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La Rencontre scheduled for Sept. 8
September 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm$15
La Rencontre luncheon to feature local musicians
LEWISTON–The La Rencontre luncheon at the Franco Center will feature local musicians Nel Meservier, Bob Mathieu, and Fernande Caron Cyr. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.
After socializing, lunch will be served followed by entertainment. Lunch will consist of pot roast, potatoes, a vegetable, roll/bread, and apple crisp for dessert.
Meservier, a lifelong resident of the Lewiston-Auburn area, comes from a musical family. Between his brother, nephews, and nieces, at one time various family members were in a total of seven bands playing everything from rock and roll to folk music to French music. Meservier, who plays keyboard, has been performing since the age of 15. He has been a volunteer at the Franco Center since it was established in 2000.
Mathieu is a Lewiston native who has performed in local bands including playing bass with the original Royal Knights. He has also performed with The Fascinations and is a long-time member of the Holy Family choir. He has performed with the Lewiston-Auburn Little Community Theater. He has entertained at previous La Rencontre luncheons and continues to perform at local nursing homes.
Cyr has been singing all her life including the glee club while attending St. Dom’s High School, with Little Community Theater, in the choir at St. Phillips Church in Auburn, and at funerals. She has performed at the Franco Center in the past with her nephew, pianist Paul Caron and will be performing at this La Rencontre event with Paul’s uncle, Nel Meservier.
Elaine Roop, Franco Center board president, said, “We are very fortunate to have our French cultural programs such as La Rencontre supported by FACE Foundation, TV5 Monde, and the Quebec Delegation. French culture is a big part of Lewiston’s and Auburn’s cultural heritage.”
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased by noon Tuesday, Sept. 6. Parking is in the mill lot. Handicap access is via Lincoln St. Alley.
Other La Rencontre events will be held on Dec. 8, 2022; March 9, 2023; and June 22, 2023.