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Downtown Covington Block Party This Friday

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Friday Night Block PartyDowntown Covington’s monthly block party takes place this Friday evening. Stroll down Columbia and Boston to see classic and antique cars line the streets. Enjoy fine and casual dining downtown at any one of Covington’s noted eating establishments.

Reservations recommended for The Ox Lot, Mac’s on Boston, Del Porto, Toad Hollow and Lola, walk-ins welcome at New Orleans Food & Spirits, Vasquez, Buster’s Place, Columbia Street Rock ‘N Blues, The Tap Room and The Seiler Bar.

Live music at the Green Room with Street Parade during the Block Party and Davy Crockett and the Wild Frontier beginning at 10 p.m.

Columbia St. Rock ‘N Blues Café features Rock It Productions for the Block Party with the Bass Wagon out front with DVJ Hollywood After Hours!

See more on our events page: www.covingtonweekly.com/events

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Sunset at the Landing – Free Outdoor Concert on the River This Friday

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sunsetlanding82115Historic Columbia Street Landing is home to the Sunset At The Landing Concert series, brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank and the Covington Farmer’s Market! This series brings some of the region’s best rising and established bands to downtown Covington, for free. The show August 21 features Beware of Bear, The Telegraph Salesmen, and The Bandicoots. All you have to do is bring your chair or blanket, picnic and drinks, and you’re all set to have an evening of great music and friends down by the river.

www.sunsetatthelanding.org

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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rooster+vintage+image+graphicsfairy007aWhat a lovely Tuesday, friends! The sun is smiling with light breezes blowing and it will probably rain later. But, rain or shine, we will be at the Market and we have a covered pavilion, tempting delights, our fabulous Market Band. So just come and relax and enjoy a good meal.

I reminded Nanette of a delicious chowder that she had made last year – summer squash & corn chowder – and it is on the menu for tomorrow. Yesss! Unfortunately, Kandy and Joe will not be at the market this week but we will have them back next week. Good thing ’cause I’ve been looking forward to the noodle salad with lemongrass chicken. Jeff will have his famous pulled pork along with cole slaw and firecracker potatoes. And for dessert, an old fashioned banana pudding from Frankie. I could get lost in days like this!

eggplant-harvestIt will be another lovely Saturday at the market (I refuse to have anything else especially since I wasn’t here last week). The Three Rivers Cooperative will get us started with ooodles of tunes dancing from the gazebo. Pat Lester will park his food truck on Columbia Street ready to dazzle us with a special treat. Since I was out last Saturday, I had my protege “emailer in training”, Ignacio, do a little scoping out of the goodies to be had this week. I think he did a magnificent job!

Hot Tamale Mama has MUSHROOMS IN PARMESAN CREAM WITH CRAWFISH AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE.  (I’ve had this myself and it is scrumptious! – cl) and  Chicken and Andouille Gumbo which is a cajun stew that is good on rice. She also has a Classic Lasagna with ground chuck, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Bechac’s has BEEF JERKEY for $5. (Delicious by itself or cut up in a salad – cl)

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, and Milky mushroom

Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm features Shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, and Milky mushroom

James has MILKY MUSHROOMS which he says are really dense and portabella-like. They would be good in soup, and good to sauté with onions and garlic. (These, or his oyster mushrooms, will wonderful sautéed with my Magical Mushroom Tour seasoning and roasted chicken from James. P.S. you’ll have to do the roasting – cl)

Sam will have SPROUTED HONEY ROASTED PEANUT BUTTER next week. (You should see Robin or Althee for some outstanding jelly to go with that. Come to think of it, you’ll need bread too – Lena, Susie, or Crystal… aaaah, the perfect peanut butter sammie -cl.)

Bear Creek Road's August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S'Mores Ice Box Pie

Bear Creek Road’s August Pie of the Month: Salted Caramel S’Mores Ice Box Pie

Jubilee farms has PLENTY OF FRESH PORK SAUSAGE: CAJUN, HOT ITALIAN, AND GREEN ONION. (Any of these are perfect on the grill! – cl)

Bartlett Farms said that they would have some new Fall produce in September. Also, the bread lady (Windfield Farms) who is right across from us said that she will have new fall breads soon.

As you can see, I’m not the only one who thinks the Farmers’ Market offerings are the best. You can have all this goodness for yourself but….you have to be here to enjoy it!

