July 25, 2008
CARAQUET (CNB) - As it has done for the past four years, the Village Historique Acadien will hold a brief ceremony on Monday, July 28, the day designated for commemorating the Deportation of the Acadians. This will be the fifth year that the Village has held such a ceremony
For this occasion, the site's houses will be closed at 3:30 p.m., and the interpreters will go to the chapel, along with the staff and visitors who wish to participate. Visitors who come to the reception centre from 3 p.m. onward to attend this ceremony will receive free admission to the site.
At 4 p.m., the chapel bell will mark the beginning of the commemoration, followed by one minute of silence. This will be followed by a short speech recalling the purpose of the ceremony and describing the current situation in Acadie more than 250 years after the Deportation.
After the ceremony, visitors are invited to join the interpreters for a light snack, which will be served at the Babineau house.
On a happier note, visitors can attend a wedding in the Village on the prior evening, Sunday, July 27. The son of the Thériault family will wed the young Babineau woman from across the way. They will go to the chapel around 2 p.m. with their attendants for the ceremony.
Everyone is aware that the priest does not look favourably on dancing, and there is a suspicion that a group of parishioners, itching for some excitement, may cause a ruckus on this occasion.
Continuing on a festive note, the Robichaud farm will set the stage for an activity known as fulling on Tuesday, July 29. Over the winter, the women have woven a piece of fabric that must be stirred vigorously in hot soapy water to tighten the threads, making it warmer and more resistant, and to prevent shrinkage in the wash.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Myriam Léger, public relations officer, Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600, firstname.lastname@example.org; Philippe Basque, Historian, Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600, email@example.com; Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600 or 1-877-721-2200, www.villagehistoriqueacadien.com.