8th Annual French Heritage Days Celebration in VergennesBy Sue Hoxie
Free, family-friendly event recognizes region’s French-Canadian heritage
Vergennes, Vermont – June 26, 2013 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce, with the support of a Vermont Community Foundation grant and individual and business sponsors, is hosting French Heritage Day on Saturday, July 13th in Vergennes. The event celebrates the area’s French-Canadian heritage, but can be enjoyed by all, regardless of family descent. Full details of the event and a schedule of activities are available at www.FrenchHeritageDay.com.
Activities on Saturday, July 13th run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vergennes City Park is hosting day-long activities featuring colorful re-enactors, Franco-American music, French-Canadian fiddling, response songs, a Native American storyteller, horse and carriage rides, step-dancing, fencing demonstrations, French food, and traditional craft demonstrations such as spinning, weaving, rug hooking, crocheting, knitting, chair caning and rush weaving, and basket making. Interactive exhibits will range from French artistry to historical information and tools to antique vehicles and engines.
Hands-on fun includes pumping water, making rope, churning ice cream, old-time games and children’s activities such as “building” the Eiffel Tower and a puppet theater presentation of ”Mon Chat.” Trace your roots with the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society or practice your French with any number of people including local French conversational groups. Visit with Samuel de Champlain (re-enacted by Don Thompson) who will provide a first-person historical interpretation using maps, trade goods and navigational equipment.
Performances at the Vergennes bandstand include the Fiddleheads (young fiddle students), Raz-de-Marée (traditional Quebecois music ensemble), Va-et-Vient (French, Quebecois, and Cajun music), Gitane (gypsy) and Erick & Ericka Andrus (fiddle & accordion). At 2 p.m. there will be the French Heritage Day Waiter’s Races for professionals and amateur adult and children waiters.
Purchase a souvenir festival button for $10 at the information tent in the park and receive discounts at several area businesses on Saturday, July 13th. Proceeds support French Heritage Day.
The Otter Creek Falls will be lighted and can be viewed nightly 9:00 – 11:45 through Labor Day.
French Heritage Day is held with the support of many sponsors: including the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Francaise, City of Vergennes, Everwear for Everybody Boutique, Green mountain Shoe & Apparel, Linda’s Apparel, Nathaniel Group, Inc., Pomerleau Real Estate, and the Vermont Community Foundation.
For a full schedule of events, visit the event website at www.FrenchHeritageDay.com. For more information call 802-388-7951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County.