The trip is to promote next year’s Congrès Mondial Acadian in New Brunswick and lay the groundwork for bringing the congrès to south Louisiana in 2014. The Pine Leaf Boys have been bringing Louisiana’s brand of nouvelle Cajun music to old Acadie as well. They played at Festival Acadien de Caraquet on Tuesday, and Dieppe’s Wednesday Show, a summertime concert series in July and August in the New Brunswick town of Dieppe, on Wednesday.
Next week, I’ll be following in the footsteps of our Acadian ancestors, visiting the towns of New Brunswick where the Broussards, Thibodeaus, Brasseurs and others lived before their expulsion by the British in 1755. I’ll be sending a daily post and photos of the trip. Be sure to check The INDsider, Aug. 13-15, and watch for an upcoming feature story in The Independent Weekly.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.