This season’s musical series at Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall will conclude with back-to-back performances on December 3 at Old Mandeville, beginning with the Lamarque Street Community Choir performing “A Gospel Christmas.”
This newly organized choir includes longtime members of First Free Mission Baptist Church, neighboring the Dew Drop, and Morning Star Baptist Church, another neighbor two blocks away. Along with the dewdrop, these churches have roots on historic Lamarque Street dating back to the late 1800s.
The choir will perform for one hour starting at 6 p.m. The second show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. when Alicia “Blue Eyes” Renee brings her big personality, versatile musicianship, and band to the Dew Drop stage. Renee can sing everything from classical to opera, jazz and blues, soul, pop and R&B, and she’s expected to wrap up the venue’s fall season on a high and memorable note.
The doors to the Dew Drop at 430 Lamarque Street will open 30 minutes before the show. Adults are $10 cash; children and students are free. Arrive early for the best seats or bring lawn chairs to relax outside under the holm oaks to enjoy the music that is spreading. No pets, no coolers. Free parking throughout the surrounding residential area. Beer and wine are available by donation, and the Ladies of First Free Mission Baptist will sell plated dinners of home-cooked meals; $10 cash only.
In 1885, a group of African-American residents of the small village of Mandeville formed the Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Association, and ten years later laid a cornerstone on Lamaraque Street and constructed a modest wooden building to house the work of the group 2½ blocks from Lake Pontchartrain. After the Civil War, the association’s goals were primarily benevolent at a time when members of their community could not afford insurance. But around the turn of the century, the Dew Drop transformed into a center of musical activity for the neighborhood and the community, hosting early jazz greats including Buddie Petit, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Louis Armstrong.
It continues to go down in history today as one of the oldest and most unchanged rural jazz venues in the United States, and the non-profit organization Friends of the Dew Drop programs and operates its program. musical performances and educational activities. Hundreds of evening concerts have since taken place there, including more big names in music. Additionally, dozens of free JazzKids Music Assemblies and Masterclasses have been held there since 2015, bringing the music and part of its history to more than 12,000 students from schools in St. Tammany Parish, kindergarten to 12th grade.
XMAS: The Northlake Performing Arts Society will sing new and old arrangements of Christmas and holiday music at its “O Wondrous Night” concert which will be performed twice at the Christ Episcopal School Theater at 80 Christwood Blvd. in Covington. The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on December 2 and at 3 p.m. on December 4. Buy your tickets online at www.NPASsingers.org; buy them at Braswell’s Drugs; or bring them to the door. Tickets are $20 for anyone 13 or older; children under 13 are $5.
BRASS: The third Sunday concert series continues on December 18 at Christ Episcopal Church Covington with “A Christmas Brass Spectacular” conducted by Erik Morales. The brass ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary Christmas music written for the brass. The concert, 5-6 p.m., is an ongoing church ministry at 120 S. New Hampshire St. For more information, call (985) 892-3177.
BANDAGED: The Covington Concert and will feature “A Covington Christmas II” conducted by Erik Morales, bandleader and musical director of the 65-member community band. The December 15 concert will feature some favorite Christmas selections and solo performances by singer Jennifer Garner and trumpeter Chispa Rousselle. The concert will take place in the auditorium of Covington High School from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited and there is no admission fee.
MARKET: Art Under the Oaks will take place from 5-8 p.m. on December 3 at 510 E. Boston St. in Covington, a partnership between the St. Tammany Art Association and the City of Covington to present the Covington Art Market, a seasonal market with jury. visual arts and crafts. These take place on the first Saturdays of the month, starting in November, and feature a variety of works by local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, painting, woodworking, fiber, pottery and more.
EXPOSURE: An exhibition of works by Slidell Art League “Artist of the Year” Nancy Gaines can be viewed for a few days at the George Dunbar Gallery in the Cultural Town of Slidell at City Hall, 2055 Second St The exhibit, which ends December 16, can be viewed by appointment only from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Call (985) 646-4375.
WATERCOLORS: More than 40 pieces by 19 Louisiana artists are on display at the 2022 Louisiana Watercolor Society Jury Show at the Christwood Atrium Gallery through December 31. An Artist Walk & Talk, featuring artists Laura Mitchell, Peggy Kirby and Rita Congemi, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on December 2 in the gallery. It will also be open to the public.
A GUMBO OF EVENTS
WHILE WALKING: The Covington Heritage Foundation will host its annual History and Holly Home Tour from 2-5 p.m. on December 4. sounds of the busker season. Begins at the historic Christ Episcopal Church at 120 S. New Hampshire St. Tickets are $20 at Braswell Drugs, Southern Hotel, or online at bontempstix.com/events/history-and-holly-tour-of-homes-2022-12-4-2022. Guests can bring the Christ Episcopal tickets to exchange for a wristband and card to continue the tour.
CYCLING: On November 27, cycle on the trails of the Northlake Nature Center starting at 9 a.m. Bike path owner David Moeller will lead and provide advice on trail riding. This walk of more than 8 miles will offer you a delight of landscapes. Mandatory helmets; Mountain bike or wide tires and bike lights recommended. Space is limited and reservations are required. Free for members; non-members pay $5. Call (985) 626-1238 or email [email protected].
FORTY: A St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Reception for Northshore Forty Under 40s will be held from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive in Madisonville, to honor these business leaders and professionals for their success. in their field or who show potential early in their career. Admission is $35 per person. Contact Jessica Hester for more information on [email protected].
BRING TOGETHER: On December 8, the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business After Hours will officially kick off the holiday season with a seasonal social hour that gives chamber businesses and guests a chance to mingle, mingle, to network and relax. This session, presented by the Silver Slipper, will take place at the Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., from 5-7 p.m. Free for chamber members; $20 for non-members.