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STAA Art Market Saturday

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St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a seasonal juried market of visual arts and crafts held on first Saturday of the month.

The Saturday markets are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is now hosted on Lee Lane in downtown Covington. The event features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more.

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for our members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re here, we encourage you 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 Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks away.

Then enjoy a bite at one of downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

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STAA Covington Art Market This Saturday at Lee Lane

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St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a seasonal juried market of visual arts and crafts held on first Saturday of the month.

The Saturday markets are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is now hosted on Lee Lane in downtown Covington. The event features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more.

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for our members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re here, we encourage you 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 Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks away.

Then enjoy a bite at one of downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

Artists May Reserve A Booth Online

Covington Art Market is a juried market of STAA Artist Members. STAA Artist Membership is required to participate. Become an Artist Member here.

CAM is a great opportunity for fine artists seeking a venue to sell their artwork. Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters, sculptors are all encouraged to participate. Held in partnership with the City of Covington, the Covington Art Market is held on the first Saturday of the month during our Spring and Fall seasons including a special holiday market held the first Sunday of December, noon to 5 pm, as part of Shop Local Artists Week. New opportunities this year include evening markets during special events, including Spring for Art, Fall for Art and during the Covington Business Association’s White Linen for Public Art festival.

Artists now have the option of submitting payment online. Registration forms should still be submitted and emailed to Info@StTammany.Art.

New artists, please do not remit payment until your application has been approved.

To remit payment, please select appropriate menu (individual artist or two artists sharing space) and select the month from the drop down menu at the registration screen.

A separate registration is required for each date. For two artists sharing a space, membership is required for each artist.

Please note that the Art Markets are open only to artists who have been approved through a juried process.

For more information contact St. Tammany Art Association at (985) 892-8650 or info@sttammany.art

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STAA Art Market This Saturday on Lee Lane

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Stroll through the STAA Art Market this Saturday on Lee Lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more. The Art Markets provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Featuring music by Extraordinary Sessions.

The St. Tammany Art Association was founded in 1958 by a small group of civic-minded individuals dedicated to bringing art to St. Tammany Parish. Today the Art Association is an organization with over 700 members that have served as a catalyst for the arts. The organization has grown into a new building in downtown Covington to further serve the needs of emerging and established artists, and to provide arts education and exhibitions to the community.

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Local History: St. Tammany Ice & Manufacturing Company

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

Back in the days when everyone had “ice boxes” instead of refrigerators, it meant you had to have a steady supply of ice delivered to your door. Since ice doesn’t keep well in the summer, it meant there had to be an ice house in every town, and to make ice, it helped to have electricity. So in the early days of electricity, the ice houses generally became the electric generating stations that eventually supplied the entire town not only with cool ice but also with hot electric current.

At least that was the case in Covington, and here are two photographs from the early 20th century to illustrate the point.

Here is the Covington Ice House and Electric plant building. The company had the first generator in Covington, and was awarded the contract to provide the town of Covington with electricity in 1910.

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According to a close community source, St. Tammany Ice & Manufacturing Co., Ltd, was a powerful aggressive service business serving the Covington area. This business manufactured and  delivered ice to the businesses and residences in and about Covington and it also shipped ice in box cars to other communities in this area. 

The company also installed a waterworks system in the streets of Covington serving the businesses and residences with good water from deep wells.  Next came the  need for electricity in this area so the company  came forward and installed the equipment to generate electrical current and built  the lines and other service outlets to deliver electrical current to the businesses and residences in the Covington area. 

This service expanded to  cover Abita and Mandeville as well. According to Lawrence Frederick when the motor car trolley was liquidated in 1918 the St Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Company purchased the right of way and electric lines. He wrote “This line was maintained to supply electric current to Mandeville and Abita from the Covington plant.” 

But in addition to these services the company was instrumental in  establishing many other businesses in St. Tammany  Parish. The company was headed and managed and  mostly owned by Edward A. Frederick and Maurice P. Planche, both of Covington. These two men were active in the economic, social and political growth of Covington and the area of west St. Tammany Parish.

Here is an article about the company published in 1919.

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Inside the building were a crew of men tending to the big electric generator, which had a big flywheel to keep it running smoothly. 

