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Covington Weekly Holiday Issue: Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

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Covington Weekly would like to wish all of Covington a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We are celebrating this year with a special holiday two-week issue! We will resume our weekly schedule on January 2nd, 2014.  Remember to shop local by visiting our fantastic locally-owned business advertisers!

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Celebrating The Art Of The Christmas Carol – NPAS Christmas With The Music Of John Rutter

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NPAS Christmas Poster 2013The NPAS holiday concert this year features carols arranged by John Rutter. Born in London, Rutter was educated at Highgate School in England. Rutter received his training at Clare College, Cambridge. In 1981, Rutter founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works), particularly under his own label, Collegium Records. He resides at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and frequently conducts many choirs and orchestras around the world. This concert will include Rutter’s inspiring arrangements of your favorite carols, including “Joy to the World”, “Deck the Hall”, and “Silent Night”, in addition to Christmas carols you may be less familiar with such as “Dormi Jesu”, “Love Came Down at Christmas”, and the “Candlelight Carol”.

Presented by the Northlake Performing Arts Society (NPAS), the show will take place at the Greater Covington Center in the Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson Street, Covington on December 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

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History Antiques & Interiors is now carrying a lovely new line of candles by Blue Ridge Parkway! Carolina Mountains and Coastal scents make great holiday gifts and add a fragrant touch to your home! Stop by today, located at 317 N. Columbia Street in Historic Downtown Covington.

Therapeutic Touch Massage StudioTherapeutic Touch Massage – Give The Gift Of Wellness This Holiday Season

Therapeutic Touch Massage Studio is offering a special holiday deal this Saturday only of $10 off a 60 or 90 minute massage.  This is available in a gift card and can be ordered online at her website, Located in Covington Massage & Wellness Centre, 503 N. Columbia Street, Historic Downtown Covington.

Rosemary's ClosetVintage Christmas Albums At Rosemary’s Closet

Rosemary’s Closet is featuring holiday classics on LP’s & 45’s such as Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Songs,” “A Cabbage Patch Christmas” or “Christmas With Patti Page”.  Rosemary’s Closet has a fantastic selection of vintage clothing & accessories for women & men.  Get ready for a chilly winter with a one-of-a-kind coat or hat!  Located on the St. Tammany Trace off of Gibson Street & New Hampshire in Historic Downtown Covington!

Holistic Life Approach Gift BasketHoliday Gift Baskets From Holistic Life Approach

Karen Boudreaux, owner of Holistic Life Approach, is offering a Holiday Gift Basket featuring massage gift certificates and a Mother Earth Shoulder Triggerpoint Pillow. The pillow is meant to drape evenly over your shoulders offering therapeutic weight to gently relax all neck and shoulder muscles and create gentle acupressure on the tender points.  It can also be used as Hot & Cold therapy. Call or stop by 107 N. Theard Street in Downtown Covington, (right across from Aquistapace’s).

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Give The Gift Of Health This Holiday Season With Our Place Studio

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Our Place HolidaysOur Place Studio, located in downtown Covington, is offering some special holiday packages this year!  For Her, wrap up this package of a 30 minute private pilates session, 30 minute massage and a Torf Healing Mud Organic Body Wrap, all for $160 (originally $185). For Him, try a 30 minute private pilates session, 30 minute massage and an Organic Foot Scrub & Reflexology Treatment, originally $115, for $100!  Or give the gift that keeps on giving with the Massage Gift Pack – three 60-minute massage sessions for $150 (regular $195).  If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, Our Place is also offering A La Carte Healthy Holiday Gifts, such as a One Month Intro Membership With Unlimited Small Group Training for $65 (regular $75), a 90-Minute Nutritional Consultation With Personalized Plan for $125 (regular $150) or a Torf Healing Mud Organic Body Wrap (90-minute treatment) for $95 (regular $115).  Find out more about these great holiday specials by calling Our Place Studio at 985-875-1182 or stopping by at 338 N. Vermont Street. Learn more about Our Place by visiting

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Roy’s Knife & Archery: A Grind, But Never Dull

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Knife Sharpening on Premises

Knife Sharpening on Premises

Roy’s Knife & Archery Shop is open 6 days a week, plus Sundays through Christmas.  Knife sharpening, hunting and fishing supplies, outdoor and camping gear, plus Roy’s original hand carved figures! Get lost in the time capsule at Roy’s!

