RAFO to host its sec­ond Franco-on­tar­ian Flag Day in Elliot Lake Sept. 22

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - COMMUNITY - By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY, Of The Stan­dard

Elliot Lake’s Fran­co­phone com­mu­nity is host­ing a wine and cheese evening for its sec­ond Franco-on­tar­ian Flag Day on Satur­day, Sept. 22.

Ghis­laine Des­jardins, pres­i­dent of Rassem­ble­ment des As­so­ci­a­tions Fran­co­phone de l’on­tario - Rive Nord (RAFO), which is host­ing the event, says while it is cel­e­brat­ing the Franco-on­tar­ian Flag Day, ev­ery­one is in­vited.

The event will be held at the Salle Ren­dez-vous in the base­ment of Paroisse Ste. Marie (French Catholic Church) at 130 Hill­side Driver North at 7 p.m.

Des­jardins says many who are not of French de­scent would likely en­joy this evening as well. And be­cause they will be serv­ing wine and cheese, it is an age of ma­jor­ity event.

The evening’s en­ter­tain­ment is a mu­si­cal com­edy by three women from Toronto called Les Chi­clettes, made up of Nathalie Nadon, Julie Kim Beaudry and Geneviève Cho­lette.

Les Chi­clettes started in 2010, and have since toured Canada and Europe. They are no strangers to awards. They re­ceived the Coup de Coeur/re­seau On­tario award, and that of the ROSEQ and Radarts net­works 2010. In 2013, the trio re­ceived two Trille Or in the ‘Best group’ and ‘Emerg­ing Artist of the Year’ cat­e­gories.

The mu­si­cal play is set back in the 1940s, and in­cludes a lot of the mu­sic of the pe­riod.

Des­jardins says there are about 18 songs in the com­edy, with Glen Miller and the Andrew Sis­ter be­ing ma­jor in­flu­ences.

She says while some of the songs will be the French ver­sions, she ex­pects some will be in English.

“They’ll (the au­di­ence) rec­og­nize all the tunes,” says Des­jardins.

The di­a­logue has to do with three Fran­co­phone women learn­ing to speak English. With their bro­ken English they some­times use the wrong words, which is hi­lar­i­ous, adds Des­jardins.

She says be­cause of the de­mand for Les Chi­clettes RAFO has been work­ing for six months to get them to come to Elliot Lake for the cel­e­bra­tion of Fran­coon­tar­ian Day. While the ac­tual Franco-on­tar­ian Day is on Tues­day, Sept. 25, the cel­e­bra­tion will be on Sept. 22.

Ad­vance tick­ets are $20 and are avail­able at North Shore Ad­ver­tis­ing and Print­ing at 138 On­tario Av­enue or by call­ing 705849-7510. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased at the door for $25. Franco-on­tario flag The prov­ince of­fi­cially named Franco-on­tar­ian Day in 2010.

The Franco-on­tar­ian flag flew for the first time on Sept. 25, 1975 at Lau­ren­tian Univer­sity in Sud­bury. The flag was cre­ated by his­tory pro­fes­sor Gae­tan Ger­vais and po­lit­i­cal sci­ence stu­dent Michel Dupuis.

The Franco-on­tar­ian flag has two bands. One is green with a white fleurde-lys (lily), which rep­re­sents the French-speak­ing com­mu­nity. The other is white with a green tril­lium, the provin­cial flower of On­tario. Green was cho­sen by the de­sign­ers to sym­bol­ize sum­mer, while the white sym­bol­izes win­ter.

The flag be­came the sym­bol of the Fran­coon­tar­ian com­mu­nity, and was of­fi­cially rec­og­nized on July 21, 2001.

PHOTO By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY/THE STAN­DARD

Les Chi­clettes, made up of Nathalie Nadon, Julie Kim Beaudry and Genevieve Cho­lette, will be per­form at the Salle Ren­dez-vous for the cel­e­bra­tion of Franco-on­tar­ian Day.

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