Above is an advertisement from a 1911 St. Tammany Farmer Newspaper

St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Company Ltd., Covington, La., began on Rutland Street between Florida street and North Lee Road. It outgrew this facility and built a new plant.

It housed the ice manufacturing machinery and tanks, and cold storage facility. The plant added the Production of Electric D.C. Current with steam driven generators. Current generated from these projects was transmitted over the lines to homes and to businesses in and about Covington. 

This facility was later expanded to include Abita Springs and Mandeville, as the industry progressed this plant was compelled to convert to alternating current and purchased diesel engines and alternating generators and installed them. This change also demanded the use of different transmission lines and the installation of transformers along the lines. 

Their personnel had to be trained in the use of this new machinery and material. The company had to secure a franchise with the several towns which it supplied electric current to. This company also served the Covington area with water supply and had to install and maintain the pipe lines and the pumps needed to pump the water and to maintain sufficient pressure for normal use and for fire protection. 

This was a stock company but was primarily owned and operated by E. J. Frederick and M.P. Planche. They furnished the inspiration and often the financial backing and promotional activity for many other businesses in the Covington area.

St. Tammany Ice & Manufacturing Company also had the largest flowing water well in the State of Louisiana.   The building was located at 500 N. Theard Street, where “The Market” now stands across the street from the southern end of the new parish courthouse.

The Deep Water Well Supplying Covington

This new well was the largest flowing water well in the state of Louisiana. It was drilled in excess of 2000 feet and flowed 400 gallons per minute. The water was used for the plant and to supply the town of Covington with water for its water system. The St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Co. installed the water mains, the property connections, water meters and operated the entire waterworks system. 

Also fire hydrants were placed along the mains. The pumping plant had special fire pumps to increase the water pressure into the mains at time of a fire. On two corners in the center of town large reservoirs were dug underground and stored thousands of gallons of water to support the fire pumps in these area.

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It was located on Theard between 25th Ave. and 26th Ave. (Ruby on the map)

Dr. John R. Vercellotti of Covington recalls that “Jules Vergez had a better feel for the technologically advanced components (of installing electric wiring). The Vergez family lived right across the street from the St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Co., which became the first electricity-producer in the area. The company needed the electricty to make ice, and nobody else in the area was making electricity, so Jules talked them into letting him run a wire from the plant over to their house where it powered a single light bulb hanging down from the ceiling of his mother’s kitchen.”  As a result, Mrs. Vergez had the first residential electric light in Covington. “That was really something, and they always laughed about that,” Vercellotti said. 

Read more local history: tammanyfamily.blogspot.com

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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 www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Opening Reception Saturday Evening at STAA Art House:

Christmas in the Country:

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‘Christmas in the Country’ Shop Local Event Kicks Off After Thanksgiving in Covington

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The City of Covington and merchants of Lee Lane present Christmas in the Country, an annual event happening Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and every Saturday until Christmas.

Savor the turn-of-the-century charm of Lee Lane with your family and friends and make holiday memories! Enjoy live music while discovering quality merchandise and one of a kind gift items.

Shops throughout downtown Covington offer special shopping events, refreshments and door prizes. Discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries, as well entertainment in Covington’s historic St. John District throughout the month (see separate events on our calendar).

Then, take a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining at the city’s award-winning restaurants and entertainment at nightclubs in and around the downtown area.

Weekly, most shops are open 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday, some on Sundays, and many restaurants are open every day. Parking is free throughout the walkable district, on the street and in public parking “oxlots.”

Check their Facebook page for updates: Christmas in the Country Covington LA

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STAA Art Market on Lee Lane this Saturday

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday November 7th 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 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

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STAA Covington Art Market & Fall for Art 2020 Announced

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday October 3rd 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. The Art Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Learn more at www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Save the Date: Fall for Art October 10th, 2020

Join the St. Tammany Art Association for coordinated art openings, boutique shopping and fine dining on October 10th from 6 – 9 pm. This free event showcases over a dozen galleries, shops and restaurants featuring new artwork, special sales and delicious meals all for all to enjoy. Come out, spread out and stroll downtown Covington for Fall for Art 2020!

