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W The Northshore’s Best

Enterprising Woman Jennifer Pacione....................................................... 22 Staying in Love

Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage.................... 12 Romantic Fashion

Je t'adore................................................................. 18 The King of Mardi Gras

Arthur Hardy............................................................ 35



Behind the Scenes


Jennifer Pacione

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On the Cover:

Window Dressing.................................................... 22

How Does Your Winter Garden Grow?.................. 15

A Rich Family Legacy Where Classis Meet Contemporary....................... 25

FASHION & LIFESTYLE Va-Va-Voom Valentines


Creative Ideas to Celebrate Love............................. 7

Doug Sunseri

Staying in Love

Long Term Nursing Care.......................................... 28

Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage...................... 12 Valentine's Day Spending Trends What's the Price of Love?....................................... 13


Je t'adore


Editor’s Note............................................................. 6

Women's Heart Month

Northshore Humane Society................................. 30

Go Red for the Women in Your Life....................... 14


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Redefining the Dental Experience........................... 9


Valentine's Do or Dare............................................. 31


Allure Dental

Romantic Fashion.................................................... 18

Dr. Andre Judice



Foodies and Friends

For the Love of All Things Art................................. 10 Steak Tips for Valentine's - For Two of Course...... 11 February Cocktails

Magnificent Mardi Gras Mixers............................... 37

Mandeville Mayor's Note...................................... 33 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule................................ 34 The King of Mardi Gras - Arthur Hardy............... 35 Carnival the Covington Way................................. 36 Kids Being Kids....................................................... 38 Sophisticated Social............................................... 39 Ribbon Cuttings...................................................... 40 February Calendar.................................................. 41

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Behind the Scenes Enterprising Woman Jennifer Pacione We met with our Enterprising Woman


Jennifer Pacione at her home in Covington. Publisher Lorie Hollis

She prepared for her cover photo shoot

Editor Cindy Lobert

by having her hair styled by Melissa Hardy at H2O Salon in Mandeville.

Art Director Pam Hendrix Production Coordinator Suzanne Lucido

While she was getting pampered, we asked Jennifer

Fashion Stylist Kylen Alleman

some personal questions so we could get to know her a little better.

Sales Manager Stephanie Norman East St. Tammany Account Manager Barbara Doyle

SW: What is your splurge food?

Account Executives Jerry Gatto and Amy Green


Contributing Writers Andre Judice, Mary Fein,

Anything chocolate.

SW: What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Jamie Lober, Cindy Lobert, Ellis V. Lucia and Casey Perrin Robert


Be confident. Do not worry about what other

people think of you.

Contributing Photographers Crystal LoGiudice SW: What song do you belt out in the shower?

Kiki Randon and Steve Randon


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Contributors Michelle Preau is a local photographer who loves capturing special moments for her clients. Her eye for beauty and passion affords her the ability to provide lasting memories.

Cindy Lobert lives in Mandeville and has three grown children plus one who thinks he’s grown. They share space with Stella the dog and Stanley the pyscho cat. She’s been writing since she could read the back of cereal boxes.

Ellis V. Lucia was born in New Orleans March 3, 1950, and worked as a photojournalist for 33 years. He lives in Covington with his wife, Bevil Knapp, and their two dogs.

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CORRECTION: In our January issue on page 32, our story mistakenly noted that Lori Henkemeyer and Stephanie Hartman are St. Tammany Parish's only two female firefighters. Fallan Lowder at District 12 is also a Firefighter/Operator. She also serves our country as an Army reserve Sergeant/Crew Chief. We regret the omission.

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editor's note

Hearts and Fleur de Beads IF YOU’RE IN a first of the year funk, February’s here to rescue you from all things January. Mardi Gras balls and parades start in earnest this month and oh yeah, there’s Valentine’s Day, too. Our February issue has plenty of ideas to help you celebrate both. We’ve also included parade schedules for the north and south shores, courtesy of Mr. Mardi Gras himself, Arthur Hardy. Read all about how he started his now iconic Mardi Gras Guide. On a more serious note, February is American Heart Month and that gives us an opportunity to raise awareness for heart disease. Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined? Neither did I until I read the sobering statistics. Time for me to do more dog walking and less king cake eating. This month’s Enterprising Woman is Jennifer Pacione, owner of Shading Places, and I’m honored to share her compelling story with you. It’s a love story of sorts, both on a professional and personal level, and a timely nod to Valentine’s Day. Her window creations are truly works of art

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o Love Is All You Need

Love. It's what makes the world go 'round, right?

It's just a word­­—a word of infinite meanings and multiple emotions. Love is simple and complicated at the same time. Love is happiness and sadness combined. It is unconditional, yet it takes special conditions to fall in love.

and the passion for her craft shines through. If you don’t have a Valentine this month — or even if you do — consider doing a kindness for someone else. Studies show that random acts of kindness and volunteer work make us feel better than anything material. Walk a pup at the shelter or pay for a stranger’s cup of coffee. It’ll make

Love can inspire art. It can start wars and finish sentences. It makes you warm and fuzzy or gives you chills. Most of all, it lets you know that something is important and has a deeper meaning. Simply put...it makes life sweeter.

both of your days. Have a safe, happy Mardi Gras and laissez les bon temps roulér !

At Sophisticated Woman, we LOVE what we do and we love sharing it with you! And it's true...love is all you need. That and an amazing shoe collection!

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Va-Va-Voom Valentines

Creative Ideas to Celebrate Love WRITTEN BY CINDY LOBERT

Private Label/Engraved Wine or Champagne ROSES ARE RED and chocolate’s ok, but what if you want to blow them away? We’ve got some ideas to make their hearts melt and toes tingle with these creative and unique Valentine’s Day gifts and experiences. Ignite the spark and find the perfect something for that perfect someone.

PRIVATE LABEL/ENGRAVED WINE OR CHAMPAGNE Give the gift of bubbly with your sweetheart’s name on the label, or go a step further and engrave the bottle. Red, white or pink, it's sure to make their eyes sparkle and their cheeks blush. Cheers! personalwine.com | etchingexpressions.com.