319 N. Columbia Street, Historic Downtown Covington

(985) 893-1060


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Tea Lovers Gift Basket At The English Tea Room

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English Tea Room Holiday Gift BasketThe perfect gift for the tea lover in your life! The English Tea Room has put together several beautiful gift baskets with various tea accessories such as mini tea sample jars for teas of your choosing from their selection of over 150 loose-leaf teas. Stop by today to view more of their Christmas retail items!

The English Tea Room is also serving Christmas High Tea anytime off of the menu during December!

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Scrubby Puppy Offers Full Service Grooming

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Scrubby PuppyThe Scrubby Puppy offers full grooming services for both dogs and cats that are a unique experience for you and your beloved pet.

The goal at Scrubby Puppy is to make your pet’s experience as stress free as possible.  Pets are not mass crated, and no crate dryers are used.  Animals are not kept waiting for long periods of time in a stressful environment.  The result is a fantastic, detailed, professional grooming and a happy pet! Call now to book for the holidays!  Holiday grooms include a festive bandana for your pet!

Good Dog NaturallyThe Scrubby Puppy is located inside Good Dog Naturally at 1027 Village Walk (just off Lee Lane) in Historic Downtown Covington.

Call for your appointment: (985) 871-5222

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Christmas In The Country – Shop Downtown Covington

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Christmas in the CountryJoin the Covington Business Association, City of Covington and businesses throughout Historic Downtown Covington for Christmas in the Country, starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing all the way through Christmas Eve!

Look for special shopping events, strolling musicians, carolers, refreshments and door prizes. Shops are beautifully decorated and glowing 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 original art 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 Monday through Saturday, 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.

For more information, visit

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Covington Rotary Club’s Feeding The Needy 2013

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Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary ClubIt is that time of year again when the Covington Rotary Club turns to the generous and faithful supporters of the Feeding the Needy program to ask for your time and assistance.  Each year the club delivers meals to families in need on Christmas.

The Club graciously asks for your help preparing the packages and delivering them. Once again St. Paul School has donated the use of their cafeteria where volunteers will work on December 23rd and 24th starting at 9 a.m. On Christmas morning volunteers should arrive at the cafeteria no later than 7:45 a.m. to deliver packages to the needy families. If you would like to register to work at the call center please sign in at  It is not necessary to register to work at the cafeteria.

For more information contact John Baldwin at

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The Annual Caroline Darby Memorial Toy’s For Tots Fund 2013

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The Annual Caroline Darby Memorial Toys For Tots Fund for 2013 is underway with the Covington Police Officer’s Recreation Association.  They are asking for the community to assist with the donation of new toys or monetary donations.   Help them in helping the underprivileged children in our area have a Merry Christmas.  Any donation is greatly appreciated.  The Covington Police Officer’s Recreation Association wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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Local Made Christmas Ornaments At STAA

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STAA Christmas ornamentsMember Artists have been busy at work creating delightful holiday ornaments to adorn your tree or give as a gift. These one of a kind decorations will make wonderful keepsakes. All ornaments are handmade, original work by member artists.  Ornaments are on sale now! Support our local artists and shop at STAA this holiday season.

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Golden Light Candles: Handmade Beeswax Candles By Mignon

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Hand-made Beeswax Candles by Mignon

Hand-made Beeswax Candles by Mignon

Golden Light Candles are meticulously crafted with the best locally sourced beeswax available on the Northshore. I choose cotton wicking, dipping it by hand, a few inches at a time, into a vat of heated beeswax. After cooling, they are threaded through wick retainers, measured and cut, dipped to grip the mold.

