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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

Currently on display at the STAA Art House:

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Covington Antiques & Uniques Festival THIS WEEKEND!

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The 6th Annual Covington Antiques & Uniques Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at the Covington Trailhead.

This two-day juried free event will showcase more than 50 vendors displaying an eclectic mix of antique furnishings, period collectibles, architectural salvage, and vintage-inspired fine arts and crafts as well as food and live music throughout the weekend.

An added feature to the festival will be the St. Tammany Art Association’s Art Market. Fine art, jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more will be displayed.

The 6th Annual Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival is presented by the Covington Heritage Foundation. The Covington Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve the city’s culture, character and community. The festival is coordinated with the support of the City’s Department of Cultural Arts and Events. Department Director Aimee Faucheux said as the festival grows and evolves each year, the goal remains the same – to offer a first-class juried event that reflects the unique charm and history of Covington.

“We are thrilled we are able to have the festival this year,” said Faucheux. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a good time.”

The festival will be following the 6 ft physical distancing and face mask mandate as required by our Governor at the time of the event.

Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm September 5 & 6, 2020 at the Covington Trailhead at 419 N. New Hampshire Street in Covington.

For more information, call (985) 892-1873 or log onto

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LDR Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Exemption Holiday This Weekend

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Hurricane Katrina in Atlantic, 2005 Credit: NASA, Public Domain

Louisiana Revised Statute 47:305.58 provides for an annual state sales tax holiday on sales of hurricane-preparedness items or supplies made on the last Saturday and Sunday each May. During the two-day annual holiday, tax-free purchases are authorized on the first $1,500 of the sales price of each of the following items:

Portable self-powered light source;  portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio;  tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting;  any ground anchor system or tie-down kit;  any gas or diesel fuel tank;  any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries;  any cellular phone battery and any cellular phone charger; any non-electric food storage cooler;  any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage;  any “storm shutter device”, as defined in the Act;  any carbon monoxide detector; and any blue ice product.

La. R.S. 47:301(10)(ee), and 301(18)(o), as enacted by Act 462 of the 2007 Regular Session, provide a permanent state sales and use tax exclusion for storm shutter devices. La. R.S. 47:337.10(m) authorizes, but does not require, political subdivisions of the state to provide a similar exclusion from their sales and use taxes. Accordingly, the state sales tax exemption on storm shutter devices is not limited to the two days of the sales tax holiday. The term “storm shutter device” is defined for purposes of both the holiday and the permanent exclusion as materials and products manufactured, rated, and marketed specifically for the purposes of preventing window damage from storms.

The sales tax holiday does not extend to hurricane-preparedness items or supplies purchased at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store, or entertainment complex. Since these terms are not defined by La. R.S. 47:305.58, the department has published a rule, LAC 61:I.4423, to define the terms.  The 2015 sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 concluding at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

logoThe Louisiana Department of Revenue website is a full resource for individuals, businesses and tax professionals. For full details of the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, visit