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The Cajun Experience in Music, Food, and Dance

Program Number: 5629RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/23/2014 - 4/28/2014; 9/22/2014 - 9/27/2014; 10/20/2014 - 10/25/2014; 11/3/2014 - 11/8/2014; 11/17/2014 - 11/22/2014; 12/1/2014 - 12/6/2014; 1/12/2015 - 1/17/2015; 2/2/2015 - 2/7/2015; 3/2/2015 - 3/7/2015; 4/13/2015 - 4/18/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/2/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Help yourself to a heaping portion of folk heritage and savor the history, lifestyles, food, language and music of Louisiana’s French-speaking communities. Learn about traditions old and new and watch local artisans at work. Tap your toes to the fiddle and accordion as you learn about Louisiana music’s unique sound. Just like local folks, enjoy down-home cooking featuring dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and étouffée. It's all here in the heart of Cajun Country.




Highlights

• At the Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center, learn about the deportation of Acadians from Canada and their arrival in present-day Louisiana, then continue to Vermilionville for a narrated walk through the folk-life village.
• Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson.
• Visit New Iberia and the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where you learn about the history of this beautiful old home, plus the influence of the area's sugarcane farming.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walking and standing up to 1.5 hours.




Date Specific Information

4-23-2014

This session will include time spent at Festival International de Louisiane, which is an outdoor music festival held in downtown Lafayette. Musical acts with some kind of French speaking connection (from all over the world) will perform. Field trips to the Shadows on the Teche and to Tabasco will not be included in this session.
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9-22-2014, 10-20-2014, 11-3-2014, 11-17-2014, 12-1-2014, 1-12-2015, 2-2-2015, 3-2-2015, 4-13-2015, 4-27-2015, 5-11-2015

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Coordinated by University of Louisiana at Lafayette.




Lafayette

Two hours west-northwest of New Orleans, Lafayette is vibrant with Cajun and Creole culture. The city hosts a number of arts, music and food festivals dedicated to preserving the Louisiana Acadian spirit, celebrated in the upbeat tempos of Cajun music.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with fitness center and outdoor pool. Complimentary airport shuttle service.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Lafayette
  Lafayette, LA 5 nights
 Hilton Lafayette
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.
  Contact info: 1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 24 hour business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $89 two double beds, $99 king Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $89 two double beds, $99 king Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30PM in the hotel meeting room for a welcome and orientation. You will be staying at Hilton Lafayette that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10:00. Depart after breakfast. You will be staying at Hilton Lafayette the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lafayette, LA
  Nearest highway: Lafayette is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49.
  Nearest airport:  Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) featuring service with American Eagle, Delta, and United Airlines.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lafayette, LA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lafayette

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

The Hilton has airport transportation available. Please include your flight arrival information on the Personal Information Form. Call the Hilton ahead of time at 337 235-6111 to arrange pickup. Should your flight be delayed or your schedule changed in some way, please call the hotel to notify them.

 

Lafayette

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

Please put expected arrival time on the Personal Information Form. Call the Hilton at 337 235-6111 for shuttle service. Be prepared to use your own cell phone or may have to find a phone to use nearby. Amtrak does not have a phone at the station.

 

Lafayette

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

no charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

Please include expected arrival time on your Personal Information Form. Call for hotel shuttle (337) 235-6111. If arriving at an unexpected time and need taxi service, call City/Dixie Cab Service at 337-237-3333 or Quality Cab Service @ 337-235-8993. Cost approximately $10 at your expense.

