National Day of the Acadians to be celebrated Friday
St. Martinville — La Fête Nationale des Acadiens, or the Nationa Day of the Acadians, will be held here Friday Aug. 15.
Festivities will begin at City Hall at 9:30 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony. Activities will continue at the Acadian Memorial, Duchamp Opera House, Longfellow-Evangeline State Park and La Maison Restaurant throughout the day.
A French Mass celebrated by the Rev. Monsignor Douglas Courville will be held at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church at 6 p.m.
It will start with a procession from the Acadian Memorial but, Brenda Comeaux-Trahan, memorial curator, said more volunteers are needed to carry the Acadian family name banners.
Volunteers who would like to carry a banner to the Mass should contact the Memorial at (337) 394-2258 as soon as possible to reserve one.
The following is a schedule of activities to be held throughout the day.
Acadian Memorial Events
Acadian colors attire encouraged (red, white, blue, and gold)
9:30 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall / Mazel Lasseigne / Sarah Roy Opening: PEI Deportation 250 Year Anniversary – 1758
10:00 a.m. - Land Grant Maps on the Bayou Teche and upper Vermilion River by Dr. Carl Brasseaux, Center for Louisiana Studies
11:00 a.m. - Florent Hardy, “Historical Jewelry Box”, State Archives (upstairs)
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Thèatre Acadien
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - LUNCH / Viewing of Mural
2:30 p.m. – “Patchwork of Memories”, Acadian Rural life memories by Yvonne Thibodeaux Bogan
3:00 p.m. - Showing of 1929 silent film “Evangeline” (upstairs)
3:30 p.m. - Dr. Shane Bernard – Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader’s History / Book Signing
4:15 p.m. - Preston Guillotte, PEI 250th Deportation History /Reading of Charles Olivier Guillot’s deportation story by Jackson Beach
5:00 p.m. - Theaté Acadien / Vignettes on Deportation Story
5:30 p.m. - Meet at the A.M. Hall to line up for procession / leave for church at 5:50 p.m. / For Children:* Tintamarre (racket) is an Acadian tradition showing Acadian pride by making as much noise as possible. *Bring your own noise makers.
6:00 p.m. - French Mass at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, mother church of the Acadians, with the Acadian Memorial French Choir
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Acadian Memorial Foundation Dinner & Social at La Maison (100 Main St.), Chicken BBQ dinners ($15.00), cash bar, and music.
To purchase tickets contact Shirley LeBlanc at 337-981-3289, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibits and Events held around the city of St. Martinville
Heritage Center – Coffee and Refreshments
Exhibition of landscape visuals of Acadie, France, and Louisiana bayous & rivers; “Through the Eyes of the Acadians. Art work by Louise Guidry, Janelle Hebert, June Deveau of Nova Scotia and Claude Daigle of France.
12:00, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m. - Showing of the film, “The Story of the Acadians”
1:30 pm - The Acadian Odyssey Quilt: The Story – Quilters’ Guild Acadienne members tell of the 1999 Congrés quilt project. Quilt posters, note cards for sale.
Duchamp Opera House- Artwork by Shirley Gauthier/ Serving light refreshments
Mother church of the Acadians, St. Martin de Tours Church - Tours by James Akers at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. ·
Events planned at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Park:
Tour of Farmstead, showing of documentary “Against the Tides”
Restaurants open around town:
La Maison (337) 342-2990
Café Oaks (337) 394-8384
Petit Paris Café (337) 394-7159
Clambeaugh’s (337) 394-3949
Possum’s (337) 394-3233