Feb 24, 2014 9:26 AM by KATC
Andy Perrin, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Acadian Museum, has announced that the Acadian Museum will honor Donna and Calvin Touchet by inducting them into its Order of Living Legends on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The event will take place at the Acadian Museum Café, 102 East Edwards, Erath, LA, at 4:00 p.m
Calvin Touchet was born on June 7, 1947, to Dulas and Adley Touchet, and in n 1965 he graduated from Maurice High School. During high school he worked with his father at the family's business, Touchet's Service Station and Bar which, at that time, was a service station, bar, bulk plant and a barber shop. In 1977, he went to work for Southern Engine as parts manager.
Donna Touchet was born on June 7, 1952 to John Harry Broussard and her Jane Broussard. In 1970, Touchet graduated from Maurice High School and began her banking career with American Bank. The bank has since changed ownership twice and is now Whitney Bank. Until her retirement on December 31, 2013, she the branch manager at the Lafayette Oil Center location, In 1986, the Touchets purchased Touchet's Service Station and Bar from Calvin's parents. In 1992, Carroll Langlinais and Garland Thompson had the idea to start a regularly scheduled Cajun French music jam session and the Touchets agreed to host the sessions. At first, they began at 8:00 am and finished at noon. Currently, the popular jam sessions begin at 2:00 pm and lasts until all of the musicians have finished playing. The Touchets have been hosting these jam sessions every other Saturday 22 years.
Many musicians have launched their careers at Touchet's Service Station and Bar, and the venue has been honored by several organizations for its promotion of Cajun culture. In 2008, Touchet's was honored by the Cajun Culture Association for their dedication to preservation of Cajun music and culture. In 2011, it was also honored by the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) with the Appreciation Award for its promotion of Cajun French music. Touchet's has supported the Cajun Culture Association for many years and has allowed it to hold its meetings and functions in the quaint location. Calvin and Donna have been members of the Cajun Culture Association since its inception, and Calvin is a current board member. The association annually donates funds to students to study the French language.
Calvin and Donna Touchet were married in 1977. They have two sons, Dwayne and Derek Touchet.
The Living Legends series, free and open to the public, honors individuals who have helped shape and define the Cajun culture. The program is hosted by the Acadian Museum of Erath (acadianmuseum.com), a nonprofit organization, and is held at the Museum Café located next door to the Acadian Museum, 102 East Edwards, Erath, LA. Corporate sponsors for the program are the law firm of Perrin, Landry, deLaunay, Dartez & Ouellet and Envirochem of Erath. There will be a Cajun music jam session from 2 PM till 6 PM. The induction will take place at 4:00 p.m. For more information, you may call 937-0012, and visit www.acadianmuseum.com to view a complete list of all prior inductees.