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Ever consider exactly when a tradition becomes a tradition? You serve turkey on the new platter you’ve been dying to use and your sister objects, “But we always have it on MeeMaw’s platter. It’s a tradition.” Your daughter reminds you that the star goes on top the tree last— only after the lights are lit. (Since when?) And you just can’t bear to toss those ratty hand-made ornaments the kids brought home from preschool. The tree wouldn’t be the same without them. Traditions—be they time-honored or relatively new—are part of what make the holidays special. Here are just a few the staff at LIVING Magazine find dear. “One of my favorite traditions began at the dinner table when I was a young girl. Before each meal my family would hold hands and say the Lord’s blessing. Now that we’re all grown with our own families, my sister, two brothers and I always share our holiday meals at our parents’ home in Morgan City. Right before lunch is served, we all stand around my parents’ kitchen holding hands and say the same Lord’s blessing that we prayed when we were children. It’s a special moment for all of us. Next year we’ll be adding two new additions to the family—the first of the great grandchildren—to help carry on the tradition.” Nancy Ruiz—Owner/Publisher Every Thanksgiving we all get together for dinner at around noon and we buy the big bottles of cheap strawberry wine. None of us like the stuff, and we typically drink good wine at any other event, but for years we’ve been buying it for this special day. It’s funny because even now that we’re all adults and our palates have changed, we still drink it and love the tradition. Michelle Cookmeyer—Senior Account Manager “The scent of Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner, seeing the pies displayed on my Great Grandma’s buffet which also housed the “fancy” plates we only used for special occasions, the turkey on my Grandma’s beautiful amber colored platter and the sounds of a large, happy family. These are the memories I hold dear from childhood and wish so much my children could also experience the times with my Grandma and Grandma Pink House (Great Grandma’s nickname). This Holiday season will be special at our house because we’re the new, proud owners of that same beautiful, antique buffet and that simple but precious platter that held so many hams and turkeys over the last forty years. I hope we can create those same memories for our children.” Tara Taylor—Production Coordinator We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and check the December issue of Living Magazine for more of our favorite holiday traditions!

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Dentistry THENANDNOW by mimi greenwood knight

entistry has been around, in some form, for centuries. Egyptian skulls dating back to 2900 BC show evidence of early root canals. Phoenicians in 600 BC replaced missing teeth with animal teeth held in place with cords. Dental bridges and partials have been found in Etruscan tombs dating back to 500 BC. And the Chinese were using silver amalgam fillings as early as 200 BC. Early forms of orthodontics and periodontics were already being practiced in France in the 1700s by those called “operators for the teeth”. But by the start of the 19th century, the United States was the world leader—hands down—in dental development. Advancements have been fast and furious since then. Just a few of them are:

1844 Horace Wells discovered laughing gas. (Thank you, Horace.) 1864 Dentures  became more affordable when vulcanized rubber replaced gold as a primary component. 1867 Harvard  Dental School opened. (Before that dentists were trained through apprenticeships under other dentists.) 1871 James Beall Morrison invented the first hand-held dental drill. Paul Revere practiced dentistry for seven years


1896 Charles Edmund Kells developed dental X-rays. introduced porcelain crowns ushering in the era of 1903 Charles cosmeticLand dentistry. 1907 William Taggart performed the first successful dental implant. 1945 American  cities began adding fluoride to the public water supply. Many recent developments are in the fields of orthodontics, periodontics and cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry

focuses on improving the appearance and function of the teeth, mouth and smile. Popular cosmetic dental procedures include: TEETH WHITENING performed in-office or at home. DENTAL VENEERS where laminates are adhesively bonded to the surface of teeth to correct and repair chips and cracks, fill gaps and improve worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. INLAYS/ONLAYS made from porcelain or composite materials provide a natural-looking “filling” to teeth with tooth decay or similar structural damage. COMPOSITE BONDING can repair or improve the look of chipped, broken, discolored or decayed teeth and blend with the remainder of the surrounding tooth structure and the rest of the natural teeth.


George Washington never wore false teeth made of wood. He did, however, own a set of dentures constructed from elk teeth and ivory.



is the branch of dentistry concerned with the correction and prevention of irregularities and malocclusion of the teeth—not only for cosmetic purposes but to correct functional problems with the bite that can lead to damage to the teeth and jaw and harbor plaque and bacteria. A few things your orthodontist can offer are: INVISALINE BRACES are clear plastic trays ideal for adults and older teenagers who want to correct their teeth but don’t like the look of traditional braces. CLEAR OR TOOTH-COLORED BRACES in the same way help you perfect your smile without blabbing it to the world. CUSTOM APPLIANCES to help children break bad habits like thumb sucking. HELP WITH TEETH ERUPTION for young children with stubborn teeth that don’t want to immerge from the bone. COOPERATIVELY WORD WITH ORAL SURGEONS for patients needing orthognathic surgery to move the jaw forward or backward

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are specialized dentists who devote themselves to maintaining the foundation of teeth—the bone and gums—and to restoring teeth, bone and gums, when loss occurs. Vital services provided by periodontists include: DENTAL IMPLANTS are titanium anchors affixed to the jaw to serve as a permanent replacement for tooth roots. Natural-looking teeth or crowns can be secured to an implant to restore the look and function of teeth. (Some general dentists now offer implants as well.) BONE GRAFTING can reverse jaw bone loss by replacing lost bone with material from the patient’s own body in preparation for the placement of dental implants or other tooth replacements. GUM GRAFTING harvests skin from the roof of the mouth to replace gums that have receded from around the teeth due to poor dental hygiene, periodontal disease or the normal effects of aging. TREATMENT OF GUM DISEASE both surgical and non-surgical is vital since undiagnosed gum disease has been directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, even preterm and low-birth-weight babies.

Before the invention of porcelain teeth in 1913, replacement teeth were taken from corpses.


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Living Magazine asked three local dentists and an orthodontist about their favorite new cutting–edge technology

I like the diagnodent laser caries detection aid which allows us to see the invisible and fix small problems long before they become big ones. For patients that means less discomfort, less cost and preservation of more of their natural teeth.

William Grand DDS of Mandeville

Our Cerec MCXL crown milling station allows us to provide metalfree, all porcelain, same-day crowns which are more natural-looking and much stronger than a porcelain-fusedto-metal crown. Since we produce them in-house, temporary crowns are a thing of the past.

