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DEDICATION OF THE PLAQUE COMMEMORATING
AUGUSTIN GUEDRY & MAIRE JONSON
AND
THE GUEDRY-LABINE AND PETITPAS REUNION OF 5 AUGUST 2004
(12 AUGUST 2007 AT 4:00 PM)



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December 9, 2015

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached is the Fall 2015 Issue of "Generations" - the newsletter of Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur. We hope that y'all enjoy this issue during the upcoming holidays.

Thanks to all of the authors of articles for taking to share their stories with all of us in the family. And special thanks to Allie Guidry for editing this issue. What a great job she does in taking our plain Word documents, reformatting them, adding color with photos and ensuring they wonderful eye-appeal.

We want to wish all of our cousins a very Merry Christmas season and a great year in 2016.

Laissez les bon temps rouler,

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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





October 25, 2015

Hi Folks,

I hope that all of you had a nice time at the Reunion in Henderson on the 10th of October. I appreciate the help of so many people in planning and putting on the Reunion. It was really great to see everyone there. We had approximately 200 of the family attending the Reunion.

Our next major Guédry et Petitpas Reunion will be in August 2019 on Prince Edward Island, Canada. We're hoping that many of you will be able to attend that one. Of course, we are just beginning the planning for that Reunion which will be during the Congrès Mondial Acadien.

During the Grand Revéil Acadien I had the opportunity to talk with the presidents of several Acadian family associations and unfortunately learned that some are disbanding after this year due to a lack of interest. The Board of Directors of the Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur would like to see our family association continue as an active and viable organization.

With that in mind we'd like to get your feedback on the Reunion and also some ideas on what you'd like to see in the future. Here are some of the things that Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur is doing at the present time: (1) publishing three times a year our newsletter "Generations"; (2) managing two websites - one as a family website and one as a genealogical website; (3) having Reunions approximately every 3 years; (4) donating books about our family to libraries across North America where there are concentrations of Guédry and Petitpas folks and (5) published a family cookbook.

Please take a couple of minutes to answer these questions. You can either reply to this email or can copy the questions and send an email to me at guidryrmartin@gmail.com .

(1) Was there anything that you especially liked about the Reunion and would like to see us continue in the future?

(2) How could we improve the Reunion for you? What didn't you like about the Reunion?

(3) Would you like to have a "mini-Reunion" somewhere in South Louisiana in the next 12-18 months? If so, in what area or town would you like this to occur? [Note: A "mini-Reunion" would last 4-6 hours and would have a light lunch, brief entertainment and lots of visiting time.]

(4) Would you like to have a Genealogical Day periodically where we could gather, bring our genealogical materials to share with others and hopefully fill in some missing information? [Note: We likely would hold this event at a local library that would have the genealogical books and other resources we may need during the course of the day.]

(5) Would you like to have our Guédry and Petitpas families participate in a DNA project? Have you done DNA testing on yourself and would be willing to share your results? Would you be willing to do DNA testing on yourself for the project?

(6) What other types of activities or events would you like Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur to host?

(7) Would you want to help in planning and putting on events with Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur?

(8) Would you like to help in another capacity with Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur? If so, do you a specific area that interests you?

Thanks for taking the time to respond. We all appreciate it.


Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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







September 7, 2015

SAVE THE DATE

GUÉDRY ET PETITPAS 2015 REUNION

Saturday, 10 October 2015 (9:00 am until 5:00 pm)
Henry Guidry Memorial Park (130 Park Drive)
Henderson, Louisiana

(For a little something extra, see the Lagniappe section at the end of this note.)

Our upcoming Guédry & Petitpas Reunion will be at the large, covered pavilion at Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson, Louisiana on Saturday, 10 October 2015.

This is in the heart of Guédry country in southwest Louisiana. Of course, the spellings you’ll encounter in the area are Guidry, Guedry and Gaidry so be prepared to meet your many cousins. You may even find a local Petitpas cousin or two although they are not as numerous in south Louisiana.

