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Peggy Sweeney-McDonald to Host Preserve Louisiana Zydeco Acadia Prairie Tour - May 31 - June 2, 2019

posted Mar 8, 2019, 1:53 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald



        Join Preserve Louisiana and host, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, creator and author of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories about Food, as we explore the Acadia Prairie of Louisiana for its fourth cultural and architectural tour Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and James Mcdonald at the
Vieux Presbytere Museum in Church Point, Louisiana
 with their Cajun Mardi Gras Tour Guide - November 2018

Tour guests will get a taste of the Zydeco Acadia Prairie with stops in Crowley, Rayne, Church Point, Richard, Roberts Cove and Branch, Louisiana. From the beautifully restored Grand Opera House built in 1901 to the Moto Co/City Hall built in 1920 as the city’s Ford Motor Model T dealership, the charming French Acadian natives will share their community, music, food and stories with us for a festive weekend to remember!

On Friday, the group will explore Rayne beginning with the Maison Daboval House, the famous Frog Murals, the Mervin Kahn building and Antiques on the Avenue to meet the “Cajun Picasso” – Dusty Reed. The afternoon includes the German Heritage Museum in Roberts Cove and the local Candyland Cottage for ice cream before checking into the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Lafayette. On Saturday, we will visit the quaint town of Church Point known as the “Buggy Capital of the World” and tour the Le Vieux Presbytere Museum followed by stops at the Little Cajun Saint’s grave in Richard, and the Sew What Cajun Mardi Gras costume shop in Branch before heading to The Cajun Prairie Farm – Kelly’s Landing. The afternoon includes Mouton’s Music Store, The Grand Opera House, the Motor Co/City Hall, and the Historic Rice Theatre in Crowley.

The tour will also include a taste of Acadia with delicious Cajun cuisine for Friday lunch at Chef Roy’s Frog City Café with Cajun music and Kelly’s Landing on Saturday. Our dinners will be in Lafayette at Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant including live Cajun music on Friday evening, and Ruffino's on the River with the dinner show Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… on Saturday evening. The show will be hosted by Sweeney-McDonald with local Acadia personalities who will share their life stories about food. 

Previous Preserve Louisiana Cultural & Architectural Tours included trips to  Natchitoches, New Iberia and Natchez, Mississippi. All three trips included tours of beautiful historic sites, town favorites, music, cocktails, food and the Meanwhile, Back at Café’ Du Monde…show with local personalities.

"My friends and I traveled from Oklahoma for the 'Steel Magnolias' tour, which was hosted by Preserve Louisiana. The PL staff was extremely hospitable, warm and welcoming. We laughed and cried throughout the weekend, and our hearts were changed forever by the visit to the plantations. Preserve Louisiana put on a first-class trip and we will definitely be back for more!" – Stephanie O’Hara

The Steel Magnolia Natchitoches, Louisiana Tour Group
at the Steel Magnolia House for Tour and Mint Julep Party
October 2018

The single traveler fee is $750 and double or couple travelers are $620 each. Preserve Louisiana’s Cultural & Architectural Tour includes transportation on a luxury coach bus, a two-night stay at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Lafayette, tours, meals including wine or beer with dinner, snacks, bottled water, and the Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… show.

For more information, a complete agenda and booking, please call Peggy Sweeney-McDonald at (225) 387-2464 or email:   To register go to

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald,
Mar 8, 2019, 1:53 PM