Write Their Names in the Stars

WRITE THEIR NAMES IN THE STARS Grant your honey the universe and name a star after him or her. Many packages come with a gift set or pendant engraved with the star’s constellation and its coordinates. What a heavenly thought. starregister.org | globalstarregistry.com/us, star-registration.com. PRIVATE CHEF Enjoy a five-star experience in the comfort of your own home. A personal chef will work with you to create the perfect menu and wine pairings to surprise your sweetie. thumbtack.com. GLAMPING Experience nature and go off the beaten path without sacrificing creature comforts and luxury. Whether you envision a jacked-up tent or a cozy cabin, there are all manners of glamping in Louisiana and beyond. glampinghub.com | glamping.com.

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SEXY SCAVENGER HUNT Lead your lover on a mysterious journey with romantic clues. Use your imagination to begin the chase—it could be a note on a windshield, a dinner plate or even an email. For ideas and inspiration, check out idea websites. pinterest.com. Sexy Scavenger Hunt Sophisticated Woman | January 2019


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Multi-colored rhinestone heart earrrings, $30 | Au Darling, 3523 Highway 190 in Mandeville, 985-624-4477, audarling.com DIFF sunglasses, $85 | Stella & Grace, 2260 Carey Street in Slidell, 985-265-4412, @stellaandgraceboutique Hand-painted oyster wine glasses, $19-$21 | Cameo Boutique, 302 Girod Street in Mandeville, 985-231-1332, facebook.com/cameomandeville Lafco candles in assorted frangrances, $42 | Mallie, 218 Lee Lane in Covington, 985-400-5220, facebook.com/mallie Twice the love for your sweetheart, $95 for both vases | Florist of Covington, 2640 N. Highway 190 in Covington, 985-892-7701, floristofcovington.com Parade yourself to Cloud Nine! Mardi Gras shirts $40 | Cloud Nine, 1901 Highway 190 in Mandeville, 985-951-2299, oncloudnineboutique.com Mardi Gras bowl by Evergreen, $42.95 | DeLuca's Jewelers, 842 N. Collins Boulevard, #C in Covington, 985-892-2317, delucasjewelry.com

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business profile

Redefining the Dental Experience MOST VISITS TO

the dentist don’t involve a cozy blanket to snuggle up

with, noise-cancelling headphones, warm peppermint scented towels and Netflix on-demand. But then again, Dr. Daniela Eversgerd at Allure Dental in Mandeville isn’t like most dentists. From the moment you step into Allure Dental’s boutique-like office, it’s evident that no detail has been overlooked. Custom designed chairs and a large chandelier greet patients in the waiting room, and luxurious leather chairs offer a comfortable visit in the exam rooms. Even the name of her practice was carefully crafted. “Allure means fascinating in French,” she explained. “We want our patients to have fascinating smiles.” Growing up in Brazil, Eversgerd saw plenty of smiles. Her mom is a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist so she witnessed first hand how dental health can impact lives. She had always been a fan of American culture and decided to go to dental school at Southern Illinois University, graduating first in her class. When her husband, an emergency room doctor, was offered a job in New Orleans, they decided to make Mandeville home. It was an easy choice for Eversgerd, who enjoys the wonderful culture and friendly people the Northshore offers. Eversgerd spends time getting to know new patients during their initial exam. She is particularly gentle with those who have had unpleasant dental experiences in the past. “We take our time and want to create a calm experience,” she said. “I truly care for my patients. If they raise their hand, I’ll stop what I’m doing.” She takes a desensitizing approach to those patients who have dental anxiety. “If someone has a mouthful of cavities, we’ll start with one small one and graduate on subsequent visits.” Perfectionist that she is, Eversgerd ensures that her patients receive only the highest quality materials. “Whatever I put in their mouth is going to last a long time,” she said. Her office uses the latest tools and technology, including the CEREC TM system, which enables her to create and deliver dental restorations all in one visit. “My patients usually nap while I’m making their crowns,” she laughed. “They love it.” Digital technology also allows for more precise placement and preserves more of the tooth. Patients who go through extensive treatments such as root canals and crowns are sent home with a batch of homemade soup. Eversgerd is excited about new technologies and trends in the dental world. She recently began using Botox® to treat TMJ and facial pain. She also offers a dental device for patients who have sleep apnea and find a CPAP machine uncomfortable. Finally, Eversgerd is enthusiastic about a paint-on fluoride varnish that prevents small cavities from growing larger. Even after 17 years, Eversgerd still loves being a dentist. “I love seeing families and people of all ages, from kids to the elderly,” she said. “I find joy in changing people’s lives.” Allure Dental is located at 1901 US-190, Suite 14 in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-951-2220 or visit alluredentalhealth.com. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019



For the Love of All Things Art WRITTEN BY ELLIS V. LUCIA


lifetime staring at blank pieces of

paper. The creative process is always a struggle. This

skillset by far is food photography.

comes to mind because my three favorite disciplines,

In a restaurant it’s easy to whip out your iPhone and

writing, cooking and photography, all require a creative

snap a photo of the plate du jour that you’ve just been

process and a starting point of staring, literally or

served and share it on social media. There's a good

figuratively, at a blank sheet of paper. To be in the

chance that the item was prepared by a team of pros.

creative mindset I need to be uncomfortable, in the here

An entirely different image is needed for dining guides,

and now and aware of my inventory of experiences.

magazines and cookbooks and requires many more

Writing is the easiest of these art forms. Whenever

pixels in each image.

anything interesting or intriguing comes to mind I

For a studio food photo shoot, an editor chooses a

can write anytime, anywhere using pen and paper

recipe then shops for ingredients. An art director or

or a digital notepad. Jot down a key word, phrase or

graphic designer may storyboard the page then gathers

sentence and that’s all it takes to inspire and expand

all of the accessories to take the photo—surface, service

into paragraphs or stories later. Cooking has more

and complementary accents. They would then set

restraints but the creative process begins with what

lighting, angles and test exposures. The editor or chef

will become a recipe. Usually that’s a fresh seasonal

who prepared the dish brings it in and it’s styled a final

ingredient, and without looking at recipes, imagining

time and photographed. If you’re lucky, the dish won’t

it with what’s available anytime. For instance, with

need glycerin to make it shiny, or Kitchen Bouquet to

an abundance of end of season fresh basil, I made a

paint it uniformly brown or, heaven forbid, it’s an ice

batch of pecan pesto and froze it in cubes. Some time

cream dessert and you had to hunt for a dry ice supplier

later, I bought butternut squash ravioli and it was just

to keep it from melting.

