About the Franco Center

We are Le Centre D’Heritage Franco-Americain. The Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston, ME, USA. We believe history and heritage are action verbs, just like community and neighbor. We practice these by engaging members of our community young and old to share their experiences and traditions, so we might all benefit from them.

We’re a performing arts organization that celebrates our Franco-American Heritage; a legacy handed to us by generations of our brave ancestors who relocated here from France, from Quebec, and from all across the globe. We present the best in symphonic music, solo instrumentalists, chorales and choirs, and contemporary music. We have a wildly successful theme night series, as well as more informal nightclub performances.

Founded in the year 2000, the FAHC is a 501©3 non profit organization governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. Twenty five percent (25%) of all programming is of a French nature in order to preserve and keep the rich culture, traditions, music, cuisine, language and heritage alive and to celebrate the “Joie de Vivre” spirit of the Franco-Americans.

Upcoming Performances

  • Nov
    28

    Children of Haiti Benefit Concert

    Nov 28 - Nov 28

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Denny Breau Feb 27 2008The Concert features an all-star lineup with Denny Breau, Arlo West, Kathy Haley, Phil House, Shawna Haley-Bear, Malinda Liberty, Frank Coffin and the Tinpanic Steel Band.

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  • Dec
    6

    Christmas with Joelle Morris

    Performance Hall

    Dec 6 - Dec 6

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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    Come celebrate the holidays with Mezzo-Soprano Joëlle Morris, pianist Bridget Convey and flutist Christopher Lansley, as they set the mood for Christmas by featuring colorful carols from around the world including those of France and Quebec.

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  • Dec
    7

    Just Us Christmas Concert

    Performance Hall

    Dec 7 - Dec 7

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Start your holiday season with “JUST US” Entertainers Christmas Show.  This “Big Show” features Christmas songs rarely heard performed by other artists.

    “JUST US” is an eclectic group of families and friends who have been performing great music for generations.   All music is performed live, and songs are learned by ear, no sheet music! Harmony comes from within the hearts of each talent.  Some of this year’s songs include Christmas in America, Sugarland’s Gold and Green and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

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  • Dec
    11

    La Rencontre in December

    Heritage Hall

    Dec 11 - Dec 11

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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    Franco-American tradition will be on full display at the Franco Center with a Christmas ham dinner followed by carols sung in French by a small choir at the next La Rencontre on Thursday, December 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.  The cost of the meal and program is $8 per person.

     

    Doors open at 10 a.m.   Attendees may contact the Center office for reservations at 689.2000; leave a message or the office hours are Monday thru Friday from noon to 4 p.m.  Reservations must be placed by Tuesday at 4 p.m.  Email reservations may be sent to boxoffice@francocenter.orgLa Rencontre is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent.  All are welcome to attend this fun monthly meal and event.

     

    After a lunch of baked Black Oak ham, scallop potatoes, string beans and carrots, bread and butter, and a Noel Surprise for dessert, a group of singers led by Roger Bouffard will perform a set of Christmas carols that are sure to transport patrons back to a time when the Franco Center was still known as St. Mary’s Church and French-language Christmas music was the norm inside the building during the holiday season.

     

    Executive director Mitch Thomas advises not waiting until the last minute, since the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall will likely reach full capacity days before the registration deadline for this particular event.

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  • Dec
    20

    Holiday in Lights

    Performance Hall

    Dec 20 - Dec 21

    7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

    Mitch Holiday in LightsYou won’t want to miss “Holiday in Lights”, with Mitch Thomas and Friends.   Thomas, a local pianist/singer/songwriter who is the Center’s executive director and directs and performs at Community Little Theatre, will present several seasonal favorites, including some of his own compositions and arrangements, including “Light A Candle for Peace”.

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