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This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! Our Wednesday vendors will not be at the market tomorrow due to the severe weather forecasted. We’ll be pleased to serve you next week. 

Always a delight at the market, Mr. Funny Money and the Muscle Tones will greet Saturday with lively tunes streaming from the gazebo. So grab a cuppa from the pavilion to enjoy as you shop. Brussels sprouts, strawberries, spring mix…you’ll find them all at Faust Farm’s table. While you’re over there, stop in at Bhakti Farms for a delicious breakfast sandwich and vegan goodies to take home. Remember to stock up on Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup. There’s a ton of pollen out there, folks! 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Northshore Greens celery is crisp and delicious and Becky has lots of salad greens, too. Northshore is also the place to get fresh herbs such as, rosemary, oregano, dill…  Nick’s table is loaded with delicious sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots and a special salad mix. Now, I told you that Vince had beets last week, plus all those lovely cruciferous veggies and satsumas. It seems he also has golden beets! WOW! Sprouts, shoots, microgreens! Yes, Sam is branching out to meet your needs. 

Next door at Happy Flour, you’ll find fabulous sourdough loaves of rosemary parmesan, cranberry walnut, whole wheat, black garlic, and just plain sourdough plus honey wheat and oatmeal honey sandwich breads. Jennifer at Bear Creek Road will be there with imaginative and tasty breakfast sandwiches plus flatbreads, sourdough, and blended butters! And, speaking of butter, Mauthe’s did have butter last week and will again this week (hopefully).

Mauthe’s has more than butter, but then most of you are already familiar with their low-temp pasteurized milk and yogurt. Huckleberry Fred’s is back full time with lots of goat’s milk and cheese. I’ve recently sampled the garden herb—yum-ee! Makes for a great spread on toast, or added to roasted/steamed veggies for extra flavor. I imagine it would taste wonderful over some of Nick’s carrots or Faust’s Brussels sprouts. Huckleberry is also the place to get home-ground yellow cornmeal, corn flour, and yellow grits.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Sweet, raw honey from Blood River always tastes great with the artisan breads from our bakers. Tiger Bait specializes in raw treats for your pets. Vincent & Mauricio now have cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate divinity! Heavenly for sure! There’ s a lot more to find at your Covington Farmers’ Market but ya gotta be there to enjoy. Hope to see ya there!

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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Art Event Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

STAA Schedules ‘Spring for Art’ For April 10, Opening to Feature New Works by Paulo Dufour

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From the St. Tammany Art Association:

The St. Tammany Art Association’s annual “Spring for Art” festival is set for Saturday, April 10 and will feature the new work of nationally-known local artist Paulo Dufour.

The event, scheduled from 6-9 p.m. will be somewhat restricted by Covid guidelines, but will mark a “reimagining” of the STAA “Art House” and its place in the cultural and economic life of Covington and St. Tammany.

Dufour’s creations, which span an array of blown and sculpted glass pieces, paintings and sculpture, represent the metaphysical and inform the emergence of STAA from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

“Spring for Art” will feature coordinated openings and events across downtown Covington, again with some restrictions, but it will signal the muted resumption of the city’s pre-Covid life, said Cathy Deano, newly elected president of STAA.

“We are reimagining the association in a way that will incorporate all of the arts, such as theater and poetry, for example, and be more of a community center for art that will engage more young people,” said Deano, also co-founder of Mandeville-based Painting With A Twist, which has 300 franchise units in 39 states. Deano was previously STAA president from 2006-2009.

STAA’s future also involves the association’s new executive director, Suzanne Freret, formerly Assistant Director of Advancement at Christ Episcopal School. Deano and Freret join STAA along with several new board members, Keith Villere, Cindy Petry and John Botsford. Elizabeth Stokes, Phoebe Whealdon and Lewis Dennis round out the list of directors.

Freret echoes the sentiment of Deano, “I envision a thriving organization, rich with community engagement, and offering conventional and unconventional events that will appeal to all ages,” said Freret. STAA artists and community membership will grow in the months and years ahead as STAA branches out in the community, said Freret, whose background includes significant experience in finance.

