Hol­ly­wood Walk of Stars pro­gram launches in down­town to mark lo­cal film­ing

The Covington News - - The second front - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Down­town Cov­ing­ton will soon have stars placed around the square to note where Hol­ly­wood made its mark while film­ing in the Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County area.

The Cov­ing­ton Con­ven- tion and Visi­tor Bureau will soon launch their Hol­ly­wood Walk of Stars pro­gram, af­ter Cov­ing­ton city coun­cil mem­bers unan­i­mously ap­proved for the bureau to be­gin the process of plac­ing pavers (dec­o­ra­tive pave stones) down­town at the Sept. 17 meet­ing.

Clara Deemer, di­rec­tor of tourism, said con­crete pavers, fea­tur­ing no­table ac­tors, films and tele­vi­sion se­ries filmed in Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County, would be placed around the down­town square in or­der to bring more foot traf­fic to the area.

She said the plan is to place the pavers in lo­ca­tions used for film­ing. For ven- ues that were not filmed in down­town, pavers would be placed around the perime­ter of the square. Deemer said tourism board will then pro­duce a brochure list­ing all the pavers and their lo­ca­tions, so vis­i­tors can take tours of where film­ing took place.

Deemer said the Walk of Stars pro­gram was a vi­sion of Jo McLaney and Irene Smith since 1996 and the board is ex­cited to bring their vi­sion to fruition.

She also said the pavers are be­ing cre­ated by Jim Wil­liams of De­signed In­stil­la­tions. She said a com­mit­tee formed by the tourism board re­cently looked at a model of one the pavers and they are re­work­ing the model to make sure the pavers are suit­able to place on the square. At the Sept. 17 city coun­cil meet­ing, Deemer told coun­cil that the pavers would cost $175 to $200 a piece de­pend­ing on the word­ing placed on the pavers. She said the pavers will be funded through ho­tel/ mo­tel tax.

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