We are ready to welcome all of our Guédry, Guedry, Guidry, Gaidry, Geddry, Gedry, Jeddry, Jedry, Jefrey, Gidry, Guildry, Grivois, Labine, LaBine, LaBine, Petitpas, Pettipas & Pitts cousins to south Louisiana for our 2015 Guédry & Petitpas Reunion. We have reserved the large, covered pavilion and associated buildings at the Park and have a Cajun band scheduled to play some two-steps and waltzes. We also have two superb chef cooking gumbo, jambalaya and all the fixings for lunch. And, best of all, everything is FREE!!!

This Reunion will be a bit different than some of our recent reunions. It will be outdoors along the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp. It will be a more relaxed setting with lots of time to mingle, meet everyone, exchange family history and stories and enjoy the area. We will not have a formal agenda as in the past with only one or two short activities planned. We will have a local Cajun band from our family play a little music during the day and will set aside time to induct some special folks into the Les Guédry et Petitpas d’Asteur Circle of Distinction. We are planning to have local family chefs prepare a series of Cajun dishes for our noon dinner. The Reunion will be free to all.

October is a wonderful time in Louisiana with cooling temperatures, mild weather patterns and has the least rain of any month.

Registering

So that we will have enough chairs and tables and will cook enough food at lunch, if you would like to attend the Reunion, please email Martin Guidry at guidryrm@cox.net. Just state how many people will be attending in your party and your name.

We welcome everyone to the Reunion - both Guédry and Petitpas descendants and friends of the family.

If you should fail to register, that's okay. Come on down to Henderson, LA and join us.

Two other major events in mid-October 2015 in South Louisiana

* Grand Réveil Acadien (Great Acadian Awakening)

- 3-12 October 2015

- Events throughout South Louisiana

(Lake Charles, Lafayette, Carencro, Loreauville, Rayne, Houma, New Orleans)

- For more information & program of events, visit their website & Facebook page:

http://www.louisiane-acadie.com

https://www.facebook.com/GrandReveilAcadien

- Key dates are: 9 October (Genealogical conference), 10 October (Reunions) and 11 October (French mass, Cajun music and food)

* Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

- 9-11 October 2015

- Girard Park in Lafayette, LA

- Large music, food and crafts festival

- For more information & program of events, visit their website & Facebook page:

http://www.festivalsacadiens.com

https://www.facebook.com/festivalacadiens

- October 11th will be a key date to visit this festival and also each evening


A Few Acadian Historic Sites in Lafayette, LA Area

* Acadian Village

* Vermilionville Folk Life Park

* Jean Lafitte National Historical Park's Acadian Cultural Center

* Alexander Mouton Home Museum

* St. John the Evangelist Catholic Cathedral & historic cemetery and live oak tree

* Acadian Memorial in St. Martinsville, LA (17 miles southeast of Lafayette)

* Town of Abbeville, LA (20 miles south of Lafayette)

* Town of Opelousas, LA (20 miles north of Lafayette)

Henderson, LA Travel Information

Henderson, Louisiana is located about 12 miles east of Lafayette, Louisiana and is at the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp. It is just off interstate highway I-10 at Exit 115. Henderson is approximately 9 miles southeast of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

Three commercial airports serve the Henderson, LA area:

* Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

- 116 miles from Henry Guidry Park on Interstate Highway I-10

- Serviced by most major airlines including Air Canada, Delta, United,

US Airways, American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest

- Rental Cars (Most companies including National, Avis,

Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz, Payless, Enterprise

* Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

- 53 miles from Henry Guidry Park on Interstate Highway I-10

- Serviced by Delta, United, American, US Airways

- Connects to Dallas (American), Charlotte (US Airways), Houston (United),

Atlanta (Delta, United), New Orleans (United)

- Rental Cars (Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National)

* Lafayette Regional Airport

- 13 miles from Henry Guidry Park via Interstate Highway I-10

- Serviced by Delta, American, United

- Connects to Dallas (American), Atlanta (Delta), Houston (United),

Denver (United)

- Rental Cars (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Enterprise)

To reach Henry Guidry Memorial Park from any of the airports via I-10, proceed to Exit 115 (in Louisiana I-10 exits are numbered by miles heading east from the Texas-Louisiana border with the LA-TX border being 0). Exit south onto LA 347 from I-10 at Exit 115 and proceed to the stop light (0.2 miles). Turn left (east) at the stop light onto LA 352. Proceed about 2.4 miles on LA 352 and watch for Henry Guidry Memorial Park sign on your right. Turn right at the sign onto Park Drive and proceed to the pavilion (ca. 0.5 miles).

