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“This past summer the Police Department joined forces with

the YMCA to start a mentoring project with kids from our

community. When the project was first pitched to me, I

thought I could easily get one or two officers to step up

and volunteer their time but instead, six officers

volunteered their time to be mentors. Volunteers included

Lt. Jimmie Slade, Officers Mike Liberto, Laura Aucoin,

Chase Sharp, George Turgeau, and Communications Officer

Audrey Casey. For 16 weeks, these officers met with the

kids once a week. They covered a variety of different

topics during their meetings, with the help of guest

speakers, everything from communication skills to

leadership skills. The program wrapped up over the

holidays with a dinner catered by our friends at Beck N

Call Cafe.

Our officers at CPD understand the value of building

relationships with the kids in the community. I am forever

grateful for them volunteering their time for 16 weeks to

forge a bond with the youth in our community. Hopefully,

they will have developed friendships that will last


Please join me in thanking these officers and our partners

at the YMCA, Joey, Louis and Charlotte for all they did to

make this happen.” – Chief Tim Lentz

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Holiday Art Market, Christmas in the Country, Deck the Rails

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The Holiday Covington Art Market takes place this weekend at the Covington Trailhead from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours and entertainment for the festive season.  Browse juried local artists ranging from oil paintings to wood carving/shaping and everything in between.  Beverages served by the St. Tammany Art Association, food from Beck n Call Café, and live music by Josh Foreman, Timothy Gates and Cassie Krebs.  Brought to you by the St. Tammany Art Association, The City of Covington and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany.


“Christmas in the Country” continues on Lee Lane 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.


Beginning at 4 p.m., Deck the Rails takes place at the Covington Trailhead, the City’s popular children’s Holiday Event.  Featuring caroling, Santa’s arrival, and an outdoor showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”.


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STAA Covington Art Market At The Trailhead This Saturday

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Covington Art Market STAA 5-3-14The Covington Art Market will be held this Saturday, April 5th, 9 am – 1 pm at the Covington Trailhead. Enjoy a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, crafts, photography, paintings, woodwork, fiber art and more. This Saturday’s market features music by Timothy Gates, and food by Beck-n-Call Catering.


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Covington Art Market At The Trailhead Featuring Local Art, Food, Kid Crafts And Live Music This Saturday

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Covington Art Market At The Trailhead Featuring Local Art, Food, Kid Crafts And Live Music This Saturday April 5th, 2014The Covington Art Market will be held this Saturday, April 5th, 9 am – 1 pm at the Covington Trailhead.  Enjoy a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, crafts, photography, paintings, woodwork, fiber art and more.   This Saturday features music by Timothy Gates, and food by Beck-n-Call Catering.

The purpose of the market is to give exposure to the many talented artists and craftsmen in Southeast Louisiana. Art market patrons are also encouraged to visit the Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds of nearby Covington Police Department, 600 N. Columbia Street — walking distance of the Covington Trailhead.

The Covington Art Market is presented by the St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington. For more information, or for artists interested in participating in the market, contact St. Tammany Art Association at (985) 892-8650 or Artist applications can be found online at

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Go Holiday Shopping At The Covington Art Market

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Holiday Covington Art MarketPresented by the St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington, the December Covington Art Market takes place this Saturday at the Covington Trailhead in downtown Covington. The Art Association is expecting a full house for this market, with over thirty participating artists.  The market has been extended an extra hour for December, now from 9 am to 2 pm. Local and regional artists with new work will be on hand, including original, local fine-art paintings, photography, hand-made purses, jewelry, ceramics, wood-working, novelties, metal work, plus live music, great food, art demos and so much more! Remember, original art is tax-free in the Cultural Arts District! Come shop for Christmas!

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This Week At The Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Globe Eggplant from Slice of Heaven Farm

