Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described this area of Acadiana as having a "perpetual summer". That may have been true back in the 1800s, but presently we are very much having winter here. Back to Longfellow- in this part of Louisiana there are streets, businesses, and even a parish named after the heroine of his poem Evangeline. Supposedly in the town of St. Martinville the real life Evangeline came in search of her lover Gabriel. There is a statue of this woman, Emmeline Labiche, in the church yard of the St.Martin de Tours Catholic Church. In actuality the statue was Dolores del Rio, an actress who played Evangeline in the silent movie of the same name in 1929. If nothing else, the poem and the movie drew national recognition to the Acadian heritage. I am glad too that the legend caught my curiosity enough for me to read Evangeline again. It is a beautiful hauntingly sad romance story.