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Downtown Covington Block Party This Friday

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Friday Night Block PartyDowntown Covington’s monthly block party takes place this Friday evening. Stroll down Columbia and Boston to see classic and antique cars line the streets. Enjoy fine and casual dining downtown at any one of Covington’s noted eating establishments.

Reservations recommended for The Ox Lot, Mac’s on Boston, Del Porto, Toad Hollow and Lola, walk-ins welcome at New Orleans Food & Spirits, Vasquez, Buster’s Place, Columbia Street Rock ‘N Blues, The Tap Room and The Seiler Bar.

Live music at the Green Room with Street Parade during the Block Party and Davy Crockett and the Wild Frontier beginning at 10 p.m.

Columbia St. Rock ‘N Blues Café features Rock It Productions for the Block Party with the Bass Wagon out front with DVJ Hollywood After Hours!

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“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” This Weekend Only at COPA

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Cast from left to right: Brittany Roy, Farrah Daws, Kelsey Binder, Madison Paulus and Charlsea Jochum

Cast from left to right: Brittany Roy, Farrah Daws, Kelsey Binder, Madison Paulus and Charlsea Jochum

Center Of Performing Arts presents the farcical romp “5 Lesbians Eating Quiche”. Set in 1956, the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is meeting for their annual quiche breakfast.

However, this year there is an unexpected agenda item – the dropping of atom bombs on their fair city. This normally idyllic gathering is upended when the Society’s matriarchs must confront some startling revelations made by the Sisterhood while meeting the fallout from the Red Menace head on.

Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town? This uproariously funny satire looks at melodramatic fears during the Cold War and today. Show runs August 28th, 29th, & 30th at 7 pm. Tickets and more information at:

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Playmakers Opens First Play of Its 60th Season Next Weekend

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playmakersslighthitchPlaymakers Theater announces the first cast of it’s 60th season for the production of the comedic farce- “One Slight Hitch” by Lewis Black, opening on Sept. 4th, and runs for 3 weekends.

The cast is as follows: Ken Richard, Lynn Larson-Ruffin, Earl Mylie, Maggie Kelleen, Leah Richards, Stephanie Smith, & Jacob Mendow. Directed by Anysia M. Genre.

It’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose.

The show runs Sept. 4th – 20th (except the 6th) on Fri. & Sat. at 8 P.M. & Sun. at 2 P.M.. Adult tickets are $20 & student tickets are $10. Please call to reserve: (985)893-1671 or visit

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Welcome to the Resiliency Games by Timothy Gates, CW Correspondent

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Did you know that the Federal Government made a game out of Natural Disaster Recovery and Preparation? You should, because you are a player. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders, the National Disaster Resilience Competition was announced by the White House in June of last year.

The competition touts nearly $1 billion in available funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, identifying the ability of communities to recover from recent disasters as well as rebuild better and stronger for the future. According to the website:

“It will allow them (the communities) to engage local stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations and the philanthropic sector to protect their own communities from the impacts of climate change by enhancing resilient infrastructure, building on sound science, and deploying innovative approaches to investments.”

An unfortunate truth regarding the above statement is that it is observed in this parish that the recipient groups which fit this description locally are not accountable to the public, and choose to plan and initiate “projects” whether the public approves or not (or even knows at all).

Instead of public conversation, articles like “Why Didn’t New Orleans Bury Its Powerlines After Katrina?” appear on The NOLA article reveals that it is not cost effective for Entergy, and customer rates would increase. Haven’t they heard the old saying, “you’ve got to spend money to make money”? Wait, that’s only for suckers.

With hundreds of millions of federal taxpayer dollars at stake, every single thing imaginable, from beignets to buried power lines, will become Resilient. Resiliency will be the new State of Being. Resiliency: It’s the way to be! This feels like scripting for a reality show.

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When the issue of Sophisticated Woman with Councilman Reid Falconer on the cover was released in June 2015, confusion set in first, then understanding. This concept was an episode of Parks & Recreation that I watched with Chelsea several months prior, in which Ron Swanson was chosen for a Woman of the Year award, to Leslie Knope’s dismay. Cute idea, but it gives rise to the unsettling reality that if the parish is reaching that far for material, perhaps we are watching things unravel in real time.

resiliencygames-page-001In furtherance of this train of thought, consider varied geographic locations across the country (districts, if you will) that experienced crippling disasters, competing with each other based on their own ability to recover from said disasters and prevent against future disasters for a monetary prize (hundreds of millions of dollars), all while struggling to survive a flailing economy, increasing taxes and a rising cost of living. I’ve seen that movie, and it wasn’t called the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Not that there’s anything wrong with resiliency, or for that matter, competition.

