The weather is beautiful; wish you were here

The Covington News - - LOCAL - Mar­shall McCart wears many hats, but be­ing a mu­si­cian & mu­si­cal en­thu­si­ast are chief among them.

Greet­ings from your erst­while cor­re­spon­dent re­port­ing to you this week from Florida’s “For­got­ten Coast,” and more specif­i­cally, from the white, sandy beaches of Mex­ico Beach, Florida.

So, MB re­port­ing from MB, as it were, and I’ll tell you guys some­thing - this is one of my fa­vorite spots on Earth. Ann’s fam­ily has a place down here and we come ev­ery sin­gle year. I just love it; how­ever, as I was made aware of by the top brass around here - Mex­ico Beach is now of­fi­cially full. They’re closed, so if you haven’t al­ready set some­thing up — it’s too late now. Sorry ...

Well, friends, as many of you have prob­a­bly heard the last few weeks, Cov­ing­ton’s least-kept big se­cret is now of­fi­cially of­fi­cial — City Phar­macy will be open­ing on the north­east­ern cor­ner of the square in the mid to late fall.

In the spot that housed Square Perk for many years, and nat­u­rally the long­time spot of the orig­i­nal City Phar­macy, this Tedo Stone project is go­ing to be some­thing very spe­cial in­deed, in this writer’s es­ti­ma­tion.

“Guar­an­teed to cure,” the CP will be a tonic for all that ails you by pro­vid­ing “a chef-driven restau­rant and bar (pro­vid­ing) reimag­ined South­ern fa­vorites, high­light­ing qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and a keen at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

Sounds fab­u­lous. It will also be, as I’m told, a mu­sic spot which will only add to our al­ready im­pres­sive mu­sic scene, and is be­ing en­vi­sioned as a real so­cial gath­er­ing place. I can’t wait. Learn more on Face­book at: City Phar­macy.

Guys, I’m re­ally ex­cited about this one. This will be the first time in about five years that Ann and I have done a show as just a duo. Also, Fri­day night will mark the first time ei­ther of us have played at Amici in more than a year and a half.

For this show, we will be break­ing out a lot of our Jazzy stuff as well as some deep cut Amer­i­cana tracks and a large as­sort­ment of orig­i­nals that you nor­mally might not hear with our main project, Sweet Har­mony.

It’s al­ways a great time at the groovy pizza joint on Col­lege Av­enue on a Fri­day night in Cov­ing­ton! I rec­om­mend you join us and, per usual, I rec­om­mend the ranch dress­ing - on ev­ery­thing.

Another week in the book for the home county and the town seat. A lot go­ing on these days, no? What with all the con­cerns and ques­tions re­gard­ing the am­bu­lance ser­vice, hos­pi­tal author­ity, IDA, solid waste, the hos­pi­tal­ity or­di­nance, in­ef­fi­cient traf­fic lights, etc. The list re­ally does go on and on.

But that’s where we come into play. We be­ing you and me. We be­ing those qual­i­fied elec­tors who are re­ally in charge of things. We be­ing We The Peo­ple.

We need to be the change we wish to see, but we al­ways need to be mind­ful of main­tain­ing ci­vil­ity, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­pro­mise. And, friends, I’ll be hon­est with you - that’s one I’m still work­ing on. But I am work­ing on it. Striv­ing to rise above; “work­ing hard to get bet­ter.”

Just like our coun­try as a whole, we’re al­ways striv­ing for that More Per­fect Union. It’s not al­ways easy. Our bat­tles should in the arena of ideas, and of win­ning the hearts and minds. With all that said, how­ever, when it comes to fix­ing things and mak­ing them right, I do feel as if we have a duty and a moral im­per­a­tive to do just that. To make things right.

Hope it’s a great week for all us, guys, and hope to see you all again here next week.


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