Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18
The Little City of Vergennes is preparing for its popular, annual summer events-Frecnh heritage Days. The event is sponsored in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The event is organized by the Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. All public restrooms are located in back of the downtown park and in the Vergennes Opera House.
Friday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
•"Veill e" in Vergennes Opera House (VOH) Friday with traditional French Canadian supper, serving 6-7 p.m., and featuring Pete and Karen Sutherland with Jeremiah McLane and a Quebec step-dancer/caller/instructor who promise a lively evening of dance with instruction and song.
Full cash bar available with French wine and beer.
Tickets available at Addison Outfitters and Linda's Apparel and Gifts in Vergennes or by phone, mail or e-mail.
See below to pre-order and for citywide ticket discounts.
Saturday, July 18, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
•7:00-10:30 French Toast breakfast at Vergennes Fire Station
•10:00-10:30 Opening Ceremonies at the bandstand with U.S. flag raising, city band, speeches.
•10:00-6:00 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Lois McClure Schooner- public boarding at the docks on Otter Creek. The Lois McClure will be in Vergennes July16-19 and open for public boarding 10:00-6:00
•10:00- 4:00 City Park:
Traditional craft demonstrations, Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society, re-enactors-French Soldiers, Comte de Vergennes, Samuel de Champlain. Children's educational activities, coloring table, hat making, games, marching drill, bubbles, stories. French language groups: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Les Boulangers and Brandon French Group. Exhibits including the Addison County Sugarmakers. Several of the exhibits will be "hands on".
Fencing demonstrations on the green by members of the Vermont Fencing Alliance (in afternoon).
Les Troupes de La Pointe a la Chevelure (Crown Point Troops) 1755 French Reenactors.
Green Mountain Fly wheelers Antique Gas & Steam Engine Club.
Buttons on sale for admission to Vergennes Opera House (VOH) performances from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) booth until 2:00-$15. At VOH door tickets will be $20 (citywide button discounts listed below).
Book Signing with Margaret Langford, translator of Un Revenant/One Came Back and L'Innocente Victime/The Innocent Victim at the Alliance Francaise booth .
•10:30 Bixby Library-Quadricentennial display, speaker TBA, birch bark canoe.
•10:30-11:00 Samuel de Champlain - historical interpretation told in 1st person using historical maps, trade goods, and navigational equipment to interact with people of all ages by aactor Don Thompson.
•10:30-noon Homemade ice cream-come help churn it! Sponsored by Monument Farms Dairy and Mel Simmon.
•11:00-11:45 Mark Sustic Group TBA at the bandstand.
•11:00-4:00 Vergennes Lions Club Silent Auction at 235 Main St. (next to everyWear): 40-plus framed mirrors, transformed.
•11:00 - 2:00 Horse and carriage rides by Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm-Free.
•11:45 Box Lunch Auction at Bandstand-highest bidders will eat lunch at noon with Samuel de Champlain, Comte de Vergennes, Captain of the Lois McClure, lunches provided by 3 Squares Caf .
•Noon-12:30 French response songs with Prof. Barenbaum, Les Boulangers and Alliance Francaise-Venez chanter avec nous.
•12:30-1:30 Bixby Library - 333 Vergennes residents ideas about how to improve their city in the Art of Action work, presented by the artist, Annemie Curlin.
•12:30 Strolling Fiddler and Accordionist, Quebecois style.Lausanne LaBombarde and Rick Ceballos.
•12:45-1:00 Les Troupes de La Pointe a la Chevelure (1755 Crown Point Troops) drill.
•1:00-4:00 St. Peter Catholic Church and Religious Store open-attendant will answer questions about church built by French Canadians with doors built by Joseph Falardos' mill by Otter Creek Falls.
•1:00-1:45 Roger Perrault and Friend-fiddle and guitar at the bandstand.
•1:00-1:30 New England Ballet Conservatory mostly children performing a French regional dance, French baroque dance and an Indian style dance w/possibility of dances illustrating different aspects of Samuel de Champlain's life at VOH.
•1:00-2:30 Otter Creek boat tour on Carillon Cruises- www.carilloncruises.com or 897-5331. $14 & $10.
•1:30 Walking Tour with Bill Thiess, narrated in French and English. Meet at white tent on Park Street. Free.
•1:30-2:30 One for all and all for one! Fencing demonstration by Vermont Fencing Alliance in back of park.
•2:00-3:00 Story Teller Marylyn Peringer is Canadian legend who is best known for her bilingual presentations of French-Canadian folktales and legends full of fanciful creatures, adventure and danger (see news story in Eagle this week) For all ages. Free. Opera House.
•1:45 Strolling Fiddler and Accordionist-Quebecois Style! Lausanne LaBombarde & Rick Ceballos - Bandstand
•2:30 Bastille Day Waiter's Races, professional waiters, amateur adult waiters, and children waiters. Sponsored by the Black Sheep Bistro (street in front of information booth).
•3:00 Join in a Children's Drill taught by les Troupes de la Pointe a la Chevelure.
•3:00-3:45 Erik & Ericka Andru, fiddle and accordion at the bandstand.
•3:15-4:15 Green Mountain Cloggers performance, workshop. Free at Opera House
•3:30 Strolling Fiddler & Accordionist-Quebecois Style. Lausanne LaBombarde & Rick Ceballos.
•5:00 French language mass at St. Peter Catholic Church at corner of King and Green Streets.
Vergennes Opera House performances -Saturday evening
•6:30 Les Bottes Sauvage musicians from Quebec.
•7:30 Va-et-Vient. See www.vaetvient.net.
•8:30 La Famille Roy-C t - musicians from Quebec.
Admission Tickets, Buttons for VOH Performances, Discounts:
•Button for admission to all 3 Saturday evening performances (listed above) - prior to event $15 (at door $20) Pre-order buttons: $16.
•"Veille " tickets for Friday evening: $35 for 2, Pre-order: $21 ea. or $36 for 2 includes S/H. Order by phone: 800-733-8376 or 388-7951, E-mail: email@example.com, Mail: VACC, POB 335, Vergennes 05491.
•Button & Ticket Discounts: Present your button or ticket on July 17 or 18 to businesses displaying the "button logo" to receive a discount.
•Participating businesses: 3 Squares Caf : 10 percent discount, Addison Outfitters: 20 percent off regular priced items; take an additional 10 percent off all sale items, Classic Stitching: 25 percent off retail merchandise, Clock Shop: save 25 percent on clock repairs until Oct. 17, Daily Chocolate: 10 percent off, everyWEAR for everybody: 20 percent off summer wear. Linda's Apparel: 20 percent off summer wear; take an additional 10 percent off sale items July 17-18, Vergennes Glass: 30 percentoff screening until Aug. 1.
•Share your favorite French recipes so we can make a cookbook. This will be one of our fundraisers to help ensure the continuation of French Heritage Days which will help to keep the French culture alive! Mail your typed recipe and its origin or meaning to you to: Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, POB 335, Vergennes 05491 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors: Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Addison Outfitters, American Legion, Black Sheep Bistro, City of Vergennes, Classic Stitching, EveryWEAR, Gaines Insurance Agency, Good Companion Bakery, Jackman Fuels, Inc., Linda's Apparel and Gifts, Mel Simmons, Merchants Bank, National Bank of Middlebury, Neat Repeats Resale Shop, Roland's Place, Smart Communication, Inc., 3 Squares Caf , Tim Hodson, Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, VHB Pioneer.