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26 01, 2022

“Krewes-in” for Fun

2022-01-26T13:37:24-05:00January 26th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

Mardi Gras is back, baby! The bead-filled fun has been going on for weeks, culminating this year on Fat Tuesday, March 1. While there is a plethora of Krewe parades to attend, the Northshore boasts some of the most enjoyable in my opinion. Here are three upcoming ones sure to please. Mardi Gras 2022 is in full parade extravaganza mode! Krewe of Bilge (Slidell) – Saturday, February 12, noon I love a parade, and even more so when it is on water! For over 40 years, the Krewe of Bilge participants have paraded around on boats from the

29 12, 2021

Learn Something New

2021-12-29T13:12:52-05:00December 29th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

With the New Year upon us, I typically post a year-end review. We all know it has been another interesting year, to say the least. For this year's "reflection," I turn my thoughts on Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC). The college's main campus is located at Tamanend, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). This amazing educational institution anchors the Innovation District, with two buildings and outdoor classroom. There is so much to appreciate about NTCC, including these three notable highlights: Tamanend is home to NTCC's main campus. The Approach Beginning with Chancellor Dr. William

24 11, 2021

Holidays Are Happy Here

2021-12-09T14:57:58-05:00November 24th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

The holidays in St. Tammany Parish are simply magical. Now more than ever, we are all ready to truly experience the season. There is a plethora of opportunities to do so, and here are a few events to enjoy: Holiday Happiness #1 – Santa Claus This truly is Breakfast with Santa! Saturday, December 11, is a fun-packed day in the parish. Bring out your kids (two-10 years old) to Pelican Park in Mandeville for a Breakfast with Santa event, 9-11 a.m. Each child will be served breakfast, meet Santa and create holiday crafts. Santa will then make his

29 10, 2021

Let’s Talk Turkey

2021-11-10T10:46:13-05:00October 29th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

Thanksgiving Weekend is the official kickoff to holiday fun, and St. Tammany Parish is up for the challenge! The long weekend is traditionally a time to gather with family and friends, and it is also the tradition of these three special events: Start Thanksgiving Day off with the Tammany Turkey Trot (so you can have that extra piece of pie). Turkey Talk #1 – Tammany Turkey Trot This annual event is the perfect start to the holiday weekend. We all know we are going to overindulge, so why not get in some exercise to burn those extra calories

28 09, 2021

Pumped up for Pumpkins

2021-09-30T17:38:05-04:00September 28th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

So much pumpkin fun to be found in October on the Northshore! October on the Northshore is one of  my favorite times of the year. The weather is getting cooler, the fall colors are starting to turn and it is all kinds of pumpkin fun! You will truly be out of your gourd for these three events: Pumpkin Party #1 The St. Tammany Parenting Center is again hosting Monster Mash on Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. Now in its 33rd year, Monster Mash is one of the signature fall

26 08, 2021

Fall for September Fun

2021-09-09T11:32:50-04:00August 26th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

Yes, fall is just around the corner, and it is a welcoming thought! St. Tammany Parish always has lots going on, and the beginning of autumn is no exception. Here are three music-themed events for September. Music Fest - Pearl River Okay, it is actually called the Honey Island Swamp Fest. On September 10 and 11, the town of Pearl River is taken over for a two-day festival of fun. Monster truck shows and rides; mechanical bull and mini-bike races; car exhibit; arts and crafts area; and of course, a complete line-up of live music. Admission is $15; children 10

29 07, 2021

Slidell is One Hot Property

2021-08-01T18:21:56-04:00July 29th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

You have read here before how much I like to visit Slidell. It is such a cool town, and I sometimes feel it does not get the respect it deserves. I decided to slide into the Camellia City for a day of fun. Stop One – Hot (and Cold) Food Look at these beautiful veggies! It was Saturday, so of course I had to start my day off with a hearty breakfast. Which means, I HAD to start at Big Easy Diner. While the diner has an extensive menu of breakfast options, my go-to is a hamburger and

29 06, 2021

Have Yourself a Fun Day!

2021-07-02T15:57:15-04:00June 29th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

In St. Tammany Parish, any day here is a fun day! With so many things to do, places to go and events to attend, the choices are aplenty. Here are three fun times to enjoy in July: Fun Day #1 – Covington Get into beach mode at the Fifth-Annual Kokomo Stroll, set for July 10. Get out those Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and flip flops, and stroll on down to Historic Downtown Covington on July 10! The Kokomo Stroll is back, and you are sure to have some light-hearted fun. The fifth-annual event, sponsored by the Covington Business

28 05, 2021

Mandeville is a First for Me, Part II

2021-05-28T18:34:37-04:00May 28th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

As I reported in last month’s post, my most recent visit to Mandeville resulted in starting out with a big breakfast. You would think that meal would suffice my energy needs for the day, however I had to take advantage of the outrageously delicious food this town offers. But first, some calorie burning! Nature is calling at Northlake Nature Center. Stop #1 – A Nature Lover’s Paradise I cannot believe I have missed this incredible place until now. Right across the street from Fontainebleau State Park is Northlake Nature Center. The park covers 400 acres, with miles of

30 04, 2021

Mandeville is a First for Me

2021-04-30T17:02:17-04:00April 30th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

The first town I visited when I ventured outside New Orleans was Mandeville, and it was love at first bite. My feelings for this magical town haven't changed. I recently had a few extra hours one day, so I headed over to one of my favorite spots. First-Place Food When you see this artwork on the outside, you just know it's going to have good food on the inside! I am not a big breakfast fan (bring on the cheeseburger), however whenever I do eat in the a.m., I like to indulge in a delicious meal at a

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