Lodging in the Vicinity of Henderson

Lafayette is a relatively large city of 125,000 people. There are many motels, hotels and bed & breakfast inns in the immediate area. The Lafayette Convention and Tourism Website has a nice listing of available lodging as well as restaurants, attractions, events and festivals in the local area. View its website at:

http://www.lafayettetravel.com

Breaux Bridge is a small community of 9,000 folks about 9 miles from Henderson. The Tourism in Breaux Bridge Website provides lodging, cultural, dining, music, attractions and other information. View its website at:

http://tourism.breauxbridgelive.com

Henderson is a very small community of 2,000 folks. It has excellent dining facilities and cultural activities. You can learn a bit about these at the website:

http://www.louisiana-destinations.com/henderson.htm

Another outstanding website for information on activities and sites in St. Martin Parish is the St. Martin Parish Tourism website at:

http://www.cajucountry.org

A Little HIstory


Shortly after the Great Flood of 1927 Henry Guidry and his family left their home at Atchafalaya, Louisiana and resettled near the railroad stop at Lenora, Louisiana. Here he opened a restaurant. Shortly afterwards, he moved his restaurant and family a little closer to the river and founded the settlement later to be called Henderson, Louisiana. At Guidry's Place (the name of his combined restaurant, bar and dance hall), Henry Guidry began serving crawfish dishes and the public loved it. His wonderful chef Gladys Breaux developed and prepared many of the tasty dishes. Henry brought crawfish to the world stage - prior to this they had been eaten by the Acadians in Louisiana, but only at homes. Guidry's Place eventually evolved into Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant, which is still serving crawfish today. Henry's brother, Edwin 'Mulate' Guidry, was a crawfish marketer, catching the tasty crustaceans in the Atchafalaya Swamp. Mulate later opened the Rendevouz Club near Henderson and then moved his Club to Breaux Bridge. Here he renamed it Mulate's and began a restaurant famous for its crawfish dishes and live Cajun dance music. Today Mulate's Restaurant in Breaux Bridge is known as Pont Breaux's (aka Breaux's Bridge).

So set aside the first half of October to be in south Louisiana for the Grand Réveil Acadien, the Festival Acadiens et Creoles and the Guédry et Petitpas Reunion. We'll all have a great time enjoying our culture and being with our cousins from throughout North America.

A Little Lagniappe

For those that may be in the Lafayette, LA area a couple of days before the Reunion, you may want to catch these two presentations. Both are free and open to the public.

Thursday, 8 October 2015 (1 - 3 pm) at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinsville, LA

Martin Guidry and Greg Wood (of Maryland) will be presenting a two-part presentation on "The Acadians of Maryland". Martin will briefly discuss the history of the Acadians in Acadie, their deportation with specific reference to Maryland, their dispersion within Maryland, the stay and treatment while in Maryland and their departure for Louisiana.

Greg will discuss the fate and lives of the Acadians that remained in Maryland after 1770 and their impact on Maryland from 1770 until today.

Friday, 9 October 2015 (2:15-3:15 pm) at the CajunDome (Blues Room) in Lafayette, LA

Martin Guidry will present "An Exile of Hopes and Heartbreaking Tragedies Through the Eyes of Pierre Guédry (1741-1825)". He will discuss the life of Pierre Guédry, son of Augustin Guédry and Jeanne Hébert, from his birth at Merliguèche, Acadie through his difficult travels from Baie des Espagnols, Lunenburg, Georges Island, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Louisiana.