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 traveling from east (Baton Rouge, LA) or west (Houston, TX) From I-10: take the I49/Highway 90/SW Evangeline Thwy South exit. (Exit 103A) Head south for about 3.5 miles and turn right on Pinhook. Lafayette Hilton is 1.5 miles on your left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  From the airport If you've rented a car at Lafayette Regional Airport, you will exit the airport parking lot, turning left onto Blue Blvd., then left onto Surrey Street. Cross US Highway 90 (US-90) at the light. Surrey Street becomes University Avenue. Cross under railraod overpass. Turn left on Pinhook Road. The Hilton hotel is about 1.5 miles down Pinhook Rd., on the left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  I-49 traveling from north If you're coming in from north of Lafayette on I-49, I-49 becomes the Evangeline Thruway (and Hwy 90) once you are south of I-10. Stay on the Evangeline Thruway, about 3.5 miles, and turn right on Pinhook Road. Travel 1.5 miles down Pinhook, and the Hilton will be on the left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  US 90 from the south If you are traveling from the south on US 90 (which is the future I-49 corridor), Hwy. 90 becomes Evangeline Thruway. Turn left on Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive about 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom and turn right on Pinhook Road. The Hilton is about 1/2 a mile on the right at 1521 W. Pinhook Rd, past the bridge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Wednesday, April 23)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:30.
 Evening: We will meet promptly at 4:30 for the program orientation. We will go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, and have a general Q&A session. Individuals will introduce themselves to the group. It's a lively beginning to the program that is not to be missed!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center; Vermilionville; Martin Accordions
(Thursday, April 24)

Note: This will be a very full day. The Vermilionville visit includes an hour and a half of walking and standing.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to view films on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as a film about the Atchafalaya Basin. There will also be time to see the on-site museum. Afterwards, on to Vermilionville for a guided walk through the folk life village.
 Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (on-site cafe at Vermilionville).
 Afternoon: We will visit Martin Accordions where we'll learn about the history of the Cajun accordion and how it is made. The Martin Family Band will put on a lively and entertaining performance that you will never forget!
 Dinner: Deano's Pizza - pizza with a Louisiana twist!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cajun Dance Lessons/Local Food Traditions
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Class: Life and Culture of the Atchafalaya Basin. Greg Guirard is a Cajun, a crawfisherman, a cypress salvager, a photographer and author. He has been following families of the Atchafalaya Basin for years. He tells their stories in photographs as well as sharing funny and interesting anecdotes. Greg is a champion of the Atchafalaya and a wonderful storyteller. Come and hear his stories and enjoy his photographs.
 Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.
 Afternoon: Classes: Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson. Even if you think you don't want to dance, you will enjoy the toe-tapping Cajun music ... and before you know it, you will be on your feet, unable to resist!
 Afternoon: Delve into the fascinating and complex history of Louisiana. Current day Cajun culture is a result of not only the arrival of the Acadians, but also other groups whose cultures had an impact on the Cajun way of life. Be mesmerized by the tale, as told by a local historian.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.
 Evening: Cajun food is often one pot, rustic cooking. Learn more about local food-ways, pantry ingredients,and the plate lunch culture, as related to you by your group leader and coordinator, Patti Daigle, a lifelong resident of south Louisiana. A wonderful documentary (made by grad students at UL Lafayette), "Raised on Rice and Gravy," will also be shown.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Swamp Tour; Festival Internationale de Louisiane
(Saturday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Atchafalaya Basin by pontoon boat. (Weather permitting.)
 Lunch: Poche's Cajun Restaurant & Market
 Afternoon: Field trip to downtown Lafayette, where Festival International de Louisiane will be taking place. International musical acts (with some kind of Francophone connection) on various stages throughout the downtown area, which covers a number of city blocks. Walking and standing required. Wonderful local street food available throughout the festival site.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant or at festival site.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dance Lesson Review/Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant for Dinner & Dancing
(Sunday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Fiddler David Greely will delight and entertain you with his music and inform you with his story of his family's journey from France to Nova Scotia to Louisiana.
 Lunch: Local specialty, tba.
 Afternoon: We'll have a second dancing lesson to review the waltz and the two-step. Perfect your skills before going out for a night of dinner and dancing. Receive Honorary Cajun certificates before leaving for dinner.
 Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live Cajun music.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Depart after breakfast, which is available from 6:30 - 10:00 am.
(Monday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10:00. You are free to depart after breakfast. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lafayette, LA Acadian Village
Museum of authentic Acadian homes. Located on the grounds of Acadian Village are eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to 1800. There is a recreation of a General Store that was the main gathering place for the community. Onsite is a replica of a Chapel, the floor of the Chapel was made with long leaf pine that is over 200 years old. The reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop was built with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The shop is complete with original tools used by the blacksmith years ago. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed for major holidays. For additional information, visit www.acadianvillage.org
  Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium
The Museum exists to encourage the discovery and understanding of the natural world, the universe, and the role of humans within them. Hours of Operation Monday - Closed Tuesday thru Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission Charges Adults - $5.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $3.00 Children - $2.00 For additional information, visit www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org
  University Art Museum
The University Art Museum's Permanent Collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday - 9:00 to Noon Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday and Monday - Closed. Ticket prices: Adult $5. Senior Citizens $4. For additional information, visit www.museum.louisiana.edu
  Zoo of Acadiana
Hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, January to November. (Closed major holidays) Winter Hours: December Only 9:00 - 4:00 Safari of Lights: 5:00 - 9:00 *weather permitting* Admission cost: $9.25* for adults $8.25* for senior citizens 55 and older *plus tax. For additional information, visit www.zooofacadiana.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Cajun Country


