Seniors Head Deep Into Cajun Louisiana
Eunice is a city in Acadia and St. Landry parishes in Louisiana.. The population runs right at 10,000 happy cajuns. Seniors, welcome to Eunice! The “HEART” of Acadiana! Eunice is the place to find good friends, good food and good music right smack dab in the middle of Cajun Country.
Eunice has the unique combination of attractions tourists enjoy. Senior visitors will discover a Sportsman’s Paradise second to none, with an abundance of wildlife and fabulous camping facilities.
And for people looking for a Retirement Paradise, you’ve come to the right place in Eunice. The folks there are just waiting to offer you all the hospitality Cajuns are noted for. All over Louisiana one hears the phrase, Laissez les bon temps rouler, but in Eunice is where the Bon Temps has come to stay.
Seniors Learn About Cajun and Zydeco Music
One-time lawman and pioneer land developer C.C. Duson is credited with founding Eunice, which was named for his second wife, Eunice Pharr Duson, thus the name of the city. Located near the heart of Cajun country, Eunice is famous for its Cajun and Zydeco music.
Back in November 1997 the famed Cajun Hall of Fame and Museum was founded. The Liberty Theatre constructed in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts “Rendez-Vous des Cajuns”, an internationally known performance that features Cajun and Zydeco music and humorists.
Louisiana State University Eunice (LSU Eunice) is considered one of the best community colleges in the state and continues to realize higher enrollments. LSU Eunice has been named by Yahoo as one of the nation’s Top 100 most wired community colleges. The college is also the home of the Bayou Bengals baseball team, three time NJCAA National Champions.
Seniors Learn About Cajun Culture
The Eunice Chamber has lots of useful information for first-time visitors on what to see and do in town to make your visit more enjoyable. The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is where you can discover what makes life on Louisiana’s Cajun prairies special through a new series of cuisine, culture, and music the first Friday of every month.
The local newspaper, Eunice Today, is a great means for finding out what’s shakin’ in town today. The Symphony Orchestra at the Liberty Center of the Performing Arts is another major draw for those seniors who enjoy music.
Rain or Shine, Mardi Gras is BIG in Eunice. See for yourself and enjoy all the wonderful Cajun Cuisine as well as the hospitality of the locals. Senior visitors can enjoy “mudpuppies” (crawfish – crayfish – mudbugs) and try to get in on a “boil” or two where they may even toss in a few shrimp and crab.
When our son lived in Shreveport (LA), we had a great boil or two ourselves. Having been a teacher of French for over three decades, I have Eunice on my travel bucket-list. Put it on yours as well. -jeb