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AFFORDABLE SUMMER STYLES KEEPING UP WITH THE HOUSING MARKET LIQUID ASSETS NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BONE & JOINT HEALTH

JULY 2009

Mandeville Celebrates 175 Years Take a trip into the past with this historical feature on how Mandeville became what it is today.


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"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

—Erma Bombeck

It was Sam Keen who said, “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Here’s wishing you plenty respectability alongside the pool, the gulf or anywhere else you find to unwind with family and friends and enjoy another spectacular Louisiana summer. This month we offer our LIVING readers a look at some of the lush and languid looks for pools around the Northshore in our Liquid Assets feature. Then you might learn a thing or two about the founding of Mandeville in our celebration of its 175th anniversary. Get to know our own Saints’ head coach, Sean Payton, and take a stab with us at understanding the ins and outs of the current housing market. Hope the rest of your summer is full of watermelon and barbeque, walks on the beach at sunset, home runs for the home team, hammock cat naps, concerts in the park, steaming piles of crawfish and ice cold beer. Till next month,

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Contents

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DEPARTMENTS body & soul

Health—Natural remedies for bone and joint health | 14 Fruit of the Vine—Wonders never cease | 20

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fashion & beauty

Style Statement—Hot vacation styles | 23 Beauty Expert—Why we love lavender | 25

home & garden

FEATURES

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Outdoor Living—Liquid assets | 26 Designer's Notebook—Destination backyard | 33

cover story

Housing—Keeping up with the housing market | 34

MASSAGE ENVY | 18

home front

Make Massage Part of Your Wellness Plan

Sean Payton—Respect for the game, respect for each other | 38

eat & entertain

Recipe File—Light and healthful summer food | 42

out & about

Mandeville Birthday—The City of Mandeville celebrates 175 years | 44

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St. Tammany Parish President | 10 Slidell Mayor | 11 Mandeville Mayor | 12 Calendar | 50

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body & soul | Health

Remedies for BONE & JOINT HEALTH by pamela egan, NP

One of the most common complaints that I hear besides weight gain and insomnia is joint pain. Seventy million Americans suffer from arthritis which is one in every three adults. There are twice as many people suffering from arthritis as there were 20 years ago. Joint pain is a sign of inflammation and hormonal imbalance.

Chronic inflammation can be caused by a diet that’s too high in sugar and refined carbohydrates and too low in omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil). A high-carb diet increases insulin levels which disrupts cellular metabolism and spreads inflammation. Inflammatory disease is long lasting and your body is never able to completely heal. Inflammation in the musculoskeletal system results in fibromyalgia and arthritis. From a non-surgical standpoint, pain killers, anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) and local injection of steroids into joints form the first line of relief in osteoarthritis (OA). Many new drugs are available that are known to have a protective and preventive role in OA. These drugs protect the cartilage. Strong evidence exists that Vitamin D3 can reduce inflammation. Some other examples of natural anti-inflammatory agents include: bioflavonoid (anti-oxidants), MSM, and EPA/DHA (Fish Oil). Scientific research studies clearly show the many positive benefits of massage and physical therapy in the management of arthritis. Massage therapists will use a variety of techniques to promote healing and relaxation, as well as to promote greater flexibility and range of motion. Massage helps to improved blood circulation, decrease pain and inflammation, helps to relax the muscles, and makes you feel better. Physical Therapy (PT) is commonly used for musculoskeletal injuries, joint pain, low back pain, as well as many other disorders. The goal of PT is to improve mobility, restore function, reduce pain, and prevent further injury by using a variety of methods, including exercises, stretches, traction, electrical stimulation, and massage. Special tools are used, such as hot or cold packs, crutches, braces, treadmills, prosthetics, compression vests, computer-assisted feedback, lasers, and ultrasound. Chiropractors, also known as Doctors of Chiropractic, diagnose and treat health problems associated with the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. Chiropractors focus on proper joint mobility of the spine, as well as the extremities. Through an adjustment or manipulation of the spine and/or joints in the body, Chiropractors restore proper movement and function to the musculoskeletal system. Many Chiropractors use therapies

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that can hasten recovery, including ultrasound, heat therapy, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, massage and exercise rehab. As men and women age and their hormone levels fall below therapeutic levels, they are often faced with bone loss. Other factors that can lead to bone loss include: hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid hormones), over production of parathyroid gland, vitamin deficiencies such as calcium, vitamin D3, magnesium, vitamin K, Boron, and Manganese. Many women don’t realize that drinking carbonated beverages can cause bone loss. Medications such as Nexium, Protonix, Dilantin, Heparin, Lasix, Lithium, excess thyroid medications, methotrexate, and Coumadin contribute to osteoporosis. Smoking, alcohol consumption, genetic predisposition, fair complexion, “small boned” stature, fluoride in drinking water, high fat diet, and lack of a menstrual cycle can all lead to bone loss. In order to build bone, in addition to weight bearing exercises, the body needs the following nutrients: calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, Vitamin K, Boron, Manganese, and Zinc. Numerous studies have shown that calcium supplementation can help decrease bone loss by 30% to 50%. Women in general need 1000mg of calcium per day. Peri-menopause women need 1400 mg/day and Postmenopause women need 1600 mg/day. Men require 1000 mg/day. Dosages include what you eat plus what you supplement. Calcium should be taken throughout the day for maximum absorption. The body can only absorb 500 mg at a time. It is better taken with meals.

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Milk is not the best source of calcium since pasteurization destroys up to 32% of the available calcium. Tums is not a good source of calcium intake, as it is poorly absorbed. Always use pharmaceutical grade supplements, as lower grade products may be contaminated with lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium. Calcium carbonate is not the best form of calcium to use. Calcium citrate or hydroxyappetite are the preferred forms. Some calcium rich foods include: kelp, cheese, barley, sesame seeds, almonds, shrimp, soybeans, hazelnuts, parsley, turnip greens, brazil nuts, tofu, dandelion greens, kale, sunflower seeds, watercress, garbanzo beans, ripe olives, English walnuts, pecans, dates, dried prunes, white beans, mustard greens, black beans, pinto beans, broccoli, yogurt, beet greens, Chinese cabbage, eggs, brown rice, bluefish, salmon, mackerel, halibut, chicken, and ground beef. I cannot stress enough how important Magnesium and Vitamin D3 are for calcium absorption into the bone. The optimal dose of Magnesium is 600-800mg/day. Magnesium glycinate is the best form of Magnesium. The recommended dose of D3 is 2000iu- 10,000iu/ day depending on your blood level. Vitamin K helps the body maintain a hormone called osteocalcin which is needed for bone mineralization. There are some new nutrients and herbs on the horizon including strontium and acanthopanax senticosus (AS). Strontium is nontoxic, and appears to be one of the most effective substances yet found for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related

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body & soul | Health conditions. Doses of 680 mg/day appear to be the optimum dose, although lower doses are clinically effective. The herb AS extract supplementation may have beneficial effects on bone remodeling. Nutrients are important, but it takes more than nutrients to prevent osteoporosis. Approximately 93% of women who do not take estrogen will have a fracture by the age of 85. Estrogen maintains bone. Progesterone builds bone and testosterone makes the bone strong. For men, testosterone builds bone. DPD testing also known as NTX, is now available which shows the bone turnover or breakdown. This is a simple urine test and is a very effective way of measuring these levels. Urine levels of DPD usually decrease within 30 days of starting estrogen therapy. In summary, joint pain and bone loss are multi-factorial. Positive results can be achieved by making simple life-style changes such as a healthy diet, exercise, and hormone balance. You will have to limit sugar first and foremost, eat more fruits and vegetables, add high quality mineral replacement and omega 3 fatty acids (Fish Oil). The good news is – you can address Bone & Joint Health naturally! Pamela Egan, MN, NP, CDE, ABAAHP Diplomat is a board certified Adult & Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator, and has completed a Fellowship in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. She can be reached at 985-892-3031 or www.pamelaegan.com.

