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I can’t believe it’s Fall! I feel like I hibernate during the hot summer months; I am not sure this English girl will ever get used to the Louisiana heat. I am looking forward to all the events that take place during the next couple of months, including the Three Rivers Art Festival, Monster Mash, the Women’s Charity Polo Tournament, Vintage Market Days, You Night and the Bayou Jam Concert Series. There truly is something for all ages and interests. The Northshore is such a great place to work, live and play! This edition marks our twelfth issue. We are still a baby but are enjoying such positive feedback. We have remained true to our mission statement and don’t sell our features or cover. This allows us to have complete editorial integrity to bring you stories from around the Northshore. “Expect the unexpected” is our motto and I think we have lived up to that over the last couple of years. It takes a team, from account executives, photographers, writers, graphic designers and editors to our trusty delivery team. Each member of the team helps make the issue and we couldn’t do it without them. However, this month we had to do it with one team member missing, since our Beauty Editor Caitlin Picou just gave birth to her second child and launched her new foundation line. She had her hands full and Caitlin will be back next issue. Congratulations Picou family! To contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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histicated Huntress STORY MARK LARSON PHOTOS JERRY COTTRELL
fter having my second breakfast my mind wanders to years ago when my Blue Belton English Setter, Tober (short for ‘October’s Autumn Fever’), and I were hunting in the Atchafalaya Basin. I was chasing after my little English Setter while he chased after migrating woodcock. Now a statue, unable to move, he was showing me where the birds were. I watched Tober go up on point (an instinctive position that a pointing breed of hunting dog takes when they catch the scent of the game – the dog will stand still and aim his muzzle at the game), but on this day he wasn’t his usual self. As I came around a clump of cover, sure enough another setter was on point. It was a pretty little Orange Belton English Setter pup. I was so amazed at the sight of this that the sound of a female voice from behind me scared me out of my wellies (English knee-high rubber boots). “Now that is a Currier and Ives if I have ever seen one,” she said, referencing the famed 18th Century American printmaker. “Ahh,” I stammered. I was amazed at finding another hunter in these parts, let alone a woman. I certainly could tell that under her shooting vest and breeks (pants) I was truly looking at a huntress. She had a Holland and Holland, doubled-barreled, twenty gauge tucked under her arm. The engravers canvas was Old World English steel. She had no intention of taking a shot and I couldn’t have if I wanted to.
I was weak in the knees at the sight of her red hair shining in the December sun, tan face, wellies, breeks, white blouse and caramel shooting vest. After a moment I reached out my hand to introduce myself. Her calf skin glove came off. She reached out her hand, gripped mine and said, “My name is Diane. I’m from Mandeville.” I was hoping by now my tongue had reconnected to my brain. I tried to introduce myself. “I’m Mark. I’m from Minnesota, I think.” With the dogs still on point, Diane said, “I don’t think Bracken (her Belton puppy) can take much more of this. Let’s call them back.” During the walk back to our cars Diane mentioned that some friends were going to shoot sporting clays and skeet at a club called Covey Rise. She asked if I would like to join them. I was already there. Covey Rise is situated near Hussle, Louisiana about 45 minutes from Mandeville. The 400 acre sportsman’s retreat offers full service customized hunting adventures with the option of day hunts, renting a 3 or 4 bedroom cabin or taking the six-bedroom Hunting Lodge that includes all meals prepared by a chef on site. The adjacent Covey Rise Farms not only supply the lodge with fresh produce for a true ‘Field to Table’ experience, but also supply seasonal produce to many fine dining restaurants in the area.
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Traditional duck, quail and pheasant hunting are offered along with a sporting clays course set up to offer championship target shooting. The game of clay shooting was born in England over 30 years ago. In England it is called Clay Pigeon Shooting. Some describe the game as ‘golf with a gun.’ A total of 100 targets are launched by machines spaced out so one can walk around the course. The shooter calls for the clay, and when it shoots out at 54 miles per hour eye and hand coordination is a must. The guns used are of the type that shoots hundreds of BBs as opposed to a single projectile. The English Royals at the turn of the previous century made the sport of shooting popular in England. Eventually the whole of Europe followed suit, shooting game and targets. Many of the early shooters were women. Princesses, baronesses, ladies and queens alike enjoyed shooting as much as men. Today shotgun shooting is an ever-increasing sport. Of the number of new participants sixty-seven percent are women. A lady’s body does not usually fit a man’s gun. A woman’s neck is generally longer, her shoulders are smaller, and her arms are shorter. If the gun does not fit properly the weight, recoil, and length will cause missed targets and unnecessary pain. Ceasar Gurini is an Italian gun maker that makes shotguns to fit the female body. Puglias in Metairie carries the Gurini brand and Covey Rise offers professional gun fitting. I look forward to hunting season – emerging from long winter naps with Tober lying on his quilt next to the bed – but we’ll have a hard time moving from the warmth of our beds to cold boots and an even colder outside. And oh, that red haired girl I met in the basin all those years ago now hikes, hunts and fishes with me wherever I go.
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You Night Shows Cancer Who’s Boss Some of the world’s most successful people often choose to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. When J.K. Rowling found herself battling clinical depression as a financially strapped single mother, she decided to funnel every scrap of energy she had left into writing a book. Yes, that book. Harry Potter, which yielded unimaginable fortune, is littered with monsters and villains that embody the figurative demons Rowling battled. They became her stepping stones. A similar philosophy helped Lisa McKenzie, the founder and CEO of Covington’s Ooh La Bra, a designer bra strap retailer, repurpose her own personal struggles and discover her true calling. Despite business success she wasn’t fulfilled, and her moment of truth came when she got involved with The Idea Village, a nonprofit that helps local entrepreneurs step up their game. Lisa was challenged to rebrand her logo and packaging, and figure out what her brand really stands for. “I kept leaning toward supporting women, as a double entendre. But I realized there was a disconnect,” she admits. “I was told I had a good business model and concept, but I came in second to last in votes in their competition. People with clear missions won. It was my Gone with the Wind moment. ‘As God is my witness…’ I’m not frivolous, but I came across as frivolous. I hadn’t bridged the gap yet.” After a period filled with disillusionment and despair, a friend helped her discover a new path. But instead of leading to a different approach to her business, it led her to take an altruistic detour, and You Night was born. This organization – most well known for its runway fashion shows – helps women embrace life beyond cancer. But how exactly does one make the jump from designer bra straps to philanthropy?
