Monday, March 10, 2014
Juliana L’Heureux is a freelance writer whose articles about Maine’s Franco-American history and culture have appeared in Portland newspapers for 25 years. She serves on the Maine Franco-American Leadership Council.
Juliana and her husband Richard live in Topsham ME. Feel free to contact her at Juliana@mainewriter.com.
Franco-Americans are quickly learning to connect using social media sites. This networking is long overdue. As a matter of fact, during our travels my husband and I enjoy outside of
“There are no French people around here”, is a curious verbatim comment we’ve heard from locals in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in Muskegon, Michigan and in Baltimore Maryland, to name just a few places. Now there’s a website https:// frenchadvocacy.wikispaces.com for educators and others to use, where information is available to change this wrong minded perception.
Just take a look at this map from the website to view where the French in
“Longfellow Days” is celebrated in
Longfellow is an important writer for Franco-Americans and French Acadians, who know him as the author of “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie”. This globally famous epic poem published in 1847, depicts the emotional trauma about “le grand derangement”, or “the great upheaval”, when the British forcibly expelled the Acadians from
“Evangeline” is a fictional heroine whose name is a metaphor for the 1755 French Acadian “le grand derangement”. Although the heroine’s sad journey didn’t pass through
Francoise Paradis, of Buxton and a native of the
A book reading by the entertainingly creative
Poulin entertained the audience by reading stories about how to be a balanced person who enjoys life, from the perspective of her character, Ida LeClair. Her common sense advice and comically expressed words of wisdom are portrayed with an authentic
Poulin created her female wit and font of
Subsequently, a Skype discussion with
Beanlands led the Thibodeau dig last summer on property owned by the Shaw family for seven generations. Their ancestors farmed the property as “planters”, who came to
Raconteurs are entertainers who tell stories with skill, music and wit. It's a word derived from the French, "raconter", meaning to tell.
Maine's Franco-American raconteur is Michael Parent, of Portland.
Parent began his raconteur career in 1977, when be combined his professional teaching experience with his talents for singing and storytelling. His Franco-American heritage provided him with the knowledge of songs and stories he learned growing up in
Upcoming presentations he’s scheduled to perform are at 4