UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Some Enchanted Evening with the Northshore Community Orchestra is cancelled for today. We will reschedule for another date.


It’s the perfect recipe for an enchanting evening. Enjoy a picnic with family and friends, sprinkle in some great music by the Northshore Community Orchestra, add a gorgeous sunset over scenic Bayou Bonfouca and voilà! You have “Some Enchanted Evening!”

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer, the Slidell City Council, and the Slidell Commission on the Arts are pleased to present the 22nd annual “Some Enchanted Evening” concert on Sunday, April 28 in Heritage Park. The concert begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

“Some Enchanted Evening” is the perfect family event for both the young and young at heart. A celebration of family, friends and fellowship, this event encourages the community to come together to enjoy timeless music from the Northshore Community Orchestra.

The Northshore Community Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in St. Tammany Parish where both youths and adults can make learning and performing music a lifelong endeavor. The orchestra was established in 1987, and has operated continuously ever since. The orchestra performs several full orchestra concerts as well as some smaller group ensembles throughout the year, with genres including classical, jazz, pop, folk, ethnic, traditional, movie themes, and Broadway hits. Each year, the orchestra typically performs for Slidell’s Patriot Day ceremony and Christmas and spring concerts.

The members of the orchestra come from Slidell, St. Tammany Parish and from surrounding parishes in the Greater New Orleans area and south Mississippi. The members represent a diverse assortment of backgrounds such as students, medical professionals, engineers, skilled tradesmen, scientists, homemakers, members of the military, educators, and retirees. Though our student members typically begin with us around late middle school or junior high age, currently our youngest member is just 9 years old, and our oldest is in his 80s. Some of the orchestra’s musicians are family members who play together – spouses, parents, children, and siblings.

The orchestra’s conductor since 2006 has been Mrs. Susan Messina, a Slidell native who has a master’s degree in music from Southeastern Louisiana University, and over 30 years experience as a music educator. She has served as a band director at several area schools, and currently teaches private lessons on a wide variety of instruments at Christy Music in Slidell.

Guests are encouraged to bring their ice chests, picnic baskets, blankets, and chairs to enjoy a picnic in the park.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For the latest information about City of Slidell news and events, visit MySlidell.com or follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook and Instagram.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

In preparation for A Storybook Type of Day event, the City of Slidell is announcing that Heritage Park, the boat launch and roads immediately outside of the park will be closed in conjunction with the event.

Heritage Park and the boat launch will close to the public at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 5, and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. Both entrances to Heritage Park on Bayou Lane will be closed (from Palmettos to Pennsylvania Avenue) to traffic. The public will be able to launch their boats (for no charge) at the Slidell Marine – Marina located at 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road by Nathan’s Restaurant. Please park vehicles/trailers along the road on Bayou Liberty Road (LA433).

Hop into your favorite story book costume and join Kids in Development Slidell (K.I.D.S.) for A Story Book Kind of Day, Saturday, April 6, 2024 in Slidell’s Heritage Park. The free, family-friendly, storybook-themed event takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is inclusive to all ages and abilities.

For the second annual event, themed “Pirates and Princess”, A Storybook Kind Of Day promises to be a delightful experience for families, featuring engaging activities, storytelling sessions, and interactive learning opportunities, all centered around the theme of pirates and princesses. Attendees can look forward to a day packed with daring adventures and royal charm while contributing to a meaningful cause — ensuring the safety of infants and young children in St. Tammany Parish.

Funds raised from this event, along with donations from supporters, will enable K.I.D.S. to provide free car seats through certified installation specialists to those facing financial challenges and serve children across St. Tammany Parish.

As this is an outdoor event, it is weather permitting. For current information, follow the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/269070236224565.

