Olde Towne Master Plan - Executive Summary - Final - 1.21.23

 

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The Pellegrine family

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Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer is inviting the public to join him for the 11th annual Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, presented by Community Christian Concern, on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 7:30 a.m. in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are now available for $20.

This year’s guest speaker is Ryan Pellegrine, a musician with an inspirational story about faith, addiction, and redemption. 

“Ryan Pellegrine has an amazing testimony, and I can’t wait for him to share it with us,” said Mayor Cromer. “No matter what your faith is, all are welcome to attend this event. I know that we will all be inspired by Ryan’s story.”

To hear an inspirational song about his faith journey, listen to episode 61a of the Sweet Jesus podcast on Spotify.

The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Seating is limited.

Tickets to the community breakfast are now available online at www.eventbrite.com. If tickets are not sold out in advance, they will be available for purchase at the door.

Event sponsorships are available for $100 and include two tickets plus acknowledgment in the program. For more information, please contact Debbie at Community Christian Concern at (985) 646-0357. 

For information about the Community Prayer Breakfast, please call the Mayor’s Office at (985) 646-4333 or visit the Eventbrite ticket page.

For the latest city news updates and information about upcoming events, visit the City of Slidell’s website at MySlidell.com and follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.

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Event offers informative and entertaining presentations for all

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to serve as an extra in a movie or to delve into acting? Are you interested in learning more about the many facets of the film industry including production, music, songwriting for films or listing your property for consideration in productions? Perhaps you’d enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at the happenings from Hollywood to Hollywood south? Art of the Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo is a two-day event that will cover all of this and more. The two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21 at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public with preregistration on the Expo website, https://NorthshoreCEC.org/ArtOfTheFilmExpo.

The event will kick off with the Business of Film luncheon featuring keynote speaker Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser on Friday, January 20 at noon in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Doors open at 11:00 am. Tickets to the luncheon are $40, also available on the website.

Art of the Film Expo speakers include Christopher Stelly, Executive Group Director, Louisiana Entertainment & Digital Media; Trey Burvant, President, Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association; Carroll Morton, Director, Film New Orleans | Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy; Ed and Sue Poole, Hollywood on the Bayou, film accessory researchers; Linda Thurman, Hollywood veteran, author and Movie Poster Archives executive director; DeAnna Charett, Founder, Bad Habitz Organization veterans filmmaker training program; Reid Wick, Membership and Industry Relations, Recording Academy/GRAMMYs; Jay Weigel, Composer, producer and conductor; Greg Barnhill, Composer, songwriter and master vocalist; Donovan Williams, Chief Technology Officer, JammAround music collaboration platform; Veleka Gray, Master acting coach; Eric Lamulle, SAG actor; Kody Chamberlain, Writer and story artist; Hunter McHugh, CSA, Casting director, On the Hunt Casting; Dan Zweben, Location scout; Mickey Lambert, Location manager/scout; Roberta Carrow-Jackson, St. Tammany Film Commissioner, featuring Reel Scout; and Dr. Ben Redwine, Classical and jazz musician and composer.

Sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics including Louisiana film industry’s economic impact and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities; the state’s film and digital entertainment tax incentives; music production, collaboration and songwriting for movies; scouting for talent; location scouting: intellectual property; scoring silent films; and entertaining presentations celebrating the state’s rich history in film. The complete event schedule and speaker bios are available on the website.

The event will lead into two Expo After Hours live entertainment events, Friday from 7 to 8:30 at The Wine Garden, featuring Greg Barnhill and friends, sponsored by Ozone Songwriters Festival and Saturday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, with the Northshore Community Orchestra, sponsored by the City of Slidell. Concurrently, Hollywood on the Bayou and Movie Poster Archives will present “Art of the Poster,” an exhibition of uniquely designed movie posters, hosted by the City of Slidell in the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, directly across the street from the auditorium, with extended viewing hours during the Expo.

Art of the Film is presented by Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and the City of Slidell, with title sponsor St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission. Additional event sponsors include St. Tammany Corporation, Northshore Media Group/WYLK 94.7 FM, Slidell Magazine, The Northshore Collaborative, New Orleans Entertainment Coalition and Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.

This event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dear Citizens,

I would like to wish everyone a Happy King’s Day. It is officially the start of carnival season!

I would like to invite you, your family, and friends to come experience Mardi Gras in Slidell. Grab your lawn chairs, ice chests and king cakes and head on out to the parade route to enjoy all the parades rolling through Slidell:

  • Friday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. – Krewe of Titans (Friday date only for 2023)
  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. – Krewe of Poseidon
  • Sunday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. – Krewe of Antheia
  • Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. – Krewe De Paws
  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. – Krewe of Dionysus
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. – Krewe of Selene

I am proud that so many families choose to celebrate Mardi Gras season here in Slidell. It’s great to see so many smiling faces of family, friends, and neighbors along the parade route. I ask that everyone be respectful and help us maintain the family-friendly environment that people enjoy in Slidell. Please remember that city ordinances prohibit the presence of animals along the parade route. The use of silly string, streamers, fireworks, and other explosive devices are also restricted. It is important that we all work together to have a fun and safe carnival season.

Come enjoy the best that Slidell has to offer during Mardi Gras season. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Mayor Greg Cromer

The City of Slidell is rolling out the red carpet for the next exhibition at the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, ”Art of the Movie Poster”, exhibiting pieces from the Movie Poster Archives (MPA), a collection of movie posters and artifacts since the golden age of cinema. This exhibit will feature a collection of movie posters, lobby cards, and accessories.

