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Sparks FROM the Park Firework Show This Friday – Update

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In lieu of the traditional Sparks in the Park 4th of July celebration the city has announced an alternative ‘Sparks FROM the Park’ – A fireworks show from the Bogue Falaya Park! The show starts at 9 pm on Friday, July 3rd.

From Mayor Mark’s e-newsletter:

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However, the show will go on. The pyrotechnics will be fired from nearer the front of the park … our test launch Monday night showed one could see them from various places around downtown and the Division of Spring. Bring your chairs, a beverage (no glass) and relax. New Hampshire Street from Boston to Theard and Boston to Rutland will be closed to allow for chairs and proper social distancing.

Lake 94.7 will be syncing the music accompaniment with the fireworks … so tune-in for the full effect. To listen, download their app from the App Store or Google Play.

Heavy traffic immediately following the show is a realistic expectation. Perhaps prepare to hang out for a bit after the show, letting a few folks get out of town. Slow your roll, slow your pace and enjoy CovLA

Sign up to receive updates from Mayor Mark himself: CovLA Website – sign up for Mayor Mark’s E-mails

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

CPD Updates

CPD Firework Ordinance & Safety Tips

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The following is an update from the Covington Police Department. Follow Covington Police Department (Covington, LA) for more updates.

Two years ago the City of Covington passed an ordinance allowing the discharge of fireworks within the City limits of Covington. The ordinance outlined the two holidays, New Years and Fourth of July when residents could discharge fireworks. Specific timelines were given for each holiday. The times allowed to discharge this Fourth of July is as follows:

Fourth of July Fireworks:

July 3rd—10:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on July 4th

July 4th—10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

July 5th—10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

We ask our residents to comply with the dates and times listed above.
In addition, we have been in communications with Covington Fire Chief Gary Blocker about the dry conditions. He has informed us that the area Fire Departments will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout the weekend.

To get access to this Ordinance please see the link listed below:

https://library.municode.com/la/covington/codes/code_of_ordinances/?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH46FIPRPR_ARTIINGE_S46-5FI

Covington Police Department July 4th Firework Safety Tips:

  • Do not allow young children to ignite or play with fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervising while lighting fireworks.
  • Never point fireworks at another person.
  • Do not have any part of your body directly over a firework, when igniting.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or garden hose close by.
  • Never try to re-ignite or pick up fireworks that did not ignite.

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

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City of Covington Announces Sparks FROM the Park July 3rd – ‘test launch’ Monday

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In lieu of the traditional Sparks in the Park 4th of July celebration the city has announced an alternative ‘Sparks FROM the Park’ – A fireworks show from the Bogue Falaya Park!

The park will be closed to the public, but the show will go on! Mayor Mark announces in his e-newsletter that a ‘test launch’ is scheduled for this Monday, June 29th. The pyrotechnics will be tested Monday night in front of the park, with half a dozen rounds being fired off between 8:30 – 9 pm. It’s a good chance for us to scout out viewing locations too – the idea being that the fireworks can be viewed from various places around downtown and old Landing.

Then if all goes according to plan, the Big Show will be Friday, July 3rd! The Lake Radio 94.7 will be broadcasting in conjunction with the show. It’s a social distancing good time!

Sign up for Mayor Mark’s e-mail updates here.

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Have a Safe Independence Day 2016

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Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the 4th of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.  Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

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The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “DONT [sic] TREAD ON ME”. The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag, along with the Moultrie Flag.

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4th of July Fun at Sparks in the Park This Thursday – Fireworks & More!

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sparksinparks7215This week is the City of Covington’s 2nd annual Sparks in the Park, on Thursday, July 2nd 2015. This wonderful family event will celebrate America’s Independence Day, and will begin at 7 p.m. in Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive in downtown Covington. This year, attendees will enjoy patriotic music followed by an exciting fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.). Presented by NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune and the City of Covington.

The show will be a fun, family event for the whole community. “Having this event early is a great way to start off the long weekend and celebrate our country’s independence!” says Cody Ludwig, Cultural Arts and Events coordinator for the City of Covington.