Susan Silverstri DDS of Slidell

We’re now able to correct overbites with intraoral appliances instead of awkward removable headgear. Wires are softer and apply less pressure so we can achieve the same results with much less discomfort to the patient.

Ronald Madere DDS of Mandeville

The very latest in laser dentistry is the Ivoclar Vivadent Laser. With it, I’m able to heal abscesses and ulcers in patient’s mouths giving them instant relief. It makes surgery faster, more efficient and pain-free eliminating bacteria as well because it cuts and coagulates simultaneously.

Ronnie Deniger, DDS of Slidell

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Giving Your Family More Reasons To

Smile WELCOMES DR. WENDY McCURDY by mimi greenwood knight

What is a family dentist?


A) Someone who provides general maintenance of oral hygiene—i.e. tooth and gum health—for patients from two to 102.

In their continuing effort to offer all this and more to you and your family, Drs. William Grand and Chantal Causin are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wendy McCurdy to the Grand Family Dentistry practice.

B) Your family’s first line of defense against not only tooth decay and gum disease but digestive and respiratory disorders, heart and lung disease, diabetes, kidney problems, osteoporosis, even preterm and low-birth-weight babies.

Born on the West Bank of New Orleans, Dr. McCurdy grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she attended Pearl River Junior College. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans and her DDS from Louisiana State University Dental School in 2007.

C) A professional who can offer your family complete smile makeovers including permanent tooth implants, whitening, crowns, tooth-colored fillings and porcelain veneers to give you a dazzling Hollywood smile.


All of the above. As your family dentists, the doctors at Grand Family Dentistry in Mandeville begin with the most basic and essential maintenance—keeping plaque buildup to a minimum, eliminating decay, filling cavities and keeping your gums healthy. But they also offer cosmetic dental services to improve and perfect your smile. As for answer “B”, studies have shown a direct correlation between bacteria that enters your bloodstream because of untreated gum disease and many life-threatening conditions. Staying abreast of check-ups with your family dentist and addressing problems in a timely manner, can give you more than a winning smile. It can lengthen your days.

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Dr. McCurdy is the mother of two boys, ages twelve and five months—whom she jokes were born on either side of dental school—and has worked as a dental hygienist since 1994. “I always knew I wanted to be a dentist,” she shared. “My first dentist was my grandfather who unfortunately passed away the year I started dental school. I’m glad he at least got to see that I would be following him in his footsteps.” Grand Family Dentistry is a perfect match for Dr. McCurdy who admits she has a special spot in her heart for her youngest patients. “I enjoy getting to know all my patients,” she said. “But I especially love spending time with the children, helping them overcome any fear they may have of the dentist so they can grow up with a positive experience like I did.” And what does Dr. McCurdy remember most about going to the dentist as a child? “Why the treasure chest, of course. I loved knowing that if I was good, there was a treasure waiting for me at the end of the visit. But seri-

Three Common Mistakes Regarding Dental Health: The common thought, “wait till it hurts” can actually be more costly than maintaining regular visits. Most dental insurance companies pay up to 100% for maintenance care, but pay much less for emergency or corrective care. Bad breath, cracked fillings or teeth and bleeding gums are often times warning signs of much more painful and expensive problems to come. The belief that dental problems only relate to the mouth. The truth is that bad dental conditions can and will adversely affect your overall health if not properly corrected soon.

ously, many people grew up with negative associations related to the dentist and don’t realize how easily their anxiety can transfer to their children. Dental science has progressed so much that there’s really no reason for children today to think of going to the dentist as anything but fun. I like being the one to help them realize that.” FULL-SERVICE FAMILY CARE

Grand Family Dentistry offers conservative, proactive family and cosmetic care to the baby with his first teeth all the way through his grandparents. “Our philosophy is always the more of your natural tooth we can maintain the better,” Dr. Grand said. “State-of-the-art technology like digital X-rays and digital laser cavity detection allows us to identify a problem much sooner than in the past and avoid aggressive dentistry—to address a problem while it’s still small. We’re committed to delivering the best and latest dental technology in a warm, family-friendly environment. Dr. McCurdy has a wonderful rapport with the patients and is a delightful addition to our practice.” So will we be seeing a third generation of dentists in Dr. McCurdy’s family? “My oldest son hated the idea of dental school because it was what took me away from him,” she said. “But now that I’m practicing, he thinks what I do is cool. He won’t let anyone but Mom clean his teeth and—who knows—only time will tell whether dental school will be in his future as well.” If you’re looking for dental excellence for the whole family, call Grand Family Dentistry at 985-624-8602 or visit them on the web at Grand Family Dentistry is located at 2083 3rd Street in Mandeville, on the corner of Sharp Road and 3rd Street. Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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body & soul | Fruit of the vine

God's & Hands Feet RONNIE’S LIFE MINISTRY Sharing God's Love Whenever and Wherever They Can

by mimi greenwood knight


recently heard this maxim, “If you have character, ninety percent of your decisions are already made.” In my mind I substituted the words If you’re a Christian and thought, “Wow, as Christians ninety percent of our decisions are already made for us.” I find that comforting. Jesus visited earth during a time when religious leaders had burdened the people with no less than 613 additional laws tacked onto God’s Ten Commandments. Practicing Jews in Jesus’ day struggled under the weight of hundreds of mandates dictating everything from the way they were to wash their food, to when they were to marry and precisely what work could be undertaken on the Sabbath. (Ex. If you reached your hand through a window, picked a fig and brought it inside, you violated the law. If you reached your hand out the window and someone placed a fig on your palm, you could bring it into the house without it being considered work.) One day a group of religious elite attempted to trap Jesus by asking Him which of God’s commandments was the most important. They hunkered down ready to pounce on whatever answer He gave. Yet His response was so brilliant in its simplicity that the religious leaders were speechless. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31) That’s it. Love. You see, Jesus understood that if we love our fellow man, no one has to convince us not to kill him, steal from him or covet what’s his. If we love our parents we will honor them. If we love God we won’t throw His name around as a curse word. We’ll keep His day holy. And we won’t put false gods before Him. Simplicity is a gift from God. There’s a local Christian ministry that is brilliant by its simplicity as well. They call themselves Ronnie’s Life Ministry. It can be hard

