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
    1

    Super Bowl Party

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 1 - Feb 1

    5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    Super BowlWe are hosting our first-ever Super Bowl Party at the Franco Center on Sunday, February 1, starting at 5:30 p.m.

    This is a FREE family-friendly event

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  • Feb
    12

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 12 - Feb 13

    11:30 pm - 1:38 am

    paris french labelLincoln’s birthday, Valentine’s Day and Healthy Heart Month will all be featured at the Franco Center in Lewiston, with a spaghetti and meatball dinner, followed by a talk on “Early Heart Attack Care & Recognition” by Dr. Andrew Eisenhauer, and music by Mitch Thomas.

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  • Feb
    13

    Welcome to the Sixties: Songs That Shaped A Generation

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 13 - Feb 13

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    The Sixties Graphic“Welcome to The Sixties: Songs that Shaped A Generation” is a fun, and sometimes romantic, collection of number-one hits from Billboard Magazine from every year in the 1960s.

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  • Feb
    14

    Love Letters: Songs of the Stage

    Performance Hall

    Feb 14 - Feb 14

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Love Letters Graphic for Web and BPTCome  as they celebrate the many facets of love through the love songs of Broadway.  From the classics of Rogers and Hammerstein to the new Broadway songs of today this concert is sure to bring a smile to your heart.

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  • Feb
    14

    2-For-1 for Welcome to the Sixties and Love Letters

    Performance Hall

    Feb 14 - Feb 14

    7:30 pm - 9:33 pm

    ticket-mdPurchase this ticket and attend both Welcome to the Sixties 

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