The Trahan Family and the Leger Families (the
descendents of the Richelieu and the Larosette Leger Ancestors)
held a world class reunion in Nova Scotia on August 6, 7 and 8 of
2004 near the site of their common ancestor, Guillaume Trahan.
The following is a short rendition of
the happenings at the reunion, along with a few photos. More picture
will be posted as time and space will allow.
This event will took place at the Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
The Inn went all out to make everybody welcome. The
hospitality was five star, every member of the staff had a constant
smile, and no request went unfulfilled. We are very grateful
for such outstanding service, food and comfort.
The reunion began with registration on
Friday afternoon, with each individual family- The Trahan's, the
Richileau Leger's and the LaRosette Leger's each having a
registration table. That Friday evening an informal social and
gathering was held with the president of each of the families
involved welcoming the attendees. Approximately 230 attended.
The next morning, Saturday, was
devoted to bus tours, all preplanned and pre-registered. Upon
returning from the tours the group joined with those who had stayed
behind, mingling and making new friends. Others took advantage
of the three computers set up to check up on their genealogy.
That evening a formal dinner was
served, with 194 attending. The loin of pork was served with
all the trimmings and was absolutely delicious. After the meal
awards were presented to the planners and doers of this reunion,
photos below describing each award. The table decorations,
flags with the Coat of Arms of each individual family as well as the
Stars and Strips and the Tri-Color of Acadie were very prominent and
became souvenirs for many who were able to snatch them before they
Although Butch Leger, President of the
Richileau Leger's of Louisiana could not attend the reunion, he sent
a video tape message that was played to the crowd, expressing his
regret in not being able to attend, but wishing all there could have
a very pleasant reunion, meet old friends and make many new friends.
I think all his wishes came true.
The Sunday Mass was very well
attended although some distance away from the Old Orchard Inn. Rev.
Maurice Leger, Shédiac, New
Brunswick, was the chief celebrant, and the co-celebrants were
Rev. Lee J. Kahrs, DePeres, Wisc. and Rev. Leger. Rev.
Maurice reminded those attending mass just what he thought the
letters in A C A D I E
stood for: A: Amour,
la tere, la famille, native people & attention, the Star of the
Courage, without which our ancestors would not have survived;
Accommodations and adaptations to survive;
Devoted to our family and faith in God - Dieu who was
always there and why we are here today - Louisiana, Nova Scotia,
California, Texas and many other locals;
and Integrity; E:
Equality, proud but equal to those more powerful, or poor, or
After mass many stepped forward and
gave moving testimonials of what this reunion meant to them.
Many hankies were needed to dry some very moist eyes.
After the mass, many journeyed to the
St. Famille Cemetery for the dedication of the Memorial Marker
erected by the three families in honor of their ancestry.
Another moving experience. This site was uncovered while a
developer was digging footings for homes in the area. After
careful search of church and death records, it was determined that
approximately 300 of our ancestors are buried at the cemetery of the
now destroyed St. Famille Catholic Church. Donations are still
being accepted since a debt of around $5000 still remains on the
On Monday most visited the Grand-Pre
Historic Site and Welcome Center for "Louisiana Cajun Day."
And what a day it was. Many moving speeches, presentations,
and naturally Louisiana Cajun Music and dancing. Not to be
forgotten was plenty of Louisiana cooking served to the waiting
crowd. Chef Roy Lyons of Crowley, La. did an outstanding job
of preparing the jambalaya and fricassé.
You could see many from Louisiana helping with the serving of the
Of course no trip to Nova Scotia can be
complete without dining on lobster, scallops, mussels, or even that
British or Scottish mainstay - fish & chips. The chef and his
staff at the Old Orchard Inn are to be commended on their excellent
Arial View of Old Orchard Inn with Minus Basin in background.