To understand how this transition came about, it’s necessary to go back to Lisa’s college days, when she served as the president of the Delta Gamma sorority at San Diego State University. When one of their young members was gang raped, the sisterhood disintegrated into confusion and dissent. Some members backed the perpetrators and called the woman a liar, some rallied around her and some were overwhelmed and simply wanted nothing to do with the situation. In a desperate attempt to pull everyone back together, Lisa planned a retreat and used a candle-passing ceremony to create a safe space where everyone could share their thoughts and feelings, find common ground and restore unity. It worked, and the experience stayed with her. It’s also important to understand that finishing poorly in the Idea Village competition wasn’t simply a blow to Lisa’s ego. It resulted in total bewilderment and a crisis of faith in herself and her purpose in life. Luckily, her friends intervened. “They almost literally saved my life,” Lisa says. “I was a in a very dark place, and my friends gave me tools to pull myself out. I realized I couldn’t do it alone. And in the course of rediscovering myself, a clear way out presented itself. One friend told me, ‘You can actually bring God’s love to a lot of women.’” Without even realizing it, she’d been acquiring all the skills, experiences and perspective she needed to create a lifeline for others in crisis. And while Ooh La Bra is still in business, You Night has eclipsed it over the last three years, and has usurped most of Lisa’s time, energy, and heart. At first glance, the organization’s signature events, their glitzy runway fashion shows, might seem a bit superficial, but there’s so much more substance behind the scenes. These shows actually serve as participants’ graduation from a six-month program that
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not only helps them to bond with other survivors, but also uses teamwork activities, coaching and runway skills to teach them how to overcome the physical and psychological challenges of cancer treatment. It’s designed to help them to feel normal again, or to find an incredible new normal. Lisa even incorporated the highly effective candle-passing ceremony from her sorority days into the program. “There are lots of tears as they share what’s going on personally. It creates a strong bonding moment that allows them to connect and exchange, but it’s the only sad part.” Fortunately, Lisa’s inspiration for You Night came at an ideal time. Mainstream medicine is embracing a holistic approach to treating illness more than ever before. A big part of You Night’s success comes from support, and in fact referrals, from the medical community. While medical practitioners treat the body, many recognize the importance of treating the mind and spirit as well. As such, the medical community and You Night are partners in the care of these women. “Doctors can only go so far,” Lisa explains. “They can’t be their therapists. Therapy often helps after treatment is completed, when you lose your team and feel alone. But therapy is not cheap, and traditional support groups are not for everyone.” While the runway program is not mandatory – participants can still do retreats and meetings and benefit from that lifeline – there’s no denying its value. “Many come in with no eyelashes, maybe they’ve gained weight, and they have no interest in being onstage,” Lisa says. “This can encourage them to start to exercise, eat better, feel better, treat themselves better. And throughout the process, they work with an individual big sister. The women work together every week – the show
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is choreographed, like a dance – and they put on the production as a team.” It’s also a huge community celebration. “That night, they see themselves as graduates and alums,” Lisa continues. “And, in addition to family and friends, the audience is full of surgeons, oncology nurses and other medical professionals who saw them before and during treatment. You see the medical teams standing in their seats, and realize they truly love these women. It’s so rewarding to celebrate like that.” As for the future, You Night is starting to draw attention from some major media outlets (stay tuned!), and Lisa says she’d like to expand into other cities. Her ScArt program, which encourages cancer survivors to draw their scars on canvas and share experiences in group activities, is in the launch phase, and will ostensibly be a nationwide campaign. Meanwhile, local women continue to benefit from You Night because of its founder’s very personal emotional investment, and her heartfelt understanding of both despair and the power of sisterhood. Her struggles not only became stepping stones on her personal path in life, but combined with her strengths, they formed the program’s rocksolid foundation and clearly defined goals. But if you ask Lisa, she’ll place credit for You Night’s success elsewhere. “When it comes to collective mentality, women are workhorses,” she explains. “Some come into the program suicidal; all are struggling. They form an intense bond, they laugh, and it results in thousands of ripples. Every year, we add 50 women. It’s like we’re building an army. They’re an army of warriors, bold and unapologetic.”
LETTER FROM THE PARISH PRESIDENT
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Defining Our Mission Parish Government is currently in the process of reducing, reorganizing and refocusing our operations. We have made decisions, which at times have been difficult, to reduce the size of our organization, and find other efficiencies through reorganizing while refocusing on our core functions. We will continue to carry out initiatives to support these changes. Our Major Streets Plan is a visionary design that includes improvements of existing roadways and the creation of new roads. Tammany Utilities is in the midst of numerous capital improvements, including lift and pump station improvements. Our Departments of Environmental Services and Development/ Engineering continue to implement ongoing water quality initiatives. This includes nearly 3,000 Aerated Treatment Unit sewer inspections, pollution source tracking for water quality restoration in the Bayou Liberty Watershed and homeowner education on proper maintenance of their on-site units. In addition, we will continue to construct retention ponds, which work within the natural environment to retain healthy ecosystems. Safe Haven, our behavioral health campus currently in progress, will ultimately serve as a single point of entry into the behavioral health continuum and fill a muchneeded gap in service for people who are in need of behavioral healthcare. Our mission is to serve the people of St. Tammany — our neighbors, friends and families — and to continue to foster our identity as a community based on excellence where families come to live and work. We take great pride in that service and in the work our organization does each day. Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President
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Nowadays it seems that Halloween has gained a following that rivals even Santa Claus, promising a bounty of free candy to those who dress in costume. So it’s no surprise that the Northshore’s Monster Mash, an annual fundraiser for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this October. The festival’s humble beginnings were in the halls of the still small parish hospital when tables with candy and a few crafts were set up for trick-or-treating children. Quickly outgrowing the hospital’s walls, the event moved into the parking lot and then, a year later, found a permanent home in Bogue Falaya Park. “30 years is a really long time and most events don’t stand that test of time very well,” said Melanie Rudolph, Foundation Specialist with the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation, who helps to put on Monster Mash. “We are proud to host an event that has continuously been so impactful on the community and we’re proud that the community has always played such a big role in the event.” Over its 30 year course, Monster Mash has raised $1.5 million for the Parenting Center, a cornerstone to Northshore parents and their families. The center began as a small group of mothers concerned about child abuse prevention. They first handed out educational materials to patients within the hospital and then moved into trailers in the parking lot, where parenting classes were facilitated. In 1999, the Parenting Center officially became a part of the St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “Parenting is not easy and our focus is to provide tools for your parenting tool chest,” said Lori Cage, Executive Director for the Parenting Center. In addition to its interactive playtime programs, the center offers a variety of programs from ballet classes for toddlers to CPR trainings and free car seat inspections. Lori witnesses many parents come into the center feeling stressed and says it is important to have this place of support, which feels like home to many of its members.
Generations have sought guidance from the Parenting Center and now in its 30th year Monster Mash is welcoming back parents who are now bringing their grandchildren to the event. “When I first started, people didn’t even realize that it was a fundraiser,” recalled Lori. “They thought it was an event that the city of Covington put on so I’m proud of that fact, that this is just a fun event that people want to do.” As always, there is nothing lacking at the festival, which includes a trick-or-treat village, carnival-like games, bungee jumping, miniature horses and a plethora of musical acts and food tents. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Monster Mash will host a judged parade around the park with each participant dressing in a themed costume. Also new this year, the princess and pirate tea will no longer be a seated affair and princesses will lead children in a dance party under the pavilion. Closing out the event will be New Orleans natives Bag of Donuts who will be covering songs such as “The Hokey Pokey” for the pint-sized crowd. Metairie Bank is returning for its second year as the festival’s presenting sponsor. Along with their substantial financial contribution, the community bank also sends volunteers to help with set-up and check-in during the event. “We believe that we enrich the communities that we serve,” said Paul Myers, a Vice President with the bank. “Our customers are our friends, our neighbors, people we see out at the Friday night block parties. We want to give back to the community to continue to grow both the prosperity and the quality of life within our community.” Paul’s wife, Shelli, is this year’s Monster Mash chair.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center Monster Mash Saturday, October 20 Bogue Falaya Park Covington, LA
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Averaging 4,000 people each year – and a boggling 7,000 the year after Hurricane Katrina – Monster Mash has yet to lose its appeal to many faithful Northshore families. “There are so many Halloween events on the Southshore that probably do so much more and on a larger scale than what we do, but there’s just something about Monster Mash that’s so special. Covington is a small community and it’s nice to see that this is still something that people truly enjoy doing,” Melanie said. Monster Mash takes place on October 20th from 10 am until 3 pm in Bogue Falaya Park. Tickets in advance: $5 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets at the gate: $10 for adults and $20 for children.