We hope to see everyone at Henry Guidry Memorial Park on October 10th,

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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 9, 2015

The 2015 edition of our Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur newsletter "Generations" is online.

Inside you'll find the latest information on our upcoming Guédry et Petitpas Reunion on 10 October 2015 as well several interesting articles written by our family members.

We hope you enjoy this issue and are able to journey down South to Louisiana in October for the Reunion. Leave the cold northern weather behind and come enjoy a week or two of the mild South Louisiana winter with temperatures in the 60s to 80s. There will be great food and a host of Acadian cultural activities occurring from October 3-12 during Le Grand Revéil.

Hope to see you in October,

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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 1, 2015

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached is the Winter 2015 Issue of "Generations" - our Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur newsletter.

We hope that you enjoy this issue as this wintry weather seems never to end.

If you have a photo or article that you would like to contribute for a future issue, please send it to me at guidryrm@cox.net . Thanks,
Marty
--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-571-9726 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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  




December 30, 2014

Bonjour Cousins,

Next Guédry et Petitpas Reunion - Saturday, 10 October 2015 at Henderson, Louisiana

We have reserved the large, covered pavilion at Henry Guidry Park in Henderson, Louisiana on Saturday, 10 October 2015 for our next Guédry et Petitpas Reunion.

This is in the heart of Guidry country in southwest Louisiana.

We are in the planning stages at this time, but more details will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Henderson, Louisiana is located about 12 miles east of Lafayette, Louisiana and is at the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp. It is just off interstate highway I-10 at Exit 115. Henderson is approximately 9 miles southeast of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

Shortly after the Great Flood of 1927 Henry Guidry and his family left their home at Atchafalaya, Louisiana and resettled near the railroad stop at Lenora, Louisiana. Here he opened a restaurant. Shortly afterwards, he moved his restaurant and family a little closer to the river and founded the settlement later to be called Henderson, Louisiana. At Guidry's Place (the name of his combined restaurant and dance hall), Henry Guidry began serving crawfish dishes and the public loved it. HIs wonderful chef Gladys Breaux developed and prepared many of the tasty dishes. Henry brought crawfish to the world stage - prior to this they had been eaten by the Acadians in Louisiana, but only at homes. Guidry's Place eventually evolved into Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant which is still serving crawfish today. Henry's brother, Edwin 'Mulate' Guidry, was a crawfish marketer, catching the tasty crustaceans in the Atchafalaya Swamp. Mulate later opened the Rendevouz Club near Henderson and then moved his Club to Breaux Bridge. Here he renamed it Mulate's and began a restaurant famous for its crawfish dishes and live Cajun dance music. Today Mulate's Restaurant in Breaux Bridge is known as Pont Breaux's (aka Breaux's Bridge).

October is a wonderful time in Louisiana with cooling temperatures, mild weather patterns and has the least rain of any month.

Besides the many historic sites in the Lafayette area such as Acadian Village, Vermilionville Folk Life Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park's Acadian Cultural Center, the Alexander Mouton Home Museum, the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Cathedral with its historic cemetery and live oak tree, the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinsville and the towns of Abbeville and Opelousas, there are also two major events occurring in mid-October 2015. The Festivals Acadiens et Créoles (a large music, food and crafts festival) will be in Lafayette (Girard Park) on 9-11 October 2015 and the second Grand Réveil Acadien (Great Acadian Awakening) will have events throughout South Louisiana during 3-12 October 2015.

We are still in the early planning stages of our Guédry et Petitpas Reunion, but it will be a bit different than previous reunions. It will be outdoors along the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp. It will be a more relaxed setting with lots of time to mingle, meet everyone, exchange family history and stories and enjoy the area. We will not have a formal agenda as in the past with only one or two short activities planned. We may have a local Cajun band from our family play a little music during the day. We will have local family chefs prepare a series of Cajun dishes for our noon dinner. The Reunion will be free to all although we will have to charge a small amount for the optional meal (approximately $7-9 per person).

For those coming by plane - the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is approximately 115 miles east of Henderson, LA on interstate highway I-10, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is approximately 60 miles east of Henderson, LA on interstate highway I-10 and the Lafayette Regional Airport is approximately 15 miles west of Henderson, LA.

