ABRAM-VILLAGE – A big summer kickoff party will be held in Abram-Village on June 8 and 9 to launch the area’s summer season.
It will feature two full evenings of games, musical entertainment and dances with groups like Réveil and Fallback.
In addition, the event, which is reserved for adults 19 years and over, will raise funds for a 2019 overseas trip by high school students from Evangeline school.
All those who buy weekend passes will get a chance to win door prizes at each of the six main events of the weekend. There will also be another draw for a grand prize of $500 in cash.
Tickets are on sale at the centre scolaire-communautaire Evangline in Abram-Village and at the Wellington Rural Action Centre.
Some high school students at Evangeline school are also selling tickets. Only full weekend passes are available (envelopes with six tickets). Tickets for individual events will not be sold. It is recommended to buy tickets early since a very limited quantity is being sold.
The Evangeline Tourism Association will use this celebration to launch the 2018 tourism season on conjunction with the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. and RDEE Prince Edward Island.
On Friday, June 8, there will be a wine and cheese reception at the Acadian Musical Village at 6 p.m. Partners will have a provincial launch of the national Heritage, Cultural and Tourism Corridor and will introduce its Island members. A special presentation is also anticipated.
The real festivities of the weekend will then begin inside the Evangeline Recreation Centre. Only have of the ice surface will be used to allow the creation of a cozy and festival atmosphere.
Fiddler Louise Arsenault and her guitarist son Jonathan Arsenault will present an hour of music and song starting at 7 p.m.
At 8 p.m., party-goers will get to participate in a trivia game with zany host Raymond J. Arsenault as well as other games for a chance to win various prizes. The evening closes off on a good note with a dance featuring New Brunswick’s Réveil, starting at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s event kicks off at 7 p.m. with Nick Arsenault – the Acadian ‘Johnny Cash’ – and his musicians. Things continue at 8 p.m. with everyone listening in on the CFCY Radio show Country Hoedown. Food and prizes will be available.
And, to conclude the weekend party, Fallback will get everyone up and dancing, starting at 9 p.m.