a matter of imagining a non-traditional sauce and "presto," a delicious recipe in minutes. Photography is a different animal. I have spent a career in photojournalism covering just about every

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and food as well. The most demanding with the quirkiest

One day I hope to create a trifecta of writing a creative piece, cooking a dish from a recipe I’ve written, then photograph the work produced. I would then happily consume my art.

subject—mostly documentary. I've photographed

Enjoy my recipe for Steak Tips for Valentine's and

politicians, popes, presidents, poverty and even

get creative with your own recipes as you enjoy the art

prostitution and have covered my fair share of fashion

of food.


Steak Tips for Valentine’s—For Two Of Course



2 pounds tri-tip or filet mignon cut into 1½ inch cubes

5 tablespoons butter, divided at room temperature

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon canola or other vegetable oil

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 French shallots chopped fine

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic chopped fine 4 sprigs of thyme, tied with cotton twine 2 cups beef stock or broth 1 cup red wine, pinot noir or burgundy ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon sugar


2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1. In a bowl season the beef with salt and pepper and toss in oil. 2. Heat a sauté pan to very hot, add the olive oil then 2 tablespoons butter. 3. When the butter foams, add the cubes of beef and quickly brown the meat. Place on a plate. 4. Pour off the oil from the pan and reduce the heat to medium. 5. Saute' shallots and garlic in 1 tablespoon butter for a minute or two until soft. 6. Add the red wine to deglaze the pan. Add the beef stock, thyme, salt, pepper and sugar. 7. Increase heat and evaporate the liquid to reduce by one half. Remove the thyme. 8. Combine 2 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of butter to make a beurre manie paste. 9. Lower to medium and whisk in beurre manie paste one teaspoon at a time to desired thickness. You do not have to use all of the beurre manie, just enough to tighten the sauce. 10. Return the beef tips and juices to the pan and heat to desired doneness. Serve with your favorite hearty, red Valentine wine. Cauliflower au gratin, honey citrus carrots or creamed spinach make excellent sides. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 11



Keeping The Spark In Your Marriage




such thing as a perfect marriage. “The key is to let go of

permanent. “Women should have a gynecologist who takes their concerns

minor issues and remember this is the person you love and cherish and come

seriously and men with erectile dysfunction should have a urologist that looks

back to the relationship,” said Dr. Christina McKinley, family medicine at

to see if anything is anatomically wrong and then does a hormone panel,” said

Lakeview Medical Center. Every couple is going to disagree from time to time

Anton. If your hormones are on the lower end, there are things that can be done

and that is okay. “Try to discuss things calmly because nothing is going to get

to get your numbers stabilized. This is especially critical for menopausal and

accomplished when you are angry or hurt,” said McKinley. Some struggles are

postmenopausal women.

just part of the life journey but there are solutions. “For financial strain you can

Take time to share fresh experiences and create memories on a regular

work on the budget together and minimize expenditures. If you are spending

basis to keep your relationship fun. “In order to have a good sex life you have

too much time apart you can carve out time for the relationship each day. If you

to actually enjoy the partner you are with, so the more emotionally connected

are spending too much time together you can leave time for individual growth.

you feel the more open you will be to sharing your body,” said Anton. You

And if you are not each pulling your weight with day-to-day chores, assign

want to trust your partner so you can feel vulnerable. “Have regular, healthy

tasks to share the burden and work as a team,” said McKinley.

communication and date nights where you stay away from discussing kids,

When you hear the word spark, sexual attraction and desire may come

household tasks or work,” said Anton. Make compromises when you can.

to mind but they are really two separate entities with desire being more of

“Some of your time on dates should be adventurous. During the first two years

a conscious choice. “If you are in a long-term monogamous relationship

of your relationship, you feel attracted and interested in the person. This is

and only feel desire once every three months and are waiting until you are

influenced by the neurotransmitter dopamine, which increases oxytocin. That

feeling desire, you are skipping out on a good sex life,” said Dr. Tiffany Anton,

leads to feelings of bonding and increased libido,” said Anton. This means you

psychotherapist at New Orleans Sex Therapy. You can compare this to waiting

do not really know your true libido until after two years. “Doing something

to vacuum at home. “It is about having the conscious choice and changing

adventurous will increase your adrenaline and dopamine which will help mimic

your thinking so you prioritize intimacy,” said Anton. Intimacy should include

how you felt in the beginning of your relationship,” said Anton.

both affectionate touch and erotic touch. “I want couples to do more hugging,

Remember that you and your partner are equals. “We are in a society

kissing and handholding so they strengthen the affectionate touch, because

where we really need to open up to the multitude of emotions that we have

when touch is equated to sex, women can become touch avoidant which is toxic

and we can even have opposing emotions at the same time,” said Anton.

in the marriage,” said Anton. The goal is to be touch responsive.

Consider the amount of energy you may put into your job and add just a little

To maintain the spark you want to focus on emotional and physical

bit of that into your relationship with your spouse. You will be amazed to see

pleasure. Everyone has their own love language and it is important to figure

how easy it is to reinforce one another’s love language and how healthy and

out what yours is. If sexual issues arise over time, they do not have to be

connected you can be.

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LBS & INCHES overall in your first month!


Ingrid Rinck, CEO

visit us on Social Media @SensibleMeals What’s the Price of Love? PLANNED SPENDING

Just over half (54.7%) of U.S. adults plan on celebrating Valentine's Day this year. Whether they're buying gifts for their significant others, friends or pets­–total planned spending is estimated to reach $19.6 billion, up from $18.2 billion in 2017.


