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

  • Aug
    4

    Bates Musician's Concert

    Performance Hall

    Aug 4 - Aug 4

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Bates MusiciansThoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe.

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  • Aug
    6

    Three Thursday in Summer with the Nikki Hunt Band

    Heritage Hall

    Aug 6 - Aug 7

    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    NikkiHuntThe Nikki Hunt Band is a pop/rock cover band, covering artists, such as , Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, No Doubt, The Doors, U2 and many more.

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  • Nov
    14

    Ed Gabrielsen

    Performance Hall

    Nov 14 - Nov 14

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Ed Gabrielsen 2 LRSinger and Chant-master Ed Gabrielsen presents Kirtan call and response devotional singing from the bhakti yoga tradition.  Please come for an evening  of soulful music from the world’s  great wisdom traditions.

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  • Nov
    20

    Medieval Feast

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 20 - Nov 20

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Medieval for WebjpgThe Center will produce one of Maine’s more unique and magical experiences with its offering of the”Medieval Feast”.  Imagine yourself in the center of a medieval courtyard

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  • Nov
    21

    Medieval Feast

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 21 - Nov 21

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Medieval for WebjpgThe Center will produce one of Maine’s more unique and magical experiences with its offering of the”Medieval Feast”.  Imagine yourself in the center of a medieval courtyard,

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