Slice of St. Tammany: Music and art fill the air in Tammany

by Karen Baker

Special to The Advocate

Art, music, charitable causes. All of this and more is in store in St. Tammany Parish. Let’s take a look, shall we?

The Rockin’ the Rails concert series at the Covington Trailhead continues today with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire St. The grand finale of Rockin’ the Rails is Thursday, April 25, with the Iguanas.

On Friday, more free outdoor music is on tap in Covington as the Sunset at the Landing concert series continues at the Columbia Street Landing. You can bring a chair, an ice chest and leave your worries at home. Sonic Migration and Double Date will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River.

LPO plays at Griffith Park

The fun keeps going on Saturday when the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Griffith Park in Slidell. Some Enchanted Evening is the annual twilight LPO concert. The free family-friendly event starts at 5 p.m. at the park, 1701 Bayou Lane.

Crowds of up to 10,000 have come out to enjoy music under the stars. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy a relaxing evening of music. The evening also includes an Enchanted Art Walk, with the works of some of the area’s finest artists. There are also artist demonstrations, face painting and much more.

Spring for Art in Covington

Covington offers its own free, family-friendly outdoor cultural event on Saturday. You can stroll the streets, enjoying fine art and the quaint atmosphere of this 200-year-old city. The annual Spring for Art takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. along Columbia Street, Lee Lane and throughout the St. John district. More than 40 local galleries and merchants are taking part in the event, which organizers say draws nearly 4,000 visitors.

New works by dozens of artists from around the Southeast region are showcased. The free event includes live music at various outdoor and indoor locations, gallery openings, art demonstrations, theatrical and dance performances, boutique shopping, and plenty of opportunities for fine dining.

For more information, contact the St. Tammany Art Association at (985) 892-8650 or email info@sttammanyartassociation.org.

Jazzy ladies at Tamarama

Meanwhile in Mandeville, Saturday will be hopping at the Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall when Tamarama takes the stage from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 430 Lamarque St.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop, Tamarama features four jazz bands led by female vocalists. Admission is $10. Beverages and souvenirs will be provided by Friends of the Dew Drop, and home-cooked food will be provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of the First Free Mission Baptist Church.

The 2013 edition of Tamarama features the Bayou Shufflers from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by Anais St. John Quartet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; the Dapper Dandies band from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and the Cindy Scott Quintet from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Dew Drop is owned by the city of Mandeville. For more information, visit http://www.dewdropjazzhall.com.

A Sweet Soiree

If you are in a charitable mood on Saturday, you might want to check out “A Sweet Soiree,” which is billed as “a jazzy night of food and spirits benefitting children with disabilities and their families.”

The event is presented by ACCESS, Adapting and Changing Children’s Environments with Successful Solutions at takes place poolside at Stone Creek Club and Spa on Ochsner Boulevard near Covington, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event features live music by NOSACONN, with David and Damon Batiste of the Batiste Music Family, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys with special guests Terrence Simien, Mike “Soulman” Baptiste, The New Breed Brass Band and much more. There will be a silent auction including original artwork by Elizabeth Impastato.

The mission of ACCESS is to support families of children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, autism and Down syndrome. The money helps families buy adaptive equipment and helps to pay for home/auto modifications that are denied coverage by private insurance or Medicaid. Tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the doore.

For tickets, call (985) 875-0511 or visit http://www.accesslouisiana.org.

Senior volunteers honored

At lunchtime on Saturday, the Volunteers of America will honor senior volunteers for almost 50,000 hours of community service in 2012. The event pays tribute to Volunteers of America RSVP volunteers, a select group of volunteers 55 years of age and older who use their skills and life experiences to help meet critical needs across St. Tammany Parish.

The RSVP Volunteers are living proof that anyone can make a difference in their community, no matter what age. Visit http://www.voagno.org.

Attracting butterflies

Want your garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds? The St. Tammany Parish Master Gardeners are here to help!

The Master Gardeners will give a presentation from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Abita Springs branch, 71683 Leveson St. The event will include lectures and demonstrations for adults and storytelling and hands-on crafts for the children. In addition, you can check out the raised beds on the library grounds — they’ve been planted with herbs and flowers that attract the beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.

The event is free, but registration is recommended. Call the Abita Springs Branch at (985) 893-6285. For more library activities, visit the website, http://www.sttammanylibrary.org.

Calling all cleaners

Keep Mandeville Beautiful and the city of Mandeville are calling all volunteers to help beautify and clean up Mandeville from 9 a.m. to noon April 27. The event is being held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

Volunteers are invited to the lakefront after the cleanup for the Watershed Festival, which will include fun, games, drinks, popcorn and cotton candy. Volunteers are asked to preregister. Call Keep Mandeville Beautiful at (985) 624-3165 or email kmb@cityofmandeville.com.

Calling all artists

The city of Mandeville is calling for artwork for the Mandeville’s Marigny OctoberFeast event poster. OctoberFeast is a four-day gastronomical journey through Mandeville, celebrating the city’s bounty of food, wine and art and commemorating the birthday of its founder, Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville.

Organizers are looking for artists to create original print images to convey the tone of the event. All entries must be submitted by May 24 to the Mandeville Trailhead. Entries must be original, and 11-by-17 or larger; more than three entries per artist will be accepted.

Email acasborne@cityofmandeville.com for an entry form or bring submissions to Alia Casborne at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot, 675 Lafitte St.

Karen Baker writes about St. Tammany Parish. She can be reached at sliceoftammany@gmail.com.