Sheryl Cormier plays music, provides cooking demonstration at the Prairie
Acadian Cultural Center, June 8, 2019
Sheryl Cormier, La Reine de la Musique Cadjine, played on the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center ‘s Bal de Maison stage at the weekly Saturday Music Program June 8, 2019, and then gave a cooking demonstration in the center’s kitchen. She and her band, Cajun Sounds, were scheduled to perform that evening at the Liberty Theater, but the show was cancelled due to problems with the air conditioning system. For the afternoon programs, portable fans were placed around the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, so that it was warm but tolerable for the daytime activities.

Joining Sheryl for the weekly 2:45-3:45 p.m. music program were Russell Cormier (her husband for 55 years), Gina Forsyth, Zachary Fuselier, and Matt Fruge.
At 4 p.m. in the center’s kitchen, Sheryl Cormier demonstrated how to prepare chicken fricassée and smothered potatoes. Those attending sampled the delicious finished product.

Photographers Danny Izzo and Gary Meyers were also present June 8 at the center, which is exhibiting some of their spectacularly beautiful photographs of Louisiana birds and other wildlife through July 31. Izzo is a certified professional photographer: Meyers’ work can be seen be seen online at and
Admission to events at the center is free. Hours are 9:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30-6 p.m. Saturdays. The center is one of six sites of the Jean Lafitte National and Historical Park and Preserve: or

One additional note about the photos in this set. Since, without air conditioning, the Bal de Maison room was already quite warm, the lights were turned down, so I had to push up the ISO a lot for most shots. Because I had cataract surgery June 3 (I just returned from the second surgery today, June 10), I could not safely place the camera viewfinder next to my eyes, so I used the Nikon D850’s tilt screen to focus shots, often holding the camera in my lap if I was seated. (The surgery should improve my night vision, especially reducing headlight glare, but, since the lens implants are designed for distant vision, I’ll probably have to use bifocals to correct my close-up vision when I look at the camera’s lcd screen to chimp photos.)

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