It’s just that taxpayer money is being used as a Prize in a Competition of communities who are still recovering from disasters. A “survival of the fittest,” competitive mentality does not correspond to the situation of natural disaster and economic recovery, nor does it lend itself to a realistic discussion of disaster and economic recovery.

Let the Resiliency Games begin, and may the odds always be in your favor.

Timothy Gates can be reached at

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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Pancetta Wrapped Peaches on the Grill

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Inspired by fresh local ingredients in season at the Covington Farmer’s Market

You may want to double up on this mouth watering recipe – it will have you going back for seconds, and thirds! Be sure to grab fresh peaches, goat cheese, and jelly from your local farmer’s market!

5 – 6 slices of pancetta, cut into 2″ wide strips

peach2 medium peaches, pitted and cut into ¼ inch wedges

Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper

Local hot pepper jelly

Local goat cheese

12 – 15 large basil leaves

prepared wooden grilling skewers

Extra virgin olive oil

Heat your grill to medium heat.

Lay out the pancetta strips on a flat surface. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on each peach wedge and place at the end of each strip of pancetta. Spread about a tablespoon of pepper jelly on each wedge, top with about a tablespoon of goat cheese. Cover with a basil leaf and press down lightly. Wrap gently with the pancetta, and secure on a skewer – you can fit a few on a skewer, but leave some space between them. Drizzle with olive oil and grill for 3 – 5 minutes on each side, until pancetta begin to brown. Remove from skewers and let cool a few minutes before serving. Alternatively, this recipe can be sauteed on a stove top. Enjoy!

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

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Covington Farmers Market picHowdy, friends! Great news! I checked the weather channel and it appears there is a glorious day of sunshine for Market Day tomorrow. We’ve got lots of great food for you to enjoy so come out and join us. Kandi and Joe will be back tomorrow for all of you who have been craving their crunchy shrimp and cream cheese rolls. Take a container of Nanette’s white bean and kale soup back to work to counteract off those icy offices – not to mention put a smile on your face. Jeff’s pulled pork, mac n cheese, and cole slaw will make your day…or your evening. And if you have leftover pork (or get enough to make sure you do) Eddie and Mr. Houston both have some great squashes that would love to be stuffed. Not to be outdone, Frankie is teasing me with temptations of the raspberry cream cheese pinwheel pastries she plans to have tomorrow.

Alex Owens and John Eubanks will provide our musical entertainment on Saturday in the gazebo that used to be under the oak tree. That’s right. The old oak tree, the regal guardian of the Farmers’ Market and the Police Department, has been felled. I wasn’t there for the “event” but I hope there was some sort of acknowledgement for its life of service. We have certainly enjoyed the shade and comfort provided by this faithful giant. So as you grab your coffee, raise a toast to the fallen and prepare to commemorate events that took place here 10 years ago that no one wants to celebrate. But celebrate we should because none of us were untouched by Katrina’s wrath, but together we have rebuilt our city and helped to heal those scars. With that in mind, we offer a New Orleans favorite with a twist – Pastalaya – prepared by our very own J.R. Bardwell. Thanks, J.R.!

Now, even though it’s almost too hot for anything but swimming, our produce vendors still have a lovely selection of veggies. Evangeline sweet potatoes lined Nick’s tables with hot peppers, heirloom eggplant, okra and lemongrass filling in the spaces. On Mr. Houston’s table, there are bell peppers, Cumshaw squash, okra, eggplant and great white and yellow stuffing squashes. Eddie’s tables are laden with okra, banana peppers, squash, and eggplant (and, if you’re lucky, Karen made some cookies.)

Now over in the Bardwell’s “camp”, you’ll find tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, potatoes, and green beans. And Nancy tells me the Bartletts will be back with okra, red potatoes, and gorgeous sunflowers. I love to see those smiling blooms across the market from me.

