HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Check out Warren and Mary Perrin’s latest book, “Seeking an Acadian Nation, the 1930 Diary of an Evangeline Girl.” Released in Canada during Le Congrès Mondial Acadien in August, it is based on the diary of Corinne Broussard. She was among the 25 Evangeline Girls led by Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc during an epic 1930 journey to Grand-Pré to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Acadian Deportation. This was reportedly the first group of Cajuns to make a pilgrimage back to their ancestral lands in Nova Scotia since the deportation (books can be ordered via acadianmuseum.com or by visiting the museum).
The first brewery in Ascension Parish, Gilla Brewery Company, opened in October, featuring a rotating stable of small-batch beers on tap (facebook.com/gillabrewingco). Nicholls State University has joined the beer-branding biz with the release of Colonel’s Retreat, a smooth, crisp lager crafted by Bayou Teche Brewing (named for a former popular hangout) to benefit the university and its alumni federation (nicholls.edu).