Acadian History- 2019

This summer is of special significance to the Acadian population. You may have seen a little news about it lately! It is the World Acadian Congress, being hosted in PEI and Southeastern NB from Aug 10th- 24th. This congress takes place every 5 years to strengthen and celebrate the ties of various Acadian Communities and for people who are interested and have a love for Acadia. Acadian history certainly runs strong in this area of the world. Did you know there is a strong connection  down route 114 to a lady who owns the Maple Grove Inn with her husband in Riverside- Albert. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Pierre Thibodeau who helped settle the area known as Shepody or Chipoudie.

Here is a little more info found on the Acadian.org website from the Acadian historical timeline in 1698 when Pierre Thibodeau came to Shepody:

“1698
Much like the Beaubassin area (but 25 years later), Pierre Thibodeau let settlers to settle at Shepody (Chipoudy) in 1698. He had been a miller at Pre Ronde at Port Royal. He and his sons went to the Shepody area and encouraged friends (Blanchards) to settle the Petitcodiac. Three of Thibodeau’s sons first wintered the area in 1699/1700. They did very well at trading furs with Indians. Sebastien de Villieu objected, saying they were on his father-in-law’s seigneurie without permission. Pierre wanted to compromise, but de Villieu didn’t. When de Villieu was ready to deal in 1702, Pierre’s group refused because they had sent a petition to France and thought they’d get their own seigneurie. In 1705, the decision was made that is was only a concession to La Villiere’s seigneurie.
There were 7 families (33 people) at Shepody in 1702, and 5 families (13 people) at Petitcodiac. By 1707, there were about 55 people (14 families and 7 engages), 12 horses, 70 cattle, and 50 sheep. The outbreak of war and de Villieu’s actions put a damper on further settlement of the area. It wasn’t raided, but English ships blocked any goods from coming from Port Royal. Rameau estimated 75 people there in 1715 (but 80% of European blood). One of Thibodeau’s group, his son-in-law Mathieu Des Goutins, was the 2nd and last chief civil officer, or king’s clerk, in Acadia. He became procureur general in 1693, similar (but on a lower level) to Canada’s intendants. He served after Gargas from 1688 to 1710. [Clark, p. 145]
A census was taken in 1698 of Port Royal, Beaubassin, and the St. Jean River areas. The 1698 census includes the names and ages of all family members, as well as a count of livestock, land, and munitions.”

Of special significance is an event happening this Friday, Aug 16th @ 10:30 am in Riverside-Albert with various dignitaries and families representing the Acadian families who settled in Shepody and surrounding area. There will be an official unveiling and address following by Frank McKenna of the Monument that has been erected in honor of the Acadian familiies who settled in the region between 1700 and 1755. You can see the full program for the event at this website.  The event will take place in the park just beside 5702 King St. in Riverside-Albert. Pierre Thibodeau’s great,great,great granddaughter Sonya will also be participating. There will be a social celebration following the ceremony at the exhibition grounds in Riverside-Albert.

This has been a joint effort between the mayor of Riverside-Albert and Wilfred Savoie along with their committees  to have this monument erected. They have been working on it for the past 3 years. Here are the official press releases about the event in French and English.

What a wonderful way to honour some of the founding families who helped clear and settle this great area. You may recognize some of the names like Thibodeau, Boudreau and Comeau or you may even be related to them!  If you want more information about how this event came to be and more details about it , head to their website www.monumentdechipoudie.ca.   We are heading to Newfoundland this week so we won’t be able to attend. I look forward to hearing reports about it. Have a wonderful event! See you on the Road to Waterside or Newfoundland!

