It was good times at Vermilionville for Creole Culture Day, a day of music, demonstrations and corn maque choux. The celebration lasted for hours and attracted a crowd including many from abroad, and Joseph Cluse, a true Creole, gave guests the gist on palmetto fans and early dating apps. “The father of the house would paint a white stripe on the chimney to signal suitors to come check out his daughters,” he said. Elsewhere, master gardeners Mary Ann Armbruster and Beverly Fuselier touted early folk remedies (“Monglier is one of the three main plants we hear about from the old folks”), dance man Harold Bernard taught the two-step and academic Alexandra Giancarlo focused on the history of black cowboys in Acadiana. Out early were tourists Yussef Khodja and Chalah Hassina, who insisted on taking The Advocate’s photo as a souvenir. Anything for international relations.

L’Art de la Conversation

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum hosted its French language hour, the better for le Louisianais to brush up their language skills. The group sat cafe-style for their chat, and leading the way was Agnes Cappello, soon to depart for a summer trip to her native France. For the record, The Advocate can hold its own en français.

You’ve Got to Have Faith

A group of Californians hosted a Cajun dance event called “Lafayette Sisters” at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley, California, and raised $1,235 for Lafayette’s Faith House. A group of California musicians were invited to perform in honor of Women’s History Month and created a fundraising event to benefit survivors of domestic violence in Acadiana. “We are grateful to have the support not only of our own community but of individuals from across the country. This year has been a particularly difficult year financially for our organization, and to have groups from near and far recognize the importance of our work means so much,” said Faith House Director Billi Lacombe. Ashkenaz has been a center for social justice, as well as Cajun and Creole music for over 30 years.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at