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

  • Feb
    18

    Thread Theater

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 18 - Feb 18

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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    Welcome to Thread Theatre.

    All who would like to write plays are invited to enter their work.  Plays or scenes need to be 10 minutes or less in length. Playwrights are responsible for bringing enough copies of the play for all of the required actors and a copy to submit.  They are also responsible for any props they may want or need. Plays will be drawn at random and performed in two acts: 5 plays in the first act; 5 plays in the second.

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  • Feb
    20

    Regina Bonelli

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 20 - Feb 20

    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    Regina BonelliRegina is a New York City Blues Hall of Fame singer/songwriter/keyboardist, writing and performing original blues music. She has been dubbed Queen of New York City Blues” by Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine. In early 2015 she released her debut CD “Open Up The Door”.

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  • Feb
    27

    From Bandstand to Billboard

    Performance Hall

    Feb 27 - Feb 27

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Billboard to Bandstand with SmilesThe cast who brought “Welcome to the Sixties” returns for “From Bandstand to BillBoard.” Join us and rock out to some of your favorite hits from the ’50s through the ’70s – Doo-Wop to Disco. As the country went through major changes in this time period, we looked towards music and entertainment to help see us through.

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  • Mar
    4

    The Nikki Hunt Band

    Heritage Hall

    Mar 4 - Mar 4

    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    Nikki in ColorThe Nikki Hunt Band provides a fun and entertaining mix of classic rock, ‘80s to ‘90s and even more chart hit covers.  With their second appearance at L/A’s Franco Center, they will be covering artists such as: Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2, and many more.

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  • Mar
    5

    Maine's Got Talent

    Performance Hall

    Mar 5 - Mar 5

    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    MGTlogo_2013Maine’s Got Talent  features 10 performing artists competing for cash prizes. Fifty percent of the vote come from the audience and the other fifty percent from our celebrity judges. The Celebrity Judges are Shawn Robitaille, 2013-15 performer of Maine’s Got Talent;  Mitch Thomas from the Franco Center; and Celeste from WBLM’s Morning Show.

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