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Franco-themed “Spring Fling” Saturday at LPL

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A native of Sainte-Félicité, Quebec, accordionist Normand Gagnon is one of many musicians who will play at the event.

A lively ensemble of instrumentalists ranging in age from 10 to 80 will provide the music for a festive, Franco-themed “Spring Fling” on Saturday, May 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall. Fashioned after the old-time Franco kitchen parties, the event will be a family affair with dancing and singing along to some traditional French Canadian “jigs-&-reels.” Admission to the event will be $3 for adults and just $1 for youngsters, including any full-time students up to age 22.

The musical ensemble for the event will feature fiddles, guitars, accordion, mandolin, banjo, spoons and more. Performers will include youth from the Maine Folque Co-op’s music program, backed up by a number of “seasoned” local musicians. Leading attendees in a variety of authentic French Canadian quadrilles and contra dances will be Cindy Larock, who will be assisted by graduates of a USM-LAC Senior College class she recently taught in Franco folk dancing.

Members of the popular Franco women’s choral group Les Troubadours will be on hand to entertain the audience with a few favorite chansons and, as a special bonus, those attending will be treated to a display of exquisite paper art creations crafted by students enrolled in another Senior College class taught by paper sculptor Karen Brooks.

The event is co-sponsored by LPL, Senior College, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Folque Co-Op. Tickets will be available at the door only. For more information, call 782-0386 or see www.MaineFolqueCo-op.com.

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