30 Dec

Over the holidays, we spent a few wonderful days with friends and family in the Cincinnati area.   The occasion was the closing of the historic Southgate House, in Newport, KY.

Heading in for the show at the Southgate House

Situated on a hill  overlooking the city of Cincinnati, the Southgate House was an amazing place.   A mix between a live music venue, smoky oldtime-style lounge (with a fantastic jukebox), art gallery, and pool hall, the Southgate House had something for everyone.

Back before we all had families of our own, jobs, etc., we’d spend nights watching amazing bands/artists perform live at Southgate.  Jerry Jeff Walker, Iris DeMent, Ralph Stanley, Elliot Smith, Yo La Tengo….the list could go on and on. 

We’re all over the place now (from Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky), but got together on 27 December for the V-Roys reunion show.  The show was fantastic…and the whole affair brought back loads of memories with wonderful friends. 

Here’s me with the lead singer, Scott Miller.

Of course, I got a few good runs in while we were in the area.  I always love a change of scenery, and running past the 1800’s-era riverfront mansions and beautiful churches of Newport and Covington, KY (where we stayed) was a real treat.   I started by the Roebling Bridge (an early model of the Brooklyn Bridge) and ran through the Riverside Drive Historic District and Riverwalk Statue Tour.   Here’s a 360 of the starting point. 

 I also ran past the Newport Aquarium (where we later took the kids).  If you live within 200 miles of this place and have never been…SHAME!  It’s one of the nicest and most accessible aquariums we’ve ever visited.   My kids got to pet sharks and are fans for life.

 Shark petting tank at the Newport Aquarium

Thanks to everyone for your views and support in 2011!  Happy Running and Happy New Year!



2 Responses to “Roadtrip!”

  1. Bill Schweigart December 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Good music + sharks? Great trip!

  2. sophia k December 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    So glad to see you and Mike! It was a blast!

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