Fall for Art is presented in partnership with the City of Covington supported this year by a generous donation from the Covington Business Association. CDC guidelines will apply. For more information, visit www.sttammany.art

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Local History: Abadie Family Recognized In Naming Street

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

Early in 1992 the City of Covington renamed a short street between Lee Lane and Boston Commons shopping village as “Abadie Lane.” It was a proud moment for the Abadie family who had lived in the area for decades, as well as an important moment in Covington history. As it turns out Abadie Lane was at one time the main entrance into Covington.

History writer Todd Valois of Covington wrote a detailed account of the event, which was published in the Times Picayune. Here is the text from that article:

Street Named In Honor of Illustrious Local Family

by Todd Valois

Among the well-known byways of downtown Covington there are six lesser-known thoroughfares.

Hotel Alley stretches from New Hampshire to Vermont streets. Courthouse Alley runs from Boston Street to Gibson Street along the side of the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse.

Walker Alley goes from Lee Lane to Florida Street; Badon Alley from Gibson Street to Lockwood Street; and Holden Alley from Boston Street to the closed section of Rutland Street.

The newly named Abadie Lane runs from Lee Lane to the Boston Common shopping complex. The long street had been unnamed until December, when the Covington City Council unanimously voted to give it a name.


Here is a 1934 Map Showing “Abadie Lane” as the road leading to the old Bogue Falaya Bridge. Kemper Street has since been renamed as Lee Lane.


Valois’ article continues: The Abadie family has been associated with the property and the history of Covington for more than 100 years.

In 1885, Bertrand Abadie bought three lots in square 21 of the Division of St. John in Covington. On Dec. 15, 1887, Abadie died, leaving his home and store to his son, Louis, and daughter, Bertha, who later became Mrs. William Hanhart.

Louis opened a bakery in his father’s old store on Kemper Street, now Lee Lane. He later opened a bakery on Columbia Street, on the site of the present Sore Thumb Tavern, where he displayed and sold the confections he baked on Kemper Street.

On March 2, 1886, he married a woman of French descent named Marie Honorine Parisy. In the 30 years they were married, Louis and Honorine raised six children: Hyacinth Louis; Blanche Marguerite, who married Claude Henry in 1907; Edward; Jeanne, who married James Connaughton in 1920; Louis II, who was killed in 1905 at the age of 11 when he fell under a moving log train on the tracks that ran beside the family home; and Neomie.

As a young man, Hyacinth Louis, known as H.L., helped his father in the bakery, delivering bread as far away as Abita Springs by horse and buggy. Later, H.L. moved to New Orleans and for a time worked as a conductor on the New Orleans streetcars.

On Oct. 26, 1916, Louis died at the age of 53. That same year, H.L. returned to Covington to care for his mother. It was not long before Honorine joined her husband in the hereafter on Nov. 19, 1917.

H.L., who was not interested in the bakery business, bought out his siblings’ shares of the property, tore down the bakery on Kemper Street and used the shop on Columbia to open the Abadie Grocery in 1922. The store was open for 37 years.

On March 19, 1915, H.L. married Lillian Pauline Connaughton of Lewisburg. She was a sister of James Connaughton, who later would marry Jeanne Abadie in 1920.

 Mercedes, left, and Lillian Abadie, right, hold the street name sign which designated Abadie Lane. They gathered with family, friends and public officials to dedicate and rename Boston Commons Drive to their family name, Abadie Lane. A longtime Covington family, the Abadies have owned property on the street for more than 100 years. The sign was installed after the ceremony. City Council members Matt Faust (back row, center) and Patricia Clanton, back row far right, were in attendance. Photograph by David Grunfeld/Times Picayune

The Connaughtons raised five children in a rambling wood-frame home on Asia Street near St. Scholastica Academy. The eldest child, Earl, was a son from James Connaughton’s first marriage to Marguerite Champagne.

The first Mrs. Connaughton died in the great flu epidemic of 1918 at the age of 29 while she was expecting her second child. In 1925, H.L. Abadie built a new home on Kemper Street that is known as the Abadie home. There, he and Lillian raised their three children – H.L. Jr., Mercedes and Lillian.

The house was a wonderful place to grow up, since it was in town but far enough from the business area to remain tranquil. H.L’s property was known throughout Covington for its beautiful gardens.

Mercedes and Lillian continued to live in the family home after the deaths of their parents. But upkeep of the old home proved too much for the sisters, and they sold the property in 1981.

Lillian and Mercedes continue to live in Covington with their brother, H.L. Jr. and his wife, the former Ellen Hebert.

