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Welcome to our fall issue of EDGE of the Lake. We are thrilled to bring you some exciting, fresh stories from around the Northshore. We introduce you to our favorite pirate doctor, who along with helping so many people on their cancer journey has put a smile on many faces too. While many are used to seeing Dr. Saux in full pirate regalia, it still amuses me when I see him. I do wonder if he has a Formal Friday when he goes to work in a suit? I think not. We take a drive and discover one of the four wineries in Louisiana and also meet Sylvia Bush, a special woman who is helping people with disabilities. At EDGE of the Lake, we are looking forward to a busy few months with many activities and events planned during the cooler fall weather. We are proud to sponsor many of these events and look forward to seeing many of you at them. While we support our local charities, it is important not to forget the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. If you are looking for ways to help, check out Storm Posse, a local grassroots coalition that is collecting and delivering supplies directly to the people who need them. Storm Posse is on Facebook.
EDITOR Randall Flagg ART DIRECTOR Fernanda Chagas Kirk STYLE DIRECTOR Patty Beal BEAUTY EDITOR Caitlin Picou GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ashley Begovich CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah Cottrell Charles Dowdy Sarah Herndon Elizabeth Kennedy Wells Meredith Knight Elaine Millers STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jerry Cottrell CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Yehleen Bacalso-Gaffney Joseph Frierson SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVES Eloise Cottrell Rick Clasen ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Rebecca Blossman-Ferran Erin Bolton D’Ann Davis Dave Dudley Michelle Wallis-Croas
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FAMILY PIER There are many places to fish in St. Tammany Parish, but few are as user-friendly as the St. Tammany Fishing Pier in Slidell. The pier is staffed by fishing enthusiasts who are willing to offer advice on such things as the best tackle to use considering the wind and the tide and even give a lesson in baiting and casting for those new to the sport. Lisa Maddox, the pier manager and a fishing enthusiast herself, says that the Fishing Pier draws not only those who want to fish, but also those who want to relax, read a book or watch sailboats pass by. The 650-foot pier, built with reclaimed parts of the original I-10 Twinspans destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, is located on the Northshore directly next to the new Twinspans. The idea to create the first public fishing pier in the region since the 1960s came from then Parish President Kevin Davis. With funding from local, state and federal sources, the pier was opened to the public in June of 2012. Several months later, the pier was damaged by Hurricane Ike and was closed for repairs until it reopened in January of 2014. Maddox explains that the pier is a testament to the resilience of the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. While the location of the pier was determined without regard to the types of fish that can be caught there or the wildlife nearby, the location certainly turned out to be a homerun. Some of the fish caught from the pier include red drum, sheepshead, spotted sea trout,
Atlantic croaker, black drum, southern flounder, and gafftopsail catfish. Crabbing with nets is also a common past time on the pier. While you are waiting to pull in your nets or for a tug at your line, you may see a family of otters swim by or a bald eagle soar overhead. These sights, as wells as picturesque sunrises and sunsets, beckon those who enjoy nature. There is a small fee for entrance to the pier — $3 for adults fishing, $1 for adults sightseeing, and $1 for all children age 11 and under. Payment is at a kiosk which takes credit cards and gives change for those paying with cash, and with your ticket you can come and go all day long. This entrance fee defrays some of the costs of the pier, such as electricity, water and Pier Patrollers who handle everything from informal fishing lessons to keeping the pier clean. Some of the nicest features of the pier are the restrooms, a vending machine with cold water and soft drinks and, of course, the four fish cleaning stations with tables and running water. As Maddox says, “the pier is a place to spend a nice day with your family and catch your dinner.” And not only can you catch dinner, you can bring it home ready to cook. Maddox’ enthusiasm for the Pier is evident from even a short conversation. She explains that she is often at the pier herself and that while “you may not always catch fish, you’re going to have a great day!”
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The events of this hurricane season have been, at the very least, vivid reminders of the important things in life: family, friends, relationships and community. However, they also remind us that every step we take in preparation for an event can be a factor in how well we fare and how quickly we recover afterward. I want to ask every person reading this to take a moment to get connected to St. Tammany Parish Government because part of our job — every day — is to keep you, our citizens, informed about how Parish Government fits into your life and how we are in service to you. We take that responsibility seriously. During emergencies, we maintain our commitment to the day-to-day communications, however, in addition, we relay information that may be of critical importance to you and your family during your own emergency event decision-making. So, I am asking everyone who has not yet done so, to take a moment to sign up for Parish emails and for ALERT St. Tammany, our Parish-wide Emergency Alert System, by going to our website, stpgov.org, and clicking “I want to — Subscribe.” Pertinent information is posted on our website in real-time, but this is also where you can find various resources on everything from projects happening in your area to what animals are up for adoption through our Department of Animal Services. Also, follow us on Social Media on Facebook, @sttammanyparish, and on Twitter, @stpgov. We want to stay in touch, and we want you to do the same. PAT BRISTER St. Tammany Parish President
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Jack (Jay) Saux III is a local doctor who treats people with cancer. Saux also likes to dress like a pirate. And, sometimes, Jay Saux treats people for cancer while he is dressed like a pirate. “It diffuses this really heavy job,” Saux said. “The costuming kind of takes the attention off their cancer. And it helps me, too. The days you see me in an outrageous costume are usually mornings where I really didn’t want to go to work.” We talked in a small exam room at his office. He was dressed in what could be described as “beach bum casual” instead of pirate garb. I told him I had noticed plenty of parking spots for doctors near the front door, and not one for pirates. He laughed. “There’s pirate parking at my apartment though. There’s a sign. It says ‘Dr. Saux, pirates only, all others beware’ and there’s a skull and crossbones on it.” Saux has thick eyebrows, a long nose, and a beard that his hands find almost constantly, like he is trying to squeeze the unruly hair into submission. He has been dressing up in costumes since he was a child. “I grew up in New Orleans,” Saux said. “We had two opportunities for costumes, Mardi Gras and Halloween. My first costume was a devil.” It was about ten years ago, while working as an oncologist in Covington, that the entire staff agreed to dress up for Halloween. The men were going to be pirates and the women would be wenches. “It was really well received,” Saux said. “I was like ‘Arrgh’ and all this stuff the whole day and everyone had fun with it.” After that, pirates became the Halloween theme every year. And people began buying Saux pirate gear. One of the nurses bought him a pirate hat. The husband of a patient found a
sword and sharpened the edge near the hilt so Saux could cut limes with it. The man also inscribed the blade with a special message about fighting cancer. “I even found this great jacket at the Disney Store that was part of the Pirates of the Caribbean thing,” Saux said. “It was a ‘kids extra-large’ and it fit perfectly.” Then came International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which Saux used as another excuse to dress like a pirate at work. And that’s when the wheels almost came off. Saux was called to a hospital board meeting that happened to fall on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. He attended the meeting in costume. “That was not well received,” Saux said with a laugh. But, the administration eventually came around and Saux continued with his pirating ways. Now he says when he isn’t in costume some patients voice their disappointment. So, in addition to the medical notes in their chart, he’ll remind himself to rectify that on their next visit. And if a fellow doctor needs a mental boost Saux isn’t above giving them an “Arrgh” as well. Pirates with name tags are kind of rare, and Saux usually doesn’t wear identification when in costume, even in the hospital. He’s never been thrown out, but he has earned some sideways glances from new members of the security team. A pirate to the end, he said, “If they don’t know who I am, at this point, I figure they have the problem.”
