LEWISTON — La Rencontre will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.

The center will be serving pulled-pork sandwich, cucumber and tomato salad and a banana whoopie pie. The cost of the meal is $8 per person. After the meal, instrumentalist Roger Renaud will entertain with a blend of live and recorded music.

Renaud is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, born and raised in Lewiston where he started his musical career at the age of 7. Renaud has played with numerous bands in the area, such as the Ray Pinette Heritage Band, Al Corey Band and many more smaller groups.

In 1969, he was the founder of a band that became highly-respected and very popular from Central Maine to the Boston area known as “The Flairs.” The band played at the Round House for many years, and in the ’90s, Renaud played for “Vintage,” also well-known throughout the Central Maine area.

These days, Renaud is mostly a solo-act with his own recorded tracks, becoming very successful here and in Tampa Bay, Fla., where he and his wife, Carol, spend their winters.

He will bring his talent to the Franco Center where he played his first trumpet solo in 1949 with his dad, Bob, on piano.

Call for reservations at least four days in advance by contacting the Franco Center Business Office at 783-1585 between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Doors open at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. La Rencontre is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent. All are welcome.


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