If you haven’t tried any of Enten Farms’ Meaux Mustard, I have it on good authority that Blueberry Meaux Mustard  makes an amazing rub for chicken or pork tenderloin. That sounds soooo delish. Check out the fare at Norma Jean’s. She has a creamy jalapeño cheese dip that my friends gave a high thumbs-up. You’ll also find her dish of the month – a spinach wrap spread with garlic mayo then filled with fresh spinach, avocado, boiled egg, and tomato. So, why don’t you come and spend the morning with us. It will definitely put another smile on your face.

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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Sunset at the Landing – Free Outdoor Concert on the River This Friday

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sunsetlanding82115Historic Columbia Street Landing is home to the Sunset At The Landing Concert series, brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank and the Covington Farmer’s Market! This series brings some of the region’s best rising and established bands to downtown Covington, for free. The show August 21 features Beware of Bear, The Telegraph Salesmen, and The Bandicoots. All you have to do is bring your chair or blanket, picnic and drinks, and you’re all set to have an evening of great music and friends down by the river.

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KCB Announces Annual River Sweep on the Bogue Falaya – September 19th

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kcb river sweepKeep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring its annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter clean-up on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 19th. KCB will partner with the City of Covington and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Beach Sweep. This event is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.

KCB invites volunteers to bring their canoes & kayaks to the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch at 8:00 a.m. KCB will provide trash bags, gloves & litter grabbers. Paddlers will collect litter in & along the river from the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge & back. Personal flotation devices are required for all paddlers. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver before participating in the event. Signature of parent or guardian is required for youth under the age of 18, or if part of a group, by the organization’s authorized adult sponsor.

Volunteers will also pick up litter at the boat launch and other locations where litter accumulates or enters the river, ending at Bogue Falaya Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with signing in the volunteers at the boat launch, with setting up the picnic and with helping paddlers unload their catch at the park.

Paddlers and volunteers interested in helping with the clean-up are asked to sign up by September 14th by contacting KCB at 985-867-3652 or email to A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available. They will be assigned as paddlers sign up. Event day volunteers & paddlers are always welcome but canoe/kayak availability cannot be guaranteed. Free Beach Sweep event t-shirts will be available in various sizes for the first (50) volunteers to sign in at the event. All volunteers and paddlers are invited to a picnic at Bogue Falaya Park small pavilion following the clean-up. Prizes will be given for the largest item and the most unusual item collected on the river.

As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off. The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character. Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!

To become a member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, located at the Covington Recreation Complex, visit In addition to the nature trail, Keep Covington Beautiful’s other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day tree give-away, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities.


The Transparent Parish Government by Timothy Achan Gates, Correspondent

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While the public has called for better representation and more oversight of local government on the parish level, the current response is to provide more insulation from the public. Transparency rules the day once again.

With former ADA Julie Knight’s departure from the new administration at the St. Tammany Parish D.A.’s Office, Warren Montgomery is moving forward on outstanding cases. The Parish Council subsequently voted to remove the D.A.’s Office as legal counsel (for the Council). The only “No” vote was Councilman Jacob Groby.

This type of oversight is one of the necessary balances in local government and an action to remove it gives rise to conflicts of interest and favored contracts, such as certain situations observed during the D.A.’s race involving the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes and Knight.

The fact that the Parish Council is attempting to distance itself from the D.A.’s Office may be completely unrelated to Knight’s departure, regardless of timing. A poorly directed decision by Councilman Tanner, it does reveal little confidence in Montgomery’s administration.

GotEthicsNewBlurring The Lines Even More With The STPEDF

Enter the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation, which is confusing enough as it exists. The EDF is a private, not-for-profit foundation that works with the Parish Economic Development Office on projects in that regard. Some of the agreements managed by the EDF involve state and federal dollars, but the organization is not accountable to the public, or to the Parish Council for that matter.

One example is a lawyer who represents an organization (say, the EDF) in a legal capacity, and also sits on the board of that same organization. Rather than address the conflict, the solution is to draft legislation that provides specific exemption to State Ethics Laws.

A larger example would be the questions raised by District 7 representative Jake Groby with regard to the Folger’s Plant bond issue (involving the EDF), which to this writer’s knowledge have not been adequately addressed. CW’s involvement with that particular issue included a published response to a Tammany West article addressing the situation, which also lacked acknowledgment.

