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June 7, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Vermilionville
So, when was the last time you curled up with a good book and enjoyed learning about various characters, places, lessons, etc.? It's probably been awhile with busy schedules. Well, now is the time to rekindle your love of reading during our Summer Book Club at Vermilionville. You'll love it!
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June 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Performance Center
Vermilionville's weekly Cajun Jam is led by some of the area’s finest musicians. The free jam is held in the Performance Center of Vermilionville and is open to all skill levels - beginner to professional. Free admission is for the jam only and does not include entry to the park. Special thanks to the Cajun French Music Association for sponsoring our weekly jams!
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Merlin Fontenot

At 93 years old, Merlin Fontenot was the oldest member of the Vermilionville family. Merlin was a time-honored master of the Cajun Fiddle and promoter of Acadian culture. He began playing the fiddle when he was only seven years old, but even in his old age said that he was "still learning." He never learned to read music, but learned to play "by ear" as a boy growing up in Eunice, Louisiana. Merlin was a fixture at Cajun dance halls by the age of 15. 

Merlin's skill earned him much recognition, having won fiddle championships as far away as Florida, where he performed in front of crowds of more than 15,000 people. He performed twice on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and was honored as a master musician in a music series presented by Harold Bernard. 

Merlin was with Vermilionville for more than twenty years and was been known to draw many returning guests who, years later, requested to see this Cajun legend. He enjoyed playing music and sharing his knowledge of Acadian culture in the school house (l'Ecole), where he engaged young and old visitors alike and encouraged his audience to share in his enthusiasm through participation. Merlin believed there is no place in the world like south Louisiana and said there was no where he would rather be.