Elderberries mark anniversary

The Elderberries Senior Group of St. Joseph Church celebrated its eighth anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 1. A bus trip to Eunice commemorated the occasion.

First stop upon arrival was the Eunice Depot Museum converted in 1984, with displays of Cajun music, od toys, train items, history of Cajuns Mardi Gras, farm life, indian life and a newspaper display. Also displayed was a dictaphone like one used by a member of the group on her first job.

The group then went next door to the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where many of the group recognized musicians to whom they had danced to in their young life.

Ora and Milton Mire are members and supporters of the museum serving on the board. A life-size likeness of the first Cajun artist group to record their music was of Joe Falcon and his wife Cloma Breaux Falcon with their fiddler.

The two block walk to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Prairie Acadian Cultural Center took the group past the Liberty Theater which is famous for its regular Saturday evening revue.

At the Cultural Center the group watched an interesting video on the deportation of the exiled Canadians from their loved Nova Scotia by the British.

Also housed is the displays of the history of Eunice, craft displays, and musical teaching workshops.

A walk around the block took the group to Second Street and the KBON radio station where the memorabilia of past musical artist who visited left their comments and signatures on the walls. Noted in the place was a picture by Danny Comeaux, Rayne native, of the house of the Guidry Family located on the corner of Hwy. 90 and Breaux Road in Rayne. Several on the bus recalled having visited and played often in the yard.

Some shopping was next and then lunch at Nick’s on 2nd. The banquet room brought everyone together to enjoy the meal. Following lunch, the Elderberries boarded the bus for their return home.

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