RIVIÈRE-DU-NORD (GNB) – The Village Historique Acadien launched its programming in the context of its 35th anniversary celebrations.

"When you reach this kind of milestone, you should celebrate it in a big way," said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. “I invite visitors to our province, and New Brunswickers, to plan a trip to the Village Historique Acadien this season and enjoy firsthand our rich Acadian culture.”

Following are some important dates for the season:

●    June 10: Opening day and concert by the Acadian band 1755, also celebrating its 35th anniversary this year;
●    June 23: Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebration with the 40-member La Clé des saisons choir from Quebec City, Donat Lacroix, and students from Académie Isabelle Thériault, who will sing Quebec songs, and a barbecue for those instrumental in creating the village and for former employees;
●    July 15: Visit of the Brayons and the 2014 World Acadian Congress, and the return of the "ployes" (buckwheat pancakes);
●    July 28: Commemoration of the Deportation of the Acadians;
●    Aug. 11 to 15: Traditional Acadian National Holiday breakfasts;
●    Aug. 12: Historical re-enactment to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of Monsignor Édouard LeBlanc as the first Acadian bishop (appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John);
●    Aug. 25: Children's Day; and
●    Sept. 15 and 16: Agricultural Fair.

Les enfants du Village summer day camps will be held from June 25 to Aug. 17. Children aged seven to 12 can spend a day at the historic site and learn how people lived in different eras. Dressed in period costume, children can sample Acadian cuisine, learn trades and traditions such as carding, spinning, and weaving wool, make a cake the way they did many years ago, and print texts as in the olden days. They can also learn games of the time and take a walk to look for worms for fishing. All activities are supervised by staff members.

Two new groups will be added to the dinner theatre show roster: Lucielle Doiron, Roger Lanteigne, and Léonide Albert, who will sing songs and play traditional accordion tunes, and Jean-Éric Paulin and Christian Paulin of Belle Amanchure. The pairing of Dominique Breau and Julien Breau, and the performing group made up of Nicolas Basque, Élizabeth Milot, and Justin Doucet will also be back.

Season tickets are now for sale. In addition, the Château Albert hotel is offering a 35 per cent discount to those celebrating their 35th birthday or 35th wedding anniversary.

The mission of the Village Historique Acadien is to preserve, conserve, and promote Acadian culture and heritage. It first opened on June 28, 1977. At the time, the village was established to represent the many facets of a period in the life of the Acadian people as authentically as possible. The site, of historical value owing to its marshes and "aboiteaux" (dikes), had a minimum of materials required for an adequate interpretation of New Brunswick's Acadie between 1780 and 1880. Over the years, a new century (20th) has been added, the beginning of the industrial era.

More information about the new season is available on the village website and on its Facebook page.


●    Village Historique Acadien : www.vhanb.ca