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Bonjour Cousins! Special Reunion Update


The Guédry & Petitpas Reunion at Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019 is almost here, so we've gathered some information to highlight on the webpage. For full details, see pages 19 through 23 of the Spring 2019 Newsletter.


GUÉDRY & PETITPAS REUNION

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Where: Lancaster Room at the Slemon Park Hotel & Conference Center in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Register: Please click here to register as soon as possible so we can accommodate everyone and make the necessary plans.
Souvenirs: Reunion pins, pens, several different books related to our families, caps, money clips, etc. See note below under Displays if you have an item you would like to sell
Displays: We are also planning to have several poster displays and computer displays for everyone to view during the day. If you have a poster display on the Guédry and/or Petitpas family or a computer display you would like to bring and share with others, please let me know at guidryrmartin@gmail.com so we can have space available for it. If you have a book published related to the Guédry and/or Petitpas family and would like to display or sell it at the Reunion, please let me know.
Agenda (tentative):
  • 9 am - Registration and Exhibits; Meet cousins
  • 10 am - Opening and Prayer
  • 10:30 am - Circle of Distinction presentations
  • 11:30 am – Free time - Lets get to know each other better!
  • 12pm – Buffet style lunch (Approx. $24 per person; Optional; See note at end for menu/discount)
  • 1 pm – Band - Acadian music
  • 2 pm – Free time – Getting to know each other!
  • 3 pm - Presentation - Prince Edward Island Acadians or family-related topic
  • 3:45 pm - Closing ceremony
  • 4 pm – Informal chatting - Stay a little longer and meet your cousins over chips & beverage
Buffet Lunch: approximately $24CAD per person. SPECIAL OFFER: Les Guédry et Petitpas d’Asteur will pay $10 of the $24 per person cost as part of your registration fees!
  • Hot and Cold Luncheon Buffet Menu
  • Homemade Soup Bar
  • Special Salad Table
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Lasagna
  • Apple Pie
  • Tea, Coffee, Water

Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019

The Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019 will occur between 10-24 August across Prince Edward Island (PEI) and south-eastern New Brunswick (NB). The CMA 2019 planning committee anticipates having formal activities at PEI from 10-14 August and the remainder of the formal activities in the Moncton, NB area. Because the Guédry & Petitpas Reunion will be on Saturday, August 17th, we would encourage folks to plan their stay on PEI around this date so they can enjoy our Reunion and minimize the need to cross the Confederation Bridge. The formal CMA ceremonies include:
  • 10 August - Opening Ceremony (Abram-Village, PEI)
  • 14 August - Commemoration Day (Miscouche, PEI)
  • 15 August - National Acadian Day (Dieppe, NB)
  • 16-23 August - Community Space (Moncton, NB)
  • 24 August - Closing Ceremony (Shediac, NB)

Visiting the area

Free visitor guides are available for Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

If you are travelling to PEI via automobile, you must enter PEI either via auto ferry (Caribou, Nova Scotia to Woods Island, PEI) or the Confederation Bridge (8 miles; Cape Jourimain, NB to Borden-Carleton, PEI). Both routes cross the Northumberland Strait. There is no cost to take either means to enter PEI. Returning from PEI to the mainland, however, does have a toll. The 2018 toll for an automobile on the Confederation Bridge is $47.00 Canadian; the 2018 toll rate for an auto leaving PEI via the auto ferry is $78.00 Canadian. The Confederation Bridge is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. View the ferry schedule.

The Spring 2019 Newsletter includes fantastic details on highlights to see when visiting Prince Edward Island, as well as in-depth information for getting around the PEI/NB area.



February 26, 2019

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached is the Spring 2019 edition of our Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur newsletter "Generations" as we begin the 17th year of publication. We have changed the look slightly and hope that everyone likes it.

There are several interesting articles inside so glance at the Table of Contents to see what might interest. And, as always, we encourage you to write an article about something or someone interesting in your part of the family. We all enjoy these stories and histories.

