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Thursday December 18, 2014

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    Friday Dec 12, 2014 | 10:01 am

    St. John the Baptist in Brunswick program – Joyeux Noël à tous

    Festival of Lessons and Carols is an interfaith Christmas tradition in Brunswick, started 22 years ago. On December 7th, the program was again performed at the St. John the Baptist Church conveniently located on Pleasant Street in Brunswick. The musical program was expertly performed by the combined church choirs from Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, and The Parish Ringers, led by Ray Cornils.  In the program, the lessons and prayers were read […]

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    Monday Dec 08, 2014 | 9:19 am

    American Field Service Centennial Anniversary in Paris

    American Field Service, or AFS, is an interesting Franco-American international alliance that began in France during World War I. During the past 100 years, the organization has become international and continues supporting world peace and understanding. Cape Elizabeth residents Jan Chapman and her husband Bruce Moore visited the November 2014, American Field Services Centennial tribute, in Paris. They are members of the Rotary Club of Portland, ME.   “My husband […]

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    Friday Dec 05, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Les Fêtes – preparing for Christmas and the Holidays

    Several opportunities are coming right up and ready to help celebrate the Franco-American Les Fêtes, plus learn about cultural traditions. Up coming programs at the beautiful performing hall in The Franco-Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts, in Lewiston, is hosting a variety of seasonal programs. Also, check out a “Maple Stars and Stripes” podcast program, about traditions and Tourtieres, expertly narrated by Sandra Goodwin. My husband and I especially […]

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    Monday Dec 01, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Noël- French Christmas with universal meaning

    It’s a delightfully succinct French word, perfectly suited for modern usage.  In fact, Noël is universally synonymous with “Christmas”, so it has become a  “social media” friendly word.  It fits into any sized Christmas message and works especially well on “micro-blogging” sites. Yet, Noël is a medieval word with rather ambiguous origins. In other words, it’s hard to explain why the French word for Christmas is so different than the […]

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    Friday Nov 28, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Rassemblement – storytelling and teaching heritage with Michael Parent

    “Grand merci” goes out to Michael Parent for teaching Franco-American culture, through presentations, using music and story telling.  “Teaching the culture is important because many Americans are aware of Franco-American history. Yet, according to the 1990 census, the northeastern United States is home to more than three million people of French heritage”, says Parent. Although Franco-Americans are terrific story tellers, only a few of their tall tales are written to […]

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    Monday Nov 24, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Podcast: Tourtieres with Maple Stars and Stripes

    Stay tuned for a Tourtieres podcast! Tourtieres are the tasty French-Canadian meat pies flavored with a variety of spice mixtures. They’re a popular entrée on the Franco-American Christmas table. Sometimes, the meat filling is even served as a stuffing for the Christmas turkey, rather than prepared in a pie crust.   In the past, Tourtieres were served almost exclusively on Christmas mornings, following Midnight Mass. Today, they’re transcending beyond the […]

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    Friday Nov 21, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Adrien Ringuette genealogy book collection gift to Centre Franco-Americain

    A substantial collection of genealogical materials was donated by the family of  Adrien Ringuette to the Centre Franco-Americain, at the University of Maine in Orono. Lisa Michaud and a group of UMO Centre community supporters are working to construct the shelving space within the Centre’s location, at Crossland Hall, to house over 4,500 books, maps and research materials donated by Celeste Ringuette, in memory of her late husband, who died […]

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    Monday Nov 17, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Franco-American research from New Hampshire

    Margaret Langford is a retired professor of French and Franco-American studies from Keene State College in Cheshire County, New Hampshire.  Her report about New Hampshire’s Franco-Americans mirrors data about Maine’s population demographics. A link to her power point presentation is included in this blog (link below). Maine and New Hampshire share about the same population demographics regarding the percent of Franco-Americans who claim French-Canadian ancestry. A University of Maine study, […]

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    Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | 9:54 am

    St. Louis Paccard Foundry bells restoration update

    Auburn is getting closer to raising the $12,000 from private donations needed to place four historic Paccard Foundry bells, made in France, in a historic memorial to honor the community’s Franco-American heritage. Donations from people in Auburn and Lewiston, raised for the acquisition and preservation of the 1915 Paccard Foundry Bells of Auburn, has so far raised $7,085.00.  Funds will continue to be collected until December 27th when the goal is […]

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