Greetings!! I am happy to welcome the autumn season as this time of year brings so much to look forward to. Covington has recently been blessed with several new businesses and restaurants for residents and visitors to enjoy. The crisp fall air brings with it the perfect opportunity to re-discover Covington’s walkable downtown and explore these recently opened establishments, as well as the ones you already know! October and November boast several outdoor events which promise enjoyment while helping local community organizations. I invite you to Historic Downtown Covington to several events, including Fall for Art, Saturday, October 13, the return of the “Rockin the Rails” concert series every Thursday evening in October at the Covington Trailhead, The Three Rivers Art Festival November 10 & 11 taking place on Columbia Street, and the inaugural Tammany Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving morning, a 5K race winding its way through the beautiful streets of downtown Covington. Please check the City of Covington’s website and Facebook pages for information on these and other events.—covla.com and Facebook pages City of Covington and City of Covington – Office of Cultural Arts and Events. The City of Covington will also finalize the city’s 2019 Capital and Operating Budget in the next 2 months, with a public meeting being held in October, and Budget adoption expected at the City Council meeting on November 20th.
I wish you all a Happy and safe Thanksgiving and start to the holiday season. As always, it is my honor to serve as your mayor. MIKE COOPER City of Covington Mayor
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STORY MERIDETH KNIGHT
culptor Bill Binnings admits he’s a bit of a Tom Sawyer as he gathers his friends in his 3,000-square-foot foundry on casting day. “They can’t wait to come here and help,” he said. “They think it’s fun, but it’s hard work. I’m like Tom Sawyer painting my fence and I’ve somehow convinced my friends they want to join me.” Of course each casting day has been preceded by months, and sometimes years, of solo work, as Bill conceives the ideas for his sculptures, sketches them on paper and forms them into clay (with a wire skeleton for the larger pieces). Next he constructs a rubber mold around the clay, makes a wax replica from the mold, works to remove imperfections from the wax and finally gathers his posse to cast the pieces, which range from a few inches to several feet tall. The casting complete, the friends celebrate by throwing some “foundry steaks” on the grill. “The temperature reaches 1,800 degrees so the steaks only cook for a minute and a half on each side and basically explode,” Binnings laughed. “You’ve never had steaks like these.” With a ready smile and easy laugh, Binnings has a way of making deep subjects feel personal and approachable. He often explores religious themes, such as with his current Seed Bearers series featuring Biblical characters, including a barren Hannah petitioning God for a child and a very different Hannah after the birth of Samuel. There’s Bathsheba as King David would have seen her bathing on her roof and Lazarus emerging from the tomb still wearing his grave clothes. “I call my smaller sculptures sonatas,” Binnings said. “They’re inspired by things that affect me spiritually.” Another favorite, Sunday Afternoon, depicts his wife, Janice, reclining on a couch. “My work isn’t my ministry, but I want people to get a sense of the truth from it,” he said. “Yet I don’t want them to get it too easily. There’s a sculptural language that involves space, light, texture, form and lines. The sculptor uses these things to move the eye where he wants it to go. Each piece must define some narrative idea. The image becomes the narrative. For me the goal is to create a quiet space in a chaotic world.” Sculpting has been a second life for Binnings after working in many careers while his three kids were growing up, including pool contractor, firefighter, home renovator and international high-rise constructor. He lost everything in St. Bernard during Katrina, and he and Janice made their way to St. Tammany Parish where he constructed the foundry he calls his “Hobbit Hole” and began making a name for himself with his art. Now with installations as far away as Buffalo, New York and Baltimore, Maryland, Binnings has an ever-growing fan base and commissioned pieces scattered throughout his adopted parish. There’s a spirit-lifting piece called “New Morning” at Christwood Retirement Center and two playful bronze sculptures of children in front of the St. Tammany School Board on Jefferson Street. Binnings has work at the Mel Ott Memorial in Gretna, a “Good Samaritan” monument in Chalmette,
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an “Isadora Series” in the Miriam Beranger Memorial Garden in Red Bluff, Louisiana, two historic installations in Ponchatoula, “The Horticulture Lesson” and his monument to Native Americans, “The Natural Conservationist,” and “The Youthful Teacher” at the Alabama Institute of the Deaf and Blind. Most recently Binnings had the privilege of honoring his longtime friend and world-renowned author, Walker Percy, with two statues, one at the St. Tammany Parish Library in Madisonville and one recently installed in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. “Walker influenced me and my work quite a bit,” Binnings said. “We used to meet for lunch with a group
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of guys at Bechac’s in Mandeville. We didn’t talk business. We talked ideas. He taught me to think in layers of meaning; not just to illustrate an idea but to dig in, to pull out the second and third layer of meaning like he did with his writing. The new statue at Bogue Falaya Park is multilayered, the way he taught me to think.” “Art should elevate you,” Binnings continued. “It should bring you to a place you’ve been before so it’s like déjà vu, but you’re seeing it like you’ve never seen it, never considered it. You should recognize it even while it makes you feel something new. Walker elevated his readers with his writing. He lifted our spirits. I want to elevate them through this remembrance
of him.” The new, nine-foot installation entitled “Walker Percy Gateway” features the award-winning author leaning casually in a doorway. “The doorway is the sculpture,” Binnings said. “Walker himself is a statement about the doorway. When you walk through, you’re walking into his space. A good sculpture should make you want to walk around it, should draw your eye up and down and around.” Binnings said he crafted the expression on Percy’s face to challenge the observer. “It says, ‘What are you doing (with your life)? What will you create?’” Along the door jam, on all sides, are the titles of Percy’s books. And Binnings
said the idea for the piece was inspired by a quote from Percy’s debut novel, The Movie Goers: “He puts one foot toward the door but neither quite stays nor leaves.” “It’s a lesser known sentence from the book,” Binnings said. “But it speaks to me of Walker. He left, but he’s never quite gone because his thoughts and his words are still with us.” “My father was often referred to as ‘the Bard of the Bayou’ so the park is a fitting location for his statue,” said Percy’s younger daughter, Ann Percy Moores. “The library sculpture is also appropriate as my father so loved libraries and spent much time researching in them. We’re honored to have both sculptures to help preserve his legacy.” “Each rendering has captured different characteristics of Daddy and I’m fond of them both,” said Percy’s older daughter, Mary Pratt Percy Lobdell. “Bill is a super guy and dedicated sculptor. I was allowed in his studio/foundry for the Madisonville sculpture and was amazed by how one dab or swipe of his knife could cause such profound differences in what the eye beheld. Wow!” The Madisonville statue sits on a bench in the Walker Percy Serenity Garden at the St. Tammany Parish library there. It features a quiet, reflective Percy with his Welsh corgi, Sweet Thang. “This piece reflects the private moments Walker had with friends,” Binnings said. “It invites others to share quiet time with him. Including the dog was Janice’s idea. She said, ‘He loved that dog.’ So her narrative became the seed of my idea.” Binnings is hard at work on his next installations, including a seven-foot piece he calls “Self-Made Man” that depicts a man carving himself out of a solid block and a heartrending memorial to fallen police officers. “Everything is a year behind, because I keep forgetting I’ve gotten older,” Binnings said. “I give them a deadline I used to be able to pull off. But I move slower now.” Yet scattered about the foundry are sketches and molds and sculptures awaiting completion, each one waiting patiently for the mind and hands of sculptor Bill Binnings to tell us their story.