Dufour’s roots in the rich soil of south Louisiana run deep, from present-day Covington, to Baton Rouge, where he grew up as a son of Paul Dufour, an internationally known glass artist and professor at Louisiana State University.

The title of his show is “Mental Universes and the Obscurations of Light.” Dufour says the amorphous and sensuous work conjures up images ranging from the earthy colors of landscapes to primal skin vessels, suggesting the struggle of the human condition where real conflict and myth evolve.

The works give voice to the ongoing process of knowing oneself through exploring daily life, a process requiring each person to be open and aware of inner impressions that honor memories, dreams, and the synchronicity of life, said Dufour. Dufour has exhibited all over the United States from Seattle to Los Angeles and is in significant collections from Spain to Tennessee.

Dufour retired in 2016 from the St. Tammany Parish Talented Art Program where he taught in the public school system for 28 years.

STAA will schedule a question and answer session for patrons and Dufour and soon announce the date and time.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. www.sttammany.art

Current Exhibit Closing Next Weekend:

Live Music Local Events

POSTPONED St. Paddy’s Concert at the Bogue Falaya Park with Four Unplugged March 17th

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UPDATE: this concert has been postponed to Thursday March 18th due to weather predictions. Read more here:

Next Wednesday we will be Chillin’ at the River again, this time for a St. Paddy’s concert featuring Four Unplugged! The City of Covington invites you to this free concert at the Bogue Falaya Park on Wednesday, March 17th from 5:30 – 8 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and picnics, and don’t forget to wear green!

These concerts are put on to provide safe, family friendly entertainment with social distancing in mind. Enjoy the scenic sprawling landscape of our beautiful park while listening to local live music. Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

About Four Unplugged

Four Unplugged is a popular local 6 piece band covering a wide variety of New Orleans seasoned music. Their sampling includes old rock ‘n roll classics, funk, Motown, dance party favorites, sing-alongs, hits from today and the always delicious slow-dance staples. They even throw in some Mardi Gras classics. Learn more about Four Unplugged at their website, www.fourunplugged.com

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Well, friends, here it is Tuesday again and I hope you’re ready for a great day tomorrow at the market. Farmers’ Market Band will be there to entertain you as you enjoy your lunch. Don’t forget to grab your eggs from Kristen. Those Double K hens are always hard at work to deliver nutrition-packed, versatile little orbs. Mignon will feature raw honey & fresh berry Kefir Water, a refreshing beverage similar to a fine sparkling seltzer. For lunch, Joy has Crawfish Boudin Balls this week and Chicken Pasta and her Salmon Plate. The choice will be difficult, but you will need lunch for Thursday (or Wednesday night dinner).  A tasty mushroom burger can be on the grill in minutes at Bhakti Farms, just a whisper away from a truly delicious meal. You’ll want to check out their vegan goodies too.

If you can’t make up your mind, Kandy’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls never disappoint. One bite and you are transported into creamy deliciosity. You can take your salad “on the go” with Kandy’s spring rolls but I suggest you take time to enjoy then with the dip that’s included and savor all the flavor. Spinach and goat cheese quiche from Jerome is fast becoming a favorite — rich and creamy — and can do triple duty as a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Jerome promises chocolate cake for this Wednesday as well. And if that doesn’t cure your chocolate cravings, Johnny has some awesome brownie bites. He’s squeezed a lot of flavor into those little balls of chocolate goodness. Have you tried Jerry’s Cinnamon Creamed Honey? It boosts the enjoyment of your coffee, tea, biscuit, spoon….

Joe Barbara is in the gazebo this Saturday and that means lots of great music dancing around the market. So get your coffee, tea, kombucha, or juices and give the market a stroll-through. Those veggie pancakes from Meme will be calling your name and they are sooo delish!

