LEWISTON – “Maman Disait,” an exhibit created by Rhea Côté Robbins, a Franco-American author of creative nonfiction, poetry, and essays, will open Monday, April 24,at the Franco-American Heritage Center .
“This show is not simply an exercise in nostalgia, but how I choose to reclaim for myself the proverbs, and to give meaning to them as I see them, part of the everyday magic of life,” said Robbins
Robbins was brought up bilingually in a Franco-American neighborhood in Waterville known as “down the Plains.”
She attended Waterville High School and graduated in 1971.
Her maman came from Wallagrass, a town in the northern Maine, and her father was from Waterville. She attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1980-1982, graduating with an associate of arts degree. In 1982-85, she attended the University of Maine on a bilingual education scholarship.
Robbins is the author of “Wednesday’s Child,” the 1997 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Chapbook Award winner. She co-edited and designed “I am Franco-American and Proud of It: Franco-American Women’s Anthology.” She is a contributor to “Old Women’s Wisdom,” a multi-cultural anthology of women over 80 years old living in Aroostook County. She served as editor for 10 years of Le FORUM, a bilingual, socio-cultural journal.
The heritage center is on Cedar Street. The exhibit can be viewed during business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 783-1585. Admission is free. For more information, go to www. francoamericanheritage.org.