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Lunch and Learn Program: Fad Diets

It’s that time of year again, time to lose the weight that was gained over the holidays and start the new year with a new healthy lifestyle. Learn which diets are good for you and which aren’t, and what foods are a healthy alternative to the fast food that is out there. Join the Abbeville Branch of the Vermilion Parish Library and Mandy Armentor, MS, RD, LDN with the LSU AgCenter Extension Office on January 17, 2012 from 12:10 – 12:50 pm. Space is limited so please call 337-893-2674 to register.

Coupon Workshop

Wouldn’t you like to save a few dollars when you visit the grocery store? Let the Gueydan Branch of the Vermilion Parish Library help you do just that. Tori Babineaux will teach you couponing tips and tell you about her favorite places to shop. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Please call Angie Touchet at 337-536-6781 to register.

Traveling Boudin Exhibit comes to Library

Boudin is to Lafayette, Louisiana, as clam pizza is to New Haven, Connecticut. As the green chile cheeseburger is to Santa Fe, New Mexico. As Frogmore stew is to Saint Helena, South Carolina. This Cajun Country sausage of pork, rice, and spice is a totem of culinary identity.

The Southern Foodways Alliance’s latest documentary project, a traveling exhibit, profiles the ubiquitous and beloved Cajun fast food, boudin. The exhibit will open at the Abbeville Branch of the Vermilion Parish Library on January 16th and remain there until February 8th. SFA’s latest film To Live and Die in Avoyelles Parish, a celebration of the Louisiana boucherie tradition cochon de lait, will also be showing. Please contact Sue Trahan for show times at 337-893-2674.

Thanks to funding from McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco® Brand Products, SFA’s work on boudin began in 2006 with oral histories of storied boudin makers like Robert Cormier of the Best Stop in Scott, Louisiana; Patsy Frey of Billy and Ray’s Boudin in Opelousas, Louisiana; and Beverly Giardelli of C. Herbert’s Slaughter House & Meat Market in Abbeville, Louisiana.

The SFA’s repository of boudin-focused oral histories has grown into a standalone website, complete with an interactive map: HYPERLINK “http://www.southernboudintrail.com” www.southernboudintrail.com. Today nearly 50 oral histories are available online. More recently, when Butterfield and Robinson’s Global Heritage Fund offered support, the SFA developed Boudin: The Traveling Exhibit, which draws on those oral histories to tell the tale of one of Cajun country’s iconic foods.

For more information on the University of Mississippi-based Southern Foodways Alliance and its mission to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South, visit www.southernfoodways.org.

Do you know where the boudin exhibit should stop next? Email Georgeanna Chapman at georgeanna.chapman@gmail.com.

About Vermilion

Parish Library

Since 1942, the Vermilion Parish Library has brought the joy of reading to the residents of Vermilion Parish in South Louisiana. With six branches throughout the parish, the library offers a wide variety of services and facilities for everyone from toddlers to senior citizens. The library’s book collection numbers more than 60,000, plus over 2,000 current magazine and newspaper subscriptions. In addition to traditional reading materials, the library features a large selection of books on cassette, videos, DVDs, books on CD and its newest addition; books on MP3. The library also serves its communities with copy services, faxing, free wireless Internet, VCR and DVD players and meeting rooms for groups large and small, accessible during and after hours.



Hours of Operation

Abbeville Branch

M & Th 9 AM – 8 PM

TuWF 9 AM- 5:30 PM

Sat 9 AM – 1 PM

Kaplan Branch

MWTh 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Tu 9 AM – 8 PM

Fri 9 AM – 5 PM

Sat 9 AM – noon

Delcambre, Erath, Gueydan and Maurice Branches

MTuWTh 10 AM – 5:30 PM

F 10 AM – 5 PM

Sat 9 AM – noon

Mobile Library (Bookmobile) Monday: Pecan Island, VPAP (Maurice), Vermilion Health Care (Nunez). Tuesday: Kid’s Connection Daycare (Meaux), Lighthouse (Abbeville) or Maurice Head Start, Indian Bayou, Maison Du Monde (Abbeville), East Ridge Nursing Home (Abbeville). Wednesday: Country Bears Head Start (Forked Island) or Little Einstein Head Start (Erath), FIEB, Lighthouse Christian Academy (Abbeville). Thursday: Honey Bears Head Start (Gueydan), Gueydan Guest House or Abbeville Head Start, Harvest Time (Abbeville), Little People Daycare (Abbeville).

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