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Nightlife This Week in Downtown Covington

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Live music is found downtown at Columbia Street Tap Room, Columbia St. Rock N Blues Cafe and The Green Room. Here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend:

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Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe has Hot Boiled Crawfish w/Crazy Ray every Wednesday from 6 p.m. til they’re gone! It’s Steak Night and Comedy Night on Thursdays, and Ladies Night with Melo-D on Friday. Saturday night, the Chee-Weez return to Rock N Blues! Bobby Blaze hosts Karaoke at Rock N Blues every Sunday and Wednesday. rocknbluescafe.com

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It’s the Covington Cabaret Friday at The Green Room! Saturday, see Todd Lemoine from 8–10 p.m. + Dr. Green & the Funk Machine w/Timothy Gates! Ladies Night Karaoke on Thursdays and Sunday Funday with live music early + Karaoke w/DJ Spicy Fox.

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Star Trek Night at The English Tea Room – March 18th

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IMG_4509Reserve your place for Star Trek night at the English Tea Room & Eatery. It’s a little out of the box, and it’s generating much interest and excitement! Costumes are not required, but gift cards will be awarded to the best dressed! March 18, 2016, 7–9 p.m. $35/ person. 985-898-3988  www.englishtearoom.com

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Crawfish Season Hits Downtown Covington – Rock N Blues & Covington Brewhouse

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columbia street rock n blues crawfishSpring is right around the corner, but now it’s Crawfish Season! “Crazy Ray’s” Hot Boiled Crawfish at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe every Wednesday, 6 p.m. rocknbluescafe.com   985-892-9949

covington brewhouse crawfishSpring Pale Ale Covington BrewhouseCovington, LA is serious about crawfish this time of year, and “Crazy Ray” will also be serving Hot Boiled Crawfish with all the fixins’ at Covington Brewhouse on Fridays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. covingtonbrewhouse.com    985-893-2884 

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Down Dogs & Drafts at Covington Brewhouse This Sunday

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Down Dogs Drafts 2Join Liz Bragdon and the great folks at the Covington Brewhouse on Sunday, February 23 at 11 a.m. for Down Dogs & Drafts. Stretch the old week away and welcome the new surrounded by friends, kegs, and the subtle charm of Downtown Covington. Sweat, find your Warrior, rediscover your balance, embrace your Down Dog and drop into some delicious moments of inner peace – then have a few beers! Kombucha Girl Living Beverages water kefir is also on tap. Drink it up straight or mix with your favorite beer. Yoga Class is 11-12 , and beer-drinking is from 12 ’til close.

Down Dogs & Drafts is every 2nd and final Sunday of the month – if you can’t make this one, don’t worry – be happy, there will be plenty more.

Tickets are $12. This event is limited to 25 people, so pre-purchasing is strongly recommended. Pick your tickets up at the Tasting Room or call Erin: 985-893-2884.

Please wear layers, bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a small towel. covingtonbrewhouse.com

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Save the Date! STAA’s Spring for Art 2016 – April 9th

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SPRING FOR ART 2016  Save the Date | Saturday, April 9 | 6-9pm   Sponsored by Painting with a Twist

Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA), Painting with A Twist, Champagne Beverage and Fat Tire along with the sponsorship and support of local businesses, galleries and restaurants, the Spring for Art and Fall for Art annual events draw some 4,000 visitors to the historic St. John district each season. New work by dozens of artists from around the Southeast Region are showcased. The free event includes live music at various outdoor and indoor locations, gallery openings, art demonstrations, first-rate boutique shopping, and fine dining throughout Downtown Covington.

Visitors enjoy live performances by local and nationally-renowned musicians, all over the downtown area. Covington’s many restaurants are also open for business. Be sure to keep a printed brochure on hand, available at any participating venue, or download the FREE app for Apple & Android devices available in the App Store and Google Play! Programs with locations and contact information for each participating shop are available at STAA, on the app and at your favorite locations around Covington. www.sttammanyartassociation.org

VOLUNTEER FOR THIS FUN EVENT

STAA is looking for volunteers of all ages before, during & after Spring for Art. To volunteer during this fun event click here to fill out the volunteer form!