Kids In Development Slidell is a project of Leadership North Shore class of 2023. Follow the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KidsinDevelopmentSlidell.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer and the members of the Slidell City Council would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

In observance of the Easter holiday, city offices will be closed on Friday, March 29, for Good Friday and will reopen during regular hours on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Essential personnel will remain on duty, should an emergency arise. 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 Bayou Jam concert featuring Fat City Swing scheduled for March 22, 2024, has been cancelled due to weather. The concert will be rescheduled for a later date.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer was joined by members of the Slidell City Council, elected officials, city administration and the community for the Groundbreaking of the Slidell Skatepark and Slidell Pickleball Courts on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

The Slidell Skatepark – designed by Pillar Design Studios, LLC – will be 14,000 square feet and designed for both novice and pro skaters. The total cost of the project is roughly $875,000 and will be constructed by Saucier Construction Co. The project should be completed by October 2024.

The Slidell Pickleball Courts will consist of 12 new outdoor courts. Kyle & Associates is the design engineer and the courts will be constructed by Cobalt Construction, Inc. The total cost of the project is roughly $1 million and it should also be completed by October 2024.

On Friday, March 15, 2024, arts students from around St. Tammany Parish were joined by family and friends in the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall for the opening reception and award ceremony for the 33rd annual Salad Days Juried Exhibition of Student Art.

“We are incredibly blessed to have so many talented students here in St. Tammany Parish and I would like to congratulate all the Salad Days artists,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I invite everyone to come to City Hall and see these amazing works of art.”

This year’s juror is Mary Christopher. Christopher received a Bachelor of Art Education from Oklahoma State University in 1977 and a Master’s Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University in 1989. She has worked in a variety of fields including social work, marketing and volunteer services. She retired from teaching art at Cypress Cove Elementary in 2016. While at Cypress Cove she received recognition as Teacher of the Year and Educator of Distinction. She was selected as the Slidell Art League’s Master Artist of the Year in 2010 and was featured by the City of Slidell with a one woman show in 2015. Her art was selected as the Arts Evening 2018 Poster Artist and was featured on the cover of Slidell Magazine.  She has served on Slidell’s Commission on the Arts for many years and remains active in the Slidell Art League. She completed two murals commissioned by the City of Slidell along with five pelicans for the Pelicans on Parade public art project.

Category A: Matthew Landry, Laura Chin, Lilly Claire Hatt, Chloe Lewis, Emerald O’Toole, Kambrie Simmons, Mary Christopher

Salad Days entries are divided into four age categories. First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions are awarded in each category.

Category A (5 to 8 year olds)

  • 1st –  “Louisiana Pelican” by Matthew Landry
  • 2nd – “Shotgun Houses” by Laura Chin
  • 3rd – “Happy New Year India” by Chloe Lewis
  • HM – “Whale” by Peiton Munguia
  • HM – “Nativity” by Kambrie Simmons
  • Participating Artists: Lilly Claire Hatt and Emerald O’Toole

Category B: Morgan Roberts, Ella Sue Ryan, Olivia Vicidomina, Ashley Mannino, Dylan Landry, Mary Christopher

Category B (9 to 11 year olds)

  • 1st – “Wicked” by Ella Sue Ryan
  • 2nd – “Knarly” by Gemma Patterson
  • 3rd – “Mr. Z” by Ashley Mannino
  • HM – “Freedom” by Dylan Landry
  • HM – “The Birds and the Bees” by Ashley Mannino
  • HM – “Fruit Loops” by Morgan Roberts
  • Participating Artists: Olivia Loomis, Olivia Yi, and Olivia Vicidomina

Category C: Melanie Clapp, Alexis Smith, Chloe Landry, Jack Cox, Mary Christopher

Category C (12 to 14 year olds)

  • 1st – “Seeing Red” by Camille Hicks
  • 2nd – “Blue Skies” by Camille Hicks
  • 3rd – “Woodie” by Jack Cox
  • HM – “Trapped” by Chloe Landry
  • HM – “Untitled (Dog)” by Currynn Orr
  • HM –  “Magical Dust” by Clara Tullis
  • Participating Artists: Melanie Clapp, Aiden Finchis, Max Jones, Shyanne Mealer, Kalet Posadas, Alexis Smith, and Hadley Stroud

