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

  • Aug
    2

    The Annual Bates Musicians' Concert

    Performance Hall

    Aug 2 - Aug 2

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Bates Dance Festival annual Musicians Concert in the Franco-American Heritage Center.  Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, and Shamou whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composers and pianists, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Carl Landa; electronic music wizard Albert Mathias; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.

    Bates Dance Festival annual Musicians Concert in the Franco-American Heritage Center.
    Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, and Shamou whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composers and pianists, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Carl Landa; electronic music wizard Albert Mathias; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.

    The Annual Bates Musicians’ Concert, a global mix of music by eight remarkable composers and players, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students.

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  • Sep
    18

    St. Martin de Porres Benefit Concert

    Performance Hall

    Sep 18 - Sep 18

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    St. Martin de Porres - ImageSt. Martin de Porres will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring local favorite, “Just Us Entertainers”, and musician/vocalist, Mitch Thomas.  All proceeds will benefit St. Martin de Porres.  For more information, call 786-4690.

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  • Oct
    6

    Maine International Conference On The Arts

    Performance Hall

    Oct 6 - Oct 6

    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

    2016 - maine Arts CommisionWelcome to the 2016 Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, at the Franco Cultural Center and the Bates Mill. Where the rivers of Creativity, Industry, Art, and Innovation powerfully converge.

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  • Oct
    15

    The Franco Center's "The Gala"

    Performance Hall

    Oct 15 - Oct 15

    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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    Join the Franco Center for ‘The Gala’ and celebrate this magnificent performance center.

     

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  • Nov
    18

    The Medieval Feast

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 18 - Nov 18

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Castle & KnightImagine yourself in the center of a medieval courtyard, awaiting the glorious arrival of the King and Queen.  You’ll join the King, knights, minstrels, and wenches in the Great Hall, filled with magic, color, entertainment and a menu without utensils!

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