Vidrine Family Reunion 2020

Mark your calendars and make plans now! The 2020 Vidrine Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020!

T-shirt Information:

The 2020 T-shirt design centers around three themes:

1 – The mask represents this crazy year of 2020 deeply affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has thrown most things off, including our original date and place of the Reunion.

2 – The mask also serves as the crest for the coat of arms of the Védrines Family in the Agen region of France. While we do not know with certainty the Coat of Arms of the Lapeze branch of the Védrines Family who came to Louisiana, this year is the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Etienne Vidrine, dit Lapaise, the second son of Jean Baptiste Lapaise de Vedrines and Elisabeth de Moncharvaux and first son to be born on south Louisiana soil (at Pointe Coupee). Known as Lapaise, Etienne’s name name harkens back to our family’s roots in southwest France, and theCoat of Arms continues to be used by the only remaining Védrines family in the Agen region, near Monflaquin, only 16 miles from Sainte Livrade and the community of Lapeze. The green background is original to the Coat of Arms but it also evokes Chicot Park where the 2020 Reunion will be held.

3- The purple shirt and gold letters pays homage to the 2020 National Champion LSU Tigers.

Cost: $15 per shirt

Sizes: Adult Small to 6x; children sizes

Payment: check/cash/paypal (jvidrine@hotmail.com)
(Make check out to Fr. Jason Vidrine)

Deadline to order: Wednesday, October 7, 2020**

Send an e-mail with size and number wanted to jvidrine@hotmail.com.

Orders/payments can be mailed to:
Fr. Jason Vidrine
901 E Elm St.
Crowley, LA 70526

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FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions:

What’s the Vidrine Family Reunion?

It started seven years ago from cousins in the Vidrine Family Group on Facebook wanting to have a gathering. It’s for all who descend from Jean-Baptiste Lepaise de Vedrines and his wife Elizabeth de Moncharvaux who settled in the Opelousas Territory in the late 1700’s! Join us at the Ville Platte Civic Center in Ville Platte, LA on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10am-3pm!

How much does it cost?   

Admission to Chicot Park: $3 for Adults, age 4-62; free for Seniors (62+) and children age 3 and younger. Donations accepted to help defray the costs…a small offering for a full day of family, history, sharing!  Gumbo and Potato Salad will be served for lunch.

How do I register/where do I pay?    

There is no need to register. You’ll pay at the Gate.

Where do I park?

Please use the designated parking areas in the Park.

What about drinks or ice chests?

Bring your own drinks and snacks! Water will be available. NO GLASS OR BOTTLES!!!!!!

What is not allowed at the Reunion?

Please no glass, bottles or pets!

How do I get to Chicot State Park?

It is on Chicot Park Road, which is off of Lincoln Rd just north of Ville Platte. Follow the signs for Chicot State Park. You can visit the Evangeline Parish Tourism website to get info directions, lodging and RV campsites.

Do you help booking hotel rooms or get camping & RV information?

Cabins and camping spots at Chicot Park are available and should be reserved soon. Reservations can be made here: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/chicot-state-park/LA/240027/overview. You can also visit the Evangeline Parish Tourism Office for other accommodations. There are numerous local options from you to choose from.

Where is Registration, General Information, Security, First Aid and Lost & Found?

Just go to the entrance of the Large Shelter. There you will find the ‘brains’ of our event.

How can I help?  

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!! – Spread the word, encourage family members to attend. That will help everyone!

We will need to pick up all litter from the tables, floor and grounds – so be courteous and watch your children and help keep the trash where it belongs…in the dumpster.

Email:  jvidrine@hotmail.com if you want to help, have questions, or have photos, news articles that you want to share (please identify who is in the photo)

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Photos from Previous Reunions can be found here.