Michigan French Canadian Heritage Week — Schedule of Events

Michigan French Canadian Heritage Week

September 28 — October 4, 2015


If you know of an event that is not listed here, please contact the editor James LaForest at fccagl@hotmail.com to make sure it gets added!

September 26
Monroe, Hellenberg Park
Saturday — Time TBA
THIS OLD MAISON Learn French Canadian building techniques & styles at Hellenberg Park in Monroe. For time contact the Monroe County Museums at 734-240-7780 or the River Raisin National Battlefield Park at 734-243-7136.

September 30
Hancock, Finnish American Heritage Center
Wednesday — 7pm to 9pm, $6 admission
COMMUNITY DANCE Dance to French-Canadian fiddle tunes and songs by the Thimbleberry Band. 435 Quincy.

September 30
Houghton, Portage Lake District Library

Wednesday — 10:15am
Children’s Storytime featuring French-Canadian stories and crafts. 58 Huron St, Houghton, MI.

September 30
Monroe, Monroe County Museum
Wedenesday — 7pm, Free admission
TROIS BUFFONS An evening of French Canadian music and storytelling (remember them from last year?!) A great family event from talented raconteurs!

October 1
Chassel, Chassell Heritage Center
Thursday — 7pm to 8pm, free admission, donations appreciated
CONCERT Enjoy lively fiddle tunes and step dancing by Emma and Susan Dlutkowski and French-Canadian folk and response songs by Maple Sugar Folk. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to view the exhibits, including one on local French-Canadian settlement. Check out sample tracks from the Dlutkowski Family’s CD, “Still Winter Here”: http://georgewright.org/stillwinterhere

October 1
Houghton, Portage Lake District Library

Thursday — 10:15am
Children’s Storytime featuring French-Canadian stories and crafts. 58 Huron St, Houghton, MI.

October 1
Monroe, Monroe County Museum
Thursday — 7pm, free admission
The Quebec Government Office in Chicago will be present Alexandre Belliard on Thursday, October 1st at 7 pm at the Monroe County Museum. The concert is free and open to the public.

October 2
Detroit, Detroit Historical Museum
Friday — 1pm to 2:30pm
LAND AND CENSUS RECORDS IN DETROIT DURING THE FRENCH REGIME Presentation by Gail Moreau-DesHarnais, Suzanne Boivin Sommerville, and Diane Wolford Sheppard will track land concessions from the time of Cadillac to the coming of British rule. Specific land contracts and the names of the owners will be mentioned, and maps contemporary to the different phases of land grants will be part of the visuals shown. The Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (north of the main branch of the Detroit Public Library and northwest of the Detroit Institute of Arts) For directions see: http://detroithistorical.org/

October 3
Houghton, Portage Lake District Library

Wednesday — 11am
Children’s Storytime featuring French-Canadian stories and crafts. 58 Huron St, Houghton, MI.

October 3
Lake Linden, Farmers Market, Lake Linden Park
Saturday — 11am to 1pm
MUSIC AT THE FARMERS MARKET Enjoy music at the Lake Linden Farmers Market, Lake Linden Park, M26, Lake Linden, MI. Maple Sugar Folk will be singing French-Canadian Folk Songs. Bring a blanket and enjoy the local goods and the music. Bad weather location: Lake Linden-Hubbell School Gym.

October 3
Marquette, Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center
Saturday — 1pm to 3pm, free admission
FRENCH CANADIAN FAMILY DAY Craft-making and genealogy workshops for the whole family

October 3
Monroe, Navarre-Anderson Trading Post
Saturday  — 1pm and 3pm, free admission
THE HUNT FOR LOUP GAROU AT THE TRADING POST Registration required; group space limited. Contact the Monroe County Museum to register at 734-240-7780.

October 3
Muskegon County, Lakeshore Museum Center, Michigan’s Heritage Park
Saturday — 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
GENOT PICOR Storyteller, musician, and dancer Genot Picor, will help us celebrate French Canadian Heritage Week at Michigan’s Heritage Park with three special presentations. Genot uses his talents to bring an interactive frontier history alive to audiences of all ages. VENUE: Michigan’s Heritage Park, 8637 N. Durham Rd Whitehall, MI

October 3
St. Ignace, Michilimackinac Historical Society
Saturday — 11:30am to 1pm, $12 donation
LUNCHEON Third Annual French Canadian Heritage Week Luncheon with Chicken and Glissants, Yellow Pea Soup, Assorted Breads, and Blueberry Cobbler. All proceeds will go to the Fort du Buade Complex.

Luncheon will be served at the Methodist Church, State Street, St. Ignace followed by a talk by James LaForest on three French Canadian “neighborhoods” in Northern Michigan, Vide Poche (St. Ignace), Little Canada (Cheboygan County) and Frenchtown (Onaway).

A limited number of handmade bowls by local artist Leon Ruder will be available for sale at the luncheon. For more information, see http://fortdebuade.com/ or call 906-643-6627 to reserve a spot or a bowl!

October 4
Marquette, Ore Dock Brewing Company

Sunday — 7pm, Admission: $10 adults/$5 students
BAND Beaumier Coffee House Series. French-Canadian Dance with the Québécois musical group, Les Poules à Colin. This dance is co-sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Co-op. For more information and videos of the group go to http://lespoulesacolin.com/

October 9
Marquette, Peter White Public Library CineArts Films
Friday — 7pm
UN RÊVE AMÉRICAIN In this film, Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille introduces us to the extraordinary history of the millions of people in the United States of French Canadian heritage. Driving from New York to Los Angeles, winding his way through New England, Michigan, the Midwest and the legendary Far West he uncovers a paradoxical, almost imaginary society dissolved into American life but still very much alive. During his travels he meets all kinds of engaging people and visits many places steeped in memory, and we begin to understand a multifaceted diaspora three centuries old and more than 11 million strong – more people of French Canadian descent than in all of Canada. This 2013, 92-minute film will be presented in its original French version with English subtitles. Event Cosponsored by the Beaumier Heritage Center, to be shown at the Peter White Public Library.

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