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to pinpoint exactly what they do but I think these two scripture say it best. “We can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4) and “Encourage one another and build each other up” (I Thessalonians 5:11). If I had to describe what the volunteers at Ronnie’s Life do, that would be it. They see a need and find a way to fill it. They hear of someone hurting and let them know they care. They stumble upon a chance to love someone and they love them with the love of God. The ways in which they do this are as varied as the needs they encounter. What began as a prayer and letter writing ministry has branched out into several ministries which on any given day can find volunteers delivering stuffed animals to terminally ill children at area hospitals, distributing CDs of worship music to encourage someone going through a rough spell and shipping zany frog slippers to remind mothers of sick children to Fully Rely on God (F.R.O.G.). Ronnie’s Life founder, Karen Lindsey, established the ministry at a time in her life when her cup runneth over—not with blessings but with heartache. Within the span of two months Karen dealt with the deaths of both of her parents and close friends’ family members then the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. An optimist by nature, for the first time in her life, Karen felt overwhelmed by the pain and hurt around her. “While I was so blessed, I saw death, addiction, divorce, cancer everywhere,” she said. “I went on a retreat with all of this weighing on my heart and realized that God was calling me to do something about it.” Not long afterward, Karen’s brother, Ronnie, was diagnosed with colon cancer. All that was the genesis of Ronnie’s Life Ministry (named for Karen’s brother who, incidentally, is in remission and doing well). Over the past three years, more than 650 people have been touched by Ronnie’s Life volunteers. Some have lost spouses and suddenly found their mailbox overflowing with cards and letters from strangers who were praying for them. Others stood vigil over a deathly ill child only to hear from the ministry asking what they could do to lighten their load. There seems to be no limit to the group’s compassion, resources or creativity. One young patient wanted hats to wear while receiving treatment in frigid Minneapolis and was overwhelmed by dozens of them. A young father of a sick child and ardent Tigers fan was surprised by a game ball autographed by the LSU football team. Marucci Bats and Big Leagues of Baton Rouge manufactured personalized wooden bats for Ronnie’s Life volunteers to present to four terminally ill boys. And recently the LSU baseball team has gotten on board in the letter writing efforts. A key verse for the ministry is Galatians 6:2 which exhorts, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” One family who experienced that sharing of burden was the Seidel family of Baton Rouge whose three-year-old son, Sam, received extensive brain damage in a near drowning incident. Karen visited young Sam and his family in the ICU and she and other Ronnie’s Life volunteers have walked with them through many difficult—sometimes devastating—months, encouraging them and lifting them up in prayer. “It was amazing to have such an overwhelming response from people we had never even met,” said Kahne Seidel. “God used Ronnie’s Life Ministry to encourage our hearts in one of the darkest times of our lives. Even now, we still receive encouraging emails from Karen which brighten my day.  Sam’s injury is one that has changed our lives forever, but we can walk a bit easier knowing that so many still pray for us and are there for encouragement whenever we need it.”

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You can help support Ronnie’s Life Ministry by making an order from Med Threads of Covington. Visit, mention Ronnie’s Life and they’ll donate 10% of your sale to the ministry. Jill Tate of Louisiana Spirit Photography has partnered with Ronnie Life to donate family photos of families with terminally ill children. God bless you, Jill.

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Winter Getaways

Just Outside Your Door by mimi greenwood knight

Who says that family vacations or couples getaways are just for summer? Think about it. During summer we have ample opportunity to get out and about, to take in fresh air and exercise. Work schedules are laissez faire. School is on hiatus. And we’re drinking in plenty of good old Vitamin D.

In South Louisiana we have any number of historic towns just hours away with charming family-friendly holiday traditions. There’s the Festival of Lights in Natchitoches, the Biltmore decked out in holiday regalia and Gatlinburg lit up for Christmas, just to name a few. Then there are these four which we find particularly irresistible.

Winter—and particularly the holidays—are a bit more constricting. A wonderful time of year, it can demand a lot of us physically and emotionally. We make lists of our lists of things to do, try to be all things to all people and spend more time indoors than we’d like to admit. What better time to toss some clothes in a bag, fill the car with gas and set out to make some family memories—or steal away for a much-needed couples retreat—and check out the way the holidays are done elsewhere?


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The only thing I can imagine more enchanting than the historic homes in Natchez, Mississippi would be those same antebellum gems draped in Christmas lights. With their signature charm, the citizenry of Natchez has opted for soft white lighting throughout, except in the center of town where the city Christmas tree will stand thirty feet high festooned with colored Christmas lights and decorations.


It’s a storybook holiday in Natchez beginning with a Thanksgiving turkey cook-off on November 27th, special Christmas home tours, luminari art walks, a Christmas parade and a quaint traditions like a Best Hot Chocolate competition. A new tourism web site, is dedicated to the town’s holiday festivities and lists even more activities like Caroling in Memorial Park, Christmas Brunch at The Castle, special Christmas book signings, candle-lit carriage dinner tours, even a teddy bear tea at Twin Oaks. If it’s an old-fashioned, graceful holiday celebration you seek, you’ll find it in Natchez. ST. FRANCISVILLE

If you haven’t seen St. Francisville, Louisiana in winter, you haven’t seen St. Francisville. That darling little burg perched on the bluff above the Mississippi knows how to do winter. There’s smoke curling up from chimneys is many of the historic homes and shops. Alleys of oaks are lit with luminaries. There’s down-home cooking and friendly locals to welcome you. Travel back in time to see how Christmas was celebrated two hundred years ago. Thousands of tiny white lights illuminate the town for Christmas in the Country the first weekend of December. There are carolers in the streets, open houses in the shops and the annual Friends of the Library Historic Home Tour. If you’re a cookbook groupie, be sure to check out the many local editions available around town. To experience the charm and elegance of this magical town so packed with Southern History,

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you’ll want to see St. Francisville during the month of December. For times, dates and locations visit HATTIESBURG