Rehab Dynamics, LLC: “Bone and joint injuries are commonly treated in physical therapy. After assessing a patient’s specific injury, the Physical Therapist designs an individualized treatment plan. This plan usually consists of therapeutic exercises to strengthen and stabilize the joint, manual therapy techniques to get the joint moving correctly, and modalities to help decrease the pain and inflammation. The ultimate goal is to get patients back to work and play pain free.”

Elite Chiropractic: “Restoring and maintaining proper motion and function to the body and the associated joints is the ultimate goal. Whether you are already dealing with joint problems or trying to prevent them, proper joint mobility is the key.” —Dr. Stewart Fresh, Elite Chiropractic

North Institute: “Nine out of ten patients who come through our door-----even those who’ve lived with daily pain for years can be treated non-surgically. That’s always our goal. However, when surgery is the best option we have the latest technology in minimally invasive procedures.”

Slidell Memorial Hospital: “In talking to my patients about their overall bone health, I encourage them to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a moderate diet. By staying active, you will build strength in your bones plus add endurance. Women may especially benefit from calcium and Vitamin D supplements to prevent osteoporosis and to also maintain bone strength.” —Dr. Frederick Keppel, Orthopedic Surgeon, Slidell Memorial Hospital 16 • LIVING | LaLivingMagazine.com


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cover story

Make Massage Part of Your Wellness Plan at Massage Envy by meredith knight | photos by paula casentini

PROFESSIONAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE IS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK

Ancient civilizations accurately credited massage with: Relieving stress

Relaxing muscles Improving posture Promoting sleep Increasing circulation Managing pain Improving flexibility and range of motion Relieving tension-related headaches Developing muscle tone

Since then we’ve discovered additional benefits like: Lowering blood pressure

The benefits of massage are nothing new. The use of therapeutic massage for disease prevention, stress relief and treatment of injuries is documented in literature as far back as 3000 BC. What is new is that same therapy—once considered a luxury and indulgence—is now affordable and accessible to everyone.

ith their d Natalie Smith w an t et m Em rs ne Ow Lucy RELAX AND REJUVENATE NATURALLY meron and Mary children Bailey, Ca The best thing about massage is that it works with your body—encouraging it to heal itself. By improving your body’s own natural circulation, drawing oxygen and other nutrients into your body to help clear lactic acid and other waste, massage reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, increases energy and relieves stress and anxiety naturally.

Strengthening the immune system Enhancing post-operative rehabilitation Releasing toxins from the blood Aiding in chiropractic adjustments Relieving the pain of TMJ Alleviating discomfort during pregnancy Promoting deeper and easier breathing And more

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Now for the best news of all. If you’ve thought of massage as something you would enjoy but can’t afford, two small words can change all that—Massage Envy.“For seven years this national massage franchise—with 600 locations nationwide—has revolutionized the massage industry by bringing the benefits of therapeutic massage to the masses,” says owner Emmett Smith. AFFORDABLE MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPS

What if I told you that you could enjoy your first visit to Massage Envy for only $39 and thereafter make massage a routine part of your wellness plan for only $59 a month? That’s exactly what clients are doing at the newest Massage Envy location at 3471 East Causeway Approach in The Shoppes at Rouse's. It works like this. Make an appointment for your introductory massage at only $39. (Did I mention that Massage Envy is open late nights and weekends to work around your busy schedule?) Then sign up for a $59 monthly membership which entitles you to a one-hour massage each month with any additional massages at only $39. (If you can’t make it in one month, your monthly massage can roll over to the next month and the next.) Any additional family members can add on to your membership for $49 a month and anytime you


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Tranquility Room recommend a friend who joins you’ll earn yourself points toward a free massage. Your business can sign on to at the corporate rate at $54 per member per month (with a limit of five members to qualify). CUSTOMIZE YOUR MASSAGE

There are many different types of massage available at Massage Envy including: Swedish • Deep tissue • Trigger-point Sports • Myofascial • Pre-natal Reflexology • Hot stone Most clients find that a combination of the above works best for them. “Our licensed massage therapists will sit down with you and talk about your individual needs and concerns,” Emmett said.“Then they’ll custom design a massage specifically for you.” ENTERPRISING COUPLE

Owners Emmett and Natalie Smith designed the Mandeville Massage Envy location with relaxation in mind. Walking through the front door, you’ll find yourself in a light, airy reception room. From there, a friendly receptionist escorts you into the tranquility room complete with a soothing waterfall where you’ll meet with a licensed massage therapist and discuss your individualized, custom massage. The sights and sounds in the eleven therapy rooms— including a couples room—all aid in your relaxation. The Smiths—both New Orleans natives— have called the Northshore home for five years now. Parents to three—soon to be four—small children, they’ve been eager to contribute to the lifestyle we enjoy around here by donating to local schools and non-

profits. Emmett is also co-owner of BLAST Swim Team, a USAS year round swim team, where he coaches the twelve-andolder age group. PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES AND WEEKEND WARRIORS

An award-winning swimmer himself Emmett knows firsthand the benefits of massage for athletes of all kinds. “Athletes like Michael Phelps—who was getting massages before and after each race during his Historic eight gold medal Olympic performance—and Dara Torres—who’s still winning Olympic medals at age fortytwo—make massage a routine part of their regiment. Cyclists, triathletes, runners and athletes of all kinds, are discovering how massage can improve their performance, increase recovery after workouts and competitions as well as relieve injury and strain.” Natalie, who’s expecting their fourth child in August, was encouraged when her own obstetrician recommended massage as a way of increasing blood flow and relieving many of the discomforts of pregnancy. “More and more doctors are recognizing the benefits of massage—not just for pregnant women— but for chronic problems like diabetes, arthritis, even cancer.” If you’re ready to make massage a healthy part of your wellness plan, give Emmett, Natalie and the Massage Envy team a call at 985-626-6260 and make an appointment for your $39 introductory massage today. Visit www.massageenvy.com.

