Calling around Covington


By Alex Moore

Contributing columnist

As spring has nearly sprung here in the Stillwater Valley, we are still in the ‘community dinner season,’ which I personally enjoy thoroughly. The first community dinner on which to report will take place Friday, April 26, and is the final St. Teresa Catholic Church fish fry of the season. If you missed out during Lent, or just want to enjoy it again, stop by from 4:30-7 p.m. that Friday evening for a delicious dinner. The church is located just east of town, at 6925 W. U.S. Route 36, and St. Teresa’s fish fries feature their traditional tasty golden brown fish, their highly anticipated green bean recipe, applesauce, a roll, and coffee or water. Desserts and other beverages are available for purchase, but the cost for a dinner is still only $10 each.

The Covington Tomorrow service club is hosting the annual Covington Community Pancake Day, on Saturday, April 27, from 7 a.m. until noon. at the Covington K-8 School cafeteria. The public is invited to come and eat one’s fill of delicious pancakes, coffee, and one serving of sausage, applesauce, juice, or milk. This year, in lieu of ticket sales, there will be a simple free will donation taken at the door. 2024 marks the 58th annual Pancake Day event in Covington, which was originally started by the former Covington Kiwanis Club in 1965. Over the last half-century, the responsibility for Covington’s Pancake Day fundraiser was shared, and then assumed by, the former Covington Noon Optimist Club. In 2023, the Optimist Club disbanded from Optimist International, and re-formed as Covington Tomorrow, an independent community service club. But the mission is the same, to raise funds to provide activities to support the young people of the Covington community.

This year is already the seventh Pancake Day to be held at the Covington K-8 School cafeteria and commons area at 807 Chestnut St. One may enter the K-8 school main entrance and again, serving hours in 2024 will be from 7 a.m. to noon. All proceeds from Pancake Day stay in the Covington community to benefit the youth of the village. The Covington Tomorrow service club, begun just last year, meets every Wednesday at Noon at the Covington Eagles Aerie No. 3998. In addition to generous contributions to the CHS Scholarship Fund Program, the members of Covington Tomorrow sponsor numerous other youth events. These include recurring support of the Halloween Costume Contest, High School Honors Banquet, the P.L.U.S. organization, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference for CHS students, Covington music programs, and numerous other donations to worthy Covington youth-oriented causes. Pancake Day would not be possible without the continued generous support of numerous Covington-area businesses whose sponsorship will be visible on the placemats. So if you see our local Covington businesses helping support Pancake Day, please keep it in mind to support them!

And lastly, after you have eaten your fill of pancakes, walk off some of those calories down at the ‘Shields Classic’ Drum Show. This event, in memory of Covington drummer Jerry Shields, is put on by the local Covington Drummers group, who are folks interested in preserving the history and tradition of the Rogers Drum Company. The Drum Show this year will be held at the old Rogers Drum Factory building, 4263 N. State Route 48, Covington, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. All locals are invited to join the Covington Drummers at this historic site. There is a small admission cost, but seniors and children are free.

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