Celebrants are most likely to give candy (55%), up from last year's 49.7%. Greeting cards (45.9%), flowers (35.6%) and an evening out (35.2%) will also be popular ideas this year. Younger celebrants (those 18-34) are significantly more likely than older generations to treat their dates to an evening out. Top destinations for buying gifts are department stores (35.3%) and discount stores (32.4%).


Roughly a quarter (23.7%) also plan to give a gift experience, and 42.3% say they would love to receive one. For younger celebrants (those 18-24), six out of ten say they'd love to receive a gift experience and four out of ten plan to give one.


Over half of celebrants plan to use their smartphones to assist with Valentine's Day purchases. 36.9% plan to use them for researching products and comparing prices. Similarly, 44.7% plan to use their tablets, with one third doing so for price comparisons and product research.


About three out of ten adult consumers who indicated they are not celebrating this year still have some type of "celebration" plans. This can include anything from treating themselves to something special, purchasing "anti" Valentine's Day gifts or planning a get-together with family or friends. 18-24 year olds are the most likely to "celebrate" with these activities. Source: National Retail Federation

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Go Red for the Women in Your Life WRITTEN BY MARY FEIN


know and love may be

affected by cardiovascular disease – at any age. It is the number one killer of women, nationally and in Louisiana. We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease claims the lives of one in three women. In fact, heart disease now claims more lives than all cancers combined. DOMNICA FOTINO, MD - Board Certified Internal Medicine


February is American Heart Association’s Go LISA PATE, ND - Naturopathic Physician

Red for Women® month and women can raise awareness of their number one killer – heart disease - by wearing red, donating to fund cutting-edge research and life-saving education programs that increase heart disease prevention and reduce heart attacks. Women can also make a difference in their community by taking action and volunteering. The Go Red for Women campaign is more than a message. It’s a nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and strokes. It’s an easy, powerful way to spread awareness and support the mission of Go Red for Women, which is to provide women with opportunities to prioritize and take charge of their own health, build communities



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that support and provide access to healthy choices, and demand equal access to healthcare for all women and their families. Heart disease and stroke claim a woman’s life every 80 seconds. There is no greater killer of American women. We need to rally together as a community to make preventative care of heart disease a top priority. Don’t be silent. Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our number one enemy.


For more information or to join us for our Go Red for Women please visit BatonRougeGoRed.Heart.org.

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Cho colate melts. Flowers fade. But je welry lasts forever!

How Does Your Winter Garden Grow? FEBRUARY OFFERS PLENTY to do for gardeners. For starters, get ready for Valentine’s Day. Select a houseplant, such as an orchid, bromeliad, red anthurium or purple heart plant to make your sweetie feel special.

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out. Some good native choices include southern red oak, southern sugar maple, willow oak, southern magnolia and bald cypress. This is also a good time to fertilize the trees you already have, especially the younger ones. They will grow faster when fertilized annually. Keep an eye on your azaleas this month for lace bugs. These pests cause foliage to have small white spots. You can control them with horticultural oil sprays and various pesticides. A late winter planting of petunias will provide colorful blooms for early spring. February is also a good time to plant containers of bare-root roses. Make sure to soak the roots overnight in water before planting. Early planting allows rose bushes to become established in their new locations before they begin to bloom and release the signature scent. February is the perfect time to start seedlings indoors for broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, lettuce, onions, eggplant, pepper, herb and perennial flowers. Growing from seeds is inexpensive, rewarding and allows you more control over the

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JENNIFER PACIONE, owner of Shading Places, never intended to run a window treatment company. The Covington resident majored in nursing, but with her love of fabrics and design she found her calling in interior decorating. Some of the grandest homes and businesses in the New Orleans area showcase her elegantly crafted window designs. And it all started in her kitchen.


As a young newlywed and new homeowner, Pacione was challenged to come up with an inexpensive way to dress up her own home’s windows. Lacking the finances to hire a decorator, Pacione took matters into her own hands. A nurse by trade, she had picked up sewing as a child from her aunt and grandmother, and soon she found herself creating patterns and rolling out bolts of fabric on her kitchen floor.

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attention to detail. Pacione was designing window treatments for people she knew and began receiving referrals for other customers and businesses. “I started a business and I didn’t even realize it,” she laughed. “I was just doing what I loved. I’m a nurse by education but a business owner by passion. I wanted to do one thing—windows—and do it extremely well.” Despite the demand for her services, Pacione was hesitant to abandon the steady pay and benefits her nursing career provided. But when she became a new mom, she realized that flexibility was something owning a business could give her that being a nurse couldn’t. One of Pacione’s friends urged her to take the jump. “From then on, I gave my business 110% and never looked back,” she stated. Daughters Peyton, 18 and Hope, 8 have been her number one priority. “I always wanted to be there for my children,” she said. “Taking them to school, picking them up, being there for their after-school activities is really important to me. And owning a business allowed me to do that.” After becoming a single mom, that flexibility became even more important. Being a single mom and business owner meant that some days were long and tiring, but Pacione took solace in the fact that she was always available for her daughters and her ever-growing clientele. While her business grew and her daughters flourished, Pacione’s personal life was not as fortuitous. A failed relationship left her broken and disheartened with her self-esteem in shambles. “I was so worried about what people would think that I stayed in a bad situation far too long,” Pacione confided. Eventually, she found the courage to leave, and with the support of friends and family she soldiered on. Pacione resolved to keep moving forward, pouring herself into her work and children. Still, the experience daunted her. She wondered how she could be so successful in business yet not be able to find lasting love. But that was all about to change. About a year after Pacione’s divorce, a married couple she was friends with were waiting for a table at a local restaurant. It was a serendipitous moment when the pair met Jim, a relocated transplant from Chicago. He was waiting for his date to arrive and the three struck up a conversation. “If your date doesn’t work out, I know a great woman,” winked Pacione’s friend. Little did she know the profound effect that chance meeting would have on her life. Indeed, the date didn’t work out and he and Pacione met. Their first date was at the Southern Hotel in Covington where they later married. “I wouldn’t change the past because it brought me to today,” Pacione said. “I met my best friend and the love of my life. We have mutual respect for each other. Jim is truly happy for my successes and brings joy to my life every day. I’m like a flower—he waters me and I bloom.” Such expressions of affection are the norm between the two and they continue to stand in awe that they discovered each other after almost giving up on finding love. They share an affinity for entertaining and travel, and are excited about their plans to vacation in Italy at the end of the month. Like her husband, Pacione’s clients are a loyal bunch. Many of them have been customers for years and have turned into lifelong friends. She marvels that some clients initially hired her to do a window treatment for a nursery and now she’s decorating all the windows on their third or fourth home. Some of her clients have come to rely on Pacione so much that they fly her out to their vacation homes so she can work her magic. She loves the challenge of new projects and the opportunity to flex her creative muscles. Shading Places has grown by leaps and bounds in the nearly 20 years she’s been in business. But Pacione’s approach to business remains the same as it was when she founded the company—to help her customers make their vision come to life. It’s important for her to set a good example for her daughters, both as a mom and a business owner. She emphasizes the importance of having a voice. “I want them to know that it’s ok to make mistakes,” she said. “Just learn from them, keep going and hold your head high. And be kind. Always be kind.” Shading Places creates custom window treatments. For more information, call 985-373-4134 or email jennpacione@icloud.com. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 23


