Here is the program of activities for the 1972 Spring a' la Carte events and Spring Tour in the Covington area. Click on the images to make them larger.
Text from the brochure:
"HOW THE WEST WAS SUNG"—a multi-variety musical. Selected by pre-audition of area talent. Sponsored by St. Joseph's Seminary College. St. Joseph's Abbey (Benet Hall). Adults $1; Students $0.75.
THE COVINGTON GARDEN CLUB WILL PRESENT A SPRING FLOWER DISPLAY AT Benet Hall during these days.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION by amateurs and professionals at the Bogue Falaya Shopping Center Mall. Sponsored by the St. Tammany Art Association. Open during week days. Closed on Sundays.
"CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF".
Marcelle Illings, director. A Tennessee Williams Play performed by Playmakers, Inc. at the Playbarn, Sans Souci Forest, Lee Road.
NANCY STAUB'S PUPPET PLAYHOUSE in "Oriental Tales" at the Bridge, Columbia St.Sponsored by the A.A. U.W. and Regina Coeli Child Development Center, Inc.
Adults $1.50 Children $1
THE DANCE PLAYERS of St. Scholastica under direction of Rosemerry Fuhrmann. An exhibit of students' work in creative art will be held in conjunction with dance presentation. Gymnasium, St. Scholastica.
SPRING GARDEN TOUR
4th Annual Garden Tour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary. Tickets and maps available at each garden or at the Covington Chamber of Commerce office. Adults $2—Children over 12—$.75. Lunch for a nominal fee will be available at the Christ Church Parish House, 131 New Hampshire. Across the street the historic old Church, built in 1846 will be open for viewing.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Rathe are the present owners of this beautiful site that was once part of the Shushan tract as are the Womack and Blossman places. Even before Mr. Shushan bought it, one of the many brick factories that were on the Tchefuncte River was located here. Most of the brick used in early New Orleans came from this area.
Because this was once the camp site of the Choctaw Indians and because Mr. W. D. Womack, the present owner, is a descendant of the Choctaws, it is rightly called "Choctaw Acres". This very lovely home and garden are situated on the Tchefuncte River and Bayou Ponchitolawa.
The original property, called Deshalew, was from highway 190 to the Tchefuncte River from the present terminus on Bayou Ponchitolawa to the club house in Covington Country Club Estates. It was owned by Abe Shushan, who built the house and planted many of the shrubs in the early 1930's. The present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Blossman.
MAYER ISRAEL PLACE "MICHELETTE"
Is situated on the beautiful Bogue Falaya River. The grounds abound with stately oaks, pines and numerous varieties of camellias, azaleas and native dogwoods. The southern colonial residence was constructed of brick originally used in the old Charity Hospital of New Orleans. A short walk to the hill overlooking the river is very rewarding.
Because of the many Indian artifacts found here, this beautiful property of a hundred acres is thought to have been an Indian camping ground. The many wild azaleas and native dogwoods are a beautiful sight in the spring. The bridge that Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Johnsen, the present owners, are building across the Bogue Falaya will add to the charm of this lovely site. MAGINNIS PLACE
Is on the beautifully wooded Bogue Falaya River. At the turn of the century it was a health and resort hotel. One hundred seventy-five acres are in woodlands, while ten others are in gardens planned by Mrs. Donald Maginnis, the present owner. The charming residence in the midst of gardens and wooded areas, was built in the early 1930's.
ST. SCHOLASTICA PRIORY.
This property was originally homesteaded in the mid-1800's by a Swiss gentleman by the name of Joseph Schneyder. Title was secured in 1890 under the United States Land Patent. In the 1930's the Schneyder heirs sold it for $6,000. The Benedictine Sisters purchased it in 1958 from the Lester Alexander family, who had named it "The Flying H. Ranch."
The Sisters moved into the newly constructed priory in 1965. It now houses the administrative staff, the faculty of St. Scholastica Academy and serves as a retreat house for the area.
Coffee will be served at the Priory to tour visitors on both days from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS AND PETS at parking lot, Christ Episcopal Church. Sponsored by the Christ Episcopal Church and St. Tammany Humane Society.
..NEW ORLEANS PHILHARMONIC SYMPHONY CONCERT directed by Werner Torkanowsky at Benet Hall, St. Joseph's Abbey. Piano Soloist: Heida Rice. Program: Carnival Overture—Dvorak; Piano Concert No. 3—Beethoven; Dances of Galanta—Kodaly; Daphne Chloe Suite No. 2—Ravel. Tickets $2.50 advance; $3 at the door; Students, $1.
SPRING FLOWER SHOW. City Hall, Covington. Sponsored by the Covington Garden Club. Admission free.