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

  • Dec
    4

    Just Us in Concert

    Performance Hall

    Dec 4 - Dec 4

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    anothergoodone-2The “Just Us” entertainers will be presenting their 16th annual and final “Just Us” Family Christmas Show at the L/A’s Gendron Franco Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie.

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  • Dec
    10

    Maine Music Society

    Performance Hall

    Dec 10 - Dec 10

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Maine Music SocietyMaine Music Society presents A Heritage Christmas

    A Heritage Christmas performed by the Maine Music Society Chorale has become a beloved Christmas tradition in the L/A area, and is certainly a highlight of the concert season. This year the Chorale will focus on Christmas music from the United States with beautiful arrangements of holiday favorites such as White Christmas,

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  • Dec
    11

    Maine Music Society

    Performance Hall

    Dec 11 - Dec 11

    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Maine Music SocietyMaine Music Society presents A Heritage Christmas

    A Heritage Christmas performed by the Maine Music Society Chorale has become a beloved Christmas tradition in the L/A area, and is certainly a highlight of the concert season. This year the Chorale will focus on Christmas music from the United States with beautiful arrangements of holiday favorites such as White Christmas,

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  • Dec
    13

    Lewiston High School Concert

    Performance Hall

    Dec 13 - Dec 13

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Lewiston High School vocal ensembles, under the direction of Darren Avery, will appear on the Franco Center stage.

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  • Dec
    14

    Edward Little High School Concert

    Performance Hall

    Dec 14 - Dec 14

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Auburn’s Edward Little High School vocal ensembles and band will perform on the Franco Center stage.elhs-groups-at-franco

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