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Date
Sunday December 7th, 2014
Time
4:00pm

WHAT

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A Celebration of Old French Détroit with Bill Loomis and Encore Détroit

Sunday, Dec 7, 2014, 4:00 PM

St Annes Detroit
1000 Sainte Anne St Detroit, MI

53 Members Attending

We have partnered with Encore Détroit to throw a cross-border party to celebrate the heritage of the French Detroit River Region with a history lecture, live music, traditional dinner, a tour of Ste. Anne’s Church and a cash bar.Détroit is the French word for strait. From the Palace of Versailles to Quebec and Mackinac, the French were so impress…

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Donation: $25

We have partnered with Encore Détroit to throw a cross-border party to celebrate the heritage of the French Detroit River Region with a history lecture, live music, traditional dinner, a tour of Ste. Anne’s Church and a cash bar.

Détroit is the French word for strait. From the Palace of Versailles to Quebec and Mackinac, the French were so impressed with the freshwater strait linking Lake Huron to Lake Erie that they called it simply The Strait. Le Détroit. The French put Detroit on the map in the 1600s. Let’s celebrate 313 years of French history and culture in the 313 (and 519)!

Proceeds will benefit Alliance Française and the restoration funds of our region’s two historic French, Native American and First Nations churches: Sainte Anne de Détroit and Our Lady of Assumption Church in Windsor.

Read more: “Assumption Church’s historical twin in Detroit to help raise renovation funds” (that’s us!) http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/assumption-churchs-historical-twin-in-detroit-to-help-raise-renovation-funds.

• 4:00pm SHARP – Tour of historic Ste. Anne de Détroit Church.

• 5:00pm – Christmas Concert by the Francophone Chorale du Tricentainnaire de Windsor.

• 6:00pm – Traditional French Canadian la Tourtière dinner by La Place Concorde and a cash bar.

• 6:00pm – Lecture by Bill Loomis on early French Detroit.

Bill Loomis is the author of Detroit’s Delectable Past, Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Markets and numerous articles on social history in the Detroit News Online, Michigan History Magazine and more.

Ste. Anne’s parish was founded in 1701. The current church building was built in 1886 and is the final resting place of Detroit’s great civic leader Gabriel Richard. Ste. Anne’s is the oldest institution in the USA west of the Allegheny Mountains, the second oldest Catholic parish in the USA and the only Detroit institution that has operated continuously since the city’s founding 313 years ago.

Our Lady of Assumption Church in Windsor started in 1728 as a mission to the native Hurons. The land for the current church was donated by the Hurons. Assumption also ministered to the French-Canadians who settled the area. It became the centre of life in Sandwich, the first permanent European settlement in Canada west of Montreal.

La Chorale du Tricentainnaire de Windsor is a French language choral group started in 2001 to celebrate 300 years of life along the strait.

Encore Détroit is a joint activity of the Alliance Française de Détroit and AF/French Institute of Michigan.

La Place Concorde is the French Canadian cultural center in Windsor, led by Belgian chef, Didier Marotte.

Tickets are $25 per person. 12 years and under are only $10. Proceeds will benefit the restoration funds of Ste. Anne’s Church in Detroit, Assumption Church in Windsor and Alliance Française.

Read more about Windsor’s Assumption Church and this event in the Windsor Star: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/assumption-churchs-historical-twin-in-detroit-to-help-raise-renovation-funds.

WHERE

Location
Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church
Detroit, Ontario

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