The exhibit is on display January 13 – February 17, 2023 and is held in conjunction with the second annual The Art of Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo, happening just across the street January 20-21 at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 13 from 5-7 p.m. with a special presentation by Ed Poole, Chief Archivist of MPA, at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Movie Poster Archives was founded in 2016 by retired Hollywood executive Linda Thurman for the preservation and research of film-related papers known as film accessories. In a few short years, MPA has amassed more than 1.5 million items from over 20 countries. The Permanent Collection is comprised of nearly 80,000 original posters, stills, and press kits representing some 30,000 film titles taken from over a century.

“Over 50 percent of all U. S. films and 80 to 90 percent of all silent films made in the United States produced before 1951 have been lost forever. Worldwide, the losses are comparable,” said Poole. “That’s why the work of the MPA is so important. The preservation of film accessories – the surviving historical documents – is increasingly important as time takes its toll on these fragile paper artifacts.”

Thurman is the author of “Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed.” She retired from Emerald Bayou Studios which she co-founded. She is a veteran of Hollywood where she was the managing editor of the Hollywood Creative Directory.

Ed and Susan Poole have written more than 20 books on movie posters and film history. They are the founders of Hollywood on the Bayou and Learn About Movie Posters (LAMP). Ed coined the phrase “movie accessories” to denote movie-related paper.

For more information about Movie Poster Archives, please visit MoviePosterArchives.org or contact Linda Thurman at linda@movieposterarchives.org.

The George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of Slidell City Hall in Olde Towne Slidell. Gallery hours are by appointment Wednesdays – Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. Same day viewings are available. Please call the City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375 to schedule a viewing.

Mayor Greg Cromer and the members of the Slidell City Council would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
In observation of the Christmas and New Year holidays, city offices will be closed on:
  • Friday, Dec. 23, 2022
  • Monday, Dec. 26, 2022
  • Friday, Dec. 30, 2022
  • Monday, January 2, 2023
Essential personnel will remain on duty. If Slidell residents experience problems with their water or sewer service, they should call the City Services 24-hour emergency hotline at (985) 643-6140.

The City of Slidell is soliciting input on the Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Draft Plan.

The draft plan was was put together by Philip Walker, with the Walker Collaborative, who was hired by the City of Slidell earlier this year to come up with a plan to further revitalize Olde Towne Slidell.

The draft plan is based on input from previous public presentations, meetings, and input from Olde Towne residents, businesses, and stakeholders.

If you have any corrections or comments, please email them to Alex Carollo, Director of Public Affairs, at acarollo@cityofslidell.org bu January 15, 2023.

Draft Plan - Olde Towne Slidell - 12.2.22

 

 

The City of Slidell and local nonprofit organizations are teaming together to host the WWII Museum Victory Belles for a Christmas Performance honoring our local veterans. Slidell Salutes Our Veterans – A Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite. Veterans will receive free admission. Floor seats begin at $40 and VIP packages and sponsorship tables are also available. Proceeds will go towards a local veteran charity, Camp Nora. For more information, please visit slidellsalutes.eventbrite.com.

The Victory Belles are a delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s, who are dedicated to serenading audiences at The National WWII Museum and across the globe. The music of the 1940s brought hope and joy to our GIs and those on the Home Front alike—and the Victory Belles keep that tradition alive in rich, three-part harmony. Their repertoire includes all the treasured gems of the WWII era plus patriotic classics including a musical salute to each branch of the US armed forces.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer will serve as the Celebrity Bartender with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell. Doors will open at 5:45 and the show begins at 6 p.m.

For more information about tickets, sponsorships, or the event, please contact Erica Williams at southernelitevb@gmail.com.

Join the City of Slidell, Louisiana and Olde Towne Slidell Main Street for the Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Draft Plan Presentation on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 7:30 at the Slidell Auditorium.

Philip Walker, with the Walker Collaborative, and the consultant team will present the Draft Plan for Olde Towne which is based on input from previous public presentations and input from Olde Towne residents, businesses, and stakeholders.

One hundred years from now, when St. Tammany Parish Citizens open the COVID-19 Time Capsule in the Slidell Museum, they will discover memorabilia and memories of the time that the citizens of today would rather forget, all focused on telling the stories of the emotional impact of the pandemic shutdowns. The time capsule will be sealed on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2:30 pm at the Slidell Museum, 2020 First Street in Olde Towne Slidell.
The public is invited to join St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer for the time capsule dedication. Attendees may bring letters to be added to the historic collection, which will include memos penned by elected officials, audio histories captured by St. Tammany Parish Public Library, letters from students of Pope John Paul High School, a myriad of publications featuring stories about the pandemic and its impact, and the artists’ exhibition book documenting the “Reinvention: Creatives Pivot in the Pandemic” exhibition held in August of 2021 in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall.
“While history books may capture the physical impact of the pandemic, it has been important to the ‘Reinvention’ artists, and others who have contributed to the time capsule, that the challenges and triumphs be shared as well,” said Kim Bergeron, curator of the art exhibition and event. “This time capsule will contain the good, the bad and the ugly, including showing the ways communities came together, how the internet became a vital lifeline to connectivity, and even how issues such as face masks and school and business shutdowns sparked controversies. These are all parts of our stories.”
The Reinvention exhibition and time capsule project has been presented by Artists & Causes arts advocacy organization and hosted by the City of Slidell. It was supported in part by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, and the time capsule was funded by St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Additional support for the event was provided by the Northshore Media Group (Edge of the Lake magazine, The Highway Radio and The Lake Radio,) Slidell Magazine, Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and The Northshore Collaborative.