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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Covington’s White Linen Night This Saturday Celebrates the Arts Community

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White Linen NightHistoric Downtown Covington’s second annual White Linen Night will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from six to nine in the evening. The event is community-organized and paid for by the generous contributions of local business owners with the net proceeds donated to the Public Art for Covington Fund.

The Public Art for Covington Fund is a non-profit fund administered through the Northshore Community Foundation. The mission of this charitable endeavor is to place art in Covington that reflects the rich history and culture of the city, to reflect and reinforce Covington’s reputation and standing as an artist’s community.

Participating restaurants, bars and retail shops have agreed to donate ten percent of their sales for the night to the fund or have donated a fee towards covering the costs of decorations and publicity for the event. Some highlights of the event include: live projection art projects around town, including an interactive light painting and a projection and musical piece honoring the work of Walker Percy in the Southern Hotel’s courtyard; the inaugural Trailhead Art Market; a featured Pimms Cup cocktails at participating bars and restaurants; live music in the streets.
See more at the White Linen Night Facebook page.

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Block Party This Friday in Downtown Covington

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Block Party kicks off again this Friday, July 31st from 6:30 – 9:30 pm in downtown Covington! The St. John’s Historic District features many fantastic restaurants, watering holes and great shopping at local retail stores. The cars line Columbia and Boston Streets and music fills the air as downtown comes alive on the last Friday of the month through October. Streets are closed to vehicle traffic and open for pedestrians along Boston Street between Florida and N. New Hampshire streets in addition to the traditional six blocks of Columbia Street.

The City of Covington welcomes classic cars to line the street for visitors to peruse and enjoy. For inquires about participating in the monthly car shows, classic car owners can call 985-892-1873 or email gottaluvcov@covla.com.

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GR Block Party 7-31-15The Green Room at 521 E Boston Street features live music by Street Parade featuring Paula Rangell from Paula & the Pontiacs on sax & vocals, Mike Coscino on guitar and vocals, & the inimitable Peter Philebar lead vocals from 7 – 10 pm. It’s a Beach Party for the Block Party – no cover charge! Don’t miss the after party with local rockers Davy Crockett & the Wild Frontier, kicking off at 11 pm! (985) 892-2225

Voodoo Funk and Soul TRColumbia Street Tap Room Bar & Grill at 434 N Columbia Street features Gypsy River on the patio at 7 pm with no cover, and Voodoo Funk & Soul will be hitting the stage inside at 10 pm – $10 cover. Call (985) 898-0899 for more info.

sonicmigrationstjohnsSt. John’s Coffeehouse at 535 E Boston Street will host Sonic Migration during Block Party, featuring the very talented Dave Easley and Cassie Krebs, starting at 7:30 pm. Join them on a musical journey!

 

PSTI Collecting Signatures at Fracking 101 during Block Party

The Preserve St. Tammany Initiative will be at 527 Boston Street collecting signatures for their Citizen’s Mandate, because industry should pay for its own costs and risks, not the taxpayer. More: preservesttammany.org

 

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Sunset at the Landing Free Outdoor Concert This Friday

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sunsetlanding715Sponsored by Heritage Bank of St. Tammany, the City of Covington and the Covington Farmer’s Market, Sunset at the Landing outdoor concert series continues this Friday, July 17th from 6 – 9 pm at the Columbia Street Landing, on the Bogue Falaya River. Admission is Free, bring your chairs, picnic blankets, food and drink. Enjoy the show!

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Block Party This Friday – Live Music, Vintage Cars & More In Downtown Covington

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Friday Night Block PartyThis Friday marks the return of the Downtown Covington Block Party. Get ready for show cars, music, food and more along Columbia and Boston Streets. Right along Boston Street, you’ll find St. John’s Coffeehouse, Buster’s Place, Vasquez Restaurant, Del Porto Ristorante, the newly opened Ox Lot 9 in the Southern Hotel, and Mac’s On Boston. Take a stroll down Columbia Street for Columbia Street Rock N Blues and The Columbia Street Tap Room. All have great food and drinks, reservations may apply.

rikslavephantomsThe Green Room features block party favorites Street Parade at 7 p.m.; Rik Slave and the Phantoms take the stage at 10 p.m. greenroomcovla.com

csrbsuperchargerAt Columbia Street Rock N Blues, Friday night is Block Party, and it is also Surf N Turf night with specials on Steak and Lobster! Then don’t miss Supercharger beginning at 10 p.m. rocknbluescafe.com