If the holidays to you are a time to throw off the restraints of pesky things like diets and schedules, then Hattiesburg, Mississippi might be the ticket. You can shop till you drop at the seemingly endless line of unique shops, boutiques and galleries in Downtown Hattiesburg where each restaurant is better than the last and shopping is a true art form. Holiday festivities begin at the end of November with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting at Town Square Park and the Hattiesburg Jaycees Christmas Parade. For holiday music there’s the University of Southern Mississippi’s Symphony Orchestra who’d love to help you kick off your holidays in style as they join local choirs to ring in the season at the Symphony Holiday Spectacular at Main Street Baptist Church on December 1st. Other musical offers around town are Forever Patsy Kline being performed throughout the month of November and The Old Miss Roots concert series December 5th both at the historic Saenger Theater. And the hipper members of your traveling party will enjoy the free outdoor concert Eaglepoloosa featuring nationally acclaimed performers. And how about a Holiday Light Zoofari at the Hattiesburgh Zoo with more than seventeen miles of lights

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special feature | destination where more than 15,000 luminaries will line the sidewalks of twenty-three blocks in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg. Enjoy home tours and horse-drawn carriage rides then follow the luminaries for more music and refreshments. The following weekend, December 13th and 14th Downtown Hattiesburgh will offer a community-wide open house with special offerings from downtown restaurants and shops. Before you leave in town, make time to see the new state-of-theart African American Military History Museum which just opened. For information on it and all the fun going on in Hattiesburgh check out BEACHES OF SOUTH WALTON

and lighted animal figures decorating the zoo grounds in a holiday theme? There’ll be music there too. Then it’s on to the Holiday Art Walk in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg on

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December 12th. Downtown businesses will display works of art from all disciplines. There’ll be live music and other entertainment. That evening The Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association will presents Victorian Candle-lit Christmas

If you thought the word beach was synonymous with summer, think again. The string of towns that make up The Beaches of South Walton—each one more picturesque than the last—including Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys, Seacrest, WaterSound, Seagrove, Seaside,


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Watercolor, Grayton, Blue Mountain, Santa Rosa, Dune Allen, Sandestin, Miramar and Seascape offer much more than sugar white sand and turquoise waters. This is resort-style living at its best and Louisiana families are discovering that the Beaches of South Walton are a treat any time of year.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf residents kick off the holidays in November with a special Yuletide holiday celebration featuring live music, strolling musicians and a forty-foot Christmas tree culminating in the much-awaited arrival of Santa Claus hailed by fireworks over the lagoon.

True artist communities these charming coastal towns offer home-grown local talent and nationally acclaimed painters, sculptors and craftspeople. If you’re looking to scoop up some unique Christmas gifts this artsy area is the place to do it with each weekend seeing art festivals and art showings galore with one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, artwork and more. It’s shopping at its grandest.

The last weekend in November also sees Grand Boulevard transformed into a festive town center with twinkling lights and strolling carolers. Santa seems to be all places at once as he puts in appearances at art festivals, tree lighting events, rides in a fire truck, even flies in by helicopter. In Rosemary Beach you and the kids can join the jolly old elf for breakfast in his workshop.

There are holiday theatre productions throughout November and December spanning from A Christmas Carol to campy Saturday Night Live type comedy performances. The acclaimed Telluride MountainFilm on Tour Film Festival in November offers cinematic works by independent filmmakers.

Merchants throughout the charming town of Seaside (Setting for the movie Truman) participate in a holiday window display competition throughout the month of December. And if it’s history you love, you won’t want to miss the holiday tour of the Civil War area Wesley House in Eden State Garden complete with holiday décor and actors in period costumes.

A particular favorite of visitors and residents alike is the Turn on the Town Ceremony in late November which includes the South Walton Community Holiday Parade stretching from Seagrove Beach to Seaside Amphitheater where you can gather and await the countdown to “Turn on the Town,” the moment when downtown Seaside is illuminated for Christmas.

There are free outdoor family-friendly holiday movies at night in Rosemary Beach and many of the towns host gala New Years Eve festivities. There’s truly something for everyone in the family in The Beaches of South Walton this holiday. To find out more visit

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Adoption Options in Louisiana by mimi greenwood knight

November is National Adoption Awareness Month T

In our family we celebrate a unique holiday. We call it WalMart Day. Every September 3rd we travel back to our local WalMart and stand where the diaper aisle used to be (Why did they have to remodel?) to remember a time when we stood there—my husband, our twelve, ten and seven-year-old and me— scanning each passing cart for a baby boy who would be ours.

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LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember, the other you call Mother Two different lives shaped to make you one One became your guiding star, the other became your sun The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you. Now, which of these two women, Are you the product of? Both, my darling, Both, Just two different types of love.

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A foster care worker had called the morning before just after I dropped the kids at school, “Mrs. Knight, we have a baby boy entering the system today. He’s available for adoption. Do you want him?” After I sank to the floor and reminded myself how to speak, I croaked, “YES!” I still have the scrap of paper where I scribbled, Blonde hair. Blue eyes. Fourteen-months-old. Happy. Friendly. Healthy, forgetting to ask his name or any of the things the kids were dying to know when they got home. The next thirty-two hours drug by. The last fifteen minutes were agony. I managed to gather the basics—diapers, wipes, crib sheets, a few clothes—freezing every time a cart approached. Then there he was. Our beautiful, perfect boy. All I could think about was Ephesians 3:20 which speaks of God as able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. That He had. JONAH

People would ask us later how Jonah adjusted to the change. For him there seemed to be no adjustment. It was like he’d always been with us. It was me who cried for weeks, my husband who stood by the crib watching him sleep every night, our kids whose feet hit the floor each morning with, “Is he up yet?” That was six years ago. Jonah is seven, a bundle of energy, curiosity and charm who never met a mud puddle he didn’t like. I still catch a glimpse of him sleeping and say, “Look what you did, God. I can’t believe he’s mine to keep.” Many adoptive parents would echo that sentiment. It’s still that way for Mike and Maris Tyson of Mandeville. They’d been married eleven years, had struggled though unsuccessful in vetro fertilization and two tubal pregnancies when they began the process of adopting their daughter, Lily, from China.