Globe Eggplant from Slice of Heaven Farm

Hi, friends and happy Tuesday! I’ve requested an especially nice day for tomorrow. So if you are beginning to be stressed by the thought of holiday shopping, join us for a delicious lunch and let the music and the warm sunshine soothe those cares away. In fact, why not bring home a little something so you won’t have to cook, such as those marvelous shrimp and cream cheese rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, crispy chicken taquitos, red cabbage salad… You may as well put in your order for next week while you’re there. Now you’ll have plenty of time to fix your contribution to the Thanksgiving meal and build your Black Friday shopping list/strategy.
Saturday will roll around and you’ll be tempted to sleep in. Black Friday can be exhausting. RESIST THAT URGE! Sweet Jones will be in the gazebo providing great music for our post-Thanksgiving market. We have a lot to be thankful for particularly that Mr. Houston is now home. According to Terese, he is back in the garden and may even be at the market on Wednesday and Saturday. Now that makes me very, very thankful!
I know you’re thinking what you’ll do with all those leftovers and you are in luck! Beck and Call will be in the demo tent with samplings of what do to with Turkey Leftovers. I have a few ideas of my own (naturally) and they will involve your incredible Covington Farmers Market vendors.
Start off with a jar of Chompers BBQ Sauce – 3 Pepper Sauce, Honey BBQ, or Original. Simply pour the sauce over leftover turkey (or roast), heat in the oven and it’s certainly not leftover any longer. Serve with a side of Mac N Cheese. Whether it’s made by Chompers BBQ or you make your own using Herbs N Spice’s Mac N Cheese mix, leftovers will never be the same. Add a couple of spoons of Robin’s cranberry pecan pepper jelly to leftover broccoli, green beans or sweet potatoes and change the flavor dramatically (and deliciously).
You’ll be thankful for Spanish R Us and their authentic Honduran foods and Dong’s Korean food – a welcome change since you’ve probably eaten all the delicious food you picked up on Wednesday. If you have leftover ham (and who won’t?), why not add a few eggs? Simply coat your muffin tin with Nuccio’s Cajun Olive Oil, crack an egg into each muffin cup (or use those cute little paper ones), add salt, pepper, or one of the many seasonings available from Melanie or me, and pop in the oven for 12 – 14 minutes. (Thanks, Monica, for the recipe.) You can warm the ham in the oven while the eggs are baking for a relaxing Sunday brunch. Scrambled eggs and a side of creamy cheese grits (Hot Tamale Mama) – another breakfast done! Prepare a package of Herbs N Spice’s cream of anything soup, then add a tablespoon of her ranch dressing mix and ½ cup of milk or mayo and combine well. In a baking dish, combine leftover turkey and freshly steamed broccoli and slowly incorporate the cream of anything mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and Bingo! – Hamburger (Turkey) Helper on steroids!
Then, just when think you’ll have some breathing room, you realize we are about to enter the season of parties – Christmas parties, office parties, football parties – oh my! Now before you get your knickers in a knot, close your eyes a minute and picture planning a party and having all the hors d’oeuvres ready and all you have to do is put them out. Get out the good trays (those festive paper ones work even better). One tray for Frankie’s (The Peanut Factory) cashew, pecan and peanut brittle and those little cheese straws that are party perfect. Angel’s overstuffed artichoke will need a tray to itself. Surround a dish of Nur’s chipotle hummus with toasted bread rounds (7Grain.) Spread some of those toasty rounds with Nur’s eggplant, tomato and garlic dip and others with Spinach Artichoke Dip (Hot Tamale Mama.) Are your holidays happy yet?
Don’t worry about buying dips when you can put out a bowl of avocado and/or tomato salsa (Spanish R Us), Black Bean Salsa (Hot Tamale Mama) or Ranch Dip (Herbs & Spice) with a bag of toasted tortilla chips (7Grain) for dippin’. Of course, a dish of Mauthe’s cream cheese swimming in one of Robin’s Rocking Cajun Pepper Jellies is always a party favorite. So many variations from which to choose – champagne, blackberry, cranberry pecan, lemon… Here’s a different take on this old standby – a round of Farmhouse Dairy’s Chevre cloaked in Althee’s Mayhaw Jelly. The taste combination is sensational! WOW! No wonder the holidays are so happy!
You’re not done yet. Dare I go there? Absolutely! You MUST have a tray of cookies. A mound of huge market cookies, chocolate chips and oatmeal raisin cookies, surrounded by a ring of wedding cookies with pumpkin Ooegy Gooeys, raspberry crumb cake or fig cookies to dance around the outside….. (give me a minute…it takes my breath away.)
We have so many things to be thankful for…Market Days, the world’s best food, incredible music and family and friends to share it with. Happy Thanksgiving!

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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It’s Fall in Downtown Covington

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Autumn has arrived, and that means plenty of outdoor events in downtown Covington.  Kermit Ruffins got the bicentennial celebration underway to a record-breaking trailhead crowd, and there is a full line-up of fall happenings.  Rockin’ the Rails returns to the trailhead on the first Thursday of October, continuing every Thursday in October.  This weekend, The Covington Brewhouse and Beck-N-Call Cafe present Octoberfest on Friday and Saturday at the Covington Trailhead.

On Friday, September 28th, the Brewhouse will conduct brewery tours starting at 6, 7 and 8 pm.  Live music will be provided by Mo’ Jelly Blues Band, and food and drinks will be available for purchase from 5 pm till 9 pm.

Saturday, September 29th features brewery tours starting at 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8 pm.  The Julie Council German Band plays from 2 – 4 pm.  Main Grain Brewing Supply will have a brewing demonstration, then the music continues from 5 pm till 9 pm with Blues4Sale.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase from 5 pm – 9 pm featuring German- style and American plates and sandwiches by Beck-N-Call Cafe.  Admission is free and open to the public.

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Upcoming Downtown Events

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Covington Brewhouse Octoberfest

Downtown Covington is gearing up for the (slight) change in our subtropical seasons (at least knock that humidity down), by offering a busy autumn schedule. Covington Brewhouse and Beck-n-Call Cafe present Octoberfest at the Covington Trailhead September 28-9 with live music, brewery tours, food and beer. Rockin’ the Rails kicks off its fall concert series at the trailhead on October 4, then every Thursday in October.  The City of Covington and the St. Tammany Art Association are proud to announce the opening of the Covington Art Market, a juried art market held on the first Saturday of every other month at the Covington Trailhead.  The first market will be October 6, 2012, featuring jewelry, crafts, painting, photography and more.  The St. Tammany Art Association’s annual Fall For Art will take place October 20, 2012, with sidewalk artist demos, instant theater, live music and more!

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