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

  • Apr
    23

    Last Day's in Vietnam

    Performance Hall

    Apr 23 - Apr 23

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Last DaysMPBN and the Maine Humanities Council are partnering on a series of public screenings of the American Experience film, Last Days in Vietnam. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion of the documentary.  Tickets are free to the public, but quantities are limited at each designated venue and must be secured in advance.

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  • Apr
    23

    Thread Theatre

    Heritage Hall

    Apr 23 - Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Thread Theatre Apr 23The Thread Theater rolled out its second installment of its theatrical throw-down style performances in March at the Franco Center in Lewiston.  The theme for the night was “Under Pressure”

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  • Apr
    24

    Igor Lovchinsky

    Performance Hall

    Apr 24 - Apr 24

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    IgorLovchinskyphoto_highrez“Mesmerizing and fiery” and “profoundly communicative” are just some of the words critics have used to praise Igor Lovchinsky, 30, a native of Kazan, Russia.

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  • May
    1

    Euphony

    Performance Hall

    May 1 - May 1

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Euphony 2015Founded in the fall of 2006, Euphony is a highly select 32 voice choir that specializes in innovative contemporary choral music. Membership includes students and faculty of the University of Maine as well as outside community members.

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  • May
    8

    The Awesome

    Heritage Hall

    May 8 - May 8

    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    Awesome Photo - Dec 2014Hailing from Portland, Maine…the AWESOME are comprised of seasoned musicians with experience in several of Maine’s most popular bands.

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