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Local History: the Covington Heart Pine Knot House

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet. View Ron’s blog Tammany Family here.

Over the years, it has been the subject of many an artistic photograph, painting, and even postcards. Bridal photography has used it as a background. Motorists along U.S. 190 in Covington marvel at its roadside mystery every day.

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According to Warner family members, the shed was made with fat pine knots from the Mackie Pine Products company sometime in the early 1920’s. Richard Warner explained that it was a walk in gate and was used by his dad’s wife to raise ferns. 

“This was back when 21st Avenue was a dirt road and a lot of people walked where they were going,” said Richard Warner on Facebook. “It used to have a wood shingle roof, but it finally rotted away and was replaced with tin.” 

Over the years people passing by have speculated why it was built, and there were a lot of false rumors regarding its original purpose, Warner noted. 

Many older Covington residents today have it indelibly etched in their memories because of their daily trips as students on their way to Covington High past the structure. 

Richard Warner went on to say that his father, J.H. Warner, Sr., used to say he graduated from the school of hard knocks. He learned bookkeeping/accounting while he was a representative of the American Paint Works and met Harry Mackie in the early 1900’s during which time they became friends. 

“Mr. Mackie was a chemist and had a small plant in Mississippi but decided to move it to our area early in the 1900’s because of all the longleaf pine stumpage in the area,” Richard explained. “My father bought some stock in the new Mackie Pine Products and was elected Secretary/Treasurer by the board of directors of the corporation. J. Harry Warner, Jr.(Harry), who was my half brother, worked in the plant and became plant superintendent.”

When the plant burned in 1945, Mr. Mackie decided to retire and Harry, Jr. bought him out and the plant was rebuilt and renamed Delta Pine Products. “My father continued on as Secretary/Treasurer of the company until his death at the age of 89 years and 10 months of age in 1958,” Richard went on to say. 

When the company found it hard to acquire enough stumps to process, it was decided to scrap the plant. Buddy Perreand was with Southern Scrap joined with Harry, and it became P&W Industries which, according to its webpage, was established in 1967.

The Pine Knot House Becomes Legendary 

Anne Sarphie of Re/Max Alliance real estate even has a description of it on her business webpage. “The Knot House: A well-known landmark in Covington is called “The Knot House” or “The Twig House”. It is located on private property, but it sits so close to the road that you see it as you drive by. Built nearly 100 years ago… it has withstood many hurricanes, high winds and falling tree limbs. It is constructed from the heart pine knots, the hardest and heartiest part of the pine tree. It makes me smile every time I pass it.”

Artists and photographers have found it enchanting, especially when the sun and shadows are just right. Being made of knots of heart pine, it’s a unique bit of Covington’s timber and pine oil history and has a special place in many people’s hearts.

Behind the pine knot house was the Warner family property. Here is a photo of the classic family home as found on a real estate website when it was for sale a few years ago.

This is the house where the people who built the heart pine knot haven lived
More photos in the link below

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Non Profit Spotlight

Give the Gift of Hope – Donate to Children’s Advocacy Center Hope House

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From Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House Executive Director Thomas Mitchell:

Dear Friend of Hope House,

This year has presented new challenges for us all, but probably none so much as the child abuse victims we serve at Hope House. Most of these children have experienced unfathomable sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking, or extreme neglect. The COVID-19 crisis has only amplified our national and local child abuse epidemic. As a united community, we can heal those emotional wounds, get justice for children, and restore faith in families, communities, and institutions.

That’s why I’m writing to ask you to support our shared mission with a tax-deductible, year-end gift.

So far in 2020, Hope House has served nearly 350 child abuse victims right here in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. That’s more children than any preceding year in our organization’s 26-year history. As you already know, we provide:

  • Forensic interviews, which help local law enforcement bring child abusers to justice
  • Ongoing trauma-focused therapy and advocacy for victims and their non-offending caregivers
  • And abuse prevention education to adults and children throughout our community.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have been able to provide all of these services free of charge, making the Northshore a safer place for children and families. Here’s a glimpse at the real-world impact of your investment:

  • $2,000 covers the cost of a forensic interview, and comprehensive care and services for one child abuse survivor.
  • $1,000 covers the cost of a child’s entire therapy journey following abuse and trauma.
  • $250 covers training to a group of 20 adults to better protect children through our Stewards of Children abuse prevention program.
  • $50 covers the cost of a specialized counseling session for a child abuse survivor.

If you believe, as we do, that the foundation of a strong community starts with the health and wellbeing of our children, please consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Or take your commitment one step further and become a community partner. Your donation is critical to ending the cycle of child abuse.

