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June 16, 2022

Bonne fête nationale du Québec à tous!

Chers amis,

On June 24th, we celebrate Québec National Day. This year's theme is "Tire toi une bûche" - an expression dating to times when people gathered around bonfires to listen to story tellers. Anyone could join in the merry circle and would be invited to grab a log, sit on it, and listen in. The bonfire, "feu de joie", is also a symbol of Québec National Day celebrations. It represents communion and solidarity. To this day, many Québec National Day celebrations feature immense bonfires - they are quite a sight! If you happen to be in Québec in the coming week, I invite you to join the festivities - there is something for everyone! 

Locally, I am thrilled to announce that Québec National Day will be celebrated *in person* in all six New England States, starting this weekend! What a testament to our friendship and to our shared cultural heritage! We have waited for this moment for so long, my team and I cannot wait to celebrate with all of you across the region!

Joyeuse fête nationale du Québec!  

Marie-Claude Francoeur, Québec Delegate in New England

Let's Celebrate Québec National Day

RI: Genticorum at the Blackstone River Theatre

📅: June 18, 2022 

Traditional Québec band, Genticorum, will be performing at the 10th Annual Blackstone River Theatre Solstice Festival. Don't miss the original traditional power trio as they weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute, and accordion work along with gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar accompaniment into a high-energy musical feast.


MA: Lowell's 2022 Franco-American Festival Week 

📅: June 19, 2022 - June 24, 2022

The Comité Franco-Américain de Lowell (MA) invites you to celebrate Québec's National Day and our shared cultural heritage at one (or all!) of these events:  

Sunday, June 19 - 12:00 pm - Mass in French honoring St. Jean Baptiste followed by the naming of the Greater Lowell Franco-American of the Year!

Monday, June 20 - 6:30-8:30 pm - Family Bingo in French and English.

Tuesday, June 21 - 5:00-8:00 pm - French Quadrilles and Contra Dances featuring live music.

Thursday, June 23 - 10:00 am - Flag Raising at Lowell City Hall.

Thursday, June 23 - 6:30 pm - Vesper Prayer Service honoring St. Jean Baptiste.

Friday, June 24 - 6:00-10:00 pm - 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner featuring traditional French-Canadian music.


ME: La Rencontre at the Gendron Franco Center

📅: June 23, 2022

The June Rencontre will be a celebration of St. Jean Baptiste Day featuring entertainment by Don and Cindy Roy, who founded the very popular 140-member group of musicians known as Fiddle-icious!

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ME: La Kermesse Franco-Américaine Heritage Festival

📅: June 23-26, 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Heritage Festival finally returns! La Kermesse has been a long-standing tradition in Biddeford since its inception in 1983. The 4-day festival includes a parade and field activities, such as live entertainment, rides, traditional Franco-American cuisine and more. Our Delegate, Mme Marie-Claude Francoeur, will be at the center of the June 24th celebrations! Venez nombreux!


CT: Québec Flag Raising Ceremony

📅: June 24, 2022

Join us at 9 a.m. at the Connecticut State Capitol for a Québec Flag Raising Ceremony in honor of French Canadian American Day. #DYK that Connecticut is the first state in America to officially recognize French-Canadian heritage? C'est ben l'fun, ça! 


MA: Québec Flag Raising Ceremony

📅: June 24, 2022

Join us at 12 p.m. at the Lawrence City Hall for a Québec Flag Raising Ceremony in honor of Québec's National Day. 


NH: Hockey Night in New Hampshire

📅: June 24, 2022

On June 24th, celebrate la St-Jean / fête nationale in style in the Franco-American Luxury Box! Join the Franco-American Center to celebrate Québec's favorite sport and all things New Hampshire Hockey with celebrity appearances from Max the Monarch, former NHLers Derek Bekar and Jeff Giuliano, and more.

The famed New Hampshire Fisher Cats will take on the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates). From an unobstructed vantage point, watch Franco-American of the Year, Tim Beaulieu, throw out the first pitch to start the game!


VT: French Heritage Day 

📅: June 26, 2022

Join us for French Heritage Day on Winooski Falls Way for music, activities, education, and of course the tourtière (meat pie) recipe contest!


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