Each candle requires as many as seven stages! It is beautiful to watch the amber liquid slowly wax into a creamy rich tan or brown, or in the case of the olive oil mixed “butter” candles, light cream. Only food grade ingredients are used, often organic, and the herbs, spices, citrus rinds for the flavoured varieties, are simmered slowly, the wax kept as low a temperature as possible to keep the native raw honey properties, with minimal pre-filtering . . . Like the honeycomb itself, Golden Lights are of “edible quality”, but RESIST!

Beeswax should always be attended while it performs – cleaning the air and restoring negative ion charges.  There is a definite aura, a golden halo, unlike any other. The 100% beeswax is dense and will burn 2-5 times longer than other candles if the wicks are kept at 1/4 to 1/2 inch trims. The first burn should remain for two hours. Gently tip the wick into the wax pool to extinguish it.

One teaspoon takes a bee’s entire life to make. The maids of the Sun produce full-spectrum light with a unique aroma.

Available for the Season, at Sunshine Gardens Health Foods and a limited quantity at Springs of Life. Seasonal flavours include Grande Marnier (Satsuma/lemon rind and cardamom); Cinnamon; Christmas Spice; Rosemary/Orange-Sage, and my favourite, Myrrh. Advance Orders accepted.

Mignon (985) 809-4002 or

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Farmers Market Recipe: Roasted Radish

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Amethyst Radishes from Slice of Heaven Farm

Amethyst Radishes from Slice of Heaven Farm

1 bundle of radishes, halved

1 large carrot, cubed

2 yellow potato, cubed

radish greens, shredded

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

fresh thyme

a few sprigs of fresh rosemary

fresh cracked black peppercorn

kosher salt

fresh lemon juice

Cooking Instructions:

Roasting radishes really brings out the sweetness of this vegetable. In an oven-proof skillet, saute the vegetables, herbs (save some rosemary for garnish), salt and pepper in oil at a high heat for a few minutes, until they begin to brown a little.

Transfer this to the oven, preheated to 500 degrees. Bake for about 15 minutes, until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Now return the skillet back to the burners. Add a little butter to soften them back up, and stir in the radish greens over a low heat. Squeeze the juice from one lemon over the roasted veggies and serve immediately, with a sprig of rosemary as a garnish. This can be served over rice, as a meal or as a side.

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This Week At The Farmers Market By Charlene LeJeune

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Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Keith & Nealy Frentz displaying the Lola Deux Food Truck

Happy, happy Tuesday, friends! It hardly feels like December and that makes Wednesday a perfect day to sit out at the market, enjoy a lovely day of music and food and relax. After all, it’s just one week until Christmas and you look like you could use a break.  It’s hard to believe but this will actually be the LAST WEDNESDAY MARKET OF 2013! I know it will be difficult to make it through three whole weeks without a Wednesday market but we will at least have Saturdays to help us get by.
This is also the last Saturday before Christmas and we will have violinist, Madeline Hill, in the gazebo treating us to the lovely melodies of the season. So grab a steamy, delicious cup of java and enjoy the morning with us. Keith and Nealy Frentz will be there in the Lola Deux food truck with all kinds of deliciousness. My tent is close to the food truck and it’s always interesting to see how many orders of Parmesan Fries travel past on their way to putting a smile on someone’s face. (Too bad you can’t wrap them up; you’d have no trouble in checking off all the names on your gift list.)
Lolis Eric Elie, screenwriter and author, will be there as well, signing his new cookbook, Treme. Sounds like that would make a terrific gift. Some of you may remember Norma Jean who was one of the first vendors when the Covington Farmers’ Market opened its “doors”. If not, no worries. Norma Jean is back at the market with her nut patés – walnut, pecan, or almond. These guilt-free snack spreads have an absolutely amazing taste. Spread on celery, bok choy stems, or some of Lena’s crunchy toasted bread rounds, they’re a fantastic addition to your holiday table.
Like I said, it’s just one more week until Christmas and I hope you have all (or most) of your shopping done by now. If not, what better place to finish checking off your list than at the Market? This whole place is one giant gift for me…delightful friends; freshly baked breads; rich, gourmet coffee; nutrient-packed produce; grass-finished beef and pork; luscious fruit pies; sweet honey; spa-quality soaps, hand creams, and bath salts; ready-for-the-garden herbs, plants and trees; free range chicken; slammin’ salad dressings; plump, juicy ducks for roasting; decadent cheesecake; international delights from Turkey, Honduras and Korea; fruity jellies and jams; creamy goat cheeses, goat meat and lamb; fresh mushrooms, citrus, and juices; sinfully delicious nut brittles and gourmet chocolates; something special for your precious pet; incredible prepared foods; whoppin’ huge shrimp; and, if we’re lucky, Nick will have wild-caught catfish. (Whew! I’ll need a minute to catch my breath.)
Oh, my! Did I really forget to mention THE COOKIES???? Can’t forget those! It’s a little known fact but cookies have been proven to reduce stress and assist in task completion. (Trust me; I’ve made a careful study of this.) Market cookies work the best and any flavor will do – oatmeal raisin, orange almond biscotti, anise cookies, market cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate crinkles, wedding cookies, make-your-own cookie mixes….(I think I’ll need another minute.) Perhaps there is someone on your list who is terribly stressed out or just needs a smile (another benefit of my extensive study.)
We’re just jam-packed with great gift ideas…great food…great music…great people – yourself included! Join us; it wouldn’t be the same without you.  If I don’t get a chance to see you…have a very Merry Christmas!
Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