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“God had placed a love of the Asian culture in my heart when I was a young girl,” Maris said. “Even the way I decorate my house reflects it. About the time I decided it wasn’t His plan for me to ever become a mother, Mike and I joined Church of the King in Mandeville where many families have adopted from China. We adopted Lily through Helping Hands out of Lexington, Kentucky and, for us, the process went supernaturally fast.” From the time the Tysons initiated the paperwork to adopt Lily to the day they flew to China with sixteen other adoptive families the process only took fifteen months. In the middle Maris was diagnosed with cancer, underwent chemo and radiation and Hurricane Katrina struck. “In a way all that was good because it kept me distracted which made the waiting easier. We received our first picture of her at nine months and brought her home at thirteen months.” Lily just turned five and started kindergarten. “She had a ballerina birthday party,” Maris said. “She loves to dance and is about to start violin lessons. She’s very right brain, very creative and very sweet.” THE CHOICES

There are many options for Louisiana couples considering adoption. The web site offers a step-by-step how-to on deciding which type of adoption is right for you and beginning the process. There are private adoptions in this country or overseas and there is the foster care system through which we adopted Jonah. The Office of Community Services which manages the foster care system in St. Tammany offers a Promise Home program. Families registered as a Promise Home are only sent children whose prior history leads OCS to suspect that they’ll never be reunited with their parents and will therefore be available for adoption. However, they are diligent about never presenting false hope that adoption was inevitable since for them reunification is always the goal. THE JOHNSON-BENNETTS

Matt Johnson and his wife Normi Bennett of Denham Springs are currently on the adoptive parent waiting list at Catholic Charities in

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home front | parenting Baton Rouge. “We chose them because the cost was a good fit for us,” Normi explained. “We didn’t have $40,000 to adopt. Their chargers are on a sliding scale depending on the adoptive parents’ income and the majority of the fee isn’t paid until the child has been placed in the home.” Catholic Charities is a non-profit funded through organizations like The United Way. They also provide assistance to birth mothers who do not want to put their child up for adoption. THE HUGHES

After four years trying to have a baby, Adam and Erin Hughes of Covington are expectant parents. Their baby will be born in January to a birth mother in Florida they’ve only met over the phone. “We’ll fly to be there when the baby’s born,” Erin said. “Because it’s a scheduled C-section, we’ll have plenty time to get there from Louisiana.” Little Angels, a private adoption agency out of Florida helped the birth mother select the Hughes from profiles of potential adoptive parents. “She saw pictures of the two of us fishing and on our four-wheeler and loved that we ‘re outdoorsy like she is. She also read that we’re both from close families so the baby will have lots of family around. My brother and his wife are expecting a baby at the same time that we are.” One thing Erin couldn’t get over when she and Adam spoke to the birth mother on the phone was that the young woman kept thanking them. “Here she is thanking us,” Erin said.“When she’s changing our whole lives. She’s giving us the one thing we so desperately want. I was crying so hard that Adam had to do most of the talking.” affirms, “You don’t have to be rich, have a high powered job, or be someone important to be able to adopt a child in Louisiana. If you are age twenty-one or over, have a safe home and the financial means to support a child, you may be eligible to adopt.” Joan McNamara said it well when she wrote, “You become a family not because you share the same genes, but because you share love for each other,” or as did David Kirk wrote in his children’s book Little Miss Spider, “For finding your mother there’s one certain test. You must look for the creature who loves you the best”.

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home front | NOT JUST FOR DOGS

Pelican Bark Park by mimi greenwood knight

A PARK FOR YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND According to the American Kennel Club a dog park offers local dogs much more than room to roam. It also: Allows dogs to exercise safely. Dog parks offer dogs room to run while preventing them from endangering themselves and others. Promotes responsible dog ownership. Dog parks prevent off-leash animals from infringing on the rights of other community residents and park users like joggers, small children and those who may be afraid of dogs. Provides an outlet for dog owners to socialize. Dog parks are a great place for owners to meet other people with common interests. Promotes public health and safety. Wellexercised dogs are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively or destroy property. Encourages dog owners to exercise. Taking your dog to the park is a perfect motivation to turn off the TV, get out from in front of the computer, and get a little fresh air and exercise for the two of you. 28 • LIVING |


ith names like The Bone Yard, Barkington Park, K-9 Corner and Wagsdale Park, they can be found in most big cities and upscale urban neighborhoods. I’m talking about dog parks. And it looks like Mandeville will be getting one of our own.

What is a dog park? It’s quite simply a public park, usually fenced, where people and their dogs can play together. Dogs frolic in off-leash play areas. Their owners can enjoy a parklike setting and the chance to socialize with other canines and their owners. And dogs can do what they do best—run free and explore. For several months now a group of local volunteers has been collecting funds and making plans for the new Pelican Bark Park on the grounds of the current Pelican Park on Highway 190 between Mandeville and Lacombe. Construction on phase one of the park will begin as soon as the group has amassed $50,000 (and they’re close) and will include three acres with an open green space, fenced off areas for large dogs, small dogs and special-needs dogs, irrigation, water stations, poop scoop stations and more. It’s not too late to get in on the fun. Personalized bricks for the Walk of Fame leading into the park are available for $100 at or by emailing “Dog owners are buying bricks in memory of or in honor of their pets with sentiments like,


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For Blaze, May He Run Free Forever,” said Sarah Pokorny, one of the park organizers. “You can buy them with your company name, pet name or family name on them and they’ll become a permanent part of the park.” Sarah moved here from Breckinridge, Colorado where she and her lab/greyhound mix, Ori, spent many happy afternoons at the local dog park. “Allowing dogs to socialize off-leash alleviates much of the tension between them,” she said. “It also gives dog owners the opportunity to meet and compare notes with other dog lovers.” The dog park scene is all about socialization—for dogs and their humans. In fact, according to the web site, dog parks have replaced web sites like as the number one place for singles to meet. Who knew? Bark Park sponsorships are available from a single brick at $100 or your name or company’s name on a tree plaque plus a large brick for $1,000 all the way through to the entire park named for you or your pooch for $50,000. "I feel the Pelican Bark Park will be a great opportunity for dog owners to watch their dogs play while socializing and contributing to the well being of their pet. I spent some time in Colorado, Camp Bow Wow Headquarters, visiting local dog parks, and seeing firsthand how people and dogs alike are enjoying these resources both socially and recreationally. This is a trend that is too long in coming to South Louisiana, and will be a great benefit for everyone who owns a dog," said Jason Dalton, Camp Bow Wow Doggie Day and Overnight Camp Future phases of construction could include an obstacle course, swimming pool and more. “We’re hoping to start construction by mid-November, Sarah said. Or as the web site touts, “We’re a few bricks shy of a full park. If one in every fifteen dog owners in St. Tammany Parish bought a brick, we could begin construction on St. Tammany’s first dog park immediately.” NOVEMBER 2009 • 29

Winter Wonderland at the Village Saturday December 5th | Events Starting at 12 noon

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fashion & beauty | style statement


Puttin’on the

Steal the scene this holiday season—

whether it’s an after five affair or formal family gathering—you’ll be dressed to the hilt with the hottest looks. This holiday season brings us warm rich tones and soft, slinky fabrics, complimented by flirty accessories and fabulous shoes. Check out Kristin Taylor, Gillian Fraser and girls Emma and Maddison Rorex, as they model this season’s perfect party look at Covington’s premier trendsetting destination—Tapatini’s.

