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French cultural luncheon with musical entertainment March 7


Diverse cultures come together to socialize, have lunch, and listen to live musical entertainment.

The Franco Center presents its Noon Tunes live musical entertainment at its quarterly La Rencontre luncheon Thursday, March 7. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for socializing. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. followed by featured musical entertainment by Present Company.

Diverse cultures, performing arts, and languages come together at the Franco Center during La Rencontre (the gathering). Traditionally, in Franco culture, big celebratory meals included live music provided by members of the family and their neighbors. Many families made sure their kids each learned to play an instrument to entertain at such gatherings — and so, accordingly, the Franco Center invites local musicians to provide live music for its guests.

After lunch, Present Company will provide the entertainment. Members of this trio are three Franco-American cousins from Lewiston — Lorna Jollymore, Diane Meservier and Margaret Dix. They have been performing together in public as Present Company for 35 years. Their singing will be accompanied by Jollymore on the keyboards.

Tickets are $17 and include the meal and entertainment. All seats are reserved. Tickets must be purchased by noon Monday, March 4, so we can plan the number of meals to prepare. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Call the box office at 207-689-2000 or visit between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Purchase online at

La Rencontre series is sponsored by FACE Foundation, TV5 Monde, and the Quebec Delegation Boston.

The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Parking is in the Oxford Street mill lot. Handicap access in on the Lincoln St. Side of the building.

Doors and cash bar open at 10:30 AM. Lunch is at 11:30 AM. Musical entertainment is after lunch.

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