More than 350 people attended Northshore Families Helping Families' recent breakfast with Santa at the Clarion Hotel in Covington recently, with most wearing festive sweaters in red and green.

The lobby area included activity tables, where children and adults with all ability levels could participate fully. Each child at the event chose a special gift, and after a sumptuous breakfast buffet, Santa Claus arrived for pictures.

The agency is the north shore’s family-driven resource center for individuals with disabilities and their families. Every NFHF staff member has a family member with a disability or has a disability, and according to NFHG Executive Director Katie Corkern, that gives the group a unique and dedicated perspective in understanding the day-to-day challenges and rewards in the community.

Staff members serving as holiday elves included Stephanie Miller, Rachel Sykes, Odessa Held, Lynne Renihan, Gaynell Franklin and Ashley Nielson.

NFHF serves St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Helena parishes. For upcoming events or more information, visit or phone (985) 875-0511.

Once Upon a Time

Mandeville’s Krewe of Eve will celebrate its 32nd year with the romantic storybook theme “Once Upon a Time.”  Reigning as Queen Eve XXXII is Inkie Landry, of Mandeville, and King Adam XXXII is Brad Gilpin, of Baton Rouge.

The krewe announced its court at a gala held at Benedict's Plantation last month. The Royal Dinner Dance and Ball will be held at the Castine Center in late January, and more than 400 members of the all-female krewe will roll through the Mandeville streets on the traditional route the evening of Feb. 2.

Grand marshal for the 2018 parade is New York Times and international bestselling author Erica Spindler. Royal pages include Isabella Mia Braun, Avery Suzanne Hildreth and Kayda Lyn Swinney. Junior maids include Willow Marie Bullard, Georgia Grace Jones, Sophia Marie Thiery and Gracie Lane Toombs.

The court also includes royal maid and dukes Bobbie Ketchum Calandro, Frank Calandro, Geri Chenier Cavaretta, Karl Joseph Cavaretta, Stacy Toombs Chreene,  Matthew Shane Chreene, Shirley Deluzain, Chris Dezendorf, Melody Menard and Cary Joseph Menard.

Missie Arata Noel is the society writer for the north shore. She can be contacted by email at