For more information or to become a sponsor contact the St. Tammany Art Association at 892-8650 or email info@sttammanyartassociation.org.

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Music & Entertainment in Downtown Covington This Week

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This week is Live Music Thursdays at the Covington Brewhouse, where you can enjoy local musicians playing great music while sipping delicious Brewhouse brews. This week, Chomper’s BBQ will provide mouth watering BBQ during the jam. Bring along your instrument and sit in on a set! covingtonbrewhouse.com

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Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe hosts Steak Night and Comedy Night on Thursdays and Ladies Night on Fridays with Melo-D. Saturday night, it’s the Todd O’Neil Band. Bobby Blaze hosts Karaoke Wed. and Sun. rocknbluescafe.com

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Femme Festivale returns to The Green Room Friday for “femme festivale II!” 1st Wave Saturday Night Dance Party from 11 p.m. to close! Karaoke on Thursdays and Sunday Funday with live music early + DJ Spicy Fox.

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Snappy happy Tuesday, friends! What a day! Now, don’t you worry about tomorrow. I’ve ordered sunshine and blue skies but I think I’ll be overruled on my request for temperatures in the 70s. No matter; we’ll still be at the Covington Trailhead with lots of great food and music. Nanette says she’s preparing her creamy wild rice and mushroom chowder that is so wonderful when the temps are a wee bit chilled. Kandy will not be there, but Chomper’s will offer a choice of smoked sausage po-boys or pulled pork. Frankie’s peach cobbler is on the menu again. Not sure whether or not we’ll have strawberries tomorrow with the weather I’m seeing outside the window at this moment. I know I’d have a hard time surviving out in all this rain and I’m not a sweet li’l berry.

Olga Wilhelmine will be at the Covington Farmer's Market this Saturday

Olga Wilhelmine will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market this Saturday

We’ve got a great Saturday planned as well with Olga Wilhelmine and her jaunty melodies in the gazebo and our faithful Ed Whiteman serving coffee and tea from the pavilion. (Thanks, Ed!) New truck on the block, Old School Eats, will pull up to the curb on Columbia St. and delight us with their deliciosity. They’ll be in the big red school bus; you can’t miss ‘em! Saturday couldn’t be more wonderful – at least until next week!

It’s sad to see not to see Theresa’s Italian cookies at the market but Vincent and Mauricio still have those cute kiddie cookies and balloons available. Hot Tamale Mama is still there, though, with amazing hot tamales, stuffed shells, spinach artichoke dip.… and Johnadelle’s has returned to the market loaded down with fresh strawberries. Slice up a few of those strawberries and add them to your Mauthe’s yogurt or as a topping on one of their divinely luxurious cheesecakes. And then, get another (‘cause you know you’ll have to share.) Probably should get a pound of Coast Roast gourmet coffee (what’s cheesecake without coffee?) Last week, Kevin had a very exotic Yellow Bourbon bean. Not sure how he’s going to top that!

I know the “ladies” have been a little slack on their laying duties but they seem to be back on track and we have plenty of eggs at the market again. Ishmael of Mt. Herman Pork is back with fresh yard eggs and Duroc pork – chops, tenderloin, ribs. Try some ribs on the grill with a glaze of Robin’s Apple Bacon or Blackberry Cabernet pepper jelly.

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Tabasco, the Covington Farmers Market mascot Roux-ster

I stocked up on a few bottles of Samantha’s elderberry syrup because I’m beginning to see pollen on the trees (and in the cracks of the sidewalks). Then, I spent a few minutes over at Aunt Bee’s soaps sniffing and chatting and sniffing. What lovely bouquets of fragrance Bridgett has created. Get lost in her Vervain & Olive Blossom, a wonderfully clean scent, or the floral Wild Fig and Cassis, and, for the gentlemen, a manly Beau Brummel. Wait. Wait. Just one more whiff.