Located at The Shoppes at Rouse’s in Mandeville

Did you know? The benefits of massage are mentioned in Chinese literature as far back as 3000 BC. Hindu writings from 1800 BC touted massage as a means of weight reduction, a sleep aid and a form of relaxation to alleviate fatigue. In Ancient Greece in 300 BC soldiers were routinely administered massage to ease pain and fatigue during training, as well as before and after tournaments. In the fifth century the Greek physician Herodicus prolonged the lives of his patients with a combination of massages, herbs and oils. And his star pupil, Hippocrates—considered The Father of Medicine —experimented with massage, between 460 and 380 BC, to improve joint function and increase muscle tone.


Wonders

body & soul | FRUIT OF THE VINE

by michelle wallace

This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters… “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”- Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

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few months ago I wrote the story of Esther. I wrote that Esther was raised by her Uncle Mordecai. Today I print the retraction because Mordecai was actually Esther’s cousin. Sometimes we’ll hear something from various pastors and teachers so many times that we simply take the information to be fact. That’s why it is so important to study God’s word for ourselves. The rest of the story was accurate as it was primarily adapted directly from the book of Esther. More recently, my friends and I began the study of Esther written by Beth Moore. She is one of my favorite teachers, and I highly recommend all of her studies. As we came to the end of the nine weeks, I was overwhelmed by the magnitude, the beauty and the depths of God’s word! We learned that one of the literary devices used in writing Esther is called chiastic structure. In simple terms it

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is a reversal of structures to emphasize an overarching theme. The “chi” that begins the word chiastic is the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. It is written as X and literally means a crisscross or a crossing. We see an example in JFK’s famous line, ask not what your country can do for you— “Ask what you can do for your country.” An example from scripture might be 2 Cor. 5: 21, He who knew no sin became sin for us—so that we who were filled with sin, might become the righteousness of God in Him. Do you see how the order of things are reversed or turned around?

What a brilliant device to employ to tell the story of Esther, one of the greatest reversals of all time. I wept as I read the last few pages of the study, considering the power of God in the lives of His people and the reversal of destiny He performed in this life—in my very own! Glancing over the page I spotted something out of the corner of my eye written in the palm of my left hand. As I lifted my hand to my face, I saw the perfect example of the letter representing chiastic structure. It just appeared as if God had tattooed it there. I knew the ink would wear off, but the book of Esther was now written on my heart with indelible ink which would forever stand. Beth asked if we were willing to do the work to see the wonder. At the end of the study, God brought me wondrous affirmation to say that He approved! Even though this small miracle was for me, I took a picture and shared it with some friends. However, when I didn’t get much response, I wondered if my friends didn’t get it. Did they think I was over-

reaching? Perhaps they thought I was some kind of crazy who looks for Jesus in every piece of burnt toast. I received the funniest e-mail from a reader expressing her desire for people to truly know and experience God. She said, “Sometimes I wish I could do the Spock mind meld on people.” And that’s exactly how I felt. It can be frustrating to have an intimacy with God and so desperately want others to know that for themselves.

One of the biggest lessons from Esther is on the timing of God. While we wait on God, He is working everything out according to His will and purpose. We want to do the Spock mind meld on people, but it is God’s spirit who draws a man and He makes everything beautiful in His time. In Esther’s story while deliverance may have come all at once, the story occurs over some—t-i-m-e. Interestingly, God’s name is not mentioned in Esther. And based on the story, it might have been easy for God’s people to believe He wasn’t there. But behind the scenes, God was divinely orchestrating some inconceivable plans! Remember today, as you face challenges and uncertainties in life, to do whatever it takes to place everything and everyone in His hands. Be sure of this: He will work it all out at just the right time! All we need to do is cooperate with Him. However, waiting can be difficult, especially when we don’t see any evidence that God is at work. A lot of times, we want to manipulate things or we have a preconceived idea of how God’s going to work something out based on past experiences. God says something so


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interesting in Isaiah 43: “Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past.” Do you understand that you belong to the same God who performed wonders and miracles on Israel’s behalf? Oh, but the world they lived in is much different from our world today, you might be thinking. While they needed a way through the sea, we live in a dry and weary land where perhaps miracles have ceased. But, do you not perceive it? Our God is very creative and He’s up to something new. Are you ready for it? Here it is; this is the promise: The one who parted the water so that His children could walk on dry ground is going to cause dry ground to spring forth with water for His children now! How about that for some chiastic structure!

The following are examples of some wonders from my own life:

This month our church celebrates a 30-year anniversary. It all began with seven families along the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, in of all places, a bait house! I think of the wonder and the miracle that God performed as our church has grown to reach and minister to countless lives around the world. Truly His word is established that we have been made fishers of men. Every time my little guy does his own version of the Cabbage Patch dance, it makes me laugh. But it also brings up something else. It touches a very tender place in my heart because it reminds me of the doctor

who said I would never bear children. And the words of the Lord that say, “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.” Psalm 113: 9

My dearest friend and mentor, Mrs. Vivian McBee, now at home in heaven, used to tell the story of a trip to Colorado. The road that they needed to take to get to their lodge had become impassible. Then, as if from out of nowhere, they spotted an alternate route. It was an old farm to market road that just happened to end at their exact destination. Most of us sat in awe of the story. One more mature and, dare I say cranky, listener was not so impressed. Turning to the woman sitting beside her she said, “Do you believe she thinks God put that road there just for her?” With laughter in her eyes and a grin from ear to ear, she looked at us to say yes. And vigorously she nodded! Don’t worry if people don’t get it. Even the faithful need to be reminded that God is who He says He is. From a prison cell John caught wind of what Jesus was doing. He sent word through the disciples to ask him,“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” And Jesus answered them,“Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

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STYLE STATEMENT

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Summertime Fashions by karrie marak | photography by alice riley

Summer 2009 fashion trends should get you excited to get out and shop! Black and whites, bright prints, sheer fabrics and statement jewelry are must-haves in all closets. Adding splashes of bright color to a black and white outfit or choosing a wedged flip flop over flats are just a few examples how great the summer trends are this year. Most think of summer as vacation time, whether its sultry nights out on the porch talking the evening away with friends and family or a special trip somewhere you’ve never been before. Summer implores at us to spend time relaxing and enjoying ourselves and we are generally happy to comply. Knowing that you’re destined to look HOT in your vacation wear makes the long summer days even more memorable. Going on vacation and don’t know what to wear? Try going asymmetric with your look. Off the shoulder, flowing tops and maxi dresses are a huge trend this summer. We chose this flowing canary top and put it with faded denim shorts that are perfect for every body type. Compliment your look with shocks of color from your accessories and you are a fashion forward beauty out to explore the town.

Neons were all over the runways this season. Don’t panic! We’re not going completely retro with our styles, but neons flatter most skin tones and are definitely an attention getter. Fashions clockwise from top: Multi-color beaded necklace, bracelet & earrings from Lady Soho in Mandeville. Oversized tote and teal leather clutch from Laurier in Covington. Canary yellow top from Paisley in Mandeville. Blue jean shorts from Ero’s Clothing & Home in Mandeville.

