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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019 VOL. 34, NO. 5
JLGC Harvest Cup Polo Classic
Vol. 34, No. 5
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contents table of
Harvest Cup Polo Classic 2019
Begins on page 38
Features 18 Seeing with an Artist’s Eye Cover Artist Rebecca Buras
34 The Crosby Legacy
Senior Living Begins on page 44
Departments 12 Publisher’s Note 14 Editor’s Note 16 Contributors 22 INside Scoop 32 IN Other Words Mysteries of the Myrtles 50 Poki’s Picks 53 INside Look 58 Flourishes Extraordinary gifts and home accents
76 One-of-a-Kind Landmark The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
63 IN the Bookcase Louisiana Ghost Stories: Tales of the Supernatural from the Bayou State, by J. Lee Wimberly
82 North Oaks Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Breast Cancer
72 Generous Hearts Impact Buttons
64 Cultural Guide 2019-20
85 Inside Peek Featuring Healing Arts Reception Annie Awards Covington White Linen Night 94 Haute Plates 95 Inside Dining 98 Last Look Roberto Coin: Signed with a Ruby
by Lori Murphy Polo ponies—as they are called, despite the strength and power they possess— traversing the immense field at Summergrove Farm is a sight to see. Players navigating the field, swinging the long-handled wooden mallet, chasing and striking the small, hard ball from the back of a running horse, are a special breed. It is an experience unique to the northshore in our region and a very special way to spend an afternoon. We hope you will join us under the tents at the polo match October 20 in Folsom. The Harvest Cup Polo Classic is hosted by the Junior League of Greater Covington to support a host of important projects throughout our community. Inside Publications has been a community partner of the event for many years for a lot of good reasons, not the least of which is that it is fun! The 2019 Harvest Cup event chair Lillie Parrie is leading a committee of JLGC volunteers who have been working all year to pull everything together. Great music and food from regional restaurants, bubbly, bourbon and more keep the party rolling throughout the afternoon. The New Orleans Polo Club organizes professional, local and regional players for the match. Members of the club spend most spring and fall weekends playing world-class polo on area fields, and spectators are encouraged. For match schedules and tailgating information, visit neworleanspoloclub.com. Polo Club Manager Doug Parsons told me that the northshore has been playing polo since 1976! It is one of the world’s oldest and most exciting athletic games. From this spectator’s point of view, nothing matches its pageantry.
Join Us For Horsepower Happy Hour! Thursday, October 10 • 4:30-6:30 pm Mercedes-Benz of Covington, 8080 Westshore Drive, Covington We are revving our engines for the upcoming Harvest Cup Polo Classic. Tickets to the match will be available. You can shop for your hat, try on some incredible jewelry, pose with a polo player and pick out a fabulous new ride for the jaunt to Folsom! Don’t miss it! For information, call 985-626-9684. 12
Editor’s Note by Anne Honeywell
Do you remember the 21st night of September? … Ba de ya de ya de ya … I love that Earth, Wind & Fire song! Thinking of it reminds me that this month brings the end of summer and the arrival of, somewhat, fall weather, football season, and around these parts, the Harvest Cup Polo Classic. This issue’s cover painting is also the Junior League of Greater Covington’s official Polo 2019 poster by artist Rebecca Buras—a special nod from Inside Northside to Polo Chair Lillie Parrie. Her tireless efforts and vision for Polo 2019 are sure to make it the best one yet. Learn more about the JLGC’s Polo With A Purpose on page 38. Poki Hampton sat down with Rebecca and writes about this special talent on page 18. And oh, October! My favorite month—and HALLOWEEN!! Along with it, my new-found tradition of going ghost hunting with writer Becky Slatten. This year, we cranked it up a notch and spent the night at The Myrtles! She told me of our reservation—and I paused. “Are you scared?” she asked. “Well, I replied, isn’t this a little too real?” Gulp. On page 32, read about our adventure in St. Francisville and more hunting that followed in the French Quarter But enough of the scary. Instead, get out your calendar and mark all of the not-to-be-missed events featured in our Cultural Guide 2019-20 on page 64. Be inspired by Leslie Cardé’s story of the Crosby family of developers on page 34 and by Sue Smith finding peace in retirement (page 44). Use Mimi Knight’s article on page 76 about the Pharmacy Museum in the French Quarter to plan a visit to this not-so-hidden treasure. Senior Living, Haute Plates and all our standards from Scoop to Peek to Dining Guide round out the issue. Happy Fall, Y’all!
Contributors Our contributors give Inside Northside its voice, its personality and its feel. Here we are proud to highlight a couple of them so that you can put a face with a name and get to know them.
Becky Slatten is a native of Natchitoches, an LSU alumna and mother of three children. She divides her time between the northshore and New Orleans, writing for both Inside Northside (since 2007) and Inside New Orleans. Becky loves telling the stories of people and events unique to the area and puts her own twist on topics in IN Other Words, in this issue on page 32. Leslie Cardé Veteran journalist Leslie Cardé began her career reporting for NPR in Los Angeles. From there, she landed in New Orleans as an anchor/ health and science editor before moving on to anchor three hours of daily financial news and host an entertainment show for CNBC. She’s reported from the Middle East for CNN, worked as a producer and narrator for E! Entertainment and wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary America Betrayed. Leslie currently writes for The New Orleans Advocate and Los Angeles Magazine. She is also a producer/reporter for CBS Newspath. See Leslie’s article about the Crosby family legacy on page 34. Contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Voices: Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, Leah Draffen, Mimi Greenwood Knight, Candra George, Thomas B. Growden, Poki Hampton and Stacey Paretti Rase. 16
Seeing with an Artist’s Eye Cover Artist Rebecca Buras
“MY GRANDMOTHER WAS an amateur artist who colorized black and white photographs with colored pencils. She was also a nature enthusiast,” says cover artist Rebecca Buras. Rebecca’s grandmother would take her through the nearby woodlands near their house and point out different flora and fauna. The appreciation of nature has remained in Rebecca’s soul all these years. “As it turns out, trees are one of my favorite subjects to paint because I appreciate the graceful articulation of each limb and the many colors and textures of the bark and leaves.” Growing up on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, where her 18
father was a horticulturist who grew vegetable seedlings in his greenhouse, Rebecca spent her Saturday mornings transplanting tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants into little peat cups. She says, “I sketched everything, from mushrooms growing under trees to a not-so-good portrait of our dog.” Rebecca saved and bought an art set complete with instructions on how to paint horses. Like a lot of young girls, she was crazy about horses. She begged her mother for a horse, but the closest she got to a real horse was painting Palominos, Arabians and Buckskins from books checked out of the school library. She says, “That >>
photo: CANDRA GEORGE mycreativereality.com
by Poki Hampton
at the 23rd Annual Harvest Cup Polo Classic on October 20 at Summergrove Farm in Folsom. 20
Rebecca had a dream of getting back to the smell of linseed oil and putting paint on canvas. She heard about local art instructor Gretchen Armbruster, began taking art classes at night, and her artistic spark flared again. “Gretchen rehabilitated my life by giving me the encouragement and confidence to let the creative beast loose from inside me. She encouraged me to paint what I see. Gretchen is a brilliant instructor, and because of her, I now see things with an artist’s eye.” Because of the rich colors and
photos: CANDRA GEORGE mycreativereality.com
See Rebecca’s work
certainly helped out when it came to painting the protuberant musculature of competing polo ponies on this year’s Harvest Cup poster.” When she became a wife and mother, Rebecca’s painting came to a halt, and she began her 26-year career in the field of surgical nursing. Her passion was working in the busy operating room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. She says, “Nursing is such a gratifying and honorable profession; I’m so glad to have accomplished my career goals.”
deep tones, Rebecca prefers to paint in oil—and if she makes a mistake, it is easily corrected. She visits NOMA to get inspiration from painters like John Singer Sargent, looking closely at the brushwork and portraiture style. Her painting has evolved thru the exposure to other artists, art galleries and museums. “For such a long time, I was fantasizing that one day I would pick up a paintbrush again and fashion something on canvas that would be a personal accomplishment,” says
Rebecca. “That day has come with the competition of this year’s Harvest Cup Polo Classic poster. As you can see, the poster was truly in the works for over 30 years. It was lying dormant in my soul for that long. With its unveiling, ‘this too busy for life’ insecure individual can now be proud to call herself an artist.” Rebecca’s work can be seen at Armbruster Artworks Fine Art Gallery and School at 502 N. Columbia St. in Covington.
October 3 THE Gala: Step into Paradise. Presented by HUB International featuring tropical entertainment, live and silent auctions, delicious food experiences from Ox Lot 9 and delectable drinks and desserts. Benefiting St. Tammany Cancer Center. Southern Hotel, 428 E Boston St, Covington. 7:30pm. $150. thegalanorthshore.org.
INSIDE the definitive guide to northshore events and entertainment
September Classes. Exercise class for people
Post-Katrina. New Orleans artist Jan
Presented by The Helis Foundation.
who have completed the LSVT LOUD®
Gilbert assembles works of artists during
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925
treatment protocol with a Speech
three decades. The Historic New Orleans
Camp St, New Orleans. ogdenmuseum.
Language Pathologist. Lakeview Regional
Collection, 520 Royal St, New Orleans.
Medical Center-Rehabilitation and Sports
Tues-Sat, 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. hnoc.org. 1-Oct 17 HBCU Art Showcase. In
3 Mandeville Speaks. Special event for Mandeville voters featuring ten local candidates for elected office. Fleur De Lis
Medicine, 19055 Kane Ln, Covington. 1-2pm. 867-4054. 5 WWOZ Groove Gala. Festival fare, open
collaboration with the New Orleans
Event Center, 1645 N Causeway Blvd,
bars, live music and more including
Chapter of The Links, Incorporated,
Mandeville. 6-8pm. Free, reservation
performances by Irma Thomas, Lena
the Ogden Museum presents a curated
required. 687-8327. mandevillespeaks.
Prima, Amanda Shaw, Storyville
show of works from students attending
Stompers, Doreen Ketchens, Gerald
Dillard University, Southern University
4, 11, 18, 25 Covington Farmers
French, John “Papa” Gros and Al “Lil’
at New Orleans and Xavier University.
Market. Covington Trailhead, 419
Fats” Jackson. Dickie Brennan’s Tableau,
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925
N New Hampshire. 10am-2pm.
616 St Peter St, New Orleans. 6:30pm.
Camp St, New Orleans. (504) 539-9650.
1-Jan 5 Louisiana Contemporary.
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4, 11, 18, 25 LSVT LOUD For LIFE
6, 13, 20 Mandeville Live! Sept 6, Groovy
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1-Oct 6 Art of the City: Postmodern to
7; Sept 13, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys; Sept 20, Paul Childers. Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. 6:30pm. cityofmandeville.com. 7 Covington Art Market. Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. 10am-1pm. covla.com. 7 Downriver Festival. Celebrates the Mississippi River and culture of the Crescent City through this years’ thematic lens, “Seafood.” Cooking demonstrations, presentations, panels, and walking tours, accompanied by live musical performances. New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans. downriverfest.org. 7-Oct 26 Vive la Difference! Selected
September-October 2019 23
Works of Mary Helen Seago and
9 Saints vs Houston Texans. Mercedes-
13 Northlake Newcomers Club Annual
Pierce Jonassen. Opening reception,
Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Dr, New
Membership Breakfast. Benedictâ€™s
Sept 14, 4:30-6:30pm. Atrium Gallery,
Orleans. 6:10 pm. neworleanssaints.com.
Plantation, 1144 North Causeway Blvd,
100 Christwood Blvd, Covington. christwoodrc.com. 7-8 Who Dat Nation Rally and Music Festival. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Dr, Metairie. Sept
9-15 Restaurant Week New Orleans. Showcasing the cityâ€™s best restaurants at a competitive price point during a special week. restaurantweekneworleans.com. 10 Community Resources to Help
Mandeville. 10am. northlakenewcomers. com. 13-15 Gulf Coast Sportsmen and Outdoor Expo. Vendors from across the Gulf states, product booths, giveaways
7, 12-10pm; Sept 8, 11am-9pm.
Manage Diabetes. Silvia Herrera, who
and door prizes. Free Saturday night
serves as senior coordinator of the
concert. Northshore Harbor Center, 100
7, 14, 21, 28 Camellia City Farmers
Hammond Recreation Center, will lead
Harbor Center Blvd, Slidell. Fri, 12-8pm;
Market. 1808 Front St, Slidell.
the discussion. North Oaks Diagnostic
Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm.
Center, 15837 Paul Vega, M.D., Dr,
Advance weekend pass, $17; at door per
Hammond. 3-4pm. 230-5723. northoaks.
day, $10. gulfcoastsportsmen.com.
7, 14, 21, 28 Covington Farmers Market. 609 N Columbia St. 8am-12pm. covingtonfarmersmarket.org. 7, 14, 21, 28 Mandeville Trailhead
org/diabetes. 10, 24 Total Joint Replacement Class.
14 Hummingbird Festival. National WildBird Refuge, 15736 Tunica
How to prepare for surgery and what
Trace, St. Francisville, La. 7am-3pm.
Market. 675 Lafitte St. 9am-1pm.
to expect during your hospital stay.
Lakeview Regional Medical Center,
8, 15, 22, 29 Abita Springs Art and
14 Polka Dots and Pearls Ball and
Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd,
Charity Auction. Benefits Safe Harbor.
Farmers Market. Trailhead Park.
