Franco Center hopping with Fete Nationale and Feast Day

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LEWISTON — The Fête Nationale and the Feast Day of St. Jean the Baptist, will be celebrated on Friday, June 22,  at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at The Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center.

The Friday event will start with a social hour and cash bar in the center’s Heritage Hall at 10:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., a Fête Nationale luncheon will be served, followed by a celebration in the Performance Hall. This will include the live entertainment portion, the showing of a short documentary film about the “Grey Nuns” and a special Rita S. Dubé Heritage Museum tribute to a long-time organist of the former St. Mary’s Church.

The traditional feast day menu includes soup bouillon, salade de printemps, meat tourtiere and cake des Fêtes. All are welcome to celebrate the feast day. The 12:30 p.m. program will include the Roys, the museum tribute, the Franco-American Veterans Color Guard, the short film, and songs led by Les Troubadours. Special guests include Marie-Claude Francoeur, head of the Québec delegation to Boston.

The 2 p.m. Sunday concert on the actual St. Jean-Baptiste Feast Day will feature songs of love such as “Plaisir d’Amour,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Bring Him Home” (from “Les Misérables”), “Amazing Grace,” “Ave Maria,” and more. Marie-Line Morin will give testimony to her faith journey as a French-Canadian immigrant and, while celebrating Franco-American heritage, will remind the audience about the importance of having listening ministers available, in the church, to help people in need of love. She will be accompanied by Lucille Fortin.

Seats for the meal at the Friday event are $12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at brownpapertickets.com. 

The Sunday concert is free, but a donation of $15 would be welcome.

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