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Harvest Cup throws in for 18th annual fundraiser

Advocate photo by JOHN BREERWOOD - A polo player rests between chukkers, which are time periods in polo matches.

Guests at this year’s Harvest Cup Polo Classic can once again enjoy an elegant atmosphere further enhanced by a new pavilion overlooking the field at Summergrove Farms. “It’s 40 by 60 feet, offering a place to party with a better view,” Polo Manager Doug Parsons said. The New Orleans Polo Club and the Junior League… Continue reading →

Three-day Festival of the Lake features Fun Run

Sundays are back when Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville hosts its annual Festival of the Lake on Oct. 17, 18 and 19. This year, the festival is returning to its original three-day schedule. The festival has become a premier event in St. Tammany Parish with live music, delicious local food, a craft… Continue reading →

Slidell festival steps up fair ride options

The 46th annual Slidell Food & Fun Fest, benefiting St. Margaret Mary Parish, will be Oct. 17-19. The “St. Margaret Mary Fair,” as it is often called, is a tradition of the highest order in east St. Tammany. There will be dozens of food options, cold drinks, beer, live music, games and rides by North American Midway… Continue reading →

Pumpkins pile at St. Peter’s

Photo provided by Jim Vance - Parishioners at St. Peter's unload 2,403 pumpkins that include acorn pumpkin, sugar pumpkins for pies and more, making it one of the largest selections in western St. Tammany.

As more than 2,400 pumpkins were unloaded from a tractor-trailer at the St. Peter Catholic Church pumpkin patch in Covington, Jim Vance, of the Knights of Columbus Council 12906, said, “I’ve never seen so many pumpkins!” Vance, financial secretary for the council, said, “This is the largest amount we’ve ever had.”… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Gladiator Games aim to get area moving

If you’ve done any channel surfing in recent years, you’ve certainly come across a televised test of skill where “Average Joe” conquers a harrowing obstacle course in a designated amount of time. Now, the north shore is about to get a taste of that exhilaration. The first Northshore Gladiator Games will take place Nov. 1 at… Continue reading →

TAMMANY SCENE: Honoring service, feasting in October

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (feast) Bonnie and Anthony Sciortino with Jane Patout and Cooper Ladner.

The Youth Service Bureau recently celebrated its third annual “Extravagala” at Tchefuncte Country Club. The group celebrated with a special cocktail hour prior to the start of dinner. The sunset in the west dining room helped highlight the crystal and blue d√©cor. Following a seated dinner of pork rib eye,… Continue reading →

In Profile: Gardening expert Robin Hurston plants idea of poetry boxes in St. Tammany Parish

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Robin Hurston stands by one of the poetry boxes in St. Tammany.

Addressing the October Northshore Literary Society salon, Robin Hurston introduced the concept of poetry boxes for the St. Tammany Parish literary community. A wooden box with a Plexiglas front, it is filled with works from poets, writers and songwriters throughout St. Tammany Parish. Terry Coulthard, a local master craftsman, is building the boxes using… Continue reading →

CHECK IT OUT: Graphic novels author to visit library

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library - Jennifer Holm, author of the popular Babymouse series, will visit with families at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St.

If you are the parent of an elementary or middle school student, chances are you have heard of Babymouse or Squish. Both characters inhabit graphic novels created by author Jennifer Holm and her brother, illustrator Matthew Holm. Jennifer Holm will visit the St. Tammany Parish Library to discuss her books and being a writer at 6:30… Continue reading →

Madisonville librarians to coach readers on electronic access to materials

Reference librarians are making appointments to advise Madisonville Library patrons on ways to use a tablet, iPhone or other e-reader to download e-books or audiobooks from the library. To schedule a free consultation, call (985) 845-4819, ext. 114. All consultations will be in the Technology Room, Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St. Consultation times are:… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Halloween and fall events planned

SLIDELL ELKS SPOOK TRAIL: Slidell Elks Lodge 2321 will hold its annual Spook Trail from dusk until 9 p.m. Oct. 19, 25, 26 and 30 at the Elks Lodge, 34212 Elks Road, just off Thompson Road in Slidell. Admission is $5 per person and free for children younger than 2. Food and drinks will be… Continue reading →

‘Rocky Horror’ to envelop Slidell in its time warp

Slidell will enjoy a choice of “Rocky Horror” experiences this month. The musical by Richard O’Brien is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through the early 1970s. The play made its debut in 1973 and was adapted into the 1975 film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which has a… Continue reading →

Slidell Marine receives hero’s surprise on 93rd birthday

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL - Gloria and William McCormick with their children, Suzanne McCormick and William McCormick Jr.

Upon entering the Slidell home of William McCormick Sr., recently, it was easy to recognize the familiar refrain of “Happy Birthday to You” being sung by a large gathering of well-wishers. But much to the surprise of the birthday boy, when the group gathered in closer to sing “The Marine Corps Hymn,” he figured something was up.… Continue reading →

Pumpkin pleasure

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Amanda Dawson, left, takes a selfie of herself and her daughter, Trinity Dawson, 3, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch in Slidell. Abraham Dawson, a firefighter in Lacombe, took his family to the patch Sunday for their first visit. The patch runs through Oct. 31 or until it runs out of pumpkins. The patch is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at 433 Erlanger Drive in Olde Towne Slidell. For information, call (985) 643-6437.

