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

  • May
    30

    MMS Fundraiser with The Moon Dawgs

    Heritage Hall

    May 30 - May 31

    7:00 pm - 10:58 am

    Moon-Dawgs-logo-2Maine Music Society presents “Rock the Night Away with the Moon Dawgs” with dancing, cash bar, live auction and hors d’oeuvres.

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  • Jun
    7

    Just Us

    Performance Hall

    Jun 7 - Jun 7

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Just Us 2014 - StraightenThe ‘Just Us’ Entertainers will be presenting their annual summer program at the Center.  For many years, the group has performed at the Franco Center in order to assist in raising funds for the continued operation of the Center.  This will be the 15th year the Entertainers have held such an event.

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  • Jun
    12

    Bob Marley

    Performance Hall

    Jun 12 - Jun 13

    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    BobMarley_PromoShotBob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn.

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  • Jun
    24

    Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

    Heritage Hall

    Jun 24 - Jun 24

    11:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Julie-BarlowOn the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the Center, in association with the Franco-American Collection at USM/LAC, will host an event in celebration of Franco-American culture and heritage.

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  • Jul
    3

    The Fuse

    Jul 3 - Jul 3

    7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    Flag 2008Produced by the Liberty Festival, THE FUSE is a warm-up to our national celebration on July 4th. Join THE FUSE event on July 3rd at Veteran’s Park

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