Rayne, Louisiana’s Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament at Maison D’Memoire

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The date is set for July 14, 2012 for the Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament of Rayne, LA and held every year at your very own Lafayette bed and breakfast, Maison D’Memoire, along with the City of Rayne for the children of the Rayne, Louisiana community. A good time is always had by all. For some, it will be their first experience at catching a fish! Don’t miss out on the fun!

When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11am-2pm. (No early arrivals please.)

Where: Maison D’Memoire, 8450 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, LA, 70578

What should I bring? Be sure to bring plenty of fluids to combat the heat.

Watch the local papers to provide more details!

Cajun Food Tour – Discover Delightful Cajun Cuisine in Lafayette!

Historically, Cajun cuisine was born out of shared ideas between South Louisiana cultures. When Acadians settled in Louisiana from Nova Scotia, they were forced to adapt to the new environment and foods available to them. They fused the spices and food preparation techniques from their Anglo-American, African American and American Indian neighbors.

Traditional Cajun cooking was stewed meats, gravies with rice, corn, gumbo and later seafood.

Some of our many good restaurants in the Lafayette area are Don’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Prejean’s and Randol’s, which also has a dance hall. These are also some of the oldest and most well-known Lafayette restaurants.

Randols-in-Lafayette
Randol’s Restaurant et Salle de Danse in Lafayette, LA – CC Image courtesy of johnwk on Flickr    

Today Lafayette’s dining market remains diverse, with dishes like crawfish, fettucini, etouffees and bisques. By integrating new ingredients and styles with older customs, such innovations have become part of the fine dining experience in Lafayette and the surrounding area.

Let us help you pick out some of these fine dining experiences during your visit to our Lafayette, Louisiana Bed and Breakfast!

Spring 2012 Downtown Alive Concert Series Near our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast

For 29 years now, Downtown Alive has been Acadiana’s premiere concert series. It unites community and culture to create a weekly tradition and celebration in Downtown Lafayette every Fall and Spring.  The 2012 Spring Series kicks off March 9 with local legends Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress and with special guest G.G. Shinn. To view photos and find out more information, visit the Downtown Alive Facebook page. This is a free event open to the public, just a short distance from Maison D’Memoire, our romantic Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!

Cajun Extravaganza!

Looking for a cultural experience in Louisiana? Enjoy the Cajun Extravaganza Package at our Lafayette bed and breakfast!
Includes:
*2 Nights accommodations at our romantic Louisiana getaway.
*2 Tickets for Liberty Theatre (Some black out days do apply.)
      Held every Saturday in Eunice from 6-7:30 pm only.
*Swamp tour for two (At least 48 hours notice and requires cell phone number for contact.)
*Fezzo’s Cajun Restaurant gift card.
*Lagniappe – Cajun term meaning a little something extra!
Subject to price change without notice.
Cost is $645

Lafayette Events Taking Place

In addition to the many Louisiana festivals that take place near our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast, there are other fantastic opportunities for experiencing the local culture and flavors of Cajun Country. The Museum at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette is currently displaying beautiful Icons by artists Rev. Rex Broussard & Lynda Mitchell. For more information, contact Jan McNeil at 337-232-1322. Guests who enjoy sports events can watch the Southern Professional Hockey League team, Louisiana IceGators at the Cajundome. Contact Liz Webb at 337-265-2323 for details. These events are both easily reached within a short distance of Maison D’Memoire, our Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana.

Make your Mardi Gras and Courir de Mardi Gras plans now!

This year Mardi Gras will take place on February 21st! There will be fun filled festivities held on Mardi Gras, as well as the days leading up to this popular festival. Courir de Mardi Gras will be held on Sunday, February 19th in Church Point. Some other events planned are the Carnival d’Acadie in Crowley, the Tee Mamou Iota Mardi Gras Festival and numerous celebrations to enjoy in Lafayette. Festival-goers will enjoy the many colorful costumes, parades, live music and numerous other spectacular festivities. These wonderful cultural events will all take place within a short distance from our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!

Tastiest Towns of the South

Lafayette has recently been named among the top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” according to the January issue of Southern Living magazine. Readers will determine the winner, so rally around Lafayette and cast your vote from December 23-January 31.
Lafayette is cited for its new breed of homegrown chefs. Southern living will profile each of the towns and reveal the “Tastiest Town in the South” in the April 2012 issue. We hope you have the chance to enjoy some of this famously delicious Acadian cuisine during your stay at our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!

Noel Acadien au Village

Noel Acadien au Village is a wonderful holiday festival happening now, near our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!

Enjoy the splendor of over a half million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides. Held December 1-23 from 5:30-9PM nightly. $7 in advance or $9 at the gate. We hope you have the chance to experience this family friendly event during your stay at our Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana.

International Rice Festival

Guests at Maison D’Memoire are invited to attend the 75th Annual International Rice Festival, held in Crowley, Louisiana. Enjoy this family friendly event from October 20-23! Located just a short distance west of Rayne, this is one of the oldest festivals in Louisiana. Events at the festival will include Family Fun Day, Poster Contest, Cooking Contest, and Children’s Day on Friday, October 21 which will include Crowning of a Junior King & Queen along with a Children’s Parade. Saturday’s events will feature selecting a International Rice Festival Queen and the Grand Parade, along with an Acadian Accordion Contest and Fiddle Contest. Enjoy entertainment Thursday night by Molly Ringwalds, Friday night with Wayne Toups and Saturday by Tracy Lawrence.

Our own granddaughter Emma is competing for the Junior Queen on Friday! Good luck Emma!

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

The annual Festivals Acadiens et Creoles will be held on October 14-16, 2011 in the beautiful setting of Girard Park in Lafayette LA. This is a free event just minutes from Maison D’Memoire and is great for the whole family! There will be many activities to enjoy such as: Festival de Musique, Bayou Food Festival, Louisiana Crafts Fair, Louisiana Folk Roots, Culture Sur la Table and La Place des Petits. Enjoy some of the biggest names in Cajun & Zydeco music, cooking demonstrations, activities for the children and Louisiana craft booths including unique handmade items such as pottery, wood, metal gourds and textiles. Experience good music, good food and good times during your stay at our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!