Naming the street next to the Abadie home is a fitting tribute to a family that has made its homes and businesses Covington landmarks for more than 100 years.

Abadie Lane will carry on a community’s fond remembrances of this illustrious family for many years to come.”

End of Valois Article

Check out Ron Barthet’s blog Tammany Family for more great local history! More photos related to this post here.

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STAA Covington Arts Market This Saturday on Lee Lane

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The St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, announces the continuation of the Covington Arts Market, their long-standing juried arts and crafts market.

This STAA Arts Market is held at the new location on Lee Lane Saturday July 11, 2020. Stop by from 10 am – 2 pm for this free open air market! Featuring local hand-made art including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

With appreciation and in support of the local arts community STAA is offering half-off registration fees for this July market. Event will be limited to 20 vendors. To register to participate click here https://www.sttammany.art/arts-market

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STAA Art Market March 2014

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. 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 Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s 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 downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

A Little About STAA

The St. Tammany Art Association was founded in 1958 by a small group of civic-minded individuals dedicated to bringing art to western St. Tammany Parish. Today, STAA has grown into an organization with over 300 members. Serving as a catalyst for the arts, the organization’s Art House building in downtown Covington serves the needs of emerging and established artists, and to provides arts education and exhibitions to the community.

STAA notes that recent administrative transitions along with the impact of COVID-19 have created challenges for the organization, and that they are working to stabilize operations and will soon begin implementing more programing in the coming weeks.

Love STAA? Looking to volunteer or donate? Learn more at https://www.sttammany.art/

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STAA Announces Return of Covington Art Market

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The St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, announces the continuation of its Covington Art Market, a long-standing juried arts and crafts market.

This STAA Art Market is held at the new location on Lee Lane Saturday July 11, 2020. Stop by from 10 am – 2 pm for this free open air market! Featuring local hand-made art including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

With appreciation and in support of the local arts community STAA is offering half-off registration fees for this July market. To register to participate click here https://www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Art by Kenny Passauer, Covington Art Market March 2014

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. 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 Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s 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 downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

Learn more at https://www.sttammany.art/

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Art Market This Saturday At Lee Lane

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The Art Markets are back beginning this Saturday, March 7, 2020. Stop by the new location on Lee Lane from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For some awesome art created by local artists.
Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters and sculptors are all encouraged to participate, vendor spaces are still available.

More information can be found on the Art House website at sttammany.art.
The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. 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 Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market takes place from 8 a.m. To noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane.
The Art House is open 5 days a week, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. And Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 985-892-8650 or send an email to info@sttammany.art.

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This Week in Covington

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Holiday Festival of Arts

The Holiday Festival of Arts takes place this Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Downtown Covington is the place to be December 7, 2019 as the town presents the third annual St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts. Eight hours. Two blocks. And something for everyone on your list. It’s a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and it’s taking place on Lee Lane.

The event will include more than 30 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories.

Admission to these events and more is free.

Covington, LA  – Make plans now to attend the Covington Heritage Foundation’s (CHF) annual History and Holly Home Tour, which will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-5 p.m. and this year – for the first time – will include two historic churches. This annual event has quickly become a Northshore holiday tradition.

Featured will be four beautiful homes in the W. 19th, W. 20th and Jefferson avenues area, Covington Presbyterian Church and St. Peter Catholic Church, which will feature music from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

History and Holly is being presented in cooperation with the City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts and Events. 

This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route (trams will also be available), touring the festively adorned homes and churches, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from a harpist and strolling carolers. In addition, there will be new Christmas cards and ornaments (by local artists Suzanne King and Jax Frey, respectively) available for purchase.

The tour will include the following stops: homes at 507 W. 20th Ave., 243 S. Jefferson Ave., 223 W. 19th Ave., and 323 W. 19th Ave., and Covington Presbyterian Church at 222 S. Jefferson Ave. and St. Peter Catholic Church at 125 E. 19th Ave.

Tickets are $20 each and are limited. They may be purchased at Braswell Drugs, Jefferson House, and the Southern Hotel or online at eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-and-holly-home-tour-2019-tickets-76841636403). Purchases at local retailers will include the required wristbands for tour home entry, and online tickets must be exchanged for required wristbands at Covington Presbyterian Church, tour headquarters, before starting the tour on event day.