A couple of upcoming dates:
  • 21 March 2019 - I will be presenting a talk "Strewn Across the Seas - The Acadian Deportations, 1755-1763" to the East Livingston Historical Association at 6:00 pm at the Livingston Parish Library (20390 Iowa Street in Livingston, LA). Everyone's welcome, free.
  • 6 April 2019 - I am organizing an all-day symposium for the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society at the Louisiana State Archives on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge, LA. The theme is "The Germans in Louisiana" and all are welcome. $20 cost
  • 13 April 2019 - The Breaux, Hebert and Guidry families are hosting a free get-together of these families at the St. Martin Parish Library in Breaux Bridge, LA from 9 am until 3 pm. Light breakfast and lunch provided. All free, everyone welcome
  • 17 August 2019 - The Guédry et Petitpas Reunion in Summerside, Prince Edward Island from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm (see this newsletter for details and registration)
Marty

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Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726
guidryrmartin@gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud





August 19, 2018

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached is the Summer 2018 edition of "Generations" - our Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur newsletter. This is our 50th issue of "Generations" - a true tribute to Allie Guidry who had edited "Generations" since its inception almost 20 years ago. Thanks, Allie, for a wonderful publication for our family.

In this edition you'll find updated information and a registration form for our next Reunion on Saturday 17 August 2019 at Prince Edward Island, Canada. Please register as soon as you can so we can better plan the Reunion. If you should need to cancel your reservation later, we will refund your Registration fee if requested.

Becky Boggess has managed our website "The Guédry-Labine Family Website" for almost 20 years since its beginning. Due to family circumstance, Becky has to resign as a our website manager, but she will remain an active member of Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur. We thank Becky for being our website manager all these years. A job well-done. We are working to fill this position.

Since our initial article on our Southeast Texas Guedry family in the 2nd issue of "Generations", we have found much additional information. We hope you will enjoy the enhanced article on the "The Early Guedry Family of Southeast Texas".

Good reading,

Martin

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Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726
guidryrmartin@gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud





March 28, 2018

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached you will find the Spring 2018 Edition of "Generations" - our Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur newsletter. We hope that you find it both interesting and useful. We are now in our 16th year of publishing "Generations" and have had only one editor - Allie Guidry. She does a remarkable job putting together the newsletter three times each year.

It is time to begin planning for our next major Reunion - 17 August 2019 at Summerside, Prince Edward Island. See the newsletter for lots of information about the Reunion. We are hoping that many of you will take the opportunity to attend this Reunion (maybe our last), meet your cousins from across North America and enjoy the many activities planned. I am considering having a tour either the day before or day after the Reunion. We would visit sites on Prince Edward Island associated with the Guédry family as well as several major Acadian sites on the Island. More on the tour later as plans firm up. For the many descendants of Claude Guédry and his two wives Anne Lejeune and Anne Moise (see the newsletter for an article on him), one site we would visit is where he and his family lived in the 1750s.

Also, I am looking at how our Association can do more for the family and become more active. Currently we have two websites, a newsletter, host Reunions, assist folks with their family history, honor distinguished members of our family through the Circle of Distinction and a few other things. If you have any ideas, please let me know. A couple of thoughts I have had include include a website to honor our military veterans, a website to display cemetery headstones of deceased Guédry, Labine, Petitpas family members and erecting plaques at significant locations where our families have settled (we did this at Lunenburg and St. Alphonse in Nova Scotia; other areas could include Grand Island, ME and a location or two in Louisiana). Let me know your thoughts.

As spring approaches, we hope y'all can get out and enjoy the outdoors with your families.

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726
guidryrmartin@gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud




January 20, 2018

Bonjour Cousins,

Breaux, Guédry, Hebert Gathering

Another FREE event - so mark your calendars for 10 March 2018.

A Genealogy and Gathering Day for the Breaux, Guédry and Hebert Families on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Lafourche Parish Public Library in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Why Breaux, Guédry and Hebert? Maybe, because we are all related. There's hardly a Breaux, Guédry or Hebert that can look through their family tree and not find the other two families as direct ancestors - especially in Louisiana.

We are planning a day where folks can bring their family genealogies and photographs to share with others. The library has xerox machines for copying and, of course, cell phones take very good photos. We'll also be available to help anyone that needs help in starting their genealogy or getting through a rough spot or two. The Library has excellent genealogical resources that we'll be able to use. And we'll have a short genealogical presentation about a young child that came from France to Louisiana in 1785, grew up and founded quite a family. It will be a day to meet your cousins, share your genealogies, photos and family information and enjoy a bite to eat.