SolJet logoThe Columbia Street Tap Room features Soljet for the Block Party, Nina Cain and the Shag Brothers at 10. covingtontaproom.com

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Get Your Tickets for The Tin Men at Center of Performing Arts

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The Tin Men will perform for COPA's Friday Night Music Club July 10th

The Tin Men will perform for COPA’s Friday Night Music Club July 10th

On July 10th, the Center Of Performing Arts’ Friday Night Music Club will welcome The Tin Men featuring Alex McMurray, Washboard Chaz, and Jason Jurzak.  The Tin Men are America’s premier sousaphone, washboard and guitar trio. They have been performing at home in New Orleans, around the USA and abroad since 2002.  Their appearance at Friday Night Music Club will be their first gig after returning from the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Percussionist/vocalist Washboard Chaz, sousaphonist Jason Jurzak and Guitarist vocalist Alex McMurray explore a truly eclectic array of North American Pop music from jug band to swing jazz to New Orleans R&B to Motown to Easy Listening to Heavy Metal and beyond.

Through it all they put their own zany spin on the material and make it their own. Throw in a generous dose of McMurray’s own songs, the precocious wit of Jurzak’s sousaphone and Washboard Chaz’s seemingly boundless charm and the result is what has been described as “One of the most interesting bands to emerge from New Orleans in years” (Offbeat Magazine)  www.tinmenmusic.com

If you are interested in this or any other upcoming show at the Center Of Performing Arts, check www.centerofperformingarts.net or call 985-727-4638.

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Sunset at the Landing Free Outdoor Concert Friday

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sunsetlanding61715Sunset at the Landing is a free outdoor concert held every third Friday of the month March through October, brought to you by the City of Covington, the Covington Farmer’s Market and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany. This month’s concert features Julio and Caesar with ACE.

All are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, or to explore the many fantastic restaurants downtown Covington has to offer. Starts at 6pm at the Columbia Street Landing (at the end of Columbia St. on the Bogue Falaya River).

Check here for more info: www.sunsetatthelanding.org

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Live Music In Downtown Covington This Weekend

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Friday night, join The Green Room as they host the Josh Foreman and David Earl Duo! Josh has several local projects including Righteous Wolf, and you can catch Dave playing on Monday nights at the Green Room or with Electric Cornbread. Expect plenty of jams, rockin’ guitars and harmonica, no cover, 21+. Show begins at 10.

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Don’t miss Sledgehammer this Saturday at Columbia Street Rock N Blues. Sledgehammer is a supergroup of musicians from Louisiana comprised of members from the only two hard rock bands in the Louisiana Hall Of Fame, Zebra& Lillian Axe, and members from the very popular bands Supercharger, Circle Of Light & Persia.

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The Columbia Street Tap Room features two bands with fun rhyming names this weekend: get down low with the Phunky Monkeys on Friday and party awesome with the Tricky Dickies on Saturday! Both shows at 10 p.m.

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See more on our local music listing here.

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Downtown Covington Block Party This Friday – Music Happening & More

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Block Party In Downtown CovingtonThe Downtown Covington Block Party happens this Friday, May 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Restored and custom cars and trucks line the streets of Covington. The great downtown restaurants serve up something to eat while live music and other entertainment is available in the evening hangouts. Enjoy Downtown Covington!

GR Block PartyThe Green Room Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary

Stop in and celebrate the Green Room’s 10th Anniversary this Friday during the block party and enjoy the sounds of Electric Cornbread, The Bandicoots and Davy Crockett & the Wild Frontier.
521 E. Boston    –    985-892-2225

csrbblockparty (2)Block Party After-Party at Columbia Street Rock N Blues

RockIt Productions is a Block Party tradition at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Café, featuring premiere Disc Jockey and Photo Booth entertainment.  With lights, lasers and video by Thor, the Block Party Bash continues after midnight with DVJ Hollywood.  Look for the searchlights in the sky!!
407 Columbia   –   985-892-9949

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Old Feed Store Music Series This Saturday at Marsolan’s – Free Concert

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fabbagboyzJoin Marsolan’s Feed & Seed Store for the last free concert of their Old Feed Store Music Spring Series this Saturday May 30th, featuring The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy the free show right after the farmer’s market! Marsolan’s Feed and Seed is located at 316 E. Gibson Street, adjoining the parking lot at the Covington Trailhead. For more information email: oldfeedstoremusic@hotmail.com.

