May 24, 2006
CARAQUET (CNB) - The Village Historique Acadien will open its doors free to visitors on Sunday, May 28, to launch its 29th season, and the public is invited to get acquainted with the new attractions being offered.
This year the village will be introducing a village card. Visitors from the Acadian Peninsula and the Chaleur Region will receive cards after purchasing tickets at the regular price. On subsequent visits, visitors presenting the card will receive a substantial discount on the admission price. If accompanied by two paying visitors, the cardholder will receive free admission.
During the summer season, activities recreating customs and practices of the past will take place, including a church-pews auction, a wedding proposal, a visit by the priest or the inspector, a dispute before the justice of the peace, and more. Colourful characters will add to the historic recreations during the majority of the season.
On the 20th-century part of the site, architectural buffs may witness the restoration of an Irving service station of the late 1930s. The part played by Irving in the history of New Brunswick communities in an era marked by important changes is well known.
Musical suppers will be back at the Antoine-Landry Room of the reception centre. As well, musical dinners will be presented beginning July 1 at the Château Albert. The dates of these dinners are available in the village calendar.
The large-scale show Les Défricheurs d'eau will be back for a third year, with a few innovations. With about 60 extras, this grand display portrays the most important events in Acadian history.
Finally, at 2 p.m. on May 28, La Bastringue will premiere for the season in the Antoine-Landry Room.
MEDIA CONTACT: Myriam Léger, public relations, Village Historique Acadien, 506- 726-2600, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.