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

  • Jan
    20

    Piano Concert with Christopher Staknys

    Performance Hall

    Jan 20 - Jan 20

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Chris Staknys2014 Falmouth High School graduate Christopher Staknys seems to have been born with a keyboard in his hands.  He participated in the New England Conservatory’s preparatory program while in high school and now completes his 3rd year of study at the Juilliard School in New York City.

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  • Feb
    9

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 9 - Feb 10

    11:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    troubadours-augusta-1La Rencontre is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent. All are welcome to attend this fun monthly meal and event, as long as spots remain open.

    The cost of the meal and the programs is $10 per person (2017 Season passes — all 12 events,

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  • Feb
    11

    F.A.B. Dance Showcase

    Feb 11 - Feb 11

    7:30 pm - 9:22 pm

    PrintF.A.B. (Franco and Bates) represents an ongoing effort to provide opportunities for regional dance artists to present dance works in central Maine, as well as an opportunity for local audiences to have access to contemporary dance works.

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  • Feb
    25

    Bandstand to Billboard

    Performance Hall

    Feb 25 - Feb 25

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Graphic with Text - Bandstand to Billboard 2-25-17Join us and rock out to some of your favorite 60’s and 70’s hits when the cast returns for “Bandstand to Billboard: Off the Record”.  Vocalists include Eileen Messina, Michael Litchfield, Gerry Therrien, Duane Glover, Renee Davis and Sophie Messina.

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  • Feb
    28

    Mardi Gras in L/A

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 28 - Feb 28

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    mardi-gras
    The Franco Center will produce another unique, festive and must-experience event with “Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)”. In the great tradition of those legendary New Orleans celebrations, our Mardi Gras audience will be treated to the sounds of the Big Easy,

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