Music has always been a core component of alumnus Gerald Guilbeaux’s life.
What has gorgeous sand, blue oceans, and sunny skies? If you guessed the Emerald Coast, then you're correct! This area is also home to our Emerald Coast Ragin' Cajun Club. For those that don't know, Ragin' Cajun Clubs are alumni organizations whose base of membership is derived from a specific geographic region. This Ragin' Cajun Club serves as a way for alumni to stay connected to their alma mater if they move to the Emerald Coast area. Here are a few things that you should know about the Emerald Coast Ragin' Cajun Club from president Ben White.
What is considered the Emerald Coast?
The Emerald Coast region is comprised of the panhandle of Florida all the way to Mobile, Alabama.
Why is living in the Emerald Coast so great?
The Emerald Coast is great for three main things: beaches, beaches, and more beaches. White mentions that one of the best parts about living on the Emerald Coast is that you can easily access sailing on some of the finest waters imaginable. Other outdoor activities include boating, fishing, scuba diving, or visiting one of the many freshwater springs.
What kind of events does the Emerald Coast Ragin' Cajun Club put on?
One of White's favorite events that the club host is its annual crawfish boil. The best part about this specific crawfish boil is that it is held on the beach! That's right—you can eat crawfish while also enjoying the sound of the ocean. Other events that this Ragin' Cajun Club hosts include watch parties or new virtual events like Alumni Town Talk. The possibilities are endless!
Where can you find Louisiana cuisine on the Emerald Coast?
One of the hardest parts about leaving Louisiana is leaving the food as well. White recommends a few restaurants like Café Nola on Pensacola Beach or Broussard Bayou Grill in Pensacola if you're looking to satisfy your craving for gumbo or crawfish etouffee.
What is the best part of being the president of the Emerald Coast Ragin' Cajun Club?
White's answer to this question is easy—meeting all of the wonderful Ragin' Cajuns! If you ever move to the Emerald Coast region, check out what the Emerald Coast Ragin' Cajun Club has going on. Even though you may be away from the University, these Ragin' Cajun Clubs offer you a little piece of home.
Photo Caption: Alumni and members of the Emerald Coast Ragin' Cajun Club attend the annual crawfish boil in Gulf Breeze, Florida. (Photo Credit: John Claude Arceneaux/University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association)