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National Acadian Day celebrated in West Pubnico

A proud Acadian.
A proud Acadian.

WEST PUBNICO, NS - It was a day of festivities in the Municipality of Argyle on Aug. 15, with the historic Acadian Village of Nova Scotia and the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos (West Pubnico Museum) co-hosting National Acadian Day celebrations at the West Pubnico Museum.

Face painting by Rhonda Jacquard and other volunteers was a popular activity during National Acadian Day celebrations in Pubnico.

Music, a barbecue, horse back riding, face painting, samples from the Acadian garden, genealogy research, and traditional crafting were among the activities on tap during the day. That evening a special Mass was held at Église Ste-Anne Church in St. Anne du Ruisseau.

Danielle Ruel (left) talks with Jacklyn d’Entremont in the Acadian garden at the West Pubnico Museum during National Acadian Day festivities. Ruel, who is from Quebec, said she was “really enjoying” her visit to the area. “The people are very nice.”

The two organizations have been co-hosting National Acadian Day festivities for a few years now, said Bernice d’Entremont , museum manager, noting the event really brings the community together to celebrate Acadian culture and heritage.

West Pubnico Museum genealogy researcher Pauline d’Entremont was ready to help people trace their family roots during National Acadian Day festivities on Aug. 15.

This year marks 250 years since the Acadians began to return to Nova Scotia in 1767, after being deported by the British in 1755.

A young girl dressed in traditional Acadian costume enjoys a hot dog during National Acadian Day celebrations at the West Pubnico Museum.
Children enjoy a few loops around the field on horseback during National Acadian Day festivities at the West Pubnico Museum.
Acadian Village staff Kathy Nickerson (from right) Lizaville d’Entremont, Alexandra d’Entremont barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers during National Acadian Day festivities on Aug. 15 at the West Pubnico Museum.
Paulette Surette (left) and Judy Surette work on a quilt at the West Pubnico Museum during National Acadian Day festivities.
Adria Owen (left) and Abby Morton band sing and play guitar during National Acadian Day celebrations at the West Pubnico Museum. The two are part of the band, Triple Trouble.

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