Sponsored in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts Organized by the Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce (a division of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce).
Friday, July 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
"Veill e" in Vergennes Opera House (VOH) Friday evening with traditional French Canadian supper (serving 6-7p.m.) and featuring Pete & Karen Sutherland with Jeremiah McLane and Pierre Chartrand, a Quebec step-dancer/caller/instructor who promise a lively evening of dance with instruction and song! Cash bar available with French wine and beer. Tickets $35 per couple, $20 pp are available at Addison Outfitters and Linda's Apparel & Gifts in Vergennes or by phone, mail or email. See below to pre-order and for City-wide ticket discounts.
Saturday, July 10, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Bathrooms in back of park and in the Vergennes Opera House.
7:00-10:30 French Toast plus more breakfast at Vergennes Fire Station.
10:00-10:30 Opening Ceremonies-Bandstand-Flag raising, City Band, speeches.
10:00- 4:00 City Park:
Traditional craft demonstrations.
Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society
Reenactors-French soldiers, Comte de Vergennes, Samuel de Champlain, and more. Children's educational activities-coloring table, hat making, games, marching drill, bubbles French language groups: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Les Boulangers and Brandon French Group.
Exhibits-some exhibits are hands on.
Fencing demonstrations on the green by members of the Vermont Fencing Alliance-afternoon.
Green Mountain Fly wheelers Antique Gas and Steam Engine Club.
Buttons on sale for admission to Vergennes Opera House (VOH) performances (6:15-9:30 p.m.) at Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) booth until 2 p.m.-$15 pp. At VOH door Buttons will be $20. Pre-order info and citywide button discounts: Contact Chamber of Commerce or at the event.
10:30 Bixby Library-TBA.
10:30-11:00 Samuel de Champlain-historical interpretation told in first person using historical maps, trade goods, and navigational equipment to interact with people of all ages by Don Thompson.
10:30-Noon Homemade ice cream-come help churn. Sponsored by Monument Farms Dairy and Mel Simmons.
11:00-11:45 The Fiddleheads-a Mark Sustic Group-Bandstand.
11:00-4:00 "It's About Time"- Vergennes Lions Club Clock Auction (clocks painted by local artists).
10:00-1:00 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 - lunches provided by 3 Squares Caf
Noon-12:30 French response songs (Bandstand)-Prof. Simon Barenbaum, Les Boulangers and Alliance Francaise-Venez chanter avec nous!
1:00 Jacqueline Lefebvre and Ga tan Morissette-musical duo from Montreal and Quebec (Bandstand).
1:30 Walking Tour with Bill Thiess, narrated in French & English-meet at white tent (Silent Auction) on Park Street-Free.
2:00-2:30 Matt Bean - Vermont fiddler-Bandstand.
1:30-2:30 Fencing demonstration by Vermont Fencing Alliance in back of park.
2:30 Bastille Day Waiter's Races-amateur adult waiters and children waiters (North Green Street in front of Information Booth).
3:00 - 3:45 Erik and Ericka Andrus - Fiddle and accordion-Bandstand.
3:15-4:15 Vergennes Opera House-free-Green Mountain Cloggers (Traditional Appalachian dancing, with foot rhythms and toe tapping energy performed by a local Chittenden and Addison County troupe) and Celtic Heather (dancers of all ages from across northern Vermont perform traditional and contemporary Scottish Highland & Irish figure dances led by instructor Heather Morris) performance and workshop.
4:00 St. Peter's Catholic Church (corner of Maple and King St.) will be open for visitation at 4 p.m., prior to the 5 p.m. mass said in English (church built by French Canadians with doors, etc. from Joseph Falardo's mill by Otter Creek Falls).
Vergennes Opera House performances-Saturday evening.
Buttons must be purchased for admission.
6:15 Les Ruine-Bottines -trio from Quebec. 7:15 Va-et-Vient-local Franco-American group.
8:00 Enjoy complimentary dessert.
8:30 Les Familles Roy-C t -3 generation family from Quebec-fiddling. Step-dancing, singing.
9:00-11:45 Lighting of the Vergennes Falls. Viewing from Falls Park off Mechanic St. or the docks on MacDonough Drive.