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But it will not always be a pirate. He has been a bunny rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and a hippie, among others. Also, don’t let the costume fool you. Saux is a serious medical professional. He and his partners work hard to stay up to date on the latest breakthroughs for treating cancer. As far as the overall health care debate in our country goes, Saux said he worries most about the working poor, people who go to work but cannot afford insurance. “Who is going to help them?” Saux asked. “In Louisiana it has always been the charity system that they could turn to. There were charity hospitals that were fully functional all over the state, but that’s changed a good deal. We have trouble finding places to put people.” A father to three grown daughters, whose company he seeks at every opportunity, his interests outside work are wide and varied. He rides a skateboard around town. He just bought a sailboat. He is an avid birdwatcher who also likes to surf, and music has been in his life from the beginning. “I like to play the ukulele and guitar,” Saux said. “I just bought a piano. I’ve been trying to learn the accordion for like three years and I can’t figure it out, but maybe one day.” When asked if he was a night owl or an early riser he simply said, “Yes.” Then he added, “I tend to go to bed late and get up early, so I’m not following Ben Franklin’s rule.” There’s something behind his eyes when you talk to Jay Saux.
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Like maybe he knows the punchline to a joke you haven’t heard yet. If you could see the smile behind his unruly beard, it would probably be described as mischievous. “Frequently, if someone invites me to something and it says ‘dressy casual’ I’ll show up in pirate gear and be like ‘You didn’t say what year.’” I spoke to one of his patients who has stage four cancer. When asked about her doctor she said, “He always makes me feel good. He makes me feel like I’m going to be around for another twenty years. I think keeping your cancer patient positive is half the battle. It has meant the world to me. That, and he is an incredible human being.” Had she seen him in costume? “Absolutely! I’ve seen him as a pirate, a leprechaun, and an elf. His costumes know no limits. It lifts your spirits when you see him dressed like that. Considering what the man does for a living, I think it lifts his spirits as well.” She was silent, then added, “Dr. Saux exudes that he cares. You see it when he’s with you. You see it when he’s with other patients.” Cancer sucks. Saux voiced that sentiment more than once during our conversation. And he chooses to face cancer in a costume. “Patients are afraid,” Saux said with a shrug. “Or they’re down, or they don’t feel well, and you walk in with this ridiculous get-up on and they smile.” And as he said that, at least for a moment, the pirate doctor looked happy, too.
Join us as we continue our fall events! Mandeville Live! is wrapping up the last week of the fall concert series on Saturday, October 7th with Sweet Cecelia at 6:30 p.m. at the Trailhead. The LPO will be performing their “Sunset on the Lake Symphony” on Saturday, October 21st at 4:30 p.m. on the Mandeville Lakefront. Admission is free. The Dew Drop Dance Hall continues their series on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. with Morning Star Gospel Choir and St. Rose e Lima Men’s Ensemble on October 6th, Chris Thomas King with Henry Gray on October 20th, The Pfister Sisters on November 3rd and Indian Blue on November 7th. GNO Properties will host their event “Unity in the Community” at the Trailhead on Saturday October 6th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. with trick or treating, costume contests, barbecue contests, vendors and live music. The general public is invited to attend. I am proud to announce that we hired Christy Delgado as our new KMB Coordinator, and she is doing a great job. Our budget has been approved and can be found on the home page of our website. Not only does it reflect that we are in a solid financial condition, but also that the City is maintaining a high level of services to our citizens with continued efforts in sewage, water, streets and drainage. We continue to investigate the best method of dealing with lake front flooding. Beautification continues with tree planting by Parks and Parkways on East and West Causeway Approach and will now extend to Marigny Avenue and Hwy 190 from East Causeway to Girod Street.