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aversion to phone conversations usually serves me well. Relying on texts and emails when setting up meetings or interviews allows people to check their calendars before replying, plus it creates a handy record of agreed-upon dates, times and locations. What it doesn’t do, however, is give you a true sense of the person with whom you’re communicating. Perhaps if I had actually spoken with Brian Fontenot, owner of the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell, prior to meeting with him in person I would’ve been well aware of the blistering speed of his mental processes and speech patterns. I’m a pretty good note taker, but within five minutes I was wishing I’d (a) had more coffee, and (b) either used my voice recorder app or taken a correspondence course in shorthand. There’s a very good reason for Brian to be such a multi-tasking bundle of energy, mind you. He essentially runs two businesses in one -- an amalgamation of hair salon and community theater that may seem a bit outlandish, unless you’ve ever spent a significant amount of time in a salon. In which case, you know it’s a natural fit. Brian laughingly agrees, “Oh, there’s always drama in salons, whether it’s the hairdressers or the customers. ‘I said I wanted red hair,’” he jokes, mimicking an imaginary customer in a faux-outraged tone. “This is not red, it’s Coca-Cola can!”
Much like your home, your workplace often paints a very vivid picture of you. Brian is a dynamic, creative soul, so if you’re accustomed to those antiseptic salons that pride themselves on being cold, chic, and minimalist this is not that. First of all, the theater and its salon component, Attractions, are located in an aging strip mall whose busy red brick exterior and jumble of store fronts – which also includes a thrift store and hearing aid retailer -- obscure its identity to the point that you might just drive past it on your first approach. (Or maybe that’s just me and my glitchy GPS system.) Stepping across the threshold, however, is another story. It’s sort of like approaching an anonymous Clark Kent, but sitting down with a very theatrical Superman. Despite its rather spacious interior, the space immediately feels like an intimate artist’s gallery with dark, dramatic walls, a sky-high vaulted ceiling, jewel-toned accents and so many working parts that the eye doesn’t know where to settle. One of those working parts is, in fact, the proprietor himself. When I arrive, he is completely engrossed in some set construction on the stage that’s clearly visible in the back, beyond all the hair business that’s being conducted up front. After he tears himself away and sits down to chat, he’s quick to point out that while they certainly do family-friendly productions, the theater’s name – Cutting Edge – isn’t just a playful reference to scissor use. EDGE October | November 2018
“I wanted to do something risky, risque, something that pushes the envelope, whether it’s the content or the staging,” he explains. They did productions of both Trolls and Hair over the summer, if that tells you anything about the diversity of their programming. Ask him what in the world made him think he could get away with running a theater out of a hair studio, and he’ll shrug and tell you matter-of-factly, “I’ve been doing hair since I was a kid, but I’ve always wanted to do theater. I mean, who doesn’t want to be on stage? And I had all this space that wasn’t being used, so…” It doesn’t seem to occur to him that many of us don’t have the guts to get on stage, much less the fortitude to conceive of such an unusual concept and see it through to fruition. He launched the theater in a smaller space next door ten years ago, and expanded to its current size and space three years ago. Lest you think this is just a hobby, the production schedule is loaded with shows – they’re cramming in four productions between September and November alone – and the theater space is no joke, either. They transformed it from a warehouse by custom building the stage and installing cushy, stadium-style seating for between 108 to 135 people (apparently there’s wiggle room for a sold out show). As great as the public spaces are, the very best parts are the behind-the-scenes areas hidden away upstairs. Beyond the control room, which is jammed with some pretty impressive looking, state-of-the-art technology, there’s of course a hair and makeup area and tons of prop and costume storage. But most fabulous of all: the wall of wigs.
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Any self-respecting, Mardi-Gras-loving South Louisianian has a wig collection – I’m quite proud of my meager bin – but this cascade of over 750 hairpieces in every color and texture imaginable is truly a sight to behold. “I hate to throw anything away,” he says, chuckling in response to my gasps of awe. “I’ll just wind up going, ‘Where’s that ratty old wig? We need it!’” There’s a pretty cool wall of hats too, but I mean – how could that possibly compete with the wigs? While the theater’s inception was fueled by his personal aspirations, and it certainly allows for plenty of frivolity, Brian is also very driven by altruism. “You’d be amazed at how many people have never been to a live show,” he laments. “I didn’t see one as a kid; it was too expensive. That’s why I want to share it with as many people as possible.” In addition to the minutiae of running two businesses, Brian also works with local schools to encourage and assist children with little to no access to the arts, is determined to maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all ages and walks of life and supports multiple charities and worthy organizations. When I remind him that that he’d just told me the theater is barely breaking even, yet he spends so much time and money on philanthropic causes, he blows off the implied praise and simply replies, “You have to.” How can you tell his humility is genuine? Not only does he quickly change the subject, but just before I leave he casually tosses out the fact that James Rado, the original coauthor and lyricist of the legendary Broadway show Hair, recently flew in to see Cutting Edge’s production of the show this summer after catching a video online. Talk about burying the lead!
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Though I was prepared to let him talk until he was out of breath (or my rapidly scrawling hand cramped up into a permanent claw, whichever came first), he was not interested in idle chit chat. After a very pleasant, respectable 40 minutes, he clapped his hands together and said, “Okay, are we done here? I have work to do.” Theater lovers can visit cuttingedgetheater.com for tickets and a complete schedule of upcoming shows, which includes a tribute to Aretha Franklin in early November. Did they somehow predict the Queen of Soul’s demise months in advance? Nope. “We planned it out the Sunday after she died,” he proudly admits. “We don’t really plan our season out. When something comes up, we just do it!”