Simply elegant is the essence of this sleeveless sheath dress by Yoana Baraschi midnight berry and straw lace overlay. Available

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at The Villa in Mandeville, 985-626-9797. Black Kid Suede T Strap by Ralph Lauren available at Brenchley, 985-727-3131. Jewelry provided by Turkoyz in Covington, 985-867-5225

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Turn heads this season with this demure, sleeveless folded chiffon black dress. Available at Laurier in Covington,

985-875-0823. Black/Cream Croc Pony Pumps by Via Spiga available at Brenchley in Mandeville, 985-727-3131. Jewelry provided by Turkoyz in Covington, 985-867-5225 NOVEMBER 2009 • 35

fashion & beauty | style statement You are sure to be the center of attention in this black tank top dress with exposed back zipper and magenta tulip skirt.

Available at Paisley in Mandeville, 985-7277880. Black Satin Sling by Max Studio available at Brenchley 985-727-3131. Jewelry provided by Turkoyz in Covington, 985-867-5225

Shimmering slate party dress. Available at Lady Soho in Mandeville, 985-674-6885. Stingray Slingback Pumps by Marc Joseph available at Heal 2 Toe in Mandeville, 985-626-8188. Jewelry provided by Turkoyz in Covington, 985-867-5225.

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Slinky matte jersey black Le Metro jumpsuit by Trina Turk. Perfect for any elegant holiday party. Available at Eros Clothing & Home in

Mandeville, 985-727-0034. Black Croc Gladiator by Jessica Bennett available at Heal 2 Toe in Mandeville, 985-626-8188. Jewelry provided by Turkoyz in Covington, 985-867-5225

Nothing says Christmas like these timeless classic dresses by Le’Za Me red babycord Sophie short sleeve bishop & Natalie smocked waist dress, Available at Sugar Cane Kids in Mandeville, 985-674-5590 Sophie short sleeve, Sizes from 3 months to size 8, Natalie smocked waist, Sizes from 2T to size 8.

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home & garden | home FEATURE

Bathing Bliss by mimi greenwood knight

Architects: The Hopkins Company Once a supporting character in most home designs, the modern bathroom has stepped into the spotlight evolving into much more than four walls housing a few necessary fixtures. Today’s bathroom has true star power as the ultimate in luxury, elegance and design. After a long hard day, homeowners are discovering they can have their own in-home retreat, a soothing escape from the outside world with bath suites including sound systems, flat screen TVs, chaise lounges for relaxing and generous windows that open up on backyard gardens, fountains and other water features. 40 • LIVING |

Whether you opt for old-world charm with vanities and sinks concealed within treasured antiques or a sleek, contemporary—even futuristic—design, with above-counter vessel sinks and free-standing tubs, steam rooms, electrically heated floors, multi-spray rain showerheads, smart fixtures and loads of natural stone and exotic woods, your bathroom can be nothing short of a private, personal haven behind closed doors. The homeowner deviated from the vibrant colors employed throughout the home to give this master bath a soothing palette.

Decorators at Pieri Tile and Marble Company on Toulouse Street in Mid City coordinated miniature Oceanside iridescent glass mosaic tiles on the floor with 6X6 matte finish tile for the walls. The oval countertop is a Greek Thassos marble in pure white with an ogee over full bull-nose edge. Wood enclosure with custom inlaid panels lends the garden tub a clean look while the ceiling is a delightful surprise with its custom cloud and sky design. Generous French doors overlook the lush back patio and pool beyond inviting natural light to flood the room.

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Who says the bathroom can’t be every bit as enchanting as the bedroom—or even the living room? Decorators at EMB Interiors in Mandeville set the stage for graceful elegance with honed Italian marble flooring. The Bain Ultra tub combines water, air and heat for an indulgent hydro-thermo massage. A curved and paneled wood apron around the tub blends seamlessly with wall panels above. Tile around and above the tub is hand-glazed, crackled finish mixed with mosaic glass. Hand-colored botanicals in aged mirrored frames, delicate brass scones, an original oil painting and understated sheer drapery panels complete the look.

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home & garden | Home feature This master bath is Parthenon-esque with its graceful columns and monochromatic palette. The home owner’s instruction to the decorators at Barry’s Flooring was to create a room like no other. That’s just what they did with vein-cut silver Travertine in a combination of polished and tumbled marble and antique brass metal inserts. The oval beveled gold-leaf mirror is complemented by faux-finished walls echoed in the camelback ceiling.

photography by alice riley photography by paula casentini

Patrice Senac of Arabella Fine Gifts and Home Décor used a floor to ceiling shower curtain to create the illusion of a larger space in this serene bathroom featuring warm gold tones in custom finished walls. The Italian mirror with carved molding has a custom glaze and the silk custom curtain hangs from a custom iron rod beneath a gossamer overlay. A favorite antique is called into service as a vanity and unique button finials anchoring the curtain rod coordinate with the no-nonsense hardware of the room’s other fixtures. Architectural prints give the room a smart, unfussy look. 42 • LIVING |

Holiday Delights

eat & entertain | RECIPE FILE

When it’s your turn to entertain family and friends this holiday season, be sure to try new recipes alongside traditional favorites. Here are three we found to be festive and delicious. A bonus is they’re easy to make from ingredients you’re likely to already have in your pantry. So, turn on some holiday tunes and tie on Grandma’s old apron. Before you know it, these recipes will find their way onto your holiday buffet each year. by sandra lee