LA Partyart will also provide free face painting for the kids and traditional concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cody Ludwig, City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts and Events.

985-892-1873         cludwig@covla.com       www.covla.com

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Farmer’s Market Recipe: Watermelon Fruit Salad (with fruit bowl!)

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Inspired by fresh seasonal ingredients found at the Covington Farmer’s Market

This is a simple Southern favorite that is sure to be a hit during the hot summer months!

Watermelon Fruit Salad1 medium watermelon
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 pint fresh blackberries
¼ cup fresh mint
5 tbs fresh lime juice
2 tbs course sea salt
1 tbs local honey

Chop the mint into ribbons and mix with the lime juice, salt and honey in a jar. Seal and place in the refrigerator.

Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise and scoop out the red meat with a large spoon. You will be using one of the halves as your fruit bowl, continue to scoop that half well into the white rind. You may want to cut a small sliver off the bottom side of your bowl for it to stay flat.

Cube the watermelon meat (or ball with an ice cream scoop) and place into another large bowl. Add in the blueberries, blackberries and the mint-lime marinating in the fridge. Mix well. Put your watermelon fruit salad in your watermelon bowl, and serve garnished with a fresh mint sprig. Best enjoyed fresh!

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

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Good afternoon, friends!  Come celebrate the 1st of July with us on Wednesday with a delightful lunch. Stay a while and relax with music and friends or take something back to work (or home). Either way, remember to stock up for the rest of the week. Maybe this week, it’s time for a summer noodle salad from Kandi topped with crunchy cucumbers, lemongrass infused chicken, and sprigs of cilantro. A tasty wrap of sliced turkey and spinach is a delicious alternative (or addition), as is Rebecca’s spicy Honduran style hot tamales. Pulled pork, baked beans, and cole slaw will get you in the mood for July 4 and there’s always something delicious at Frankie’s table. Samantha will be joining the Wednesday market for the summer with the perfect medicine for summertime allergies – elderberry syrup. It really does work!

Chompers BBQ - food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

Chompers BBQ – food demo this Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market String Band will get things started on Saturday, crooning out snappy tunes from the gazebo. But even better than that awaits you in the cooking tent. Chompers BBQ will drive the smoker out to the Market for an old fashioned BBQ! That means smoky pulled pork AND smoked cheese stuffed jalapeños (with peppers from the Bardwells.) Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Take a leisurely stroll around the market soaking up the ambiance and getting acquainted with new vendors or those you haven’t seen in a while. You may want a refreshing beverage to take along with you. At the pavilion, you’ll find coffee and tea supplied by Coffee Rani (big time supporters of our market). See Kevin (Coast Roast) for freshly roasted coffee beans or a specialty coffee. Last week he had iced lattes, so cooling on a warm day. Kombucha Girls have new water kefir flavors using mint, peach, and watermelon. Amanda’s juices are always fresh and delicious (so are the Popsicles) and Simply Pure offers juice combinations that are out of this world. A nice bottle of La Serendipity Blanc de Bois wine, nicely chilled, goes a long way to easing cares at the end of a long day.

figs1We have a new blueberry vendor at the market. Justin will not only have lots of those sweet little blue orbs but blueberry jam as well. He’s not the only one with berries, both James and Greg have them, cozily packaged, and waiting for you. Greg also has figs – but get there early. Figs never seem to last very long on the tables. Jubilee Farms and Mr. Houston both have lots of watermelon for 4th of July celebrations —— after your celebration with us, of course.

Samosa potato patties with cilantro chutney, beet carrot and seed salad with ginger dressing and zucchini fries from Slice of Heaven Farm

Samosa potato patties with cilantro chutney, beet carrot and seed salad with ginger dressing and zucchini fries from Slice of Heaven Farm

Here’s another treasure from our friends at Slice of Heaven farms – zucchini fries. Cut your zucchini into thin strips, dredge in flour and seasoning (Spicy Lady or yours truly), dip in milk (Mauthe’s or Farmhouse Dairy) and roll in Panko crumbs and nutritional yeast and roast at 425 for 20 minutes. If you don’t have nutritional yeast, Parmesan cheese makes a delicious substitute.