THE CLASSIC ACADIAN COTTAGE looks right at home NESTLED INTO THE CYPRESS and pine trees that surround the property.

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A Rich Family Legacy Where Classic Meets Contemporary WRITTEN BY CASEY PERRIN ROBERT PHOTOS BY KIKI RANDON


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weekends rooting for the family’s favorite teams, we vacation in the same places year after year, and our closest friendships often go back a generation or two. The same can be said for the way we design our homes; we keep heirlooms close and memories right on the walls. In 1987, Tony and Margaret Zelenka built their Mandeville home on the edge of the Tchefuncte River in the watery privacy of Del Oaks subdivision. The classic Acadian cottage looks right at home nestled into the cypress and pine trees that surround the property. Its 2800-squarefoot base has grown a few times over the years to include more bedrooms, more land and more history. “The house grew and adapted along with our family,” says Tony. “We closed in the garage to make a playroom, we added a bedroom, we built an upstairs, all over time, and finally we did the real renovation.” He refers to the 2008 renovation led by architect Matt Voelkel, which redesigned and redefined the entire place. The exterior remained largely the same, but the interior of the home was reimagined. Inside is now light, bright, and more modern, while simultaneously being even more full of their family legacy. Margaret’s grandparents owned a pharmacy in downtown Madisonville decades ago, and the building had long since been sold and fallen into disrepair. Upon undertaking the renovation project, the Zelenkas heard through the grapevine that the old building was going to be taken down, and they inquired about purchasing the old floorboards to use somewhere in their home during the remodel. Tony laughs, “But they wouldn’t just sell us the floor­—we had to buy the whole thing!” One day, they rented a truck and drove to Madisonville to load each and every board themselves. Every bit of the old heart pine was still heavy with sap and richly colored, as only the old species of wood can be, and even the exterior boards were able to be salvaged for re-use. From hefty floor joists to old bricks, almost all the elements of the old building can now be found inside the renovated interior of their home. The two-by-twelves became extra-wide plank flooring for the master suite, while the old heart pine flooring now resides in the other bedrooms. “Now our grandchildren walk on the same floors that my grandparents - their great-grandparents! - walked on. It’s very special,” says Margaret. Old sinker cypress became doors and cabinetry in the front rooms of the home, and a custom entertainment center in the family room is also made from the salvaged wood. Some other furniture pieces and even the outside dining table were also made for the family, in an effort to bring the sentimentality into the home’s magnificent garden. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 25


Here in THIS PLACE, the busy pace of the Northshore fades away to QUIET PRIVACY and NATURAL ELEGANCE.

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Margaret, who is a master gardener, took her hobby to the next level when in 2012 the couple purchased the house and lot directly next door to their home. The house, which had some structural problems, was demolished, and in its place a full English garden took shape. The design by Brian Humphreys is complete with brick pathways, raised vegetable beds, and multiple charming spots to sit and enjoy the native plants. Children from the neighborhood are encouraged to comand learn about what grows and blooms, and the bounty is frequently shared with friends and family. Something is growing every season, from citrus in the winter to berries in the summer, and the classical plan is satisfying to view no matter the weather. Here in this place, the busy pace of the Northshore fades away to quiet privacy and natural elegance. The timeless combination of brick and wood give structure to the soft colors and airy spaces of the home, and the bountiful green views are something out of a classic Southern tale. All in all, this estate proves once again that when we surround ourselves with history, the soul is satisfied. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 27


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ARE YOU LOOKING for a fun and unique date night idea? Consider taking one of our shelter dogs out for a fun day on the town! Volunteers for the Northshore Humane Society have a very creative way to spend Valentine’s Day. With our Canine Cabbie program, a couple can take one of our shelter dogs out of the shelter for an amazing and fun day in the community. There are several places on the Northshore that permit dogs. Our Canine Cabbie volunteers bring dogs to play on the lakefront, hiking in Fountainebleau State Park and even shopping for a new toy at Petsmart. You and your special someone can bring a shelter dog to one of the Canine Cabbie partners like Abita Roasting Co., the English Tea Room or the Abita Spring Cafe for a sweet lunch date on the patio. By bringing shelter dogs into the community, you help socialize and exercise our dogs. This helps them stay healthy and increases their chances of getting adopted. Our Canine Cabbie program also helps our dogs get more exposure to potential adopters in the community. Some of our dogs have been adopted by people they met on one of their Canine Cabbie trips. If you are looking for active and romantic Valentine’s date ideas with the dog lover in your life, consider becoming a volunteer with the Northshore Humane Society and participating in our Canine Cabbie program. For more information, contact the Northshore Humane Society at 985-892-7387 or visit northshorehumane.org.

