White Linen events return to Slidell, Covington after two-year hiatus – NOLA.com | Candle Made Easy

Thumbs are crossed. Wood was knocked. Salt was hoisted over shoulders and all loose change thrown into a wishing well in hopes that this year’s White Linen events will officially be back for good.

It’s been an up and down game for both White Linen events as they have been canceled due to COVID-19 for the past two years. But this year has been smooth sailing, Slidell organizer Alex Carollo said with a hopeful grin, and downtown parties are expected to return with a bang.

The arts-based events organized to bring lively parties to the streets of Olde Towne Slidell and downtown Covington will return this month. Slidell is hosting its White Linen and Lagniappe event on August 13 from 6pm to 9pm. Covington’s White Linen for Public Art event will be held on August 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both events are free.

“Our slogan is hot food, cold beverages, antiques, boutiques and unique shopping and Lagniappe around every corner,” said Carollo, director of cultural and public affairs for the city of Slidell.

In Slidell, the event will turn the streets of Olde Towne into a sea of ​​white as the event’s slogan is also the unofficial dress code. A variety of bands will be entertaining on different streets as restaurants, bars and shops across the neighborhood open their doors for the occasion. Most offer a White Linen special, Carollo said, such as a themed cocktail or special meal, while others offer treats or other surprises. Many companies will host an artist to display their work, a signature element of the event that emphasizes local art.

“What I love about this event is that it really highlights all the arts: visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts,” Carollo said. “All art forms are represented.”

Then, of course, there’s the “Lagniappe” bit of it, Carollo said, meaning guests will find “a little something extra” throughout the event. In the past, guests have encountered stilt walkers and glassblowers, among other things. Additionally, an art market featuring 25 artists, children’s activities and a pet “cooling station” will be set up in the Green Oaks Apothecary parking lot.

In Covington, the scene will be a similar vibe, with music igniting the air as restaurants, bars, shops and businesses open their doors in a similar fashion. They too will host local artists, offer special food and drinks and other surprises. A variety of bands will be scattered throughout the downtown Cultural Arts District, where portions of North New Hampshire, Gibson and Columbia streets will be closed to traffic. The St. Tammany Art Association will host its Arts Under the Oaks art market on Boston Street, and galleries throughout the neighborhood will also be exhibiting their work. A corridor for food vendors will be established along Gibson Street.

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During the event, businesses in the district will donate 10% of their pre-tax sales to the Covington Public Art Fund, said Danny Saladino, gallery owner and CPAF board member. Funds raised through the event will go towards a project to bring a collaborative hardscape maze to Covington. The maze will be built on a lot on Columbia Street. A maze is traditionally a path in a unicursal form used to stimulate reflection, meditation and creativity.

“The way it’s arranged, you don’t have to come out and buy an oil painting or a sculpture (to help),” Saladino said. “Every glass of wine, meal or cocktail benefits art.”

Saladino said the Covington event has drawn crowds in the past and he expects to do the same this year, especially after the two-year COVID hiatus.

“The cultural arts have pushed us around a bit in recent years, so we’re excited to host this event,” he said.

For artists, the events are a great addition to the North Shore, where the arts scene is growing every year. Keith Dellsperger, a local artist chosen to be the poster artist for Slidell’s White Linen event, said it’s great to see Slidell “really getting into his own little cultural world.”

Dellsperger’s play Like This, Mommy? was chosen as the poster art for the city’s White Linen Night. Dellsperger, who worked as a plumber for 30 years before returning to the art world, said it means a lot to be recognized by his city.

“Every time you get recognized by a local cultural commission here in Slidell and the city and the mayor, you just feel, ‘Wow,'” Dellsperger said. “I can’t say I’ve arrived, but hey, that’s it. People realized this is a beautiful piece of art.”

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