Vince has huge heads of cabbage and gorgeous cauliflower. Now, I’m a big fan of both but I’m thinking’ that cauliflower is gonna make a fabulous side dish. I’ll just cut into florets and roast till they’re tender.  The sauce is the easiest part. Pour a jar of Bear Creek Road’s blended butters, melted, over those lovely florets or just dip as you go. Your biggest problem is deciding whether you want the Sun Dried Tomato Olive or Garlic Parmesan. I’ll make it even harder by reminding you that Cameron creates cultured butter with his black garlic. Oh wow! The flavors! No reason to choose, get one of each…one for the cauliflower….one for the carrots….one for the cabbage or turnips or mushrooms…

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Last week, Nick had green garlic! At first I thought they were green onions or maybe leeks but not so. How delicious! I used part of the green tops in my eggs; it starts off tasting just like a green onion and then the garlic comes through but very mildly and delightfully. I can’t wait to try the whole stalk (even the roots) in my greens…dropped into soups…sautéed with mushrooms…added to chicken salad… But don’t stop with the green garlic. Northshore Greens has celery and every part is edible. Chop the green tops, combine with olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays for adding to your dishes as needed, just like you do with parsley. The crunchy bottoms make enormously tasty dipping sticks. Norma’s walnut pate comes to mind as does Tessier Gourmet’s Black Bean Salsa or Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Feed your sweet tooth all over the market with jams and jellies from Stacey and Althee. Althee also prepares beautiful quick breads and cobblers. Find generously portioned muffins and cruffins at both Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road. Dive into decadence with cheese cake from Mauthe’s or brownies from Norma. So much goodness packed into one market. You’re gonna love it — unless, of course, you decide to sleep in. Hope to see you there!

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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Public Meetings

Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 Public Meeting Monday March 15th

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Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 meetings continue with a Planning Commission meeting on Monday, March 15th, 2021. This meeting is open to the public, a live viewing option is available if you are unable to attend. You can see past presentations and meeting records from the Covington Comprehensive Plan here. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com.

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, March 15, 2021
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)

Meeting purpose:

  • Comprehensive plan review and feedback

Another meeting for the Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 will be held Monday April 19, 2021. Learn more, review the plan and get involved at www.covingtonplan2030.com

Local Events

AAUW Northshore Sponsors Civic Education Program to Discuss US Foreign Policy

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From the American Association of University Women Northshore: AAUW Sponsoring ‘Great Decisions’ for the 48th Year

The Northshore branch (formerly Covington-Mandeville) of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is again sponsoring the Great Decisions program, an offering of the Foreign Policy Association, as a community outreach. Great Decisions, the centerpiece of the longest-running civic education program in the United States devoted to foreign affairs, empowers readers to discuss global issues shaping U.S. foreign policy and the world. Our AAUW branch offers two sessions: afternoon and evening.

Published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today; these articles form a starting point for all group discussions. The purchase of the briefing book is required for participation. The 2021 edition features eight topics: Global Supply Chains, Persian Gulf Security, Brexit and the EU, The Arctic, China in Africa, The Two Koreas, Role of the WHO, and End of Globalization?

The briefing book provides historical background, current U.S. policy and alternative policy options, informative maps and detailed graphs, as well as suggested readings and resources for each topic. Included in this briefing book is an opinion poll, the results of which will be tabulated and presented in the National Opinion Ballot Report, a representative survey of readers’ views on the eight Great Decisions topics. This report is made available to members of Congress, the White House, the media, and concerned citizens.

The Northshore branch has the longest running association, as a branch of AAUW, with the Great Decisions program in the nation, having offered this program as a community outreach since 1973.

We offer two sessions of the discussions; both are open to the public, with the purchase of the briefing book. The afternoon group will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Madisonville Presbyterian Church (701 Pine St., Madisonville) beginning at 1:00 PM starting Monday, March 8th in person with social distancing and masks. The evening session will be held virtually beginning Thursday, March 18th at 6:30pm.

The cost to participate is $28 which covers the cost of the briefing book with our bulk purchase discount. There are limited additional books available at the discounted price; additional books can be ordered from the Foreign Policy Association for $32 + shipping costs. An e-version for Kindle, Nook, etc. is also available for private purchase. Anyone who is interested in participating should contact Eileen deHaro at 985-624-9553; please specify whether you are interested in attending the afternoon or the evening session. If using an e-book you MUST still register as participating, especially for the evening session where access is by Google Meet invite only!

The American Association of University Women, with its nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 550 college and university partners, has been a leading advocate for equity and education for women and girls since 1881. For more information about the Northshore branch of AAUW, contact Eileen deHaro at 624-9553 or visit our website at https://www.northshore-la.aauw.net/.

