Bonjour! Faisons la Fête!

quebecA call out to all French-Canadians — The East Pawtucketville Neighborhood Group is planning big spring bash celebrating the neighborhood’s French-Canadian roots, but they need your help!

They are looking for French musicians and entertainers, as well as restaurants, markets and others who can share their knowledge of French food and culture.

The festival will take place Saturday May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gershlot (the parking lot at Gershom and University Ave).

There will be food, music, games and face painting, contests and prizes.

An important part of the day will be the telling and sharing of stories, stories of the city’s French-Canadian population.There will be a “Tell Your Story” booth, where a UMass Lowell class that is collecting ethnographic tales from older members of the neighborhood will record and document many of the stories of the area.cuar01_kerouac0708

There will also be an opportunity to share photos and hear some of the works of Lowell’s favorite French-Canadian, Jack Kerouac.

The French-Canadians began migrating to Lowell from the farmlands of Quebec in the 1870’s to find work in the mills; by 1895 there were 20,000 French-Canadians in Lowell. They settled mostly in Centralville, Pawtucketville and Little Canada.

Today the influence and flavor of those early immigrants is still apparent — from the Franco-American School to the creton at Cote’s Market.

“Today our neighborhood represents many different cultures and languages, and we would like newcomers to have the chance to learn about the roots of this neighborhood,” said Kristy Shockley, a UMass Lowell graduate student who has been working with the East Pawtucketville Neighborhood Group.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Judith Davidson and Nataliya Poto at


2 thoughts on “Bonjour! Faisons la Fête!

  1. I think it is great that you are celebrating the French-Canadian history in your area. However, the flags you have depicted above should be reversed. “the National Flag of Canada should be on the left of the observer facing the flags; the flagpole bearing the National Flag of Canada should be in front of the pole of the other flag”
    Also missing the word “to” between “migrating Lowel”.

  2. Hi Judith & Nataliya, Is thier antthing I could do to help tomorrow to setup? I did not need to go to Maine as I thought. If you need set up people I can do that. Just let Me know OK. alice MUSCOVITZ

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