Feb. 3, 2009
OTTAWA, Ont. (CNB) - The Village Historique Acadien will participate for the first time in Winterlude, Ottawa's major winter festival. To mark New Brunswick's 225th anniversary, Maison Charron, located in Jacques-Cartier Park, will be transformed into Acadian House.
The festival takes place from Feb. 6-22. During the first weekend, Feb. 7-8, Acadian House will be hosted by singer/storyteller Dominique Breau, who will be accompanied on guitar by Julien Breau. During the second weekend, Feb.14-15, three artisans from the village will demonstrate the making of splint brooms and straw hats, and working with flax.
Premier Shawn Graham, Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson, and actress/comedienne Viola Léger, who is best known for her role as Acadian heroine La Sagouine, will visit Acadian House in the early afternoon of Saturday, Feb.14.
Other Acadian artists at Acadian House will include Michel Thériault and Michel Henry during the first and third weekends, and Art Richard and Dominique Dupuis on the second weekend.
An exhibit of paintings of Acadian heritage, and scenes of the Village Historique Acadien by artist/painter Micheline Roy, will be on display.
Visitors to Acadian House may also get information about the 2009 World Acadian Congress activities and the Acadian Peninsula.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Myriam Léger, public relations officer, Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600, firstname.lastname@example.org; Benoit Osborne, National Capital Commission, 613-239-5606, email@example.com.