Covington. 1-2pm. Free. Limited to 40
Presented by the Mande Milkshakers.
participants. 867-3900. lakeviewregional.
Live music by Four Unplugged. Castine
Center, Pelican Park, Mandeville.
6pm-12am. mandemilkshakers.com. 14 Superhero 5K Run/Walk and Family Day. All proceeds will benefit HOPE Charities to help families living with
Colorful cocktail attire. Complimentary
Academy. Tchefuncta Country Club, 2
valet. $150; patron, $300. ochsner.org/
Pinecrest Dr, Covington. 7:00 am start.
19 Northshore Chowdown: Taco
20 Martini Madness. Friends of City Park
chronic illness find resources. TerraBella,
Takeover. Presented by the Louisiana
presents Martini Madness featuring 25
111 Terra Bella Blvd, Covington. 5K, 8am;
Restaurant Association Northshore
unique martinis and cuisine from New
1-mile run/walk, 9am. terrabellavillage.
Chapter. Northshore restaurants will
Orleans’ top restaurants. Arbor Room
create their best tacos and compete for
and Popp Fountain, New Orleans
the top prize voted on by attendees.
City Park. 8-11pm. (504) 483-9376.
by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St,
Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N Causeway
Mandeville. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2:30pm.
Blvd, Mandeville. 6-9pm. $35 includes
Adults, $29; senior/military, $26; students,
food tastings, two specialty drinks and
Columbia Street at the River, Covington.
$14. (844) THE-3090. 30byNinety.com.
two voting tickets to choose your favorite
14-29 The Last Five Years Musical. 30
15 Third Sunday Concert Series. Tenor Cedric Bridges and soprano Lindsey
tacos of the night. lra.org. 19-Oct 24 Leonardo’s Legacy Workshop.
20 Sunset at the Landing Concert.
20-22 National Fried Chicken Fest. Fried chicken, live music and Raising Canes.
Ware perform selections from Cole Porter.
Six-week introduction to Leonardo da
Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St, New
Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New
Vinci’s treatise on painting and how his
Hampshire St, Covington. 5-6pm. Free.
ideas dovetail with modern neuroscience
and the contemplative life. Abbey Art
18 Colors of the Mind. A sensational
21 Audubon at Oakley Plantation.
Works, Saint Joseph Abbey, 75376 River
Celebrate the time of John James
celebration benefiting the Ochsner
Rd, Covington. $190. saintjosephabbey.
Audubon at Oakley Plantation in 1821
Neuroscience Institute. The Fillmore,
with guest speakers, a birding talk and
6 Canal St, New Orleans. 7-10pm.
20 Dove Golf Classic. Saint Scholastica
hands-on activities. Oakley Plantation, St. >>
Francisville. 10am-3pm. (225) 635-3739. 21 Oktoberfest. Sponsored by Hosanna Lutheran Church to benefit Cholangiocarcinoma and Hosanna Lutheran Church Youth Group. German food, beer garden, live polka music by Das Guten Tag Hopkloppers and family fun. Covington Trailhead, 419 N New Hampshire. Adults, $5; 12 and under, free. 502-5408. hosannalutheran.com/ oktoberfest. 21 NOLA on Tap. Amazing music lineup, more than 400 local, national and homebrewed beers, delicious food, games, prizes, Beer Judge Certification Program awards, Barktoberfest and more. Benefiting the homeless animals at the Louisiana SPCA. New Orleans City Park’s Festival Grounds, 4 Friedrichs Ave, New Orleans. 12-7pm. nolaontap.org. 23-24 Jean Stock Event. Ballin’s LTD, 806 East Boston St, Covington. 892-0025. ballinsltd.com. 26, 27, 29 A Taste of Olde Towne Slidell Food and Wine Experience. Three days of food, wine, and music to benefit Olde Towne Slidell Main Street 501(c)3 District Improvement Projects. Events include vintner dinners, grand tasting, live music and champagne jazz brunch. Various restaurants and locations including: Gallagher’s on Front Street, The Wine Garden, Restaurant Cote and The Venue. atasteofoldetowneslidell.com. 27 Kelly Kicking Cancer Gala. Louisiana buffet, open bar, silent auction, raffles and entertainment by comedian/magician Mike Dardant. Fleur de Lis Center, 1645 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville. 7-10pm. $65; table of eight, $500. kellykickingcancer.org. 27 St. Tammany Master Gardener’s Fall Seminar. Sponsored by the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association in conjunction with the LSU AgCenter. Church of the King, Mandeville. 8am-2:30pm. Lunch included, $45. 26
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stmastergardener.org/event. 28 Live Well Northshore. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Ben Blanchard Memorial Foundation, will provide free, convenient access to a host of cancer screenings. Other health screenings, a blood drive, food and entertainment will also be available at no cost. Covington Trailhead, 419 N New Hampshire St. 10am-2pm. marybird.org/ livewellns. 28 Unleashed S.O.S. Rescue Me Gala. Food, cocktails, auctions, cork pull and live music by Crescent City Soul. Pontchartrain Yacht Club, Mandeville. 7-11pm. Tickets on Eventbrite.com. nshumane.org. 28 West Feliciana Childrenâ€™s Book Festival. The event brings the authors and illustrators of childrenâ€™s books to read story time, lead craft projects and interact with the children and their parents. St. Francisville. (225) 245-5025.
October 1-6 Art of the City: Postmodern to PostKatrina. New Orleans artist Jan Gilbert assembles works of artists during three decades. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 520 Royal St, New Orleans. Tues-Sat,9:30am-4:30pm; Sun, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. hnoc.org. 1-17 HBCU Art Showcase. In collaboration with the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Ogden Museum presents a curated show of works from students attending Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans and Xavier University. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St, New Orleans. (504) 539-9650. ogdenmuseum.org. 1-26 Vive la Difference! Selected Works of Mary Helen Seago and Pierce Jonassen. Atrium Gallery, 100 Christwood Blvd, Covington.
September-October 2019 27
christwoodrc.com. 1-Jan 5 Louisiana Contemporary.
most Haunted House. The Myrtles
Presented by HUB International featuring
Plantation, 7747 Hwy 61, St. Francisville.
Presented by The Helis Foundation.
tropical entertainment, live and silent
(225) 635-6277. stfrancisvillefestivals.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925
auctions, delicious food experiences
Camp St, New Orleans. ogdenmuseum.
from Ox Lot 9 and delectable drinks
and desserts. Benefiting St. Tammany
Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St.
Cancer Center. Southern Hotel, 428 E
2-6 St. Tammany Parish Fair. Rodeo, rides, music, crafts, pageant, livestock
Boston St, Covington. 7:30pm. $150.
shows and more. St. Tammany Parish
Fairgrounds, 1304 N Columbia St, Covington. sttammanyparishfair.info. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Covington Farmers
3-13 Crescent City Chamber Music
com. 5 Covington Art Market. Covington
5 Deo Gratias. Entertainment, silent auction and dinner. Proceeds benefit Saint Joseph Seminary College. Saint Joseph
Festival. Six free chamber music
Abbey, 75376 River Rd, Covington.
concerts. featuring some of the world’s
Vespers, 6pm; outdoor gala, 7-10pm.
Market. Covington Trailhead, 419
most talented classical musicians.
N New Hampshire. 10am-2pm.
covingtonfarmersmarket.org. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 LSVT LOUD For LIFE Classes. Exercise class for people who have completed the LSVT LOUD® treatment protocol with a Speech
3 THE Gala: Step into Paradise.
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Rockin’ the Rails. Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. 5-7:30pm. covla.com. 4 Mandeville Live! Soul Revival. Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St.
Language Pathologist. Lakeview Regional
Medical Center-Rehabilitation and Sports
4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 The Myrtles
Medicine, 19055 Kane Ln, Covington.
Halloween Experience. Experience the
true meaning of Halloween at America’s
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5, 12, 29, 26 Camellia City Farmers Market. 1808 Front St, Slidell. 8am-12pm. camelliacitymarket.org. 5, 12, 29, 26 Covington Farmers Market. 609 N Columbia St. 8am-12pm. covingtonfarmersmarket.org. 5, 12, 29, 26 Mandeville Trailhead Market. 675 Lafitte St. 9am-1pm. mandevilletrailheadmarket.com. 6, 13, 20, 27 Abita Springs Art and
Farmers Market. Trailhead Park.
Blvd, Mandeville. Doors open, 10am. $30.
Building Contest. Lake Pontchartrain
Basin Maritime Museum, 133
farmers-market. 7 Methodist Children’s Home Golf
12 Fall for Art. Dozens of artists, live music, food and more. Downtown Covington.
Mabel Dr, Madisonville. 10am-6pm. woodenboatfest.org.
Classic. Presented by Viator Wealth
Management Group, benefits the
5Kiwanis for Kids. Northshore Kiwanis
5K. Benefitting the LSU Department
Methodist Children’s Home of Southeast
Club hosts its 12th annual 5Kiwanis
of Neurosurgery’s Brain Tumor Center.
Louisiana and Greater New Orleans. Beau
for Kids 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Fun
Audubon Park, Shelter Bldg. #10, 6500
Chêne Country Club, Mandeville. Tee off,
Run benefiting Project Graduation for
Magazine St, New Orleans. Half-mile run/
12:30pm. Scramble format, single player,
the local high schools and community
walk, 8am; 5K run/walk, 8:30am. (504)
$175; foursome $600. Includes lunch,
projects. Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne
golf cart, post-tournament party with
St, Mandeville. Check in, 7am; start, 8am.
dinner. 860-5247. lmch.org.
8, 22 Total Joint Replacement Class. How to prepare for surgery and what to expect during your hospital stay. Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room,
12 Field of Screams. Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, Covington Recreation
13 Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial
13 Open House. Christ Episcopal School High School, Grades 8-12. 80 Christwood Blvd, Covington. 871-9902 ext. 270. christepiscopalschool.org.
Complex. 7-10pm. covla.com.
14-16 Cordani Shoe Trunks Show. Ballin’s
12-13 2019 Wooden Boat Festival.
LTD, 806 East Boston St, Covington.
95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington. 1-2pm.
Presented by the Lake Pontchartrain
Free. Limited to 40 participants. 867-
Basin Maritime Museum. Over one
hundred classic boats, hundreds
music and shopping to benefit the
of spectator boats, great food, live
Louisiana Cancer Research Center, a
Luncheon. Featuring an Elvis impersonator.
music, children’s activities, arts and
consortium of LSU, Tulane, Xavier and
Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 North Causeway
crafts, and the Quick ‘n Dirty Boat
Ochsner. Canal Place, 333 Canal St, New>>
11 Northlake Newcomers Club
892-0025. ballinsltd.com. 16 Research for the Cure Gala. Food,
Orleans. researchforthecure.org 17 Kickin’ Parkinson’s. Live music from Flow Tribe, food from northshore restaurants, open bars, and live and silent auctions. Themed Equestrian, Race for the Cure. Guests are encouraged to wear their best derby hats and take a photo with a real thoroughbred. All proceeds benefit Parkinson’s research done by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Stone Creek Club and Spa, Covington. 7-10pm. kickinparkinsons.com. 17 SSA Career Day. Saint Scholastica Academy campus, 122 S Massachusetts St, Covington. 892-2540 ext. 109. 17-20 Ghost in the Oaks. Family friendly Halloween event including trick or treating, rides, arts and crafts and pumpkin patch. New Orleans City Park. (504) 483-9376. friendsofcitypark.com. 18 Keep Slidell Beautiful’s 11th Annual Golf Benefit. Pinewood Country Club, Slidell. Tee time, 12pm. $125 includes ditty bag, gift, drinks and food. email@example.com. 18 Sunset at the Landing Concert. Columbia Street at the River, Covington. 6:30-9:30pm. covla.com. 18-19 Southern Garden Symposium. Afton Villa Gardens, 9047 Hwy 61, and Hemingbough, 10591 Beach Rd, St. Francisville, La. southerngardensymposium.org. 18-20 Festival of the Lake. Live music, food, games and craft show. Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 312 Lafitte St, Mandeville. Fri, 5-10pm; Sat, 11am-10pm, and Sun, 11am-4pm. Free. festivalofthelake.com. 19 Parkinson’s Research Breakfast. Special guest Drew Falconer, MD, Director, Movement Disorder Specialist Inova Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program. Southern Hotel, 428 E Boston St, Covington. 9-11am. kickinparkinsons.com. 30
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19 Oxtoberfest. Third annual beerfest celebrating a German classic with a Covington twist. Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club in Covington. Downtown Covington. 3-7pm. oxtoberfest.org. 19 Play it Safe and Operation Life 5K. Presented by North Oaks Health System and community partners. How to play it safe at home, on the road and during sports/outdoor adventures. North Oaks and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency host the race to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. Operation Life 5K held before event at 8:30am. Cate Square Park, Hammond. 10am-1pm. northoaks.org. 19 Monster Mash. Trick-or-treating, kids activities and more to benefit the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center. Bogue Falaya Park, Covington. 10am-2pm. stph.org/monstermash. 20 Harvest Cup Polo Classic. Polo matches, divot stomp, Lee
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IN Other Words by Becky Slatten
IT’S THAT SPOOKY TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. The season for pumpkins, creepy dolls and ghost stories on a crisp fall night—and yes, The Editor’s and my continued search for spirits from beyond the grave. Our third annual paranormal investigation was a two-part endeavor that took us all the way to St. Francisville and then back home again to the French Quarter to collect the macabre tales and strange photographs of those who are, technically, not still alive. We have to borrow the stories and photographs of others because The Editor and I continue to be blacklisted by the entire regional ghost community.