Learn more about the Old Feed Store Music Series here.

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Live Music in Downtown Covington this Weekend

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junkobeatjamtronicaThe Green Room hosts Junko Beat Friday Night, show begins at 9 p.m. Junko Beat is a groove dance group playing original Jamtronica music. This Friday features Dave Easly (Pedal Steel), Will Snowden (Cello), Jagon Eldridge (Keys and Bari Sax), Vernon Rome (Bass and Synth), and Chris Lacinak (Drums and electronics). 985-892-2225

dashriprockapr18Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe presents the legendary New Orleans trio, Dash Rip Rock. The band was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and with their new album “Wrongheaded” on the way, Dash keep the rock going. Show begins at 10 p.m. Order tickets at 985-892-9949.

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Block Party Returns This Friday – Live Music at Local Venues

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Friday Night Block PartyWith the return of Spring, Covington’s Block Parties are back! The St. John’s Historic District features many fantastic restaurants, watering holes and great shopping at local retail stores. The cars line Columbia Street and music fills the air as downtown comes alive on the last Friday of the month March through October. Streets are closed along Columbia and Boston streets during the block party, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Surf n Turf CS Rock N BluesColumbia St. Rock N Blues cooks up a surf and turf special on Fridays from 4 – 9 pm only, featuring filet and lobster – yum! Rock N Blues will have the Bass Wagon outside with 80’s music inside, and DJ Hollywood gets going after the block party ends.  407 N Columbia Street

Electric Cornbread at The Green RoomThe Green Room presents Street Parade from 6 -9 p.m., then Electric Cornbread takes the stage at 10. Street Parade does classic rock while Electric Cornbread is folky rock.  521 E Boston Street

Four UnpluggledColumbia Street Tap Room hosts Rick Samson on the patio during the block party, and Four Unplugged begin at 9 p.m. to keep the party going.  434 N Columbia Street

Stoop Kids WT - CopyWinos & Tacos will feature the Stoop Kids, a blend of hip-hop, doo-wop, surf rock, jazz, and everything in between, playing on the back patio starting at 8 pm!  321 N Columbia Street

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Live Music at Local Venues In Downtown Covington This Weekend

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Sean Danielsen At Rock N Blues Thursday

Sean Danielsen of Smile Empty Soul will be performing acoustically at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe Thursday night at 8 p.m., free show.  Art and merchandise for sale during the show also. Thursday nights at Rock N Blues are Steak Night (6 to 10 pm}  and comedy night, so bring your appetite and sense of humor!

Tim Gates at Toad Hollow Cafe

Tim Gates at Toad Hollow Cafe

First Fridays Unplugged At Toad Hollow

Toad Hollow invites you to their First Friday Unplugged, featuring live acoustic music Timothy Gates from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cocktails served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Toad Hollow offers vegetarian and vegan selections on their menu, serving only the best, mostly organic ingredients. Soup, salad, sandwiches and chef’s specialty entrees, all paired with craft spirits, local brews and organic wines.

Sonic Migration - Dave Easley & Cassie Krebs

Sonic Migration – Dave Easley & Cassie Krebs

Sonic Migration At St. John’s Coffeehouse Friday 7:30 pm

Sonic Migration performances may migrate from Brazil to the Asian sub-continent, from the Grateful Dead to classic jazz standards and Beatles tunes, or to eclectic originals.

Junko Beat flierGreen Room Presents Junko Beat Friday

Junko Beat is New Orleans afro funk (the mother beat) meeting Beethoven/ Weather Report. Featuring New Orleans drummer Chris Lacinak and West African drummer Seguenon Kone.
Saurday Thomas Bivens & the Mockingbirds play at 7, followed by karaoke with “Sweet” Trevor Hart. No cover for shows, late night gyros by Baba Ganoush!

Olympia Party With Rock-It Productions At Columbia Street Rock N Blues This Saturday

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Tammany Together Presents Two Community Events This Weekend

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Tammany Together Evening with AlliesJoin Tammany Together for ‘An Evening With Allies’, a party full of fun – no frack – at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville this Friday, January 9th starting at 8 pm. The event will honor Adam and Amber Briggle, two of the architects behind the ban on fracking in Denton, Texas, who have now come to St. Tammany to share their success story and help guide the efforts in place here.