For more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com or email covingtonheritagefoundation@gmail.com.

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holiday events getting into full swing

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The Holiday Season is here, and there is no shortage of things to do and people to see in Covington. The 9th Annual Feeding the Needy Luncheon takes place on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. At the Briggs Assembly Center at St. Paul’s School. The Covington Rotary Club presents this fundraiser which allows them to deliver more than 1,500 cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to area families in need on Christmas morning. Find out more: covrotary.org

Downtown Covington is the place to be December 7, 2019 as the town presents the third annual St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts. Eight hours. Two blocks. And something for everyone on your list. It’s a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and it’s taking place on Lee Lane.

The event will include more than 30 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories. Admission to these events is free. Hosted by the St. Tammany Art Association sttammany.art

Christmas Bingo at the Fuhrmann Auditorium Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Get into the Christmas spirit with Christmas Bingo: It’s Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, play for actual prizes in this uniquely interactive show. Vicki Quade, co-creator of the hit, Late Night Catechism, will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick’s origins and where candy canes come from.

OnStage at the Fuhrmann brings the Christmas Bingo performance to you on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and can be purchased at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire or City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. And 4:30 p.m. Also, you can order online: bontempstix.com
Tickets are on sale now.
“You will be engaged by this show’s unique interactive approach that involves a bingo game with real prizes. It is going to be fun and entertaining with all the hilarity that Quade ensues,” Aimee Faucheaux, Director of Cultural Arts & Events. More Info: 985-892-1873

Please join the Covington Heritage Foundation for its annual History and Holly Home Tour, which this year – for the first time – will include two historic churches! This annual event has quickly become a northshore holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss. Featured will be four beautiful homes in the W. 19th, W. 20th and Jefferson avenues area, Covington Presbyterian Church, and St. Peter Catholic Church, which will feature music from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route (trams will also be available), touring the festively adorned homes and churches, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from a harpist and strolling carolers. In addition, there will be new Christmas cards and ornaments (by local artists Suzanne King and Jax Frey, respectively) available for purchase.

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New Addition To Ox Lot Parking In Covington

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Unique to Covington’s downtown business district, the original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce.  Farmers would bring their ox-drawn carts to town loaded with wares and conduct business in these designated center block locations.  Traditionally called “ox lots” and largely responsible for Covington’s designation as a national historic district, today’s use provides free public off-street parking for downtown visitors and employees.     covla.com

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Preparing a City-owned property for a new, public parking lot on Gibson St near Lee Lane. This will add 18-20 additional parking spaces for business and restaurant patrons in downtown Covington when opened in the very near future! – Mayor Mike Cooper

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Keep It Local!

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Keep It Local in Historic Downtown Covington for unique and personalized gifts this shopping season.  From hand carved figurines at Roy’s Knife & Archery to hand made jewelry at Shop Soul Boutique, a selection of 200 loose teas at The English Tea Room & Eatery or a wall to wall selection of eclectic gifts at Zita’s, Covington is home to a great variety of friendly retailers.
Columbia Street shopping features clothing and shoes for women and children (The Olive Patch, Shouffle, Columbia Street Mercantile), hardware/outdoor gear, art supplies (H.J. Smith & Sons, Roy’s Knife & Archery, Mo’s Art Supply), plus the dining!  Gift certificates are available at most of your favorite restaurants, share the love.
Lee Lane once again presents “Christmas in the Country,” beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing 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.

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Covington Weekly is thankful for our great advertisers that span retail, professional services, restaurants, clubs and more.  Be sure to visit them this holiday season and support them, because they are the heart of our town.
The English Tea Room & Eatery, Rosemary’s Closet and Brooks’ Bike Shop are a few of our longstanding business partners, don’t miss the Tea Room’s sale, a couple of columns over!  The Green Room and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe consistently bring some of the best live music and entertainment to the downtown area, and Rock N Blues is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday.  Jewel’s Cigar and Briar is a great stop for conversation and more, now featuring specials on Rocky Patel lighters.

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Many of our local businesses offer Gift Certificates as well. This holiday season, give the gift of pizza by purchasing a Colonna’s Pizzeria Gift Certificate for that pizza lover on your list.  It also makes a good gift for yourself after a long day of shopping!    colonnaspizzeria.com

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Our Place Studio is offering some great holiday specials for those looking to get an early start on their New Year’s Resolutions.