Part One: The Myrtles Plantation The Myrtles Plantation is widely regarded as one of the most haunted destinations west of New Orleans, thus making it the perfect location for our most recent investigation. Built in 1791 by General David Bradford, the home bore witness to the deaths of several residents, including at least four children. Though the tales surrounding the demise of three of the children vary from yellow fever to oleander poisoning by a slave girl named Chloe, those who have heard their ghostly giggles or have seen their faint images captured in the photos of unsuspecting guests have no doubt that they still play in the halls and on the grounds of their old home. Many guests 32
(not us, of course) have made a hasty departure in the middle of the night after experiencing the sensation of being tucked in by an attentive ghostly caretaker, dolls that mysteriously move on their own, and awaking to find the apparition of a woman holding a glowing candle bending over them, among other strange occurrences. Hearing the sounds of heavy footsteps climbing the mansion stairs and the laughter of children is commonly reported by the overnight guests of the inn.
Checking In We were joined on this year’s adventure to The Myrtles by two other intrepid ghost hunters—we’ll just call them “Liz” and “Isabella” (because those are their actual names). In beautiful St. Francisville, we had the feeling of stepping back in time walking amongst the ancient oaks dripping in Spanish moss. While soaking in the beauty of the grounds, we snapped a few photos for later analysis in the hopes of capturing an orb or a spooky little ghost face peeping from a window. We were soon shown to our rooms in the main house, which reportedly boasts the most haunted accommodations on the property. The Editor and I were treated to the General Bradford Suite, which is beautifully appointed with period antiques and famous for the elegant roll-top desk that
supposedly (with the exception of the evening of our stay) routinely rattles and moves and just generally acts up. Liz and Isabella were strategically placed in the Fanny Williams room, where the creepy dolls are located. They were cautioned that if they touched the dolls, it was an invitation that they wanted to “play,” so Isabella immediately touched the dolls and Liz wasn’t happy and it was quickly shaping up to be an interesting night.
The Tour The beautiful furnishings and fascinating history of the home made for an enjoyable half hour or so. We took several photos to analyze later, and we did actually make out the image of a ghost wearing cataract sunglasses in the mirror and also in a reflection on a window. I thought he looked like Roy Orbison, but my fellow travelers disagreed.
Happy Hour We enjoyed a refreshing glass of chilled rosé in the beautiful oak-shaded brick courtyard and plotted our strategy to elicit some action from the resident spirits. Isabella had already gotten the ball rolling by messing with the creepy dolls in the Fanny Williams room, and The Editor and I decided to just play dead in the General David Bradford Suite after a few more glasses of rosé later in the evening. It’s difficult to describe my inner conflict regarding the possibility of actually experiencing something paranormal; basically, I want to see a ghost in the exact proportion that I don’t want to see a ghost. Makes perfect sense, right? After enjoying our wine, we dined at a local restaurant because the onsite eatery, Restaurant 1796, is closed on Sunday and Monday. Then, it was back to The Myrtles and time to get down to some serious monkey business.
The Nighttime Investigation We refreshed ourselves again with some more rosé in the courtyard and kept an eye out for orbs and apparitions. At midnight, we took a spooky tour around the pond where guests have reported seeing “The Lady in Black” hover above the water. While on our stroll, we met some ladies from Monroe who had captured the very clear image of a little ghost boy in one of their photos from the tour; it was compelling
evidence, to say the least. We did not see “The Lady in Black,” but were, however, eaten alive by mosquitos, so we retreated back to the relative safety of the courtyard.
Bedtime We stayed up as late as we could but were finally forced to call it a night. We all retired to our rooms where we, naturally, slept like babies. The ghost children probably jumped on our beds all night long, but we were dead to the world.
By the Light of Day As usual, with the exception of the ghost boy photo and seeing Roy Orbison in the haunted mirror, we experienced nothing out of the ordinary. The creepy dolls didn’t move, at least not on their own. Isabella did tuck one into bed with Liz while she was sleeping, so Liz woke up to a nasty little surprise (haha!). And so, as we left the beauty and serenity of The Myrtles Plantation behind, I felt the familiar mix of disappointment and relief.
Part Two: The French Quarter Everybody knows that the French Quarter is jam-packed with spirits, but there’s nothing like a firsthand ghost story to give us the creeps. Anna and AJ Tusa own Briquette on S. Peters St. and The Creole Cookery on Toulouse; not only do they have spooky stories of their own, they also have a slew of tales from their diners. Once, when Anna was working in her apartment above Creole Cookery, her laptop unplugged itself from the wall before her very eyes; she left immediately and won’t spend the night there anymore. Indeed, troubles with electronics in the haunted old building are a common occurrence, including an incident during the Super Bowl when the television would not stay on—perhaps the spirit of a Saints fan at work. Another evening, upon closing, she and AJ made the rounds turning out the lights in the restaurant. They walked a short distance to their car, and as they drove past the establishment, they saw that every light in the place was back on. As they entered the building to turn them off again, Anna explained to the spirits that it was time to go home and the lights should stay off—and they did. One lady from South America was washing her >>
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Christine Westenberger, H.J., Patrick, Claire, Stephen,
photo courtesy: LESLIE CARDÉ
John and Harry.
WHEN THE CEREMONIAL RIBBON was cut at the end of July marking the approval of the fifth and final phase of the Sanctuary, Mandeville’s premier gated community, the Crosby Development Company began bringing down the curtain on a planned community that was just a vision back in June 1995. Now that the final Phase 5 is moving forward, this brings the total home count to 425, with an approximate value of $425 million within the subdivision. In two to three years, all of the homes will be completed. At present, only fifteen developer-
by Leslie Cardé
owned lots remain available for sale. For the Crosby family, it’s a major milestone—but it’s a legacy that began with a vision in the 1950s when John Crosby Sr. began doing residential construction at the New Orleans lakefront. “My dad started out when were just babies,” explains John Crosby Jr., one of the siblings now running the development company. “He began in Lake Terrace with single-family homes and then moved to the Orleans/Jefferson parish line, with more single homes under construction in Whitney Heights off Veterans Boulevard. From there, he continued building out by Transcontinental and West Esplanade, eventually crossing the bridge to the West Bank in the late ’60s and early ’70s with his first planned development, the Park Timbers subdivision.” By this time, with the founder’s children growing up, not only had John Jr. become a part of the family venture, but his brothers Harry and Thomas joined the development company, as well. After building an apartment complex and undertaking a condo conversion in Metairie, an upscale planned community of condominiums and townhomes was about to take shape in a formerly iconic location.
photo: CANDRA GEORGE mycreativereality.com
The Crosby Legacy
Anyone living in the area back in the ’70s will remember the landmark Do Drive In, which showed its last B movie in 1980 before it was torn down to build the Old Metairie Village Shopping Center (still there today) and ultimately the DeLimon Place condominium development, named for Henry DeLimon, who had owned an orange grove on that very property during the early 1900s. DeLimon was a big success, with 340 upscale condos and townhomes that took about 12 years to complete. So, by 1992, with the development finished, it was time for a new game plan, which meant taking on the vast unknown. “We decided to venture out, cross the Causeway, and move forward to navigate the waters on the northshore,” remembers partner Harry Crosby. “I moved across the lake in 1992, bought a number of lots in Beau Chêne, and built spec homes as a test market. With more and more people moving across the lake in the nineties, the homes sold quickly; as a family enterprise, we decided to begin to look for a large piece of land that we could develop into individual lots for custom homes.” The family knew that they wanted quick access for their subdivision to and from the Causeway bridge and I-12, with primary access from the West Causeway Approach. There was a parcel of land they had in mind. What would later become The Sanctuary was at the time unincorporated timberland. “It was actually under contract to someone we knew,” says Harry. “However, they weren’t sure what they could do with it, so we bought out that contract with the proviso that we could get good access from a major street. What is now Woodstone wasn’t there at the time, but the city had approved about 30 lots, which gave us our much-needed access to what would become The Sanctuary.” Twelve hundred acres were purchased, but the subdivision would roll out in phases as lots were sold and unique and diverse architecture populated the tree-lined streets. Phase 1 began in 1995, and brother Thomas Crosby would become the first resident of the development when his home was completed in 1996. “My son Ryan was a year old at that time, and our twin daughters weren’t born yet,” says Tommy. “Over the years, neighbors came quickly, but with all of the still-undeveloped land, there were times when
my son and my wife would ride their 4-wheelers pretty much all alone. Of the 1200 acres included in The Sanctuary, 700 acres are green space, so there’s still a lot of wilderness around.” Ryan has a faint recollection of that moment in time. “I barely remember living in the first house ever built out here, at 62 Sanctuary Boulevard,” says Ryan. “Fast forward twenty years, and I’m thankful to call 15 Purple Martin Lane my home. Our house continues to be the home stadium for numerous pool-volleyball tournaments, the premier location for dinner events or crawfish boils and center stage for
late-night parties with friends. This neighborhood provided a haven for my upbringing. It afforded me the opportunity to create lifelong relationships with family that I call friends and friends that I call family.” And make no mistake—this is a family enterprise. Brother Patrick Crosby built his sibling Tommy’s home. Sister Lisa has stayed on the southshore and continues to manage DeLimon, and sister Claire, who was for years in sales, contributed her talents in interior design within The Sanctuary. Brother Stephen built over a dozen homes in the development originally and supervised the construction of Phase 5, and Harry later moved his >> September-October 2019 35
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The Sanctuary twenty years ago,” says Christine Westenberger, Sales and Marketing Director. “My children were raised with a sense of community in an atmosphere that is rarely found. The Crosbys have created something special here, and I love being a part of it.” With five office buildings totaling 100,000 square feet of office space, many of The Sanctuary residents have only to drive within the gated community to their jobs. And with minimum halfacre lots and mandated green space in between lots, along with required setbacks from the street, there is a bucolic peace that permeates the entire community, providing a sense of well-being for its many residents living in the lush environs. “Jeté and I were the first residents in The Sanctuary, and over the years, we have been neighbors with members of the Saints, their front office personnel, offensive and defensive coordinators from LSU and Tulane, as well as head coaches,” says Tommy. “We’ve had music and radio celebrities, heads of hospitals and medical schools, lawyers, doctors, bankers and business owners. I feel what attracts these types of individuals is not only close proximity to the city of New Orleans, but also a commitment to family life and security.” It’s been 65 years since John Crosby Sr. began his journey to build neighborhoods that residents could embrace. And in the half century that has followed, the family legacy continues, with landmarks on both the south and north shores of Lake Pontchartrain—a testament to high standards, perseverance and the pursuit of well-planned communities in which families thrive.
photo: CANDRA GEORGE mycreativereality.com
Harry, Claire, Patrick,
family to Mandeville. Harry’s oldest son, HJ, who’s now a big part of the family development team, remembers moving there from New Orleans as a 7th grader: “Back then, it was like living in the country. There just wasn’t much out here. So it was a lot of being out in nature and taking boats out on the river. Crime was and still is very low. My dad recalls the one time I got into trouble. It was for buying rolls of toilet paper, which everyone assumed I would use to toilet paper houses. I was held in the store under suspicion of an as-yet uncommitted crime.” It will ultimately be HJ who moves the company forward to the next phase of its development. Just where those future sites may be isn’t yet certain, but it may be toward Folsom or on land between Mandeville and Slidell. Wherever it is, he has learned the business from the ground up. “I started out low on the totem pole, cleaning up job sites, and as the years went on and I became more familiar with the business, I had several ideas and realized it was a natural fit to go into the family business.” There are currently 12,000 residents within the city of Mandeville, and that number grows daily. One of the first orders of business before The Sanctuary was built was to annex the property into the city so residents would have access to city services and the city’s police department. At the time the land was annexed, the Crosby Development Company increased the footprint of the city by a whopping 50 percent. As the phases have progressed, one of The Sanctuary’s own residents was hired to become the development’s broker/realtor in charge of home and lot sales. “I cannot imagine a better decision than the one my husband and I made when we moved into
Harvest Cup Polo Classic
THE GAME OF KINGS by Stacey Paretti Rase
IMAGINE A BLOODY SPORT played in the Middle Ages by Genghis Kahn and his warriors in which players rode atop very short horses and scored points by reaching down to scoop up their enemies’ decapitated heads from the ground and pitching them through goal posts. Doesn’t sound very polished or dignified now, does it? Yet these barbaric acts of nomad warriors over two thousand years ago are thought to be the origin of the highly sophisticated sport of polo that we continue to enjoy today. Polo is said to be the oldest organized sport in the world, as the first recorded polo tournament was in 600 B.C. when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a public match. The game spread quickly across the eastern world and took hold in India, which is still referred to as the “cradle of modern polo.” The British cavalry drew up the earliest rules of the game in the 1850s, firmly establishing the game in England. The sport, which came to be known as “the game of kings,” was brought to the United States by James Gordon Bennett, an American publisher and adventurer who was captivated by it and introduced it in New York in 1876. Its popularity in the United States exploded over the next 50 years as it became an Olympic sport and drew crowds of more than 30,000 at matches played at the historic Meadow Brook Polo Club on Long Island. At present, there are an estimated 250 United States Polo Association member clubs, with more than 4,500 players. Polo Basics Polo is played on a 10-acre grass field, 300 yards in length by 160 yards, which is the approximate area of 10 football fields. Goal posts are set eight yards apart on either end of the field. The
object of the game is to move the ball downfield, hitting the ball through the goal for a score. Teams change direction after each goal. Two teams, made up of four players each, are designated by shirt color. The mallet, made of a bamboo shaft with a hardwood head, is the instrument used to hit the polo ball. Formerly wood, now plastic, the ball is about three inches in diameter and three-to-four ounces in weight. During half-time of a match, spectators are invited to go onto the field to participate in a polo tradition called “divot stomping,” which helps replace the mounds of earth (divots) that are torn up by the horses’ hooves. There are six periods, or chukkers, in a match, each seven minutes long. Play begins with a throwin of the ball by the umpire at the opening of each chukker and after each goal. Only penalties or injuries may stop play, as there are no time-outs or substitutions allowed, except for tack repair. The four basic shots in polo are distinguished by the side of the pony on which strokes or shots are made: “near side,” left side of the mount and “off-side,” right side. This creates the near-side forward and back shots and the off-side forward and back shots. Variations of the basic shots can be made under the pony’s neck, across his tail or under the belly, which is difficult. A team is made up of four players, each wearing a jersey with numbers 1 to 4, which correspond to their assigned positions. Number 1 is the most
offensive, concentrating on opportunities for scoring. Number 4 is the defensive player. Usually, the most experienced and highest-rated players are at positions 2 and 3, with the pivotal player being number 3, who must serve as an effective field captain, or quarterback. Number 3 coordinates the offense and passing the ball up-field to his teammates as they press toward the enemy goal. The primary concept to which all rules are dedicated is safety. The right-of-way is defined in accordance with a playerâ€™s position relative to the direction of travel of the ball. This is the imaginary line that extends forward which, if followed, will create traffic patterns that then enable the participants to not only play at top speed, but to also avoid dangerous collisions. In general, play will flow backward and forward, parallel to an imaginary line extended ahead of, and behind, the ball. The
line of the ball may not be crossed except under special circumstances, and only in such a way as to legitimately gain control of the ball. When a player has the line of the ball on his right, he has the rightof-way. This can only be taken away by â€œriding offâ€? and moving the player off the line of the ball by making shoulder-to-shoulder contact. The speed and athletic skills of the horse and the rider, and the ability of the player to strategize and anticipate the flow of the game are some of the most important elements of polo. They combine to make the fast-paced action of polo one of the most exciting sports in the world. September-October 2019 39
Harvest Cup Polo Classic
POLO WITH A PURPOSE
The Harvest Cup Polo Classic has been a well-loved event
“We have awarded twelve community grants this year,
of the Junior League of Greater Covington for 23 years—and it’s
including: Miracle League Northshore, Girls on the Run, Hospice
growing ever stronger behind its mission, “Polo With A Purpose.”
House, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Louisiana Coalition Against
Beginning in 2017, the JLGC made the decision to better
Human Trafficking, Special Olympics, Friends of St. Anthony,
define what the funds raised through Polo go towards, and so the
Northshore Food Bank, Bonny Barry, Equine Reflections, Inc.,
Polo With A Purpose identity was introduced.
Leadership Northshore Team Never Alone, United in Suicide
As the primary fundraiser for the JLGC, Polo feeds many
Awareness, NAMI-St. Tammany, YMCA of West St. Tammany, and
grants and projects. 2019 Polo Chair Lillie Parrie explains, “Each
CMST. The second annual Polo With A Purpose Grant was awarded
year we assess the current needs of our community and take action
to New Heights Therapy Center.”
to positively impact these areas, so our projects flex with the needs
“It’s a newfound tradition at The Harvest Cup Polo Classic
of the community. The generosity given through Polo is how we are
to have a Polo With A Purpose table set up where representatives
able to fund our projects and the reason we are able to carry out
from our Community Assistance Grant beneficiaries are seated. It
our mission and impact the community.
is a great opportunity for Polo patrons and supporters to meet the leaders of these organizations that are benefitting from their ticket
HARVEST CUP POLO CLASSIC TICKETS NOW!
purchases and silent auction bids,” says Lillie. A fun tradition for the Polo experience is the Bourbon Bury. Held exactly a month before the event, the JLGC and Polo sponsors and donors gather to bury the bourbon in hopes of good weather on the day of. This year, the bourbon will be buried on
Sunday, October 20, 11:30am-6pm
Summergrove Farm • Folsom, LA
General Admission Ticket $150
VIP Parking Pass $25
Go to jlgc.net to purchase tickets. Rain date is October 27.
Friday, September 20, out on Summergrove Farm, with festivities to celebrate the Bourbon Bury following at 11am at Beau Chêne Country Club. Lillie is hopeful for another successful year of Polo—especially With A Purpose. “My priority is that everyone attending the event has an incredible experience so that our purpose only grows stronger and our Polo ‘believers’ come together to make the largest impact on the lives of the women, men and children of St. Tammany who need it most.”
LEE MICHAELS HAY PULL This is your chance to win a Ladies
Cartier Tank Francaise watch. Tickets are
New to the Harvest Cup Polo Classic this year, the Chukker
$25 or five for $100. 200 tickets total.
Challange adds to the festivities. Try your luck from 11am to 4pm
Winner need not be present. Total retail
atop a mechanical horse with mallet in hand. Can you hit the ball?
MERCEDES-BENZ OF COVINGTON RAFFLE A 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV will be raffled off thanks to sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Covington! Tickets are $100 per chance and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held on the day of Harvest Cup Polo Classic. Prize has $58,910 value.
YOUR DAY AT POLO 10:30
Opening Ceremony, National Anthem
Mercedes-Benz of Covington Raffle
Round Robin Match
Ms. Polo With A Purpose
Live Auction/Silent Auction Closes
Live Music with Four Unplugged
Lee Michaels Hay Pull
All times and events subject to change.
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Senior Living 2019
Ashli Rice, Sue Smith and Jennifer Rice.
Putting Away Her Guns, Sue Smith Is Now at Peace at Christwood LISTENING TO SUE SMITH AND JENNIFER RICE, you would think they were sisters rather than mother and daughter. They and her other daughter, Carole Ann Townsley, have been holding slumber parties every six weeks or so for the past twenty years, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to get to the party. Born in Forney, Texas, near Dallas, in 1925, Sue married James Spencer Smith Jr. shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Jay had joined the Army Air Corps and, as a pilot, spent much of the war ferrying soldiers and supplies “over the Hump,” or the Himalaya Mountains, into China. After the war, he remained in the service in what became the U.S. Air Force. “So many of our family members have had something to do with aviation,” Sue remembers. “My oldest sister, Catherine, became a stewardess back when you had to be a registered nurse to apply. I wanted to get my pilot’s license, but Jay said no, and back in those days wives did what they were told to do,” she says, with a wry smile. “But I got him back—I did everything I could to help Jennifer get to a place where she would be able to fly. And she got her license at sixteen,
photo courtesy: SUE SMITH
popping out of that little plane after her first solo flight barefooted. You should have seen it. And, of course, Carole Ann was a flight attendant for Southwest in the early days of the airline.” And, like so many other Texans, the Smith family hunted. “There was a time when Jay came back from a hunting trip with six deer. We ate venison for the next couple of years,” says Sue, chuckling. Once, she accompanied her husband on a hunting trip and shot a buck. “That was the last time I hunted, though. I felt so sorry for that deer.” But guns were always a part of her life. She often stowed a shotgun in the back of her Ford Mustang convertible and, in her eighties, she was stopped at an airport screening station for having a pearl-handled revolver in her purse. “I just forgot I had it,” says Sue. “I was lucky though. They didn’t send me to jail. They took my pistol away of course, but I had another one just like it at home, so that wasn’t so bad.” But now, this feisty lady has put away her guns, and moved from Arlington, Texas, to Covington, to be near her daughter Jennifer and her family. Refusing Jennifer’s offer to live with her and her husband, Tim, at their farm in Folsom, Sue decided to move into the Christwood Retirement Community. “I had a hard time with that move. I missed my house back in Texas, where I had lived with my husband Jim and alone for so many years after he passed. And I missed my car even more, with the independence it gave me,” she says. “I was a stinker at first. I thought, ‘I might live here, but I’m not going to be a part of it.’ Walking the halls, I had the biggest fake smile you’ve ever seen. And I mostly kept to myself back then and didn’t try to make friends. Looking back, I can see now how I was making things hard for myself. “But I got over that in time, mostly because of the kindness and the sweet attitude of the people who work here. And then I came to realize what a beautiful view I had from my balcony, and slowly, I began to make friends. I joined two clubs, believe it or not. I’m in the Texas Club and the Aviation Club. There’s a club for just about everything here and a lot of other activities and entertainment. I’ve always said old age is not for wimps, but now I’m glad to have the opportunity to deal with it in such a wonderful place as this.” And the slumber parties with Jennifer and her sister continue—at Christwood. “Carol Ann flies over from Texas, and when we all get tired from laughing and talking, she and I take mom’s bed and mom takes the pull-out in the living room,” says Jennifer. “I am at peace now,” Sue Smith says, with a smile that is anything but fake. “Because I know I am in the place where I belong.” September-October 2019 45
Senior Living 2019
St. Tammany, A Place for Retirement A happy, healthy retirement depends a lot on location. According to a recent study, three St. Tammany cities rank high among others in the state. Covington was rated best place to retire in the state, followed by Mandeville in second and Slidell in fourth. Mandeville also ranks in having the best social/recreation scene for retirees in Louisiana. The analysis, by financial technology company SmartAsset, gathered data on three separate regional factors that affect the quality of life for retirees. SmartAsset began by looking at state and local tax rates, considering two types of taxes: income and sales. Effective rates were calculated based on a typical retiree earning $35,000 annually (from retirement savings, Social Security or parttime employment) and spending their disposable income on taxable goods. Next, the number of doctorsâ€™ offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per thousand residents in each area were determined as was the number of seniors in each area as a percentage of the total population. In the final analysis, each parish and city was ranked by weighting the three factors equally. To see the full index, visit smartasset.com/retirement/ retirement-calculator#Louisiana.
Senior Living Resources Avanti Senior Living 2234 Watercross Parkway, Covington covington.avanti-sl.com Technologically advanced senior living community offering assisted living and memory care. Christwood Retirement Community 100 Christwood Blvd, Covington; 898-0515 or 800-480-4361 christwoodrc.com Independent living, assisted living, cognitive memory care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, companion services, Christwood at Home, and Christwood Dementia Home Services. Francoâ€™s Senior Program 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville; 792-0200 francosmandeville. com Over 30 exercise classes geared toward maintaining and increasing balance, cardiovascular endurance and strength. Francoâ€™s offers discount rates for seniors or a complimentary membership for members on Peoples Health or BCBS Blue Advantage insurance plans. Istre Hearing Care 350 Lakeview Ct, Ste A, Covington; 845-3509 istrehearingcare.com Comprehensive hearing evaluations, specialized diagnostic testing, hearing aid evaluation/fitting, industrial hearing screenings. Oak Park Village at Hammond 17010 Old Covington Hwy, Hammond, 772-6109 oakparkvillagesl.com Maintenance-free retirement community or independent living, or if you need more personalized attention with supervised independent living, personal care living, assisted living or memory care. Oak Park Village at Slidell 2200 Gause Blvd E, Slidell, 309-1599 oakparkvillagesl.com Maintenancefree retirement community or independent living, or if you need more personalized attention with supervised independent living, personal care living, assisted living or memory care. St. Anthonyâ€™s Gardens 601 Holy Trinity Dr,
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Senior Living 2019 Covington; 605-5950 StAnthonysGardens.org A ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans specializing in independent living 55+ and older; assisted living; and memory care. The Trace Senior Community 19432 Crawford Rd, Covington; 241-4310 thetraceseniorliving.com Health and wellness care services; outstanding amenities; comfortable apartment homes. The Windsor Senior Living Community 1770 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville; 624-8040 windsorseniorliving.com TwentyÂ years of providing seniors with independent and assisted living services. Visiting Angels 1770 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville; 629-4446 visiting angels.com/ northshorela Experienced local senior care for total piece of mind. COAST Transportation Services For ride requests, call direct: 327-0185 Each COAST Senior Center offers a midday meal. Bush Senior Center 81605 Hwy. 41, Bush; 8868971 Covington Senior Center 500 N. Theard St., Covington; 892-8530 Folsom Senior Center 82010 Hwy. 25, Folsom; 796-9803 Lacombe Senior Center 27397 Hwy. 190, Lacombe; 218-9340 Mandeville Senior Center (Paul Spitzfaden Community Center) 3090
E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville; 624-4629 Pearl River Senior Center 39443 Hwy. 41 Spur, Pearl River; 863-2540 Slidell Senior Center 610 Cousin Street, Slidell; 641-1852 48
s ’ i k Po icks P by Poki Hampton
NEEDING NEW SCONCES for my master bathroom, I headed off to the new Luxury Lighting by Greige, located inside Greige, to check out the newly expanded lighting gallery. It is filled with beautiful fixtures from designers like Suzanne Kasler, Kelly Wearstler and Ralph Lauren, to mention a few. There, I found so many wonderful fixtures that it was nearly impossible to choose. Sconces, chandeliers, lamps and floor lamps, oh my! I was amazed at the selection, but with the help of one of their designers, I was able to pick the perfect ones for my project. They are framed jewel sconces in crystal with hand-rubbed antique brass and linen shades from Suzanne Kasler. Now I have to think about lighting for the rest of the house. With that decision made, I decided I was due for a little Poki time. I packed my overnight bag and golf clubs into my new Mercedes C 300 Cabriolet, snuggled into the rich
upholstery surrounded by the beautiful wood trim of the cabin, and headed to The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, for some R & R. This car is so wonderful! It’s a convertible that never goes out of season. With the touch of a single button, I can put the top down in about 20 seconds and it gets stowed under the sleek rear deck. In almost any weather, I can drive in comfort with the climate control system that automatically adapts to driving with the top down. The clever Airscarf system, the foremost innovation, envelopes my neck and shoulders in warm air, and the dash display stays vivid in the bright sunshine, making the trip fly by. What luxury! Arriving at the Grand Hotel, I have time for a round of golf on one of the two updated Robert Trent Jones courses and a trip to their worldclass spa. The Grand was recently named one of the Top Five Hotels in the country. It has a unique history—and even a ghost if you feel like a little Halloween get-a-way. After the relaxing spa massage, I headed to the South Roots restaurant
for dinner. Their farm-to-table menu was full of mouth-watering selections. I started with the Gulf Coast Oyster Stew, which was incredible. On to the Crab Crusted Gulf Catch for my main course. That should have been enough food, but I was intrigued by the Corn and Coconut Cake, another yummy chef-inspired creation. I then waddled to my room, which was luxurious and so comfortable. After a very good nightâ€™s sleep, and coffee on my balcony overlooking the surf and sand, I was refreshed and ready to head home and back to reality.
