If you haven’t already made plans to take your little daughter, niece, or granddaughter to the Fields of Grace Worship Center’s Princess Ball, there is still time! It will be held this coming Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Covington Eagles Hall. The princess ball this year will feature a visit from Belle, star of the Disney film “Beauty and the Beast,” and I’m pretty confident she’ll be a big hit.
The annual St. John’s Lutheran Church Fastnacht dinner is fast-approaching, with “Fat Tuesday” this year on Feb. 28, just over two weeks away. It’s hard to believe Lent is ready to begin! Of course, in Covington, we don’t celebrate all the wild revelry of Fat Tuesday as they do on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The not-so-wild Fat Tuesday tradition here consists of a delicious meal in the basement of the white church at the corner of Bridge and Wall streets.
The St. John’s Lutheran Fastnacht dinner this year, as is tradition, will consist of chicken, mashed potatoes, noodles, green beans, a roll, pickled red beets, applesauce, and homemade crullers. Again, the dinner will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m. Carryout dinners are available as well for a mere $5. Diners at the church are encouraged to give a free-will donation for their meals. The church is totally handicapped-accessible, so please plan to attend this yearly Covington tradition.
Next, in local church news, St. Teresa Catholic Church again has its shelter house available for rent, and is taking bookings for this spring, summer, and fall. It is an ideal place for a graduation open house, family reunion or picnic, or any type of gathering during these three seasons of the year. The shelter is located on the grounds of St. Teresa Parish, 6925 W. U.S. 36, just east of Covington, and features a full kitchen with sink, stove, oven, and refrigerator.
The building has full restroom facilities, and there are picnic-style tables with seating for approximately 100 under roof, in case of rain showers or other inclement weather. There is also a fire pit, corn hole boards, a softball diamond, and volleyball courts for outdoor fun. The rental fee covers the entire day and is very reasonably priced. My wife Stacey and I actually oversee the shelter house rental, so if you would like to rent the St. Teresa shelter for an upcoming event, please call or text us at 418-8884. Several dates have already been booked for spring and summer 2017, so please call soon to reserve the facility for your party.
In future columns, I will elaborate more on our upcoming community dinners. The week of March 6 will mark the week of two annual Covington eating extravaganzas. Jot down Wednesday, March 8, for the annual Covington Schools Scholarship Fund Spaghetti Supper (formerly Dollars for Scholars), and Saturday, March 11, for the Optimist/Kiwanis Covington Pancake Day. Both are reasonably priced meals, and all proceeds benefit the youth of our community in their future endeavors. The students in Covington can be assured of brighter opportunities through the generosity of our citizens and their continued kind contributions and financial support.
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