We’re going to ring in the holidays at the St. Bernard Parish Library with the Arts… and the crafts! The library has two fun family events scheduled for the week of December 20th at its main location, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., in Chalmette. Bells will be ringing with glad tidings and lots of good cheer when Elizabeth Vidos, also known as, ‘Lady Chops’ performs on Monday, December 20th. She will present her new holiday show, “Here come the Bells, So Many Bells!” at 10:30 a.m. This free program is open to the public and has been made possible 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 Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, an Entergy Open Grant, a donation by Arlette and Wayne Nunez, and a matching gift from Shell Oil.
Lady Chops is a one-woman percussion powerhouse. Her seasonal show is energetic, interactive and fun for all ages. Participants will see and play cool instruments, learn fun facts, and rock the library with holiday hits! Lady Chops is a local legend among libraries. She was born and raised right here in southern Louisiana. She began her percussion career with pots, pans, spoons, and bongos. Her parents supported her desire to learn to play the drums by saying ‘Yes’ to lessons which led to Elizabeth’s percussion dreams coming true. Following her college graduation, she traveled to New York to audition for a spot in the NYC Stomp Company. Her talents were recognized and she joined the group and toured the world with them for 10 years. Today, Lady Chops incorporates her percussion talents into her work as a Recreation Therapist for at-risk teens. She spends the rest of her time traveling across Louisiana visiting more than 80 libraries annually sharing her highly interactive drumming show, “Drum Roll Please” with kids of all ages.
Keeping the holiday spirit going will be the return of the library’s traditional Christmas Craft Open House event. On Wednesday, December 22nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. families are invited to drop by the library to make and take seasonal crafts. Crafts are designed to be relatively frustration-free, but smaller children will need some grown-up assistance! All materials will be provided.
Events are currently scheduled to be in-person and held in the library’s foyer. We are asking families visiting the library to be mindful of safe Covid practices. While masks are not required, they are strongly suggested as social distancing may be difficult.
The St. Bernard Parish Library is excited to share these two programs with its library families. Anyone with questions is invited to stop by the library or call us at 504-279-0448. Everyone is encouraged to like the library’s Facebook page and to bookmark our website at mysbpl.org for updates.