Monday, August 10, 2020

Antiques and Uniques Festival Sept. 5 & 6

The Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival returns September 5 and 6 for a weekend of fun and finding fascinating items for home and personal enjoyment.

The free event takes place in downtown Covington at the Tammany Trace trailhead, 419 North New Hampshire Street, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Coordinated by the Covington Heritage Foundation, the festival features antiques, vintage collectibles, and crafts, as well as architectural salvage items along with food, music and more. To view the information packet (PDF File) and vendor application form, CLICK HERE.

In conjunction with the St. Tammany Art Association, there will also be a Covington Art Market.

Face masks and social distancing rules in effect at the time of the event will be followed. 

See also:

Covington Antiques & Uniques Festival 2019

Antiques and Uniques Festival 2018

 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Claiborne Place Makers Market

 Being creative is a three step process. First, think of something you can make; second, make it; and third, find a place to sell it so you can gauge public reaction and make more of them.

And the new Claiborne Place Makers Market near Covington is just that, a place that displays a wide variety of artwork, handicrafts, oils, lotions, and, of course, good things to eat.

A dozen or so vendors populate the market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and their number is growing as more people hear about the venture. It all started with a bonsai tree display a few months ago, and now has leathercrafts, woodworking puzzles, tie-dyed shirts (and facemasks), tamales, lemonade, and more.

Here are some photographs from this morning's offerings:

The market is located in the Claiborne Hill shopping center parking lot where the old Citizens Bank drive through is located, adjacent to the Harbor Freight Tools parking lot. It's open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click on the images to make them larger.  

Breads, baked goods, and jewelry

Good things to eat
Raymond and Susan with Mi Bop's tamales and sausages. I had a good visit with him talking about tamales from the good old days, the various recipes and area preferences.
Hand-crafted soaps

Hawaiian Jerky
Lemonade and other refreshments
Hot sauce and other seasonings


Pickled pickles

Alligator Leathergoods, some with a picture inside of the alligator who made it possible

Jig-saw puzzle masterpieces by Craig




Tie-dyed masks, football team masks
Chef Mary prepares
From the '70's to the roaring 2020's







CBD oil and specially formulated products for a variety of purposes
 
Scott Crawford, the market manager, says it's been a growing thing and with all the traffic going by, it's growing even larger. "We've got a good location and we're getting everything together," he said. 

It started when his daughter suggested the new market locate in the Claiborne Hill parking lot. She was working for the owner of the location, so her dad and the owner got together and worked out the details.  Some of the vendors used to be part of the Abita Springs Farmers Market.

They put in an electrical connection, and future plans call for a night-time market on Saturday nights. He's hoping to get a big car show on Saturday nights, the kind they used to have in Covington. Plus a band or a DJ. "A place where people can relax and have a good time," he said. The parking lot is well lit already, so the Saturday evening event is moving forward. 

It will be an opportunity for folks to come out, enjoy the music and food, give them "something to do," and support local businesses at the same time. "People need to get out and enjoy life, support local businesses, sticking together instead of bickering over politics," he concluded.

A real plus for the location is its proximity to Tammany Trace bicycle trail. "We're pulling in people coming down the Trace, looking for something cool to drink and enjoying looking at all the stuff," he said. Crawford is even planning to put in a few picnic tables for cyclists and visitors.

Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TCPMM00/ and a new website is currently in production.

 Also of interest going on in the area are "food truck events," organized by the good folks at Creole Tomateaux down in Mandeville. Those would include birthday bashes, Baptisms, Graduations, Weddings, Showers, Anniversaries, Festivals, Reunions, Grand Openings, and special holiday celebrations.

Note: After I took the first few pictures of people with their masks on, I asked the rest of them to take their masks down for a few seconds while I took their pictures.








Saturday, August 8, 2020

The 1815 Map of St. Tammany Parish

This map shows southeast Louisiana in 1815. Produced by John Melish, it covers New Orleans and vicinity, with Madisonville and Post Oak prominently labelled in St. Tammany Parish, which had only been officially named as a parish just five years earlier, in 1810.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

100 Years Ago This July 7

 What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Issue of  July 7, 1920. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Most of the issue was devoted to arguments for and against putting in a drainage plan for St. Tammany Parish. That would involve drainage districts, drainage surveys, cooperation among landowners, and the most controversial part, drainage improvements taxes.

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ABITA SPRINGS DANCES
ABITA SPRINGS NEWS




The First Trailer- To Be Later Known as "Airstream"
The Big Controversy Over Putting In Drainage