Mar 16, 2017


Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps at the Museum of Work & Culture

Category: News Room
Posted by: Craig

What: Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps at the Museum of Work & Culture

When: Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm

Where: Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 


Celebrating French-Canadian Culture With Music, Film, & RI Poutine Competition

(WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – The Museum of Work & Culture’s 18th annual Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps event will take place on Sunday, March 26, at 1:30pm, and will celebrate French-Canadian culture.


The day will include the MoWC’s eagerly anticipated Rhode Island poutine competition. Restaurants and food trucks from across the state will compete to find out who makes the best version of the traditional Québecois dish of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Participants include: Ciro’s Tavern on CherryClean PlateFederal Taphouse & KitchenSoulfull, and Friskie Fries.

In addition, Woonsocket-based Ravenous Brewery will be on hand to offer beer tastings, while Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery will provide samples of their curd cheese and pastries.


Additional entertainment will include performances by Franco-American singer and songwriter, Josée Vachon, 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.


There will also be a screening of Le gout d'un pays, a documentary film on maple sugaring


The day will conclude with the MoWC’s annual raffle, with a grand prize of a trip for two to Montreal.


Early registration tickets are available until March 17 for $15/adults and $8/children 12 and under. After March 17, tickets will be $20/adults and $10/children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling (401) 769-9675.


Event partners include: Food Trucks In, Rhode Island Monthly, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, and RI Food Fights.


This event is made possible in part by our generous sponsors: Délégation of Québec in Boston, the Consul General of Canada, Lepine Financial Advisors, Inc., Soucy Insurance Agency, Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Conway Tours, Bourget & Associates, and Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery; along with AAA Northeast, Woonsocket Rotary Club, and Northern RI Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. & Mrs. Julien Ayotte, Mrs. Trudy Lamoureux, Italian Workmen’s Club, Marcum LLP, The Valley Breeze, Esten & Richard Insurance, Nation Wide Construction, 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 MonthlyBest of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.


About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. 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.