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Covington Art Market at the St. Tammany Art Association October 1 / November 5 • 9 am to 1 pm OnSTAGE The Comedy Ventriloquism of Lynn Trefzger October 4 • 7 pm • Fuhrmann Auditorium
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year and he picked up his studies at NYU, eventually obtaining an economics degree, even as he was improving his drawing skills and expanding his musical prowess to include guitar, violin, and mandolin. He worked for a time as an engineer designing condensers and worked for a wholesaler, but found little satisfaction in either job. Back in New Orleans and married, Seago opened a custom audio music shop, which he had for ten years, before the business and the marriage went south. All the while, his art and his music remained a notso-distant siren song. At one point, a buddy took some of his sketches to New York to a well-known artist he knew there and returned with praise and encouragement for Seago. He opened an art gallery next and it was there that he met a young school teacher named Judith Hopkins. “I walked into this place where there wasn’t a square inch of wall space,” Judy said. “There was amazing artwork ceiling to floor. Then I learned that many of the etchings were his. I’d graduated in fine art and recognized his talent right away.” The two started dating shortly thereafter. Fast forward to 1988, Robert and Judy were married on the Northshore, blending Robert’s two children, Michael and Elizabeth Seago and Judy’s son John Roberson. Robert says that at that time he started experimenting with watercolor and a woman who owned an art gallery in the French Quarter we knew asked me to
ven as a child, Robert Seago knew he had a huge imagination. “I’d sit in class staring out the window, thinking of all the projects I had going on at home,” he said. “I was always being fussed at for daydreaming. I just had so much on my mind. I remember looking through the newspaper, as a kid, searching for stories about creativity and creative people. But I found very little.” By age six, Robert was entertaining himself by drawing cartoon characters, like the ones he saw in the comic strips. “I’d draw Santa at Christmas time and all my favorite comic book heroes,” he said. “I found some of those drawings recently and was surprised at how good they are. God just gave me a talent for art.” But music was his real love. By age 12, Robert had taught himself to play the banjo and play it well. He had an unquenchable curiosity about music and musicians. Yet a career in music or art didn’t seem respectable. “I didn’t see how I could make any money at either,” Seago said. His parents encouraged him to use his talents in architecture. So, after graduating from St. Martin’s, he went on to Tulane, where he played football and made lifelong friendships. “I was the pied piper,” he laughed. “I’d play my banjo and lead the football team around the women’s dorm. Sometimes things got out of hand. But I got to know everyone on the Tulane campus that way.” A bout with mononucleosis landed him in bed for a solid
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put some paintings in an art show she was having. “I brought four pieces, priced them at $200, and they sold immediately.” Seago said. That gave Seago encouragement to experiment with acrylics then finally to find himself in oils. He increased the scale of his paintings and developed the rich color palette that would become his signature. The bottom floor of the family home became an art studio. Robert asked a friend, Paul Mcllhenny, who, at the time, was president of Mcllhenny Company — producer of Tabasco hot sauce — if he and Judy could take photos on Avery Island. Mcllhenny graciously agreed and arranged a guided tour. The tour was a success and the inspiration for ‘Avery Island Pepper Picking.’ This 30” by 36” painting was one of two the company purchased and proudly displays in their corporate offices on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Shortly afterwards, Mcllhenny, now deceased, commissioned another oil painting for his North Carolina residence. Selling these pieces encouraged Seago to paint more, and he next painted a beautiful sugar cane field for Governor Foster. But that wasn’t the only creative itch Seago was scratching. He soon realized a lifelong dream as he stood at the podium before a 24-piece swing band, Sentimental Serenade, he’d organized in Covington. “We actually had 17 permanent members and allowed young musicians to rotate in and out of the other spots.” Seago mentored the younger musicians and collaborated with local high school teachers, who taught their students to dance to the music the band played. Sentimental Serenade thrilled a crowd of over 400 at their very first concert, and they went on to play multiple concerts
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around the parish. Seago gathered music, played and directed the other musicians. “It was very well received, with people in their 80s and 90s singing along and hollering for more,” he said. One popular event had high school students dancing with seniors from Christwood Retirement Community. Seago’s artwork quickly took shape as an homage to Louisiana life, with quintessential scenes such as streetcars, plantations and seafood restaurants. There were shrimp boats, swamp scenes, agrarian settings, New Orleans landmarks and lots and lots of Mardi Gras, which Seago says was a big part of his childhood. Since the mid-1980s, Seago estimates he’s sold 100’s of pieces of artwork. He quickly learned to snap a picture of each, because he found it hard to let them go. In 2014, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Arts. The combination studio/man cave at the Seago’s home in Covington is an eclectic labyrinth of Robert’s many interests, projects and achievements. Along with his art studio cluttered with oversized canvases in various stages of completion, there are file cabinets containing over 1,000 original musical scores, 36 large wooden ships he’s assembled, an entire side room devoted to his high-tech model train set (complete with 3-dimentional landscapes), and a studio-quality sounds system where he can lose himself in Dixieland, blues, jazz and original recordings by Sentimental Serenade, while he paints. This renaissance man is nowhere near ready to call it quits. “I get frustrated by my physical limitations — some days more than others,” Seago said. “But I’m a dreamer and I’ve got too many ideas going on and too many things I still want to do. I’m lucky because God has allowed me to do a lot in my life and to do a few things very well.” His latest passion is conducting research for a book he hopes to write about quantum physics.
Greetings! This new fall season brings with it not only cooler weather, but also a refreshed recreation department for the City of Covington. The next couple of months will bring our Mighty Oxen teams to the playing and practice fields of our revamped recreation complex, which will be the site of our “Covington, Come Play with Us” grand opening on Saturday, November 4, 2017. I am looking forward to the start of the season and to generations of children, parents, and families enjoying the new facility. During this season of giving thanks, I want to commend the City recreation staff, volunteers, players, parents, and the citizens of Covington for making this important addition to our community a reality. In addition to fulfilling the traditional role of Covington Recreation Department sports activities, the Rec Department is also implementing creative ways to utilize the recreation complex, which is indeed living up to the department’s mission statement. October 13th & 14th is the first annual “Field of Screams” at the Recreation Complex. Join the City for family-friendly fun and a “haunted walk” through the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail. I invite everyone to view the monthly “DPRC Play by Play” newsletter for information, activities, and updates. It is on our website covla.com, under the Parks Recreation & Cultural Arts tab. I wish everyone the happiest of fall and Thanksgiving festivities and remind all to visit our Covington Downtown to enjoy the cooler weather outdoors in our quaint and charming city! MIKE COOPER City of Covington Mayor
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Contouring and highlighting have become quite popular over the past couple of years, but truth is, us makeup artists were using this technique long before it hit the mainstream. What do contouring and highlighting really do? They do a lot, actually. They add depth and warmth to your face at the same time. Contouring shapes your face to look more structured and gives your cheekbones more definition. Your face will no longer look washed out. So grab your favorite bronzer, highlighter and illuminator, and let me teach you how to easily contour your face.