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endeavor, the Mandeville Historic Walking Tour. We are currently in Phase I. This is how it works. To do a virtual tour and get an idea of the project, go to our website, www.cityofmandeville.com and click on “About Us” where you will find “Historical Places of Interest” in the sidebar. Click there and a map will

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appear with approximately 20 locations listed which also correspond to a number on the map. Click on either the title or the number on the map and you will find a picture and history of the site. For the Historic Walking Tour, obtain a map from City Hall, the Mandeville Trailhead or The Lang House and go directly to the location, where you will find a marker in the form of a Quick Reader code. Scan that on your phone and the same information appears. All 20 locations have these markers on site. Phase II will include videos and voice recordings added to the history as we continue to accurately research our City’s past. And finally, in the near future we will complete Phase III which will involve a total makeover of our Mandeville Trailhead Museum and incorporate all this data. I sincerely hope you enjoy learning more about the cherished history of our City and its natural resources. I also want to mention that our parades are ready to roll for Mardi Gras in Mandeville. The Krewe of Eve will parade on February 22 and The Original Krewe of Orpheus on March 4. Laissez les bon temps roulér! Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 33


Mardi Gras Southshore on the

SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 9 Marigny/Bywater Chewbacchus 7:00 p.m. SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 16 Marigny/French Quarter Krewe du Vieux - 6:30 p.m. krewedelusion - 7:00 p.m. SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 17 Metairie Little Rascals - Noon Marigny ‘Tit Rex - 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 22 Uptown Oshu - 6:00 p.m. Cleopatra - 6:30 p.m. Metairie Excalibur - 7:00 p.m. SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 23 West Bank Adonis - 11:45 a.m. St. Bernard Nemesis - 1:00 p.m. Uptown Pontchartrain - 1:00 p.m. Choctaw - 2:00 p.m. Freret - 3:00 p.m. Sparta - 5:30 p.m. Pygmalion - 6:15 p.m. Metairie Caesar - 6:00 p.m. SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 24 Uptown Femme Fatal - 11:00 a.m. Carrollton - Noon King Arthur - 1:00 p.m. Alla - 2:30 p.m. Metairie Kings - 5:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY | FEBRUARY 27 Uptown Druids - 6:15 p.m. Nyx - 7:00 p.m. 34 Sophisticated Woman | February 2019

THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 28 Uptown Babylon - 5:30 p.m. Chaos - 6:15 p.m. Muses - 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY | MARCH 1 Uptown Hermes - 5:30 p.m. d’Etat - 6:30 p.m. Morpheus - 7:00 p.m. Metairie Centurions - 7:00 p.m. SATURDAY | MARCH 2 West Bank NOMTOC - 10:45 a.m. Uptown Iris - 11:00 a.m. Tucks - Noon Mid-City Endymion - 4:15 p.m. Metairie Isis - 6:30 p.m. SUNDAY | MARCH 3 Uptown Okeanos - 11:00 a.m. Mid-City - 11:45 a.m. Thoth - Noon Bacchus - 5:15 p.m.

Mardi Gras Northshore on the

SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 16 Slidell Krewe of Bilge - 11:00 a.m. Krewe of Poseidon - 6:00 p.m. SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 17 Slidell Krewe of Slidellians - 1:00 p.m. Krewe of Perseus follows Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club - 1:00 p.m. FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 22 Mandeville Krewe of Eve - 7:00 p.m. Hammond Krewe of Omega - 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 23 Slidell Krewe of Paws - 10:00 a.m. Krewe of Titans - 6:30 p.m. Madisonville Krewe of Tchefuncte - 1:00 p.m. Covington Krewe of Olympia - 6:00 p.m. SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 24 Slidell Krewe of Claude - 1:00 p.m. Krewe of Dionysus follows

Metairie Athena - 5:30 p.m. Pandora - 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY | MARCH 1 Slidell Krewe of Selene - 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY | MARCH 4 Uptown Proteus - 5:15 p.m. Orpheus - 6:00 p.m.

Mandeville Original Krewe of Orpheus - 7:00 p.m.

FAT TUESDAY | MARCH 5 Uptown Zulu - 8:00 a.m. Rex - 10:00 a.m. Elks Orleans follows Crescent City follows Metairie Argus - 10:00 a.m. Elks Jeff follows Krewe of Jeff follows

SATURDAY | MARCH 2 Bogalusa Krewe of MCCA - 1 p.m. SUNDAY | MARCH 3 Franklinton Krewe of Tepe - 2 p.m. FAT TUESDAY | MARCH 5 Covington Covington Lions Parade - 10:00 a.m. Mystic Krewe of Covington follows Lions Parade


The King of Mardi Gras ARTHUR HARDY IS to Mardi Gras like red beans are to rice and fleur de lis are to the Saints. The ubiquitous Mardi Gras Guide can be found all over town during Carnival season. A fifth generation New Orleanian, Hardy has been featured in magazines, books, radio and TV, including the Today Show and National Geographic. With its concise parade routes and incredible krewe details —want to know what throws you’ll catch from Eve? — it’s no wonder Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide is now in its 43rd year of print. Hardy’s love of all things Carnival started when he was a five-year-old boy and attended parades in Mid-City. He recalls cutting out the newspaper photo of the king’s float the next day. His parents weren’t the biggest fans of Mardi Gras but Hardy was hooked from day one. His earliest participation was in the 1958 Thoth parade when he was at Beauregard Junior High and carried the American flag. The intrigue grew from there. When he attended Warren Easton from 1963-1965, Hardy played trumpet in parades. He laughs that he got to participate in Carnival before he studied it. Hardy graduated Loyola University in 1970, then taught in the public schools for three years. He then went on to become band director at Brother Martin High School. He was there for 16 years and was able to march with his band in many parades, leading to friendly relationships with Carnival captains. That came in handy when he decided to create the Guide. He saw a need for more detailed information about the parades; in 1977, the only way anyone knew which parades were rolling where and when was to buy the morning paper. Although he loved Mardi Gras, Hardy’s motivation to develop the Guide was strictly financial. He viewed it as a means to supplement his teaching salary. But as he studied Carnival’s origins and history, he became more and more fascinated with its unique traditions. He found everything he could about Mardi Gras and synthesized it into his annual publication. No detail is too obscure for this Carnival connoisseur; he collects Mardi Gras trivia like some people collect comic books. It’s what makes the Guide as essential as fried chicken and comfortable shoes during Carnival season. If you’ve ever wondered how krewes are formed, why riders throw beads or how Mardi Gras got started, his Mardi Gras Guide will fill you in. The Guide got off to a rocky start. Some 5,000 copies were printed but only 1,500 were sold. But he persevered and in a few years it was making money. Hardy also inspired other publications to offer more in-depth Carnival coverage. Today, the Guide has sold more than two million copies and has reached collectible status. Mardi Gras Guide keeps Hardy busy all year long, but when Carnival season ends and Ash Wednesday begins, he is relieved. But it also comes with a touch of sadness and an inevitable letdown. There’s always a wish for just one more parade. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 35


