AUGUSTA — Francophones, those of French heritage and their friends can feast and fraternize at the Le Club Calumet’s 2012 Festival de la Bastille, set for July 13-15.

The biennial celebration will be at Pete Gagne Memorial Field, Old Belgrade Road, and will also celebrate the club’s 90th anniversary.

The three-day celebration of Franco American culture, food and music is the 18th festival organized by the club, according to a press release.

Pat Murphy, president of Plummer Funeral Home, and his wife, Sue Murphy, who is in charge of the club’s catering, are co-leaders of the festival. They headed the 2010 celebration as well.

Parking is on site as well as at the club on West River Road, where shuttle service will be available.

A new monument at the festival site this year is dedicated to the late Joyce Gagne, who along with her late husband, Pete, were major contributors to the club and festival.

Their adult children, Linda and Pete, continue to support the festival with their time, resources and equipment from Gagne & Son Concrete Block.

The Franco-America festival ran from 1984 to 1997, and was restored through the efforts of Edna Doyon and Joyce Gagne in 2006 after the club started admitting women as members.

The time schedule of performers and other events is available on the club’s website at

A major feature is a large fireworks display set for 9:30 p.m. July 13, and a new dance band has been added to the lineup, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.

Returning performers include the Leblanc Family Band, Chantel et Marcel and Dan & Lou.

Saturday is family day with a children’s program early and a talent show with local performers as well as the traditional bean supper.

Sunday’s specialty is a barbecue chicken lunch and more music. Admission is $5 per day.


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