Please visit or contact me directly to your donation or learn more about how you can provide hope, healing and justice to our community’s most vulnerable children.

Merry Christmas, and God bless you and your family.

Thomas Mitchell, LPC, NCC
Executive Director
985-892-3885 Ext. 3

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Holiday Art Market on Lee Lane Saturday

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday December 5th from 10 am – 2 pm. Stroll through and find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

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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 many fine shopping establishments around downtown Covington. The Farmers’ Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane. Then enjoy a bite at one of our many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

The December Art Market, traditionally a holiday art market, will be coinciding with Lee Lane’s Christmas in the Country shopping event, happening every Saturday until Christmas. Enjoy live festive music as you peruse the many eclectic shops on Lee Lane and throughout downtown Covington!

The Art Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington. Learn more at

Opening Reception Saturday Evening at STAA Art House:

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Gift A Rescue Dog This Christmas

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3.9 million dogs enter American animal shelters each year, according to statistics from Do Something. However, the ASPCA reports that of these 3.9 million, just 1.6 million are adopted. With Christmas just a few weeks away, the dogs currently at Covington-based, Northshore Humane Society (NHS) are hoping that loving local parents consider adopting them and giving them as a gift to their children this festive season. However, before you flock to the NHS’ Pet Adoption Event here’s how to ensure that your family is prepared to welcome a dog into their home this Christmas.
A quiet Christmas is best  With Christmas being such a busy time for Covington families due to events such as the Christmas Past Festival to attend and friends and family to visit, it’s vital you gift a dog to your kids at the right time. Your dog will need time to adjust his or her’s new home, so it’s essential that you’re home throughout the holidays. A quiet Christmas at home is the ideal scenario as it will allow your new pet to get used to his surroundings as well as to you as owners. And, if you are expecting visitors, it’s wise to limit the number of guests coming into your home to just a few at a time to prevent your dog from becoming unsettled.

Enjoy the celebrations together The Daily Mail reports that 95% of U.S. pet owners buy their pets Christmas presents, with the average amount spent totaling $36. It’s only right to treat your new pooch this holiday season and pet toys are the perfect way to make your furry friend feel right at home this Christmas. A subscription box will allow your pooch to build up his toy collection throughout the year. And, chew toys are a great way to ensure your new pet’s teeth are looked after. Meanwhile, take a dog ball blaster to Covington’s Pretty Acres Dog Park and have fun together as a family once you’ve eaten your Christmas dinner.
Christmas safety A crucial factor to consider when you’ve got your kids and a furry hound bounding around your home on Christmas Day is festive safety. Twinkling fairy lights, pine cones and tinsel from your tree will excite and mesmerize your new dog. However, these all pose a risk to his health and safety. Pet Poison Helpline advises that all tinsel is removed from your home. This is because when it’s ingested by a pooch it can damage the intestinal tract which will result in a costly Christmas vet bill. Therefore, when it’s not possible to monitor your new dog, such as during your Christmas dinner, secure him in a safe and comfortable place such as in a crate in the utility room.
A rescue dog will make the perfect gift for your children this Christmas so long as you take steps to ensure that his introduction is as smooth as possible. Dogs need time to adjust, so a quiet family Christmas is ideal. Meanwhile, don’t forget to purchase a fabulous gift for your new pooch and make sure you dog-proof your home before his arrival.

Submitted by Jacqueline Ibsen

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote and Word of the Week

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Quote of the Week 
“At Christmas, tea is compulsory.
Relatives are optional.”
– Robert Godden

Word of the Week:
crepuscular  –  of, relating to, or resembling twilight:  dim;
occurring or active during the twilight

“Rabbits are crepuscular feeders.”

The New Moon is Thursday, December 29, 2016.


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Covington Rotary Feeding the Needy

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Each year, the Covington Rotary Club, with the assistance of hundreds of community volunteers and donors, leads Feeding The Needy, a project initiated to ensure that school children are fed while school cafeterias are closed for the long winter break at Christmastime.
Feeding The Needy does more than provide a Christmas meal.  Every year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include:  a 12-14 pound cooked turkey with 6 side dishes and dessert.  Each box has enough food to feed a family of four.  Larger families receive additional boxes.

On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and leave plenty of extra to help on the days leading up to school reopening. Find Rotary Club of Covington, LA on Facebook, with a link to their page at that contains more detailed information.


