Chautauqua and Franco-Canadian / Métis Festival back from August 27 to 29

After a one-year hiatus, the Chautauqua and Franco-Canadian / Métis Festival returns to Old Crossing and Treaty Park near Huot, Minnesota. The festivities will begin on Friday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. with a picnic-sharing followed by a bonfire, singing by Don Schmitz and narration.

The Chautauqua and Franco-Canadian / Métis Festival will celebrate history, culture and camaraderie at Old Crossing and Treaty Park. The park is located on County Road 11, approximately 20 miles northeast of Crookston.

The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers will mark this year’s festival. The dancers will perform in the Big Top at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays August 28 and 29. The Manitoba group combines traditional Red River dances with modern hip-hop jigs.

Poitin, a band from the Fargo / Moorhead area, will entertain with a mix of Irish, Celtic, French-Canadian and Métis music. Poitin (pronounced pah-CHEEN) will perform on August 28 and 29 at 1 p.m.

Clitherall’s storyteller and author Jan Smith will be on stage at 2 p.m. on both days. His subjects will be “Midwives and early medical techniques”. Smith, a retired English and speech-language pathologist, has written and published eight books on the history of the Red River Valley and spends her time public speaking, storytelling, writing, and writing. cut out of paper.

Saturday will end with mass at 5 p.m.

Sunday, at 12:30 pm, the President of AFRAN, Virgil Benoit, will welcome you.

Throughout the weekend, artists and artisans will present demonstrations of woodworking, carving and broom making, as well as activities for children. Food, including French Festival specialties such as tourtière (meat pie) and clay oven bread, will be available. Silent auctions will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to all park events.

The annual event is sponsored by AFRAN (Association des Français du Nord). Visit www / French / CanadianAFRAM / org for more information on Chautauqua and the Festival or contact Virgil Benoit at 218-253-2270 or Jerry Amiot at 218-289 -8889.

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