The Sault Ste. Marie Francophone Centre is holding a three day festival starting Saturday, September 23. The Franco-Ontarian festival draws a big crowd and offers a festive occasion for families and friends to enjoy and celebrate the Franco-Ontarian culture.
Everyone is invited to join in the weekend festivities. Saturday, September 23 take part in the Fall Rendezvous at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. The event will run from 10-4p.m. and is by donation. Learn more about the history of Francophones in Sault Ste. Marie.
On Sunday, September 24 join in for a French Canadian inspired dinner at the Machine Shop as
you look back on the 40-year history of the Francophone centre. Ending the evening with a special concert by Le Groupe Swing. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $60 for members and $65 for non-members. Tickets for the concert are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Monday, September 25 is Franco-Ontarian Day , marking this day with a flag raising at City Hall. We will be raising the flag at 11a.m. and then proceeding to Clergue Park for more celebrations. The Franco-Ontarian flag was first raised on September 25, 1975, at Laurentian University. The flag became the province’s official symbol in 2001. In 2010, September 25 officially became Franco-Ontarian Day. “With this decision, the province demonstrated its support for the Franco-Ontarian community. Franco-Ontarian Day is an opportunity to recognize the cultural, historical, social, economic and political contributions of
the province’s Francophones. ” said Jessica D’Amour Torrance ,President of the Francophone Centre of Sault-Sainte-Marie in a release.