Franco-American Week Events Coming Up

Flag-raising ceremony at City Hall (web photos courtesy of Jennifer Myers)

Thurs. June 27, 6 pm

Club Lafayette, 465 Fletcher St, Lowell

Learn How to Quadrille. Take a dance lesson from Rita Paquin. Free and open to everyone of any age. No partner needed.

Fri., June 28, 6.30 pm

Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Parish Hall, 1340 Lakeview Ave, Dracut (former Ste. Therese’s)

Family Bingo Night in French. Sponsored by Royal Arcanum ACA and Club Richelieu of Lowell.  1 card, $2; 3 cards, $5. Open to all.

Sat., June 29, 6 to 8 pm

Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway, Lowell

Soiree Franco-Ame’ricaine. La Famille LeBlanc from Livermore, Maine, will perform music that Franco Americans love. Includes a raffle drawing. Free and open to the public.

Sun., June 30, 2 pm

St. Rita’s Parish Hall, 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell

Old-Fashioned Game Party. Sponsored by Royal Arcanum ACA. Bring your own deck of cards or games and friends to play. There will be a Door Prize and a prize for the winner at each table. Free and open to the public.

Earlier in the week, activities included a French Mass at Ste. Marguerite d’Youville, a pancake breakfast, the awarding of the Franco American of the Year, a talk about Cajuns and Franco Americans by UMass Lowell Prof. Carole Salmon, a memorial ceremony at the Little Canada Monument on Aiken St and a raising of the Quebec and Canadian flags at City Hall, Vespers prayer service in honor of St. Jean Baptiste at the Lady of Our Lourdes Grotto behind the Franco American School, a Quebecois film festival at St. Rita’s Parish Hall, and a Ham and Bean Supper at Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Parish Hall.

Former Mayor of Lowell Armand W. LeMay singing “O, Canada,” the national anthem of our northern neighbor, the  music of which was written by one-time Lowell resident and esteemed music composer Calixa Lavallee (photo courtesy of Jennifer Myers). Behind Mr. LeMay is current Mayor, Patrick O. Murphy.