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BEAUTY EXPERT

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Lip Shine by LaVanila

OPI Give Me to the Moon

Lavender is God’s soothing gift to us. The floral scent is a favorite for many people and its fragrance it brings the mind’s pace down a notch or two. The color itself adds subtle beauty to everything it encounters. Lavender is definitely a multi-purpose, beautiful plant, and we are lucky enough to know its uses. Cosmetics have finally embraced the lavender love by creating shadows, nail color and lip glosses with the lovely hue. Smashbox, Rimmel London, Paul Dorf, among others, have jumped on the lavender wagon and LIVING is eager to showcase these great products.

Nicole by OPI Play Fair

Avon Nailwear in Midnight Plum

OPI Done Out in Deco

Lippman Collection Purple Rain created by Zac Posen

Paula Dorf eye color in Mardi Gras

Rimmel London Smokey Purple eye palette

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Smashbox eye shadow in Spellbound

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NYC New York Color Metro Quartet in Chelsea Chic

Kevyn Aucoin eye shadow in Aubergine

Avon Ultra Color Rich lip color in Cozy Mauve


home & garden | Outdoor living

LiquidAssets

by mimi greenwood knight | photography by paula casentini

Backyard Get-Aways on the Northshore

njoying a refreshing dip in your own backyard is a great way to take the sizzle out of the summer heat, but it is only one of many good reasons to invest in an at-home pool or spa. Dramatic changes in the way people live, particularly in how they spend leisure time, have made backyard pools and spas popular, not a luxury. In response to busy family schedules, extra pressures at work, and the hazards and hassles of long-distance travel, people are turning their homes into soothing havens of comfort and making quality time at home a central goal. There’s just nothing like your own backyard oasis where you can entertain or escape, exercise or vegetate. More and more families, it seems, are discovering that they don’t have to pack their bags and board the dog to enjoy a relaxing summer getaway. They can create a world for themselves where the waterfall trickles, sunlight dances on the water, and a lush landscape filters out the troubles beyond. Backyard pools today are as varied and interesting as the people who own them. There’s no limit to what you can create with water features, natural materials, outdoor living spaces, creative lighting and exotic landscaping. And the unparalleled experience of a backyard pool can only get better when your private get-away is as sumptuous and verdant as some of our favorites here on the Northshore.

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Lagoon Style Pool Opposite Page:

Located in The Sanctuary Subdivision

Pool Designed & Constructed by Greg’s Pools & Spas Landscaped by Eric’s Landscape Supply Arkansas Moss Rock Stone hand set by Greg’s Pools & Spas

French Colonial Style Pool Right:

Pool Designed & Landscaped by Landscape Architects Daly/Sublette

Pool Constructed by Cornerstone Pools Outdoor furniture from Outdoor Living Center

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home & garden | outdoor living

Formal Style Pool

Pool Designed & Constructed by Aquatic Custom Built Pools

Slate and travertine tiles from Palatial Stone Landscaped by Perino's Garden Center Plants Installed by Wolf Lawn Care Service

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outdoor living

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Classic Style Pool

Pool Designed & Landscaped by Landscape Architect, Daly Sublette Irrigation & Lighting by Rain Dance Pool Constructed by Cornerstone Pools Decking by Bomanite Outdoor furniture from Outdoor Living Center

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home & garden | outdoor living

Tuscany Style Pool Above:

Landscaped by Paradise Palms

Pool Constructed by Aquarius Pools

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outdoor living

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Natural Stone Hot Tub BELOW:

Designed and Constructed by Caribbean Pool & Landscape

Landscape and Flagstone Finish by Caribbean Pools & Landscape

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DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK

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home & garden | Housing

KEEPING UP WITH THE HOUSING MARKET by mimi greenwood knight

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f you’re as confused as I am about the housing/lending market it helps to recall these core truths we learned back in Free Enterprise class in high school. Real estate, like everything else, is governed by supply and demand. It’s also governed by cause and effect. History repeats itself. Whether you’re looking to buy a home in a big city or a small town, regardless of the economy or even the day and age, these basic rules never change. Here’s what they mean to us right here, right now. Supply and Demand Five, six, seven years ago, demand for real estate was at an all-time high while the supply of homes was limited. That caused houses to appreciate. Home sellers were receiving multiple offers on their home within days or even hours. And some lucky sellers sold for above their asking price. Now we’re seeing the other end of that spectrum with a surplus of houses on the market and the ball in the buyer’s court.

Cause and Effect Quite simply, positive situations cause positive outcomes and vice versa. Vibrant economic growth leads to a vibrant real estate market and strong appreciation of homes. Job losses and a languishing economy, like we’re experiencing now, produce the opposite effect. This too shall pass In any marketplace, you have cycles. Periods of rapid real estate appreciation are followed by stagnant periods where values stabilize or even decrease. The only thing that’s certain in our economy—and consequently in the real estate market—is change. To get a firmer grasp on what this means in our current South Louisiana housing market, we asked Ashton Noel of NOLA Lending and Kirk Michel of Mauti Meredith Scoggin GMAC to give us straight talk on the good, the bad and the advantageous on our current real estate market. 34 • LIVING | LaLivingMagazine.com

The overall theme we heard from Ashton is that the changes that have taken place in the lending industry are good and something that needed to happen—something that was inevitable. “I was raised by two conservative bankers and grew up with conservative ideas about lending. i.e. If you keep things simple nobody gets confused. Lending practices in this country had become anything but simple,” he said. “We’d gotten away from responsible lending policies—away from the basics of lending—and it was just a matter of time before the house of cards collapsed.” What Happened

What Ashton calls “concocted loans” got us into trouble and we’d all gotten spoiled and irresponsible—all of us, the government, the lending industry and the consumer. He is encouraged by a return to what he calls “good old-fashioned vanilla loans like our parents and grandparents had.” The idea that’s now back in vogue is, just because you can qualify for a mortgage doesn’t mean you can actually afford the house when it comes down to the nitty gritty, living-dayto-day reality of things. Getting back to basics like keeping your housing cost to less than


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twenty-eight percent of your household gross income or securing a mortgage that’s equal to two and a half to three times your gross annual wages is a safer, more savvy way to go about buying a home. First-time Buyers

“It's a great time to be a first-time home buyer,” Ashton said, “especially if you're looking to borrow $417,000 or less with a conventional twenty, thirty even fifteen year loan—and especially if you’re able to put a lot down initially. There are FHA, VA and RD (or Rural Development) loans available and all of St. Tammany Parish is still considered rural.” Another great advantage for first-time home buyers, according to Ashton is the new $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit. And before you decide that this doesn’t apply to you, consider that the government’s definition of a first-time buyer is someone who hasn’t owned a principal residence for three years. That means if you’ve owned a vacation home—but not a principal residence—within the past three years or you owned a home four or more years ago, you would still qualify for the credit. Here are five other pertinent facts about this new tax credit. • The credit is equivalent to ten percent of the purchase price of the home up to $8,000 and applies only to first-time home buyers on their principal residences. • The home must be purchased on or after January 1 and before December 1, 2009 to qualify. • Buyers need a modified adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less— or $150,000 for a married couple—to qualify for the full credit. (Those earning more may be eligible for reduced credits.) • Because the tax credit is “refundable,” qualified buyers can take advantage of it even if they don’t have much tax liability. • Buyers have to own the home for at least three years in order to capitalize on the credit. If they sell the home before then, they’ll have to return the credit to the government. (Exceptions will be made in certain cases, such as death or divorce.) Other Loans