Live Music Local Events

Four Unplugged Plays Mardi Gras Themed Free Concert at the Bogue Falaya Park

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UPDATE: The Chillin’ at the River concert has been postponed due to expected bad weather. See the update article here:

Next Thursday we will be Chillin’ at the River again, this time for a Mardi Gras themed concert. On February 11th at 5:15 pm, join the City of Covington at the Bogue Falaya Park for some free live music and socially distanced fun!

These concerts are put on to provide safe, family friendly entertainment with social distancing in mind. Enjoy the scenic sprawling landscape of our beautiful park while listening to local live music. Bring your picnic, your lawn chairs and your beads! Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade Happening NOW!

from the City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events FB page, click to see more!

The Covington Trailhead is all decked out for Mardi Gras! Check it out while you tour the Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade, going on now until Mardi Gras Day, February 16th, 2021.

Visit www.covla.com to sign up for Mayor Mark’s email updates!

from the City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events FB page, click to see more!
Non Profit Spotlight

“Fine Wine for Canines” a Success for Northshore Humane Society

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From the Northshore Humane Society:

pictured left to right: Kim Coogan, Ann Blum, NHS President Jerry Coogan, Mandeville Councilman Dr. Skelly Keller, NHS Board Director Eric McVicker

First fundraiser since the pandemic a success for homeless animals in our community! 

On Monday, January 25th Gallagher’s 527 in Mandeville hosted Fine Wines for Canines, a charity dinner and wine pairing to benefit the homeless animals of Northshore Humane Society. The limited capacity and socially distant evening included a five-course dinner, each course with an exquisite wine pairing. Patrons also took advantage of a cash bar before dinner and bid on several silent auction pieces all to benefit the no-kill rescue and community veterinary clinic.

pictured left to right: NHS Board Member Andre Judice, Todd Judice & NHS Board Member Alicia Wood

“This was the first fundraising event since the start of the pandemic so we are extremely grateful for everyone who attended and participated,” said Northshore Humane Society CEO, Scott Bernier. “It was also great to catch up with supporters of our organization who we have not seen (except virtually) for quite some time,” he added.

pictured left to right: Rhonda Eckholdt, NHS Board Member Eileen Hodgins, Claire Durio & Stephen Algero

This evening and future Fine Wines events will not only help the homeless animals of Northshore Humane Society, they will assist local restaurants at this critical time following a pandemic. Keep an eye on the humane society’s website and social pages for upcoming Fine Wines and charity dinner nights in 2021!

pictured left to right: NHS COO Shawn Williams, Ann Blum, NHS Director of Operations Alexandra Coogan & NHS Vice President Scott Discon

Learn how you can adopt, donate or get involved at www.northshorehumane.org

NHS Board Member, Jennifer Lacoste & husband Stevin Lacoste
Kit Knight, NHS Vice President Scott Discon and Kim Coogan
Janel Martin & Celeste Brown
Local Events

Jazz in January: Free Virtual Concert Series

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Christ Episcopal Church, Covington will present the 6th annual Jazz in January, the popular weekend festival of music at the historic church located at 120 S. New Hampshire St. Performances will be live-streamed January 22-24, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the Christ Episcopal Church Facebook page

***Due to streaming rights, performances will be viewable one-time only and will not be available for On-Demand viewing, SO DON’T MISS THIS WEEKEND OF INCREDIBLE MUSIC!***

Watch the sixth annual Jazz in January Video Promo Here

Jon Cleary performs January 22nd

Jazz in January is traditionally a 3-day event at Christ Episcopal Church featuring world renowned jazz musicians with ticketed concerts on Friday and Saturday night as well as free Jazz Masses on Sunday. This year, due to COVID-19 challenges, all three days are free to the public.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22nd ARTIST LINE-UP:
Jake Shimabukuro
Eric Bibb
The Catahoulas
Jon Cleary

SATURDAY, JAN. 23rd ARTIST LINE-UP:
Gabrielle Cavassa
Handmade Moments
Sean Ardoin
Sweet Crude

This event is made possible by the sponsorship of McMath Construction: “King of Swing” title sponsor for the 6th year running, and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation for its ongoing support.