Cran-Apple Cinnamon Toddy Prep 10 minutes. Cook 1 to 2 hours (Low). Makes 4 servings. 2 1 ½ ¼ 4

cups apple cider cup cranberry juice cocktail cup spiced rum cup cinnamon schnapps sticks cinnamon (plus more for garnish-optional)

1. In a 4-quart slow cooker, stir together apple cider, cranberry juice cocktail, rum, schnapps and cinnamon. 2. Cover and cook on low heat setting for one to two hours. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. 3. Serve hot toddy warm in clear, footed coffee mugs with fresh cinnamon

Pork Roast and Cranberry Dressing Prep 15 minutes. Cook 5 to 6 hours (Low). Stand 15 minutes. Makes 6 servings. 1 ½ 2 1 2 1 ½ 1 ¼ 1 ¾

cups frozen chopped onions stalks celery, chopped 3-pound boneless pork shoulder roast tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning can (16-ounce) whole cranberry sauce cup dry white wine cup vegetable broth cup butter box (6-ounce) pork stuffing mix cup sweetened dried cranberries

1. In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine onions and celery. Sprinkle roast with steak seasoning; place on vegetables in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together cranberry sauce and wine until combined. Spoon over roast in slow cooker.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring vegetable broth and butter to a boil. Stir pork stuffing mix and dried cranberries into pan. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes, then fluff with a fork.

2. Cover and cook on low heat setting for five to six hours.

5. To serve, mound some stuffing on center of plate. Spoon a portion of celery, onions, cranberries and accumulated juices from slow cooker over stuffing. Top with sliced roast.

3. Transfer roast to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Strawberry Cream Cake Prep 25 minutes. Cook 1½ to 2½ hours (High). Cool 60 minutes. Makes 8 servings. Canola oil cooking spray 1 box (18.25-ounce) strawberry cake mix 1¼ cups strawberry-banana nectar 3 eggs ½ cup sour cream cup canola oil ¼ cup cake flour 2 cans (12 ounces each) whipped cream cheese frosting 1 cup frozen (thawed) or fresh strawberries, sliced (plus more for garnish-optional) 1. Coat an 8×3-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Wrap foil around the bottom of pan. Crumple additional aluminum foil to create a “ring base” about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, nectar, eggs, sour cream, oil and flour with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl; beat for two minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan. 3. Place foil ring in bottom of slow cooker; pour ½ inch of hot water into bottom of slow cooker. Using two long strips of foil, make an “X” over foil ring and bring it up along the sides of slow cooker to assist removing pan from slow cooker. Place pan on top of ring and the “X” in slow cooker. Stack six paper towels; place on top of slow cooker. Secure with lid. 4. Cook on high heat setting for 1½ to 2½ hours* or until a wooden tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean. (Do not lift the lid for the first hour of cooking.) 5. Use foil strips to lift pan from slow cooker. Place pan on wire rack; cool completely.

6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together one cup of the cream cheese frosting with sliced strawberries until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use. 7. To assemble, remove cooled cake from pan and slice horizontally to make two layers. Place one layer on serving plate. Spread strawberry filling evenly over layer and top with second cake layer. Frost entire cake with remaining cream cheese frosting. Garnish with fresh strawberries. *Note: If your slow cooker has “hot spots” and a removable liner, rotate liner every hour of cooking.

All recipes reprinted with permission from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Fast-Fix Family Favorites. For more great ideas from Sandra Lee, visit

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out & about | local event

Jesus Witness the Life of

at Cradle to the Cross by mimi greenwood knight

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6 “I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of the Life of Christ. It was quite beautiful and truly reminds us of what Christmas is about, not what it has become.” “Thank you for this wonderful celebration of our Lord’s life. It touches my heart every year.” “Our four-year-old said, ‘Thank you for taking me to see God and for showing me how Jesus died.’ She has asked so many questions since that night.” “I had to be careful leaving the presentation because of the emotions pouring out of me.” “Absolutely beautiful! So life-like!”

It’s been called the greatest story ever told, the tale of Jesus’ years on earth—from His lowly birth through His teaching and miracles, His betrayal and death, His resurrection and ascension back to heaven where He waits for His triumphal return to us. For three nights each December the members of a small Baptist church North of Covington throw their hearts and souls into bringing that story to life for their Northshore neighbors and those who make the pilgrimage from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and farther to begin their Christmas season focused on the ministry and message of Jesus.

Members of the New Zion church family pull out all the stops to make sure whatever the audience sees and hears those three nights is as authentic as possible from Roman soldiers arresting Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane to our Lord on trial before a jeering mob presided over by Pontius Pilate. Other scenes depict the lone figure of Judas Iscariot dangling from a suicide rope just steps from a campfire where soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ clothing. The church web site issues a warning for parents to prepare young children ahead of time for two scenes— one a gut-wrenching depiction of Jesus being scourged and ridiculed by soldiers and another of His bloody, motionless body in the lap of a weeping Mary at the foot of three rustic crosses.

Visitors to the annual Cradle to the Cross presentation at New Zion Baptist Church witness Biblicallyaccurate scenes from Jesus’ life beginning with the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to the girl, Mary, through as authentic a nativity as one is likely to see this side of Bethlehem complete with livestock in a rough-hewn manger, modest peasants and festooned Wise Men.

But Jesus’ story didn’t end there. And several feet further down the path, an actor portraying the risen Jesus stands triumphantly atop His empty tomb. And the final scene… actually Cradle to the Cross organizers asked that we not reveal the final scene in hopes that you and your family will make the trek to find out for yourself.

From the warmth of their cars, trucks, and any number of church busses and vans, visitors progress past scenes of Jesus’ miracles as He restores sight to the blind, legs to the lame and life to a dead child. Menacing Roman guards leer down from towers as the audience cruises past Jesus delivering His sermon on the mount, clearing charlatans from His Father’s temple and gathering for one last meal with His followers.

Simply take Highway 437 in Covington (AKA Lee Road) north for seven miles. Turn left at the first four-way stop onto Highway 40 then travel three miles to New Zion Baptist Church. This year’s Cradle to the Cross will be held on December 4th, 5th and 6th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. For more information call the church office at 985-892-4711.

