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30 01, 2023

Come to Your Senses

2023-01-31T11:17:17-05:00January 30th, 2023|Blog, Uncategorized|

I absolutely love a parade. I appreciate how one event can arouse all five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. While New Orleans is the most famous city for Mardi Gras parades and events, the Northshore adds a special flair to its productions. From Madisonville to Covington, and from Bush to Slidell, you have the opportunity to delight in 20 parades over the Mardi Gras season. I have a few standouts to recommend. Lots of beads to catch during Mardi Gras 2023 on the Northshore! Going for the Gusto The Town of Abita Springs knows how

23 12, 2022

A New Way of Looking at Things

2023-01-18T09:51:10-05:00December 23rd, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

With the new year upon us, we have the opportunity to enjoy new experiences on the Northshore. The only resolution to keep is to take advantage of them! Here are a few 2023 delights I hope to partake in: One – A New Play We are so fortunate to have several venues to see performances of the latest musicals, historic comedies and memorable dramas. I am a huge fan of playwright Neil Simon, so a must-see performance is Laughter on the 23rd Floor at 30 by Ninety Theatre in Mandeville. Inspired by Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on

22 12, 2020

The Year’s Elite Eight Positives

2020-12-22T15:12:27-05:00December 22nd, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

As we close out this year of a global pandemic, economic constraints and overall increased stresses, it is easy to focus on the negatives over the past 12 months. While it may be challenging to think of the positives, it makes it easier when you think about our favorite place, St. Tammany Parish. Here are just eight examples: Beautiful holiday lights shine brightly throughout St. Tammany Parish. Photo courtesy of Joanie Johnston of LouisianaNorthshore.com. The Residents – The people who live in St. Tammany Parish seem to share one common trait, a true sense of community. The Golden

27 07, 2020

Park It Here in St. Tammany Parish

2020-07-27T14:08:43-04:00July 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

We all know the coronavirus has taken its toll on so many things this year. Being able to socially distance is more important than ever, so I have three park recommendations to enjoy the great outdoors in St. Tammany Parish. Park #1 - Fontainebleau State Park This photo of the Fontainebleau Pier is so beautiful, it almost looks like a painting! If you are looking for amazing sights while getting in some exercise, Fontainebleau is the place to be. The park is named after a recreation area near Paris beloved by the founder of Mandeville. Located along the

27 04, 2020

The Northshore Has That Lovin’ Feeling

2020-04-27T14:39:32-04:00April 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

While I typically write about all the really cool things to do on the Northshore and surrounding places, it seems appropriate this month with the Coronavirus pandemic to write about the really cool residents of our Parish. The people of this amazing area of Louisiana always seem to show that lovin' feeling when it comes to taking care of each other. Our Schools While our parents had to learn “new math,” we have all had to adapt to a new way of learning. Teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students have all experienced an adjustment period. The St. Tammany Parish Public Schools have

19 07, 2019

Come On, Get Happy (Hour)

2019-07-19T22:13:02-04:00July 19th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

We all know New Orleans is known for many things, one of which is the options available for happy hour. However, there really is no need to leave St. Tammany Parish, as we have plenty of places to enjoy a beverage or two. Below are three recommendations, no matter what type of libation you desire. Get Crafty Come for a cool cocktail, stay for a hot meal. When you want something a little out of the ordinary, a great place to satisfy that thirst is Lola. Created by Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz, this Covington restaurant and bar

20 11, 2018

Holidays Like a Hallmark Movie

2018-11-21T21:03:30-05:00November 20th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

I am so excited about spending some time in St. Tammany Parish for the holidays. I have heard from several locals that no matter what you are wanting to do, whether that is eat, drink or be merry (perhaps all three), you have plenty of options and opportunities that rival what you see in a Hallmark movie. I have highlighted three events I plan to enjoy the first half of December, and I think you will too! Covington Celebration There will be something for all ages at St. Tammany's Holiday Festival of the Arts. Downtown Covington will be

17 05, 2018

Madisonville Is Very Presidential

2018-05-17T20:31:46-04:00May 17th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

I heard from several people that if you really want to experience Louisiana’s Northshore, Madisonville had to be on your list. I decided to find out what all the hub-bub was about, so the last time I was in the area, I headed out for an adventure. Madisonville was originally named Coquille. The drive was worth the time. Madisonville, originally called Coquille (I believe due to the shoreline shells), is named after President James Madison. I learned that it is the oldest permanent settlement in St. Tammany Parish. I also learned that the town is more than just

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