Jul 29, 2014 5:22 PM
The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville as they celebrate their annual Acadian Culture Day on Sunday, August 3rd from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at their historic village. Every year Vermilionville hosts this free event for the public to explore how the Acadian community maintains its heritage.
This year's Acadian Culture Day will focus on "Females in Folklore" and the activities planned for the day will include: tarte cooking demonstrations; artisan demonstrations such as tatting, job's tear rosaries, Acadian song and dance, open hearth cooking and old-time washing and clothesline hanging; canoe paddles in Le Petit Bayou; games and crafts for children including tintamarre noise makers, rag dolls and Acadiana flag making; sharing circles on Veneration of Mary and Congrès Mondial Experiences; film screenings of T'Galop and I Always Do My Collars First by Conni Castille; and music in the Performance Center by T'Monde and the Bonsoir, Catin as well as dance lessons by Cal & Lou Courville.
Each year for Acadian Culture Day Vermilionville presents a representative of the community with the Acadian Cultural Preservation Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the preservation of the culture and the community. This year's recipient is Brenda Mounier for her impact on multiple levels of the Acadian community. Past award recipients include: Richard Guidry, the Michot Family, Pat Mire, Aldus Roger, Floyd Sonnier, Camey Doucet, Warren Perrin, Eddie Richard, A.J. LeBlanc, Karl Breaux, Pete Bergeron, Elaine Clément, Dr. Carl A. Brasseaux, Dr. Ray Brassieur and Edward Cazayoux.
See below for a timeline of events or visit Vermilionville.org for more information about Acadian Culture Day or call (337) 233-4077.
Timeline of Events
- Table Française (French Table) (10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
- Community Booths : Richard Guidry Fondation, Louisiane-Acadie, Renaissance Cadienne, Acadian Memorial, Acadian Village & the New Acadia Project (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Demonstrations: Beau Mélange natural products, Acadian song and dance, tatting, quilting, old-time washing and clothesline hanging, bourré, open hearth cooking, Acadia-inspired art exhibit, rosary making (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Films: T'Gallop and I Always Do My Collars First (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Tours - Healer's Garden and Broussard Home (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Exhibit - "Acadians through the Generations" (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Tintamarre Parade (meet at the Chapel at 10 a.m. if you'd like to participate) (10:30 - 11 a.m.)
- Jambalaya cooking demonstrations (10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
- Acadian Cultural Preservation Award Ceremony honoring Brenda Mounier (11 - 11:30 a.m.)
- Crafts: - Acadian Flag Kits, Rag Dolls, Tintamarre Noise Makers (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- Activities - Canoeing (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
- Sharing Circles - Veneration of Mary (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
- Dance Lessons (12:00 - 12:30 p.m.)
- Music - T'Monde (12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
- Tarte making demonstration and Pie Day discussion (1-2 p.m.)
- Cajun Jam (1 - 3:30 p.m.)
- Performance - Renaissance Cadienne (1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
- Dance Lessons (2:30 - 3:00 p.m.)
- Râpure (Rappie Pie) making demonstration (2:30 - 4 p.m.)
- Sharing Circles - Congrès Mondial Experiences (3 - 4 p.m.)
- Music - Bonsoir, Catin (3 - 5 p.m.)