Around Acadiana for Dec. 18, 2012

By Richard Burgess And Marsha Sills

Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park this week is offering visitors a look at Acadiana Christmas and New Year’s traditions of the 1700s and 1800s.

Demonstrations will be given on how to make old-time decorations, candles and soap.

Visitors can also enjoy apple cider, caroling and a reading of the “Cajun Night Before Christmas” story.

Vermilionville will host its weekly Cajun music jam session from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Vermilionville Performance Center.

On Sunday, Johnny Sonnier & Cajun Heritage will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vermilionville Performance Center.

Vermilionville is at 300 Fisher Road, near Lafayette Regional Airport.

For more information, visit www.bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077.

Mayoral competition

The mayor whose hometown team loses the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday will be cooking dinner for his counterpart.

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel and Greenville, N.C., Mayor Allen Thomas announced the friendly competition Monday, as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and East Carolina University prepare to face off.

“Since both cities are known for their outstanding food, it was a logical side contest to the main event of the football game,” Durel said in an announcement on Monday.

Play at Cité

The Riveters Theatre Troupe will present “Cheaters,” a comedy by Michael Jacobs, in January at Cité des Arts in downtown Lafayette.

General admission is $15.

Students get in for $10.

Performances are scheduled Jan. 10, 13, 16 and 20.

For more information, visit http://www.citedesarts.org or call (337) 291-1122.

Association president

Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor Denise Ferguson has been named the 2013 president of the Louisiana Recreation and Parks Association, according to an announcement from city-parish government.

Ferguson oversees the recreation department’s special-needs programs and is director of “Camp We Can Do,” a summer program for children with special needs.

Habitat homes

Lafayette Habitat for Humanity has completed its 33rd and final home in a long-running project on Gilman Street in Lafayette, the group announced.

The project began in 2007 and provided housing to a group that included many families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Hundreds of out-of-state volunteers who came to Louisiana to help with post-hurricane work were involved in the early stages of the project, according to information from Habitat for Humanity.

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at rburgess@theadvocate.com or by fax to (337) 269-0410.