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1. Tiger print tie top, $58; swing shorts, $49. The Lifestyle Boutique at Francoâ€™s, Mandeville, 792-0200. 2. Mimosa Handcrafter bronze tiger cuff exclusively at Lee Michaels, $155. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, New Orleans, 504-832-0000. 3. LSU Velvet Fawn tiger pajamas; zipper, sizes 0/3-2T; two-piece, 3T-7Y; $38. KiKi & Lolli, Covington, 900-2410. 4. Purple and gold bubble or tiger dress, $44. Olive Patch, Covington, 327-5772. 5. Jude Frances Petites collection pave paw hoop and charm, sold as singles to mix and match, starting at $600. Boudreauxâ€™s Jewelers, Mandeville, 626-1666. 6. Eye of the Tiger t-shirt, $60. The Villa, Mandeville, 626-9797.
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1. Sleeveless romper with halter neckline and engineered print features; fixed shoulder straps; high side slits; attached shorts, $198. Palm Village, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, Mandeville, 778-2547. 2. Marco Bicego Lunaria Collection 18k yellow gold, black mother of pearl, and diamond double petal earrings, $4,500. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, New Orleans, 504-832-0000. 3. Boy and girl hand-embroidered bubbles, $50. Araluz, Metairie, 504-888-3313. 4. Python print V-neck jumpsuit, $46. Columbia Street Mercantile, Covington, 809-1690 & 809-1789. 5. Vionic sling-back bootie, $149. ShoefflĂŠ, Covington, 898-6465.
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INside Look 1. Leather bracelets in animal prints, starting at $18. DeLucaâ€™s Fine Jewelry, Covington, 892-2317. 2. White slipper booties with 1
ostrich feathers at the top. Oasis Day Spa, Mandeville, 624-6772. 3. Leopard print tunic, $178. Ballinâ€™s Ltd., Covington, 892-0025; New Orleans, 504-866-4367. 4. Animal print clutches, $125. Bliss Clothing & Home, Mandeville, 778-2252. 5. Reserve Collection Tailored Fit Houndstooth Sportcoat with ecru dress shirt and black silk tie; sportcoat, $698. Jos. A. Bank Clothier, Mandeville, 624-4067. Metairie 504-620-2265, New Orleans, 504-528-9491.
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Flourishes 1. Prayer bowls; purchase supports Compassion International and Mary Lee’s House. Gift Shop at St. Joseph Abbey, Covington, 1
867-2227. 2. Bevolo’s Rault Poolhouse Lantern; 3 sizes, 2
$400-$600. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Mandeville, 2496040. 3. Seasonal arrangements starting at $65. Florist of Covington,
Covington, 892-7701. 4. Ooni Kona gas outdoor pizza oven; can reach temperatures of 932º; $299. Niche Modern Home, Mandeville, 624-4045. 5. Westley wall sconce by Currey and Company in verdigris and antique gold leaf. 4
Southland Plumbing, Mandeville, 893-8883. 6. Cowhide area rug; sizes and colors vary; start at $599. Greige Home Interiors, Covington, 871-7576.
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1. Bird feeder featuring heart, circle or moon shape. 17”-
15” H x 13” W x 3” D; holds 4½-5 pounds of seed; $79. Outdoor Living Center, Covington, 893-8008. 2. Approach, from the Biltmore Collection of Gas and Electric Lanterns; 3 sizes, starting at $682. Gulf Coast Lanterns, Covington, 800-910-3275. 3. Pumpkin Vanilla Swan Creek soy candle, $25. deCoeur Gifts & Home Accessories, Covington, 8093244. 4. Boutique silverware pouches; 8-piece set, $25.
mélange by kp, Mandeville, 807-7652. 5. MonkSweets, new candy made at Saint Joseph Abbey. Available now are Peanut Bliss, typical of Brazil with dry texture and sweet taste; and Bliss with a Twist, dark chocolate over peanuts. Packaging of 8, 4 and 2. Call for pricing. Gift Shop at St. Joseph Abbey, Covington, 867-2227. 6. Pearl-grey and white large swirl decorative bowl, $245. EMB Interiors, Mandeville, 626-1522.
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IN the Bookcase
Louisiana Ghost Stories: Tales of the Supernatural from the Bayou State by J. Lee Wimberly
LOUISIANA IS A PLACE OF LEGEND, especially in the deep, dark bayou. Visit the swamps, and smell the usual combination of decaying vegetation and sluggish water. You might sense another smell, too—one you can’t identify but seems distinct. It could be more of a feeling than an odor. That feeling is fear, and it spreads past the bayou and into the heart of New Orleans. Louisiana Ghost Stories is a collection of original tales based on fact mixed with myth. A place of legend, the state is also a place of storytelling, and many of those stories grow like thick vines in the memories of locals and visitors alike. Step into the haunted plantations. Hear about voodoo and gris gris. Examine
pirate legends, and follow ghosts into the dark. Come face to face with the Cajun werewolf, known as the “loup garou.” Hear of the heinous offenses of infamous serial killer, the Axeman. Learn the horrid history of the LaLaurie mansion, and even stumble upon a tale of Hallow’s Eve. With stories eerie, mysterious, sexy, and colorful, prepare yourself to be scared as legends come to life and haunt the page. Author J. Lee Wimberly is a trial attorney who lives in St. Tammany Parish with his wife, Alysha, a recording artist. Born and raised in New Orleans, he plays polo and participates in track and field competitions. September-October 2019 63
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THIS YEAR’S CULTURAL SEASON is far from Something Rotten!
information, 542-7113. hammondarts.org.
It’s Wicked good. From Irish dance innovators to a Fiddler the Roof, the season is packed with classic and out-of-the-box dancing, song and fine art. After your day at the 9 to 5, follow the Magic Flute down to the theater for some Mandatory Merriment—your seat is waiting.
Jefferson Performing Arts Society The Jefferson Performing Art Society season continues with The Comedy Zone, Sept 20-Nov 16; The Rocky Horror Show, Sept 27-Oct 13; The Sound of Music, Oct 18-27; Annie, Dec 6-15; The Nutcracker,
Broadway in New Orleans The Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans opens its curtain
Dec 21-22; Viagara Falls, Jan 17-Feb 9; The Mousetrap, Jan 31-Feb 9; The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), March 6-29; 42nd Street,
with Dear Evan Hansen, Nov 5-10. The season includes A Christmas
April 9-19; An American in Paris, May 8-17; and Sweet Potato Queens,
Story, Dec 17-22; Miss Saigon, Jan 21-26; Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the
June 5-28. For more information, call 504-885-2000 or visit jpas.org.
Chocolate Factory, Feb 11-16; Mean Girls, March 17-22; Anastasia, April 14-19; and Fiddler on the Roof, May 12-17. Additional shows include Wicked, Oct 2-20 and Jersey Boys, March 6-8. For tickets, times and details, call 800-218-7469 or visit neworleans.broadway.com.
Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré The theatre’s cultural season opens Oct 4-20 with Noises Off. A Christmas Carol plays Dec 6-23; Something Rotten!, Jan 17-Feb 2; August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, March 6-22; Angels in America,
Christwood Atrium Gallery The cultural season at the Christwood Atrium Gallery continues
April 17-May 3; and A Night with Janis Joplin, June 5-21. For more information, call 504-522-2081 or visit lepetittheatre.com.
on Sept 7 with Vive la Difference! Selected Works of Mary Helen Seago and Pierce Jonassen. On view until Oct 26, the exhibit opens with a reception on Sept 14, 4:30-6:30 pm. For details on upcoming exhibits,
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 2019-2020 northshore season with Beethoven’s Emperor & Mahler 5 on Sept 20 at
the First Baptist Church, Covington. Other performances at First Baptist Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans At the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, view Identity
Church include: Mozart Requiem, Nov 22; Baroque Christmas, Dec 20; Beethoven’s Eroica featuring cellist Pablo Ferrandez, Jan 10; Quint
Measures ending Oct 5. For upcoming exhibitions, performances and
Plays Korngold with violinist Philippe Quint, March 20; and American
more information, call 504-528-3805 or visit cacno.org.
Virtuosos, April 17. The LPO will play Romantic German Masters featuring cellist Lynn Harrell on Oct 25, Yuletide Celebration on Dec
Cutting Edge Theater
6, and Nature’s Awakening with Beethoven’s Pastoral on Feb 28 at the
Opening Sept 6-28, Cutting Edge Theater presents The Marvelous
Columbia Theater in Hammond. Hear Yuletide Celebration on Dec 8 at
Wonderettes; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Oct 4-12, Rocky Horror
the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. For more information, call 504-523-
Monster Ball 2000 on Oct 18-26, Fully Committed on Nov 1-9, 9 to 5
6530 or visit lpomusic.com.
in January 2020; and on April 3-25, Sweet Potato Queens. For more listings and information, call 649-3727 or visit cuttingedgetheater.com.
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts See Eddie Griffin on Sept 21; Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern
The Civic Theatre The Civic and the Bowery continues its season with Jenny Lewis
Boxes, Oct 9; Baby Shark Live, Oct 13; The Color Purple, Oct 25-27; and Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live, Dec 10.
with The Watson Twins, Sept 13; Stuff You Should Know, Oct 10; Angel
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Ballet
Olsen with Vagabon, Nov 5; and Claudia Oshry: The Dirty Jeans Tour,
Association and New Orleans Opera performance dates can be found
Nov 22. For ticket information and show times, call 504-272-0865 or
in their listings. For show times and ticket information, call 504-287-
0350 or visit mahaliajacksontheater.com.
Hammond Regional Arts Center As the Hammond Regional Arts Center season continues, view
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane Until Dec 14, visit Latoya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family. From Aug
Presentation of Japanese Aesthetics, featuring The Artworks of Rosemary
21 to Dec 19, view The American Dream Revisited: The Residents
Goodell and Celebration of Japanese Culture, until Sept 27. On Oct 4-25,
of Gordon Plaza’s Struggle to Leave the Agriculture Street Landfill
view Seldom Seen, featuring collected artworks from Lowentritt and
Behind. For up-to-date exhibit information, call 504-865-5328 or visit
Durbin families, and on Nov 1-Dec 20, Fine & Functional Exhibition. For
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New Orleans Ballet Association At Mahalia Jackson Theater, watch Trinity Irish Dance
New Orleans Opera The New Orleans Opera season includes Bizet’s Carmen,
Company, Oct 19; Pilobolus in Shadowland-The New Adventure,
Oct 4 and 6; Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc, Feb 7 and 9; Schnyder’s
Nov 22; Houston Ballet, March 28; and Les Ballets Trockadero de
Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Jazz Market, April 3 and 5; and Mozart’s
Monte Carlo, April 18. In continued celebration of NOBA’s 50th
Magic Flute, May 1 and 3. For additional performances and ticket
Anniversary, attend the special Evening of Stars, Jan 25. For show
information, call 504-529-3000 or visit neworleansopera.org.
times and more information, visit nobadance.com. Northlake Performing Arts Society New Orleans Jazz Museum Celebrating jazz in the city where it was born, the New
with Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber on Oct 4 and 6 at Fuhrmann
Orleans Jazz Museum offers a collection of over 25,000 artifacts,
Auditorium. Glory and Light at Hosanna Lutheran Church on Dec 6
making it the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in
and at Our Lady of Lourdes on Dec 8. The NPAS Hymn Festival will
the world. Join the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Sept 7 for
be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church on March 6 and at Our Lady of
the Downriver Festival and on Dec 7 for the second annual
Lourdes on March 8. NPAS closes the season with Music of the 80s
Improvisation Gala. For more information, visit downriverfest.org or
at the Fuhrmann Auditorium on May 22 and 24. For show times and
information, call 276-9335 or visit npas.info.
New Orleans Museum of Art At the New Orleans Museum of Art, view Bodies of
The Northlake Performing Arts Society begins its performances
Ogden Museum of Southern Art Don’t miss Louisiana Contemporary, presented by the Helis
Knowledge through Oct 13. Through Dec 31, Orientalism: Taking
Foundation, on view until Jan 5. View Piercing the Inner Wall: The
and Making; and from Sept 1 through March 30, The Quilts of
Art of Dustie Bongé until Sept 8. Opening Oct 5-March 1, Memory
Gee’s Bend. For more information, call 504-658-4200 or visit
is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry. For Ogden After
Hours, hear Minos the Saint, Aug 8; Judith Owen, Aug 15; Josh
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Hyde, Aug 22; Davis Rogan, Sept 5; Joy Clark, Sept 19; Kevin
World Tour 2019, Nov 7; and Bianca Del Rio—It’s Jester Joke, Nov.