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Down Dogs & Drafts: Christmas Edition

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Join Liz Bragdon and the great folks at the Covington Brewhouse on Sunday, December 11 at 11 a.m. for Down Dogs & Drafts, Christmas Edition!  All your favorite Christmas tunes, a practice based on the 12 Days of Christmas song (you know, a partridge in a pair tree, 5 golden rings, 10 Lords a Leaping, etc.) And Christmas cookies for all, a la Liz.
In addition to your favorite Brewhouse brews, we’ll have Kombucha Girl Living Beverages water kefir on tap. Drink it up straight or mix with your fave beer. Yoga Class is 11-12 , and beer-drinking is from 12 ’til close.  Tickets are $12: that price includes your yoga class and 2 brews (and home-made Christmas cookies)!  This event is limited to 25 people, so pre-purchasing is strongly recommended. You can pick your tickets up at the Tasting Room or call Erin: 985-893-2884

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You never know how the weather will play out, so dress in layers, so you can add on or remove, as needed. Maybe bring a small towel to wipe off the sweat and a larger one to cushion your body for savasana. Water bottles are a must! The Brewhouse has plenty of water on tap to replenish you if you run dry.  DDD is normally the final Sunday of the month. If you can’t make this one, don’t worry – be happy, we’ll see you soon 🙂 – Liz Bragdon, Down Dog Drafter & Aerial Yogini – Storytelling at A Story In Motion, writer, movement educator at Move with Me Yoga Adventures and Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mixed Movement Training at Our Place Studio * Downtown Covington


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Quote and Word of the Week

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“All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
– Charles M. Shulz

Word of the Week

cavil (verb) – to raise trivial and frivolous objection

The full moon is Friday, December 25, 2015.  The last full moon on Christmas was in 1977, and the next will be in 2038.


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Holiday Open House At History Antiques & Interiors

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History Sign & AddressHistory Antiques and Interiors invites you to an Open House every Friday and Saturday in December.  Enjoy light refreshments in a holiday atmosphere while browsing unique handcrafted items and the many historical treasures including furniture, art and more.


History Antiques Christmas

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Feeding the Needy

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Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary Club

This program provides a complete Christmas meal for families in the Covington area and throughout St. Tammany Parish who are in need. Volunteers from all over the area come together on December 23rd and 24th to prepare boxes to feed a family of four. Donations from individuals, businesses and foundations defray the costs of this program. The volunteer efforts of individuals, congregations, service organizations and Rotary Club members make it happen. Volunteers and funds are needed for this Christmas. If you can help in any way, please visit:


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Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Rosemary’s Closet

Rosemary's Closet

Christmas discounts when you mention Covington Weekly!

Rosemary’s Closet has vintage clothing for both men and women looking for a retro image. You’ll also find vinyl records and other fun things. Mention Covington Weekly for a special Holiday Discount! Rosemary’s Closet is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and is located on the Covington Trace, next to Brooks Bike Shop.

The English Tea Room

Christmas at the English Tea Room

Christmas at the English Tea Room

The English Tea Room is the best spot for loose teas, tea sets and accessories. Featuring one of the largest tea selections in the south, The English Tea Room also carries tea sets and tea pots. Don’t forget their food menu, Gift Certificates are available! Visit Jan and Tim on Rutland Street, around the corner from Lee Lane’s Christmas in the Country and try the tea of the week, White Christmas!


Making Your Own Recycled Snowflakes

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Here in Louisiana we don’t get much in the way of snow, except a few pleasant surprises here and there. Lucky for us, we’re a creative folk.

This is a great idea for simple decorations using recycled materials. A great busy task for children old enough to use scissors, and a fun past-time in front of the fire!


1. Take a thin, recycled sheet of paper, and cut into a rough square. You can use old wrapping paper, wrapping tissue, newspapers or junk mail.

2. Find the center and fold in half. Find the center of this, and make a crease on the folded side.

fold example3. Now, with the folded side facing you, bring the bottom right corner up 2/3 to the left, so that the rectangle is now split into thirds, as illustrated to the right.

Making Your Own Recycled Snowflakes4. Fold the left side up in the same fashion to fit on top of the other fold. This creates a 1/3 triangle.

5. Fold the entire thing in half, and cut off the top to make a smooth curve.

Now that the pesky folding is done, time to get down on the serious business – cutting shapes. These shapes can be anything you like; triangles and half circles are a good start. The more varying shapes and sizes, the better. You must make sure that you don’t completely remove the outside edges however, or the whole thing will fall apart.
Making Your Own Recycled Snowflakes

When you are done, unfold your snowflake (gently!) and see what beautiful unique design you created!

Making Your Own Recycled Snowflakes

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In the Pleistocene Epoch, Reindeer herds were found as far south as Tennessee.  Their numbers have fluctuated historically, but many herds are in decline across their range, which is extremely northern climates.  One factor in global decline is climate change for northern migratory caribou.  Another factor is the industrial disturbance of reindeer habitat for the sedentary, non-migratory herds.  At the same time, at least one conservation effort has backfired in the South Alantic islands of South Georgia.  In 2011, a decision was made to rid the island of reindeer because of the environmental damage they cause.

