Thank You!

Just a few hours ago, the on-line fundraising campaign to support a DVD production of Piecework: When We Were French came to a close, and I’m delighted to report that we not only met, but exceeded, our original fundraising goal! In the end, 116 donors from across North America and beyond stepped forward to support … More Thank You!

Waking Up French

March is the International Month of Francophonie, celebrating French language and culture throughout the world. I wonder whether the very idea makes some Americans of French descent quake in their boots. Many Franco-Americans have, at best, an ambivalent relationship to the French language. During my research for Piecework: When We Were French, I spoke with … More Waking Up French

“Piecework” Returns to Lost Nation Theater

Tickets are on sale now for upcoming performances of Piecework: When We Were French at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, Vermont. Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm* Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm** Saturday, March 30 at 2pm and 7:30pm Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main Street in Montpelier * The Thursday night performance … More “Piecework” Returns to Lost Nation Theater

The Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song

I’ve already written about the Vermont Folklife Center and their important work documenting the history and folkways of Vermont. But today I wanted to highlight one initiative of theirs that was especially ambitious and especially important to the preservation of Franco-American heritage. Martha Pellerin was a folk musician active in Vermont in the 1980s and … More The Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song

Who Is Franco-American?

When I began research for my solo show, Piecework: When We Were French, I wouldn’t have described myself as Franco-American. When I was growing up in Vermont, my family tended to describe ourselves as French-Canadian or simply French. Before long I realized that this was a description of our past rather than our present. I … More Who Is Franco-American?