What if this isn’t your first go-round in the home buyer’s market or you’re looking for a larger loan? There are also loans available again—some for over $417,000—but with stricter limitations on the debt-to-income ratio. What that means is that you’ll have to look like you'll be able to pay it back and still maintain your lifestyle to qualify for the loan. While that might seem like common sense, it isn’t what had been happening which explains why the house of cards was destined to fall. Lenders also want more of what Ashton calls skin in the game or lower loan-to-value ratio.“The more money you’re willing to put down upfront, the better deal you can expect to receive,” he explained. JUly 2009 • 35


home & garden | housing “These guidelines are coming down from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Ashton said. “Currently we’re seeing fewer loans with high debt-to-income ratio being approved and are getting back to more conventional guidelines like 28% front-end ratio and a 36% back-end ratio on conventional loans and 31% front-end, 43% back-end on FHA.” (But that number is changing so rapidly it may not apply by the time the ink dries on this page.) Credit Score

And what about the almighty credit score we hear so much about. How much does that play into whether you’ll qualify for the home loan you want? “In my opinion, a person’s credit score is indicative of their character and something I, as a lender, take very seriously,” Ashton said. “Lenders generally look at three things when deciding whether to loan someone money. I call them the Three C’s—their credit (past history of paying what they owe), capacity (can you handle the payment along with all of your other debt) and their collateral (how much they're willing and able to contribute up front).” “Your credit score isn’t everything but it’s definitely a starting point for a lender,” he said. “Your credit score also determines what types of deals you can qualify for. The better your credit score, the better deal I’m able to offer you. In fact, if your score is below 620 some loan programs simply aren’t available any longer.”

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Longer Closing Times

Another dramatic change Ashton has seen is in the amount of time it takes to close on a home loan. “Gone are the days when we can close in a matter of hours,” he said. “Most loans are taking us a minimum of thirty days now. It is a great time to refinance and we’re eager to help our clients do that. But right now we have dozens of people waiting in line to refinance and the wait time is simply out of our hands.” The reason, Ashton explains, is simple. “So many people were laid off at every level of the lending industry that there’s a log jam no one can do anything about,” he said. “Yes, you can refinance. Yes, it’s a great time to do it. But you’ll have to be patient.” Buyers Market?

The best news for those looking to buy a home in St. Tammany is that there’s a surplus of homes on the market making it a buyer’s market and that won’t change until a majority of those homes are sold. In fact, according to Kirk Michel of Mauti Meredith Scoggin GMAC there are 220 homes for sale in Covington alone—and that doesn’t count those that are for-sale-by-owner. “It’s amazing how fluid the real estate market is right now,” he said. “As of the end of April 2009 we had twenty-two months worth of inventory*. By May 09, that had dropped to fourteen and a half months worth.” Kirk agrees that it’s a buyer’s market but he says it is a sophisticated buyer’s market. “Today’s buyers are savvy,” he said. “They know how to use the internet to take virtual tours of every-


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thing on the market in their price range and geographic area so sellers aren’t seeing the foot traffic through their property like they used to.”

more competitively to attract buyers who have so many great options right now. All of that is good news for home buyers.”

“Gone are the days when we’d have thirty people come through an open house on the weekend,” he continued. “We Realtors have had to learn to engage buyers online and try to anticipate and answer as many questions as we can through words and pictures on the internet before a buyer and seller ever come face to face.”

But remember that in the real estate/lending industries the only thing certain is change. If you’re looking to buy a house and feel like you have time to land a bargain on the home of your dreams at an unbelievable interest rate, don’t sit on the fence for too long. These things can turn on a dime and leave you wishing you’d taken full advantage of our present buyer’s market.

Priced to Sell

Kirk says with so much inventory on the market sellers are getting the word that they need to price their properties competitively. “We’re in a bit of a holding pattern,” he said. “There are plenty active and serious buyers in St. Tammany. But sellers need to realize that they’re expecting to find a good deal on the house they buy.” “In Mandeville, for instance, the listing price/ sold price spread—the difference between what a seller originally asks and what he ends up selling for—has widened. Serious sellers are going to have to resign themselves to price

* “A typical market is one in which homes take an average of six months to sell. Realtors® keep track of this number by keeping up with the days on the market (DOM) of every home listed and sold. That means that in the MLS, there are likely to be at least six months worth of inventory (homes) on hand to sell for the number of buyers in the market. If the number rises above six months inventory on hand, then the market is swinging into a buyer’s market. If it falls below, it’s becoming a seller’s market”. Visit realtytimes.com for more information.

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Do You Need a Realtor? So with so many properties to choose from, why engage a Realtor at all? Why not try buying or selling your home on your own? “Realtors eat, sleep and drink this market data,” Kirk said, “data that’s constantly changing. It’s crucial when you’re buying or selling any product to know what others are selling for and what’s making them succeed. It would be difficult for an individual to stay abreast of the market the way a fulltime Realtor can. Considering that for most of us our home is the largest purchase we’ll ever make, it makes sense to have a well-educated, experienced agent looking out for your best interest rather than trying to muddle through on your own.”

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home front | Sean Payton

RESPECT RESPECT

FOR THE GAME

FOR EACH OTHER by mimi greenwood knight

It would be hard to find someone who understands less about football than I do. But growing up so close to New Orleans with five brothers and a dad who loved the game, who could help but get swept up in Saints fever? After all, they are our team. When they win, we party. When they lose, we rally around them. (Okay, this is South Louisiana so we party just as hard when they lose.) Fall down here means black and gold, fleur de lis and Bless You Boys. But even to the untrained eye, Sean Payton has been a welcome addition to our little family. His calm demeanor and old-fashioned character have raised the bar for others in his profession. And, since we’re lucky enough to have him living right here on the Northshore, we stole the chance to chat with him a bit about some things that are not-quite-so-football-related. LIVING Sean, you are one of only 32 National Football League head coaches in the country? That’s no small feat. To what do you attribute your success?

Then I’ve been lucky enough along the way to work with many good people and I’ve tried to glean a little something positive from each of them.

SEAN I was lucky to have role models who taught me to stay determined and focused on my ultimate goal. I was taught at a young age to go the extra mile. There are setbacks in all careers and all areas of life. What counts is being able to handle them, file them away and not let them come between you and what’s important.

LIVING How about now? Is there someone whose opinion really matters to you now; who you can call when you need advice? SEAN I call Bill Parcells in Miami on a regular basis and he gives me good advice. I respect his opinion unquestioningly.

LIVING Who were some of the people who had a positive influence on you early in life?

LIVING How do you find time to meet the demands of your job and still have time for your wife and kids, especially during the season when you’re on the road so much?

