What: Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps at the Museum of Work & Culture
When: Sunday, March 24, 1:30pm
Where: Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I.
Admission: $20 for adults and $10 for children; children under 3 are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at ShopMoWC.com or by calling (401) 769-9675.
Celebrating Franco-American Culture With Music, Film, & RI Poutine Competition
(WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – The Museum of Work & Culture’s 20th annual Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps event will take place on Sunday, March 24, at 1:30pm, and will celebrate Franco-American culture.
The day will include the MoWC’s eagerly anticipated 3rd Annual Poutine Indulgence. Restaurants and food trucks from across the state will offer their take on the traditional Québecois dish of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Last year’s champion, Friskie Fries of Providence, as well as past Fan Favorites, Ciro’s Tavern of Woonsocket and Adeline’s Speakeasy Kitchen Bar of Cumberland, will be returning, along with past competitor Red Stripe of East Greenwich and new participants Dan’s Place of Coventry and Bywater of Warren. Woonsocket-based Ravenous Brewery will also be on hand to offer beer tastings.
Additional entertainment will include performances by Franco-American singer and songwriter, Josée Vachon and fiddler Daniel Boucher, who will offer concerts at 1:30pm and 3pm. Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folk songs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions. Growing up in a Québécois musical family, Boucher is a master fiddle teacher, collecting traditional Québecois songs and composing his own pieces inspired by his time in La Belle Province.
There will also be vignette performances of Mill Girls by Jump! Dance Company and a screening of God Save Justin Trudeau, a Québecois documentary film following two political pugilists during their training up until the night of a boxing match that will change their destiny forever. The day will also include pastries provided by Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery.
The day will conclude with the MoWCs annual raffle, with a grand prize of a trip for two to Montreal donated by Conway Tours.
Tickets remain for Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps: Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children; children under 3 are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at ShopMoWC.com or by calling (401) 769-9675.
Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps is made possible in part by the event’s generous sponsors: Délégation of Québec in Boston, The Brickle Group, Conway Tours, and Lepine Financial Advisors, Inc.; along with Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery, Bourget & Bourget Associates, Villa at Saint Antoine, Soucy Insurance Agency, the Consul General of Canada; and DpArchitect, Esten & Richard Insurance, Mrs. Trudy Lamoureux, Rotary Club of Woonsocket, The Friendly Home, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Esten & Richard Agency, Inc., Walsh, Brule, & Nault, and Lil’ General Convenience Store.
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About the Museum of Work & Culture
The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It recently received a Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.
About the Rhode Island Historical Society
Founded in 1822, the RIHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book, and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.