Gordon, Sept 26; Dara Tucker, Oct 17; and Extended Dec 12. On
10. For more information and tickets, call 504-274-4870 or visit
Oct 19, join the Ogden for O What A Night! For tickets and more
information, call 504-539-9650 or visit ogdenmuseum.org. Playmakers, Inc. Orpheum Theater In addition to the many Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
On Sept 8, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress closes the first production of the season at Playmakers, Inc. The
performances, the Orpheum Theater presents Tash Sultana, Sept
season continues with several productions, including: Other
13; Lord Huron with Hazel English, Sept 15; Los Temerarios,
Desert Cities, on Oct 25-Nov 10; Company, Jan 17-Feb 2;
Sept 28; Miranda Sings, Oct 20; RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the
God’s Favorite, March 13-29; Good People, May 1-17; and A >>
Chorus Line, July 10-26. For times, tickets and more information, visit playmakersinc.com. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts Sept 13-29, watch Rivertown’s 9 to 5; Oct 25-Nov 10, November; Nov 29-Dec 15, Scrooge in Rouge; Jan 10-26, Oliver!; March 6-22, Peter and the Star Catcher; and May 1-17, The Drowsy Chaperone. For tickets and information, call 504-461-9475 or visit rivertowntheaters.com. Saenger Theatre Rhett & Link: Live in Concert hits the Saenger stage Sept 5. On Sept. 24, see Deep Purple: The Long Goodbye Tour, Sept. 24; ’70s Soul Jam, Sept. 28; Peppa Pig Live, Oct 23; We Will Rock You: The Musical by Queen, Oct 29; Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Nov 13; Disney Jr. Holiday Party, Dec 10; and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec 27. Broadway in New Orleans performances can be seen in its listing. For show times and tickets, call 504-287-0351 or visit saengernola.com. Slidell Little Theatre Slidell Little Theatre’s Tuck Everlasting closes on Sept 4. Fences, Oct 4-20; ELF, Nov 22-Dec 8; Blithe Spirit, Jan 10-26; Miss Firecracker Contest, March 6-22; and Dream Girls, April 24-May 10. For more information, call 643-0556 or visit slidelllittletheatre.org. Southeastern Louisiana University/ Columbia Theatre The Columbia Theatre begins its season with Jack and the Beanstalk on Oct 19 followed by: An Evening with Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Oct 23; Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band Present: The Greatest Generation, Oct 27; Durand Jones and the Indications, Nov 1; One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, Nov 7; Hammond Ballet Company The Nutcracker, Dec 13-14; Mad River Theater Works Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks, Jan 25; Aquila Theatre in George Orwell’s 1984, Feb 15; The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond, March 6; Pete the Cat, March 27; and Che Apalache, April 4. Southeastern University’s Opera/ Music Theatre presents Cabaret on Sept 26-27 and its Spring Production on Feb 6-7. The Southeastern Wind Symphony’s Fall Concert will play Nov 13 and 68
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Trinity Irish Dance Company.
Spring Concert on April 28. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performance dates can be found in its listing. For performances, SLU Fanfare listings, tickets and information, call 543-4371 or visit columbiatheatre.org. Southern Rep Theatre Sept 11-Oct 6, August: Osage County kicks off Southern Repâ€™s season. Native Gardens, Oct 30-Nov 17; Mandatory Merriment (Part Deux), Dec 4-29; Mother Courage and Her Children, Jan 22-Feb 2; Reykjavik, March 18-April 5; and Chemin Du Bayou, May 13-31. For tickets and details, call 522-6545 or visit southernrep.com. St. Tammany Art Association Join STAA in downtown Covington on Oct 12 for Fall for Art, featuring new work from dozens of artists, live music and entertainment. For additional events and information, call 892-8650 or visit sttammanyartassociation.org. Three Rivers Art Festival Attracting 50,000+ visitors last year, the award-winning festival is dedicated to bringing the best of fine arts and fine crafts to historic downtown Covington. Held November 9 and 10. For more information, visit threeriversartfestival.com. The Historic New Orleans Collection Until Oct 6, view Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation. For more information, dates, events and exhibitions, call 504-523-4662 or visit hnoc.org. 30 by Ninety Theatre The 30 by Ninety Theatreâ€™s season continues with The Last Five Years Musical on Sept 14-29; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] on Oct 19-Nov 3; A Very Merry Christmas Spectacular on Dec 6-15; Of Mice and Men on Jan 11-26; Rumors on Feb 29-March 15; Moby Dick Rehearsed on April 18-May 3; and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Musical on June 6-21. For show times and tickets, call 844-THE3090 or visit 30byninety.com. September-October 2019 69
Generous Hearts by Susan Bonnett Bourgeois
Impact Buttons MARY WAS 5 YEARS OLD and living with her father without adequate food or clothing. Her house was dirty, smelled of sour food and had a moldy refrigerator. After witnessing a violent altercation between her father and another man, she was placed in state custody. Mary could have struggled for years after this trauma, but because of the direct involvement of Child Advocacy Services, Mary received help, protection and a voice. Two years later and Mary is in a happy home, with a bright future and two loving parents who are eager to adopt her. Joshua was spending the night with his aunt 72
when he courageously shared that his stepfather frequently touched him inappropriately. He was 7 years old. Because of the safe, child-friendly setting at Hope House, Joshua was able to tell his story to a professional interviewer in a loving environment so that he does not have to retell the story over and over to allow authorities to remove the threat from his environment. Duane was 11 when he saw a fight break out in his neighborhood. He doesnâ€™t remember hearing the gunshot, but he learned that his 3-year-old brother had been shot from the screams coming
from inside his house. Because of the services provided by our local childrenâ€™s advocacy groups, Duaneâ€™s testimony was used in the investigation to convict the adult responsible for the crime. These are just THREE of the 1,700 children who have walked through the doors of both Hope House in St. Tammany and Child Advocacy Services in Tangipahoa during the last calendar year. Unfortunately, what these children have faced is by no means rare. In the past decade, the instances of reported child sexual abuse has risen nearly 140 percent just in a 12-parish portion of Southeast Louisiana. As national trends and incidents have increased, so have disclosures and the need for services to address them. At the Northshore Community Foundation, we have three partner members who are doing just that: Child Advocacy Services, Hope House and Youth Service Bureau. A child who has experienced some form of trauma, be it neglect, physical or sexual abuse, often imagines that they are the only one who has ever been in this situation, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
This Is Where The Buttons Come In When a child victim walks through the door at Hope House or Child Advocacy Services, they are met by a trained advocate who guides them throughout the entire process of seeking justice and recovery. The advocate serves as a point of contact for the family and ensures that the child and caregiver are well supported and know exactly what to expect every step along the way. As they begin this painful process, the family is given a tour of the facility, which starts with a >> September-October 2019 73
heartbreakingly large bowl of buttons. Each unique button represents a brave child who has come in and told their raw, emotional and heart-wrenching story to an adult, an advocate or to law enforcement. The child is asked to choose a button from a drawer and place it in the bowl as a representation of their story and their bravery in telling it. This process provides a positive introduction to every interview and acknowledges the child’s courageous choice to share their experience. “Choosing their button is an empowering choice for the child. It removes the feeling of isolation while helping to create an atmosphere of protection. Feeling safe is the cornerstone of healing from childhood trauma,” says Hope House Executive Director Thomas Mitchell. The visual representation of seeing the bowl full of buttons of all different colors, shapes and sizes helps the child see that they are not alone in their experience; it’s a visual reminder that other kids have gone through similar experiences and it recognizes the child as a survivor. “This visual of the jar of buttons has turned into a community culture and icon for us,” says Rob Carlisle, CEO of Child Advocacy Services in Hammond. “We have turned it into our Annual Giving Initiative which is being spread by others in support of the services we provide. After the buttons began to accumulate over the years, we started giving them to our partners and donors to share our thanks and recognize their commitment to rescuing children. The sharing of buttons also serves to show that these kids have overcome their experiences and have moved on to lead healthier lives.” Children desperately need the services of organizations like Child 74
Advisory Services, Hope House and Youth Service Bureau, which work around the clock to give young victims a voice, a sense of security and help with healing. Like buttons, children are all unique, and they all need a secure thread to hold them tightly and let them know there is hope.
A Closer Look Child Advocacy Services (CAS) is a term that refers to entities which provide healing services to children and families through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center (CAC) Programs. There are 15 CAC Centers across Louisiana. They offer advocacy, clinical services, forensic interviews and prevention education to children and families affected by child abuse and neglect. CAS is located in Hammond and operates four of these centers (Hammond, Gonzales, Denham Springs and St. Francisville) while providing CASA and specialized CAC programs and services across ten parishes in Southeast Louisiana. To contact CAS: 1-800-798-1575 or childadv.net. Hope House is a stand-alone Child Advocacy Center operating in St. Tammany and Washington parishes that utilizes Family Advocates while offering similar services and programs for children who have been abused. To contact Hope House: 985-892-3885 or cachopehouse.org. Youth Service Bureau hosts the CASA volunteers for these programs in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. The Youth Service Bureau provides advocacy, counseling, education and intervention for youth and their families, helping them reach their full potential. To learn more about CASA, visit ysbworks.com/casa-program or call 985-649-4092. September-October 2019 75
One-of-a-Kind Landmark The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum by Mimi Greenwood Knight 76
photos: THOMAS B. GROWDEN
RUTH MASCELLI BEGINS TOURS of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum with this disclaimer, “We’re going to be discussing some gruesome subjects during our tour. If you feel faint, you can step outside for some fresh air.” That sounded sensationalized until I discovered that swooning during the tour isn’t uncommon, and the warning seems to help. The three-story building that houses the museum first opened as a working pharmacy in 1823. Now, it seems to serve as a testament to good intentions from bygone eras; uninformed, misguided, often deadly good intentions. While there’s a single exhibit devoted to Questionable Medical Practices, that theme is echoed throughout the museum. (Think lead baby bottles, arsenic-coated pills and opium tampons, for starters.) The building at 514 Chartres Street in the heart of the Vieux Carre was originally constructed as the home and apothecary of Louis Dufilho Jr, who in 1816 became America’s first licensed pharmacist
when Louisiana became the first state to require oralexam licensing for medical practitioners, including pharmacists, physicians, dentists and midwives. Opened as La Pharmacie Française, it originally included the pharmacy on the bottom floor, family home on the top floor (with an “entresol” or mezzanine level in between for storage), a courtyard for cultivating medicinal herbs, an outdoor kitchen, a carriage house and a slave quarters just beyond the courtyard. Reopened in 1950 as the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum by Loyola College of Pharmacy, it’s widely believed to be the largest and most diverse pharmaceutical collection in the United States, one that can be quirky, eerie, macabre and just downright sad. The main exhibit space is a re-creation of Monsieur Dufilho’s apothecary shop, with thousands of period bottles and jars and ominous-looking medical implements lining the shelves of elaborately carved, ceiling-to-floor fixtures. It’s a lot to take in, especially once you realize most of >> September-October 2019 77
animal parts, etc. Everything in this room was donated by individuals or institutions, and all the medical instruments on display were used on human patients, a fact that can make your knees buckle when you read about their intended uses. The amputation knives and saws, bullet extractors, stone searchers and trocars were all used without sterilization and with only rudimentary anesthesia. (We won’t even talk about cranial saws and tonsil guillotines.) The original pharmacy opened at a time when New Orleans and other large cities were unsuccessfully battling almost constant outbreaks of cholera, smallpox, yellow fever, dysentery, malaria and other tropics-related epidemics, and the discovery of germs and sterilization was years away. Louisiana had the dubious distinction of having the highest annual death rate of any state; because of its heat, humidity, frequent flooding and transient sailor population, New Orleans was a petri dish of all these diseases and more. Some of the attempts to ward off sickness seem laughable in hindsight, but they were doing what they could with the knowledge they had. La Pharmacie Française would have been a hub of the French Quarter, which was at that time a family neighborhood. Like other pharmacists, Monsieur Dufilho would have offered diagnoses, made house calls, given injections and compounded all his medicine, as well as formulating makeup, perfumes, paints and varnishes and poisons for household pests. Most residents would have bypassed their doctor and brought their ailments straight to him, since physician’s prescriptions were only required for medications known to be poisonous. Many southern pharmacies also sold Voodoo potions for luck and love under their counters, using the numbering system 78
thought to have inspired the song Love Potion #9. As our tour guide, Mascelli did an outstanding job of bringing us back to a time when open-air sewage ran in the streets of the Quarter or sat stagnant in open trenches attracting the very flies that were fostering disease outbreaks and prompting residents to walk about with perfumed rags over their noses and mouths to offset the stench. This set-up also inspired the iconic French Quarter courtyards, which families used to escape the unpleasantry just outside their front doors. Mascelli pointed out a display in the front window depicting the multi-tiered “show globes” that would have told residents—many of whom were illiterate—that this was a place to buy medicine. “Show globes were used as a symbol for the pharmacy as early as the 14th century. Bottles were filled with red-, blue-, and green-colored water, representing the animal, mineral and vegetable
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the containers still hold remnants of whatever medication is delineated on their fading labels, including patent medicines, voodoo potions, compounding supplies, herbs, minerals,
products Dufilho and other pharmacists used to concoct their remedies. It was also a way for pharmacists to show off the colors they could create by mixing different chemicals. If the waters on a given day were all one color—often red—that was a warning system telling the citizenry there was a disease outbreak in the area and they should stay home.” One exhibit that’s not for the squeamish is The Methods of Administration display, which shows how Monsieur Dufilho and other pharmacists administered the drugs they compounded from herbs, minerals and animal and insect parts. The mortar and pestle are innocuous enough. The pill roller, powder paper folder and cache maker—no worries. But the syringes could make you hide under your bed. Originally sans needles, they had to be injected into an incision in the body. Even once the needle was invented, it was large, made of lead and didn’t detach from the syringe. So, everybody received injections from the same needle. One case displays artifacts excavated from the back garden, including a toothbrush made from a pig’s rib with pig hair for bristles. Another presentation concentrates on treatments derived from morphine, cocaine, heroin, opium and laudanum. “Laudanum was cheaper than whiskey, and it carried no social stigma,” Mascelli said. “It was marketed toward women. Godrey’s Cordial was opium mixed with red wine. Also known as Mother’s Quietness, it was prescribed for teething babies. Another popular concoction was red wine and cocaine. The pope at the time went on record saying he drank a bottle a day.” Mascelli explained that it wasn’t until 1906 that pharmacists were required to delineate on labels what was >> September-October 2019 79
in any mixture they sold—and many recommended heroin for daily use. Perhaps the creepiest exhibit (if you don’t count the veiny glass eyes in the optical case) is the Questionable Medical Practices case. Until recently, it still contained a tureen of live leeches, which in Dufilho’s day were purchased at the pharmacy and then taken to a physician or barber for bloodletting. There’s plenty of arsenic, lead-and mercury-laced cures and gold- and silver-coated pills for purchase by the wealthy. There’s a bezoar, a calcified ball of hair removed from a goat’s stomach that was thought to possess magical curative powers, and a “scarifier” used by door-to-door bleeders, who removed toxins from a patient’s body by bleeding them until they passed out (believed to be the cause of George Washington’s death). Beyond that, there are too many oddities to name. An extensive collection of eyeglasses, pince nez, ophthalmic instruments and texts includes items from the United States, Europe, Japan and China, including eye baths, surgical instruments and charms that speak of the religious and superstitious beliefs once associated with eyes. There’s a replica of a sick room with wheelchairs, doctors’ bags and an ominous-looking birthing table. The display of dental implements reflects a time when visiting the dentist was synonymous with having a tooth pulled. And my grown daughter forbade me to look into the case devoted to childbirth. “You can’t handle this one, Mom.” (Although my imagination might be worse than the actual display.) Just inside the front door in the main exhibit space is an ornate marble soda fountain dating back to 1855. Mascelli says sodas were considered medicinal, concocted by pharmacists to be taken with liquid or powered medicines to disguise strong herbal or 80
Did you know? • Because so much of the population was illiterate, a system was adopted in the 19th century to easily identify poisonous substances, even if you couldn’t read the label. It began with the British “Bill for the
photos: THOMAS B. GROWDEN
Prevention of Accidental Poisoning” and
chemical tastes. While sweet syrups covered bitterness, the bubbles in the sparkling water were thought to have their own curative properties. Sodas such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and 7-Up all got their start in a pharmacy where they often contained cocaine, caffeine and lithium. In a classic case of good news/bad news, Mascelli told us the 160-year-old soda fountain is still in working order. But it was constructed with lead pipes. Of course, it’s easy for us to condemn the crude and clumsy attempts at combatting the maladies of the 18th and 19th centuries, often with substances more toxic than the
disease they were intended to cure. But what will our ancestors say about our current medical practices? What things are we doing now that in 100 or 200 years will seem laughable? In the meantime, The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a $5 guided tour at 1 p.m. each day. It stands as a tribute to good intentions, naivety, hubris and the indomitable human spirit. If you go for the tour, be sure to ask about the resident ghost who’s rumored to move objects about at night and, on occasion, set off the burglar alarm.
made its way to America where poisons were sold in special hexagonal bottles made of either cobalt blue or emerald green glass, often with raised ribs, so they could still be identified in dim lamplight. If you saw the color by day or felt the hexagon and ribs by night, you knew the substance should be treated with caution. • Dr. Francois Marie Prevost performed the second recorded Cesarean section in the United States somewhere near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, when he delivered the baby of an enslaved woman by C-section, between 1820 and 1825. Baby and mother survived.
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Amanda Hamilton Gallagher Benefit Services
As Gulf States Branch Area President, Amanda seeks out and maintains relationships with industry influencers and strategic partners. While overseeing
North Oaks Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Breast Cancer
operations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Amanda has pride in Gallagher’s employees. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to motivate, encourage and challenge our talented workforce,” Amanda says. “I’m amazed everyday by
Artificial intelligence is the newest addition to North Oaks
the character and resiliency of our people and am fortunate to be a part of an
Health System’s arsenal of high-performance, clinically proven breast
amazing team of individuals.”
cancer detection tools.
Amanda joined Gallagher in 2012 as a consultant by acquisition of her
When the health system launched 3D mammography digital
previous firm, Detlefs Johnson & Partners and HR One Source, LLC. She is the
breast exams in May at North Oaks Diagnostic Center in Hammond,
former Vice President of Gary Johnson & Associates, Inc. and former owner
it became the first facility in Louisiana to do so with ProFound
of HR One Source, LLC. In 2015, she was offered the Director of Sales and
AI™, the most advanced, FDA-approved cancer detection software
Marketing position for two separate branch territories.
available. Unlike traditional 3D mammography platforms, ProFound
Throughout her many roles of leadership, Amanda’s vision stays the
AI™ combines advanced 3D imaging technology with deep learning
same: build up your people, and the sales will follow. She has recruited
artificial intelligence to find hidden cancer at its earliest and most
and developed talent throughout the area especially focusing on the north
treatable stage. Patients benefit from: accurate results, faster
and south shores. Amanda also enhanced the internship program into a
diagnosis and fewer unnecessary callbacks.
competitive young professional development program for Gallagher, hiring the
Older, 2D mammography systems take pictures only from
top performing interns into full time positions upon their college graduations.
the front and side of the breast. Sometimes, overlapping breast
In 2018, the South Louisiana and Gulf States branches merged into
tissue leads to issues with image clarity and accuracy. With 3D
a single three-state territory and Amanda was promoted to the role of
mammography, digital images of the breast are taken in “slices”
Area President. Her goal is to drive organic and acquisition growth, inspire
from many different angles to deliver a more detailed view. AI helps
innovation, ensure quality, and develop talent throughout each office.
radiologists more efficiently scrutinize the massive amounts of data
Amanda Hamilton does not oversee “a branch” – she oversees the people
and pictures collected from the scans to find possible malignancies
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and calcifications. Ultimately, potentially lifesaving results are
support one another, celebrate each other’s successes, and encourage each
provided to patients more quickly with increased rates of detection
other in difficult times,” Amanda adds.
and fewer false positives. According to iCAD, Inc., the developer
Gallagher’s mission is to provide superior, cost-effective risk management products and services that meet the ever-changing needs of current and prospective clients, while continuing to strive for the highest professional excellence in the delivery of those products and services.
of ProFound AI™, the system can reduce the reading time of mammography results by up to 50 percent. Both screening and diagnostic 3D mammograms are performed at North Oaks by an all-female staff. Flexible paddles are used to distribute compression more evenly across the breast for comfort.
Gallagher Benefit Services is located at 235 Highlandia Dr, Ste. 100, in Baton Rouge. 225-292-3515. ajg.com. 82
For more information on 3D mammography at North Oaks Diagnostic Center, visit northoaks.org/3Dmammo.
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hands in the ladies room when she heard someone whisper, “Go check the children” in her ear. She ran shrieking from the baño. Another lady came out of a restroom stall to find herself alone but with all of the water faucets running. A third woman heard children’s voices in the bathroom and then felt as though she were slapped. So it would seem that, for some reason, children dead and alive just love to play in restaurant toilets. As Anna explained, a yellow fever epidemic in 1853 claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 people, many of them children. One can still see the barred window of a former sick ward from the courtyard of The Creole Cookery; it was filled with quarantined yellow fever victims, which perhaps explains the presence of so many ghostly children on the property. (If you’re so inclined to tempt the spirits there, be sure to get the amazing chargrilled oysters.) Moving on, we stopped at Tableau for a refreshing glass of chilled rosé. Our server, Jazz, was a wealth of information regarding hauntings at that location, though she is not a fan of the paranormal, to say the least. She related strange stories of the lights flashing on and off and showed us a You Tube video of wine bottles flying off the shelves in a private dining room, which houses an extensive built-in wine rack. The Editor and I inspected the very shelves from the bizarre video and could offer no explanation for the occurrence. You may ask yourself why The Editor and I continue our seemingly fruitless quest to experience something (ok, anything) paranormal for ourselves. It’s true that, so far, all we’ve done is visit cool, reportedly haunted locations and record the stories of others while occasionally treating ourselves to a refreshing glass of chilled rosé—so I’ll just leave you to ponder that. Boo. September-October 2019 83
INside Peek Healing Arts Reception
photos courtesy: STPH
The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation’s Healing Arts Initiative recently held an Opening Reception for the latest gallery in their Rotating Gallery Series, “A Colorful Voyage,” featuring 23 artists and more than 100 pieces of art. The Healing Arts Initiative promotes art as a core component of healthcare and the healing process in the hospital and its outpatient facilities.
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INside Peek During the 2019 Annie Awards luncheon, the Greater Hammond Chamber celebrated the life and legacy of the late Dr. Anne Ferguson by honoring six exceptional women who work in excellence and have a true servant’s heart for Tangipahoa Parish. Playwright Donna Gay Anderson, Ponchatoula Junior High School Principal Mary Beth Crovetto, historian Antoinette Harrell and Southeastern Louisiana University’s Technology and Recruiting Manager Sandy Armstead Summers were the recipients of this year’s Annie Awards. In addition, the Chamber also recognized Dot Lavigne and Betty Stewart as the 2019 Legacy Award winners.
photos courtesy: GREATER HAMMOND CHAMBER
1. Jennifer and George Lovecchio at St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Southern Nights fundraising event at Maison Lafitte. 2. Rhonda and Hugh Bagby. 3. St. Paulâ€™s seniors Benjamin Klein, Brenden Dauterive and James Bradford being recognized for their 36 Composite ACT scores. 4. Derek Rousseau, Brittany Kimble, Jennifer Schmidt, Hiral Patel and Jacques Guillot honoring Brittany with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Lakeview Regional Medical Center.
INside Peek Covington White Linen Night One of the northshoreâ€™s most popular events, Covington White Linen Night, gathered a crowd throughout the streets, shops and restaurants of downtown Covington. Columbia Street and Lee Lane bustled with partygoers all dressed in white, while artists, shops and chefs showcased their best, all in the name of public art. A variety of vendors, art demonstrations and live music added to the festivities. More than 40 local businesses donated a percentage of their pre-tax sales during the event to the Covington Public Art Fund.
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1. Members of the 50th graduating class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology (seated, from left) London
Raborn, Meghan Matherne, Brianna Foster, Jennifer Gresse, Kristin Smith, Taylor Miley; (standing, from left) Madeleine Duhon, Meggy Worth, Stuart Tournillon, Josh Maggio and Ashley Perrault. 2. Amanda Paxton, Stephanie Smith and Matthew Arnold at St. Tammany West Chamber Business After Hours sponsored by Avanti. 3. St. Scholastica Academy Dance Team members at UDA Masters Camp where they won many awards, including First Place Home Routine Junior Varsity.
1. Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West W.A.T.C.H. members (standing) Paula Davis, Ellie Merrick, Daina Short,
Jean Hunn, Amanda Phillips, (seated) Bobbie Miles, Jodi Canadas, Vonda Downing, and Allyson Sanderson kicking off the beginning of Women Build. 2. Camilla Davis, Jennifer Messina and Mark Johnson at Leadership St. Tammanyâ€™s 2019 graduation. 3. Emily Shields, Kayla Theriot, Stephanie Smith, Noble-Bates Young, Lauren Fitts, Haylee Pierce and Ryan Cotton at the Northshore Young Professionals Pop-Up Happy Hour at Garciaâ€™s Famous Mexican Food.
INside Peek 1. State Farm Agents hosting a back-to-school bash. 2. Thomas and Chenet d’Hemecourt enjoying Our Lady of the Lake School’s Taste of Tammany. 3. Troy and Kristy
Bourgeois. 4. Crissy Green, Michelle Oregon and Rebecca Martinez. 5. Avala donating a truck full of items to the Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West ReStore. 6. Samantha Betancourt, Johnny Bruhl and Jamie Gabourel at St. Tammany West Chamber Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon at Tchefuncta Country Club. 7. Jack Loup, Mike Dirmann, Mike Cooper, W. L. “Trey” Folse III and Michael Sprague.
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A selection of restaurants and haute dishes found around the northshore and beyond.
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INside Dining New Orleans and the northshore are home to more great restaurants than we could hope to list here. For a comprehensive listing of restaurants in the New Orleans metro area, please refer to Tom Fizmorris’ nomenu.com. In this guide, you will find some of the best bets around town. Tom’s fleur de lis ratings are shown.
