Here is a sample of the many events taking place all around Acadiana this weekend courtesy of Acadiana365.com.
Creole Culture Day
Vermilionville is celebrating its annual Creole Culture Day this Sunday that explores the Creole community and how it maintains its heritage. This year’s event focuses on family folklore with activities including storytelling, Creole exhibits, cooking demonstrations, children’s games and crafts, sharing circles on Creole music and traditional healing, boat tours and canoeing. Live music will be provided by Gerard Delafose & The Zydeco Gators, Corey & The Zydeco Hot Peppers along with a special Creole Jam led by Brandon Ledet. There will even be an on-site blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. courtesy of United Blood Services and C.R.E.O.L.E., Inc.
Creole Culture Day will be held Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Vermilionville, located at 300 Fisher Road. For more information included a detailed schedule of the events visit Vermilionville.org
Twelve Angry Men
Wanderlust Theatre is bringing Reginald Rose’s classic Twelve Angry Men to Theatre 810. The play centers around a 1957 murder trial and the 12 disgruntled jurors who hold the fate of one young man in their hands. As they reach a seemingly unanimous decision of “guilty,” one lone juror decides the evidence presented does not prove the man’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Showtimes for Twelve Angry Men are June 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre 810, located at 810 Jefferson St., in Downtown Lafayette. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (337) 484-0172 or visiting Wanderlust12AngryMen.eventbrite.com
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