For more information or to become a patron of the arts, visit ChristChurchCovington.com/jazz_january.

For more information about the church, visit www.christchurchcovington.com or call (985) 892-3177.

Local Events

Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade Kicks Off This Saturday

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Mardi Gras 2021 may have taken on a new form, but the spirit of the season lives on in Covington with the Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade, kicking off Saturday January 23 through Mardi Gras Day, February 16, 2021.

Covington’s krewe was created to provide a safe alternative way for locals to still participate in festival activities. Walk or drive around Covington to view over 40 beautifully decorated homes and businesses at your leisure. Stay tuned to the Covington Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Floats Facebook page for updates on maps of participating locations.

Purchase locally hand-made commemorative throws for this historic Mardi Gras season! From the Copperhead Studios website: “Created by local artists, hand painted on birch, these are a more sustainable option, both for the environment, and for our local economy. Shop Small – Keep art alive and kicking in Louisiana”

Missed the deadline to register your business for the map? You can still decorate your property and be involved! Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers encourages utilizing the help of local artists in the design of your house float; visit their page to learn more.

Covington locals work on “Aquarius Rolls on the River” house float on New Hampshire Street. From the Covington Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Floats FB page.
Tag your art: #r3r2021 #housefloats
Local Events Local News

City of Covington Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Rev. Peter Atkins Park

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Join the City of Covington on Monday, January 18th at Rev. Peter Atkins Park to celebrate MLK Day 2021! Festivities are from 12 – 4 pm and include MLK program and art display, games, light refreshments, poster and essay contest, and more!

Social distancing and masks are required as per Governor’s mandate.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

According to Wikipedia

Martin Luther King Jr Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr,[1] and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King’s birthday is January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Local Events

Chillin’ at the River with Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours this Saturday

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Come out to one last concert of the year at the Bogue Falaya Park! The day after Christmas, Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours will perform for a free live concert on the river.

On Saturday December 26th, the City of Covington presents Grammy nominated Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours at the Bogue Falaya Park from 4 – 6:30 pm. A continuation of the Chillin’ at the River concert series, guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics as food and beverages will not be provided. Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

These concerts are put on to provide safe, family friendly entertainment with social distancing in mind. Enjoy the scenic sprawling landscape of our beautiful park while listening to local live music. Afterwards, take a stroll around downtown Covington and visit the many unique shops and fine dining restaurants.

Read more about the Cajun Troubadours here:

Local News Non Profit Spotlight

Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event a Big Success

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Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event a Big Success for Homeless Animals on the Northshore!

NHS volunteer Bobbi Jo Ball with NHS adoptable pup Bernett

Covington, LA – On Saturday, December 12th, Baldwin Motors Subaru of Covington hosted their annual Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event. This year was a huge success for homeless animals in our community. Over 30 dogs and cats from Northshore Humane Society and multiple agencies found their forever families and will now spend this holiday season in the warmth and comfort of a home!

Parish President Mike Cooper, NHS volunteer Heidi Carbon, NHS CEO Scott Bernier and NHS adoptable pup Brisket

The day’s festivities also included live music by Christian Serpas and Ghosttown Duo, delicious food, vendors and holiday family photos.

Want to adopt or donate to Northshore Humane Society? Visit www.northshorehumane.org to learn more!

Christian Serpas and George of Christian Serpas and Ghosttown Duo
Kitty cat area
NHS Director of Operations Shawn Williams showing an interested family homeless pup Marley
NHS volunteer Heidi Carbon holding NHS adoptable pup Wiggles
Local Events

‘Deck the Rails’ Free Children’s Event at the Covington Trailhead Saturday

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The City of Covington presents this free, kid-friendly holiday event at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday, December 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Featuring Christmas Caroling by the Northlake Performing Arts Society (NPAS) chorale, Christmas craft activities, a visit from Santa Claus and individually wrapped holiday treats. All activities are free and open to the public.

