Vermilionville hosts Easter celebration

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The Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville will be getting in the Easter spirit early on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 10 a.m. with an Easter celebration for the whole family.

The day will include a natural egg dyeing demonstration, sweet dough tart cooking demo, prettiest egg contest, pâquer tournament and Cajun jam. See below for a timeline of events and more details.

Timeline of Easter Events 10:00 a.m. Traditional Dyeing over an Open Hearth

11:00 a.m. Natural Dyeing Display and Egg Decorating Station

Sweet Dough Tart Cooking Demo

1:00 p.m. Cajun Jam 2:00 p.m. Alex Caldwell talk on Eggs & Easter

2:30 p.m. Prettiest Egg Contest judged by Vivian Alexander's Alex Caldwell 2:45 p.m. Pâquer Tournament

Admission is $5 for adults, and children 5 and under and Vermilionville members enter free. For more information visit the calendar of events at Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.

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Traditional Dyeing over an Open Hearth and Natural Easter Egg Dyeing Demonstration The Easter festivities begin with a traditional dyeing demonstration beginning at 10 a.m. in the Mouton kitchen. There will also be a natural dyeing display and egg decorating station starting from 11 a.m. in the performance center. Families can learn about natural dyeing techniques that were used before modern day food coloring was around. After the demo participants will be able to decorate their own Easter eggs; all decorating items will be provided. Participants can bring their own hard boiled eggs and receive a $1 discount off admission or they can purchase hard boiled eggs at Vermilionville for $1 each.

Cooking Demonstration The Easter festivities continues at 11 a.m. in the cooking school with a sweet dough tart cooking demonstration presented by Mandy Migues. The demonstration will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and samples will be given to attendees.

Eggs & Easter Talk

Alex Caldwell, co-creator and president of Vivian Alexander, will be on hand to discuss eggs and the role they play in our Easter celebrations. The talk is open to all ages and will begin at 2:00 p.m. with audience Q&A to follow.

Prettiest Easter Egg Contest & Pâquer Tournament At 2:30 p.m. participants can enter their freshly decorated eggs in Vermilionville's prettiest egg contest followed by a pâquer tournament at 2:45 p.m. Mr. Alex Caldwell from Vivian Alexander will be the guest judge and will select the winner for the prettiest egg. The winner of the prettiest egg and pâquer contest will receive bragging rights for the year in addition to a special trophy hand crafted by Vermilionville's wood carving artisan Cliff Mire. For more information of the history of pâqueing, contests rules and much more visit the events calendar at Vermilionville.org.

Cajun Jam The weekly Cajun jam at Vermilionville will be providing the musical backdrop for the Easter celebrations from 1 – 3:30 p.m. The free jam held in Vermilionville's Performance Center is open to all skill levels-beginner to professional. For more information on the jam hosts visit the calendar of events at Vermilionville.org. Special thanks to the Cajun French Music Association for sponsoring Vermilionville's weekly jams.

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