Carnival the Covington Way WRITTEN BY CINDY LOBERT

LIKE THE REST of the Northshore, Covington’s Lions Club Parade is growing by leaps and bounds. Now in its 62nd year, the annual Mardi Gras parade has evolved from a hodgepodge of pickup trucks and tractors to a full-blown New Orleans style procession of traditional floats and marching bands — all while maintaining its small town, community feel. Three years ago, Covington Mayor Mike Cooper approached District D Councilman Larry Rolling about freshening up and revitalizing the longtime iconic parade. The goal was to obtain community and local business involvement by offering sponsorships for larger, more traditional floats, extend the Mardi Gras Day celebration and make Covington an alternative destination for the holiday. “People don’t always want to go into the city for Mardi Gras,” Rolling explained. “It can be a hassle with the traffic, parking and crowds. We want Covington to be an attractive option for those who’d rather celebrate on the Northshore.” Families enjoy Covington’s festive and safe party atmosphere where they can spread out and join in the merrymaking. Rollings and his committee of volunteers have accomplished those goals and then some. Five new floats were added to the mix with well-known sponsors such as St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Ochsner, Cleco, Fielding Funeral Home and Gulf Coast Bank. “Last year was the best ever,” Rolling said. “And it’s going to be even greater this year. The word is getting out about Mardi Gras in Covington.” Former Saints wide receiver Michael Lewis has been appointed 2019’s Grand Marshall and he’ll be accompanied by a float of Saints Super Fans. The celebration continues after the parade at the Covington Trailhead, where partygoers can enjoy food, live music and more Saints Super Fans. This year welcomes the addition of food trucks, as well as a kids corner complete with crafts, face painting and other attractions to amuse the little ones. “The Trailhead event complements the parade and is a great way to top off Mardi Gras,” Rolling said. Businesses can sponsor a full traditional float with up to 28 riders for $2,800 or half a float with 14 riders for $1,500. Rolling said one of the unique selling points for businesses is the ability to distribute logo branded throws from floats during the parade. While the floats and crowds might be bigger, Mardi Gras in Covington still remains a family friendly destination that all ages can enjoy. “We want to keep our family atmosphere even as we grow,” Rolling said. To learn more about float sponsorship opportunities for Carnival in Covington, please contact Larry Rolling at 985-502-8586 or email rollingdistrictd@aol.com.

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Magnificent Mardi Gras Mixers IT'S CARNIVAL TIME!

Sidewalk side or neutral ground, second line yourself right into the revelry of Mardi Gras. Get your go-cup ready and

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1 ounce Irish whiskey 1 ½ ounces sour apple vodka 3 ½ ounces elderflower tonic water Lemon peel Green apple slices

1 cube sugar 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey or bourbon ¼ ounce herbsaint 3 dashes bitters Lemon peel

Mix Irish whiskey, sour apple vodka and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and stir for 25 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top off with elderflower tonic water. Garnish with apple slices and a lemon zest twist.

Pack an old-fashioned glass with ice. In a second glass, add the sugar cube and bitters and crush the sugar cube. Add rye whiskey to the bitters and sugar. Empty ice from the first glass and coat it with herbsaint. Pour mixture from the second glass into the first glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Lavender Epiphany

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1 ounce vodka ½ ounce fresh lemon juice ¼ ounce lavender syrup 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds

1½ ounces pineapple infused vodka ½ ounce pomegranate liqueur ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice Ginger beer Orange twist

Add vodka, lemon juice and lavender syrup to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lemon slice and dried lavender buds.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, pomegranate liqueur, and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass. Top with the ginger beer then garnish with an orange twist. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 37

Madisonville Elementary School 2nd Grade Class Mrs. Walker's 2nd grade Gifted students at Madisonville Elementary have been studying Medieval times. Students created a gingerbread castle and protective wall.

Our Lady of the Lake Student of the Year Nominees Our Lady of the Lake School's nominees for 2018-2019, Student of the Year are, from left, Lillian Candebat, Rebecca Frank, Sarah Lindsay and Helen Sandoz. They are pictured with Rev. Mark Lomax and Principal Frank Smith. These fifth grade nominees have many accomplishments.

Bayou Lacombe Middle School Students of the Month Amayah Brion, Keegan Luke, Isabella Adams, Sayra Mejia-Paz, Myla Rentrop, Brody Loudermilk, Greg Cusimano, Adam Soileau, Amari Garrett, and Cherish Jackson (not pictured).

Archbishop Hannan Soccer Team Celebrates Senior Night Archbishop Hannan High School’s Varsity Boys Soccer team celebrated senior night on January 8th. The seniors were presented along with their parents and received a team autographed soccer ball. Head Coach Trey Labat (center) is pictured with his senior players from left: Victor Harvey, Cole Derenbecker, Hunter Holmes and Andrew Goldkamp.

Madisonville Elementary School Participates in Poster Context Ms. Judy Helmstetter's Kindergarten class from Madisonville Elementary participated in the St. Tammany Parish Schools Dr. Martin Luther King Poster contest. Pictured: Eliana Cassesi, Luke Muller, Emma Vigeant, Jack Brown, Zachary Gabb, Camille Wall, and Daven Vigean.

Cedarwood Jr. High Students of the Year Olivia Roy, fifth grade and Mia Decker, eighth grade, earned Clearwood Jr. High Students of the Year.





