2016 Michigan French Canadian Heritage Week Schedule

4th Annual
French Canadian Heritage Week

September 26 — October 2, 2016
Schedule of Events

THIS SCHEDULE WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW EVENTS ARE MADE KNOWN TO THE EDITOR. THANK YOU AND PLEASE CHECK BACK!

Wednesday, September 21, LANSING
Michigan State Capitol. Introduction of Annual Resolution.
11 a.m. 2 p.m. Presentation on current trade connections with the Province of Quebec provided by the Quebec Government Office in Chicago. Lunch provided and the public is welcome. Contact the office of Representative Bill LaVoy for further information at SJames@house.mi.gov.

Saturday, September 24, LAKE LINDEN
Maple Sugar Folk band. 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Music at Lake Linden Farmers Market (market is open 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Lake Linden Park, M26, Lake Linden, MI – Maple Sugar Folk band singing traditional French-Canadian folk songs. Bring a blanket and enjoy the goods and the music.

Saturday, September 24, HOUGHTON
Children’s Storytime.11:00 a.m. at Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St., French-Canadian stories and crafts.

Sunday, September 25, MONROE
Second Annual French Canadian Descendants Reunion.

River Raisin National Battlefield Park.
Kick off French Canadian Heritage Week with the  Noon – 4 p.m., rain or shine! Free admission. This is a gathering for everyone to share family stories, genealogy, family trees, traditions, recipes, presentations and displays. Entertainment provided at 2:30 with Genot Picor and the Trois Bouffons. Also, meet Representative Bill LaVoy, sponsor of the Heritage Week Resolution. RSVP is encouraged for this event to ensure enough tableware and water. Please contact Sandy Vanisacker by email at sandyleevan@hotmail.com or svanisacker@yahoo.com, or call the Battlefield office at 734-243-7136.

Tuesday, September 27, ANN ARBOR
Catherine Cangany: “Detroit: Early American’s Frontier Seaport”, 4 p.m. Catherine Cangany, Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will explore the history of Detroit as both a frontier town and seaport city in the 18th century. She is the author of Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt, which relies on archival materials from the collections of the William L. Clements Library. Frontier Seaport will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, September 28, HOUGHTON
Children’s Storytime.
10:15 a.m. at Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St., French-Canadian stories and crafts.

Wednesday, September 28, HANCOCK
Dance at the Finnish American Heritage Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 435 Quincy, Hancock, MI. Celebrate Finlandia University’s Festival Ruska and Michigan’s French-Canadian Heritage Week by dancing to Finnish and French-Canadian music by the Thimbleberry Band: folk dances, waltzes, schottisches, polkas and other favorites. $6 admission.

Wednesday, September 28, NILES
“The French in North America/Les Francais en Amerique du Nord–An Enduring Presence” exhibit opening and roundtable discussion, with introductory remarks by Dr. Michael Nassaney. Niles History Center, Chapin Mansion 508 E. Main Street Niles, MI 5:00-7:00 p.m. phone: 269-845-4054 http://www.nileshistorycenter.org

Wednesday, September 28, NILES
French-Canadian Supper Club, Olfactory Hue Bistro, 226 E Main St, Niles, MI 49120 (269) 687-0880 Reservations Required, $20/person.

Thursday, September 29, HOUGHTON
Children’s Storytime.
10:15 a.m. at Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St., French-Canadian stories and crafts.

Thursday, September 29, CHASSELL
Concert at the Chassell Heritage Center
. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 42373 Hancock Ave. Lively fiddle tunes and step dancing by Emma and Susan Dlutkowski and French-Canadian folk and response songs lead by Maple Sugar Folk.  Doors open at 6 p.m., so come early to view the exhibits. Free admission – donations appreciated.

Thursday, September 29, MONROE
Concert: Monroe County Museum, 126 South Monroe Street 7 p.m., for the third year in a row we will be hosting Trois Buoffons. This family friendly trio of storytellers and musicians always provides an enjoyable evening of music, dance, and tales from the French Canadian tradition. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Friday, September 30, MONROE
Film La Gang des Hors-La-Loi (The Outlaw League): Monroe County Museum, 126 South Monroe Street 7 p.m. Since the beginning of French Canadian Heritage Week in Michigan just four years ago, the Quebec Government Office in Chicago has been an incredible supporter, providing southeastern Michigan with unique programs each year. This year, they will be presenting the award winning comedic film La Gang des Hors-La-Loi (The Outlaw League) which tells the story of a group of children working to save their baseball field. It is in French with English subtitles and has a runtime of about 90 minutes. This event will be taking place at the Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Saturday, October 1, DETROIT
Detroit Historical Museum
. Noon: Diane Wolford Sheppard – “French Detroit’s History and Culture and their Impact on Detroit’s Founding Families”; 1:00 p.m.: Karen Marrero, Ph.D. – “Angélique’s World: Marriage, Family, and Regime Change in Old Detroit”; 2:00 p.m.: Jay Gitlin, Ph.D – “The Last Time We Saw Paris: The Franco-American Bicentenary Committee of 1901, Cadillac’s Chair, and the Forgotten Past of Le Détroit”; 3:00 p.m.: music and dancing with Genot Picor and les Trois Bouffons

Saturday, October 1, MARQUETTE
Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University.
10:30 a.m. – Presentation on the French colonial and fur trade era by historian Timothy Kent; 12 – 4 p.m. – Fur Trade demonstrations by Timothy Kent;   1 – 2:30 p.m. — French-Canadian folk music by the Maple Sugar Folk band and Dlutkowski Sisters. In addition there will be a wooden canoe display courtesy of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association.

The featured presenter, Timothy Kent, is a scholar, lecturer, and author on fur trade and voyageur history. He and his family paddled the 3,000 mile mainline canoe route across North America, and he has spent decades researching and replicating the main articles of Native daily life and the primary French trade goods. His books include the encyclopedic work, Ft. Ponchartrain at Detroit and many others.

Saturday, October 1, MONROE
“Hunt for the Loup Garou” Monroe County Museum’s Territorial Park, 3815 North Custer Road. 1 p.m. We will team up and follow the clues leading to the hiding place of the that notorious French werewolf – Loup Garou. Hopefully we’ll catch him before he catches us! The hunt begins promptly at the Martha Barker Country Store Exhibit located inside Papermill School. This program is free but we are requesting that potential attendees register by giving us a call at 734.240.7780 or send an email to history@monroemi.org. Light refreshments will be available.

Sunday, October 2, LAKE LINDEN
St. Joseph’s Church
. 3:00 p.m. Organ recital by Father Corbin Eddy at St. Joseph’s Church, 701 Calumet St., Lake Linden, MI.  This recital will be performed on the Quebec made-Casavant Frères pipe organ, the recital will feature organ compositions by French-Canadian and French composers and will include vocal soloists and Gregorian Chant. There will be no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. For further information contact David Bezotte at dbezotte@yahoo.com or 906-370-4956.

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