Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Fun on the Bayou !

On Sunday, after a delicious breakfast of crawfish omelettes and biscuits, we headed out to find some Cajun fun. Vermilion Ville, a Cajun heritage and folk life park , in Lafayette, was having their Old Time Christmas celebration. But first we wanted to go to the Cajun Christmas Fair, going on at River Ranch, in Lafayette. With all of the rain we've been having in Cajun Country, you might say we're in the monsoon season, again! Thanks to El Nino, we've gotten over a foot of rain, so far in December, and it's only the middle of the month.

But thankfully, the rain held off on Sunday afternoon for "The Gift of Music" fundraiser, held at River Ranch, in Lafayette. It was a family event to raise money for several area youth programs and included a gumbo challenge, old fashioned games, live music, a live nativity scene, and an arts and crafts show.

We bought a few gifts at this great jewelry booth
and enjoyed some fabulous music, before heading over to Vermilion Ville for "An Old Time Christmas".

Old fashioned craft demonstrations were held all day, at Vermilion Ville and The Jambalaya Cajun Band was playing in The Performance Center, Le Jour de Fete, from 1-4 pm., where there was a whole lot of dancing going on.

The weather was warm and balmy which was perfect for walking around the grounds, along the Vermilion Bayou and attending the various activities planned for the day.
Boat rides on the bayou were also offered.

Then someone told us that they were serving a delicious Christmas buffet at the restaurant, La Cuisine de Maman. Who could resist an all you can eat Cajun Christmas buffet! A perfect ending to an enjoyable day!


Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Most definitely! When you're in Cajun country, there's no way you can turn down a buffet and tell them we say..."boo-fey"!

Now we just have to light de fires and wait for Papa Noel to come down de bayou!

Joanne said...

I love places like that jewelry booth at the craft fair. You can find such pretty, artistic pieces of jewelry that you won't find in the stores. I'm sure there were many unique gifts available there!

Rosaria Williams said...

Balmy Christmas fun, and enough good food to keep you hopping.

Unknown said...

That looks like it was such fun...I would have loved it!! I really need to get down there sometime!! You always have the best fun, I swear.

Thanks for being there for me, always...it is the best gift ever.

Cloudia said...

Good Fun, Cher!

Aloha, Bon Ami

Comfort Spiral

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

that all sounds very good!!!

party like a rock star

John said...

Crawfish omelettes and biscuits for breakfast; I think it is time you tried some English smoked kippers. Hope the rain stops.

Marguerite said...

Katherine- You got that right, cher, about the boo-fey! And if it's time for Papa Noel, can Mardi Gras be far behind? :)

Joanne- You are so right about the jewelry being unique at craft fairs. I also have a few blog friends who make and sell beautiful jewelry, too.

lakeviewer- I was so glad that it didn't rain for these events, and the food was fantastic. Thanks for stopping by!

Marlene- It was a blast! And yes, you really do need to come to Cajun Country. You would love it, I'm sure of it! You're so welcome!!

Cloudia- Always some fun brewing in Cajun land, cher! Wish you were here, Gal pal! Aloha!

Dave- And you are another one that needs to visit Acadiana, and not just New Orleans. We have an awesome Mardi Gras, too!

John- I don't know what English smoked kippers are, but they sound good and I would try anything once!
Yes, rain, rain, and more rain! It's time for it to stop!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Ooooh!!! I just sighed when I opened your page today...so beautiful!!! I'd love a Cajun Christmas!!! Balmy, and so festive!!!! Thanks for taking us along in your back pocket!!! Tres bon! Love you~Janine XO

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Oh boy, I'm jealous again.

Maggie May said...

Warm & barmy weather sounds really good and the food sounded delicious. All you could eat.....Cajun food. Mmmmmhhh!

Nuts in May

Vagabonde said...

Just the name “La Cuisine de Maman” would make me go and eat at this restaurant. My maman was a great cook. While I am catching up with my blogging friends my husband is making us a grilled cheese sandwich – well it’s not la cuisine de maman but he does make a mean grilled cheese – and since he is cooking it – I have no complaint!

Velva said...

What a fabulous day! Thanks for taking me a long on a blog journey. I can only imagine how much fun it is to experience a cajun Christmas.

Marguerite said...

Janine- Why merci beaucoup, dahhhling! We do have some beautiful scenery and fun fundraisers. Lafayette takes care of it's own and has so much fun doing it!! Have a great weekend, cher!

Elizabeth- You just need to move here, cher! Thanks for coming by!

Maggie- So glad to hear from you! That buffet was fabulous!! Thanks for the nice compliments and for visiting!

Vagabonde- La Cuisine de Maman is Cajun cooking at it's best! Put it on your list, for their Sunday buffet. Merci for stopping by, cher! Your grilled cheese sounds good.

Velva- Thanks for the sweet comment! If you think that Christmas if fun, just wait till Mardi Gras!! Have a fun weekend!

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