There really is nothing like a farmers’ market when the veggies are at their peak of flavor and variety. And they grill up so nicely while you’re grilling your burgers or chicken. You did pick up meat, right? No worries. We have a number of fine vendors of pork, sausage, beef, lamb, goat, shrimp, and chicken – Mr. Two, Farmhouse Dairy, Jublilee Farms, and James. If you can find anything to go on that grill, you must have slept in. We will be here celebrating the 4th. Hope you will join us!

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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Bicentennial Celebration on July 4th: It’s a Community Extravaganza for Covington’s 200th Birthday

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Fourth of July Bicentennial Celebration 2013With the arrival of July the fourth, the long-awaited Covington Bicentennial Celebration is here.  Just a few of the activities at the free event in the Bogue Falaya Park include musical entertainment, historical character portrayals, opening of the Sesquicentennial Time Capsule, preparation of the Bicentennial Time Capsule, games, crafts, old time photo booth, food and refreshments!

Some of Covington’s best local restaurants will have food booths at the Bicentennial Celebration.  Edna’s Thai Kitchen (1005 Collins Blvd.) will bring some Thai favorites, including the Pad Thai and Fried Rice.  Winos and Tacos will be there with Joel’s Taco Grill to serve up a special “All American Taco”.  Make sure to pick up food and drink discount coupons to enjoy at Winos and Tacos after the fireworks at the park!

The presenting sponsor of the Bicentennial Celebration is the St. Tammany Parish Hospital with NOLA Media/ Times-Picayune as the fireworks sponsor.  There will be plenty happening to keep everyone busy with face painting, a caricature artist, and old fashioned games like sack races and jacks.  Bring your picnic blanket and chairs and order some of the best food Covington has to offer.  For more information, contact Covington Cultural Arts & Events by phone at:

(985) 892-1873 or visit www.covla.com

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After Hours 4th of July Celebrations: The Party Continues After the Park Closes

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Mia Borders at Winos and Tacos July 4th

Mia Borders at Winos and Tacos July 4th, 2013

Covington’s Nightlife has a lot to offer these days.  The Columbia Street/ Boston Corridor strip has plenty to offer in the way of food, beverage and entertainment. Winos and Tacos presents Mia Borders at 9 p.m. with no cover charge! Children under 18 are welcome until 11 p.m.  Celebrate the bicentennial of Covington and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence at Winos and Tacos!  The Green Room offers a Special Edition of Throw Back Thursdays: Captain America Throwback!  Get in free by wearing a Marvel or DC comics tee shirt (ladies get in free regardless, but extra bonuses for comic attire).  Featuring raffle prizes, hula-hoop and pole contest, plus food too. Don’t forget to drink responsibly, and always have a ride available if you are over the limit. It’s much more fun that way. Happy Fourth everyone!

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Upcoming Events in June: History, Parades and The Great Race

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Covington BicentennialThe Bicentennial Events continue through the month of June, culminating in the 4th of July Celebration at the Bogue Falaya Park!  On Sunday, June 23, the Fuhrmann Auditorium in the Greater Covington Center presents “History of the African American Community.”  The lecture features Dr. Eva Baham and is free and open to the public.  The lecture begins at 4:00 pm.

The Covington Bicentennial Parade will take place on Saturday, June 29 at noon.  The theme of the parade is “Covington’s Past, Present and Future”, and the three mile route winds through the streets of historic downtown Covington.  “I am inviting the business community, as well as your family and friends, to take part in this monumental occasion, as you are an integral part of the fabric of this community.”  – Bicentennial Parade Chairman, Larry Rolling (Councilman, District D)

Also coming to downtown Covington on Saturday, June 29 is the Hemmings Motor News Great Race from St. Paul, MN to Mobile, AL.  The Great Race runs from June 22 to June 30 and begins in Minnesota, travelling south along the Mississippi River with various stops.  Louisiana stops include Baton Rouge, Crowley and Covington.  Covington is the last point before the finish in Mobile, Alabama.  Find out more information n at www.greatrace.com.