SEAN Certainly my parents were a tremendous influence. My high school football coach, J.R. Bishop, starting in my sophomore year, really stressed for us that academics came first and I got that message. He taught us to be committed and to work hard—that nothing we want comes without hard work.

SEAN My wife, Beth, ends up dealing with the many issues that crop up when I’m away. That leaves a lot of pressure for her to deal with but she handles it all with love and grace. So when I am home I’m able to enjoy time with her and the kids and not have to put out a dozen fires.

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LIVING How has becoming a parent changed you as a coach? SEAN I’m not sure that it has much except that I’ve probably learned to trust my own judgment more. And it’s taught me to value people, to look for their strengths and to assume the best from them. LIVING There is a disturbing trend in America today and especially with our kids— away from respect for authority and toward a No Fear attitude. How do you address that as a father and a coach? SEAN I think that the challenges for parents—and anyone in authority— are really no different now than they were for our parents. We are our child’s first role model and teacher. My wife, Beth, is the teacher in our home and she does a great job with our kids. I think for a parent, a coach, a teacher it’s important to remember what your ultimate goal is for that child and to keep the day-to-day things in perspective, to make sure your motives are always right. In order to earn respect from your children, your students, your players, you need to be worthy of that respect and remember that it’s a two way street. We need to respect each other. LIVING What do you mean? SEAN Well, a little league coach teaches a young child the fundamentals; gives them the right foundation for the game. A teacher does the same thing with math and reading. And we as parents need to stay focused on teaching the fundamentals of right and wrong to our children at a young age then on bringing them up and reinforcing the good lessons they’re learning from the other adults in their life. The same peer pressures apply to our kids as they do to us and we need to be there to walk with them through it. I think we should never forget that our kids will generally mirror the attitudes they see in us. They will react to life the way they see us react. JUly 2009 • 39


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LIVING You talked about some of the people who influenced you as a child. Who are some of the people you see influencing your own kids today? SEAN- There have been some wonderful ones. My son played on a football team at Pelican Park which was a great experience all around because of a coach with the right attitude. Our kids had some truly wonderful teachers early in their school careers. Every once in awhile a teacher or coach comes along who really touches one of our children—and consequently our whole family—in a special way. LIVING- Your football team is composed of men from diverse backgrounds who, during the season, basically have to live together. That’s got to be challenging at times, helping everyone get along. How do you do it? SEAN- I think the secret lies in being as open as possible. Every day you have to talk about your challenges. It’s no different in a family, an office, a classroom or a locker room. It’s like a garden. If it goes unattended the weeds can quickly grow. It’s a daily effort talking about your goals and being upfront about any problems or conflicts, having open lines of communication. It’s all part of conforming to a team, whatever that team might be. From that fresh face we all watched with guarded anticipation back in 2006 to the winning coach we’ve learned to trust and love; Sean, along with his wife, Beth, and their children, Megan and Conner, have adopted New Orleans as their home and we know they'll be here in our little slice of the world for a long, long time.

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eat & entertain | RECIPE FILE

Light & Healthful

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by sandra lee

he older I get, the more health conscious I become and the more I find myself having to constantly balance my love for good food with my desire to be fit. When it comes to eating, many people are of the “no fat, no point” persuasion. That’s what I thought, until I came up with these light, luscious recipes that say good riddance to bad habits—and look great doing it!

From full-flavored entrées to rich desserts and refreshing cocktails, these recipes introduce food with a new attitude. A fit and trim version of more sinful concoctions, every recipe uses a creative mix of ingredients, seasonings and savvy substitutions to maximize flavor and taste and minimize fat and calories. Whether you’re watching cholesterol, salt, sugar or simply your waistline, they’re a hassle-free way to achieve a healthy new you.

Crab Louie Salad Servings 4. Prep time 15 minutes.

Calories 332 fat 19 grams saturated fat 3 grams cholesterol 189 milligrams

2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained, Geisha®, or 12 ounces fresh crabmeat cup bacon and tomato twist mayonnaise, Best Foods® ¼ cup sweet pickle relish, Del Monte® 1 medium head green leaf lettuce, chopped 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, chopped 1 small green bell pepper, sliced into ¼-inch rings 1 medium cucumber, sliced ¼ inch thick 1 tomato, sliced into 8 wedges ½ can (1/2 of a 6-ounce can) ripe olives (whole and pitted), drained, Lindsay® 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise

1. In a medium bowl, combine crabmeat, mayonnaise and relish. Set aside.

Lobster Wraps Servings 4 to 6. Prep time 15 minutes. Chilling time 1 hour.

Calories 307 fat 17 grams saturated fat 2 grams cholesterol 17 milligrams

1 package (8-ounce) imitation lobster nuggets, Louis Kemp® 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced 1 cup diced, seeded tomato ¼ cup pepita-cilantro Caesar dressing, El Torito® 4 cups salad mix, Ready Pac® 2 jalapeño-cilantro tortillas (12-inch), Mission®

1. In a medium bowl, combine lobster, avocado, tomato and dressing. Pile equal amounts of salad mix on tortillas, spreading to within 1 inch of edges. Top with lobster mixture. Roll tortillas up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour. Remove plastic wrap and slice into 1-inch rounds. 42 • LIVING | LaLivingMagazine.com

2. O  n a large chilled platter or in a chilled bowl, combine the two types of lettuce. Spoon the crabmeat mixture into the center. Arrange the remaining ingredients around the crabmeat mixture.


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Smoked Salmon and Avocado Stacks Servings 4. Prep time 20 minutes.

Calories 316 fat 16 grams saturated fat 3 grams cholesterol 13 milligrams

1 3 ½

package (8-ounce) lox smoked salmon Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Champagne vinaigrette, Girards® Croutons ripe avocados lemon, juiced Pinch prepared wasabi Fresh chives, cut into small pieces, for garnish

1. Place a 3-inch ring mold on a plate. Layer 2 to 3 pieces of salmon in the mold. Season salmon to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle a few dashes of vinaigrette over the salmon and top with croutons. 2. Peel, pit and thinly slice the avocados. Squeeze lemon juice over avocado slices to prevent discoloration. In a small bowl, gently toss avocados with wasabi. Place 3 to 4 slices of the avocado on top of the croutons. 3. Repeat each layer. Remove the ring mold and garnish with chives. Repeat to make a total of 4 stacks

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

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The City of Mandeville Celebrates 175 Years by mimi greenwood knight

Travel back with me, if you will, to a sleepy southern resort town. Ladies bathe in a crystal lake while men folk fish and crab or nap in the shade and children play far from the noise and mayhem of the big city. This was Mandeville early in the twentieth century. Weekends and summers brought affluent New Orleanians by the boatload to these peaceful shores to escape the heat, bustle and disease risks of the city. The lakefront was lined then—not so much with private homes—but with opulent hotels and boarding houses many of them complete with their own restaurants and dance halls where big name performers of the day were shipped over from the city to perform for Mandeville vacationers. Nighttime brought jazz concerts in the dance halls. Sundays meant picnics and a boxing match or two. The highlight of each summer was the Mandeville Bathing Beauty Contest. Fourth of July celebrations were all-out and the Easter regatta was an event to remember. To New Orleans elite Mandeville offered a pleasant respite from the city in the shade of oak trees, long-leaf pines, magnolias and cypress trees for a weekend, a week or the entire summer. This popular resort town and the Mandeville we know and love today were the vision of our city founder, Bernard Xavier Phillippe 44 • LIVING | LaLivingMagazine.com

de Marigny de Mandeville. This year Mandeville is hailing his vision and celebrating 175 years of unique southern history. Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville

