Acadiana Profile - February-March 2021

The Sacred and the Profane

On the 15-mile drive south from Houma to Chauvin, if we weren’t paying attention, we might have missed the plot of land on our right as we rode along the appropriately named Bayouside Drive. We noticed an incongruous-looking lighthouse on…

Note de l'editeur

Well, 2021 sure has gotten off on an odd foot, huh? Just when we thought things couldn’t get any weirder, I’ll be dipped if things didn't do that very thing. There is one certainty in this uncertain time however and…

Grand Isle, mon amour

LA 1 crosses the state diagonally, from the confines of its border with Texas and Arkansas, to its other extremity, where it ends in a cul-de-sac surrounded by a motel, a restaurant and a small port harboring sport and commercial…

Nouvelles de villes

Win Summer in Nova Scotia Vermilion Parish The Centre acadien (historicnovascotia.ca) and the Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance (vermilionchamber.org) jointly announce the availability of the Russell Gaspard French Immersion Scholarship, to be awarded to Vermilion Parish high school students for…

Purple Haze

Mixologists find it easy to fall in love with Empress 1908 gin derived from butterfly pea blossoms that give the libation its natural indigo color. Handcrafted in small-batch copper pot stills, its exquisite taste, regal look and delicate aroma make…

In Other News

Gaining Girl Power Calcasieu, St. Landry, Avoyelles  Check out the new virtual program for girl teens by the nonprofit Safe Havynn Education Centers. Weekend classes are designed to help young women learn life lessons ranging from handling relationships and peer…

Shades of Gray

  Life in Louisiana’s Acadian parishes is colorful, yet, the internationally acclaimed Lafayette photographer Lucius Fontenot is an artist who sees timeless spiritual rhythms and beauty in the gray shadows of Louisiana’s Cajun culture. “I love how unique, beautiful, strange,…

Fest Feast 

This time of the year in Louisiana is usually busy with Carnival parades, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day and the beginning of crawfish season.  Not so this year because of COVID-19. We are being urged to hunker…

Light Recipes

One thing everyone agrees upon is that seafood is a healthful food choice. It is high in good things, such as protein, vitamins and minerals, and low in bad things, such as calories, total fat and saturated fat. Eating seafood…

Top Doctors

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines for most of 2020. But people’s regular medical needs didn’t stop because of the COVID chaos. Our top doctors worked in a variety of fields, from dermatology to obstetrics and gynecology to urology. They all…

Seasons of Change

When Caitlin Gossen and her husband bought their two-story, Acadian-style home in 2007, her daughters were just growing out of the baby stage. The house, built in the 1980s, underwent a full-scale renovation before they settled in — including a…

Common Bond 

Having been born from the union of a Cormier and a Prudhomme there is no question about the legitimacy of my Louisiana nature. Still, a sense of soulful belonging tended to evade me as a child and teenager. In south Louisiana,…