MADAWASKA—St. David Church and the Acadian Landing Site, both in Madawaska, will serve as the venues for a special day celebrating Acadian culture and history of which Catholicism is an integral part.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, June 30, the day will begin with “La Messe des Acadiens” at St. David Church, 774 Main St. All are welcome to attend the Mass which will be followed by a lunch of chicken stew, ployes, sweets and drinks.
Then, at 1:30 p.m., a reenactment of the arrival of the Acadians to the Madawaska shore of the St. John River will be held. The reenactment will take place at the Acadian Landing Site, located behind the Tante Blanche Museum next to St. David Church on Main Street, and is being planned by the Acadian Festival Committee and the Madawaska Historical Society.
The Acadian Landing Site commemorates the landing point of the first Acadian settlers in upper St. John River Valley in 1785, when a group of around 20 Acadian families arrived at the site by canoe from Fredericton and erected a wooden cross to mark their gratitude for safety and a land of their own. A large marble cross now stands where the original cross was placed.
All are welcome to attend the Mass, lunch and reenactment. For more information, contact Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, of which St. David Church is a part, at 207-728-7531, or contact the Madawaska Historical Society at 207-728-6412.