Author: Barry Ancelet, Glen Pitre, Jay Edwards


Description: An insightful study of the people of south Louisiana. It examines their traditional culture and its impact on modern ways.



Cajun Families of the Atchafalaya : Their Ways and Words


Author: Greg Guirard


Description: A cultural documentary, with 143 beautiful duo-tone photographs, of the people -- mostly French-speaking Cajuns -- who earn their livelihood by fishing, crabbing, crawfishing, trapping, and hunting alligators, turtles and bullfrogs in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin.



Cajun Music: Its Origins and Development


Author: Barry Jean Ancelet


Description: Author Barry Ancelet examines the multicultural and multiracial origins of Cajun music, the major figures in the music's development and the circumstances which caused these diverse musical strains to fuse into the the culture's present musical repertoire. Ancelet also traces the evolution of the traditional French ballads that the Acadian settlers took with them to Canada and the songs that the Acadians sang during their years of exile, as well as describes the new musical influences that were encountered in Louisiana.



Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803


Author: Carl A. Brasseaux


French, Cajun, Creole, Houma: A Primer on Francophone Louisiana


Author: Carl A. Brasseaux


Description: In recent years, ethnographers have recognized south Louisiana as home to perhaps the most complex rural society in North America. More than a dozen French-speaking immigrant groups have been identified there, Cajuns and white Creoles being the most famous. In this guide to the amazing social, cultural, and linguistic variation within Louisianas French-speaking region, Carl A. Brasseaux presents an overview of the origins and evolution of all the Francophone communities.



Inherit the Atchafalaya


Author: Greg Guirard & Ray Brassieur


Description: Greg Guirard's stunning photographs, fascinating text by Ray Brassieur, woven together to tell the rich history of the Acadians.



PsychoTherapy for Cajuns: A Traditional Culture Struggles for Survival in a Crazy World


Author: Greg Guirard


Description: A traditional culture struggles for survival in a crazy world.



Scattered to the Wind: Dispersal and Wanderings of the Acadians, 1755-1809


Author: Carl A. Brasseaux


Description: The dispersal of the Acadian populationperhaps better known to historians as the Grand Drangementis unquestionably the pivotal event in Acadian history. Longfellow attempted to portray the tragic consequences of the deportation of the Acadian population from the Bay of Fundy Basic through his epic Evangeline, but the narrow focus of this work failed to convey the magnitude of the disruption and the resulting misery upon the Acadian population. Scholarly works dealing with the Acadian dispersal have also tended to focus on one group, or one aspect of this historical event. Scattered to the Wind fills the resulting need for an overview of the tragic episode, providing detailed accounts of the dispersal, Acadian life during the exile, the ensuing migrations, and the ultimate transplantation of various Acadian groups in widely separated geographic areas. Segments of the booklet examine the impact of the Grand Drangement, the dispersal, Acadians in each of the Eastern seaboard colonies, as well as post-dispersal Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Madawaska (Maine), England, France, Saint-Domingue, Martinique, French Guiana, the Falkland Islands, St. Pierre, Miquelon, and Louisiana. This short monograph also examines little known late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Acadian migrations to the lower Mississippi Valley. This fully documented narrative will provide engrossing reading for genealogists, history buffs, and anyone interested in Louisiana's Acadian heritage.



Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine


Author: Marcelle Bienvenu, Carl A. Brasseaux and Ryan Brasseaux




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