Saturday at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, Dec. 8, 2018
I’m on the board of the organization Keep Eunice Beautiful. KEB along with John R. Guillory Insurance, partnered with the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center for a recycling workshop on Dec. 8, 2018, one of the center’s weekly Explore and Restore 10 a.m.-noon Saturday programs led by U.S. Park Ranger Angelle Bellard. KEB Director Donna Baltakis gave a brief talk on the importance of recycling and then, led by Angelle Bellard, participants took old paper, turned it into pulp, and recycled it into various paper items. I took photos at the beginning of the workshop.

I then decided to return to the center to take photos of the weekly music program, which features a Cajun trio playing on the Bal de Maison Stage from 2:45-3:45 p.m. I stayed for the first part of the weekly cooking demonstration that starts at 4 p.m. The music program featured Shawn P. Saucier on accordion joined by Scott Romero on fiddle, Richard Parsons on guitar, and Matt Fruge on t-fer. In a holiday edition of the cooking demonstration, Angelle Bellard, Anne Camille Reed and Leona Lacombe showed a sizable crowd how to make homemade gum drops, boule rouge, hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows, and pralines. As a special surprise, accompanied by Shawn P. Saucier playing jingle bells on the accordion. Papa Noel entered the kitchen carrying a sack of oranges, a traditional Christmas treat in bygone years that he handed out as he greeted everyone in the room.

Visitors could then cap off their exploration of Cajun culture by attending the Rendez-vous des Cajuns Show 6-7:30 p.m. in the Liberty Theater next door to the center, which is a sponsor of the show. Photos of the show featuring music by Sheryl Cormier and Cajun Sounds are included in a separate Flickr album.

The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is one of six sites of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. For more information about the park, go to www.nps.gov/jela/index.htm or www.facebook.com/JeanLafitteNPS/.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com or www.cajunzydecophotos.com/mobile.
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