Just 19 more hours till Wednesday and 4 whole days to Saturday. Set your countdown clocks, your alarm clocks, your biological clocks, whatever clocks you have to. You really don’t want to miss out!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
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The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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The English Tea Room & Eatery Upcoming Events

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IMG_4510The English Tea Room & Eatery is Sold Out for both of the Downton Abbey Dinner events, but there are more on the way – Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, and Star Trek night is later in March!

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The Parade begins on Columbia Street and will pass the English Tea Room & Eatery with a celebration to follow! All are welcome, enjoy a hot plate of corned beef and cabbage for St. Paddy’s!
Mar. 12, 2016 12–6 p.m.

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It’s a little out of the box, but the event is already generating a lot of interest and excitement! Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged. Gift cards will be awarded to the best dressed! March 18th, 2016 from 7 – 9 pm. Reservations are $35 /person in advance.

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Live Music Lunches at The English Tea Room

Now offering a variety of Live Music during lunch (12 p.m. – 2p.m.) Mon – Fri. at the English Tea Room & Eatery. Reservations are required for special events and suggested for Saturdays. Reserve your place now by calling 985-898-3988 or visit the Tea Room online: englishtearoom.com

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Annual St. Paddy’s Day Party at Jewel’s Cigar & Briar Shop

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Jewels St. Paddy'sJewel’s Cigar & Briar hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration after the parade on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Enjoy Live Music, Green Beer, Kilts, Bagpipes, food, and much more. The parade begins at 12 p.m. and the celebration continues until 6 p.m. Jewel’s Cigar & Briar is located at 201 N. New Hampshire Street in Historic Downtown Covington. Enjoy your cigar or pipe in the sitting area, and browse the extensive cigar and pipe collection. New and Estate pipes available, loose pipe tobacco & local blends. For more information, call 985-892-5746.

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Our Place Studio Offers Seasonal Detox Body Therapy Services

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OP Seasonal Detox 2016 pdf-page-001 (2)Organic Hungarian Moor Mud Body Wrap * 90-minute Treatment * $120

Think of Moor mud as a plant extract not from just one plant, but hundreds that reflect the environment of earth 10,000 years ago, without present day pollution. Its uncanny ability to heal, nourish and detoxify has been observed by people for millennia and used scientifically in European Spas for well over a century. This service includes moor mud treatment, as well as light scalp massage with lavender and post-treatment oil application. Call 985-875-1182 for details/to book your appointment.

Cupping Massage & Aromatherapy Foot Reflexology * 60 minute Treatment * $70

Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same. Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues. This treatment includes 30 minutes of cupping massage for the back and 30 minutes of foot reflexology with peppermint essential oil. opcovington.com 985-875-1182

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Live Entertainment this Week in Downtown Covington

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Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe hosts Steak Night and Comedy Night on Thursdays and Ladies Night on Fridays with DJ Dizzy and Melo-D. Saturday night, rock out with Supercharger. Bobby Blaze hosts Karaoke Wednesdays & Sundays. rocknbluescafe.com

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The Covington Cabaret returns to The Green Room Friday for “The Vice Is Right!” Amedee Frederick performs Saturday night from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Dance Party from 11 p.m. to close! Karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays with DJ Spicy Fox. Late Night Food Fri. & Sat.

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St. Tammany Art Association Events for January 2016

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This Saturday is the second Saturday of the month, when galleries and businesses open for an evening of downtown strolling, enjoying Covington’s Historic St. John Cultural Arts District.  Join the St. Tammany Art Association for the opening reception of the Members’ Gallery during 2nd Saturday art walk this Saturday January 9, 2016, 6-8pm.

Presentation of new board members:  Members of the St. Tammany Art Association are invited to meet the new 2016 Board Members! Join STAA for light refreshments on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30p.m.

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On Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6:30pm, the St. Tammany Art Association hosts a gallery talk with Suzanne King. Suzanne will discuss her new show entitled “String Theory: The Art of Manipulation” and how her pieces, through the use of androgynous figures, reflect how we are affected by forces within ourselves, outside influences, and those pressures and energies that we cannot control.
Suzanne has been drawing since she was five years old and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University as an art major. Suzanne continued her studies at Tulane University, where she participated in group shows and won awards in local and regional events. For twenty-four years, Suzanne worked for Shell Oil Company, as its first female draftsman, where she did house publications, television and print media and created graphics for the New Orleans cultural community. Later, she taught art at the expatriate school in Shekou, China, for nearly three years and traveled around the area exploring other art forms. Suzanne returned to Covington in 1994. String Theory will be an exhibition of new work and on display from December 5, 2015 – February 6, 2016.
The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. The exhibition and gallery talk are free and open to the public.

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Shop Rosemary’s Closet for All of Your Holiday Vintage Needs

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Visit Rosemary’s Closet at 410 N. New Hampshire (on the trace) in historic downtown Covington for vintage clothes, records and more. You might be looking for that perfect Christmas album, or maybe you need a holiday themed tie or scarf. You might even be looking for that just-right “ugly” sweater! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment: 985-264-5085

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Tea & Tea Accessories at The English Tea Room – Gift Certificates Available!

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DSC_0516DSC_0545The English Tea Room and Eatery is a destination point for travelers from across the globe as well as the loyal regular crowd. Both enjoy the large variety of loose teas, simple and hearty meals, and sweet treats to munch on. The Tea Room also offers the opportunity to take the experience home with tea sets, cups and plates, standard tea pots, non conventional tea pots, the Northshore’s largest selection of loose teas, accessories and more! www.englishtearoom.com

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History Antiques & Interiors Hosts Open House Thursday & Friday

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history antiques holiday specialsHistory Antiques & Interiors hosts a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and Friday December 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy the festive décor with a historic twist: every piece tells a story! From linens to glass ware and candles to wreaths, not to mention hand selected furniture, desks, cupboards, local and regional art, wedding gifts, accessories and much more. Take advantage of 10% off store-wide, plus specials and holiday surprises. Light refreshments will be served.

www.historyantiquesandinteriors.com    985-892-0010

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Christmas in the Country Shopping Extravaganza Every Saturday in Downtown Covington

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christmas in the country 2015-page-001Join the CBA, City of Covington and merchants and shops throughout downtown Covington for “Christmas in the Country”, every Saturday after Thanksgiving through Christmas, for shopping, food and fun! Look for special shopping events, live musicians, carolers, refreshments and door prizes. Shops are beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

Holiday shoppers can enjoy an old world shopping experience in a romantic holiday setting, while discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries. Shoppers will also find weekly specials and entertainment, especially within the tax-free shopping area of the Covington Cultural District, all sponsored by the Covington Business Association, Lee Lane Merchants, and Covington Downtown Economic Development.

Most shops are open 9am – 5pm Mon. – Sat., some open on Sundays.  Shoppers will enjoy taking a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the city’s award-winning restaurants and nightclubs.

Participating merchants on Lee Lane:  The French Mix, Bella Cucina, Turkoyz, Copper Rooster Antiques & Gifts, Coffee Rani, New Orleans Food & Spirits, California Drawstrings Northshore & Last Call, Gracie’s Salon & Boutique, Rutland Street Gallery and The English Tea Room.  Columbia Street:  Shoeffle, DeCouer, Olive Patch, History Antiques, Columbia Street Mercantile, Motif, Mo’s Art Supply, Grande Opus and Savoye Gallery.

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Belly Dance Classes Now at Our Place Studio

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Northshore Belly Dance OP-page-001Learn to Belly Dance! Vitality, sensuality, joy and lightheartedness are at the heart of this ancient art form. This fun, stress-relieving class will give you a basic belly dance introduction with a strong focus on movement, posture, and core awareness. Danced with the whole body, as well as the belly, it is a dance of grace and dignity!

Our Place StudioClasses are Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Our Place Studio, located at 338 N Vermont Street, Covington, Louisiana. www.opcovington.com