Busy, fun summer season at Acadian Musical Village
Summer visitors to the Acadian Musical Village will enjoy a wide variety of fun and interesting activities as they discover the charm of the Evangeline region’s Acadian culture, promises the attraction’s board of directors.
Co-chairs Dick Arsenault and Jean-Guy Arsenault note that the summer of 2014 was a season of learning as the team put the final touches to the site’s new facilities and programming, transforming it into the Acadian Musical Village, after having served at the Centre Expo-Festival since 1998. Now in 2015, a new program of activities, rich in talent and culture, has been developed
Admission to the Acadian Musical Village — the primary cultural destination in the Evangeline region — is free. Several times in the afternoon, from Tuesday to Saturday, and in various locations on the site visitors will get to hear the musical talents of Louise Arsenault, Helen Bergeron and Caroline Bernard. They have previously played together as part of Les Girls; Arsenault and Bergeron were also bandmates in the group Barachois, which circled the globe several times. They will also provide dance and percussion workshops twice a day.
New buildings in the village include the Galerie La Palette, displaying the works of various local artists and offering painting workshops twice a day. Also located on site is the Evangeline Region’s Musical Hall of Fame, where tourists can discover local performers who’ve left their mark on the world.
Every Friday, 9 p.m. to midnight, adults can participate in a down-home kitchen party in the restaurant-bar. Local and invited guests will provide musical entertainment.
As usual, the “V’nez veiller” dinner-theatre promises an evening of lively music and crazy comedy, accompanied by a fourcourse meal. This year, the Village is presenting two different shows, from July 15 to the end of August. Both were written and directed by the well-known Wayne Robichaud.The French show, “Partons, ma mère est là”, will be staged every Wednesday and Thursday. The English show, “Pop’s Little Shop”, will be presented Tuesday nights.
La Trappe restaurant-bar is under the direction of chef Sean Mears this summer. Seafood and Acadian dishes are its specialties, but other typical P.E.I. fare can also be found on the menu. La Galette Blanche bakery offers rapure, meatpie, bread, “galettes blanches” (French buns), cookies, cinnamon rolls and other tasty treats every day of the week. Upon reservation, the kitchen staff will also offer an Acadian culinary experience for groups: the Frolics, Fricot and Fiddles workshop.
When the centre’s large hall is not being used for dinner-theatres, it is still available for family gatherings, weddings, conferences and meetings. Those who wish can also spend one or more nights in the Terre Rouge Camp Ground.
For more information on all facets of the village, visitors are encouraged to consult the website www.villagemusical.com. Its activities are also being promoted on its Facebook and Twitter pages.
Renowned musicians Louise Arsenault, Caroline Bernard and Helen Bergeron entertain crowds with free traditional music every Tuesday to Saturday afternoon at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village.