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Slidell Gun and Knife Comes continues to Grow at the Northshore Harbor Center - Posted 07/10/2014
 

As the Slidell Gun and Knife show approaches this weekend, my memory goes back to when the Stadlers booked their first show at the Northshore Harbor Center in 2005. I had just joined the staff when I had the privilege of meeting Bill and Linda Stadler. Bill had been hosting his well-established gun show for many years and Linda had recently joined her Dad in production of the show.  It has been a wonderful journey watching how much the show has grown over the past 9 years. Linda has become an expert promoter which is evident in that her shows run like a well-oiled machine. She continues to attract quality vendors that draw an ever increasing crowd of attendees with each show. Many of her vendors tell us that this is one of their favorite venues and best shows. In fact, it has become such a popular show that they utilize every inch of the Harbor Center and say the show could grow even larger if there were more space available. 

I am very thankful that Bill and Linda chose to take a chance by bringing their show to the Northshore Harbor Center so many years ago. They have truly become a part of the Harbor Center family. Shows such as this one help us in fulfilling our mission by generating new money into the economy and providing yet another event for the community. If you’ve never attended the Slidell Gun & Knife Show, it will be at the Harbor Center this weekend, July 12-13. Now’s your opportunity.

Kathy Lowrey
General Manager, Northshore Harbor Center


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  • Marine Corps Band New Orleans returns to the Harbor Center for a Special Independence Day Concert - Posted 07/01/2014
     

    Having a father and brother who both served in the Navy, the military is very close to my heart. It is an honor and a privilege for me to celebrate those who have made sacrifices for our country.  This is why I am excited to announce that the Marine Corps Band New Orleans has added the Harbor Center as a special stop to its Independence Day Concert Tour.

     

    What better way to celebrate and honor the men, women, and families of those who served or are serving, than by coming to experience the talent of these amazing men and women. The Marine Band New Orleans recently visited the Harbor Center for a special Memorial Day Concert which was truly inspiring, and brought a standing ovation from all who attended. I am sure the Independence Day concert will do the same.

     

    Join me for this special concert on Wednesday July 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Seating is general admission so I encourage all to come early. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the concert is FREE and open to the public. I and the staff at the Northshore Harbor Center would love for the entire community to come out, and show their support for the Marines and all branches of military.

     

    For more information about the Marine Corps Band New Orleans visit www.facebook.com/marinecorpsbandneworleans.

     

     

    General Manager Greeting - Posted 03/20/2014
     

     This month, I would like to take the opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to the amazing team at the Northshore Harbor Center for the outstanding job they do every day. I especially want to recognize our unsung heroes. They are the building services staff that consists of 3 full-time and multiple part time staff, coordinated by Building Services Manager, Matt Rowe and Operations Director, Art Baudoin. These are the other smiling faces of the Harbor Center - the ones that you see in the background at an event, cleaning up spills, emptying garbage and keeping restrooms sparkling. I’d like to share the other part of what this group of dedicated men and women do.

    As we host events of all types and sizes year round, our goal is to take our client’s vision and seamlessly create their perfect event. We often have multiple back-to-back events, which means working around the clock (recently, 24 straight hours) to make the transition from one event to the next. As the band ends or the last lecture is over and everyone heads home, our team swings into action. January showed a perfect example of their passion and dedication to our clients. As temperatures fluctuated from a warm 60 degrees to icy sleet and road closures, the Harbor Center hosted a whirlwind week of events including the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, an investor’s meeting, the East St. Tammany Chamber’s Starry Starry Nights, the Northshore High School Who’s Who dance and Safe Harbor’s Real Men of St. Tammany Gala. Whether it was the investor’s meeting which called for a business setting, or one of the many parties complete with beautiful swags and décor, our team created each vision with perfection. For what they have accomplished recently and for the dedication and true teamwork that they display all year long, I thank them.
    ~Kathy Lowrey 
    Harbor Center Hosts a Flurry of Events - Posted 02/26/2014
     

    Weather in South Louisiana is ever changing and unpredictable to say the least, much like the events at the Northshore Harbor Center.  In a week’s time beginning on January 18, temperatures fluctuated from a warm, sunny 60 degrees to a sleet-and-ice misery where roads were closed, and people were advised to stay home. However, things were just getting warmed up at the Harbor Center; “The show must go on” is a phrase taken very seriously by the staff at the Harbor Center. Beginning January 17th and ending January 27th, the Northshore Harbor Center, just like weather in the South, underwent a series of drastic transformations, hosting a variety of completely different events with one fabulous crew making it all look seamless. Here is a sneak peek at what really goes on “behind the scenes” at the Northshore Harbor Center.

    The whirlwind week started as the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, the first of four elegant balls that the Harbor Center hosts in January and February, kicked off Mardi Gras season. This elaborate event featured all of the pomp and circumstance that you would expect from a Mardi GThe whirlwind week started as the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, the first of four elegant balls that the Harbor Center hosts in January and February, kicked off Mardi Gras season. This elaborate event featured all of the pomp and circumstance that you would expect from a Mardi Gras Ball. The Tableau included dukes and maids who represented many of the community’s non-profit organizations. The highlight of the evening was the grand unveiling of King and Queen Samaritan LXIV, who exemplify the spirit of community giving.  The room was dressed to the nines in elegant red and gold décor, including a lovely ceiling swag, beautifully laid tables, a generous dance floor, and a beautifully decorated stage.  Approximately 450 attendees experienced the majesty of the Tableau, dined on Patton’s Catering’s finest cuisine, danced to the sounds of Michael “Soulman” Baptiste, and enjoyed a fantastic night out.ras Ball. The Tableau included dukes and maids who represented many of the community’s non-profit organizations. The highlight of the evening was the grand unveiling of King and Queen Samaritan LXIV, who exemplify the spirit of community giving.  The room was dressed to the nines in elegant red and gold décor, including a lovely ceiling swag, beautifully laid tables, a generous dance floor, and a beautifully decorated stage.  Approximately 450 attendees experienced the majesty of the Tableau, dined on Patton’s Catering’s finest cuisine, danced to the sounds of Michael “Soulman” Baptiste, and enjoyed a fantastic night out.

     

    When the last dancer called it a night, the real transformation began. The Harbor Center staff, consisting of approximately 13 full and part-time employees, worked diligently to reconfigure the ample space to serve as a functional meeting space for a local investment organization, just a few days after the bal masque.  The room was set perfectly and the Harbor Center gained another happy client.

     

    The day following the investors’ meeting, it began to sleet, but the business community didn’t let badThe day following the investors’ meeting, it began to sleet, but the business community didn’t let bad weather keep them from the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation banquet, Starry Starry Nights in the East.  In a little over 24 hours the banquet hall was transformed again into another elegant masterpiece for East St. Tammany’s leaders to enjoy.  Featuring music and dancing, the party was a delight to all, and offered the opportunity to congratulate many area businesses on their success in the past year. The night ended with a careful drive home since many roads were closed due to icy conditions, but for the turnaround staff at the Harbor Center the flurry was just beginning. weather keep them from the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation banquet, Starry Starry Nights in the East.  In a little over 24 hours the banquet hall was transformed again into another elegant masterpiece for East St. Tammany’s leaders to enjoy.  Featuring music and dancing, the party was a delight to all, and offered the opportunity to congratulate many area businesses on their success in the past year. The night ended with a careful drive home since many roads were closed due to icy conditions, but for the turnaround staff at the Harbor Center the flurry was just beginning.