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cma2014 logoJust a short message to let all delegates know that Mr. Richard Lyness of the CMA L’Acadie des Terres et Forets in Madawaska, Maine called us to let us know that the Terriot Family reunion has been scheduled to open on Saturday, 16 August 2014.

I called the organizer, Ken Theriault, Jr and asked him to confirm the date which he did. He did not know how many days the reunion would last. In the past, it has always been at least one day sometimes lasting as many as two days.

Please let me know of any questions.  We will be posting and updating on our website and blog our information on available motels/B&B/campgrounds, etc., that are available. When the Theriault Reunion organization begins their plans, they will be publishing a website which will include information on available accommodations.

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Just puttering around the family website this morning and I was reminded of a gem of a slide presentation that I received from a cousin in Québec.  For those among you who enjoy good music, here are some of the words from the music section of the Terriot website “Acadian, Cajun Music” and the words that introduce the video presentation:

A Most Beautiful Memory of our parents and grandparents

This beautiful video presentation created by ‘Creations TONYM’ with the music by Jean Lapointe. Take a few moments to view the presentation. You will most certainly enjoy it. If you are familiar with our great French Canadian and Acadian custom for music at home, this presentation will bring back fond memories. If you are not familiar with the custom, the presentation makes a good lesson in the history of our culture. 

Click here to start the presentation

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Just received a note from Murielle Thériault (our delegate for the George & Virginie Thériault Great-Branch of Ontario), about an article that she had just received from Nita, a Louisiana cousin. It is a story of a group of Acadian ancestors who were exiled to Georgia. It is a heart-wrenching story of how desperately the Acadians simply wanted to return home to their families.  Thank you Nita and Murielle for this article.  JRT

It was a bitter January 1756 for the Acadians exiled to Georgia, a place where – like Virginia – the government was unprepared to receive them, didn’t want them, and cared little whether they lived or died.
The first transport to the former penal colony of Georgia anchored at Savannah in early December 1775, and the colony’s governor, John Reynolds, immediately told his underlings to turn away any Acadians that were to be landed there. He warned the colony’s chief pilot that any landing of the Acadians would be done  ‘at his peril.’

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Lise Pelletier

Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

I received a brief message from my friend Ghislain Savoie this morning who is relaying an important radio program from Radio Canada on the ‘Acadians of Maine’. The program is in French but would be interesting to all francophones, especially the people of northern Maine. Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is interviewed by Stephane Coté. Here is a summary:

For over a century, the French-speaking people of Maine have been confronted by various policies of assimilation which ranged from intimidation to discrimination. Despite this, French is still spoken in the state. That was the message delivered last week at the University of Moncton, Edmundston, by the director of Acadian Archives at the University of Maine in Fort Kent, Lise Pelletier.

Here is the Radio Canada program “L’Histoire des Acadiens du Maine… Story of the Maine Acadians“.

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Le Parler Acadien, or Acadian Speak

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Walter and Honoré LeBlanc with straight faces explaining the origins of the Acadian word “macher”…

I just discovered a very entertaining and very interesting video on the origins of some of our Acadian French words and language. Two enterprising young Acadians, Walter and Honoré LeBlanc put together this 12 minute video. To me, coming from the region, it was hilarious to listen to them. Alot of it is ‘tongue-in-cheek’, so you have to listen closely.

Now to make sure that you understand, this video is about the French language and is in French of course. So, for those of you who are not francophones… sorry.

Check this video out. It’s a hoot!

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cma2014 logoJust a short note for a little information on lodging for CMA in New Brunswick & Québec areas of l’Acadie des Terres et Forets… the motels in Edmundston have already begun taking reservations for 2014… in fact, the Best Western in Edmundston is already booked for the two weeks for the CMA. The Best Western was good enough to give me the phone numbers for all of the lodging facilities in Edmundston, St Jacques and Grand Falls. So, you will find them on our CMA 2014 page. (See the tabs at the top of this page.)

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cma2014 logoIn the last few weeks, we have received several queries about the Terriot reunion for the CMA 2014.

In a brief phone conversation with Ken Theriault, Jr. of Madawaska, Maine, he explained to me that they were just starting to move in their organization and preparations, and that we would be hearing more from them.

Yesterday, I spoke with the Maine Regional Coordinator for CMA 2014, Lorraine Pelletier, who said that they have prepared a roster of lodgings for the State of Maine section of the greater Madawaska region. This roster will be updated as we approach 2014. Soon, we hope to receive a similar roster for the Canadian lodging facilities.

While we await the Terriot CMA2014 website, we will be happy to post that roster here on the CMA 2014 page of our blog.

Send us your questions and requests for information. We will try to help get answers.