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United Way of Southeast Louisiana awared $30,000 United Way of Southeast Louisiana awarded $30,000 for suicide prevention, mental health services and crisis response to NAMI St. Tammany and VIA LINK, Inc./2-1-1 in St. Tammany Parish to support their efforts in the community.


Greater Hammond Chamber's Award Luncheon More than 300 business leaders representing nearly 100 companies gathered to celebrate the Greater Hammond Chamber’s 2019 Installation and Awards Luncheon at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Union Grand Ballroom in Hammond. Pictured are the Chamber’s Board of Directors.


St. Tammany Parish School Board Elects Members The 15 elected members of the St. Tammany Parish School Board took their oath of office on January 10. Their four-year terms officially began January 1, 2019.

WCR St. Tammany Check Donation Women’s Council of Realtors St. Tammany’s check donation from Bras for a Cause Fundraiser is being donated to SMH Foundation and St. Tammany Hospital Foundation.

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Kangen Water Center 70515 Highway 21, Suite 9 in Covington

Ponchartrain Surgery Center 4407 Highway 190 Service Road in Covington

PetSuites Northshore 975 Highway 190 Service Road in Covington

Body Sculpt Barre 1291 N. Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville

Tulane Surgery Clinic Northshore, Lakeview Regional Medical Center 95 Judge Tanner Boulevard in Covington

K-Team Printing & Marketing 1310 S. Magnolia Street in Hammond 40 Sophisticated Woman | February 2019


FEBRUARY CALENDAR 5 &19 Total Joint Replacement Class. 1-2 pm, limited to 40 participants, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, 985-867-3900, lakeviewregional.com.

8 Downtown Covington Film Festival. 5-10 pm, $10, Southern Hotel, 428 E. Boston St., Covington, filmfreeway.com/DTCFilmFestival. Art of a Cocktail. 6:30-9:30 pm, $40 members, $45 non-members, Hammond Regnional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113, hammondarts.org. Northlake Newcomers Club Luncheon and Game Day. Doors open at 10 am, play starts at 10:30 am, members $16.50, guests $19.50, Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Dr., Mandeville, northlakenewcomers.com.

8-9 The Color Purple. 8-10 pm. $25-$35, Cutting Edge Theater at Attractions Salon, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-649-3727, cuttingedgetheater.com.


Northshore Cajun Dance Ft. Nouveaux Cajun Express. 7-7:30 pm lessons, music and dance 8-10:30 pm, $8 members, $10 non-members, Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs, 985-892-0711.


Children’s King Cake Decorating. 2 pm and 4 pm, $38, Berrytown Produce, sponsored by Local Honey Baby, 2600 W. Church St., Hammond, 985-393-3330.

11 Baby Care Basics. 6-8 pm, free, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Madisonville Conference Room, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington, 985-898-4083, stph.org.

15 Visions of Vienna & Salzburg: the LPO with music by Mozart and Strauss. 7:30 pm; 6:30 pm for pre-concert talk with conductor, $20-$25, First Baptist Church of Covington, 16333 Hwy. 1085, Covington, 504-523-6530, lpomusic.com.

17 Concert Choir and Women’s Bella Voce of Southeastern Louisiana University. 5-6 pm, doors open at 4:30, Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-3177. Gurney Games. 2-5 pm, Covington Trailhead, 1202 South Tyler St., Covington, 985-898-4141, sthfoundation.org/GurneyGames.

19 LPO Young People’s Concerts: A Musical Delivery. 10 am, register online, First Baptist Church of Covington, 62883 Hwy 1089, Covington, 504-523-6530, lpomusic.com. Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show. 10:30 am-2 pm, tickets from $110, New Orleans Sheraton, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, 504-915-3053, neworleansopera.org.

21 Friends and Family CPR. 7-9 pm, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room, limited to 12 participants, 85-867-3900, lakeviewregional.com.

Standing Events EVERY 2ND & 4TH MONDAY SOS Survivors of Suicide Support Group. 6:30–8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-237-5506, stops-la.org.

EVERY LAST MONDAY St. Tammany Democrats—DPEC, 6:45-8:30, 21490 Koop Dr., Mandeville.

EVERY TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY Northshore Table Tennis Club, 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs.

EVERY WEDNESDAY Covington Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

EVERY 3RD TUESDAY LIFE Lab Lecture Series, presented by Avanti Senior Living. 6 p.m., free, 2234 Watercross Parkway, Covington, avanti-sl.com/events.

EVERY 1ST THURSDAY Mandeville Republican Women's Club, 11:30, Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Dr., Mandeville, 504-782-2920.

EVERY 3RD THURSDAY Women of Infinite Possibilities. 10 a.m.– noon, St. Anthony’s Gardens, 601 Holy Trinity Dr., Covington, 985-867-5234, womenofwip.org.

EVERY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY Lafitte Street Market. 4–8 p.m. on Thursdays; 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturdays, 698 Lafitte St., Mandeville.

EVERY FRIDAY “Legacies for All” Estate Planning. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $500 per basic estate plan that includes a will, power of attorney and living will, Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 103A, Mandeville, 985-951-2177. Free Wine Tastings at Martin Wine Cellar. 4:30–6:30 p.m. 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985- 951-8081.

EVERY SATURDAY Covington Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon, 609 N. Columbia St. on side lawn of the Covington Police Department, covingtonfarmersmarket.org. Hammond Farmer's Market. 8 a.m.–noon, corner of W. Thomas St. and S.W. Railroad Ave., downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, dddhammond.com. Camellia City Market. 8 a.m.–noon., 1808 Front St., Slidell, 985-640-7112, camelliacitymarket.org. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 985-624-3147, mandevilletrailheadmarket.com. Pearl River’s Honey Island Art and Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 64378 Highway 41, Pearl River, 985-807-4447. Covington Brewhouse Tours. 11:30 and 12:30, free, 226 E. Lockwood St., Covington.

EVERY SUNDAY Abita Springs Farmers Market. Noon–4 p.m., Abita Trailhead, 985-807-4447, mrnmedic@gmail.com. Ponchatoula Farmers Market. Noon–4 p.m., 10 E. Pine St., 504-390-5769. Sophisticated Woman | February 2019 41

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