Preservation Awards, Street Party Bring Crowd to Downtown Covington
Preservation Kentucky hosted its annual meeting and awards show in Covington Saturday night at the Artisan Enterprise Center on West Seventh Street.
Local award recipients included: State Rep. Arnold Simpson who was given the Christy & Owsley Brown Award for Exemplary Public Service to Preservation; Beth Johnson, Covington's historic preservation officer, who won the Excellence in Residential Rehab Award; and Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend, which was hosted in Covington this year, was honored with The Edith Bingham Award for Excellence in Preservation Education (the award was accepted by Beth Johnson, Newport's historic preservation officer Scott Clark, and Bellevue's assistant city administrator Jody Robinson).
Other award recipients across Kentucky include: Jess and Angela Correll of Stanford, Kentucky (The Linda Bruckheimer Award for Excellence in Rural Preservation); County Judge James L. "Buddy" Gallenstein of Mason County and State Rep. Tanya Pullin of Greenup County (Christy and Owsley Brown Exemplary Public Service to Preservation); Whiskey Row Lofts, Louisville (David L. Morgan State Historic Preservation Tax Credit - Excellence in Commercial Rehabilitation); John David and Mary Helen Myles, Shelby County (David L. Morgan State Historic Preservation Tax Credit - Excellence in Residential Rehabilitation); Chad Needham, Lexington (Barbara Hulette Young Preservation Leader); Marksbury Farm, Garrard County & Gill Holland and Augusta Brown Holland for Nulu Business District, Louisville & Tim Peters and Lois Mateus for Nulu Business District, Louisville (Sutherland Award for Excellence in Environmental Preservation); Helen Dedman (Helen Dedman Award for Excellence in Preservation Advocacy).
Following the awards ceremony, Short Pike in Downtown Covington was shut down and tables were put out, food trucks invaded, and musicians played live from the curb for "White Out on Pike", a benefit for Preservation Kentucky. The $35 tickets purchased meals from each food truck and a couple glasses of wine. The menu included the new White Pie and the KimCheeza (a Korean pizza) from Covington's Pizza Bomba, catfish bites with sweet potato fries & apple butter from New Orleans to Go, and grilled chicken sandwiches from EAT Mobile Dining.
A new art installation inside a vacant retail space on Pike was also shown off. A dance party followed the White Out at Pike Street Lounge.
(Photo attached to article is of Beth Johnson and Arnold Simpson via the Covington Business Council)
Photos from the event by RCN: