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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Lafourche Heritage Days celebrated in November

Lafourche Heritage Days celebrated in November

Each year, citizens of Lafourche Parish can spend the first two weeks in November officially commemorating their history, culture, and heritage.

"Lafourche Heritage Days" was conceived by the Center for Bayou Studies at Nicholls State University to help Lafourche Parish citizens commemorate the origins their diverse heritage and to advocate for the preservation of that heritage in the face of coastal land loss. It was made official by proclamation of the Lafourche Parish Council on February 27, 2018.

Dates for Lafourche Heritage Days, November 1st through 14th, were selected to commemorate the date of first mass settlement in the parish, which corresponds to the arrival of Acadian refugees in 1785 within the borders of what was to become Lafourche Parish.

That settlement and their culture still pervades Lafourche Parish 234 years later.

Hopefully, people will celebrate Lafourche Heritage Days in appropriately diverse ways each year in the future, and hopefully other parishes of the Lafourche Basin will join the annual commemoration.

A number of events will be held during Lafourche Heritage Days.

Saturday, Nov. 9 in Thibodaux: The 27th annual “Thibodeaux Fall Festival” of arts, crafts, foods, and music will be held on the streets of downtown Thibodaux from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9 in Galliano: Day-long activities of “Lafourche Heritage Day” at the South Lafourche Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including:

- 10 to 11 a.m.: Roland Cheramie & Friends, “Cajun Music "Petting Zoo." Come 'Scratch the Fiddle" and "Pull the Accordion". Listen a Little. Play a Little. Learn the history of music and instruments.

- 11 to 12 noon: Chef Randy Cheramie, of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls. Enjoy his storytelling of "The History of Randolph's Restaurant of Golden Meadow."

- Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Peformances by the Terrebonne Sisters. Merlyn, Maryanne, and Betty Lou will entertain you with theatre, music and a salute to our veterans. "A Cajun Lady," written by Mary Alice Gleason, will be performed by Merlyn Foret. Maryann Matherne Verret will perform a French Version of the song "Oh, Where Are You Going, My Dear Husband?" Betty Lou Savoie joins in for a trio rendition of the famous Andrew Sister’s hit, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

- Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Youth Painting Ba-You (limited seating). Local artist Buffy Gisclair Charpentier paints a traditional Cajun culture scene in acrylic on canvas where you can join and learn as the artist describes the creative process. Renowned local artist Mrs. Ophelia Lefort will be on site to offer her expert advice and guidance to participants. Face painting will also be onsite.

- Noon to 1 p.m.: The library’s Technology Lab features a showing of Mrs. Ophelia Lefort's 2018 One-on-One with Martin Folse interview. Enjoy her 2004 commentary featured in "Les Tresors,” early Cajun history in French, English and Cajun Music. Enjoy current bayou photos by Louis Mayeur.

- Noon to 1 p.m.: Native American Full Regalia Dress and Dance Performance and a Mayan Indian Cultural Dress and Folk Lore Dance Performance.

- 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Lady of the Sea General Hospital provides free blood pressure screening and Family Tree disease risk assessments.

- 2 to 4 p.m.: Benjamin Bruce performs Cajun songs. Hear "Our own bayou boy following in the footsteps of his grandfather Vin Bruce". The tradition lives on! Come help us celebrate "this legend in the making"!

In addition to these scheduled events, a number of activities are schedule throughout the day:

- Oral histories collection by National Park Service Ranger Allyn Rodriguez. Come share your story and preserve it for future generations.

- Demonstrations by Ernest "Ernie" Savoie, Director of the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building. Come learn about our area's bateaus, pirogues, skiffs and watercrafts. Enjoy a demonstration on carving a food paddle.

- Sale of Lafourche Heritage Days Commemorative Posters. Purchase a limited edition copy of the 2018 Lafourche Heritage Day poster featuring Ophelia's painting, "Mother Baking Bread," and the 2019 poster featuring "Settling Down The Bayou" by Gayle Triche Duet. All posters are $20 each. Cash only.

- Enjoy talking Cajun at the French Table Talk. Voulez-vous parler Francais?

- Genealogy searches. Come search your family tree and find your cousins and ancestors. Get a print of your family tree.

- Activities in the Children's Room throughout the day.

- Enjoy storytelling and working with crafts.

- Tour of the Library’s “Museum on the Bayou.”