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Joel Savoy and Patricia Dossman talk about renovating the Liberty Theater in Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Aldermen approve Liberty revival

The Liberty Theater is poised for a renewal after the Board of Aldermen approved Mayor Scott Fontenot to complete an agreement with a non-profit.
Cajun musician Joel Savoy spoke at the Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting. Savoy leads The Association for the Liberty Theatre of Eunice.
“We all know what the Liberty used to be like. What it did for downtown Eunice and the Cajun culture,” Savoy said. “Last October, I learned that the National Park Service had pulled the plug or was about to pull the plug on their years of support at the theater...”

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D.L. Menard of Erath died Thursday. He performed around the world. He was 85. (Photo by Robert Vincent and courtesy of the Abbeville Meridional)

Cajun musician D.L. Menard dies; gained fame with ‘The Back Door’

The news slowly began to spread by 9 Thursday morning in Erath. The news spread that the most famous person in Erath and one of the most famous musicians in Acadiana, had died.
D.L. (Doris Leon) Menard passed away Thursday surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. He was 85 years old.
As of Friday afternoon, funeral arrangements were pending for “The Cajun Hank Williams.”

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A script for a recent Rendez-vous des Cajuns program at the Liberty Theater includes the French language. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Liberty Theater renaissance

The Cajun, Creole and swamp pop music cranked up 29 years ago at the Liberty Theater, but in recent years the attendance has been anemic.
A normal night’s crowd is about 50 people.
Even the building fell on hard times. Earlier this year the city spent about $68,000 to stop leaks and mold.
“The mold is completely gone,” Fontenot said.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot estimates remodeling the theater will take another $32,000.
“I know the potential is there,” he said. “I think it is a matter of marketing this correctly and getting some good bands.”

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