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Prairie Acadian Cultural Center - Eunice

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Discover cuisine, music, and more during Friday Nights at the Liberty, a new series of programs from the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, the City of Eunice, and the historic Liberty Theater.

Waltz on in to the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice to discover the life of Louisiana's prairie Cajuns through ranger programs, exhibits, artifacts, and films. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store sells craft items, books from cookbooks to children's stories, and CDs, including "From One Generation to the Next," a CD produced by the center's rangers that tells the story of Cajun and zydeco music. Admission to the center is free. Click here for directions and program listings for specific dates.

250 West Park Avenue, Eunice
337-457-8499

Open Wednesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays and December 25. Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here. Note that the center will be closed Thursday, January 8, through Saturday, January 10, so that staff may work at the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial (come join us!).

Regularly scheduled programs:

  • Sit in with the quilting circle on Wednesdays beginning at 10:00 a.m. Quilters from beginners to experts are welcome whether they want advice on how to start quilting, need helpful hints to improve their work, or just want time to work on a project while socializing. The day's stitching ends at 4:30 p.m. when the center closes; participants may spend as long or as little time as they like. Free.
  • Friday Nights at the Liberty happen on the first Friday of most months. Discover what makes life on Louisiana's Cajun prairies special through a new series of cuisine, culture, and music. The next Friday Night happens in February---stay tuned for details!
  • Discover "the Cajun way" every Saturday 1:00-5:00 p.m. At 1:00 the weekly cooking demonstration begins; at 2:00 p.m. it's a quilting and sewing lesson; at 3:00 p.m. there's music and dancing; and at 4:00 p.m., it's time for the cooking presentation and sampling. No demonstrations on Saturday, January 10; center closed so that staff may work at the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial (see note above).
  • Rendez-vous des Cajuns every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live Cajun and zydeco music known locally as "the Cajun Grand Ole Opry" at the Liberty Theater next door to the center. Presented by the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center and the City of Eunice, Rendez-vous des Cajuns features live music, storytelling, a big dance floor, and family fun in a historic 1920s theater. Click here for who's playing and information on how to get tickets.

Special events and programs

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Image of CD cover with drawings of musicians and words From One Generation to the Next

Cajun and Creole music: born and raised in Louisiana and handed with care from one generation to the next.

Cajun and Creole music were born and raised in Louisiana and now are loved worldwide. Where did this music come from? How has it changed over the decades? You can find out with From One Generation to the Next, a landmark CD and DVD that shares the story of Cajun and Creole music in Louisiana. The project was produced by rangers from the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center and features local musicians playing traditional songs. The CD includes a booklet describing each tune's origins and its place in Louisiana music history; it's on sale now at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. The DVD, produced as a free educational project for area schools, features musicians discussing how they learned to play, how they've changed traditional music, and how traditional music has changed them. Pick up a CD and get ready for a musical journey that takes you From One Generation to the Next!

 
 
 
 

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