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A sculpture by Pohenegamook artist Francois Maltais in the Parc Clair Soleil in Cabano, Quebec, forms a backdrop for Alexis Ruest of Edmundston, New Brunswick, the boy pictured on promotional materials of the 2014 World Acadian Congress, during Aug. 24 closing ceremonies.

End of World Acadian Congress focused on future for the region

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
The end was a beginning on the closing day of the World Acadian Congress, hosted by northwestern New Brunswick, the Temiscouata region of Quebec and the St. John Valley of Maine. In Aug. 24 ceremonies at Parc Clair Soleil in Temiscouata sur-le-Lac, Quebec, the focus was on the future. Communities …
Plenty of noise is made as people celebrate National Acadian Day during Tintamarre on Aug. 15 in Madawaska.

‘An overwhelming success’: World Acadian Congress wraps up, organizers already looking at lasting economic impacts

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 23, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
FORT KENT | The 2014 World Acadian Congress wraps up this weekend, but organizers are determined the economic and cultural impacts will continue long after the festivals and parties are over. While it’s too early for actual numbers of people attending the two-week congress or how much money they …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

World Acadian Congress features smaller reunions, too

By Roxanne Saucier on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
Do you wish you had gone to the World Acadian Congress in northern Maine and parts of Quebec and New Brunswick? The event is still going strong, with dozens of activities scheduled from now through Sunday, Aug. 24, and everyone is welcome. You can check out the activities online at …
Ployes with brown sugar are seen Friday during the 2014 Acadian World Congress in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Au fricot! A food trip through the World Acadian Congress, from pig roast to chicken stew

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
There’s a lot of food to be eaten at the 2014 World Acadian Congress — there is 17 days of it, after all. And there are lots of traditional Acadian dishes, from poutine to sugar pie, from pea soup to pot-en-pot. I had only one weekend to try as many …
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A packed parade marches during Tintamarre on Friday on Main Street in Madawaska.

‘We’re making friends for life’: Tintamarre parade draws thousands to Madawaska

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
They came with bells on, bearing pots and pans, whistles, washtubs and rusty old buckets. Some had metal sheets and cowbells, and some blew ceaselessly on plastic horns. Whatever they had to make noise with, they used. It was a Tintamarre, the traditional Acadian parade that for the 2014 World …
Members of the Roy family hold their banner at the annual re-enactment of the landing of the first Acadians in Madawaska.

Rain forces Acadian landing re-enactment indoors

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
MADAWASKA | Every year, Acadians and their guests gather on the shores of the St. John River in St. David to participate in or watch a re-enactment of the 1785 landing of the area’s first Acadian settlers. For the first time in 37 years, on Thursday, organizers of the …
Acadian Queen builders Gerald Soucy and David Wylie plant the Acadian flag on their craft before Thursday's voyage.

History comes alive as Acadian Queen ferry crosses St. John River

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
GRAND ISLE | It’s been more than seven decades since the days when ferry boats transported goods and people across the St. John River between Maine and New Brunswick, but that history came alive Thursday when the Acadian Queen made the crossing. “They said we were crazy and it …
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
World Acadian Congress organizers Lydia Martin and Pat Ezzy lead Van Buren's Tintamarre down Main Street to the international bridge to St. Leonard, New Brunswick, on Aug. 10, carrying a banner bearing emblems of four communities that joined to celebrate the Congres Mondial Acadien 2014: (from left) Pohenegamook, Quebec; St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Saint Athanase, Quebec; and Van Buren, Maine.

Moved by the Acadian celebration

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
I think I have understood what it means to be Acadian, but last weekend I felt it. I have read about the deportation and migration of Acadian people from Nova Scotia to Maine, Louisiana and New Brunswick in the 1700s. I have been to Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, where Acadians …
A representative sample of the 2014 World Acadian Congress coins with a US quarter and Canadian dollar for scale.

Tidbits from the World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:54 p.m.
Collect them all! FORT KENT | Something about hearing “collect them all,” makes me want to, well, collect them all. At the moment I am on the hunt for all 11 commemorative municipal coins issued for the 2014 World Acadian Congress, which is being celebrated in northern Maine and …
Canoers and kayakers make their way to Solider Pond for the Saucier family reunion in Wallagrass on Sunday as part of the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

World Acadian Congress all about bringing families together — 120 of them, actually

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 12, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
FORT KENT | Bringing families together is what the World Acadian Congress, held every five years, is all about, organizers said this weekend. And with 120 families coming together during the 2014 World Acadian Congress, it’s doing a great job of it. Dona Saucier, an assistant with the organizing …
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Bouchard Family Farms has their Acadian on with this giant duct-tape flag creation in Fort Kent.

Do you have your Acadian on?

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
FORT KENT | For the past several months throughout the St. John Valley, anything not moving fast enough has been painted blue, white and red with a gold star slapped on for good measure in anticipation of the 2014 World Acadian Congress that kicks off Friday morning. From lamp …

Acadians ready to shine, share their culture

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
FORT KENT | Borrowing from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this may no longer be the “forest primeval,” but starting this weekend what is being collectively termed “Acadia of the Lands and Forests” will host about 50,000 visitors for the 2014 World Acadian Congress. For the first time in its 25-year …

Officials urge patience as thousands expected to attend World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
FORT KENT | If nothing else, officials in charge of security and safety during the 2014 World Acadian Congress are asking everyone attending events to be patient. With about 50,000 people expected in the area over the course of the Acadian Congress from Aug. 8 to 24, people will …

Tips for traveling between borders during World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
FORT KENT | This is the first time a World Acadian Congress has spanned two countries and included an international border. Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have some helpful hints for travellers looking to participate in events going on in the St. John Valley, New Brunswick and …

Helpful tips for the 2014 World Acadian Congress

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
Five things to do Opening Day Festivities in Edmundston, New Brunswick, all day, Friday, Aug. 8 — The Congress opens bright and early on Friday with a sunrise ceremony involving both Acadians and First Nations representatives that will symbolically erase the border. There’s a party from 3 to 5 p.m. …
The Rev. Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Priest revives Acadian tradition of ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN | Growing up in northernmost Maine, the Rev. Paul Dumais polished off his share of ployes. The nourishing, springy, buckwheat pancake-like flatbread, traditionally served with beans or chicken stew, was a staple in his Acadian village of Madawaska. In preparation for the World Acadian Congress, which starts this …
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Father Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Father Paul Dumais’ ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
Ingredients: 100 grams buckwheat flour 100 grams King Arthur all-purpose flour 4 grams salt 2 tsp. Rumford baking powder 340 grams water Directions: Stir together the buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Using a wire whisk, beat in the cold water until all the …
 
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