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Take a stroll back in time at Vergennes French Heritage Days

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, 6-9 p.m.

"Veill e" in Vergennes Opera House with the serving of a traditional French Canadian supper (serving 6-7 p.m.).

Featuring Pete and 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 and Gifts in Vergennes or by telephone, mail or e-mail.

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

Note: Public restrooms are located in back of the park and in the Vergennes Opera House.

•7-10:30 a.m. French Toast plus more breakfast at Vergennes Fire Station

•10-10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies- at the bandstand with U.S. Flag raising, Vergennes City Band, and speeches

•10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Vergennes City Park:

Traditional craft demonstrations.

Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society will help trace your ancestry.

Reenactors portray French soldiers, the Comte de Vergennes, Samuel de Champlain, and other notables.

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: several exhibits are hands on.

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

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

Antique vehicle exhibit.

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. $15pp at VOH door

Buttons $20. Pre-order info with citywide button discounts.

10:30 a.m. Bixby Library-TBA

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

10:30 a.m.-noon. Homemade ice cream-come help churn. Sponsored by Monument Farms Dairy and Mel Simmons.

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