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First, I’ll explain the definitions. Contouring refers to the use of bronzer, or a darker shadow, to define and reshape the look of the face. Highlighting is the use of a flat, matte, lighter shadow or cream, used to draw attention to a specific area of the face. Illuminator is a shimmery cream or powder that attracts light to give a dewy finish or glow.
For this look, I used NYX Matte Bronzing Powder ($8.99 available at Ulta), Crown Brush Cream Concealer ($20 pallet available at crownbrush.co.uk) and Kismet Lovely Liquid Illuminator ($16 available at kismetcosmetics.com, Shoeffle, POSH Boutique, Hemline & Simply Southern).
After applying primer and color corrector, take a concealer brush and your cream concealer and apply under your eyes in a ‘V’ shape. The concealer should be one-to-two shades lighter than your skin tone. Take the same concealer and apply it to the upper part of your cheekbone, connecting the top, outside of the ‘V’ at an upward angel to your hairline. Blend into your skin, and then apply your normal foundation.
Grab your contour powder brush and bronzer. Be sure to tap off any excess bronzer before swiping your face each time. Start with the meaty part of the cheek, underneath where you applied the concealer. Brush from the apples of the cheeks upward to the ear. Don’t be afraid to apply a little more than you think is necessary, because we will blend.
Take your illuminator and apply to the upper part of the cheekbones, going over where you previously applied the concealer. Just on the upper cheekbones, not underneath the eyes. Apply illuminator down the very center of your nose, brow bones, center of your chin and the inner corners of your eyes.
Grab your beauty blender and blend, blend, blend. Smooth all the sharp lines, where bronzer meets illuminator and blend them seamlessly together. This gives you a more natural look.
Using the same contour powder brush and bronzer, you will draw a big ‘3’ on the sides of your face. Start at the topside of your forehead, where the hairline meets the skin. This will be the top curve of the ‘3’. The cheek contouring you completed in step 2 will serve as the middle curve of the ‘3’. The bottom of the ‘3’ is your jawline. Lastly, powder the sides of your nose with the bronzer. Connect the cheekbone powder to the nose powder with a curving motion.
Set with your favorite setting spray or powder. Or use both for extra staying power.
PRO TIP Apply illuminator just above your cupid’s bow to make your top lip look bigger. Take it a step further, and apply the illuminator to the inner part of your bottom lip after putting on your lip color to make your lips look fuller instantly.
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picnic spirit STORY SARAH HERNDON
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Jackie Boone may have her work cut out for her as president of The Washington Parish Fair Association, but she doesn’t seem to mind. The fair has been in her blood since she was old enough to attend. Boone fondly remembers being dropped off at the fair first thing in the morning — her brother, sister and a picnic basket filled with fried chicken in tow. There they would stay, keeping their animals company in a stall until they were picked back up at the end of the day. The Washington Parish Free Fair is the largest county free fair in the U.S. based on its attendance records — close to 300,000 people came through just last year. However, its beginnings in 1911 were rather modest, as the fair was first housed in an old livery stable in the small, rural Louisiana town of Franklinton. The fair has become so large that it now needs 1,000 volunteers to keep it running smoothly and has earned the name “the fair with the picnic spirit.” This year, the fair will begin on Wednesday, October 18th and continue through Saturday, October 21st. There is no cost to enter the fairgrounds, but there is ample opportunity to spend money on various rides, games and food. While many people think of a fair as Ferris wheels and corn dogs on a stick, the Washington Parish Free Fair offers much more to its visitors.
The Mile Branch Settlement, located within the fairgrounds, is a historic collection of pioneer cabins, churches and barns dating back to the 1800’s. It’s a city within itself, and the volunteers working in each cabin are usually descendants of the family that built it, Boone says. Visitors can meander through wood carving and square dancing demonstrations and snack on samples of hoop cheese and sassafras tea. One of the children’s favorites is Old Macdonald’s Farm, which houses many animals that can be touched and held. It also has a hatchery area where baby chicks are starting to come out of their eggs. There is a building that displays flower arrangements and one where homemade quilts and pillows are proudly on display. The Country Market sells handcrafted pies and jellies, and those wanting to win a ribbon for their produce can be seen in the agricultural building. And of course, what is a county fair without a reigning fair queen. The queen is chosen the evening before the fair commences and holds court throughout the four days of the fair. There is a rodeo every evening, a pie-eating contest, a 5K race and several stages that provide a variety of musical performances. “There is something for everybody, it just depends on what you are into,” Boone says.