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

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Playmakers Theater Presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

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Playmakers Presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale – the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating – has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

Playmakers Theater presents this adaptation of the popular children’s book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” this weekend only. Show times are Friday December 13th and Saturday 14th at 8 pm, and Sunday December 15th at 2 pm. Admission is $8 per person. For more information call 985-893-1671 or visit:

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St. Tammany Art Association Presents “Icons: Personal Visions” Group Exhibition

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Icons: Personal Visions STAAThe St. Tammany Art Association presents ‘Icons:  Personal Visions’, an exciting new show on view December 14, 2013 through February 1, 2014.

Presented by STAA past president and longtime sponsor, Catherine Deano, the exhibit features artwork by regional artists: Jacqueline Bishop, Douglas Bourgeois, Alan Gerson, Jessica Goldfinch, Christopher Guarisco, John Hodge, Thomas Mann, Francie Rich, Leslie Staub and Monica Zeringue. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.

The extended exhibition is designed to open a dialogue on the concept of icons and iconography with its migration from the religious to the secular in contemporary art. Contemporary icon painting takes a broader, secular approach through influences of traditional icon imagery and processes, and is literally expressed by some but ambiguously approached by others. A series of interpretive elements, including the ubiquitous placement of a sculpture by Thomas Mann in locations around Covington, are designed to encourage discussion and awareness of art, history, imagery, and society in constantly evolving relationships.  All events are free and open the public. Please join us and bring your friends!

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“Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It” Group Exhibit At Three Rivers Gallery

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Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago, Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, Historic Downtown Covington

Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago, Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, Historic Downtown Covington

“We say things like these without thinking of the deeper meaning: “Johnny was a good boy today.” “Man, that cake was good!” “Yes, we all had a really good time at the party. “But what is goodness? Is it innocence or is it knowledge?  Or is it what you make it at the moment? Is it a qualifiable or quantifiable? The use of king cake babies expresses innocence and beauty, both imprisoned and free, while the wings signify the ability to escape and change. But is change goodness?  This group exhibit features artists Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago. Opening Saturday December 14th, 6 – 9 pm, and running through January 4th.

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Deck the Rails Free Children’s Event At The Covington Trailhead

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Deck the Rails & Lighting of the Trailhead 2013The City of Covington presents this free, open to the public Christmas children’s event.  Featuring a performance by Northshore Academy of Dance, Christmas caroling led by the Covington Boys & Girls Club, Santa’s arrival and an outdoor movie showing. For more information, contact the City of Covington’s Office of Cultural Arts & Events at or (985) 892-1873, or visit: