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Art Market This Saturday At Lee Lane

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The Art Markets are back beginning this Saturday, March 7, 2020. Stop by the new location on Lee Lane from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For some awesome art created by local artists.
Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters and sculptors are all encouraged to participate, vendor spaces are still available.

More information can be found on the Art House website at sttammany.art.
The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re out, you are encouraged to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market takes place from 8 a.m. To noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane.
The Art House is open 5 days a week, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. And Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 985-892-8650 or send an email to info@sttammany.art.

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Holiday Festival of Arts

The Holiday Festival of Arts takes place this Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Downtown Covington is the place to be December 7, 2019 as the town presents the third annual St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts. Eight hours. Two blocks. And something for everyone on your list. It’s a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and it’s taking place on Lee Lane.

The event will include more than 30 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories.

Admission to these events and more is free.

Covington, LA  – Make plans now to attend the Covington Heritage Foundation’s (CHF) annual History and Holly Home Tour, which will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-5 p.m. and this year – for the first time – will include two historic churches. This annual event has quickly become a Northshore holiday tradition.

Featured will be four beautiful homes in the W. 19th, W. 20th and Jefferson avenues area, Covington Presbyterian Church and St. Peter Catholic Church, which will feature music from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

History and Holly is being presented in cooperation with the City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts and Events. 

This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route (trams will also be available), touring the festively adorned homes and churches, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from a harpist and strolling carolers. In addition, there will be new Christmas cards and ornaments (by local artists Suzanne King and Jax Frey, respectively) available for purchase.

The tour will include the following stops: homes at 507 W. 20th Ave., 243 S. Jefferson Ave., 223 W. 19th Ave., and 323 W. 19th Ave., and Covington Presbyterian Church at 222 S. Jefferson Ave. and St. Peter Catholic Church at 125 E. 19th Ave.

Tickets are $20 each and are limited. They may be purchased at Braswell Drugs, Jefferson House, and the Southern Hotel or online at eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-and-holly-home-tour-2019-tickets-76841636403). Purchases at local retailers will include the required wristbands for tour home entry, and online tickets must be exchanged for required wristbands at Covington Presbyterian Church, tour headquarters, before starting the tour on event day.

For more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com or email covingtonheritagefoundation@gmail.com.

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The Holiday Season is here, and there is no shortage of things to do and people to see in Covington. The 9th Annual Feeding the Needy Luncheon takes place on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. At the Briggs Assembly Center at St. Paul’s School. The Covington Rotary Club presents this fundraiser which allows them to deliver more than 1,500 cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to area families in need on Christmas morning. Find out more: covrotary.org

Downtown Covington is the place to be December 7, 2019 as the town presents the third annual St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts. Eight hours. Two blocks. And something for everyone on your list. It’s a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and it’s taking place on Lee Lane.

The event will include more than 30 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories. Admission to these events is free. Hosted by the St. Tammany Art Association sttammany.art

Christmas Bingo at the Fuhrmann Auditorium Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Get into the Christmas spirit with Christmas Bingo: It’s Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, play for actual prizes in this uniquely interactive show. Vicki Quade, co-creator of the hit, Late Night Catechism, will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick’s origins and where candy canes come from.

OnStage at the Fuhrmann brings the Christmas Bingo performance to you on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and can be purchased at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire or City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. And 4:30 p.m. Also, you can order online: bontempstix.com
Tickets are on sale now.
“You will be engaged by this show’s unique interactive approach that involves a bingo game with real prizes. It is going to be fun and entertaining with all the hilarity that Quade ensues,” Aimee Faucheaux, Director of Cultural Arts & Events. More Info: 985-892-1873

Please join the Covington Heritage Foundation for its annual History and Holly Home Tour, which this year – for the first time – will include two historic churches! This annual event has quickly become a northshore holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss. Featured will be four beautiful homes in the W. 19th, W. 20th and Jefferson avenues area, Covington Presbyterian Church, and St. Peter Catholic Church, which will feature music from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route (trams will also be available), touring the festively adorned homes and churches, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from a harpist and strolling carolers. In addition, there will be new Christmas cards and ornaments (by local artists Suzanne King and Jax Frey, respectively) available for purchase.

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New Addition To Ox Lot Parking In Covington

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Unique to Covington’s downtown business district, the original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce.  Farmers would bring their ox-drawn carts to town loaded with wares and conduct business in these designated center block locations.  Traditionally called “ox lots” and largely responsible for Covington’s designation as a national historic district, today’s use provides free public off-street parking for downtown visitors and employees.     covla.com

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Preparing a City-owned property for a new, public parking lot on Gibson St near Lee Lane. This will add 18-20 additional parking spaces for business and restaurant patrons in downtown Covington when opened in the very near future! – Mayor Mike Cooper

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Keep It Local!

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Keep It Local in Historic Downtown Covington for unique and personalized gifts this shopping season.  From hand carved figurines at Roy’s Knife & Archery to hand made jewelry at Shop Soul Boutique, a selection of 200 loose teas at The English Tea Room & Eatery or a wall to wall selection of eclectic gifts at Zita’s, Covington is home to a great variety of friendly retailers.
Columbia Street shopping features clothing and shoes for women and children (The Olive Patch, Shouffle, Columbia Street Mercantile), hardware/outdoor gear, art supplies (H.J. Smith & Sons, Roy’s Knife & Archery, Mo’s Art Supply), plus the dining!  Gift certificates are available at most of your favorite restaurants, share the love.
Lee Lane once again presents “Christmas in the Country,” beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing every Saturday through December, featuring shopping, food and fun!  Look for live music, refreshments, sales, and more.  All the shops will be beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

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Covington Weekly is thankful for our great advertisers that span retail, professional services, restaurants, clubs and more.  Be sure to visit them this holiday season and support them, because they are the heart of our town.
The English Tea Room & Eatery, Rosemary’s Closet and Brooks’ Bike Shop are a few of our longstanding business partners, don’t miss the Tea Room’s sale, a couple of columns over!  The Green Room and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe consistently bring some of the best live music and entertainment to the downtown area, and Rock N Blues is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday.  Jewel’s Cigar and Briar is a great stop for conversation and more, now featuring specials on Rocky Patel lighters.

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Many of our local businesses offer Gift Certificates as well. This holiday season, give the gift of pizza by purchasing a Colonna’s Pizzeria Gift Certificate for that pizza lover on your list.  It also makes a good gift for yourself after a long day of shopping!    colonnaspizzeria.com

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Our Place Studio is offering some great holiday specials for those looking to get an early start on their New Year’s Resolutions.

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Zita’s in Covington, and now in Mandeville, will give 10% off purchases with the coupon on the back of the page.  Go paperless!  Bring the picture in on your phone also!

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Miss Ellanea’s Notions: Now Featuring Poetry Box

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Miss Ellanea’s Notions: A Little Shop in Covington, tucked inside 205 Lee Lane, is sponsoring a Poetry Box Window. Stop by to read poems of local and visiting poets, as well as poets of days gone by.  Copies of posted poems are available inside the front room in an official Poetry Box, until it is set up outside.  Miss Ellanea’s Notions is located inside Cottage Antiques, at the corner of Lee Lane and Rutland St.  Be sure to visit King George’s while you are there!   985-892-7995

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Christmas in the Country Continues This Saturday

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Join 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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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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Christmas in the Country – Shop Local Event Every Saturday in Downtown Covington

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Join 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, music and fun!
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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“Christmas in the Country” Begins Friday on Lee Lane & Columbia Street

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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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Lee Lane Martini Contest & Whimmsey Shoppe During Spring for Art 2015

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The popular Mix Masters’ Martini Contest returns to Lee Lane during Spring For Art 2015, sponsored by A Taste Of Covington! Sample unique martinis created by local bartenders and amateur mixologists. The Martini Contest takes place at the 200 block of Lee Lane at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the classic jazzy tunes of Steppin’ Up while you sip and shop! Right around the corner on Rutland, you’ll find The Whimmsey Shoppe, featuring artwork by Aaryn Crews, Lu Griffin-Tucker, Nancy Wolf-Kimberly and Valree Berle. 985-400-5791

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Live Music During Spring for Art In Downtown Covington

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S4A15musicLive music on the streets includes (clockwise, top right) Steppin’ Up on the 200 block of Lee Lane, Timothy Achan Gates on the 400 block of Gibson, Sharon Schech Band on the 500 block of Columbia, and the Rick Samson Project on the 200 block of Columbia.

Other special events during Spring for Art 2015 include Musical Masterpieces – the artsy version of musical chairs – sponsored by Painting with a Twist from 6:30 – 7:30 on Columbia Street, Live Theater by Playmakers and 30 by Ninety Theater, and art demonstrations by Grayhawk Perkins and Alligator Clay Mobile.

Check our other articles to learn more about Spring for Art happenings, or visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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Christmas In The Country – Saturday Festivities On Lee Lane Until Christmas

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Christmas In The CountryChristmas in the Country is a month long Holiday Shop Local Initiative that began on Lee Lane and is spreading out through Covington’s Historic Downtown. Start off with a cup of coffee and a pastry from Coffee Rani, then enjoy mimosas from Acquistapace’s, scones from The English Tea Room and live music, all along Lee Lane! Participating businesses include The French Mix, Gracie’s Boutique & Salon, The Copper Rooster, Cottage Antiques, Welcome Home & Garden, and many more. The Craft Fair at Lee Lane will also be taking place from 1 – 4 pm at the corner of Lee Lane and Walker Alley with various craft vendors, face painting, kids activities and art demos. Check here for more details, and Shop Local This Holiday Season!