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Zita’s in Covington, and now in Mandeville, will give 10% off purchases with the coupon on the back of the page.  Go paperless!  Bring the picture in on your phone also!

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Miss Ellanea’s Notions: Now Featuring Poetry Box

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Miss Ellanea’s Notions: A Little Shop in Covington, tucked inside 205 Lee Lane, is sponsoring a Poetry Box Window. Stop by to read poems of local and visiting poets, as well as poets of days gone by.  Copies of posted poems are available inside the front room in an official Poetry Box, until it is set up outside.  Miss Ellanea’s Notions is located inside Cottage Antiques, at the corner of Lee Lane and Rutland St.  Be sure to visit King George’s while you are there!   985-892-7995

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Christmas in the Country Continues This Saturday

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Join the CBA, City of Covington and merchants and shops throughout downtown Covington for “Christmas in the Country”, every Saturday after Thanksgiving through Christmas, for shopping, food and fun! Look for special shopping events, live musicians, carolers, refreshments and door prizes. Shops are beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

Holiday shoppers can enjoy an old world shopping experience in a romantic holiday setting, while discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries. Shoppers will also find weekly specials and entertainment, especially within the tax-free shopping area of the Covington Cultural District, all sponsored by the Covington Business Association, Lee Lane Merchants, and Covington Downtown Economic Development.

Most shops are open 9am – 5pm Mon. – Sat., some open on Sundays.  Shoppers will enjoy taking a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the city’s award-winning restaurants and nightclubs.

Participating merchants on Lee Lane:  The French Mix, Bella Cucina, Turkoyz, Copper Rooster Antiques & Gifts, Coffee Rani, New Orleans Food & Spirits, California Drawstrings Northshore & Last Call, Gracie’s Salon & Boutique, Rutland Street Gallery and The English Tea Room.  Columbia Street:  Shoeffle, DeCouer, Olive Patch, History Antiques, Columbia Street Mercantile, Motif, Mo’s Art Supply, Grande Opus and Savoye Gallery.

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Christmas in the Country Shopping Extravaganza Every Saturday in Downtown Covington

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christmas in the country 2015-page-001Join the CBA, City of Covington and merchants and shops throughout downtown Covington for “Christmas in the Country”, every Saturday after Thanksgiving through Christmas, for shopping, food and fun! Look for special shopping events, live musicians, carolers, refreshments and door prizes. Shops are beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

Holiday shoppers can enjoy an old world shopping experience in a romantic holiday setting, while discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries. Shoppers will also find weekly specials and entertainment, especially within the tax-free shopping area of the Covington Cultural District, all sponsored by the Covington Business Association, Lee Lane Merchants, and Covington Downtown Economic Development.

Most shops are open 9am – 5pm Mon. – Sat., some open on Sundays.  Shoppers will enjoy taking a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the city’s award-winning restaurants and nightclubs.

Participating merchants on Lee Lane:  The French Mix, Bella Cucina, Turkoyz, Copper Rooster Antiques & Gifts, Coffee Rani, New Orleans Food & Spirits, California Drawstrings Northshore & Last Call, Gracie’s Salon & Boutique, Rutland Street Gallery and The English Tea Room.  Columbia Street:  Shoeffle, DeCouer, Olive Patch, History Antiques, Columbia Street Mercantile, Motif, Mo’s Art Supply, Grande Opus and Savoye Gallery.

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Christmas in the Country – Shop Local Event Every Saturday in Downtown Covington

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Join the CBA, City of Covington and merchants and shops throughout downtown Covington for “Christmas in the Country”, every Saturday after Thanksgiving through Christmas, for shopping, food, music and fun!
Participating merchants on Lee Lane:  The French Mix, Bella Cucina, Turkoyz, Copper Rooster Antiques & Gifts, Coffee Rani, New Orleans Food & Spirits, California Drawstrings Northshore & Last Call, Gracie’s Salon & Boutique, Rutland Street Gallery and The English Tea Room.  Columbia Street:  Shoeffle, DeCouer, Olive Patch, History Antiques, Columbia Street Mercantile, Motif, Mo’s Art Supply, Grande Opus and Savoye Gallery.

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