The challenge when discussing the life and antics of Bernard de Marigny is in separating fact from lore. Such a colorful character was Monsieur de Marigny that tales of his exploits have grown over time. Born in 1785 into primitive opulence on the family estate at the head of what is now Elysian Fields Avenue on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Bernard was reared in a home where French dukes and future kings were wined and dined and where legendarily grand balls and soirees could last for days. Bernard grew into a fine horseman, a gifted sword fighter and an accomplished dueler who reportedly fought fifteen duels in his lifetime. (Although he later lost a son in a duel and became an outspoken opponent of dueling eventually helping outlaw the practice in this country.) The young Bernard grew up indulged, undisciplined, handsome and eloquent—truly the stuff of legends. He caught his first glimpse of Mandeville when the family built a summer home on the shore of the lake in the spot most Mandevillians


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remember as the home of Bechac’s Restaurant. The land was primitive. The home was accessible only by boat. And visitors reported having to retire to their bed chambers as soon as the sun went down to escape a voracious population of mosquitoes. When his father died in 1800 leaving Bernard a cool seven million dollars—an unthinkable fortune at the time—the 15-year-old Bernard was sent to study in London where he rubbed elbows with Lord Byron and his ilk and discovered a love of gambling. Upon returning to the states—where he imported his newest vice—Bernard built himself a 3,500 acre sugarcane plantation on the land that now comprises Fountainbleau State Park and Southeast Louisiana State Hospital in Mandeville. At his Fountainbleau Plantation—named for the Fountainbleau Forest in France—Bernard hosted French and American dignitaries with lavish parties that were the subject of much rumor and speculation by those who attended and those who wished they merited an invitation including tales of guests lighting after-dinner cigars with hundred dollar bills. A Town is Born

It wasn’t long though before Bernard’s lavish lifestyle, reckless habits and insatiable appetite for gambling took their toll on the dwindling family fortune and de Marigny turned to real estate to replenish his coffers. Having acquired several miles of land on the pristine

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northern shores of the lake, he felt sure that others would recognize the beauty and health benefits he saw there and embarked upon an ambitious venture to subdivide and sell off parcels (just as he’d done with the family estate in New Orleans subdividing it into the city’s first suburb, the Faubourg Marigny). He named the new town after himself and the streets after champions of local history—military generals and presidents—Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Claiborne, Coffee, Livingston and Lafayette and the gentleman pirate, his personal friend, Jean Lafitte. In February

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1834, Bernard put the word out in New Orleans that he had 5,000 homesteads to sell just across Lake Pontchartrain then arranged to underwrite the cost for potential buyers to ferry over from the city on the steamboat Blackhawk—not sure whether he’d have many— or any—takers. In three short days, Bernard sold 432 lots to 358 people at $80,000 and the town of Mandeville was born. Bernard had specific ideas for his resort community and decreed the land along the lake be


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set aside as a permanent public green space for generations of Mandevillians to enjoy. He planted many of the live oaks that grace the lakefront today and eventually donated his plantation as a state park and wildlife preserve. The settlement was so popular and grew so rapidly that in only six years it received a charter from the state to become a full-fledged city with taxation, law enforcement and elected officials. A Town Becomes a City

Mandeville grew in popularity and population as summer cottages of wealthy New Orleanians turned to full-time residences. The middle class joined the affluent and subdivisions sprang up around the town. With the construction of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in 1956 and its second span in 1969 residents could keep their jobs in New Orleans and commute home to peaceful St. Tammany at night. And the population grew more until in 1985 Governor Edwin Edwards proclaimed the Town of Mandeville to be the City of Mandeville as the population had grown to 5,000. Another burst in population occurred in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina JUly 2009 • 47


out & about | mandeville birthday devastated much of New Orleans making life on the higherelevated Northshore look even more desirable. The current population of Mandeville is estimated at a whopping 10,000 to 11,000. But thanks to careful planning on the part of public officials and residents alike, the city has maintained its charm and Bernard’s dream has become reality—and then some—in the present day Mandeville. Cultural Interpretation Center

On Saturday May 16, 2009 the Committee for the Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of The Founding of Mandeville opened the doors to a new Cultural Interpretive Center at the Mandeville Trailhead at 675 Lafitte Street to pay tribute to a century and three-quarters of unique Mandeville history. Built to resemble depots once scattered across St. Tammany Parish, The Depot Building on the west end of the Trailhead facility is a 100-person capacity room housing photographs and relics from Mandeville’s history, a diorama and scale models of early steam boats, railways and a popular public waterslide. A six minute documentary walks visitors through 175 years of Mandeville history as told by local history buffs like Sally Reeves, Dennis Bechac, Professor Howard Nichols and one de Marigne descendant, Bill Hyland. “As an architectural historian I conducted extensive research looking for the footprint of the town—the distinct character of Mandeville that can be seen in its early architecture,” Sally said. “The committee researched and documented the history of many of the older homes, conducted an architectural survey of the entire town and met with long-time citizens to compile an extensive oral history of Mandeville.” Along the way Sally met David Carambat who’d done much of the work in establishing the Madisonville Maritime Museum. It wasn’t long before David was on board and excited about the project. “The Trailhead was originally conceived as a cultural center and much of the work of gathering photos and town history had been done at the time of the Mandeville centennial,” David said. “The mayor and city counsel—in particular Trilby Lenfant—were enthusiastic about documenting what they felt were the unique qualities and charm of the town, its founder and its history. The photographs were a great starting point because they showed us what really mattered, what was most relevant to the people at each point in Mandeville’s history.” Those photographs take center stage at the Cultural Interpretive Center—delightful shots of 1920’s flappers in their chin to mid-calf bathing suits, jazz combos playing at the Dew Drop Dance and Social Hall circa 1895, pictures of Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville himself and more. “It was his vision that set Mandeville on its course,” said Carambat. “The town was different by design. It was a retreat and a treat away from the urban center of New Orleans, a place to get away and relax and enjoy yourself and it’s still that for many of us today.” 48 • LIVING | LaLivingMagazine.com


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out & about | CALENDAR Weekly / Monthly

Mandeville Trailhead Community Market

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

Camellia City Market & Art @ the market

Farmer’s Market. Saturdays 8am-12pm. Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Olde Towne Slidell. Rain or Shine. 985-285-3599. www.camelliacitymarket.org –Art @ the Market is 1st Saturday of the month.

Abita Trailhead Market

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

Covington Farmers Market

Come visit us Wednesdays 12pm-4pm and Saturdays 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.

