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French cultural lunch with musical entertainment


Everyone is welcome to this luncheon with musical entertainment that celebrates diverse cultures.

The Franco Center presents its Noon Tunes live musical entertainment at its quarterly La Rencontre luncheon Thursday, June 20. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for socializing. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. followed by featured musical artists Phil House and Kathy Haley.

This event is open to everyone and is meant for the community to connect with each other and with their neighbors of diverse cultures, languages, and backgrounds.

Phil House has been playing organ at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, at weddings at the All Souls Chapel at the Poland Spring Resort, and many other venues for more than 35 years. House has shared the stage for about 33 years with good friend Kathy Haley of Danville.

House self-taught himself to play piano at age 5. By 12 years old he was the organist for the Bryant Pond Baptist Church. He’s played professionally in Nashville, Tennessee, nightclubs at night, church during the day, for more than a decade. When he moved back to Maine, he played piano in Graziano’s lounge until he found a church that needed his talents. He stays busy playing at other venues including senior community living centers.

Haley began performing early as a church organist, pianist and folk singer. For decades, Haley was one of the lead singers with the Top 40 dance band Good and Plenty and the vocal group The Girls of LA. Currently she performs with My Mother’s Daughter. She is the accompanist for the Edward Little High School and Auburn Middle School choral groups. Haley’s main role is organist/choir director at the Court Street Baptist Church of Auburn.

Tickets are $17 and include the meal and entertainment. All seats are reserved. Tickets must be purchased by noon Monday, June 17, 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. Season underwriter: Maple Way Dental. Media sponsors: Turner Publishing; Sun Journal; Uncle Andy’s Digest; Bennett Radio Group; WIGY 105.5/95.7; WOXO 92.7/100.7.

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