DEAR CITIZENS OF SLIDELL, As the cool fall weather approaches, Slidell is in the middle of festival season. Please join us for the City of Slidell’s Bayou Jam Concert series this October in Heritage Park. Please note that we have new hours this year to accommodate Saints fans this football season. The Northshore Community Orchestra will perform on Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Vince Vance and the Valiants will return for the 13th annual Bayou Jam Halloween Bash on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the show. A few of the many other events happening in October include the 7th annual Olde Towne Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 6; Chief Randy Fandal and Mayor Freddy Drennan’s 15th annual Wild Game, Seafood & BBQ Cook-Off on Oct. 6 at Fritchie Park; the second annual Taste of Olde Towne Slidell (go to ATasteOfOldeTowne.com for more information) Oct. 11-14; the St. Margaret Mary Food and Fun Fest on Oct. 19-21 and the Olde Towne Historic Antique Association’s Fall Street Fair on Oct. 27 and 28. We are blessed to have so many wonderful events in Slidell and St. Tammany Parish. Get out and enjoy the fall weather and the many wonderful events happening in our community. For more information about City of Slidell events, visit our website at MySlidell.com and follow the “City of Slidell” on Facebook. Greg Cromer City of Slidell Mayor
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STORY RICK WINDHORST PHOTOS JERRY COTTRELL
According to Friedrich Nietzsche, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” That notion is seconded by Bob Marley, who said, “One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain!” Most would agree music is a gift that adds to our quality of life. It offers that magic which moves us to dance, to sing and to cry. It is the soundtrack of our lives. A simple song can permeate through a special memory and live in our souls forever. On October 20 and 21 the Ozone Songwriter Festival will celebrate the special magic of music when it brings 70+ singer-songwriters to three stages in Mandeville. Performances will happen over two days at the Mandeville Trailhead, Old Rail Brewing Company and the Lafitte Street Market. All stages are within walking distance in beautiful Old Mandeville. The music will no doubt be about affairs of the heart, about the the ebbs and flows of life, about the struggle to move society to social justice or will simply be about the joy of small pleasures. We all have feelings to convey. When these emotions are communicated through music the language becomes universal, transcending space, time and culture. This job – sometimes weighty, sometimes whimsical – falls to the songwriter, whose duty it is to express for us what we may not be able to express ourselves. Enter a group of visionaries from the Northshore of New Orleans and from Nashville. This group started the nonprofit Ozone Songwriter Festival. It is intended
to create a support system and a venue to showcase our local singer-songwriters. Although there’s no lack of talented musicians on the Northshore, or in all of Louisiana, what is needed are more outlets and venues for original artists to present their songs. For that reason, songwriters and music lovers -- Greg Barnhill, Mary Grace Knapp, Buzz Jackson, Christine Barnhill, Michael Blache, Tommy Ike Hailey, John West, Maureen O’Brien, Mayor Donald Villere, Randy Russell, Susan Russell -- and later, myself, Ricky Windhorst -- decided to put together a music festival to feature the original songwriter. An important figure to the festival is Greg Barnhill, originally from Slidell. He has written for Etta James, Martina McBride, Jessica Simpson, Chicago, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, Leona Lewis, Trisha Yearwood, Don Henley, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, to name just a few. His role heading up the fest is vital, since when he comes down from Nashville for the fest he’ll bring up-and-coming and established performers. They will present their original music alongside dozens of local and regional performers of all genres, from country to rock to the blues. All funds raised by the festival’s annual production (entry fee and merchandise sales) above operating expenses will be used to enhance the appreciation of music for the youth of St. Tammany Parish. The mission includes providing elementary and high school students in the parish school system with further music education. This involves supporting their interest and
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endeavors in songwriting, as well as providing education about potential careers in, or related to, the music industry. As the festival expands each year, the organization plans to purchase and donate musical instruments to schools throughout St. Tammany Parish. In addition to the entertainment and educational benefits of this notfor-profit music festival, it also has the potential to grow into an annual music destination as well as a new tourism driver that will attract not only locals, but also out of town visitors. In an area burgeoning with young talent it is advantageous to stage and promote a festival that creates musical and artistic opportunities. Ozone Fest does this by bringing in mentors who will teach and inspire students and then foster that inspiration by providing students with the instruments and instruction they need. The goal is a festival that truly gives back to St. Tammany Parish, and shows yet another facet of the cultural gem this area is. For more information on the Ozone Songwriter Festival including details on sponsorship, event tickets, and the performance lineup visit the website at Ozonemusic.org. For even more frequent and up-to-date information, follow the Facebook page â€œOzone Songwriter Festival on the Northshoreâ€? or Twitter.com/Ozonefest.
As part of our ongoing commitment to maintain a high quality of life for our citizens through cost effective, innovative systems, The City of Mandeville has purchased new water meters from Aqua Metric. This project includes installing every residential meter in the City limits with new, state-of-the art technology that can wirelessly communicate usage data to our water utility. The installation will take about 30 minutes and the homeâ€™s water usage may be interrupted for up to 15 minutes. If the water system is in use at the time of installation, our crews will try to notify the homeowner before water flow is interrupted. The process has begun and will take a few months to complete. Once installed, advanced meter technology will be able to collect multiple remote meter reads per day, allowing for better leak detection and improved customer service while conservatively saving customers money. Door hangars are being placed in the scheduled areas of work to notify citizens that they are in the area. Contractors are clearly identified with badges and our drinking water will remain safe throughout the project. Advanced metering also supports our commitment to preserving and protecting our environment by reducing carbon emissions by taking meter readers off of the road, enhancing our ability to quickly detect and stop leaks, and providing customers with daily information on water use so that they can improve their efforts to conserve. We appreciate your patience during this time of installation.
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The vision of Sara Sinclair, Marketing Coordinator at the Lakehouse and Maison Lafitte, became not only a reality but a huge success. Maison Lafitte partnered with Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West (Habitat STW) to produce the first Hammers and Heels Fashion Show, which benefitted Women Build -fueled by Chevron- and was held at the stunning Masion LaFitte in Mandeville. The event’s proceeds went towards Habitat STW’s annual Women Build project, which will take place from September 28 - October 31. Women Build is a project in which Habitat STW encourages women, without excluding men, to come out to a construction site to not only build a home, but also help a family build the strength, stability and self-reliance needed for a brighter future. This year’s Women Build homebuyer is Sandy Payne, a single mother of three daughters who has moved numerous times due to the expensive rent in the St. Tammany Parish area. Payne was in attendance at the fashion show alongside her eldest daughter, Ally, and was extremely appreciative of all those who donated their time and money to the project. “It’s above and beyond anything you can comprehend,” said Payne. “St. Tammany Parish has some wonderful people that are loving on our family. It’s a wonderful experience.”