A German Experience

Welcome back to our 1st real post of 2019!   I’ve been wanting to follow-up on the live Facebook video I did at the beginning of December from Oliver’s German Bakery in Hillsborough. If you missed it you can find it in the video library on my Facebook page “The Road to Waterside“. I hope some of these photos will entice you to visit the Bakery either in Hillsborough, at the Dieppe Market or at various locations in the community that carry his products. When you love bread and baked products it feels so good when you know they are made with the freshest ingredients, whole grains, no sugar ( at least in the bread) ,made by hand and you know they are better for you. What a great way to start the new year!  Oliver along with his helpers Tatiana and Freda are the main bakers and production workers in the bakery and in the market but they do employ other help like some of Oliver’s kids and family when they need it. They start pretty early in the morning and sometimes work through the night but Oliver says he much prefers the pace here than he did in Germany.

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Strawberry fields and Shepody River

We had a beautiful rare warm weekend at the cottage this past weekend. The water was calm, there was no wind, we could eat outside!  It felt like another part of the world. It was glorious! Saturday started out with breakfast on the deck- fresh strawberries from Codiac Organics in Moncton were included ( I also got some of my salad fixings for the weekend from them!). This started my inspiration for trying out some strawberry recipes this weekend while they were fresh.

We then got out and enjoyed part of Shepody River Day in Riverside-Albert. They had historical displays and free strawberry shortcake in the morning at the Rec Centre. We met some people we knew and were welcomed by long time resident and founder of Shepody Days- Beulah Morrissey. She was just a delight. She told us a bit about herself and what she does in the community. She is quite the little artist too- she is the one who painted the murals on the old community hall you see as you are driving through town. She gave me a booklet on some of the history of Riverside-Albert. I just love seeing the old pictures and hearing the old stories. Rainbow Seeds from Riverside-Albert provided the strawberries and Elaine Holmstrom from the Peck Colonial House provided the biscuits.

Shepody Days was started in 2011 by Beulah and her daughter to invoke some community spirit between the weekends of Alma’s Celebration Days and Hillsborough’s Homecoming Days. The events change from year to year but what seems to stay constant are the kayak races and the fireworks.  We went over beside the Riverside School and saw the races start in the afternoon. Beulah and another lady were the marshalls for the race.They were so cute. We loved seeing the community spirit and participation by everyone there. Check out the Riverside-Albert Facebook page for more photos by Doris Weir of the races and competitors. Congrats to Riverside-Albert for putting on another fine event!

We ended up picking up a quart of strawberries from Rainbow Seeds to add to my recipes as well. I felt so bad for the owner Eliza- she worked so hard to get me that quart of berries. Thank you so much Eliza!  (Side note- We had planted about 50 strawberry plants  from Rainbow Seeds on our property  around 3 years ago but they aren’t doing that well this year- maybe too dry , maybe neglect, maybe late frost or the plants just getting too old but I will get a couple quarts eventually I think.  Our ground seems to be great for growing them , they just need a caretaker who is there to tend them more often. 🙂 )

The following 3 recipes come from Greta Podleski’s newest cookbook Yum and Yummer that came out this past year.  ( You will know her from the sister duo that started the LooneySpoon collection of cookbooks). I’ve tried a few of the recipes and thought I would try some involving strawberries.  This one we had for lunch- it is the Sensational Spinach Salad-with chicken, strawberries and avocado. It was delicious!

This one we had with our supper. I have made it a few times already this spring and summer. It is best eaten the same day – kind of goes mushy and juicy so I usually just make enough servings for whoever is eating. Greta calls it a Strawberry and Watermelon Salad with feta, mint and honey-lime dressing. Very refreshing and nice to go with some barbecued meat on a hot night.

This next photo is breakfast on Sunday- just some French toast with more berries and icing sugar. Simple and tasty with maple syrup of course!!

This last recipe is also from Yum and Yummer- it was featured with blueberries but it said to try it with fresh strawberries so I did. It is her Lemon- Blueberry (Strawberry) Cheesecake Parfaits. We had these for our dessert after lunch. What a refreshing berry taste!

Well there you have it . I hope you are inspired to get out there and try strawberries a few different ways! Leave us a comment and let us know how you like to eat your strawberries or where you go to get your berries! The store or u-pick?

Thank you Beulah for giving us more insight into this area we love so much and for letting us take your picture!

Cheers to another week!