Washington Parish - D.A Varnado Store Museum

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

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.

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.

Pet Adoption Day

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

2009 Slidell Heritage Festival

The 12th Annual Slidell Heritage Festival on the Fourth of July will be Slidell’s biggest event of the year! Presenters of the Slidell Heritage Festival are The Times-Picayune and Slidell-Picayune newspapers, the City of Slidell, and the Rotary Clubs of Slidell. The Festival will be a great day for family fun in Slidell’s Heritage Park and a super fundraising event for our town. There will be something for everyone...delicious food, sensational music and entertainment, games for the kids, and, of course, a fantastic fireworks display. 3pm to 11pm at Heritage Park. For more information please visit www.slidellheritagefest.org. July 10th – 26th

Pippen

Playmakers Theater presents Pippen, Book by: Roger O. Hirson, Music &Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz, Based on the story of Pippin, son of Charlemagne. Directed by Jennifer Harageones Patterson. Once upon a time, the young prince Pippin longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he found it in the simple pleasures of home and family. Performance Fri.&Sat. at 8pm and Sun. 2pm. Adults $20, Students $15. 19106 Playmakers Road in Covington. For more information contact 985-893-1671 or visit www.playmakersinc.com July 11th

Bastille Day Celebration

July 2nd – 5th

Mandeville Seafood Festival

July 4th

Held in Fontainebleau State Park, come out and enjoy great food, crafts and music. Come out July 2nd for the Special Thursday Concert, “Country in the Park”, featuring Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw and Christian Serpas & Ghost Town. Admission for this evening is $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. Gate opens at 5:30pm. Portions of the proceeds to benefit local charities and projects of the Greater Mandeville Seafood Association, a 501 © 3 Organization. July 3rd & 4th , noon to midnight and July 6th, noon -10:30pm. Fireworks July 4th at 8:45pm. For more information please visit the Web site at www.seafoodfest.com or call 985-624-9762.

Downtown Covington comes together for the third annual Bastille Day Celebration, a lively event filled with art, culture, music and shopping with a French flair. Sponsored by the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA), St. Tammany Homestead, and the Covington Association of Retailers—dozens of galleries and merchants in downtown Covington—this event plans to draw some 3,000 visitors to the historic St. John district with special sales at participating businesses, new works by dozens of artists from around the Southeast Region and musical performances by local and nationally renowned musicians. The free event includes live music at various outdoor and indoor locations, art demonstrations, first-rate boutique shopping, and fine dining at an array of participating establishments, as well as special performances

by New Orleans based Robert Snow Trio, Sarah Quintana, Gene Lipps Band, plus performances by a number of other local musicians, and accordionist Julie Counsel, a Waiter’s Race, and an 8-foot Eiffel Tower constructed out of spaghetti, and much much more! Columbia Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5-10 pm. Shoppers, art lovers and music enthusiasts alike can stroll on the streets, taking in the sights and sounds of this French themed Festival. Look for the French Flags outside of participating businesses for special sales, wine and food tastings, art exhibitions and musical acts. For more information contact 985-892-8650. July 15

City of Slidell MOVIE NIGHT

The City of Slidell will hold a movie night from 7 to 9 pm in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at participating Olde Towne businesses. Limit four per person. Concessions will be available, including popcorn, chips, pickles, candy, soft drinks and hot dogs. Hot dogs $1.50, all other concessions and drinks $1. Family pack specials will include one hot dog, one side “dish” (chips, candy, or pickle) and a soft drink for only $3. This is a great opportunity to treat the family to dinner and a movie for only $12! Though the movie licensing rights prohibit advertising the name of the movie, here are a few hints: 1. It’s an out of this world experience. 2. Follow the Reese’s pieces to find your way. 3. Phone home. For more information, call 985-646-4375. July 18th & 19th

Christmas in July

Streets decorated with red, white and blue trees, buntings and flags; come to Ponchatoula for some holiday sales in “America’s Antique City”in Downtown Ponchatoula from 10am to 5pm. For more information call 800-617-4502 or visit www.ponchatoulachamber.com. July 25th

Slidell Christian Singles

Our dance will be held at the St. Luke’s Family Life Center located at 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. 8pm – 12am. Food and set-ups will be provided. $15. Enjoy dancing in a Smoke Free Environment. For more information contact Don at 985-646-1953 or visit http://scsingles.eboard.com.

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Thursday, 5:30pm

July 2-5, 2009

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Fontainebleau State Park Tickets $10 advance $15 gate

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Thursday, July 2, 5:30pm - 11pm Friday, July 3, 12pm - 12am Saturday, July 4, 12pm - 12am Sunday, July 5, 12pm - 10:30pm

Lake Pontchartrain Stage

Dew Drop Stage

Friday, July 3rd, 2009 11:00 - 12:00 12:15 - 1:15 1:30 - 2:30 2:45 - 4:15 4:30 - 6:00 6:15 - 7:30 7:45 - 9:45 10:00 - 12:00

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Jon Gill Rick, Ricky and Friends Coscino Bout It Brass Band Clockwerk No Idea Four Unplugged The Boogiemen

11:00 - 1:00 1:15 - 3:00 3:15 - 5:00 5:15 - 5:45 6:00 - 8:00 8:15 - 8:45 9:00

Mike Epstein SoulScript Abita Blues Band Redline Band Camp Soul Revival Supercharger LIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY Bag of Donuts

Sunday, July 5th, 2009 11:00 - 12:00 2:15 - 1:15 1:30 - 2:30 2:45 - 4:15 4:30 - 5:45 6:00 - 8:00 8:15 - 10:00

Dancing with the Stars n Stripes Johnette Downing Papillion: the New Orleans original! Dixieland Jazz Band Mandeville Idol Junior Division DJ Dancing Dale Comedy Club

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 11:00 - 12:00 12:15 - 1:15 1:30 - 2:30 2:45 - 4:15 4:30 - 6:00 6:15 - 7:30 7:45 - 9:45 8:45 10:00 - 12:00

Mark Chesnutt Sammy Kershaw Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Fireworks Display

Ched Reeves Detective Fish Blues Station Christian Serpas & Ghost Town The Radiators The Top Cats Five Finger Discount

8:45pm July 4th

11:00 - 12:00 12:15 - 2:00 2:15 - 4:15 4:30 - 5:00 5:15 - 7:15 7:30 - 8:30 8:45 9:00 - 11:00

Dancing with the Stars n Stripes Papillion: the New Orleans original! Miss Mandeville Seafood Festival Dixieland Jazz Band Mandeville Idol Senior Division Mandeville Idol Junior Division Finalist LIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY Bernie Cyrus & Music Street

Sunday, July 5th, 2009 12:00 - 1:45 2:00 - 3:00 3:15 - 5:00 5:15 - 7:15 7:30 - 8:00 8:15 - 8:45

www.seafoodfest.com

Papillion: the New Orleans original! Mandeville Idol Senior Division Finalist Johnette Downing Radio Disney!!! Dixieland Jazz Band Louisiana Locals

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