Thursday April 25, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- "French around the world: une journée de la Francophonie" will take place at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m.

La Francophonie refers to the conglomeration of countries, principalities, islands and other places where French is spoken. La Francophonie encompasses a mix of cultures, music and foods based on a common language. The event is sponsored by The Grammar School in Putney and the American Association of Teachers of French of Western Massachusetts and Vermont.

The celebration will give people the opportunity to explore the many cultures linked by the French language, speak the language, discuss their ancestry or just share appreciation for the music, food and dance of the Francophone world.

The festivities will begin with Cajun music by the Li’l Orphans Cajun Trio at 3 p.m.

There will be music, dancing, and presentations by local schools. MC Abou Boukary, professor of French from Marlboro College, will host games for the public between sets by the band until 6 p.m.

Food will include items from Asta’s Swiss Restaurant, Malien food by Dienaba Macalou, Crêpes by Simon, Diabolo Menthes by Marie Françoise and desserts by Laurie.

From 7 to 10 p.m., the fun will continue with Québecois music and dancing by Keith Murphy (dance caller) and Becky Tracy (fiddle).

The suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family.

For more information about French Day at the River Garden, contact Johanna Gardner at johannagardner@gmail.com. For more information about The Grammar School, contact Phil Blood at 802-387-5364, ext. 105, or pblood@thegrammarschool.org.