More of everything in St. Tammany: music. theater, festivals, food, blueberries and beer | St. Tammany Community News
The third annual Bluesberry Music and Arts Festival in Covington on October 8 will feature a day of art, music, food, fun and blueberry surprises for the whole family from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Wayside Park.
Whether it’s a children’s village, food trucks, beer garden, wine experience and more, it’ll all take place among more than 30 regional art vendors and non-stop music on two stages, rain or shine.
The main stage lineup includes award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist and blues artist Samantha Fish; the rock ‘n roll Band of Heathens, from Austin, Texas; and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and blues-rock artist Jonathon “Boogie” Long, as well as American soul musician Jake Gunter and Southern rockers the JJ Muggler Band. Meanwhile, on the Ozone Songwriters Stage, there will be a full lineup of top local and regional artists creating their own brands of music.
General admission tickets $30 in advance; $40 at the door; children 10 and under, free of charge. Free parking throughout downtown Covington and limited shuttle service to the park at 213 Park Drive. View a map and find more festival details at thebluesberryfest.com.
MORE LIVE MUSIC
SIXTY: The Northlake Performing Arts Society will perform a “Forever Young” concert featuring 1960s folk songs at the Christ Episcopal School Theater in Covington. The concerts, at 80 Christwood Blvd., will feature the music of John Denver, The Mamas & the Papas, Peter, Paul, & Mary and other great folk artists at 7:30 p.m. on October 7 and 3 p.m. on October 9. are $20 for ages 19 and older, $5 for students, available at the Braswell Pharmacy, online at www.NPASsingers.org or at the door.
ROCK: The next Rockin the Rails concert will feature Sugar Bomb from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on October 6 at the Covington Trailhead. Enjoy sweet vocals and hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Free admission.
COOL: The Mandeville live! the fall outdoor concert series continues from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 7 on the Trailhead Stage with Groovy 7. The show is free at 675 Lafitte Street. coolers allowed, but bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on.
ROPES: Members of the American Harp Society will perform on October 11 in the South Slidell Branch Library Meeting Room at 3901 Pontchartrain Drive. This is the third free library concert of the season, all sponsored by The Friends of Slidell Library. Light refreshments will be served after the show. For more information, call the branch at (985) 781-0099.
GREAT BAND: A fall celebration featuring Big Band Music by Platinum Sound at First Baptist Church, 16333 Hwy. 1085, Covington, at 10 a.m. on October 18, at the Worship Center. Online registration is required at www.fbccov.org/adults-55. The cost is $10, payable at the door, including lunch at noon. The deadline to register is October 12 at noon.
FREAK: Experience Nick Drear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” the classic story of Victor Frankenstein creating a creature from human corpses. Shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15 at the Cutting Edge Theatre, Slidell. For toll-free tickets online, text (985) 285-6666 or buy online at eventbrite.com See more at cuttingedgetheater.com.
TO LIKE: Playmaker’s Theater continues its 68th season in Covington with ‘Southern Comforts’, a love story by Kathleen Clark. The poignant comedy, which will continue on weekends until October 16, is a tour de force journey of a widow and a widower who meet late in life and get a second chance at love. See Jimmy Bassford, as taciturn northerner Gus, fall in love with vivacious Tennessee grandmother Amanda, played Arden Allen Dufilho. Directed by Edouard Dufilho. Saturday shows at 7 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets $20 and available on BonTempsTix.com. To learn more, visit playmakersinc.com.
HELLO: Slidell Little Theater presents “Flight Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Dave Wasseman, based on Ken Kesey’s novel, October 7-23. Discover the dramatic exploration – with humor, candor and unforgettable characters – of the brutality of life in a mental institution. Watch rogue McMurphy, a character made famous in the movies by Jack Nicholson, come face to face with Nurse Ratched as he urges inmates to riot to see the World Series on TV. At 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, at 2 p.m. on Sundays, at the 2024 Nellie Drive theatre. Tickets $22 for adults; $18 for students and seniors. SlidellLittleTheatre.org.