Tickets are $15 a person and include food catered by Kaysey Hasslock, live cajun/zydeco/swamp pop music by Waylon Thibodaux and jazz by the Dave Easley Trio, a silent auction, raffle, and a cash bar. All at the beautiful Pontchartrain Yacht Club on the lakefront! Tammany Together asks to please make reservations in advance at frackingabsurd.com to have an accurate count on attendees. All proceeds over costs will go to the Tammany Together Education Fund Fracking Education Campaign.

Fracking Symposium Saturday In Covington

Denton + St. TammanyIf you would like to learn more about the efforts being made by Tammany Together and other groups active in the cause, a Symposium will be held Saturday January 10th at the Covington City Council Chambers. This event is hosted by Adam and Amber Briggle, who will be explaining what the people of Denton, TX, did to put a ban on fracking in place. The Symposium will begin at 1 pm, right after the Farmers Market.

Both events are sponsored by Tammany Together, bringing together St. Tammany Parish citizens to unite their efforts, learn from one another, have a lot of fun, and strengthen the community while they’re at it.

Visit fracking-101.webs.com for more info

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New Years In Downtown Covington – Rock N Blues, Green Room, Southern Hotel

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Rock It Productions & Friends At Rock N Blues Café

rockitcsrbnewyearspartyColumbia Street Rock-N-Blues Cafe logoColumbia Street Rock N Blues brings your favorite DJ’s together for one serious New Year’s Dance Party – Hollywood, Dizzi, Kurvy and Killahouse. Reserve the VIP section for a premiere spot to bring in 2015 in style. Food, music and good times at Rock N Blues Café!    www.rocknbluescafe.com

DJ Minor Gets The New Year Started At The Green Room

haveadjminornewyearGreen Room JPEGThe Green Room will be open 2 – 2 every day through the Holidays. Join DJ Minor and friends for a 2015 New Year’s Celebration. Don’t forget great weekly events like Open Mic Night Wednesday and Karaoke Sunday. Live music weekends!   www.greenroomcovla.com

Southern Hotel logoSouthern Hotel Hosts Ticketed Event New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with the Southern Hotel and swing band Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. Featuring hors d’oeuvres & dessert by Ox Lot 9. Call 844-866-1907 for reservations.

See more New Years events at covingtonweekly.com/events-calendar/

 

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Christmas In The Country – Saturday Festivities On Lee Lane Until Christmas

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Christmas In The CountryChristmas in the Country is a month long Holiday Shop Local Initiative that began on Lee Lane and is spreading out through Covington’s Historic Downtown. Start off with a cup of coffee and a pastry from Coffee Rani, then enjoy mimosas from Acquistapace’s, scones from The English Tea Room and live music, all along Lee Lane! Participating businesses include The French Mix, Gracie’s Boutique & Salon, The Copper Rooster, Cottage Antiques, Welcome Home & Garden, and many more. The Craft Fair at Lee Lane will also be taking place from 1 – 4 pm at the corner of Lee Lane and Walker Alley with various craft vendors, face painting, kids activities and art demos. Check here for more details, and Shop Local This Holiday Season!

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COPA Hosts Friday Night Music Club Featuring New Orleans Acts

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COPA Friday Night Music ClubCenter of Performing Arts is proud to announce their Friday Night Music Club featuring New Orleans acts right here in downtown Covington. Beginning January 9th with the Luther Kent Trio, other artists include Debbie Davis & the Mesmerizers, The Pfister Sisters, Tim Laughlin, and Papa John Gros. Tickets for the first five shows are now available on COPA’s website for $25 per show, or $100 for all five concerts. Season tickets would make a great Christmas gift for that music lover in your life! Find out more here: www.centerofperformingarts.net

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Winter Warmer Rollout Party – Covington Brewhouse Tapping at The Green Room

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Winter Warmer Covington BrewhouseJoin The Green Room in downtown Covington as they celebrate with Covington Brewhouse the official release of their famous and much anticipated seasonal beer, Winter Warmer! Only available in a very limited run of 750ml celebration bottles and select draft accounts, the Winter Warmer is a beautiful dark dopplebock brewed with six different malts and three types of hops plus the addition of brown sugar. At 10%ABV makes this brew the biggest beer to come out of Covington Brewhouse to date. It will definitely warm you up!

The tapping will be Wednesday December 3rd starting at 8 pm at The Green Room. Brewmaster Bruiser Broussard will be on hand with his band to kick off the festivities early with live music followed by Acoustic Open Mic Night!