On Friday, August 21st, 11:00 a.m., I will be speaking at the Bourg/LeBlanc/Melanson Family Reunion. Place: Tracadie-Sheila in northern New Brunswick. If you have not yet made plans to attend, it is not too late. If you will be there please do not hesitate to come up to say hello. I look forward to meeting many Acadian cousins as I did at CMA 2004 in Nova Scotia.
This is truly a time to celebrate who we are as Acadians!
Topic of my talk: mtDNA of the Founding Mothers of Acadia. My talk will be given as part of the opening ceremonies of the reunion.
From there we plan to go to Caraquet, Pokemouche and Néguac to other reunions taking place. We will take our time to stop at Acadian villages along the way and as mentioned in an earlier blog, I am taking along this neat little Jazz camcorder with which to capture video along the way.
The following is our schedule:
August 19th - Wednesday– leave for Moncton – if we arrive mid-afternoon, we’ll go directly to the Centre d'études acadiennes at Université de Moncton to meet up with Stephen White.
August 20th - Thursday – free day - we will go to CEA and whatever else we decide to do.
August 21st - Friday – Travel to Tracadie-Sheila: Bourg/LeBlanc/Melanson Reunion;
We then go to Caraquet’s Acadian Historic Village – stop at Pokemouche to meet up with some cousins; go to Néguac for the Breau Family Reunion and wherever else we would like to stop/see/tour along the way on our return to Moncton.
August 22nd - Saturday – Travel to Grande-Anse for the Doucet Family Reunion – later on to the Belliveau-Gaudet Reunion. Stephen White is speaking at both events. That evening we go to the banquet at the B-G reunion. We return to Moncton that evening.
August 23rd – Sunday – we go to Le Pays de La Sagouine for brunch and to spend the day. This is in Bouctouche which is a very large Acadian town.
August 24th – Monday – go to CEA – we will be meeting Eileen Avery this day - looking forward to that.
August 25th – Tuesday – go to Ft Beauséjour for the Canadian television interview with Barbara LeBlanc and Lorette Leafe and then go over to Beaubassin to see if anyone can direct us to where the digs have been taking place. We will perhaps stop at Memramcook. the plan is to spend some time with Barbara whom I've not seen since CMA 2004.
August 26th – Wednesday – head home.