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The event also included a silent auction where guests were able to bid on gifts such as a family portrait session from Joel Treadwell, a DJ for a day donated by the Lake 94.7, artwork from local artists, a signed Drew Brees football and fabulous items from participating boutiques. Guests were treated to a lunch provided by the Lakehouse and sipped on signature cocktails before transitioning outside to the patio for the fashion show, emceed by Doerr Furnitureâ€™s Shane Mutter. The Fashion Show consisted of fall looks from local boutiques: The Villa, Cameo Boutique, au Darling, Habitat STW ReStore, Hemline Mandeville, Posh Boutique, Bella Bridesmaids, Francoâ€™s Lifestyle Boutique, Palm Village: A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store and Suella. If you would like to get involved and learn more about Women Build please visit habitatstw.org/womenbuild or contact Leighanne Weeks at 985-1933172 ext. 244. EDGE October | November 2018
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I like to call it the Mom Trifecta – when all three of my children have sleepover plans with their friends. When it happens my husband and I like to take advantage of a rare kid-free evening and share a date night. On this occasion we decided to take an overnight trip. We didn’t want to go far so decided to re-visit the place we used to go for weekends before we had children, Bay St. Louis in Mississippi, only 45 minutes away from our home in Mandeville. Once we had dropped the last child off we drove through Slidell and took the first exit off the interstate. We reached the coast road and I began to feel that I was away; there is something relaxing about driving along the coast, seeing the sea oats and sand, watching the pelicans diving into the Gulf catch their breakfast and every now and again catching a glimpse of a lone fisherman standing in the water. After a short drive we found the bustling small town of Bay St. Louis. The town sits on a harbor and there are several restaurants open to the harbor where you can enjoy a drink or meal while watching the boats come and go. We easily found a spot to park and set off to explore. Taking a stroll down Main Street we found a plethora of quaint restaurants, cafes, art galleries and gift and antique stores. We eventually settled on eating lunch at the Starfish Café, situated in a quirky house surrounded by wild gardens and a musician planted roadside serenading the passersby. The menu is eclectic, with all the produce locally sourced. Some of the produce is even grown in raised vegetable beds in the garden and the honey comes from a beehive on the roof.
We discovered that luck was with us, as this café is closed on all Saturdays except for the second Saturday of the month, when the Main Street merchants stay open late to attract visitors and locals alike to wander down the street enjoying all it has to offer. After sitting down we were joined by Di Fillhart, who explained the café’s concept to us. Di is from Brooklyn and had traveled with a non-profit to Bay St. Louis after Katrina to help in the recovery effort and ended up staying. She founded her own non-profit, PNEUMA-Winds of Hope, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Di acts as the Executive Director of the foundation and has been running the Starfish Café ever since. The café is an outreach program with no prices on the menu; customers are asked to donate what they want. Money made from the café funds the training of the staff. The 8 to 12 week learning program is for people over the age of 18 who receive hands-on training in restaurant, job and life skills. The cost for each student is up to
$4,000, which provides an allowance while they go through the program as well as cash incentives for post-graduation. Once students complete the training they work for 25 hours a week either at the restaurant or at another business. At the end of the commitment they are given money that helps with a deposit on an apartment. “In a way it is like forced saving,” says Di. After enjoying lunch my husband and I spent a leisurely afternoon exploring the various art galleries in town (a perfect time to do some early Christmas shopping). Late afternoon was upon us all too soon and it was time to travel along the coast to the Silver Slipper Casino where we had booked a room in their hotel. After checking into our gulf view, beach themed room we headed down to the beach bar. Taking our margaritas with us we wandered to the beach-front infinity pool where we watched the sun set while enjoying the Gulf breeze. Later in the evening we took advantage of the award-winning Jubilee Buffet at the casino. I suspected it was named after the natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on the shores of Mobile Bay when many types of crab, shrimp and fish swarm into the shallow waters, allowing them to be easily caught. If so I felt it was aptly named the Jubilee. All around us we saw plates piled high with snow, dungeness and jonah crab legs along with boiled jumbo shrimp. For those customers who didn’t want seafood there was a plethora of choices for every taste bud. After a nightcap and a few hands of blackjack we headed off to bed. We had an early morning start to get back to St. Tammany to pick up our boys from their various sleepovers. Even though we had been away for less than 24 hours, I felt rejuvenated. It was worth the drive and I was ready to get back to my three high-energy boys.
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1. GO DURING THE OFF SEASON
All parents want to take their kids on a trip when they’re out of school, which makes the summer and holidays incredibly busy at a kid-magnet like Walt Disney World. One of the best times to go is during Mardi Gras break when only our little corner of the country is out of school – though do be mindful if Presidents Day falls on the day before Mardi Gras because that can ruin some of our advantage. You also need to start looking out for the national cheer and dance championships that are starting to be scheduled during Mardi Gras. The “slowest” time of year for Disney World is actually August and September.
“What are you going to do now?” “I’m going to Disney World!” My dad loves to prepare for trips ahead of time so that we can enjoy everything ﬁtting together perfectly when we’re there. When going to Disney World, do it like a pro with these tips:
2. USE FAST PASSES
Before you arrive in the park you can select three Fast Passes for rides in the same park. Do it. Once you enter the line for your 3rd Fast Pass you can select another to replace it at a kiosk (if you’re a shmuck) or on your My Disney Experience App while you stand in line for the next ride.
3. BOOK IN ADVANCE
Many sought after activities can be booked months in advance and ﬁll up quickly. This is especially true for meals with characters and at popular sit-down restaurants in the parks. It’s much easier to modify or cancel an experience than reserve it. Dining books 180 days out and Fast Passes book 60 days out if staying at a Disney hotel, or 30 days out if staying elsewhere. This brings me to my next point…
6. DON’T FEEL THE NEED TO STAY ALL DAY
Leave the park mid-day to take a nap or lounge by the hotel pool. Afternoon showers are common in Florida anyway, so rest up and return later when most people are walking to the exit.
4. STAY AT A WALT DISNEY WORLD HOTEL
As tempting as it may be to stay outside the gates for a cheaper rate, the beneﬁts outweigh the costs. Transportation is free and reliable between all hotels and parks, guests can enter one park each day an hour earlier or stay an hour later than non-guests, and souvenirs you buy in the park can be delivered right to your room without carrying them around for the rest of the day. You can cancel a Disney package up to 30 days before you travel, so as long as you can sacriﬁce the $200 deposit (if booking a package) or the one-night stay (if booking a room only), go ahead and make your reservations inside the gates.
7. PHOTOPASS + YOUR CAMERA
The Disney Photopass photographers will take a picture of you on your own camera or phone. This is a more reliable way to get a good group picture than asking a random passerby.
5. GO TO THE PARKS DURING OFF HOURS
Even the most beloved rides don’t have a line when they ﬁrst open, so get to the park when (or even better, before) it opens. Ride the most sought after rides ﬁrst, then take your time riding other rides as waves of crowds stroll in at 10 am. The same is true during parades and shows, as most people stop to watch and there is oftentimes a second showing with smaller crowds.
8. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD
Snacks and beverages can be brought into the park and doing so saves a pretty penny. Reusable water bottles can be reﬁlled at any restaurant with fountain drinks.
9. USE A TRAVEL AGENT
Disney pays travel agents like Kristen Blackburn at Cupcake Castles Travel
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by chef Michael DeGavage
ABOUT CHEF MICHAEL DEGAVAGE In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Chef Michael DeGavage went to college planning to be a physical therapist. His studies involved more of having a good time instead. Once life got real, he decided he had one thing to bank on: previous work in and around the food industry. He literally knocked on the locked door of one of Covingtonâ€™s well-known food venues and talked his way into a job. After that, he says he fell in love with food. DeGavage worked in several local kitchens before becoming the executive chef at The Wine Garden in Olde Towne Slidell.