Lafayette, LA is a medium-sized city of 125,000 people with lots of nice motels, hotels and bed and breakfast facilities. Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Abbeville and Henderson have many fine restaurants.

I will be sending out a Registration Form in the near future as we will need to know how many folks will attend to have adequate seating and to prepare enough meals.

So set aside the first half of October to be in south Louisiana for the Grand Réveil Acadien, the Festival Acadiens et Creoles and the Guédry et Petitpas Reunion. We'll all have a great time enjoying our culture and being with our cousins from throughout North America.

Martin Guidry

6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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 1, 2014

Online is the Fall 2014 edition of "Generations" - the newsletter of Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, our Guédry and Petitpas family association.

In it you'll find a recap of our August Reunion in Van Buren, Maine, recent inductees to our honorary Circle of Distinction, an interesting article on two homes built by Acadians in New London, Connecticut in the 1750s and a primer on Genetic Genealogy.  Of course, our interesting Historical Tidbits, Book Nook and Bon Appetit features are there also.

We hope you enjoy this issue as we celebrate the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Bonne Fête de l'Action de Grâces, Joyeux Noêl et Une Heureuse Nouvelle Année,

Martin Guidry


6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
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 29, 2014

Bonjour Cousins,

Only two weeks until our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion on 16 August at the Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine.

During the last two weeks we have had a major increase in registrations for the Reunion. We have folks coming from Oregon to Maine and Louisiana to Ontario with many points between so you'll be able to meet Guédry and Petitpas cousins from throughout North America.

We'll have available for sale several books as well as mementos of the Reunion.

It is not too late to Register and housing is still available in the Madawaska area. See this CMA 2014 website for information on housing:

http://www.cma2014.com/en/services/hebergement

If you have not registered or notified me that you will attend the Reunion, you can still attend. We will accept Registrations at the door. To assist with your Registration, please complete the attached Registration form and bring it with you. Also, so we can have sufficient seating and meals available, please email me at guidryrm@cox.net and let me know the names in your group that will attend and how many meals you would like (meals are optional at $12 per meal).

I have attached an updated agenda. Bernie Geddry is ill and will not be able to present his research on the French origins of the Guédry family so we have adjusted the schedule a bit.

After the last scheduled activity for the day we will have snacks and soft drinks available so folks can gather and talk, meet new cousins, make plans with each other for touring the area, discuss genealogies and their family and just be together for a bit. We will be able to use the facility until about 7:00 pm. So plan on staying a while and enjoying the time together. Perhaps we may even have a brief jam session.

Thanks,

Marty

--

Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry 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





June 29, 2014

Bonjour cousins,

Attached is the Summer 2014 issue of our family association newsletter "Generations".

This is the last issue before our upcoming Reunion on 16 August 2014 in Van Buren, Maine. Our lead article "Acadian Genetic Diseases" is unusual for the newsletter in that it is not about our Guédry and Petitpas families directly; however, it is important that we Acadians all know about this subject for ourselves and our families.

I hope you enjoy this issue of "Generations" and look forward to visiting with many of you at our Reunion.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE REUNION.

JUST COPY THE REGISTRATION FORM FROM THE LAST PAGE OF THE NEWSLETTER AND RETURN IT TO THE ADDRESS INDICATED.

Merci,

Martin

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry 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






April 2, 2014

2014 REUNION SHIRTS

Several folks have asked if we will be selling Reunion T-Shirts at our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion at Van Buren, Maine on 16 August 2014. Although we will not be selling 2014 Reunion T-Shirts at Van Buren, we will have many other momentos for sale including hats, key chains, 2014 Reunion pins, mini-flashlights, etc.

We have arranged to have 2014 Reunion T-Shirts and other 2014 Reunion items available for purchase prior to the Reunion. A wide variety of 2014 Guédry & Petitpas Reunion items are available on the CafePress.com website at:

http://www.cafepress.com/guedry2014reunion

Order your 2014 Reunion clothing and momentos before going to Van Buren and wear them at the Reunion.

