The members of La Table Française de Rayne will be hosting an Acadian Day Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 14, in the historic Mervine Kahn Warehouse Restaurant, located at 205 East Louisiana Avenue.
Arlene Bellard will emcee the following events from 10:00 a.m. until closing:
• Father Kevin Bordelon will offer a blessing.
• A flag ceremony will be conducted by Trahan with the National Anthem performed by Chelsie Reed on saxophone.
• Allen Simon will offer the Acadian story.
• The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center will present a music program for the youth by Claudia Woods at 11 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend and participate.
• Rayne High drama class will reenact an O.S.T. bal de noce (wedding dance) at 12 noon.
• A children’s fashion show contest, featuring 1800 period costumes, will be held at 1 p.m.
• Aldus Roger’s accordion story, an incredible and heartwarming story of how Larry acquired the musical instrument, will be shared by Miller at 1:30 p.m.
• Miller will lead a Cajun music jam session beginning at 1:45 p.m.
The following local Cajun musicians will be recognized: Belton Richard, Elton “Bee” Cormier, Mit Melancon, Lee and Valerie Benoit, Nathan Menard, Rodney Miller, Raymond Cormier, Boogah “Bobby Page” Dugas, V J. Boulet and others. The organization will also recognize Dr. Barry Ancelet for his ongoing endeavors with the French language and culture.
• Pat Mire, a Louisiana award-winning documentary filmmaker, will present and discuss the movie, “Looking For Trouble” directed by David M. Brasseaux, at 5:30 p.m.
The movie describes the violence that escalated at Cajun dances, bars and nightclubs after the War Between the States. The movie displays how the locals coped with the economic collapse and the horrors of war by formulating an honor code, one that defined how Cajuns settled disputes.
It is the first feature-length documentary by David M. Brasseaux; it examines the often bloody conflicts that raged in two Acadia Parish communities during the twentieth century. This film portrays the dramatic memory of knife-toting bullies and their pistol-carrying victims who interrupted social life in Pointe Noire and Marais Bouleur.
In addition, there will be a large display of kitchen and houseware from days gone by and a collection of crafts by Ms. Laura Leger and Joyce Arceneaux, and various types of antique ci et ca (tools and farming implements) by Hayes Boudreaux and Francis Leger.
The Krewe de Canaille, a fantastic Cajun dance group, will display their dancing skills by Gisele Cyr.
Jackie Miller will display handmade Mardi Gras costumes from the Cajun prairie.
On Friday, Aug.13, : there will be an Acadian display between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Rayne Library’s meeting room.
The Warehouse’s chef will prepare authentic Cajun meals modestly priced for the occasion. There will be a cash bar, no ice chests please. Masi, venir nous voir cher!