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Juneteenth Freedom Celebration

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The City of Covington and Together We Stand present the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration this Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rev. Peter Atkins Park. The celebration kicks off with a Freedom Parade at 9 a.m. led by Soul Saint Super Fan. See parade route below:

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration Parade Route

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the Juneteenth Program with Games, May Pole, Dancing, Vendors, Music and Food. Performances include New Beginning and Northwest Tap Connection Youth Tap Ensemble.

A Co-ed Soft Ball Game will begin after 3 p.m. Rev. Peter Atkins Park is located at 701 N. Tyler St. For more information, please contact Peter Lewis: plewis@covla.com or (225)505-3030.

Article updated 6-16-21

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St. Tammany Parish Fair Opens

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Fall is here and the Parish Fair opens Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 and ends on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The purpose of the St. Tammany Parish Fair is to promote community economic development and showcase local culture as well as nurturing community responsibility and pride.
See the agricultural exhibits and livestock shows, hear live music on stage, ride the rides and play the games. The parish fair is fun for the whole family with ample parking available. See the 2018 poster on the back.

2018 Poster by Suzanne King

The St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds entrance is located at 1304 N. Columbia Street. The St. Tammany Parish Fair was established in 1910. Call 985-892-8421 and follow St. Tammany Parish Fair on Facebook.

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West 30’s Community Block Party April 21st

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The West 30’s Community Block Party takes place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 3 p.m. To 6 p.m. At Peter Atkins Park, located 701 N. Tyler Street. This event is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome, rain or shine. It will be fun for the whole family with free food, youth games, entertainment, music, prizes, local talent, community resources and special guests. This event is produced by the West 30’s Task Force.

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2nd Annual Esther Festival Saturday

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The 2nd Annual Esther Festival is Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Bogue Falaya Park in historic Covington from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Esther Festival has a $2 entry price for a family friendly outdoor festival filled with lots of great food, games, live music entertainment, beauty booths, and fun for people of all ages.  tokenoflove.org

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Summer Blast Basketball Tournament is Only One Month Away

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Covington’s Community Summer Blast Festival takes place Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Reverend Peter Atkins Park, 701 North Tyler Street. Co-Ed Basketball teams ages 11-17 and 18 and older are encouraged to participate in a day of basketball tournament and fun filled festival in a family atmosphere. Vendor booths are available for a small fee, profits are yours to keep. Vendors may be food, arts & crafts, jewelry, games, informational, etc. Local Police, Fire and Sheriff Department will be on site with tools and resources. Proceeds for the event will benefit children across St. Tammany Parish by providing an opportunity to attend Summer and Holiday Basketball camps, keeping them safe and off the streets. The camps are a result of the community efforts by Scott Cyprian and his wife Tiffany.

Covington Weekly caught up with Jordan Bedford, a Covington Resident who has involved himself in Tiffany and Scott’s Basketball Camps from a young age. After completing an Associate’s Degree at Baton Rouge Community College, Jordan most recently graduated from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS, where he also played basketball. Jordan attended past basketball camps, and he is the special guest at this year’s Summer Blast.

“Tiffany and Scott are amazing people. They are taking kids out of bad environments and giving them hope. Thank you for the opportunity to promote this event, I invite everyone out to support the community by attending this tournament.” – Jordan Bedford

All community leaders are urged to participate in Summer Blast 2016, if interested please call Tiffany at 985-710-5699 or email projectblessingsallyear@gmail.com.

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Star Trek Night Filling Up Quick at the English Tea Room

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The English Tea Room & EateryReserve your place for Star Trek night at the English Tea Room & Eatery. Enjoy a voyage-themed dinner with tea pairings, games & more. Costumes are not required, but gift cards will be awarded to the best dressed!

March 18, 2016, 7–9 p.m. $35/ person. 985-898-3988

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City of Covington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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mlkjrIt is time again for the City of Covington to join together to celebrate the man, the dream, the American legend, and the greatest leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.  Our Celebration Theme, “I Am A Man,” focuses on the struggles and trials of Dr. King’s last campaign, the Memphis Sanitation Strike.  Furthermore, it highlights Dr. King’s commitment to the use of non-violent means to ensure that African-Americans were treated like other citizens with dignity and humanity.
The tribute to Dr. King includes a parade, Celebration Service, and a fun afternoon at the Reverend Peter Atkins Park all on Monday, January 18, 2016.  Also, the City is pleased to announce that the Annual MLK Service Project will be a Blood Drive held on Monday, January 18, 2016, immediately following the Celebration Service at Peter S. Atkins Park, Covington, Louisiana.  The citizens of Covington are called upon to take part in this most important activity and to give blood.  This is a truly worthy cause as all blood donations are used to save lives, and the life you save may be yours.
The MLK Birthday Celebration will begin on Monday, January 18, 2016 with the customary parade beginning at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park commencing at 10:00 a.m., marching throughout the West 30’s neighborhood, ending at Fuhrmann Auditorium, Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Street. This year’s Commemorative Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., featuring the Greater Covington Community Gospel Youth Choir. Anyone interested in singing in the Community Youth Choir join us for our final rehearsals on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 2:00 p.m., Bethel Reform Methodist Church and Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3:00 p.m., Fuhrmann Auditorium, Covington Center.  The dynamic Reverend Leroy Divinity, Jr., pastor of Midway Church of Christ Holiness USA, will be the keynote speaker. Immediately following the service, the celebration will continue at Reverend Peter Atkins Park, with an afternoon of food, games and fellowship.  All are invited to join in the festivities, events are free and open to the public.

