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2023 Rassemblement

April 21, 2023 - April 23, 2023

We have lots of fun events planned for our yearly gathering — we hope you join us!

All times in Eastern Standard Time. Zoom links and other information will be provided to registered attendees in advance of the event.

Friday, April 21, 2023
3:30pm: Talk in English (HYBRID) by Pierre Lavoie, author of MILLE APRÈS MILLE:
MILLE APRÈS MILLE tells the story of three famous artists — La Bolduc, Rudy Vallée and Jean Grimaldi — as well as that of the working-class families they entertained, for whom mobility was a means of subsistence and existence, even a culture and an identity. Pierre will be speaking in-person at the Franco American Centre.  The talk and discussion will be simultaneously broadcast over Zoom.
5:30pm: Pot-luck Dinner at the Franco American Centre. Bring something if you can, don’t worry if you can’t. There is always more than enough food.
7pm: Film Screening with popcorn and discussion (in-person, Orono)
After hearing Pierre speak to us about Rudy Vallée in the afternoon,  we’ll join together to watch Rudy Vallée in Palm Beach Story. The film is fun and even today gets a 97% on Rottentomatoes!
Saturday, April 22, 2023
9am-12pm: Sharing our work (HYBRID): We will establish this schedule once we get a better sense of who is planning on attending in person, who will be attending virtually, and who would like to share their work.  This event will be hybrid in some way or another, so please let us know if you want to present virtually or in person.
12pm-1pm: Lunch
2pm-3:30pm: Sharing our work (if needed) or if people prefer, a moderated discussion
4pm: Talk and concert (HYBRID) by Robert Sylvain:
As the keeper of songs in his generation, Robert inherited his Mémère’s cherished notebook of old Acadian ballads, which he has painstakingly researched for their historical sources, found the original melodies, translated and arranged the songs to present to new audiences as proof that Acadian culture still lives in Maine.
6pm: Dinner

7-9pm: Sing-a-long and jam (in-person, Orono)
Bring your instruments for a jam-session

Sunday, April 23, 2023
10am-12noon: Debrief and wrap-up (in-person, Orono)

Optional informal discussion to wrap-up the weekend, provide feedback, and say good-byes.

Sign up here


April 21, 2023
April 23, 2023


Franco-American Centre
Crossland Hall
Orono, 04469 United States
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