Participants are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing in accordance with the Governors mandate at this time. The trailhead will also have hand sanitizing stations throughout. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy all that Covington has to offer! www.covla.com

Art Event Local Events

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.

lee lane art market
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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 www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Opening Reception Saturday Evening at STAA Art House:

Christmas in the Country:

Local Events

Trickin’ & Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday

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covington trailhead

The Covington Cultural Arts & Events office hosts a free, family-friendly event at the Trailhead for Halloween on Saturday, October 24 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

The kids’ event includes a magic show by Master Magician Billy Ferguson, Halloween crafts, pumpkin patch and decorating, face painting and other activities. Come dressed in your Halloween costume!

Admission is free. Sponsored by Champagne Beverage.

Art Event Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

“A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker” Exhibit at St. Tammany Art Association

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“There is something about drawing with a soft pencil on a velvet-like surface that cannot be matched. No matter what is going on in my head or what stress I have in my life, touching pencil to paper soothes me. It is direct, low-tech and flows from within. Drawing is the foundation that all of my work is built on.

My recent drawings are created mostly with graphite and the marks are delicate and quiet. In these pieces I use intricately drawn patterns to suggest wallpaper, embroidery or domestic crafts that might have occupied a woman’s time in the day. Against these lovely, repetitive backgrounds, I situate a figure or part of the body in a tense or distressed pose with hair in disarray or toes flexed, interrupting the order of the drawn pattern.”

This body of work, “A Partial View”, is based on artist Mary Jane Parker’s interest in hysteria, a disease that many women were diagnosed with in the early 1900’s. There are many theories about exactly what hysteria was and why it predominantly afflicted women. The aspect of the disease that has most fascinated Parker, however, is how the medical professionals used it to restrict women who did not follow the rules and expectations of society. In researching this period in medical history, Parker stumbled upon a group of drawings by the doctor who was a mentor to Freud, Jean-Martin Charcot. His fascinating sketches depicted states of restlessness, anxiety, theatricality and stress–– emotions akin to those our current society fosters.

A native New Orleanian, Ms. Parker’s work is mixed media combining printmaking and painting techniques with glass and bronze sculpture.  She received her BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in studio art and her MFA from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. Ms. Parker was the recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 1990 and 2001 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2006. She was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Award for Excellence in Works on Paper in 1990.  Ms. Parker used an NEA Independent Study Fellowship to travel along the pilgrimage route in France and Spain. In addition, she studied color woodcut in Florence, Italy using a Surdna Foundation Fellowship.

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Ms. Parker has exhibited work nationally and internationally and is represented in New Orleans by Arthur Roger Gallery.  Currently Mary Jane serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans as the Visual Arts Coordinator. Ms. Parker is the chairperson of the visual arts department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Art. She is also a member of the teaching faculty.

“A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker”, made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Catherine Deano.

The exhibit is on display at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia Street, from October 10th – November 28th, 2020. The Arthouse hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday 11am-4pm.

Learn more at www.sttammany.art

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Welcome Tuesday and welcome to you, friends! Looks like we dodged another one. Please keep our neighbors across the state in your prayers; our luck means they caught the brunt. Fortunately, fair winds and blue skies are planned for this week so let’s get out and enjoy!

Those fair winds have  blown a smorgasbord of goodies onto Joy’s table — beef & bean burrrr-itos or boudin, bread pudding… uh huh! Kandy’s beautiful shrimp and shredded cabbage salad is as refreshing as the day, especially with a glass of jasmine tea. Abeer’s delicious spinach or meat pies go great with a side of tzatziki or hummus. The hens at Double K Farms have been enjoying the weather which means you can enjoy the results!

Now over at Driskell’s, there’s Frito Pie (yes, it’s as good as it sounds) or a brisket sandwich with brisket chili. All things quiche are happening over at Jerome’s table — 3 different kinds plus Madeleines (so good!) A cone of cinnamon sugar nut (pecans, walnuts, cashews) from Nutt N Better will see you through the afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the selection of soup and baking mixes from Henderson Hearth. Johnny makes a fantastic veggie Bhakti Bowl. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bag of his tasty Bhakti Balls as well. You’ll want those for when the cinnamon sugar nuts are gone! And, of course, our fabulous Farmers’ Market band will be tossing out lively tunes from the gazebo. 