Once again, the Greater Covington Chapter of the NAACP is graciously sponsoring an art (poster) and essay contest.  Submissions should reflect the topics and rules outlined in the written guidelines.  Applications and guidelines are available at Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson, Covington, LA, Covington Planning and Zoning Department.  Entries must be delivered to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department at the Greater Covington Center no later than noon, Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  Announcement of all awards and winners takes place at the  Commemorative Service.
For Additional Information:  Contact the City of Covington’s Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration Chairlady, Beatrice Dunn Penn, (985) 249-1094, Vice-Chairlady, Gaynel Martin Perry, (985) 893-3767, City Councilman District A, John Callahan, (985) 264-6767 or Councilman District B, Jerry Coner, (985) 893-9689.  All Events Are Free And Open To The Public.

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Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land… I’ve been to the Mountaintop Speech, April 3, 1968

 

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Trickin’ & Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead

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Trickin’ & Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead, Oct 31, 2015

The City of Covington will host its sixth annual TRICKIN’ & TREATIN’ children’s event at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., noon. Children of all ages will enjoy this free, fun-filled event. Audubon Nature Institute’s Wetland Express mobile educational program will be present and will offer an up-close experience with our wetland’s most important inhabitants. Children will also enjoy face painting by LA Party Art, some games, and will have the opportunity to decorate a miniature pumpkin.

“Our past Trickin’ and Treatin’ events have been a blast. In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, attendees are encouraged to wear costumes to this event. It’s so much fun to see the children’s creativity in the costumes they wear,” says Aimee Faucheux, City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events Director.

For additional information, contact:

Cody Ludwig

Office of Cultural Arts & Events

(985) 892-1873

cludwig@covla.com

www.covla.com

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Esther Festival takes place at Bogue Falaya Park on Saturday, November 7, 2015

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A Message From Token of Love

You are cordially invited to the 1st Annual Esther Festival, to be held November 7, 2015, in Bogue Falaya Park in historic and beautiful Covington, Louisiana. The Esther Festival is a FREE admission family friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, live music & dance entertainment, beauty booths, fashion show and fun for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Token of Love Foundation is in the process of raising money to build their first home that will be named The Esther-Elizabeth House. This house will be a transitional place where women can go to begin the healing process of the devastating effects of various forms of abuse. The mission is to provide rehabilitation services to women who have suffered from abuse in the form of physical, mental, drug addiction and sex trafficking. Token of Love intends to provide housing, education, job training and faith based counseling to assist these women in returning to a normal life through the completion of the ” NEW LIFE program”. The goal is to help women to become confident, successful and productive members of the community. Token of Love aspires to walk along side these women by offering encouragement and love as we help them birth their dreams and unlock their God given destinies.

This event is to raise funds to begin the building of the house that will be called the ” Esther-Elizabeth”. Please remember that your donations are tax deductible and all funds will be used towards the purchase of the property for development. God Bless.
Star Rooney, Founder
Image Hasselbeck,Founder

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Covington Celebrates the Life of MLK with Annual Parade & Ceremony

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015 Celebration Committee invites the City of Covington to join in this year’s celebration of the life of the most influential leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The 2015 Celebration Theme: “A Knock at Midnight” is taken from a series of sermons delivered by Dr. King. The sermon that is highlighted for this occasion relates to the darkness that enshrouded the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He explained the hopelessness of the movement in this way, “The night was darker than a thousand midnights. The light of hope was about to fade and the lamp of faith to flicker.” When the United States Supreme Court ruled bus segregation unconstitutional, Dr. King concluded that “the darkest hour of the struggle had become the first hour of victory.”

The MLK Birthday Celebration will begin on Monday, January 19, 2015 with the customary parade beginning at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park commencing at 10:00 a.m., marching throughout the West 30’s neighborhood, ending at Fuhrmann Auditorium, Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. This year’s Commemorative Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., and feature the Greater Covington Community Gospel Mass Choir. The dynamic and inspiring orator, Minister Fred Taylor, Director of Covington Head Start Center, will be the keynote speaker. Immediately following the service, the celebration will continue at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park, with an afternoon of food, games and fellowship. All are invited to join in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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6th Annual Covington Lions Club Car & Bike Show Saturday April 12th

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Lions Club Car Show 4-12-14The Covington Lion’s Club will be presenting their 6th Annual Car Show Saturday, April 12th 8 am – 3 pm at the Covington Trailhead. Awards for the top ten pre-1975 vehicles will be given, as well as a “Best of Show” and “Mayor’s Award”. Other entertainment includes a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, dash plaques, great oldies music and a ring toss with various mechanical equipment. The event will benefit the LA Lions Eye Foundation and LA Lions Handicapped Children’s Camp. Contact Lee Roy Jenkins (985-966-3786) or Bill Woessner (985-892-0788) or email mccaite1943@yahoo.com. Rain date is April 19th.