Busy, fun sum­mer sea­son at Aca­dian Mu­si­cal Vil­lage

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/COMUNITY -

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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