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ylvia Bush grew up during a time when services for those with disabilities were limited. When she was seven, she learned just how limited. “In the second grade, there was a boy in my class named Michael,” she said. “I asked my mother why Michael sat on the bench during recess. She explained that he had a disability that made it impossible for him to play with the other children.” Sylvia decided to befriend Michael; to sit with him during recess and get to know him. “We had fun together,” she said. “Michael greatly influenced the way I looked at the world and especially the world for someone with a disability.” Now as CEO of Options, a non-profit committed to improving the lives of over 200 men and women with disabilities in the Hammond area, Sylvia is doing something about it. Options teaches life skills to men and women with a wide range of disabilities, helping them find meaningful work, facilitating supported-living houses, so they can live independently rather than being institutionalized, and doing everything they can to offer support, over and beyond what family members can provide. Ken Greenwood works at Options thrift store, Fabulous Finds. “Ken was born with Cerebral Palsy,” said his sister, Mimi. “He’s 64 now and as long as I can remember the one thing he’s wanted is a job. The Options bus picks him up every weekday and he can’t get to the store fast enough. You just can’t imagine what it means to him to have a way to contribute and feel accomplished.” “For the first time people with disabilities are outliving their parents,” Sylvia said. “Over the years I’ve had the privilege of visiting with family members when they’re critically ill or dying. I’ve been able to reassure them their family member with a disability will be cared for by Options, when they’re no longer able to.” Sylvia spends her days making sure she keeps that promise. Some Options participants may need someone to accompany them to the grocery store, to assure they’re buying nutritional foods. Others need help bathing and cooking and taking their medication. Others need a ride to doctor’s appointments and some need round-the-clock care. Options provides it all with some government funding, but mostly through financial support from individuals and businesses. They also operate a thrift store, garden center, and weaving studio as well as lawn care, ironing, firewood, cleaning, and bead recycling services, which do generate some revenue, but are primarily a way to provide employment for Options participants. The majority of their budget goes toward transportation for their participants. “The rest goes to our outstanding employees who deserve so much more than they receive,” Sylvia said.
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SIDESHOW PROPS STORY ELAINE MILLERS PHOTOS JERRY COTTRELL
lidell boasts it own piece of Hollywood — make that many pieces — in a warehouse that is home to Sideshow Props, a local treasure well-known by those in the movie and television business. What started out as a hobby for one man has evolved into a full-time and thriving family business. Lawrence Barattini, along with his wife, Alice, a teacher at Cypress Grove Elementary School, and their 13-year-old son Lucien, run Sideshow Props. Lawrence said it all happened when his hobby got out of hand. He started as a collector of antiques and collectibles and found himself drawn to unusual and unique pieces. Locating collectibles all over the world, he is always being contacted to see if he wants to buy some newly-found piece of memorabilia. Lawrence Barattini truly personifies the motto ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ He has never purchased items online, relying instead on word of mouth and a network of collectors. After Sideshow Props out grew their location in New Orleans and Hurricane Karina hit, the Barattinis moved their vast collection to the Northshore and found the ideal home in an unlikely spot: a warehouse in the middle of a sea of vintage cars off of I-10 in Slidell at Old Spanish Trail. The cavernous warehouse is a maze of rooms all filled from floor to ceiling with a plethora of props, set dressings and scenery. Each area is themed, and the warehouse includes 12 staged vignettes with creatively placed props that make it easier for film crews to find what they need. The vignettes include a circus — EDGE Oct | Nov 2017
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It’s like visiting a museum. DEAR CITIZENS, complete with tent, a full hospital room filled with beds and ominous looking hospital equipment and a Cajun fishing camp. Elsewhere you can find everything voodoo, military uniforms and equipment, a wing of a plane and even a lonely purple K&B grocery cart. It is like visiting a museum, one can’t help but feel nostalgic when you spot an item from one’s childhood or from a movie you have seen. Everywhere you look there is something new that catches your eye. Wait! Is that really the control board from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Yes, it is! Even with an inventory this large, Lawrence knows where everything is and is happy to pull props for visiting movie and TV crews to choose from. The props have been used in movies and television shows such as Bad Moms, Django Unchained, Claws, Wolverine, 12 Year a Slave, G.I. Joe and the American Horror Story, to name a few. The space is also available to rent out for functions, but clearly Lawrence’s true passion is his props; this is a man who has truly followed his passion.
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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 starting on select Sunday nights this October at 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Park. Michael “Soul Man” Baptiste and Real Soul will perform on Oct. 1 and Flip Side will rock out on Oct. 15. On Sunday, Oct. 29, Vince Vance and the Valiants will return for the Bayou Jam Halloween Bash. Kids of all ages are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the show. At the Bayou Jam concerts, the City is partnering with the United Way of Southeastern Louisiana. Please help us in aiding our neighbors in southwest Louisiana, Texas and Florida. During the concerts, we will be collecting donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries and gift cards to help those who were affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A few of the many other events happening in October include the Olde Towne Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7; the inaugural Taste of Olde Towne Slidell (go to atasteofoldetowne.com for more information) from Oct. 25 – 29; and the Olde Towne Historic Antique Association’s Fall Street Fair on Oct. 28 and 29. 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. At the top of the website, you can enter your email address and click the “subscribe” button which will enable you to receive Slidell news and event information.
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STORY SARAH COTTRELL PHOTOS JERRY COTTRELL
rowing up in England, Europe was so accessible to us, so every summer holiday my parents would load up my two brothers, three sisters and me into our modified Volkswagen bus and head to Spain or France. On our trips to France, we would take the ferry to France then travel the scenic route to our destination, stopping at Relais Routiers along the way. Relias Routiers are the French version of truck stops, located in a network of provinces throughout the country. Don’t think of the non-descript 76 gas stations you see along the highways in America. Imagine a small town café with a bed and breakfast attached. The meal would be a multi-course prix fix (price fixed). They were always very hearty meals and would cost a very minimal amount. We would eat family style, and as children we learnt to eat what was served. I still remember being served tripe, horse and wonderful soups. After a few days of traveling, we always ended up in a different wine region — from the Dordogne to the Loire Valley. We would spend a few weeks camping before spending a week in a rental house, so that my mother could have a little luxury and probably catch up on all our laundry. During the day we would tour the region stopping at vineyards along the way. I still have vivid memories of the damp cellars and tasting rooms. We would patiently wait for the adults to finish their tasting, and then we would return back to our campsite with fresh samples for them to try. It was amazing to see how many bottles my father could transport back to England. One year when we returned to England the custom officer stopped us and asked how many bottles we had with us. My father, always the honest one, told them he was well over the limit. The customs officer took one look at the six children in the back seats and said ‘You know with that many kids, you’ll need the extra bottles,’ and promptly let us go on our way.