As a chef, it is hard to find the time to go out to eat, so when my boss and owner of The Wine Garden, John Hodges, asked me to take a few hours off and go out for dinner, I jumped at the chance. Going to the Seiler Bar was kind of an odd set-up for me, since back in the day I used to work for Steve Ahrons in the Tap Room. So it was very interesting to walk in now with the purpose of reviewing the place. The Seiler Bar is connected to the Columbia Street Tap Room. It is an extension of the Tap Room, but has a very different vibe. The Tap Room serves excellent bar food and 30 different beers on tap, featuring daily specials and live music on the weekends. The Seiler Bar is more upscale with white linen tablecloths and a menu of locally sourced and seasonal items. The atmosphere in the Seiler Bar maintains a gallery vibe with homage to the days past. I love the wood and copper bar and the art from local artist Suzanne King hanging on the walls, including a large trip titch that was commissioned for the space. When Steve first took over the space, he wasn’t sure what he was going to do with it; he just knew that he wanted to be able to access the adjacent courtyard. French doors lead from the restaurant to the outside area with its own bar that is open when needed. Bands often perform outside, and a water feature makes it a very inviting place, especially for a pre-dinner drink. After five o’clock rolls around it is never boring in there, either. As far as the food goes, my favorite that night was the shrimp and corn bisque; it was salted just right and had good consistency. And then I had the mixed green salad with honey goat cheese, Asian pear, cherry tomatoes, toasted almonds and balsamic vinegar. I am not a big salad guy, but it was really good and a perfect balance of flavors. For the next course, I had the blackened Pompano topped with barbeque shrimp and served with fingerling potatoes and asparagus. That was excellent; the fish was cooked perfectly. I finished my dinner with a Tiramisu – a perfect ending to my meal. Everything about the experience was really good. The staff was attentive, and when I walked in they made me feel like I had never left, even with the new staff. That’s kind of how they make everyone feel. For me it was kind of nostalgic.
SEILER BAR 434 North Columbia Street, Covington 985.898.3424 Seilerbar.com
Dentistry From the Heart Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) started as a day-of-care event in a suburban Florida dental office nearly 16 years ago. Today it’s grown into an international organization aimed at providing free dental care in hundreds of communities throughout the world. Dr. Vincent J. Monticciolo founded Dentistry From The Heart as a 501(c)(3) with the goal of giving back to those who cannot afford dental care. Those in the dental industry who have participated in this event have shown a giving and generous spirit in their communities. Each year hundreds of events take place where thousands of patients are given millions of dollars in free dental care. Slidell dentist Dr. David Pousson had long recognized that far too many Slidell area residents were going without needed dental care. Pousson Family Dentistry hosted Slidell’s first Dentistry From The Heart event in 2016, providing free dental care to anyone 18 or older. Slidell’s third DFTH event will be held on Friday, November 2nd. At the event patients are given the option to receive an extraction, filling or cleaning. Patients must be healthy enough to receive dental care and are only required to provide identification showing they are 18 years of age or older; no one is required to disclose the status of their income. Registration begins at 7 am and patients will be seen until 5 pm on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available at Pousson Family Dentistry, 640 Brownswitch Road, and at 670 Brownswitch Road. The event will be held rain or shine, and patients are encouraged to dress for the weather as they will wait for their turn outside.
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Maggie Miller, DDS and David Pousson, DDS
The Slidell DFTH events are run by an average of 21 volunteers, including oral surgeon Dr. C. Bradley Dickerson and dentists Dr. Maggie Miller and Dr. David Pousson. DFTH is supported by the Slidell Mayor’s office, the Sheriff’s office, the Slidell Police Department, over 60 community churches, 22 local social service organizations and the Slidell Chamber of Commerce. During last year’s event, 101 patients received free dental care, surpassing the goal of 80 patients. This year they hope to see over 120 patients. “Each year it gets bigger and bigger,” Jeanne Pousson said. As a fitting tribute to the work they have done to bring dental care to those who cannot afford it, last year Dr. Pousson and oral surgeon Dr. C. Bradley Dickerson shared the Slidell Humanitarian of the Year award for their community service.
The City of Slidell presents the 2018-2019 Cultural Season Calendar All events oﬀer free admission! Art exhibitions are on display at the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, located at 2055 Second Street. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Fridays, 12-4 pm. Thursdays, 12-6 pm. Mixed Media Juried Exhibit 2018 Salad Days Juried Exhibit of St. Tammany Student Art Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 • 6 - 9 pm September 21 - October 26, 2018 • Slidell Cultural Center
Bayou Jam Concert - Northshore Community Orchestra Sunday, October 14, 2018 • 5 - 6:30 pm • Heritage Park
Bayou Jam Halloween Bash with Vince Vance & the Valiants
Opening Reception: February 8, 2019 • 6 - 8 pm February 8 - March 22, 2019 • Slidell Cultural Center
Bayou Jam Concert - Witness
Sunday, March 17, 2019 • 5 - 7 pm • Heritage Park
Bayou Jam Concert - Redline
Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 4 - 6 pm • Heritage Park
Sunday, March 31, 2019 • 5 - 7 pm • Heritage Park
Centennial Celebration: 100 Covers of Slidell Magazine
From the Vaults of the New Orleans Museum of Art
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 9 • 6 - 9 pm November 9 - December 21, 2018 • Slidell Cultural Center
Christmas Under the Stars
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 5 - 9 pm April 6 - May 24, 2019 • Slidell Cultural Center
Arts Evening 2019
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7, 8, 2018 • 6 - 9 pm • Griffith Park
Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 5 - 9 pm • Olde Towne Slidell
Christmas in Olde Towne Slidell
Bayou Jam Concert - Sgt. Peppers (Beatles Tribute Band)
Slidell Movie Nights at Slidell’s Bayou Christmas
Some Enchanted Evening with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 • 6 - 9 pm • Olde Towne Slidell Saturday, December 15, 2018 • 7 pm • Heritage Park
Holiday Concert with the Northshore Community Orchestra
Sunday, April 14, 2019 • 5 - 7 pm • Heritage Park
Sunday, May 5, 2019 • 6 - 7:30 pm • Heritage Park
Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 • 7 - 8 pm • Slidell Auditorium
Slidell Movie Nights - Summer 2019
June 1, 15 & July 13, 27 • 8:30 pm • Heritage Park
Sponsorships for the upcoming 2018-2019 Cultural Season are now available. For more information, please call Alex Carollo, Director of Cultural & Public Aﬀairs, at (985) 646-4375.
Thank you to our 2017-2018 Cultural Season Sponsors for another amazing year of events! Renaissance, $5,000:
Baroque, $2,500 Sponsors: CLECO Power, LLC Jazz on the Bayou/Ronnie Kole Foundation • The Slidell Independent
Neoclassical, $1,000 Sponsors: Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert • Lori Gomez Art Holiday Inn & Suites, Slidell • Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien • Purple Armadillo Again
Impressionism, $500 Sponsors: Dr. Nathan Brown, Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery • Chateau Bleu • CiCi’s Pizza Mayor Greg Cromer • Flatliners Entertainment • Old School Eats Food Truck • Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Olde Towne Slidell Print Shop • Pontchartrain Investment Management • Roberta’s Cleaners • Sabrina’s Sweet Eats Silver Slipper Casino • Slidell Historical Antique Association • Terry Lynn’s Cafe & Creative Catering
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11 1. The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has announced the launch of its ﬁrst collaboration brew as part of their Ensemble Series. The Ensemble Series will be an annual release brewed by members of the Louisiana Brewers Guild. The brewers will come together each year to and decide on the style and recipe and then brew the beer at the host brewery. Abita Brewing Company was the inaugural host brewery for the 2018 release of a Double IPA and will oversee the production and packaging of the project. This beer was created with the partnership of the following sponsors that assisted in the creation and development of this specialty brew: Cargill & Briess, SS Steiner, Yakima Chief White Labs and Tilt. 2. Denise Bass took EDGE on a girls’ trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 3. Lake 94.7’s Dave Bruce and his wife Amy took EDGE with them on a cruise to Mexico. 4. Taylor Hooper struck a pose with EDGE on her family trip to Madrid, Spain. 5. The Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition hosted ‘Triple Vision.’ The event held at the Wine Garden in Slidell welcomed new community leadership: Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer, East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce CEO Don Shea and St. Tammany Parish Development CEO Chris Masingill.