Very special thanks to Lindsey Hardee for designing our 2014 Guédry & Petitpas Reunion logo and to Rachel Killingsworth for managing our Les Guédry d'Asteur store on the CafePress website.

For those that want shirts and other momentos with the Guédry crest you also can purchase those items at CafePress using the link:

http://www.cafepress.com/guedry

If you prefer to have other variations of the Guédry surname as Geddry, Guidry, Jeddry, Labine, LaBean, etc. or the Petitpas surname, just type that name in place of 'guedry' in the above link and you'll see the "crest" with the appropriate surname.

MISS LOUISIANA USA 2014 IS BRITTANY GUIDRY

After winning the Miss Louisiana Teen USA title in 2009, Brittany Guidry was crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2014 on October 26, 2013 in Lafayette, Louisiana. During the pageant she also was selected as the Miss Photogenic.

A 21 year old Houma, LA native, Brittany is the daughter of Craig and Vickie Guidry. She has one sibling - her brother Matthew Guidry. Graduating from Vanderbilt Catholic High School (Houma) in 2011, Brittany attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Public Relations.

Brittany's goal as Miss Louisiana USA is to encourage positive thinking among the young men and women of Louisiana. She also is working closely with the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other organizations in Louisiana during 2014.

On June 8th Brittany will compete in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the title of Miss USA 2014. Tune your TV's to the Miss USA Pageant on June 8, 2014 and root for our own Brittany Guidry.

Attached are photographs of Brittany Guidry as Miss Louisiana USA 2014.

Congratulations, Brittany, on your outstanding accomplishments.

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817







March 19, 2014

Published is the Spring 2014 edition of "Generations" - the newsletter of Les Guédry d'Asteur.

In it you'll find the latest information on our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion in Van Buren, Maine on Saturday, 16 August 2014. The agenda is now final and available in this issue. Also, you'll find transportation and housing information as well as how to obtain the Congrès Mondial bracelets needed for the major events during Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014.

For those planning to attend the Guédry & Petitpas Reunion, please complete and send in the Registration Form at the back of this newsletter. We need to get an accurate account of who will be attending to ensure the hall we have rented is large enough and that we have enough food prepared.

I have been asked by several folks if we will have Reunion T-shirts available. Although we will have lots of momentos to purchase at the Reunion, we will not have T-shirts this year. Experience has shown that they are quite expensive to produce and stock in all the necessary sizes with many remaining unsold. Instead we are creating a Reunion T-shirt on the Cafe Press website that you will be to purchase shortly in the style of your choice. The website address is: http://www.cafepress.com/ .

In this issue of "Generations" read about our Guédry cousins of the Van Buren and Grand Isle, Maine areas - the Grivois family. Yes, they are Guédry's although, as with many of us, their surname changed many years ago to Grivois.

Thanks so much to Allie Guidry for her diligent and hard work compiling and editing this edition of "Generations". She has produced another superb newsletter.

Merci,

Marty

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Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry 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 19, 2014

Bonjour,

THE 2014 GUÉDRY AND PETITPAS REUNION

Our 16 August 2014 Reunion at the Congrès Mondial 2014 is coming together very well. We have reserved a building at the Acadian Village just north of Van Buren, Maine for the Reunion. Working with the folks in Maine has been a true pleasure. They are all very friendly and do everything they can to accommodate us.

Visit this website to get an overview of the Acadian Village:

http://www.connectmaine.com/acadianvillage/tour.html

Our agenda is almost final. We have a great Cajun band coming from Louisiana to play for us during the Reunion. They are the "Chère Mom Cajun Family Band". Mom (Christine Guidry Law) hails from Church Point, Louisiana and descends not only from the Guidry family there, but also the LeJeune's. Many of her direct LeJeune ancestors were giants in the Cajun music scene of the early 1900s including Iry LeJeune and his father Angelas LeJeune to name just two. Christine plays diatonic accordion, ti-fed and vocals. Her daughter LeeAnn, an outstanding Acadian ambassador and representative of the Cajun people, plays fiddler and a host of other instruments as well as vocals. Wallace Law, the father of the family, plays rhythm guitar while son Taylor keeps the beat on bass guitar.

