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Vergennes French Heritage Days to be celebrated

Sponsored in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts Organized by the Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce (a division of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce).

Friday, July 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

"Veill e" in Vergennes Opera House (VOH) Friday evening with traditional French Canadian supper (serving 6-7p.m.) and featuring Pete & Karen Sutherland with Jeremiah McLane and Pierre Chartrand, a Quebec step-dancer/caller/instructor who promise a lively evening of dance with instruction and song! Cash bar available with French wine and beer. Tickets $35 per couple, $20 pp are available at Addison Outfitters and Linda's Apparel & Gifts in Vergennes or by phone, mail or email. See below to pre-order and for City-wide ticket discounts.

Saturday, July 10, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Bathrooms in back of park and in the Vergennes Opera House.

7:00-10:30 French Toast plus more breakfast at Vergennes Fire Station.

10:00-10:30 Opening Ceremonies-Bandstand-Flag raising, City Band, speeches.

10:00- 4:00 City Park:

Traditional craft demonstrations.

Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society

Reenactors-French soldiers, Comte de Vergennes, Samuel de Champlain, and more. Children's educational activities-coloring table, hat making, games, marching drill, bubbles French language groups: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Les Boulangers and Brandon French Group.

Exhibits-some exhibits are hands on.

Fencing demonstrations on the green by members of the Vermont Fencing Alliance-afternoon.

Antique vehicles.

Green Mountain Fly wheelers Antique Gas and Steam Engine Club.

Buttons on sale for admission to Vergennes Opera House (VOH) performances (6:15-9:30 p.m.) at Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) booth until 2 p.m.-$15 pp. At VOH door Buttons will be $20. Pre-order info and citywide button discounts: Contact Chamber of Commerce or at the event.

10:30 Bixby Library-TBA.

10:30-11:00 Samuel de Champlain-historical interpretation told in first person using historical maps, trade goods, and navigational equipment to interact with people of all ages by Don Thompson.

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