Category D: Ella Steele, Kaiden McElroy, Nhi Nguyen, Catherine Owen, Alexis St. Romain, Isabella Vindel, Hana Wall, Connor Carollo, Mary Christopher

Category D (15 to 19 year olds)

  • 1st – “Beignets, Madame” by Connor Carollo
  • 2nd – “Orange You Glad You Called an Ambulance?” by Kaiden McKleroy
  • 3rd – “Birds of Paradise” by Ella Steele
  • HM – “The Peanut Vendor” by Connor Carollo
  • HM – “Created” by Ella Gex
  • HM – “Tonight” by Isabella Vindel
  • Participating Artists: Catherine Owen, Nhi Nguyen, Alexis St. Romain, and Hana Wall

The George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of Slidell City Hall. Gallery Hours are Mondays – Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gallery viewings are by appointment only by calling the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. Same day appointments are available. Admission is free.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer is inviting all businesses to join him for some coffee and conversation on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 a.m. at the Slidell Auditorium.

Slidell Memorial Hospital | Ochsner invites you to Slidell Memorial Hospital | Ochsner Public Forum on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 6:30 pm at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium.

SMH Chief Executive Officer Sandy Badinger and Ochsner Regional Chief Executive Officer Dr. Timothy Riddell will have an open discussion with community members and answer questions about the Slidell Memorial Hospital | Ochsner.


SMH public forum 2024

In preparation for the Olde Towne Merchant Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, several streets in the Olde Towne area will start closing at 6:00 a.m.

For public safety, any vehicle that is left parked along the parade route after 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, will be towed at the owner’s expense.

This includes sections of:

  • Bouscaren St.
  • First St.
  • Erlanger Ave.
  • Fremaux Ave.
  • Teddy Ave.
  • Front St.
  • Carey St.
  • Cousin St.
  • Robert St.
  • Brakefield St.
  • Guzman St.
  • Bryan St.
  • Cleveland Ave.
  • Bilten Ave.
  • Mayfield Ave.
  • Old Spanish Trail
  • Lee St.
  • College St.
  • William Tell St.
  • Ciruti St.

Please refer to the parade route map to see the affected streets.

The Slidell Police Department will begin closing down streets along the parade route to vehicular traffic at a later time. Please do not congregate in the streets until all the streets are closed.

UPDATE, 3/22/24, 8:30 a.m.: Due to the weather, the Bayou Jam Concert with Fat City Swing has been cancelled. We will reschedule for another date.

Get ready for another exciting season of great Bayou Jam concerts in Heritage Park!  The spring concert series returns on Friday, March. 22, with a performance by Fat City Swing Orchestra starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

“Bayou Jam concerts have become a beloved tradition for our citizens that unites our city through the power of music and community,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I invite you to join us at Heritage Park for fantastic Friday nights filled with music and fun!”

Mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts at Heritage Park:

  • Fat City Swing Orchestra – Friday, March 22
  • Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band – Friday, April 5
  • Slidell’s Highschool Band and Choir Showcase – Friday, April 19
  • Some Enchanted Evening with the Northshore Community Orchestra – Saturday, April 27 (5 to 7 p.m.)

Bayou Jam concerts will be held on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their chairs, blankets, ice chests and picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the free concerts.

Fat City Swing Orchestra is comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in the New Orleans area. Jon and Wesley Mannino founded the band to keep their family’s musical legacy alive. This 16 piece big band plays all your favorite jazz and swing tunes. For ore information about the band, visit their website at FatCitySwingBand.com and view some of their past musical performances on YouTube.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For City of Slidell news and events, please visit MySlidell.com and follow us on the “City of Slidell” Facebook page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.