The last wine trip I took to France was the month before my wedding, twenty years ago. My father and I took a road trip and travelled down to Burgundy, getting a little lost trying to use the Peripherique around Paris and ending up driving around the Arc de Triomphe, with me screaming and all the vehicles coming in all directions. We stayed in the heart of Burgundy in Beaune. At this time my father had a share of a winery and so we visited ‘his’ winery to pick up the wine for my wedding. Luckily this time there was no limit to the amount of wine you could import; it was more a matter of how much weight the car could carry. It was a different trip than the ones I had experienced as a child. The biggest difference was that I could partake in the tasting. My father was the ultimate educator and loved to share stories and teach me all about the different wines. We made a memorable stop at Montrachet, and returned home with a case of their finest wine. At this point in my father’s life, he had a new mantra and that was that he was too old to drink bad wine. Needless to say, when Pontchartrain Vineyard’s owner and vintner, Lincoln Case, invited me to visit his vineyard, I jumped at the opportunity. I travelled a few miles north of Covington along Old Military Road, where you can almost feel a hill and where the farms with their white rails sprawl in all directions. The horse farms and estates make you feel as if you are entering a different world. So much so that you have to pay attention or you might miss the sign (I did). Lincoln had warned me not to expect anything like what I had seen in Europe or even in California. A small outcropping of vines lined one side of the overgrown drive, and the familiarity and symmetry of the vines filled with grapes was a welcome sight, especially knowing that at the end of the drive would be a tasting room. I was pleasantly surprised by the architecture of the building — a French Provincial-style that houses the winery and a tasting room with a wooden door and windows overlooking the courtyard and
15 acres of vines. The empty barrels being used as tables felt comforting and authentic. Since 2001, Pontchartrain Vineyards has hosted ‘Jazz ‘n the Vines’. The spring and fall outdoor concert series features regional musicians from various genres. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, a picnic and enjoy some Pontchartrain Vineyard wine and great music under the stars. Lincoln was sitting in the courtyard waiting to welcome me to enjoy a flight of wines. Sitting and sampling a few glasses of wine was the perfect time to get to know Lincoln. Born in Buffalo, New York, he moved to Covington when he was in 7th Grade. After graduating Tulane, Lincoln was drawn to a career in law and it was whilst attending law school at Louisiana State University that he was first introduced to the art of winemaking. During a semester studying in Provence, France he enjoyed the unique treat of staying in a dorm room overlooking a vineyard. Weekends were spent helping out, pruning and picking grapes as he learnt on the fly, and so his interest in winemaking took hold. After graduating and practicing law for a short time, he was approached by John Seago who was looking for a partner to start a vineyard in Bush. In 1991, they planted their first grapes: the Blanc du Bois grape, a hybrid that grows well in the southern states. Lincoln found that being a vintner was a perfect fit for him. PONTCHARTRAIN VINEYARD 985.892.9742 ponchartrainvineyard.com 81250 Old Military Road, Bush The tasting room is open from 12 to 4 on Thursdays through Sunday.
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Five years ago John retired from the day-to-day running of the business, and Lincoln assumed the top role in the company. Over the years, Lincoln has changed the profile of the winery to offer more than Estate wines. Including wines made with grapes from California allows him to offer a larger variety and not have to depend on the estate grown grapes. Lincoln travels each year to California to meet with his growers, inspect the crops and hone his craft. Being one of only four vineyards in Louisiana, Lincoln embraced the state’s culture in naming the eight to ten wines he produces each season including, VooDoo Zin, Dah Red and Second Line. The labels are all designed by local artists to bring a unique look to his bottles. Pontchartrain Vinyards wines have been entered into wine shows and have won many awards; the estate grown Blanc de Bos is a favorite with visitors to the tasting room as well as judges. The award winning wines are proudly displayed in the tasting room. Lincoln has grown the vineyard’s production from 52 cases the first year to 4,000 cases in 2017. The wine is available at the vineyard tasting room and local supermarkets, including Aquistapaces. As I bid Lincoln goodbye and thank him for his hospitality. I load up a few bottles of wine to enjoy at home and look forward to visiting again. Cheers!
FRAME SCIENCE matching your frames to your face STORY PATTY BEAL PHOTOS YEHLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY
yeglass frames are not only a functional fix to a blurry problem, but they’re a great way to express your personality. As with clothing, fit and proportion play an important role in choosing the right frame for you. The first thing to determine is your face shape. The 4 most common shapes are Heart, Oval/Oblong, Round and Square. The goal is to create balance while emphasizing your natural features. With the help of Dr. Arthur Franz’s Eye Wares experts, we’ve come up with some great solutions to get you into your favorite spectacles with confidence and style. Celeste, one of the consultants at Dr Franz’s Eye Wares store and practice, explains that there are many additional variables that go into choosing a frame that’s right for you. Eye depth, eye spread, eye color, nose height and width, eyebrow arch and height, even ear size, not to mention personality. In researching this style report, I found several websites requesting that I take a personality test to help determine my frame options. Interestingly, yet understandably, I was asked about my favorite food, my idea of a fun date night, and even the music I listen to. As a lifelong wearer of glasses and contacts, and respecting all things uniquely stylish, I know that finding your perfect frame is an opportunity to express your style using both art and science.
People with HEART shaped faces usually have a more prominent chin. Two options for this face shape are softer frame edges or corners to balance the chin, like Bailey is wearing, or visual interest to bring the focal point to the eyes, like the two-tone frame Jordan is wearing.
ROUND faces have very few angles and are equal in width and length. Adding angular shapes, like the rectangle frame Jerry is wearing, or adding points at the temple, like Yvette is wearing, can help add definition to the circular face.
An OVAL shaped face is longer than it is wide. A flattering option for this face shape is to enhance the area of the temples to create balance. A slight angle or cat eye frame, like what Ashley is wearing, or secondary color at the temples, like what Bo is wearing, are good examples for oval or oblong faces.