Recently, St. Tammany Parish Government announced that S. Michele Blanchard-Airey was appointed to fill the vacant District 13 Chair on the Parish Council. Blanchard is also a board member of the Economic Development Foundation. This presents a very clear conflict of interest as the Parish Council often votes on proposals presented to them by the Parish Economic Development Office, which represents the Economic Development Foundation in such proposals. In effect, Blanchard could potentially vote on matters concerning an organization of which she is a sitting board member. That the Parish would continue to pursue obvious conflicts such as this indicate a reluctance to present a proper representational government, much less an actual democratic process.

Perhaps this view is off-mark, and Blanchard is there to usher in a new era of accountability by presenting details of EDF activities to the public. Indeed, stranger things have happened. Councilwoman Blanchard will meet with her constituents August 31st in Slidell. (see

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Annual Hoops for Kids Tournament Raises Funds for Boys & Girls Club This Year

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hoops4kidzThis year, State Representative John Schroder and the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana are partnering for the 3rd Annual Hoops for Kids Tournament in Covington, LA. In conjunction with the City of Covington and Tournament Sponsor, Chevron, the objective this year is to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club in Covington. Last year was an absolute success with over 30 teams, 200 kids, and ensuring that the basketball courts at Rev. Peter Atkins Park in Covington, LA were refurbished and covered!

On Saturday, September 5, 2015  Hoops for Kids will again host a premier 3 on 3 boys and girls, Junior High and High School Basketball Tournament at the newly covered basketball courts at Rev. Peter Atkins Park.

The tournament will have four divisions: Boys Senior and Junior; Girls Senior and Jr. Teams will consist of 4 players. The registration fee is $20 per team. Registration includes a jersey. For more information visit


August is National Water Quality Month

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Emphasizing how interlinked water systems are, the Audubon Society points to the dangers of runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and people’s personal yards:

“Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe. And, consider that about half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important.”

The Environmental Protection Agency, which reports that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer water quality problems, has a detailed watershed database, which allows users to locate which watershed they live in and learn about how polluted it is and what actions they can take to protect their regional water quality.

animas4Recently an EPA contractor, working under the direction of the EPA, pierced a dam releasing toxins into the Animas River in Colorado. The site may or may not become a Superfund site. (Wall Street Journal)

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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Eggplant Okra Creole

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Inspired by fresh local ingredients in season at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Seared eggplant and corn add a twist to this classic creole okra dish – grab them all fresh at the farmer’s market!

  • 1 bunch of small eggplants, cubed with skins
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 pint of okra, sliced in ¼ in rounds
  • 4 creole tomatoes, or pint of cherry tom., chopped
  • 1 ear of corn, shucked
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup or more vegetable broth
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 2 toes of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp each dried basil, parsley, sea salt
  • 1 tsp (or more to taste) cayenne pepper


Put the cubed eggplant in a colander and sprinkle heavily with salt. Allow to drain for at least 30 min. Strain slightly, rinse and pat dry.

Meanwhile, in a medium soup pot, add the okra, tomatoes, corn, celery & bay leaf to a ½ cup of broth and cook covered on medium low.

In a large sauce pan, heat 2 tbs of oil. Add in the eggplant slowly and sear to a golden brown on all sides.

Add in the onions, garlic & spices. Cover and let cook for a few minutes.

Add this to the okra and tomatoes in the soup pot. Raise the temperature to medium and cover, Cook for about 10 more minutes.

A little more broth may need to be added. Can be served by itself or over rice. Enjoy!

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

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rooster+vintage+image+graphicsfairy007aWhat a lovely Tuesday, friends! The sun is smiling with light breezes blowing and it will probably rain later. But, rain or shine, we will be at the Market and we have a covered pavilion, tempting delights, our fabulous Market Band. So just come and relax and enjoy a good meal.

I reminded Nanette of a delicious chowder that she had made last year – summer squash & corn chowder – and it is on the menu for tomorrow. Yesss! Unfortunately, Kandy and Joe will not be at the market this week but we will have them back next week. Good thing ’cause I’ve been looking forward to the noodle salad with lemongrass chicken. Jeff will have his famous pulled pork along with cole slaw and firecracker potatoes. And for dessert, an old fashioned banana pudding from Frankie. I could get lost in days like this!

eggplant-harvestIt will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else especially since I wasn’t here last week). The Three Rivers Cooperative will get us started with ooodles of tunes dancing from the gazebo. Pat Lester will park his food truck on Columbia Street ready to dazzle us with a special treat. Since I was out last Saturday, I had my protege “emailer in training”, Ignacio, do a little scoping out of the goodies to be had this week. I think he did a magnificent job!

