Music program, cooking demonstration at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, May 25, 2019
The Saturday Bal de Maison music program 2:45-3:45 p.m. May 25, 2019, at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in downtown Eunice next to the Liberty Theater featured Waven Boone on rhythm guitar and vocals and members of Joy Cleveland and the Bayou des Cannes Band—Joy Cleveland on fiddle, Johnny Best on accordion and vocals, and Ray Fournerat on electric guitar. Matt Fruge, who teaches French at the center, played t-fer and sang one song. Art works by Waven Boone, a widely admired artist depicting Louisiana in various media (, were recently exhibited at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, one of six sites of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and are on exhibit during May at the Lafayette site.

At 4 p.m. in the center’s kitchen, Anne Camille Reed demonstrated how to make crawfish dumplings. Those attending also could take home a printed copy of the recipe and had a chance to sample the dish.
For more information, about Saturday activities at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, go to . For more about the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, go to . or

One personal note on yet another discovery of what I don’t know about photography. When I looked through the Nikon D5 viewfinder to take photos at the center, I couldn’t see anything: it was totally black. After a minute or so of fumbling around, I decided to go home and switch to my D850, returning by 3:15 in time for the last half of the music program. Later, after I got back home and looked at the D5 manual, I discovered that I had inadvertently flipped the eyepiece shutter lever, used to prevent light from entering the eyepiece when photographing without using the viewfinder—something I’ve never done. Somehow, in all of the years I’ve used Nikons cameras with a shutter lever going back to the D3 in 2009, I never nudged the lever shut and was unaware it was there.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to or
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