STELLA! : From October 13 to 22, “A Streetcar Named Desire” will take the stage at the Fuhrmann Auditorium Greater Covington Center. This Evangeline Theater production tells the classic Tennessee Williams story of troubled Southern beauty Blanche Dubois, who leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister and son. brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, New Orleans. Not intended for younger audiences; contains sensitive material. General admission $25; students and seniors 65 and over $22.
A GUMBO OF EVENTS
BEER!: Oktoberfest at Olde Towne Slidell transforms the antiques district into a German village from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 8; enter Erlanger from 2nd street. Mayor Greg Cromer taps the first keg at 4 p.m. In the shops of Slidell, eat German schnitzel, pretzels, ice cream and cakes, as well as German cheeses and sausages. German draft beers, local beers, Jagermeister and maybe German wines. Gaming booths provided by local non-profit organizations, which keep the money raised by using them. The Bayou Bavarians Band will perform; German Dance by The Dance Project. Contests include holding mugs and costumes. Tickets online at oldetowneslidell.com or at the door; $10 for adults, which includes the first beer of the day. VIP tickets, $50. Visit oldetowneslidell.com or call Katie at (504) 214-9614 to learn more.
SISTERS: Party for a cure by joining the Pink with a Purpose Mandeville Sip and Stroll and festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 8 in Mandeville at St. Ann Wine Bar, 22 St. Ann St. Patron Party from noon to 3 p.m. to decorate umbrellas, eat and sip, and meet the women of You Night, a support fraternity for women battling cancer, an alternative to traditional cancer support groups. Sign up and check in for the walk from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A second-line jazz band will lead the Sip and Stroll from 5-6 p.m. along an easy course with two sponsor stops for sips and refreshments along the way. The walk will end at 6 p.m. with a Male Runway Bra Competition, with the men escorted by You Night models. Live music festival with Electrix Band, food and cash bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
VETERINARIANS: The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office will hold a Veteran Appreciation Show at their office in Lacombe, 65278 La. 434, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15. A tent in the parking lot will be filled with vendors who provide services, resources, and quality of life activities for veterinarians.
TO BALANCE: The second annual Holes for Hospice Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 14 at Oak Harbor Golf Course, 201 Oak Harbor Blvd., near Slidell. four-person stampede; 11 am departure. For more information, call (985) 643-5470.
TRUCKING: The Louisiana Food Truck Festival will take place at the Harbor Center in Slidell from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 8. A festival of food, musical activities for children and vendors. Free entry.
SALE: The Slidell Women’s Civic Club is hosting a huge garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 8 to help raise funds to help support the group’s civic and community projects. Sale of gently used household items, children’s toys, furniture, festive decor items, gardening supplies and more will be sold at 150 Civic Club Lane, off Robert Boulevard; Favorite species; checks accepted.
CHEESE: The Northlake Newcomers Club October Luncheon will be held at the Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville, at 10 a.m. on October 14. The guest speaker will be Erik Acquistapace of Acquistapace’s Supermarket, a Certified Cheese Evaluator with the American Cheese Society, who will share his expertise with all attendees. The cost of dinner is $30 for members and guests; One must reserve. For more information, visit www.northlakenewcomers.com.
BOOK THESE DATES
HE IS BACK: The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival returns Oct. 15-16, and a pirate-themed fundraising gala is scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum. Headlining the Boat Fest event is the Quick ‘n Dirty Boat Building contest, where teams work to build a wooden boat, decorate it with a theme, and then sail it through a matching boat parade. Each team has 14 hours and the same materials to assemble their boats. The boats will be put through their paces at 3 p.m. on October 16 when they sail down the Tchefuncte from the Madisonville Bridge. A winner will be named, and there will also be a prize for the “lead”. For volunteer and registration forms, go to www.lpbmm.org.
CHEERS: Oxfordfest returns to the Covington Trailhead from 3-6 p.m. on October 15. This event, benefiting boys’ and girls’ clubs in the Louisiana metro area, will feature more than 50 beers to try, food trucks and live music. Admission is $35 per person. For more information, visit oxtoberfest.org.