Hot Tamale Mama has MUSHROOMS IN PARMESAN CREAM WITH CRAWFISH AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE.  (I’ve had this myself and it is scrumptious! – cl) and  Chicken and Andouille Gumbo which is a cajun stew that is good on rice. She also has a Classic Lasagna with ground chuck, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Bechac’s has BEEF JERKEY for $5. (Delicious by itself or cut up in a salad – cl)

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, and Milky mushroom

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, and Milky mushroom

James has MILKY MUSHROOMS which he says are really dense and portabella-like. They would be good in soup, and good to sauté with onions and garlic. (These, or his oyster mushrooms, will wonderful sautéed with my Magical Mushroom Tour seasoning and roasted chicken from James. P.S. you’ll have to do the roasting – cl)

Sam will have SPROUTED HONEY ROASTED PEANUT BUTTER next week. (You should see Robin or Althee for some outstanding jelly to go with that. Come to think of it, you’ll need bread too – Lena, Susie, or Crystal… aaaah, the perfect peanut butter sammie -cl.)

Bear Creek Road's August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S'Mores Ice Box Pie

Bear Creek Road’s August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S’Mores Ice Box Pie

Jubilee farms has PLENTY OF FRESH PORK SAUSAGE: CAJUN, HOT ITALIAN, AND GREEN ONION. (Any of these are perfect on the grill! – cl)

Bartlett Farms said that they would have some new Fall produce in September. Also, the bread lady (Windfield Farms) who is right across from us said that she will have new fall breads soon.

As you can see, I’m not the only one who thinks the Farmers’ Market offerings are the best. You can have all this goodness for yourself but….you have to be here to enjoy it!

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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Covington’s White Linen Night This Saturday Celebrates the Arts Community

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White Linen NightHistoric Downtown Covington’s second annual White Linen Night will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from six to nine in the evening. The event is community-organized and paid for by the generous contributions of local business owners with the net proceeds donated to the Public Art for Covington Fund.

The Public Art for Covington Fund is a non-profit fund administered through the Northshore Community Foundation. The mission of this charitable endeavor is to place art in Covington that reflects the rich history and culture of the city, to reflect and reinforce Covington’s reputation and standing as an artist’s community.

Participating restaurants, bars and retail shops have agreed to donate ten percent of their sales for the night to the fund or have donated a fee towards covering the costs of decorations and publicity for the event. Some highlights of the event include: live projection art projects around town, including an interactive light painting and a projection and musical piece honoring the work of Walker Percy in the Southern Hotel’s courtyard; the inaugural Trailhead Art Market; a featured Pimms Cup cocktails at participating bars and restaurants; live music in the streets.
See more at the White Linen Night Facebook page.

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Participating Businesses in Covington’s White Linen Night This Saturday

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Covington’s White Linen Night offers 40 different unique stops throughout downtown, featuring participating businesses, art galleries, live music and live art events. For full list of businesses, visit the White Linen Night Facebook page. Some of the White Linen Night participating businesses include:Rosemary's Closet - Shop Local

Rosemary’s Closet, featuring The English Tea Room

Rosemary’s Closet will be open for White Linen night, featuring light refreshments provided by the English Tea Room. Rosemary’s Closet is located right on the Trace at 410 N. New Hampshire. Look for the Lady in White!

History Antiques & InteriorsHistory Antiques & Interiors on Columbia Street

History Antiques features 20% off all linen in the store for White Linen Night! See their selection of LowCountry Linens in stock along with a curated selection of antiques, including chests, desks, chairs tables, art, accessories and much more. History Antiques & Interiors is located at 317 N. Columbia Street, right across the street from the St. Tammany Art Association. Lisa Wilson of History Antiques is also participating in STAA’s exhibit “Other Voices, Other Rooms”.

"Déraciné Series: #3 Quiescent 16x20" oil on canvas, Morgan Cameron

“Déraciné Series: #3 Quiescent 16×20” oil on canvas, Morgan Cameron

Tripolo Gallery Features New Works by Gallery Artists

Tripolo Gallery, located at 323 North Columbia Street, also across the street from STAA, features new work by Morgan Cameron, along with various other stunning gallery artists including Barry Thomas, Paula Blackwell, Tracey Davis, Donna Landry Duffy, Jean-Louis Deal, Steve Hasslock, Ken Tate, Craig McMillin and Michael Zavison.

