More live music, theater, a garden show and fundraisers planned | St. Tammany Community News


MUSIC: The city’s Chillin’ on the River Thursday concert series concludes April 29 with Christian Serpas & Ghost Town at Bogue Falaya Park. The show runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., is free to the public, and there will be a food truck on site. The Mande Milkshakers will host during the intermission. The concert is free.

“It’s been about a year, but it seems like an eternity since the virus hit and all of our band shows were canceled,” Serpas said. “Like everyone else, we are really looking forward to getting out and seeing all our friends again. We have new songs… so we can’t wait to go! Ghost Town includes Serpas, vocals and acoustic guitar; Jeff Oteri on drums; George Neyrey on guitar; and Don Williams on bass. The St. Tammany-based group has been performing in the area since 1999 and has released eight CDs.

Members of the public can bring coolers, food, adult drinks, blankets and lawn chairs. The COVID protections in place at that time must be respected. Check the Covington website or Facebook page before each concert for changes and rain dates.

SING: Northlake Performing Arts Society will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 21 and 3 p.m. May 23 in Mandeville at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2480 US 190. Tickets are $15 and up for ages 10 and up. Shop at or COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

FEEL THE BREEZE: “Once On This Island” plays until May 2 at the Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nelson Drive. Jennifer Baptiste leads this musical set on a Caribbean island; book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. General admission tickets $28 (seniors and students $22)

YES YES! Playmakers Theater in Covington presents the hilarious French farce “In One Bed and Out the Other”, a crazy mix of bored spouses, scheming novelists dressed as nobles, innocent young girls and a crusty old aunt. Presented until May 2. Directed by Arden Allen Dufilho; shows on Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday mornings at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 online at or at the door, 19106 Playmakers Road.

STAGE LIONS: Slidell resident Taylor Bennett will play the central role of Harpo in Southeastern Louisiana University’s theatrical production of “Dark Skin Pavement,” a Black Lives Matter-themed play at the Vonnie Borden Theater nightly at 7:30 p.m. to April 30. TJ Young’s play centers on Harpo, who put food on the table while watching other people’s children. Southeast theater students are also responsible for sets, lighting and costume design, and the team includes Theresa Brown as stage manager and Jada Jackson as playwright, also both from Slidell. There will be a “talkback” after each production, lasting 65 minutes. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for faculty, seniors, and military personnel, and free for Southeast students. All tickets are available by emailing


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GOURMET FOR MOM: St. Joseph’s Abbey and College du Séminaire invite the public to skip the restaurant this year for Mother’s Day and instead choose a $65 four-course meal for your mom and them at the “Seminarians’ Table.” “. The drive-thru fundraiser will take place on May 8 from 4-5:30 p.m. All meals include a bottle of wine, flowers, abbey bread, monks’ coffee and, of course, President-Rector Fr. Gregory’s famous bread pudding! All proceeds will be used to purchase permanent benches and tables to surround the meditation fountain in the covered passageway of the Père Rouquette Library where students socialize, study and pray. The menu and ordering are available at For more information, contact Scott Wallace at (985) 867-2235 or

YUM: The first tickets go on sale for the third annual Northshore Picnic with a Purpose on May 8. Buy them at or This family-friendly drive-in event will serve fresh Louisiana seafood prepared by Patton’s Caterer’s for pickup at two locations of your choice: Patton’s Caterers, Salmen-Fritchie House, 127 Cleveland Ave, Slidell; and First Baptist Church, 16333 La. 1085, Covington. The menu includes $15 fried catfish with a side of jambalaya, boiled corn and potatoes; $20 for 2 pounds of boiled shrimp with same sides; and $25 for 5 pounds of boiled crawfish with the same sides. Ticket prices increase by $10 on the day of the event.

This event will help support the Safe Haven Foundation’s mission to provide a high quality, coordinated, sustainable, and humane behavioral health care network in St. Tammany Parish. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities still available and about the Safe Haven Foundation, visit, or follow us on Facebook.

TEE-UP: The 30th annual ABBEY Open golf tournament will take place on Thursday, May 13 at Covington Country Club. All proceeds support Saint Joseph Seminary College, which provides training for young men studying for the priesthood in 22 dioceses in seven states in the southern Gulf region and is run by the Benedictine monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey. Register at Sponsor a hole at

GREEN THUMBS: The Northshore Garden & Plant Sale presented by the St. Tammany Master Gardeners Association will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28-29 at the St. Tammany Fairgrounds, 1301 N. Florida St., Covington. There will be outdoor furniture, garden art, plant material and a host of vendors specializing in roses, native plants, daylilies, vegetables, shrubs and trees. There will also be educational speakers, children’s activities and food concessions. If you have any plant problems, an expert from St. Tammany’s Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children under 18, police officers and firefighters on presentation of an identity document. For more information, contact, email, or call the LSU Ag Center office in Covington at (985) 875-2635.


NEEDS: Northshore Families Helping Families will be presenting a workshop on Special Needs Trusts to provide information to parents or caregivers on May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Slidell Library, 555 St. Joseph Blvd. Robert. Guest presenter Steven R. Fisher will share information to help attendees make more informed decisions about financial planning for someone in their care. Space is limited; social distancing and face coverings required of all attendees. Register or get more information by contacting or (985) 875-0511.

GIRLFRIENDS: The next meeting of the Widows’ Social Club of Slidell will be April 25 at 3 p.m. at the John Wesley Center at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd. The guest speaker will be travel agent Gayla Nelson. All widows are welcome. Some 42 widows attended the group’s first meeting to hear a psychologist discuss the need for socialization after the loss of a loved one. Nine subgroups have been formed around common interests, and the gardening group has already started a project to renovate the gardens in front of the city courthouse on Fourth Street. For more information, contact Cindy Alberts (985) 707-7676,

WOOF WOOF: The Northshore Humane Society’s Woofstock Community Veterinary Clinic is providing reduced cost vaccines, microchips, and heartworm and flea prevention through June 30 in Covington. Annual vaccinations cost $75; other plans will be available à la carte; microchip $15 per puppy; and heartworm and flea prevention at a deeply discounted price while supplies last. Call (985) 892-7387 ext 3 or email

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