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6. Maison Laﬁtte partnered with Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West for the ﬁrst ever “Hammers and Heels Fashion Show” benefitting Women Build Fueled by Chevron. 7. Covington White Linen Night for Public Art kicked off the evening with a second line from the Southern Hotel to Bogue Falaya Park for the dedication of the newest addition to public art, Bill Binnings’ bronze statue of Walker Percy. Locals and visitors dressed in their cool summer white enjoyed a beautiful evening strolling around Covington, mingling in the streets, listening to live music and visiting art galleries, restaurants and bars. 8. Parish President Pat Brister presented Bradley Bouton with a certiﬁcate of achievement for attaining his Eagle Scout rank. Bradley’s Eagle Project involved the design, printing and installation of 10 snake identiﬁcation signs, the construction of the pedestals for the signs and the installation of those signs throughout Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville. Bradley designed each sign with the use of research from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. On each sign an indigenous species of snake that patrons might see within the Nature Center is identiﬁed and described in detail. Venomous snakes are designated by red lettering. Bradley fundraised to purchase materials. Monetary donations were contributed by several individuals and
the Rotary Club of Mandeville. 9. Clearwood Junior High embraces the 2018-2019 St. Tammany Parish Public School’s theme “We will… Connect” by inviting local community leaders to help welcome their students and staff back to school. #WeWill STPPS 10. St. Scholastica Academy commissioned 20 students as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during mass on August 15, 2018. The students, all seniors, will be responsible for distributing the Eucharistic during all school masses. 11. St. Paul’s School celebrated its 100 year anniversary with a weeklong celebration, including a parade of students and faculty, led by the Saint Paul’s Marching Wolves, up De LaSalle drive. This parade was a recreation of the ﬁrst brothers and students walking up De LaSalle Drive on the ﬁrst day of school and honored the 100th Anniversary of the Christian Brothers’ ownership and operation of Saint Paul’s School. Saint Paul’s administration, faculty, student body and honored guests also celebrated a special mass. The mass was celebrated by Abbott Justin Brown, OSB of Saint Joseph Abbey. The Benedictines from the Abbey sold Saint Paul’s to the Christian Brothers 100 years ago. Want to be featured in Around The Lake? Send your pictures to email@example.com
Adrift Without Our Anchor STORY CHARLES DOWDY
Charles Dowdy is a broadcaster and writer living with his wife and four children on the Northshore. You can hear him each weekday morning from 6 to 10 on Lake 94.7.
I was on a country highway I had not travelled in years. To my right, a road wound over a hill and then dipped away into a dense, green landscape. Something told me I had memories along that blacktop, right over that hill. I wasn’t sure what they were, only that they suddenly felt powerful and recent, not faded and lost. There was no time to turn back and investigate. We were going to my father-in-law’s bedside. He was dying. His given name was Gerald. Depending on who you were and what he meant to you, you might also have called him Pop, or Counselor, or General. The first morning I visited his home as his daughter’s boyfriend I found coffee, toast and fruit in the kitchen. No one else was around, so I put some margarine on the toast. There is no word to describe how bad that margarine tasted. I checked the date on the container. It had been purchased three, maybe four boyfriends previous. Just after I spit the toast into the garbage my future father-in-law came in. He was wearing running shoes with no socks and shorts that looked like cocktail napkins strapped to his upper thighs. Most sweating men would reach for water. He poured a cup of coffee. Then he picked up a piece of toast and dug a knife into that margarine. I try to tell myself there wasn’t time to warn him, but it was more than that. The front walk leading to his door had been worn down by the soles of many suitors. I said nothing because I represented a sudden change in the boyfriend lineup and had no idea where I stood with this man.
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When he crammed that toast and God-awful margarine into his mouth I waited for his eyes to pop out. I waited for him to run to the garbage can. But there wasn’t even a grunt. He just stared at me and chewed while a puddle of sweat gathered at his feet. Then he washed down that margarine plutonium with scalding coffee. His expression never changed. That sums up Pop nicely for me. Even when things weren’t exactly right, he wouldn’t let you know it. He knew that silence could be as powerful as words, although that rule was always dumped when the stories started flowing with dinner and wine. And, at least for that moment, I represented the enemy by way of a new boyfriend. Of course, he would never let me see weakness. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me looking at it. Sometimes Pop intimidated me even after twenty years and four grandchildren. Not so much by who he was, but by who I wanted to be. He was a big man in many ways, with big appetites and a bigger heart. Not the kind of guy you heard say “ouch” too often. He adhered to a strict moral divide between right and wrong, and if something needed to be said, no matter how cringeworthy or painful, he would do it, plainly and right to your face. Sometimes he would stare at me and all the bad decisions I’d made in life seemed naked before him. And yet, I solicited his advice on numerous occasions and he never once told me what to do. He would listen, ask questions, listen some more, ask more questions, and then the answer I sought would suddenly be there. I think that’s called wisdom. And grace. And generosity. And patience.
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Pop’s death was a terrible loss, but I try to see his life as a victory. He was married to the woman he loved for more than fifty years. Who wouldn’t covet what they shared during the time they had together? They raised a family, they travelled, they made a difference in the lives of people around them. And they did it all while they loved one another. I am sad only because I wanted them to have a chance to make a few more memories, and maybe be with them while they did it. On my wife’s birthday we travelled home to say goodbye to her father. She grew quiet as we stopped at the town’s first redlight. Roads filled with distant memories were all around us. Memories that came alive as we passed. I had turned left on that street, sneaking to Pop’s office to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage. (I was terrified. He made it easy.) I took a left on that road, then a right, to reach the house where he got to know his grandchildren and ate that terrible toast. Further down the same street to the left was the church where I married his daughter. Those were some of my memories as we drove to the far side of town. To their final home. I know my wife was reliving those and many more. We pulled up to their house. The rest of the family was inside. For more than twenty years I had been arriving at homes owned by this man, my children and pets and noise and chaos spilling out of the car. For the first time ever, this one time, I did not want to be there.
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EDGE of the Lake gives a fresh edgy look at the parishes north of the lake and the unique mix of people that make up our community. Expect t...
Published on Sep 24, 2018
EDGE of the Lake gives a fresh edgy look at the parishes north of the lake and the unique mix of people that make up our community. Expect t...