Join us for our free cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings, there will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator.
Vermilionville's weekly Cajun Jam is led by some of the area’s finest musicians. The free jam is held in the Performance Center of Vermilionville and is open to all skill levels - beginner to professional. Free admission is for the jam only and does not include entry to the park. Special thanks to the Cajun French Music Association for sponsoring our weekly jams!
Jules (known in the region a "Nonc Jules") is a Cajun from Carencro, Louisiana. Jules taught himself to play the Cajun accordion, the triangle (or also known as the "tit fer"), and the harmonica (or also known as the "musique à bouche"). He currently leads the band "Nonc Jules and Lachez-Les" and has written and recorded many popular Cajun music songs with some of the area's leading musicians.
Since June of 1983, Jules has worked as the on-air host of KRVS's weekly Cajun music show, "Le Bal de Dimanche Apres Midi" (the Sunday afternoon dance), and is the recipient of the Jo-El Sonnier Greatest Cajun DJ Award presented to him in 2007. He hopes to preserve the tradition of Cajun music by promoting it among the young and aspiring musicians. He has been an active part of the Vermilionville family since opening in 1990. He is married to Mary Lou Guidry, who has also worked and performed at Vermilionville.
Even before Jules came to Vermilionville, his passion for the French language was evident by his work as the accountant for CODOFIL. (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) where he worked for 17 years. Jules enjoyed a 35-year career in Louisiana State Government, retiring in 1998. On February 27, 2010, Jules was inducted into the Order of Living Legends at the Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana.
Most days, you can find Nonc Jules at Vermilionville entertaining guests at the historic schoolhouse (L’École) with his stories of the Acadians and playing his accordion. Take the opportunity to stop in and visit with him. We can assure you your visit will be memorable and rewarding.