Some herds migrate the farthest of any land mammal, traveling up to 3,100 miles a year and grazing 390,000 square miles.  When migrating, they will travel 12-34 miles per day.  The gray wolf is the most common and efficient predator of the reindeer, and a pack will live off of one herd for months.  Other predators include the golden eagle, wolverines, and many types of bears.

The North PoleMost recognize the reindeer for their role in driving Santa’s sleigh, and they are in fact used for work in some parts of the world.  While the caribou is hard to come by in the south, the swamp folk know that Bayou Santa, or Papa Noel, uses the Louisiana Alligator for his deliveries.




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Mistletoe is generally thought of as a shrub or bush, but it is in fact a parasitic vine-like plant.  Mistletoe attaches to its host plant by a structure called a haustorium, through which it absorbs nutrients.

While it may slow the growth of the host plant, it will only kill a host with a heavy infestation.  The plant is actually hemi-parasitic, where the organism in question gets water and minerals from the host, but it still produces evergreen leaves that perform photosynthesis.  It is unclear where the name comes from; there is a German relation between mist (dung) and tang (branch), but in Old English mistel was also used for basil.  Mistletoe is present in Greek mythology, and it is believed to be the Golden Bough of Aeneas.  The Druids taught that the mistletoe had qualities related to balancing one’s electromagnetic field, and herbalists have long tinctured the leaves and soft stems of the mistletoe plant for treating circulatory and respiratory problems.  It has also been used to treat certain forms of cancer.

The custom of kissing under the mistletoe was described by American author Washington Irving in “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon” in 1820.

European Mistletoe

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Playmakers to Open a Holiday Show

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Playmakers presents a family holiday show, “A Covington Native in King Arthur’s Court,” written and directed by Frank Levy. The play merges the true history of Covington in it’s upcoming bicentennial year with Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” with hilarious results. A celebrity guest will appear in each performance. Soldiers, knights, kings, princesses, statesmen and mayhem for all. There will be three performances: December 14th and 15th at 8 pm, and Sunday the 16th at 2 pm. Tickets will be $8 and can be reserved by calling 985-893-1671 or visiting online:

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Christmas at COPA

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For a nice holiday Sunday evening with the family, visit the Center Of Performing Arts in the St. Tammany Homestead Building for Christmas at COPA. Bring your toy donation supporting Toys For Tots for Free Admission and enjoy seasonal music and holiday refreshments! The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. St. Tammany Homestead and the Center of Performing Arts are proud to support the Toys for Tots Program for Christmas 2012!

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

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Covington has many new businesses open for the Holiday shopping season. Be aware that roadwork is ongoing, but it is progressing quickly, and the oxlot parking is available for those who are able to walk short distances. Discover the unique and creative work of the Savoyes at Savoye Originals Gallery, 405 N. Columbia Street. No two pieces will be the same, and you won’t mind at all! For something a bit more traditional, visit Lisa Wilson at History Antiques & Interiors, located at 317 N. Columbia Street. Enjoy a charming showroom featuring 19th century to contemporary pieces and settings. Mention Covington Weekly at Rosemary’s Closet for a special savings the entire month of December! A cozy vintage clothing store for men and women, Rosemary’s Closet also features vintage vinyl records.


Decoupage – Making Gifts Personal

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We all want our gifts to represent how much we care. We hunt for that perfect gift that says “I think you’re special” and “I thought of you”, or even ” I was paying attention.” Sometimes it’s a funny scarf or a beautiful centerpiece, but other times it can be difficult to find the “gift with their name on it”. That’s when home-made crafts really shine.

The art of decoupage most likely originates from East Siberian tomb art, where they layered felts to decorate the final resting place of the deceased. This was cultivated by the Chinese in the 12th century and became wildly popular in Europe during the 18th century, where it was called “Japanning”, hinting at its Oriental background. It’s a fairly simple process, and it produces amazing results. You can take any object: furniture, boxes, chests, journals, or picture frames to name a few, and paste layer after layer of cut colored paper to the surface in any order or design you like. Traditionally, a Decoupeur (person who makes decoupage), would seal each layer with multiple coats of varnish to create a 3D inlay look. They apply about 30 to 40 layers, then sand it down to a polished finish.

Today this process can be simplified using a special decoupage paste, which can be found at most craft stores such as Mo’s Art Supply in Downtown Covington. You can use scrap-booking materials, personal mementos, fabric, photos and more. The end result is a beautiful, unique gift that will be a cherished memento.

Example of decoupage

Antique decoupage purse.