SQUARE shaped faces are described as having nearly the same width in the forehead as in the jaw line. The goal here is to stay away from square frames and frames that are too angular. Softer curves in the frame, like what Celeste is wearing, complement the angles on a square shaped face. As with what Jacob is wearing, a curved edge balances the strong jaw line.
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STORY ELIZABETH KENNEDY WELLS PHOTOS THE WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM
Ocean Springs, Mississippi is a jewel of a destination and less than two hours away. This arts community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with secluded oak lined streets, is filled with museums, galleries, shops and restaurants. There is no denying that the late Walter Inglis Anderson (1903 – 1965) and his family have made an indelible mark on the art scene here. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA), filled with natural sunlight and warm yellow pine, celebrates the watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by Walter and his two brothers, Peter and James (Mac) Anderson. The museum’s permanent collection of over 1,000 pieces allows the museum curator to create diverse and changing exhibitions, so one visit to the museum is never enough. A special treat at WAMA is Walter Anderson’s “Little Room,” a part of his cottage on the Mississippi coast where the artist spent time alone painting and creating. The actual room was transported to the museum in 1991, and is displayed exactly as it was when Walter’s family discovered its contents after his death. Walter Anderson was not just a local figure. He spent time in Europe and attended the Parsons Institute of Design in New York from 1922 to 1923 and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1923 to 1928. During his life he was nationally renowned as a painter and a muralist, and his work was collected by other artists, including Andy Warhol. The WAMA gift shop offers beautiful art and jewelry, made by local artists. To take home a piece with close ties
to Walter himself, visit Realizations — a Walter Anderson shop run by his children. Here you will find silkscreened prints and textiles featuring the designs Walter Anderson carved into blocks. In earlier years, the blocks were inked and printed onto acid-free linen paper. Today, the paper is the same but the hand inking has been replaced by silk-screening to preserve the integrity of the blocks. A destination not to miss while in Ocean Springs is Shearwater Pottery. Walter’s brother, Peter, founded Shearwater Pottery in 1928, and enlisted his two brothers to work with him when they were not creating their own art. Peter made his beautiful and functional pottery at Shearwater until his death in 1984. Today his legend lives on through his children, who own and operate Shearwater Pottery using the same types of clay and glazes that their father taught them to use. And before you leave Ocean Springs, make a stop at The Art House. While not related to the Anderson family, this is an impressive co-op gallery with an every-changing inventory. You can count on a wide selection of photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery and glass, all made by local artists. Ocean Springs has been hosting the Peter Anderson Festival for almost four decades. The 39th festival is on November 4-5, 2017, and will boast over 400 artists, crafters and food vendors. Whether you go for the weekend or just for the day, Ocean Springs offers a plethora of artistic venues. And chances are, you’ll bring home a souvenir or two.
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ARTISTS WEEK In cities and towns around the United States, people frequently are encouraged to “Shop Local” to support the many businesses that are such a critical part of their communities’ identities. In November, the focus becomes “Small Business Week,” serving as an impetus for thinking small to produce big economic impact. And now, in Louisiana, the rally for support has been extended to the first full week of December, which now will be an annual, statewide celebration known as “Shop Local Artists Week.” In 2017, SLAW events will take place Dec. 3 to 9. Shop Local Artists Week is an evolution of an initiative born in 2009, by the East St. Tammany Cultural Economy Coalition. The mission of the CEC has been to bring together artists and cultural economy businesses to collaborate on ways to grow the arts and generate awareness as to the economic impact that arts bring to communities. The organization has since broadened its scope and changed its moniker to Northshore CEC, serving the entire parish. The organization celebrates every genre of the arts community, including visual artists, writers, musicians, actors and community theatres, dancers, culinary artists, healing arts and art therapists, filmmakers, graphic designers and more. Many of these professionals are called upon, week after week, with requests to donate their time, talent and creative products to numerous charitable events and causes. Yet all too often, they are offered little support in return. In December, 2016, CEC co-founder and chair Kim Bergeron offered a proposal to the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, which hosts an arts market on the first floor of its building. The request was for an opportunity to create a “Shop Local Artists Weekend” featuring the marketplace artists, authors and book signings and promoting community theaters. “The idea behind that weekend was to plant the seed that art of all genres are an ideal option for unique holiday gifting,” said Bergeron. “The event provided an opportunity to meet the artists and buy their works, to meet local authors and give the gift of signed books, to purchase gift certificates for art classes and workshops, to pick up tickets to community theaters, and to encourage people not just to gift the tickets, but to actually bring someone with them to create memories around the experience. The ultimate goal was to encourage the gift of art, not just for the holiday season, but for all year long.”