As a special treat, we have reserved the small chapel at the Acadian Village for a French mass - almost identical to that attended by many generations of our Guédry and Petitpas ancestors. Father Aurèle Godbout, an Eudist priest currently serving in Edmundston, New Brunswick and formerly serving in Rayne, LA, will offer the Mass for us. Final details are still being worked out, but we plan to have the Mass in late morning for those wishing to attend. A photo of Father Godbout is attached.

Attached is our tentative agenda.

I hope everyone is considering attending this Reunion. I know you'll find the folks in the Madawaska region very friendly and willing to help you in any way they can. I am truly amazed as I travel to various Acadian regions throughout North America how much we are all alike. When visiting an Acadian town afar, its almost like you never left home. Everyone is welcome to attend the Guédry and Petitpas Reunion; you do not have to be a direct descendant of the Guédry and Petitpas family. So bring your friends with you if they would like to come.

I have attached a Reunion Registration Form. Please register as soon as you decide to attend the Reunion. We will give refunds as late 15 July 2014 for those registered, but cannot attend the Reunion. Although we do accept registrations at the door, it really helps us in planning the Reunion to know in advance how many folks will attend. We also cannot guarantee meals for those registering at the door as the chefs have to purchase food in advance of the Reunion.

You can learn more about the Guédry and Petitpas Reunion by visiting our Guédry-Labine Family Website and double-clicking on the "Fall 2013 Newsletter". Here you'll find information on the Reunion, accommodations in the Madawaska area, air and land travel to Van Buren, etc.

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

ANDRÉ LABINE AT THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

Our own André Labine again will be volunteering at the Winter Olympics. I say "volunteering" due to the lack of pay, but actually it is quite hard work over long days for almost a month and a half.

André currently lives in Fermie, British Columbia which is a mecca for downhill skiing. He is an expert downhill skier as is all his family.

Y'all may recall that André worked the alpine ski course at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010. He'll be doing the same thing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he'll be a volunteer course worker for the alpine events. His work will include keeping the course in top conditions for the competitors and ensuring the safety of the competitors. I've attached a couple of photos of André - one with his daughter Melanie-Jane.

Recently the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) interviewed André about his experience working in the Winter Olympics. You can see that interview by clicking below:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2429528876/

Here's a few words from André just before he left for Sochi. He'll return March 6th.

"I leave tomorrow to start my journey to Sochi Russia where I will be for the Olympic Games working as a volunteer course worker in alpine ski racing. At the last Games (it seems only yesterday) I started sending out updates about what we do at the alpine ski racing venue and usually include some photos. When I have time I plan to do the same thing for these Games. I have created a distribution list of friends, family, and fellow course workers from the Whistler Weasels and Lake Louise Sled Dogs. I will also set up a photo folder in dropbox.com for folks that want to see more what is going on.

My first day at Rosa Khutor (mountain cluster) will be on January 25th , almost two weeks before the Games begin this is to complete setting up the safety systems and get Downhill training runs in for the athletes. The Men’s Downhill is scheduled for February 9th and by FIS rules we need to have at least one training run in order to have the Downhill.

During the Games you will hear about the Coastal cluster and the Mountain cluster. The arena sports; ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, opening and closing ceremonies, etc.. are all located in the coastal cluster near Adler airport and about 40 kms south of Sochi along the Black Sea. To get to the mountain cluster the Russians have built a high speed train link that will take to Krasnaya Polyana/Roza Khutor (villages/towns in the centre of the mountain cluster some 60 kms inland in the Caucuses and at a base of some 1500 meters above sea level. The mountain cluster is where all the outdoor sports will be held. The high speed train will take some 50 minutes to reach Roza Khutor from Sochi/Adler airport. Have a look at the attached." 

Good luck, André in this wonderful adventure.

Au Revoir,

Martin

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Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
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