The First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch in Slidell runs through Oct. 31 or until it runs out of pumpkins. The patch is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at 433 Erlanger Drive in Olde Towne Slidell. For information, call (985) 643-6437.… Continue reading →

NABOR hosts seventh annual Chili Fest

Janet Fabre Smith

The Northshore Area Board of Realtors Chili Challenge will take place during the Boo Fest for a third year, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, on the green at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. NABOR is the nonprofit professional association of agents, brokers and affiliate members in St. Tammany,… Continue reading →

Lakeview Regional Medical Center event to benefit homeless children

Care for Kids in Transition will be a beneficiary of a $5 jewelry and accessory sale especially for the faculty and staff of the St. Tammany Parish school system from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. School system employees with ID will have an opportunity to enter prize drawings… Continue reading →

SLU announces 2014 homecoming court

Photo provided by SLU - 2014 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING COURT  Seven Southeastern Louisiana University students have been chosen as members of the 2014 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities through Oct. 18. Those chosen include Alyssa Robert of Mandeville. Queens court members shown are, front from left, Jasmine Tate, Randi Olivier, Mallory Sparacello; and back, Maria Goddard, Alyssa Robert, Taylor Poche and Katherine Weimer.

Fourteen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been chosen as members of the 2014 homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women, including Alyssa Robert, of Mandeville, and seven men will reign over homecoming festivities through Oct. 18. Robert, an English education major, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, where she has served as president, the National… Continue reading →

Catholic schools join to create billboard

Photo provided by Saint Scholastica Academy - Students representing Catholic high schools throughout St. Tammany Parish are photographed on a billboard displayed by the Mandeville water tower. There are, front from left, Archbision Hannan freshman Grace Gianoli; St. Scholastica Academy freshman Claire Schmitt; Pope John Paul II junior Carleigh Faciane; SSA freshman Zoe Perrin; and back, St. Paul's senior Sam Giberga; PJP sophomore Dylan Vidrine; St. Paul's senior Faiz Salam; Archbishop Hannan freshman Nicholas Martin-Morman; Archbishop Hannan senior Daniel Hollander; St. Paul's senior Maxwell Gold; and PJP junior Tuan Nguyen.

In an effort to increase awareness for Catholic high school education on the north shore, St. Scholastica Academy, St. Paul’s School, Archbishop Hannan High and Pope John Paul II have joined efforts and created a billboard on North Causeway Boulevard by the Mandeville water tower.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany arts and entertainment for October 16, 2014

Photo provided by Slidell Art League√ĘSlidell Art League master artists of the month for October are, from left, Peggy Hesse, Richard Ray, Colleen Marquis, Matt Monahan and Ester Wyman.

Music SUNSET AT THE LANDING: Susan Cowsill & Co., preceded by Christopher Talley and Friends, will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, during the Sunset at the Landing concert at the foot of Columbia Street in Covington. The concert is free and all are encouraged to bring chairs and refreshments. The event… Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for Oct. 16, 2014

FRANCHISE OWNERSHIP: Ted Fireman of FranNet will present a free class on “Career Reinvention through Franchise Ownership” from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Building B of the St. Tammany Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. Sponsors are the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation and SCORE Northshore.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for October 16, 2014

SLEEP APNEA SOLUTIONS: Sue Blazek, a registered polysomnographic technologist with the Slidell Memorial Hospital Sleep Center, will talk about treatments for people with sleep apnea at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Blazek has personal experience with sleep apnea, which… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for Oct. 16, 2014

HOME RULE CHARTER HEARINGS: The St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter Committee announced its upcoming meetings schedule through March 2015. The next meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, in St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. At this meeting, the committee will review Article II, Parish Council.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for October 16, 2014

Photo provided by Kehoe-France Northshore -- Kehoe-France announces Junior Beta members -- Seventh-grade members of the Junior Beta Club at Kehoe-France Northshore are, front row, Dominick Galliano; back row, from left, Lori Foreman, Bobbi Sampson, Ainsley Smith, Seth Crowton, Justin Mouledous, Cayden Cameron, Victoria Hickey, Maggie Guidry, Skylar Knaak and Samantha Corcoran. Beta is an academic honors program with an emphasis on community service.

FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT: Families with students at Chahta-Ima Elementary School are invited to Family Literacy Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the school, 27488 Pichon Road, Lacombe. This year’s theme, “Digging for Treasure in a Good Book,” will have families learning fun ways to support comprehension, fluency and literacy at home.… Continue reading →

Miracle League - Sports made accessible

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jordan Landry smacks a hit Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during the first game of the inaugural season of the Miracle League North Shore at the Coquille Sports Complex west of Covington. The nonprofit organization, part of the Miracle League of Greater New Orleans, hosts sporting events for children with special needs. It is working to raise money to build a handicap-accessible field at Coquille.

There were high fives and high hopes as the first game of the inaugural season of the Miracle League North Shore was recently held at the Coquille Sports Complex west of Covington. The nonprofit, part of the Miracle League of Greater New Orleans, hosts sporting events for children with special needs. It’s working to raise money… Continue reading →

Festival more than wooden boats

Hundreds of years of local nautical history will be celebrated on Friday and Saturday when the 25th annual Wooden Boat Festival takes place on the banks of the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. The Wooden Boat Festival, which is presented by Michelob Ultra and Fat Tire, is expected to attract more than 100 wooden and classic boats… Continue reading →

Two Tammany schools receive National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (oll)  Associate Superintendent of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Carole Elliot with Vita Dickens, assistant principal at Our Lady of the Lake.

Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School and Tchefuncte Middle School, both in Mandeville, have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence for 2014, the highest national educational honor a school can receive. The schools represent two of six in Louisiana and 337 schools nationwide that received the honor from the U.S. Department of… Continue reading →