The following events are taking place in Detroit, The Keewenaw Peninsula area, Marquette, Monroe, and St. Ignace for Michigan’s 5th Annual French Canadian and & Métis Heritage Week. If readers know of any events missing from this list, please send them to the editor and the list will be updated. Thank you!


September 23 (Saturday) Preview Event
14370372_676403819203532_4980916175040266710_n11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MUSIC AT LAKE LINDEN FARMERS MARKET, Lake Linden Park, M-26, Lake Linden. French-Canadian songs by Maple Sugar Folk and fiddling by Laura Shilling. Bring a blanket and enjoy the goods and the music. The market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

September 27 (Wednesday)
10:20 a.m. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME AT PORTAGE LAKE DISTRICT LIBRARY, 58 Huron, Houghton. French-Canadian stories and crafts.

7:00-9:00 p.m. DANCE AT THE FINNISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER, 435 Quincy, Hancock, MI. Celebrate French-Canadian Heritage Week and Finlandia University’s Festival Ruska by dancing to Finnish and French-Canadian music by the Thimbleberry Band: folk dances, waltzes, schottisches, polkas and other favorites. $6 admission.

September 28 (Thursday)
10:20 a.m. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME AT PORTAGE LAKE DISTRICT LIBRARY, 58 Huron, Houghton. French-Canadian stories and crafts.

7:00-8:00 p.m. AN INTER-GENERATIONAL ORAL HISTORY PROJECT AT THE CHASSELL HERITAGE CENTER, 42373 Hancock Ave, Chassell. Ruth Ryynanen discusses and seeks community input on Chassell’s involvement in the UP Digital History Initiative “Your Story” project, pairing youth with older adults to create digital histories. Free event — Donations welcome.

September 29 (Friday)
7:00 p.m. RECITAL AT THE KEWEENAW HERITAGE CENTER AT ST. ANNE’S, 5TH & Scott, Calumet. Music on the Barckhoff pipe organ by Organists of the Keweenaw and folk songs by Maple Sugar Folk. There will be no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be taken.

September 30 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME AT PORTAGE LAKE DISTRICT LIBRARY, 58 Huron, Houghton. French-Canadian stories and crafts.

For more information, contact Dave Bezotte at dbezotte@yahoo.com or 906-370-4956.


September 23 (Saturday)
Michilimackinac Historical Society Presents an evening of presentations, food and music, to be held at the Moose Lodge 2999 Mackinac Trail St. Ignace, MI
Presentations beginning at 4pm:

Jon Trembay, “I Don’t Excuse my French”: Our North American Language, then, now and Tomorrow.”

James LaForest, “A Metis Family in the Pays d’en Haut and Detroit River Region” (Previously published in the October 2016 issue of the Michigan Historical Review.)

Entertainment during dinner will be Genot Picor’s “French Canadian Veillee: Stories, Song, and Dances of our French Heritage.”

Cocktails and dinner begin at 5:30. Dinner will include roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad, rolls, berry pies. Tickets $35.00/person for members $45.00/person non-members. This Event will support the work of the Michilimackinac Historical Society and Fort du Buade.

RSVP to Erin Vanier by 9/18/17 at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or 906-643-6627.


September 27 (Wednesday)
7pm-8:30pm Trois Bouffons. As part of French Canadian Heritage Week we are pleased to host Trois Bouffons! Based out of Warren, Michigan, Trois Bouffons presents lively performances of music, community dance, and storytelling, so bring your dancing shoes for an authentic evening of entertainment from Michigan’s French Canadian era. Monroe Country Museum 126 S Monroe St, Monroe, Michigan 48161. Free Admission.

September 28 (Thursday)
7-8pm Celebrate French-Canadian Heritage Week by exploring a variety of topics such as clothing, building structure, surnames, and other sorts of material culture. Some things you may know, some you may not! Monroe County Museum, 126 S Monroe St, Monroe, Michigan 48161. Free Admission.

September 29 (Friday)
gout den pays7pm-9pm Our French-Canadian Heritage Week activities continue with a screening of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) 2016 People’s Choice Award winner: Le goût d’un pays.

“Is there a connection between making maple syrup and the essence of Québécois identity? This odd question takes an unexpected but entirely relevant turn in Le goût d’un pays. Centered on a poignant dialogue between Gilles Vigneault and Fred Pellerin, the film records the testimonials of amateur and professional producers, creating a tribute to one of our natural treasures. It is also a unique, positive reflection on the relationship between the people of Quebec and the land. There’s no cynical defeatism or idle navel-gazing here: Le goût d’un pays is a clarion call for an awakening of the Québécois people and their love for a land open to all and proud of its natural wealth.”

Running time: 102 minutes. French dialogue with English subtitles. Free Admission

September 30 (Saturday)
1-2pm Let’s team up and follow the clues leading to the hiding place of that notorious French werewolf – Loup Garou. Hopefully we’ll catch him before he catches us!

The hunt starts at the Martha Barker Country Store exhibit inside Papermill School. The program is free but registration is requested. Call 734.240.7780.



September 30 (Saturday) Detroit Historical Musuem
11 a.m. Diane Wolford Sheppard, of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, will speak about Michigan and Detroit maps and cartographers through 1760. Then Suzanne Boivin Sommerville, also of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, will join her to talk about how to research your own Genealogy.

2 p.m. Storytime with Nadine Robert, director of the publishing house Comme des Géants and author of Joseph Fipps and Le Puit, in partnership with the Quebec Government Office in Chicago.

3 p.m. Finish out the program with the musical group Trois Bouffons, which means “three street performers.” They will entertain the crowd at with traditional French-Canadian music, community dance and storytelling.

trois bouffons

5401 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202. Admission is FREE.


September 30 (Saturday)
French Canadian Walking Tour at 1 p.m., free and open to the public. As part of the State of Michigan’s official French Canadian Heritage Week, the Beaumier Center will be offering a French Canadian history walking tour of Marquette. Daniel Truckey, Director of the Beaumier Center and a fifth generation Marquette resident, will give this extensive walking tour of the city’s many French Canadian landmarks and neighborhoods.

The tour will begin at the corner of Fourth and Washington streets and the tour will be about 1.5 miles long with some short uphills and downhills. Make sure to bring sturdy walking shoes and also rain gear if necessary.

October 6 (Friday)
(film) Peter White Public Library 6pm
Affiche-QuébékoisieThe Beaumier Center is co-sponsoring this documentary as part of the CineArts Independent Film Series of the Peter White Public Library. The evening is set up as a bring-your-own-dinner, the library provides hot tea and cold water.
‘Mélanie and Olivier decided to cycle the North Shore of Quebec, Canada, to better understand the complex relationships that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Their encounters, both planned and spontaneous, include the surprising tale of an Innu man in search of his ancestors in Normandy, and the heart-wrenching story of the sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1990 Oka crisis.’ mofilms.ca/en/boutique/quebekoisie/ Free Admission.

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