Brooks’ Bike Shop, Art Market at the Covington Trailhead

Brooks’ Bike Shop is located on the Trace, right next to Rosemary’s Closet, and will also be open Saturday for White Linen Night. Brooks’ Bike Shop features repair, new and used sales, accessories, maintenance, rental and more, along with local photography and art.

trailheadclocktowerOne of Covington’s newest additions, Smoke BBQ, will be offering “smoke snacks” for White Linen Night at the Covington Trailhead Market from 6 – 9 p.m. Enjoy a variety of artwork and live entertainment.

shopsoulferalfemmeartFeral Femme Art at Shop Soul Boutique

Shop Soul Boutique at 529 E Boston Street features the works of Feral Femme Art for White Linen Night, along with local and regional artists, and the most fab outfits and accessories in town.

Linda Shelton

Linda Shelton

The Overby Gallery Features New Artists

The Overby Gallery would like to introduce artists Linda Shelton, Brad Smith and Amy Finch to the gallery! You’ll also find original work by James Overby, Ray Rouyer and John Goodwyne. The Overby Gallery is located at 529 N. Florida Street. Stop in the gallery for White Linen Night and enjoy light refreshments and music, just one block over and up from the St. Tammany Art Association.

Rutland Street Gallery Features Local Artists


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STAA Opens “Other Voices, Other Rooms” Saturday for White Linen Night

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STAA Roy Pfister other voices other rooms 8-12-15The St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition “Other Voices, Other Rooms” opening Saturday, August 15 with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m during Covington White Linen Night.

The exhibit will feature the combination of period antiques and decorative accessories in concert with the impressionistic artwork of nationally recognized artist, Roy Pfister. Fine furniture of a different time and place carries the voices of the past into rooms accentuated with the vibrancy of paintings to create a harmony for life today. Through the vignettes assembled for the exhibit, the furniture of History Antiques & Interiors paired with the paintings of Pfister create a “voice” for the expression of the beauty of form and function. Live music provided by Timothy Achan Gates.

Roy Pfister’s art style has been likened to impressionistic realism with a traditional approach. Although he specializes in graphite, pastel and oil portraits, he has won many awards for his landscape paintings. Trained at Tulane University and New Orleans Academy of Art, Pfister studied under such noted instructors as John McCrady, Leonard Flettrich and John Ambrose. Most noted for his portraits of children, his reputation as an artist has grown nationally and his portraits and landscapes hang in the homes of many families throughout the United States and Europe.

Growing up, Lisa Wilson, owner of History Antiques & Interiors in Covington, LA and Charleston Antiques in Charleston, SC, was immersed in an environment of art and history by family members who taught her the love of antiques. She earned degrees in History and Art History from the University of Mississippi. After a career as a teacher, Lisa opened History Antiques and Interiors in 2012 with a vision to showcase the beauty of adding unique historical furniture and  antique accessories into modern home settings.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or email

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Night Selling Fast – Get Your Tickets at The English Tea Room

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ETR Andrew Lloyd WebberJoin the English Tea Room on Friday August 21st at 7:00 p.m. for Andrew Lloyd Webber Night! This pre-paid event will include local singers Stephen Dale and Kristina Temple for your enjoyment. The English Tea Room will serve a delectable meal and all the tea you can drink! Come out dressed as your favorite character, musical, or the genius himself.

Seats for Andrew Lloyd Webber Night at the English Tea Room are filling quick, so reserve your spot now! Event is $35/ person. Call 985-989-3988

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Heritage Bank Hosts Helping Hands Gallery August 16

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Helping Hands Gallery Heritage BankHelping Hands Gallery is very excited to announce their next event! Helping Hands Gallery “Art With A Heart” unites the human and talented resources of participating artists in order to enhance the quality of life of everyone we touch. Join them at Heritage Bank in Covington as we partner to assist the St. Tammany Hospital Hospice Art & Music Therapy Program.

Your registration helps plan for this event and includes art on display for purchase (proceeds will benefit a music and art therapy program being developed for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Hospice). Refreshments will also be served. This event is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 2 p.m. To 5 p.m. At Heritage Bank, 205 N. Columbia Street. For more information, contact John Desrosiers: 985-231-5300