Acadian Festival rich in Franco-American heritage

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist
Posted June 21, 2009, at 6:45 p.m.

The Acadian Festival began yesterday with a Mass honoring Acadian ancestors at St. David Church on U.S. Route 1 — those forebears displaced from what is now Nova Scotia by the English.

This is such a beautiful time of year to visit the St. John Valley, the perfect time for a drive along the northern border of Maine, from Fort Kent through Frenchville to Madawaska and on to Van Buren.

From St. David you can see the Acadian Cross down on the St. John River, honoring the Franco-Americans who settled the area more than two centuries ago. Drive on down to the river and peruse the memorials to the many Franco-American families that have held reunions during the festival.

There’s time to join in next weekend’s festivities, including the Marquis Family Reunion.

Last week, reunion president Judy Paradis was just bubbling over with excitement over all the wonderful connections that were being made among cousins, both new and not so new.

You can still sign up for the banquet this weekend and other activities.

For more information on the reunion, visit www.marquisreunion.com, or call Paradis at 728-4854 or 316-8740.

Read more about the Acadian Festival here.

Registration for the Marquis Family Reunion begins 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Madawaska High School on Seventh Avenue.

You’ll enjoy seeing the family “trees” hung on the wall, complete with photographs that help you connect with your cousins.

Activities throughout the weekend include a quilting show at the high school, a townwide yard sale, Acadian Valley guided bus tours from the Tante Blanche Museum in Madawaska and Acadian Village in Van Buren, historical presentations by Guy Dubay, Judy Paradis and Ross Paradis; an encampment and drill display by the 20th Maine Volunteers re-enactors and the Marquis Talent Show on Friday evening.

Sunday will bring the Marquis Family Reunion Mass at 9 a.m. at Ste. Agathe Church in St. Agatha, and the firemen’s barbecue at 10:30 a.m. at the Madawaska Fire Station; and the Acadian Festival Parade at 1 p.m. in Madawaska. A fireworks display is scheduled for 10 p.m.

The Marquis family has been in the St. John Valley

since 1811, specifically in St. Hilaire, New Brunswick.

Christophe Marquis, who married widow Marie-Reine Boucher, was in 1843 one of the first church trustees of St. Luce Parish, according to the reunion Web site, along with Jean Gueret and Hilaire Cyr.

Marie died in 1855, and Christophe in 1959.

Christophe was the son of Philippe Paul Hyppolite Marquis and wife Madeleine Roy-Desjardins of St. Louis, Kamouraska, Quebec. They had a family of nine children.

Genealogy books for the Marquis reunion are being published, $65 for the black-and-white copies, $95 for color, plus shipping and handling.

Check out the Web site for more information or call Judy.

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What a great time I had speaking to the Sangerville Historical Society on June 16. I will be back in the area later on, stay tuned for details.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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