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It was during that event that Bergeron contemplated the potential impact of similar events if celebrated on a statewide basis. The arts advocate approached Mary Lee, who serves as the Chair of the Louisiana State Arts Council, for feedback. Lee enthusiastically embraced the idea and shared it with Cheryl Castille, Executive Director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts, who also saw the potential. As Bergeron began working on proposed language for a legislative resolution, Louisiana Department of Cultural Development Interim Assistant Secretary and Attorney Kristin Sanders compiled the state’s most recent arts economic impact statistics for inclusion. The document draft was then presented to LA Senator Sharon Hewitt for consideration. Senator Hewitt reached out to LA Representative Greg Cromer, and the two presented the information to the state’s legislators for consideration. Following unanimous support of both the Senate and the House, the Senate Concurrent Resolution, SCR20, was adopted on April 12, 2017. The state’s Cultural Districts, Main Street communities and Arts Councils were advised of the news, and the planning of events around the state began. “The evolution of this effort has been driven by passion, vision and determination to make this happen,” said Mary Lee, Chair of the Louisiana Arts Council. “It has been an honor to play a small part in this page of Louisiana art history. We believe this effort will serve as a springboard in taking next steps, both within our parish and statewide, to challenge, elevate and discover what is truly possible when you gather as one voice and build it. Our creative forces are hard at work to offer an imprint with lasting value.” Lee believes that the unopposed resolution is a testament that the heart of the State of Louisiana’s culture is its art. “Every citizen benefits from communities that boast a culturally vibrant profile,” she continued. “St. Tammany Parish is a hotbed of cultural activity, and it’s certainly one of the reasons for which Louisiana should be quite proud.” “This event is all about celebrating our state’s cultural treasures,” said Bergeron. “It’s also being produced on an entirely volunteer basis. And in St. Tammany, we have a plethora of events happening throughout the parish, all week long. We have the Cities of Covington, Mandeville and Slidell working together to coordinate events to make St. Tammany Parish an arts-filled adventure, all week long. We also will reach out to many more towns in the area, encouraging them to join us in our efforts with additional festivities.” “We’re also encouraging businesses throughout the parish to consider adopting one or more local artists or authors during Shop Local Artists Week, and to consider hosting cultural events that week,” said Bergeron. “Of course, it’s also a wonderful time for the area’s best chefs and restaurants to showcase culinary arts with special, holiday themed dinners. There are so many opportunities to be part of the Shop Local Artists Week festivities.”
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My turn: by Tim Lantrip
ABOUT TIM LANTRIP Every issue EDGE of the Lake invites a local restaurateur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Tim grew up in a household with his English grandmother drinking tea, and when he moved to South Louisiana he noticed a hole in the market. Now the English Tea Room is entering its 16th year. They are visited by regional guests as well as local ones, all searching for the authenticity of the English tea experience. Tim really gets a kick out of his English guests who tell him they feel like they are at home when they visit his restaurant. The English Tea Room has one of the largest selections of premium teas in the country. They offer full service breakfast, lunch and, of course, high tea. They are Zagat Rated â€” Excellent, and you can find out more at englishtearoom.com.
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On a recent Friday night Tim Lantrip and his wife Jan, from The English Tea Room, paid a visit to Pardos American Bistro for dinner. Their server recommended a nice bottle of Cabernet to get started. For their appetizer, the couple went with a crab and heirloom tomato dish. Tim admits there might have been some fork jousting over the plate. “The crab had a little horseradish mixed in with it,” Tim said. “And then those yellow heirloom tomatoes. It was excellent.” For their main course Jan went with salmon and Tim went with short ribs. The fish was served with carrot puddling, roasted beets, and bacon onion mustard greens. The beef came with a celery puree, baby carrots and grilled pears with a blue cheese crumble. “A lot of times with salmon when you go to a restaurant it can be overcooked,” Tim said. “This was cooked perfectly. The carrot pudding had a little citrus in it. Overall is was just an excellent dish. And then the short ribs were cooked very well. I love pears with beef. It is a good combination and this was done very well.” The desert sounded decadent as well. Tim described it as a parfait with spiced pears, candied walnuts, cream and strawberries. “The desert was off the chart,” Tim said. “Everything was really good, but it was maybe the best of the whole meal.” Tim said the prices were reasonable and comparable to what would be expected in any nice restaurant. Their server was Nick, and Tim had nothing but good things to say about the staff. “The service was excellent. The waiter was very knowledgeable. The whole staff was very attentive. You know, I remember ten years ago when there were really limited options for fine dining on the Northshore. There were a few, but mainly you were going to New Orleans. Now we’re getting more and more opportunities with these restaurants. In fact, some people now are driving here from New Orleans to try some of our restaurants. It is just great.”
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EDGE Oct | Nov 2017
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1 Dr. Jay Saux threw his annual Pirate Birthday Party at the Columbia Street Tap Room with the proceeds going to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). (Photos by Dan Cobb) 2 The Covington Public Art Fund unveiled the Bill Binning’s bronze statue of Walker Percy at the Southern Hotel during the Covington White Linen for Art evening. Crowds enjoyed walking the downtown area visiting galleries and local business. 3 Team EDGE helped their friends at Big Sky Ranch/CATNIP Foundation prepare to return back to Texas and rescue more displaced animals. 4 Students from Little Oak Middle School in Slidell enjoyed viewing the solar eclipse with their classmates. 5 The Kelly Kicking Cancer Foundation hosted their third annual fundraising gala. The New Orleans Black and Gold Super Fans entertained the crowd, and WWL
EDGE Oct | Nov 2017
TV’s Northshore Bureau Chief Ashley Rodrigue was the mistress of ceremonies. 6 Franco’s Athletic Club, Pelican Athletic Club and Stone Creek Club & Spa, came together to purchase and deliver muchneeded physical education equipment for schools throughout West St. Tammany Parish. 7 The Lake 94.7 broadcasted from the United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Red Bean ‘n Rice Cook-Offs in the West and East St. Tammany Parish. 8 Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West held a Women Accepting The Challenge of Housing (W.A.T.C.H.) Social at the St. Tammany Art Association to promote Women Build 2017. 9 Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West hosted Hammers and Heels, an event to benefit Women Build 2017. 10 The 4th Annual Back Packs 2 Share event, hosted by Tiffany McGary Cyprian, was held at New
Hope Baptist Church in Abita Springs. Over 200 local children were provided with school bags filled with back-to-school supplies. 11 The Northshore Cajun Army headed to Texas to bring much needed supplies to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 12 Saint Scholastica Academy (SSA) and St Paul’s School’s students celebrated back to school with a themed dance held at SSA. 13 The Smoorenburg family pictured on a trip to Houston with a copy of EDGE of the Lake. 14 Speedway Printing’s Jerilyn and Jared Schmidt took EDGE of the Lake with them when they visited the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum in Niagara Falls. 15 Taylor Hooper travelled to Paris this summer and took a copy of EDGE of the Lake with her. Send a picture of you with EDGE of the Lake magazine to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 25, 2017
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...