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

  • Sep
    10

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    Sep 10 - Sep 11

    11:30 pm - 9:30 am

    irish_green_fleur_de_lis_tile_coasterOn the 2nd Thursday of every month, our closest friends come over for lunch for La Rencontre (which is French for “The Gathering”). In Setember, we’ll enjoy chicken cordon bleu, rice pilaf, green beans, sour dough rolls and lemon pound cake, followed by music with the Lorraine Ouellette Trio.

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  • Sep
    18

    Dual-Piano Concert with Lovchinsky and Graybil

    Performance Hall

    Sep 18 - Sep 18

    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Lovchinsky and Graybill graphicYoung Artists Igor Lovchinsky and Matthew Graybil, both Franco Center favorites as solo performers, will collaborate for this piano series-opening Friday evening program, featuring dual-piano pieces by American composers Walter Piston and Aaron Copland. 

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  • Sep
    25

    Mainely Improv "On The Spot Comedy"

    Heritage Hall

    Sep 25 - Sep 25

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    On the Spot Comedy PhotoWhat do you get when you combine the improvisation style of the television show, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” with a Maine based comedy troupe that loves the art of improvisation?

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  • Oct
    9

    Rebekah Leonard in Concert

    Performance Hall

    Oct 9 - Oct 9

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Rebekah LeonardRebekah Leonard is a versatile singing talent based in L/A Maine.    Along with a soaring, bright, agile opera voice, Rebekah is accomplished in singing Jazz music with an affinity for the Dixieland style.

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  • Oct
    25

    Fiddle-icious

    Performance Hall

    Oct 25 - Oct 25

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Fiddle-icious Nov 2014 LRFiddle-icious entertains their audiences with traditional music, creating an atmosphere of infectious energy and joy. Their  tunes are passed on from the Irish, Scottish, Quebecois and Acadian traditions and include reels, jigs, marches, hornpipes, waltzes, step-dancing

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