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out & about | Northshore happenings Safe Harbor receives a check from the Second Annual Gulf Coast Bank Auctions in August Charity Benefit L to R–Christy Hebert, Gulf Coast Bank; Nancy Thompson, Safe Harbor; Jim Kyle, Gulf Coast Bank

St. Tammany Hospital Foundation receives a new blanket warmer from the St. Tammany Memorial Cancer Fund L to R—Alfred “Buzzy” Brown, STMCF board president; Charley Strickland, STH Foundation executive director; Arlyn Arseneaux, STPH Oncology Unit department head; Sharon Landry, STMCF executive director

JLGC sponsored Career Corner for Habitat Women This annual event helps women moving into a Habitat for Humanity home, receive training in resume writing, interviewing, work attire, business etiquette, and grooming. (L to R—Jennifer Fandol of Madisonville, Tracy Petruccelli & Phyllis Distefano of Covington)

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out & about | CALENDAR

Columbia Street Block Party


Mandeville Trailhead Community Market

Every Sat. 9am – 1pm. Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte Street. 985-624-3147

Columbia Street Block Parties are held the last Friday of each month in Downtown Covington from 6:30pm-9:30pm. For more information please contact 985-892-1873.

November 13th

Northlake Newcomers Luncheon & Style Show

Farmer’s Market. Every Sat. 8am-12pm. Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Olde Towne Slidell. Rain or Shine. 985-285-3599.

through Dec. 13, 2009

Northlake Newcomers will be hosting a luncheon wand Style Show by Ballin's of Covington at Tchefuncte Country Club, 2 Country Club Park, Covington. 10am and Reservations are required. For more information email

“Reinterpreting the Masters”

November 13th, - 15th

Covington Farmers Market

The City of Slidell presents a Juried Art Exhibit which challenged artists to provide their own artistic interpretation of paintings made famous by the Masters. The objective was to recreate not duplicate the work in a completely different style of art. Awards reception Friday, Oct. 9, 7pm-9pm. Presented by the Slidell Cultural Center at its new location in City Hall, 2055 Second Street. Hours M-F 10am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4pm and Sat. 10am-2pm. Free admission. For more information, visit our website at or call (985) 646-4375.

Camellia City Market & Art @ the market

Come visit us every Wed. 12pm-4pm & Sat. 9am-1pm. 609 N. Columbia Street. Rain or Shine. 985-867-3652

Covington Trace Community Market

Saturdays from 9am-1pm at the Pocket Park 400 block of East Gibson.

Madisonville Historic Museum

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm, free of charge. 201 Cedar Street. Madisonville. Guided tours are available. 985-845-2100.

November 6th

Washington Parish - D.A Varnado Store Museum

Open weekends. Exhibits change monthly. Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm. 985-795-0680

The City of Slidell presents a block party and concert Featuring Burnside Flashers. Enjoy live music, Classic cars, children’s activities and more at First Street in Olde Towne Slidell. 6pm-9pm. Free admission.


November 6th – 22nd

Abita Trailhead Market

“On Golden Pond”

This market is held on the first Saturday of the month at the Abita Trailhead Plaza. 10am-4pm. 985-892-0711.

Second Saturday Evening Stroll

Participating art galleries extend store hours for shopping and fun. 6pm in Downtown Covington. For more information please contact 985-892-1873.

Madisonville Riverfront Art Market

Olde Towne Alive

Playmakers Theater presents “On Golden Pond”, by Ernest Thompson and directed by Frank Levy. Themes of mortality, family relationships, marriage and generations all play out at Norman & Ethel Thayer’s small lake house in Maine beside Golden Pond. Performance Fri. & Sat.8pm and Sun. 2pm. Adults $15, Students $10. 19106 Playmakers Road in Covington. For information or reservations contact 985-893-1671 or visit

This market is held the third Saturday of the month from 10am-4pm on the riverfront (Water St.).

November 7th

Pet Adoption Day

Bring your family and friends out to help raise awareness and support for those affected by lung cancer. 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K/ at the Covington Trailhead. The run begins at 8am with race-day registration at 7am Run for Hope was started in memory of Vince Lombardo, whose motto, “Never Deprive Someone Of Hope, It May Be All They Have” inspired the event, and has become an annual event to educate people about their lung cancer risk, celebrate survivors and honor those lost to lung cancer. All proceeds benefit the MD Anderson Network. For more information, contact Mike Dugger of Runner’s Choice in Mandeville at (985)845-1948.

Held the third Saturday of the month by the Pontchartrain Humane Society, from 11am-4pm at Delta Pet Center, 1370 Corporate Square in Slidell. Adoption of cats and dogs. .

Covington Fibromyalgia Support Group

Held the first Tuesday of each month at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 E. Fairway Drive, Covington, 7pm-9pm. Administrative Conference Room B. 985-249-7593.

6th Annual Lung Cancer “Run for Hope”

NOLA Rugs Special Show & Sale

Nola Rugs comes to the Northshore with an incredible selection of top quality hand-woven oriental rugs, kelims and needle-points for 3 days only. Held in the Historic Hazell House, this event offers you tremendous savings from 30% to 70% off. Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 9:30am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm. 402 Lafitte Street, Mandeville please call 504-891-3304 for more information. November 14th & 15th

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

A juried show of fine arts and crafts along Columbia Street in Downtown Covinton. bombarding the streets with fun, music, color and most importantly, art. For more information visit November 20th

Starry November Night

Lights illuminate Historic Downtown Hammond for the Holiday Season. Holiday music will fill the air, shops will offer refreshments and Santa will be on hand to listen to the children’s Holiday Wish List. Historic Downtown Hammond, 5pm-10pm. For more information please contact Hammond DDD at 985-542-3471. November 21st

Slidell Christian Singles Dance

Monthly dances held at St. Luke’s Family Life Center located at 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. 8pm-12am. Food and set-ups provided. Dressy Casual attire. $15. Enjoy dancing in a Smoke Free Environment. visit or contact Gerri at 985-285-4662 or Don at 985-646-1953. December 2nd

Holiday Open House & Trunk Show

Hand carved and painted Russian Santa’s and special guest Pat Paternostro, chef & author will be having a book signing of “Savoir Faire”. 5pm-9pm. Arabella Fine Gifts & Home Décor, 3902 Hwy. 22, Mandeville. For more information contact 985-727-9787.

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