Monday, September 28, 2015

Celebrate French-Canadian Heritage Week with dance, song, stories Sept. 30-Oct.3

Maple Sugar Folk will perform French Canadian folk and response songs on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Chassell Heritage Center as part of this week's French-Canadian Heritage Week. Here, led by musician/ vocalist Dave Bezotte, left, the group is pictured during a concert at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton last May. Singers include, from left, Barbara Lide, Nanno Rose (back row), Karin Schlenker, Marcia Goodrich (standing for a solo), Amanda Binoniemi, Barry Pegg, Elizabeth Murrell, Bill Francis and Janet Wieber. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

HANCOCK, CHASSELL, HOUGHTON -- French-Canadian Heritage will be celebrated this week with dance, music and stories. Here is the schedule:

DANCE: From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, dance to French-Canadian fiddle tunes and songs by the Thimbleberry Band (Oren Tikkanen, Libby Meyer, Matthew Durocher, and David Bezotte) with caller Jill VanderMeer at the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy, Hancock. $6 admission.

CONCERT: From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, enjoy lively fiddle tunes and step dancing by Emma and Susan Dlutkowski and French-Canadian folk and response songs lead by Maple Sugar Folk at the Chassell Heritage Center, 42373 Hancock Ave, Chassell. MI. Doors open at 6 p.m., so come early to view the exhibits. Free admission -- donations appreciated.

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME: at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 1, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Storytime will feature French-Canadian stories and crafts at the Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St., Houghton. Kids will take an imaginary journey from France to Canada, clap their hands to the rhythm of a recorded song sung in French, listen to stories about the north, learn how to count in French, make a voyageur canoe, and take home some maple sugar treats.

CANCELLATION of Oct. 3 event:  Since the Lake Linden Farmers Market ended on Sept. 26, the previously scheduled Oct. 3 musical performance for the market has been cancelled.

For more information, contact Dave Bezotte at or 906-482-4956.

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