434 N. Columbia St., 985-8980899 Copeland’s aa Creole, 680 N. US 190, 985-809-9659 Dakota aaaa Contemporary Creole, 629 N. US 190, Covington, 985-892-3712 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 69292 Hwy. 21, 985-871-2225 DiCristina’s aaa Italian, 810 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985875-0160 DiMartino’s aaa 700 S. Tyler St., 985-276-6460
ABITA SPRINGS Abita Brew Pub a 72011 Holly St., 892-5837 Abita Springs Café aa 22132 Level St., 400-5025 Camellia Café Traditional seafood and New Orleans cuisine, 69455 Hwy. 59, 809-6313 Mama D’s Pizza & More aa 22054 Hwy. 59, 809-0308
Don’s Seafood Hut aa 126 Lake Dr., 985-327-7111 The English Tea Room aaa 734 Rutland St., 985-898-3988 Fat Spoon Café aa 2807 N Highway 190., 985-893-5111 Gallagher’s Grill aaaa Contemporary Creole, 509 S. Tyler St., Covington, 985-892-9992 Garcia’s Famous Mexican Food 200 River Highlands Blvd., 985-327-
COVINGTON Abita Roasting Company 1011 Village Walk, 246-3345 Acme Oyster House aaa Seafood, 1202 US 190, Covington, 985246-6155 Albasha aa Mediterranean, 1958
7420 The Green House Salad Co Signature salads made to order, 104 Lake Dr, 898-6380 Habanero’s 69305 Highway 21, Ste. 600, 985-871-9760 Half Shell Oyster House 70367 Hwy
21, Ste 100, 985-276-4500
La Carreta aaa Mexican, 812 Hyw
Annadele’s Plantation aaaa 71518 Chestnut St., 809-7669 bacobar, International street food with South Louisiana soul, 70437 LA-21, 893-2450 Barrel Wine Bar Wine, small plates and more, 69305 LA 21, Ste. E, 272-8485 Bear’s Restaurant aa Po-boys, 128 W. 21st St., 892-2373 Beck ‘n’ Call Cafe 534 N. New Hampshire, 985-875-9390 Bud’s Broiler aa Hamburgers, 1250 N. US 190, 985-803-8368 Buster’s Place aa 519 E. Boston St., 809-3880. Seafood, po-boys, steaks. Open seven days a week. Lunch, dinner. MCC. Carreta’s Grill a Mexican, 70380 LA Hwy. 21, Covington, 985-8716674 CC’s Coffee House Coffee and pastries, 1331 N Hwy 190., 985900-2241 The Chimes aaa Cajun, 19130 W. Front St., Covington, 985-892-5396 Coffee Rani aa Soup and salad, 234-A Lee Ln., 985-893-6158 Columbia St. Tap Room & Grill aa
190, Covington, 985-400-5202 La Casa de Sabores 324 East Boston St, 985-900-2297 Lola aaa 517 N. New Hampshire St., 985-892-4992 Mattina Bella aaa Breakfast, 421 E. Gibson St., Covington, 985892-0708 McAlister’s Deli 206 Lake Dr., Ste. 15, 985-898-2800 Megumi of Covington aaa 1211 Village Walk, 985-893-0406 Mellow Mushroom aa Pizza, 30 craft beers on tap, 1645 N. Hwy. 190, 985-327-5407 Meribo Modern Italian, 326 Lee Ln, 985-327-5407 Mugshots Grill & Bar 300 River Highlands Blvd., 985-893-2422 New Orleans Food & Spiritsaaa Seafood, 208 Lee Lane, Covington, 985-875-0432 Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery and Cafè 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Ste. 5, 985-893-1488 Outback Steakhouse aa 60 Park Place Dr., 893-0505. Australianthemed cuisine. outback.com. MCC.
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g Ox Lot 9 aaa Contemporary, 428 E Boston St., Covington, 985-400-
Louisiana seafood dishes, 305 LA-21, 985-845-2348 Keith Young’s Steak House aaaa
5663 Pardo’s aaaaa Contemporary Creole, 69305 Hwy 21, Covington, 985-893-3603 Pat’s Seafood 1248 N. Collins Blvd., 985-892-7287 PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co. 70456 Hwy.
Steak, 165 LA 21, Madisonville, 985-845-9940 Morton’s Boiled Seafood & Bar aa 702 Water St., 985-845-4970 Orlando’s Seafood, 304 Hwy. 22 West, 985-845-4446
21, 985-875-7894 Pizza Man of Covington aaa 1248 N. Collins Blvd., 985-892-9874 Raising Canes 1270 N. Hwy. 190, 985-809-0250 Ristorante Del Porto aaaa Italian, 501 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-875-1006 Sala Thai 315 N. Vermont St., 985249-6990 Sweet Daddy’s 420 S. Tyler St., 985898-2166 TCBY 70488 Hwy 21, 985-892-9000 Vasquez Seafood & Po-Boys a 515 E. Boston St., 985-893-9336 Yujin Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar aaa 323 N. New Hampshire St., 809-3840. MCC. Zea aaa American, 110 Lake Dr., Covington, 985-327-0520
MANDEVILLE Another Broken Egg Cafe Breakfast, 1901 US 190, #7, 985-951-2246 The Barley Oak Serving 130 styles of beer, 2101 Lakeshore Dr., 985727-7420 Beach House Neighborhood Cafe, 124 Girod, 985-624-9331 Bistro Byronz aa American, 1901 Highway 190, 985-951-7595 Bosco’s Italian Café aaa 2040 Hwy. 59, 985-624-5066 Café Lynn aaaa Contemporary Creole, 2600 Florida St., Mandeville, 985-624-9007 Ceasar’s Ristorante aa Authenic Italian cuisine, 408 N Causeway Blvd, 985-951-2626 Coffee Rani aa Soup and salad, 3517 Hwy. 190, 985-674-0560
HAMMOND Brady’s 110 SW Railroad Ave., 985542-6333. Don’s Seafood & Steak House 1915 S. Morrison Blvd., 985-345-8550 Jacmel Inn aaaa 903 E. Morris St., 985-542-0043 Kirin Sushi 223 S. Cate St., 985-542-
Coscino’s Pizza aa Italian, 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., 985-727-4984 Creole Tomateaux Authentic Creole Cuisine, 1851 Florida St., 985951-2650 Daisey Dukes 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Ste 13, 985-951-2140 El Paso Mexican Grill 3410 US 190, 985-624-2345
8888 La Carreta Authentic Mexican Cuisine 108 N.W Railroad Ave., 985-419-9990 One Thirteen Restaurant New American cuisine, 113 N Oak St, 985-402-3481 Salty Joe’s BBQ 43344 S. Range Rd, 985-956-7099 Tommy’s on Thomas Pizza, 216 W. Thomas St., Tope là Contemporary delights, 104 N. Cate St., 985-542-7600 Yellow Bird Café 222 E. Charles St., 985-345-1112
Fat Spoon Café aa 68480 Hwy. 59., 985-809-2929. Fazzio’saa Italian,1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-624-9704 Franco’s Grill Fresh organic foods, 100 Bon Temps Roule, 985-7920200 George’s aaa Mexican, 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985626-4342 Gio’s Villa Vancheri aaa 2890 E. Causeway App., 985-624-2597 K. Gee’s aaa Seafood, 2534 Florida St., 985-626-0530. La Carreta aaa Mexican, 1200 W.
LACOMBE Sal and Judy’s aaaa Italian, 27491 Highway 190, Lacombe, 985882-9443
Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985-624-2990 La Madeleine aa French, 3434 US 190, 985-626-7004 The Lakehouse aaa Contemporary
MADISONVILLE Abita Roasting Company 504 Water St., 985-246-3340 Crabby Shack & Po-Boys aaa
Creole, 2025 Lakeshore Dr., Mandeville, 985-626-3006 LaLou Breakfast, 200 Girod St., 985231-7125
i Leonardo’s Trattoria & Pizzeria Authentic Sicilian dishes, 2625 Florida St, 985-788-2550 Little Tokyo aaa Japanese, 590 Asbury Dr., 504-727-1532 Liz’s Where Y’At Diner aaa 2500 Florida, 985-626-8477 Lama’s St. Roch Seafood and Cajun style entrees, 1814 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, 985-951-2135 Mande’s 340 N. Causeway App., 985626-9047 Mandina’s aaa Italian, Seafood, 4240 La 22, Mandeville, 985674-9883 Nuvolari’s aaaa Creole Italian, 246 Girod St., Mandeville, 985-626-5619 The Old Rail Brewing Company a
Pat Gallagher’s 527 Restaurant and Bar aaaa 527 N. Causeway Blvd, 985-778-2820 PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co. 2963 Hwy.
bowls, 1810 N Causeway Blvd, 985-778-0444 Pontchartrain Po-Boys aaa 318 Dalwill Dr., 985-626-8188 Raising Canes 3801 Hwy. 22, 985674-2042 Rip’s on the Lake aa 1917 Lakeshore Dr., 985-727-2829 Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs 2890 E Causeway Approach Ste B, 985-231-7688 Rusty Pelican aa 500 Girod St., 985-778-0364 SWEGS Kitchen Healthy pre-made comfort food, 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville, 985-951-2064 Times Grill a 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., 985-626-1161 Trey Yuen Cuisine of China aaa Quality China cuisine with Louisiana flair, 600 N. Causeway Blvd., 985-626-4476 METAIRIE AcmeOysterHouseaaa Seafood, 3000 Veterans Blvd., 504-309-4056 Andrea’s aaa Italian, 3100 19th St., 504-834-8583 Andy’s Bistro aaa American, 3322 N. Turnbull Dr. 504-455-7363 Austin’s aaaa Creole, 5101 West Esplanade Ave., 504-888-5533 Caffe! Caffe! aa Breakfast, 4301 Clearview Pkwy., 504-885-4845; 3547 N. Hullen., 504-267-9190 Carreta’s Grill a Mexican, 2320
Harahan, 504-305-4833 Rd., 504-888-9254 Impastato’s aaaa Creole Italian, 3400 16th St., 504-455-1545 Legacy Kitchen aa American. 759 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504309-5231 Riccobono’s Peppermill aaa Creole Italian, 3524 Severn Ave., 504455-2266 Ruth’sChrisSteakHouse aaaa Steak, 3633 Veterans Blvd., 504-8883600 Shogunaaaa Japanese, 2325 Veterans Blvd., 504-833-7477 Vincent’s aaaa Creole Italian, 4411 Chastant St., 504-885-2984 PONCHATOULA Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant 30160 Hwy. 51, 985-386-6666 La Carreta aaa Mexican, 147 N.W. Railroad Ave., 985-370-0930
190, 985-674-1565 Poke Loa Louisiana’s freshest poke
Drago’saaaa Seafood, 3232 N. Arnoult
Homemade American cuisine, 639 Girod St., 985-612-1828
SLIDELL A Touch of Italy Café 134 Pennsylvania Ave., 985-639-0600 Assunta’s aaa Italian, 2631 Covington Hwy., 985-649-9768 Blue House Grill Sandwiches, 2170 Gause Blvd W., 985-288-5544 Cafe Luke Breakfast and brunch favorites plus Dinner Theatre, 153 Robert St., 985-707-1597 Camellia Cafe aaa 525 Hwy. 190, 985-649-6211. Carreta’s Grill a Mexican, 1340 Lindberg Dr., Slidell, 985-8470020 Copeland’s aa Creole, 1337 Gause Blvd., 985-643-0001 El Paso Mexican Grill 1100 Robert Blvd, 985-445-1450 Gallagher’s on Front Street 2306 Front St., 985-326-8350 Nathan’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Rd., Slidell, 985-643-0443 Palmettos on the Bayou aa 1901 Bayou Ln., 985-643-0050 Peck’s Seafood Restaurant 2315 Gause Blvd. E., 985-781-7272 Speckled T’s Seafood, 158 S Military Rd., 985-646-1728 The Blind Tiger Slidell 37330 Lakeshore Marina Dr, 985-707-1082 Times Grill 1827 Front St., 985-6393335 Vera’s aaa Seafood, 2020 Gause Blvd W., 985-690-9814
Veterans Blvd., 504-837-
Zea aaa American, 173 Northshore
6696; 1821 Hickory Ave.,
Blvd., Slidell, 985-327-0520
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Roberto Coin: Signed with a Ruby
The Roberto Coin brand was born in 1996. Its founder, with whom it shares its name, driven by his innate love for the world of art and fashion, decided to leave his successful career as a hotelier to follow a dream and face a new and passionate adventure. His creativity took shape through the hands of the historic and most renowned Italian jewelry artisans, who brought Roberto Coin’s romantic and borderless imagination to life through their skills, telling his story through jewels that truly become works of art. Each piece by Roberto Coin is the result of a thorough process, a journey among different cultures and multiethnic influences, through the world of nature, between echoes of the past and future projections. The capability to transfer the most varied experiences, dreams and perspectives into the jewels characterizes the brand’s collections with an unmistakable mark of identity and uniqueness. Roberto signs each one of his pieces with a small ruby casted inside the jewel, in direct contact with the skin of who wears it. This magical signature, surrounded by an antique halo of legend, represents the message of good wishes that Roberto Coin dedicates to his passionate clientele. Roberto says, “Fashion is changeable. It is whimsical. Style is not. Style is part of us, of our life, in every moment and every expression.”
Roberto Coin is carried at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Lakeside Shopping Center. LMFJ.com. 98
photos courtesy: LEE MICHAELS FINE JEWELRY