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Arts, history, music and more at Vergennes French Heritage Days

Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18

The Little City of Vergennes is preparing for its popular, annual summer events-Frecnh heritage Days. The event is sponsored in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is organized by the Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. All public restrooms are located in back of the downtown park and in the Vergennes Opera House.

Friday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.

•"Veill e" in Vergennes Opera House (VOH) Friday with traditional French Canadian supper, serving 6-7 p.m., and featuring Pete and Karen Sutherland with Jeremiah McLane and a Quebec step-dancer/caller/instructor who promise a lively evening of dance with instruction and song.

Full cash bar available with French wine and beer.

Tickets available at Addison Outfitters and Linda's Apparel and Gifts in Vergennes or by phone, mail or e-mail.

See below to pre-order and for citywide ticket discounts.

Saturday, July 18, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

•7:00-10:30 French Toast breakfast at Vergennes Fire Station

•9:30 Parade

•10:00-10:30 Opening Ceremonies at the bandstand with U.S. flag raising, city band, speeches.

•10:00-6:00 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Lois McClure Schooner- public boarding at the docks on Otter Creek. The Lois McClure will be in Vergennes July16-19 and open for public boarding 10:00-6:00

•10:00- 4:00 City Park:

Traditional craft demonstrations, Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society, re-enactors-French Soldiers, Comte de Vergennes, Samuel de Champlain. Children's educational activities, coloring table, hat making, games, marching drill, bubbles, stories. French language groups: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Les Boulangers and Brandon French Group. Exhibits including the Addison County Sugarmakers. Several of the exhibits will be "hands on".

Fencing demonstrations on the green by members of the Vermont Fencing Alliance (in afternoon).

Les Troupes de La Pointe a la Chevelure (Crown Point Troops) 1755 French Reenactors.

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