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National Acadian Day Family Fun Day

Where: Main quad at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester
When: Sunday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 for a family of up to four people, $2 for each additional person
Visit: facnh.com/events/family-fun-day




All things French
Cultural center celebrates National Acadian Day

08/13/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



If you’d like to celebrate your French heritage, learn about French culture or just do something different with the family, join the Franco-American Centre on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Saint Anselm College for a family fun day in the spirit of National Acadian Day (Aug. 15). There will be Acadian-related activities and entertainment for all ages.

National Acadian Day celebrates the heritage and culture of Acadians, descendants of 17th-century French colonists who settled in eastern Canada.
“People can experience Acadian culture in a variety of forms while they are [at the event],” John Tousignant, executive director of the center, said. “And it’s an event primarily in English, so people with no French skills will still feel comfortable and can enjoy the day.”
For kids, there will be a coloring station, face painting, crafts like creating a family tree and games like a French word scavenger hunt. They can also learn French songs with a songbook to take home.
An FAC member will perform authentic Acadian music and teach people the traditional Acadian dances.
If you aren’t much of a dancer, you can try your hand at a French sport in the Pétanque tournament; you may know it better as bocce ball. The rules are easy to learn, and anyone can play, regardless of age, size or athletic skill.
“We wanted to provide something all generations could get excited about,” Tousignant said. “The tournament is something where grandparents and grandchildren can work together and share an aspect of their heritage.”
Families are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy on the quad, but ice cream will be available for purchase.
There will be raffles for prizes from local businesses, such as family passes to the SEE Science Center, as well as the opening of a raffle for a week-long stay at a condo near Disney World, which will be drawn next month.
The Franco-American Centre has been holding events and classes that promote French language and culture for 25 years. Tousignant said 30 percent of New Englanders have some French-Canadian ancestry, and that events like Family Fun Day allow people to connect with that cultural background.
“A lot of people have Acadian heritage in this area, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to celebrate that,” he said. “It’s a day to enjoy the French culture and language and for families to share that culture and heritage with their children in an engaging way.” 
 
As seen in the August 13, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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