Oh, did I forget the food? We'll have some breakfast snacks with coffee, etc. in the morning and sandwiches, chips, cookies, drinks for lunch.

And it is all FREE. All you need to do is show up to enjoy a great day with all your Cajun cousins.

Just to help us plan, but not needed to attend - if you plan to attend, how about sending me a return email stating how many in your family/group will be attending so we can have enough sandwiches, etc.

André Labine Is Leaving Canada - But Only Briefly

André Labine from Fernie, British Columbia will be working as a volunteer at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics from 9 - 25 February 2018. He will be working the slopes for the Alpine Ski Racing at the Jeongsong Alpine Centre. So as you watch the Alpine Ski Races look at those guys up and down the slopes that rework the snow after each race, repair fencing, reset poles and rush to aid down skiers. See if you can find André.

André is quite experienced at working the alpine ski slopes as this is his third Winter Olympics - having volunteered at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Of course, it goes without saying, that André is an excellent skier in his own right and skies the slopes in British Columbia many, many days a year. Congratulations, André, for being selected for this honour and for representing the Guédry/Labine family with such distinction.

André was inducted into the Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur Circle of Distinction in 2016.

Guédry et Petitpas Reunion at the 2019 Congrès Mondial

On 17 August 2019 the Guédry and Petitpas families will gather at the Slemon Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Summerside, Prince Edward Island for our Reunion. We are still developing our plans for the Reunion and will have more detailed information next winter. We anticipate having more free time for folks to gather together, meet each other and just plain get to know each other. We are also planning to have a bit of Acadian/Cajun music and some exhibits of our family genealogy and history. There'll be a buffet at lunch so you can select what you would like to eat. We anticipate a Reunion fee of about $20 per family to help cover the reunion costs and a meal cost of about $25 per person (if you wish to eat at the buffet).

See the Fall 2017 Issue of "Generations" (our family newsletter) for information on nearby airports, drive distances, hotels/motels in the area and sights to visit.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and looking forward to a great new year.

I believe we set a record in south Louisiana with two snowfalls in two consecutive months. We usually have a light sprinkling every decade (yes, every 10 years) in south Louisiana. We got about 3 inches in December and another 1/2 inch in January with temperatures as low as 16 degrees Fahrenheit (that's -9 degrees Celsius for our Canadian cousins). Had to actually wear a jacket in winter in south Louisiana. Who has ever heard of such a thing!!!

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726
guidryrmartin@gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud




November 23, 2017

Bonjour Cousins,

The Fall 2017 editions of "Generations" is now available for you to peruse during the holiday season. We hope you find the articles interesting and information. They include information on our upcoming 2019 Reunion at Prince Edward Island, a Get-Together in March 2018, an article on early Guidry Cajun musicians and much more. Thanks to Allie Guidry for editing the newsletter and Becky Boggess for placing it on our Family Website where you can access it easily. The link to the newsletter is:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily/newsletters.html

Just double-click "Fall 2017 Newsletter" in the center of the page.

We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726
guidryrmartin@gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud



July 23, 2017

Bonjour Cousins,

The Summer 2017 issue of "Generations" is now posted on our Guédry Family Website. You can access it by clicking on "Summer 2017 Newsletter" at the center of the page accessed from this link:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily/newsletters.html

Congress Mondial Acadien (CMA) 2019 will be held from 10-24 August 2019 at Prince Edward Island and southeastern New Brunswick. We plan to have the Guédry et Petitpas Reunion on Saturday, 17 September 2019.

Currently, we anticipate having the Reunion in the Summerside area of Prince Edward Island. It is the largest town in the Evangeline Region (also called the North Cape Coastal Region) and is at the southeastern edge of the Region - close to the Confederate Bridge. Near Summerside is Miscouche where the renowned Acadian Museum is located.

Summerside is approximately 85 miles from Moncton, New Brunswick where a commercial airport is located. The is also a commercial airport at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island which is approximately 40 miles from Summerside.

You can obtain free visitor guidebooks to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick at these links:

https://www.tourismpei.com/pei-visitors-guide
https://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/TravelInfo/OrderAGuide.aspx

In future issues of "Generations" we will be discussing CMA events and interesting places to visit in both southeastern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

We hope you enjoy this edition of "Generations",

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726
guidryrmartin@gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud