DEW DROP: The unique folk jazz styles of Sarah Quintana & Friends, a New Orleans singer-songwriter with a rich background in jazz, folk, and popular music, will entertain at the historic Dew Drop in Mandeville from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 14. Home kitchen for sale next to the ladies of the First Free Mission Baptist Church. Adult admission $10 cash; free students and children. No food, drink or pets outside, but lawn chairs are allowed to sit outside on the grounds of 430 Lamarque Street.
with HOME GIRL: Amanda Shaw and her band Cute Guys will bring their Cajun-inspired fiddle to a Mandeville audience from 6-8:30 p.m. on May 13 to wrap up the spring season of Mandeville Live! in the style. Bring blankets and chairs to the Mandeville trailhead, but no food or drink. Concessions will be sold on site.
TRADITIONAL: Renowned New Orleans-based clarinetist Ben Redwine and the Redwine Jazz Band will close the third Sunday concert series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington at 5 p.m. on May 15. The band, which promotes and performs traditional jazz, will feature Covington resident Don Vappie. , with Todd Yannacone on guitar and Adam Arredondo on trumpet. Christ’s Episcopal Church at 120 S. New Hampshire. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (985) 892-3177 or visit christchurchcovington.com/concert_series/.
SO BE IT: The Northlake Performing Arts Society will present two concerts of Beatles music at 7:30 p.m. on May 13 and 3 p.m. on May 15. “Let It Be—a Beatles Tribute” will be presented at the Christ Episcopal School Theater at 80 Christwood Blvd. in Covington. Tickets for ages 19 and older are $18; student tickets, $5. Get tickets at Braswell’s Drugs, State Road 22, Covington; the website www.NPASsingers.org; or at the door.
BELTON LAUNCHES “KITCHEN”: Celebrity WWL and WYES TV chef Kevin Belton will be on hand for a special May 28 opening night of the Playmakers Theater’s upcoming production, “The Kitchen Witches,” a comedy about TV chef duels written by Caroline Smith and directed by Anysia Genre. Limited places for this special event in Covington. Tickets for this fundraising evening cost $25 on BonTempsTix.com. Belton will join Playmakers for a silent auction and theater fundraiser, sign her cookbooks and address the public before the 7 p.m. curtain.
The kitchen-centric comedy of the night about battling household goddesses will continue until June 12 with Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, a pair of well-seasoned cable cooking show hostesses who have hated each other since the same man dated one and married the other 30 years ago. When circumstances bring them together on a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches,” insults fly and their show becomes a smash hit. Playmakers Theatre, 19106 Playmakers Rd. Shows Saturday 7 p.m., matinees Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets $20.
GO AWAY: “The Foreigner”, a two-act comedy by Larry Shue, revolves around visitors to a rural fishing lodge in Georgia, where Englishmen Froggy and Charlie are also guests. But why is Charlie silent? And what outrageous things does he hear when those around him decide he’s an “outsider” who doesn’t understand what they’re saying? The show, directed by Sara Pagones, will run May 6-14 at the Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., in Slidell. Buy tickets online or save fees by ordering directly at (985) 649-3727 or texting (985) 285-6666. For more information, www.cuttingedgetheater.
A GUMBO OF EVENTS
TRUCKS: The Mandeville Food Truck Festival will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 7 at the Mandeville Lions Club, 720 Lafitte St. in Mandeville. Free admission for great food and to support the Louisiana Handicapped Children’s Camp and the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation.
MATURE AUDIENCE: Adults 55 and over are invited to a show featuring Brandon Bennett, who will perform Elvis Music at First Baptist Church, 16333 State Road 1085 in Covington at 10:30 a.m. on May 17. Online registration required at www.fbccov.org/adults -55. The cost is $10 including lunch and is payable at the door. The deadline to register is May 13 at noon.
GREET: The seventh annual Louisiana Veterans Festival, a one-day music festival and tribute to veterans, will be held May 14 at Slidell’s Heritage Park. Music, entertainment, catering from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with closing fireworks. No outdoor food and drink, but coolers, tables, trays and tents are allowed. Tickets $15 at the door; $12 for veterinarians; free children. Buy in advance at laveteransfestival.com. All proceeds will go to the veteran building program of East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, the host of the festival.
CARS: NWA Jeeps on a Mission/Cars for Cancer on the St. Tammany Cancer Center campus in Covington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 to feature vehicle display and awards; the Be Well bus and Ochsner Bloodmobile; hot dishes, snowballs and ice cream; and live music. St. Tammany Fire District 13 will provide fire safety and fun tips with the help of Sparky the fire dog, an inflatable fire house and a fire truck. FREE ENTRANCE; rain or shine; 900, boul. Ochsner
TEE-UP: The St. Luke Men’s Club will hold its 30th charity golf tournament on May 20 at the Royal Golf Club in Slidell. The cost of the tournament is $75 per golfer to cover green fees with cart, bags, lunch, dinner, beer/drinks, dessert/ice cream and trophies. Contact Brian Clavin at (504) 579-2042, email email@example.com, or register online at saintlukeslidell.org/mensgolf.
PEACE: Louisiana’s first three-day Yoga Festival is scheduled for May 20-22 in Covington for holistic wellness practitioners and anyone seeking mindful community, personal development, delicious, healthy food, and all levels of fitness. yoga practice. The Bhakti Farms Yoga Fest at Bhakti Farms, 79468 Keating Road, will include meditation, musical performances, homeopathy, acupuncture, wellness talks and yoga for children and adults. Fees vary by days of attendance and level of attendance, starting at $35. A portion of the proceeds goes to Hope Hope. Details at https://www.bhaktifarms.com/get-tickets.
NEIGHBORS: The Hermadel Estates-Carolyn Park Residents Association will hold its next meeting on May 12 at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 1619 East West Drive in Slidell (corner of Kaycee Drive.) There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring a dish, but no alcohol. Questions? Call Michael DeSandro (985) 201-5459.
NEW ARRIVALS: The Northlake Newcomers Club will install new officers at the group luncheon May 13 at the Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville. Doors open at 10am, all are welcome. The lunch cost is $34 for members and guests, but reservations are required. See www.northlakenewcomers.com.
FEDERATED EMPLOYEES: The Slidell Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1 p.m. May 13 at the Cornelius Community Center, 102 Christian Lane, directly behind First Christian Church. Speakers from the Slidell Fire Department. The Lunch Bunch will meet to eat at LA Pines Cafe, 1061 Robert Blvd, at 11:30 a.m. For lunch, notify Elroy Noel at (985) 290-0757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSPICE: The Hospice du Sud Foundation presents a free seminar to answer the questions, What is the hospice? and what does it bring? The program is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 17; doors open 6 p.m. Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive. Register on Eventbrite.
BOOK THE DATES
GONE FISHING: The St. Tammany Chamber Fishing Tournament will take place from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 31 with a weigh-in from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Rigolets Marina, 52250 US 90 in Slidell. All fish must be caught in publicly accessible Louisiana waterways, and from the marina, participants can access the best catches of Lake Borgne, Lake Catherine, Lake Pontchartrain, as well as platforms, reefs and bridges in the region. Prizes for speckled trout, redfish, black drum, founder and an open category. Registration is $100 per person and must be completed by noon on May 27. A fun family event with a $50 entry fee for children 12 and under with a separate prize category. Visit StTammanyChamber.org for more information and to register.
YUM: Tickets for A Taste of Covington, the town’s annual food, wine, music and arts experience, are on sale now at www.bigtickets.com. The event offers a month of winemaker dinners, brunches, and other adult-only dining experiences Tuesday through Saturday in June. Reservations required. Check out the lineup and buy tickets now at https://www.atasteofcovington.com.