Map and Directions
 

The Franco-American Heritage Center is located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston, at the intersection of Cedar Street and Oxford Street.

FROM PORTLAND-NORTH (Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport): Go north on I-295 and get off the highway at Exit 22 (Freeport-Durham). Bear right off the exit ramp onto Mallet Drive, and bear right again 100 yards after the overpass onto Route 136, also known as Durham Road. Continue 17.6 miles until you reach a “T” intersection with Broad Street in Auburn (Dunkin Donuts will be on your left, the green Bernard Lown Peace Bridge will be to your right). Take a right and go over the bridge. You are now on Cedar Street in Lewiston, and the Franco Center is the second building on the left after the bridge.

FROM PORTLAND-SOUTH & WEST (Scarborough, Westbrook, Gorham, etc.): Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and travel north to Exit 80 (Lewiston). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto the Alfred A. Plourde Parkway, heading toward Route 196 (Lisbon Street). Go about three-tenths of a mile, cross the overpass that traverses Route 196 (Lisbon Street) and take the first right after the overpass, which will put you onto a circular on-ramp leading to Route 196 West (Lisbon Street). Go about 1.9 miles on Route 196 (Lisbon Street), and be prepared to turn left onto Cedar Street after you pass Oxford Networks and Kaplan University (in that order) on your left. Go through two traffic lights and the Franco Center will be on your right.

FROM BATH-BRUNSWICK and MID-COAST MAINE: Take Route 1 South through Brunswick to I-295. Get on I-295 North and proceed approximately 3 miles to Exit 31 (Topsham). At the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto Route 196 West and drive 16.5 miles through the towns of Lisbon and Lisbon Falls and into Lewiston’s downtown, where Route 196 is also known as Lisbon Street. Be prepared to turn left onto Cedar Street after you pass Oxford Networks and Kaplan University (in that order) on your left. Go through two traffic lights and the Franco Center will be on your right.

FROM AUGUSTA AND POINTS NORTH: Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and travel south to Exit 80 (Lewiston). At the end of the exit ramp, bear right onto the Alfred A. Plourde Parkway, heading toward Route 196 (Lisbon Street). Go about two-tenths of a mile, cross the bridge over Route 196 (Lisbon Street) and take the first right after the overpass, which will put you onto a circular on-ramp leading to Route 196 West (Lisbon Street). Go about 1.9 miles on Route 196 (Lisbon Street), and be prepared to turn left onto Cedar Street after you pass Oxford Networks and Kaplan University (in that order) on your left. Go through two traffic lights and the Franco Center will be on your right.

FROM WESTERN MAINE (Oxford & Franklin Counties): Depending on which is closest to you, take either Route 11/121 or Route 4 into downtown Auburn – both routes eventually intersect with Court Street in Auburn at the CVS Pharmacy. Descending Court Street in Auburn puts you on the Memorial Bridge separating Auburn from Lewiston – cross Memorial Bridge and take the first right immediately after the bridge onto Lincoln Street. Turn right at the second traffic light and the Franco Center will be on your right.

Upcoming Performances

  • Nov
    28

    Children of Haiti Benefit Concert

    Nov 28 - Nov 28

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Denny Breau Feb 27 2008The Concert features an all-star lineup with Denny Breau, Arlo West, Kathy Haley, Phil House, Shawna Haley-Bear, Malinda Liberty, Frank Coffin and the Tinpanic Steel Band.

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  • Dec
    6

    Christmas with Joelle Morris

    Performance Hall

    Dec 6 - Dec 6

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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    Come celebrate the holidays with Mezzo-Soprano Joëlle Morris, pianist Bridget Convey and flutist Christopher Lansley, as they set the mood for Christmas by featuring colorful carols from around the world including those of France and Quebec.

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  • Dec
    7

    Just Us Christmas Concert

    Performance Hall

    Dec 7 - Dec 7

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Start your holiday season with “JUST US” Entertainers Christmas Show.  This “Big Show” features Christmas songs rarely heard performed by other artists.

    “JUST US” is an eclectic group of families and friends who have been performing great music for generations.   All music is performed live, and songs are learned by ear, no sheet music! Harmony comes from within the hearts of each talent.  Some of this year’s songs include Christmas in America, Sugarland’s Gold and Green and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

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  • Dec
    11

    La Rencontre in December

    Heritage Hall

    Dec 11 - Dec 11

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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    Franco-American tradition will be on full display at the Franco Center with a Christmas ham dinner followed by carols sung in French by a small choir at the next La Rencontre on Thursday, December 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.  The cost of the meal and program is $8 per person.

     

    Doors open at 10 a.m.   Attendees may contact the Center office for reservations at 689.2000; leave a message or the office hours are Monday thru Friday from noon to 4 p.m.  Reservations must be placed by Tuesday at 4 p.m.  Email reservations may be sent to boxoffice@francocenter.orgLa Rencontre is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent.  All are welcome to attend this fun monthly meal and event.

     

    After a lunch of baked Black Oak ham, scallop potatoes, string beans and carrots, bread and butter, and a Noel Surprise for dessert, a group of singers led by Roger Bouffard will perform a set of Christmas carols that are sure to transport patrons back to a time when the Franco Center was still known as St. Mary’s Church and French-language Christmas music was the norm inside the building during the holiday season.

     

    Executive director Mitch Thomas advises not waiting until the last minute, since the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall will likely reach full capacity days before the registration deadline for this particular event.

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  • Dec
    20

    Holiday in Lights

    Performance Hall

    Dec 20 - Dec 21

    7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

    Mitch Holiday in LightsYou won’t want to miss “Holiday in Lights”, with Mitch Thomas and Friends.   Thomas, a local pianist/singer/songwriter who is the Center’s executive director and directs and performs at Community Little Theatre, will present several seasonal favorites, including some of his own compositions and arrangements, including “Light A Candle for Peace”.

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