas to continue to take licensing to the next level in Kentucky.”


Campbell County’s Farmers Markets:

Newport Farmers Market Saturdays – 9:00am-Noon – 709 Monmouth Street - City Parking Lot Next To Pepper Pod Restaurant

Submitted by Mary Ann Neltner, The Other Neltner Farm

Support the Campbell County Farmers Market participants!  The participating farmers appreciate their faithful shoppers who are always BUYERS!!!

Campbell County Farmers bring their produce straight from their fields and valleys directly to Newport.  Their livelihoods are supported by providing fresh produce for your spring and summer recipes.  They have been providing simple, safe, good food long before it was a trend. 

Fall seasonal produce, baked goods, eggs, and MORE while supplies last!

Your continued support is greatly appreciated!


The following businesses provide Live Entertainment, Libations and More!  Please visit their websites/Facebook pages for current and upcoming events.


-          Blaze Cigar & Bourbon Bar – 515 Monmouth Street


-          Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar Saturday’s only - 8:00pm-1:00am – 18 East 5th Street – 859-491-8000


-          JerZees Pub, Grub & Patio – 708 Monmouth Street – 859-491-3500


-          New Riff Distilling and The Aquifer Bar – 24 Distillery Way


-          Newberry Bros. Coffee & Prohibition Bar – 530 Washington Avenue


-          Pompilios Restaurant – Live Music – 600 Washington Avenue


-          Sis’s On Monmouth – Live Music – 837 Monmouth Street – 859-431-3157 – Eat-In or Carryout Service


-          Southgate House Revival – Live Concerts – Age 18+ Events – 111 East 6th Street


-          The Baker’s Table Bakery – Live Music On Wednesdays – 1001 Monmouth Street


-          The Boardroom – Live Music – 844 York Street – 859-491-4263


-          Thompson House – Live Concerts - 24 East Third Street - 859-261-7469


Newport Aquarium:

Discover the Wonders At The Newport Aquarium: SEA thousands of aquatic creatures, TOUCH amazing sea life and EXPLORE the wonders of an underwater world. All exhibits plus Shark Bridge are included for one price.


CORAL REEF TUNNEL NOW OPEN! Dive into the completely refreshed Coral Reef Tunnel! Be surrounded by a sixty thousand gallon thriving underwater community filled with colorful corals and schools of tropical fish. Featuring over 50 species of fish, this vibrant exhibit is a reminder of how important it is to protect the ocean’s corals since they provide for all the aquatic life that calls the reef their home.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of your visit. We recommend purchasing your tickets as far in advance as possible to ensure you get to visit on your preferred date and entry time.

Visit our website for more exciting adventures awaiting you at the Newport Aquarium at 1 Aquarium Way!


Newport on the Levee:

Newport on the Levee Offers A Variety of FREE Activities For Kids and Adults

Provided by Sally Fisk

Tuesdays: Kids Crew – 11AM-12:30PM – Through October

Bring your kids crew for playtime at the Levee. Weekly activities may include face painters, storytellers, magicians, arts and crafts and more! 

Wednesdays: Yoga on the Levee – 6-7PM – Through October

Make your way to our weekly yoga class for yogis of all skill levels in partnership with Sage Yoga Hot + Pilates

Fridays: Live on the Levee – 7-9PM

Groove to the sounds of your favorite local bands as they perform on the plaza.

Concerts 7:00-9:00pm – The Plaza Area:

September 30th  Trailer Park Floosies

October 7th  4th Day Echo

October 14th  Naked Karate Girls

October 21st  Gamut

October 28th  Trailer Park Floosies

First Tuesday of the month: Trivia Night on the Levee – 6-8PM

Go head-to-head against other trivia enthusiasts to show what you know & win some prizes! October 4th: Do you religiously watch Hocus Pocus as soon as the clock strikes midnight every October 1st? Impress your fellow ghouls and witches with your knowledge of spooky facts at Halloween Trivia Night! 

First Thursday of the month: Barks and Brews 6-8PM

Grab your furry best friends and make your way to the Levee the first Thursday of every month for the doggone happiest hour of all. 

Last Thursday of the month: Movie Night on the Levee 6-8PM

Kick back, relax and grab your favorite snacks to enjoy at our monthly-elevated movie screening experience. October 27th | The Nightmare Before Christmas: Get in the spooky spirit with complimentary face paint and a ghostly visit from a Nightmare Before Christmas character.

Visit Newport on the Levee website for future event dates.


City Information:

Job Opportunities: The City of Newport Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

For detailed information about all Job Opening and an application, please visit the city’s website: or call 859-655-6349.

Applications can be submitted to The City of Newport Attn: HR at 998 Monmouth Street, 2nd Floor, Newport, KY 41071 or emailed to

Newport Board of Commissioners Information:

The Newport Board of Commissioners, consisting of an elected Mayor and four elected Commissioners, meets on Mondays at 7:00pm (dates listed below) at the city building in the Multi-Purpose room on the first floor.  Handicap accessible. 

The meetings are open to the public to attend or available for viewing on the city’s Facebook page for You Tube viewing.

2022 Commissioner Meetings: October 3 (Caucus), October 24, November 21, and December 12

Reminder: To keep up with news and updates from the City of Newport. Sign up for our email list to keep informed about everything from meetings to job openings via the city’s Facebook page: newportky Facebook

City Website:

City Facebook: City of Newport KY

City Building is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm – 998 Monmouth Street

Newport History Museum @ The Southgate Street School Facebook: Newport History Museum at the Southgate Street School (The Museum is currently closed to the public.) 

Thanks for making Newport a Great Place to live, work, shop, dine and play!  #teamnewportky

Due to timing issues, this week’s e-newsletter features city sponsored events, along with other upcoming events.  We appreciate your continued support!!!

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