The toe-tapping, fun-loving, just plain great music of Vintage Jazz will fill the gazebo as we drift into Saturday. Is that a bit of fall I feel in the air? Stupendous! So grab your coffee from the pavilion, say “Hey!” to Kayleigh and get yourself one of Jennifer’s breakfast sandwiches or an apple turnover from Patrick & Madeleine, or a creamy slice of Norma’s quiche to enjoy while you shop. It’s gonna be a great day at the market! 

It was so nice to see green on the produce tables this past week. I can’t wait for more. Aminta’s microgreens are a good choice to fill the gap and are great on a sandwich. James has been having a smorgasbord of fresh mushrooms each week. You’ll be delighted and amazed at the variety.   

Jubilee Farms is the place to go for your meats. I’ll admit I’m partial to the Cajun & Italian sausages they have but you really can’t beat their pork chops. Over the months, I’ve met many people who also enjoy their meats. I’ve heard recipes using the ground pork, chorizo, and lamb. I wish I could remember some of those recipes. For shrimp, no one beats Mr. Two for quality and price!

Norma’s soups are back (not sure they were ever gone) and she has some wonderful selections like her curried coconut cauliflower. That sounds fabulous especially with a slice of sourdough from Happy Flour or Bear Creek Road or even a toasted slice of cauliflower crust from  Jim’s Low-Carb. 

Greg Miller may have a few gorgeous pumpkins left but he says he will definitely have persimmons. Nick also has some lovely persimmons along with beautiful heirloom eggplant and arugula. You’ll find sprouts and arugula at Sam’s table and next week, he will have turmeric. Sorry about last week’s message. It was turmeric and not ginger that Sam has.

Make your way around to Succotash Ferments where Nancy has a nutritious selection of healthy beverages such as kombucha, kefir, and golden milk. Don’t worry, she has fabulous raw krauts and kimchi. If you just turn around, you’ll find Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup — get your immune boost before the cold gets here! You won’t even be thinking healthy when you enjoy one of Amanda;s fruity popsicles. 

Bhakti Farms can cook you up a delicious Bhakti Bowl or one of his amazing beet & bean burgers. Amazing! Epic! Exnihilo Farms will be there with rabbit meat and some wonderful moringa tea. Of course we have your staples — Mauthe’s milk, yogurt, butter. Huckleberry Fred’s lovely goat cheese blends, milk too. Eggs from Double K. Raw honey from Blood River—exquisitely sweet! Culinary masterpieces at Tessier Gourmet — Eggplant Parmesan, Sweet & Spicy Cole Slaw or Roasted Beet & Citrus, Spinach Artichoke Dip. Along with incredible cookies, Vincent & Mauricio also fix a spread called skordalia. This is a unique spread made with oil and garlic and makes just the most fabulous garlic bread ever!

Well, there really are lots of marvelous things at our Covington Farmers’ Market. Trick is not to sleep in or you will miss out!

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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Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Northshore Humane Society Offers Low Cost Vaccines for Pets in BOO-steron Event

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November 30th, Northshore Humane Society’s community veterinary clinic is offering low cost vaccines through their BOO-sterthon packages! Canine and feline annual vaccinations can be purchased for only $75! The $75 package includes a heartworm test for dogs and deworming for kitties. Clients can also add a full exam for only $25 more. Microchipping and prevention will be available for purchase.

“With all of the challenges this year has brought to residents in our community, we are excited to offer this low cost option and help families with the care of their beloved pets,” says Northshore Humane Society Director of Veterinary Medicine and Services, Dr. Estelle Felarise.

Residents in St. Tammany and surrounding parishes can take advantage of this BOO-sterthon event by scheduling a curbside appointment. Northshore Humane Society is located on Harrison Ave. in Covington. Call (985) 892-7387 or email clinic@nshumane.org to schedule today!

Learn more about the Northshore Humane Society at www.northshorehumane.org.