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Craft Fair at Lee Lane – Crafts, Demos, Kid’s Activities, Live Music & More Every Saturday Until Christmas

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Craft Fair flier 11-29-14Every Saturday until Christmas, in conjunction with “Christmas In The Country”, the Craft Fair at Lee Lane features local craft artists and vintage collectors, along with live music by local musicians and art demonstrations. This Saturday we are proud to feature local historian/musician/craftsman Grayhawk Perkins with a wood carving demo and children’s story telling, and a live art collaborative demo with local artists Sara Craig (with Metal & Earth Design) and Jessica DeVun! Other vendors for this Saturday include Golden Light beeswax candles, Rosemary’s Closet with vintage records, local author Amy Gates signing copies of her children’s book “Pierre & the Petite Guardian Gator”, hemp jewelry, homemade wreaths, stationary, and many more!

The market is held in The English Tea Room’s Walker Alley Tea Garden, on the corner of Lee Lane and Walker Alley from 1 – 4 pm every Saturday until Christmas.  If you are a craft artist or vintage collector and would like to participate in one or more markets please contact Chelsea at 985-288-9609.

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“Christmas In The Country” Begins This Weekend With Shop Local Saturday

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Christmas In The CountryChristmas in the Country is a month long Holiday Shop Local Initiative that began on Lee Lane and is spreading out through Covington’s Historic Downtown. Start off with a cup of coffee and a pastry from Coffee Rani, then enjoy mimosas from Acquistapace’s, scones from The English Tea Room and live music, all along Lee Lane! Participating businesses include The French Mix, Gracie’s, The Copper Rooster, Cottage Inn Antiques, Welcome Home & Garden, and many more. The Craft Fair at Lee Lane will also be taking place from 1 – 4 pm at the corner of Lee Lane and Walker Alley with various craft vendors, kids activities and art demos. Check here for more details, and Shop Local This Holiday Season!

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Shop Local – Gifts for the Holidays at The French Mix

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The French Mix Christmas 2014Visit the French Mix on Lee Lane in historic downtown Covington for contemporary home furnishing, local art, hand made pottery, gift items and accoutrements. Offering beautiful professional gift wrapping all holiday season! 228 Lee Lane in historic downtown Covington, Monday through 10 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sundays 11 am – 3 pm.

Check out their newly updated website! www.shopthefrenchmix.com
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Craft Fair On Lee Lane Every Saturday, Presented By The English Tea Room And Covington Weekly

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Craft Fair on Lee LaneThe Craft Fair at Lee Lane will continue this weekend, running every Saturday through December 20th for the entirety of Covington’s “Christmas In The Country,” which officially begins the weekend after Thanksgiving. The market is held in The English Tea Room’s Walker Alley Tea Garden, on the corner of Lee Lane and Walker Alley.

The Craft Fair features local craft artists and vintage collectors, along with live music by local musicians and art demonstrations. Every Saturday presents new vendors and activities! If you are a craft artist or vintage collector and would like to participate in one or more markets please contact Chelsea at 985-288-9609.

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Poetry Boxes Pop Up Around Downtown Covington – Local Artists Get Involved In Community Project

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(l-r) Poetry boxes in downtown Covington: Covington Farmer's Market decorated by Dave Kelsey, Brooks' Bike Shop decorated by Kama Logan, Our Place Studio decorated by Jodie Flowers

Poetry boxes in downtown Covington (l-r): at Covington Farmer’s Market decorated by Dave Kelsey, at Brooks’ Bike Shop decorated by Kama Logan, at Our Place Studio decorated by Jodie Flowers

The increasingly popular poetry boxes have created quite a buzz in downtown Covington – new boxes are popping up everywhere! In addition to the boxes on Lee Lane at The English Tea Room’s Walker Alley Tea Garden, the Trace in front of Brooks’ Bike Shop and at Tripolo Gallery, poetry boxes are now at Center of Performing Arts, St. John’s Coffeehouse, the St. Tammany Art Association, Our Place Studio, and at the location of the Covington Farmer’s Market. All boxes contain local poetry, and many have been decorated by local artists. Please send submissions & requests for boxes to:  covweekly@media9productions.com

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The English Tea Room Sponsors Walker Alley Tea Garden Crafts & Collectables Market

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Walker Alley Tea Garden Crafts & Collectables MarketThis weekend marks the first in a series of six craft and vintage collectable markets to take place in the new “Walker Alley Tea Garden” on the corner of historic Lee Lane & Walker Alley, presented by The English Tea Room and Covington Weekly. Come out and enjoy local craft art, craft demos, live music and treats, and peruse the fabulous shops down Lee Lane! The market will debut this Saturday, November 15th, 1 – 4 pm during the Three Rivers Art Festival, and continue every Saturday through December 20th.

For more information about the Walker Alley Tea Garden Crafts & Vintage Collectables Market contact Chelsea Cochrane at (985) 288-9609 or cccochrane375@gmail.com.

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Call to Craft Artists: Local Crafts & Collectables Market Looking for Vendors

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Craftspersons wanted for a local crafts & collectibles market presented by The English Tea Room to be held every Saturday starting Three Rivers Festival weekend (Nov. 15th) through December 20th, 1 – 4 pm on historic Lee Lane in downtown Covington. Booths are $30 per market, or $150 for full 6 weeks. Craftspersons who are able to do demonstrations will get one free booth rental. For more information, contact Chelsea at (985) 288-9609 or cccochrane375@gmail.com.