La Rencontre: Monthly Franco Luncheon
The Jalbert Orchestra, 1920s. The children of Arthur and Célina Simard Jalbert, from l to r:  Fern, Germaine, Conrad, Judy, Gertrude, and Gabriel. The catalyst for the family was the mother, Célina Jalbert,  who was determined that the children have as many opportunities as possible to further their education. Louis Jalbert, known as Maine’s “Mr. Democrat,” though not in this picture,played drums in the group with his brothers and sisters. (photo courtesy of the Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College).

The Jalbert Orchestra, 1920s. The children of Arthur and Célina Simard Jalbert, L-to-R: Fern, Germaine, Conrad, Judy, Gertrude, and Gabriel. Louis Jalbert, who would later become known as Maine’s “Mr. Democrat” and represent Lewiston for 38 years in the Maine Legislature, played drums in the group with his brothers and sisters but is not pictured here. (photo courtesy of the Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College).

Each month we present La Rencontre (French for “the gathering”) as a way for our extended Franco-American family in the area to reconnect with each other and with our neighbors. Meals and stories are shared, friends are reunited, and memories are made.

We offer a fully catered luncheon, followed by a performance. Both the menu and the entertainment vary each month. The charge to attend is $8 and the public is invited. However, reservations are required at least four days in advance by calling the Franco Center Office at 783-1585 during regular box office hours from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (no weekend messages, please), so that we can order and prepare an appropriate amount of food.

The deadline for all calls will be 4 p.m.on the Tuesday immediately prior to the luncheon on Thursday.

Traditionally in Franco culture, big celebratory meals of this sort would include live music provided by members of the family and their neighbors. Many families like Lewiston’s Jalbert family (above photo) made sure their kids each learned to play an instrument in order to entertain at such gatherings — and so, accordingly, we invite local musicians to provide live music for our guests.

To learn more about upcoming performances and menus, check the Event Calendar.

 

 

Upcoming Performances

  • Apr
    3

    L/A Arts Awards Dinner

    Heritage Hall

    Apr 3 - Apr 3

    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Enjoy dinner, dancing and local arts at L/A Arts ‘Night of Stars Gala” with a social hour, dinner, awards and live music

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  • Apr
    9

    Emerge Film Festival 2015

    Performance Hall

    Apr 9 - Apr 12

    8:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Emerge Film Festival 2015The Emerge Film Festival is pleased to offer several affordable ticket options for patrons of the festival. All film passes grant access to films as long as seating is available.

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  • Apr
    9

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    Apr 9 - Apr 9

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    French FabricEach month we present La Rencontre (French for “the gathering”) as a way for our extended Franco-American family in the area to reconnect with each other and with our neighbors. Meals and stories are shared, friends are reunited, and memories are made.

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  • Apr
    18

    Rustic Overtones

    Heritage Hall

    Apr 18 - Apr 18

    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    Rustic Overtones performs a special concert with a 4-piece string section that will accompany the band in our Performance Hall on Nov. 23rd,

    Club Series

    Rustic Overtones is an acclaimed seven-piece rock band hailing from Portland, ME where they have been the number one selling local act for over a decade.

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  • Apr
    23

    Last Day's in Vietnam

    Performance Hall

    Apr 23 - Apr 23

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Last DaysMPBN and the Maine Humanities Council are partnering on a series of public screenings of the American Experience film, Last Days in Vietnam. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion of the documentary.  Tickets are free to the public, but quantities are limited at each designated venue and must be secured in advance.

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