Farmers Market Recipes This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers’ Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Bhakti Farms’ black bean vegan burger at Wednesday’s and Saturday’s market

A wonderfully happy Tuesday to you, friends! We are hours away from a bodacious market! Come and enjoy the sweet breezes and fabulous music of our Farmers Market Band who faithfully show up each week to fill our market with song! Joy is back and bringing with her a plethora of fine foods for you to grab ’n go. But if you want a hot meal, she offers chicken burritos or tamales or boudin. Tasty, beautifully spiced, Jordanian foods fill Abeer’s table. Don’t neglect getting your eggs. The Double K hens have been busy just for you, just like Jerry’s bees have been. The honey is flowing sweetly these days. Pho will once again be on Kandy’s table. Ahh! Nourishing broth, mung beans, cilantro, noodles, and chicken — doesn’t get better than that. Unless, of course, you get the creamy shrimp rolls.

Corey is busy smoking brisket and ribs for tomorrow and he will have more of his delicious cole slaw. Bhakti Farms is back as well. Johnny will be there with Bhakti Bowls (these are soooo delicious) and I’m sure he’ll have plenty of photos, too. Have you tried the nuts over at Nut N Better (Henderson Hearth). They are really wonderful, coated in cinnamon sugar with just the right amount of sweetness. Indulge in a bag and then get the shortbread mix from Henderson’s. You won’t regret it and they are very easy to make. Get a taste of jun or one of Mignon’s lovely tonics. Delightful! Jerome is making his 3 cheese quiche again; it must have been a big hit. There’s chocolate cake, too, just in case your sweet tooth is calling.

James Corbett Farms at the Covington Farmers Market

Saturday will soon arrive bringing the Dirty Rain Revelers into the gazebo. Let’s hope they don’t bring Hurricane Delta with them! I’m just gonna pretend she won’t be joining us.

Nick says he will have arugula this week and maybe he’ll have persimmons as well. Greg filled his table with pumpkins and honey last week. It is definitely October. I promised a recipe with pumpkin and this one is a doozy — Pumpkin Alfredo! See the recipe below. Now you will have to bake this pumpkin and puree the flesh ‘cause you will need 1 cup for the recipe. If you have more, freeze it. This is sure to become a favorite. Remember to pick up some of Aminta’s microgreens to sprinkle over the Pumpkin Alfredo just to give it that bit of flair!

Happy Flour Bakery has t-shirts!

Sam has lot of nutritious sprouts on the table and I believe he has ginger! Oh boy! Pumpkin Honey Beer Bread will headline on Jennifer’s table but may be pushed out by her fabulous black pepper biscuit with grilled chicken, bacon, and spicy apricot marmalade. Apple Turnovers have been a definite hit at Happy Flour — probably because they are apple-icious! Walnut pate, enchilada pie, brownies, and those amazing quiches are what Norma is serving this week. And, of course, Amanda’s fresh juices really hit the spot with delightful flavors like watermelon lime, peach lemonade, or her fabulous mango juice. Or just get one of her fruity popsicles and that will light up your face. 

Check out Tessier Gourmet for incredible prepared meals such as Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Andouille Gumbo, Shepherd’s Pie, and more. So delicious, so easy. While you’re there grab a bag of Mauricio’s amazing vegan divinity or ginger cookies.

Sooo many wonderful things to enjoy. Whatta market! Stay safe, my friends!

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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
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Pumpkin Alfredo

  • 1 pound fettuccine cooked to al dente, reserve 1 cup of pasta water (check with Jennifer to see what homemade pasta she has)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (Mauthe’s, naturally)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree not pie filling (Greg)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup half & half (you can substitute Mauthe’s heavy cream or you can also make your own half & half with a pint of cream and a pint of whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese off the block
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (a plant from Alton should do, just leave it in a sunny window or plant it outside your back door for fresh parsley anytime)

Bring a stockpot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water, then add fettuccine. Cook until al dente (check package instructions). Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic and cook for about a minute, careful not to burn. Stir in half & half, Parmesan, pumpkin and nutmeg. Stir until sauce is heated through and cheese is melted. Stir in pasta water, about 1/4 cup at a time, until sauce is desired consistency (I used about 1/2 a cup, and it was thick and creamy. For a thinner sauce, use more pasta water).

Add pasta and cook over medium-high heat until sauce is smooth and pasta is well coated; about 1-2 minutes.
Divide into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley and fresh grated Parmesan, if desired.