This week’s guest is Paul Marion. He’s a poet and community leader from Lowell Massachusetts, who was heavily involved in the formation of the Lowell National Historical Park which he will discuss with Jesse. They also talk about Paul’s childhood in Lowell and what the French-Canadian culture is like there today. Jesse also talks to Paul about his book Union River, which is a collection of poems about his life as a French-Canadian. We hope you enjoy this episode.
Paul Marion is a Poet and Community Leader from Lowell, Massachusetts who was nice enough to sit down with us and talk about his life and career. He grew up in Lowell and was instrumental to helping create the Lowell Historical National Park. Tune in next week to hear Jesse and Paul talk about all things Lowell and also about Paul’s book Union River.
We were lucky to meet this week’s guest at the Rassemblement in Orono and knew we had to have her on the show. Dr. Chelsea Ray is an Associate Professor of French Language and Literature at Umaine-Augusta. Every year she helps put together a French Immersion Weekend where students and people of any age can spend a weekend at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor, Maine and participate in various activities all while speaking only French. Jesse also asks Dr. Ray about growing up in California and how she ended up in Maine, what it’s like taking 20 college students to France for two weeks and how some of her classes might relate to our show.
Dr. Chelsea Ray is an Associate Professor of French Language and Literature at UMaine Augusta. Dr. Ray will be our guest next week to talk about a very interesting project she helps put together each year. We met her at the Rassemblement in Orono, Maine in April and wanted to have her on the show to talk about the French Immersion Weekend at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor, Maine. This year’s event takes place September 27th through the 29th. Join us next week for the full interview to learn more about this fantastic weekend to experience the French language and much more.
This week’s guest is a French-Canadian Hall of Fame Musician, host of Bonjour a French Language talk show that aired over 500 episodes, she’s performed all over the world and she was kind enough to let us use her fantastic song “French in America” to start and end our show each week. Josée Vachon sits down with Jesse to talk about all that and she’ll discuss how she was introduced to music and talk about some of her favorite songs. Check out her CD Baby page to buy and download some of the music you heard on the episode.
Next week’s guest has been involved with every episode of the French-Canadian Legacy and we’re very excited we got to sit down with her. Josée Vachon is a French-Canadian Hall of Fame musician who allows us to use her song ‘French in America’ every week. Jesse and Josée discuss her childhood in Maine, when she discovered her love of music and they’ll discuss the origin of a few of her songs. Make sure you keep listening after the bonus question because you’ll hear the full version of French in America. Check out Josée’s CD Baby Page to download some of her music.
This week’s episode is a little different but we hope you’ll come along for the ride. Two weeks ago we attended the fourth annual NH PoutineFest in Merrimack, NH. We interviewed a lot of people, restaurants and venders that were there and put it all together in our first wrap up episode. Tim Beaulieu, Event Organizer of NH PoutineFest, was nice enough to chat with us about the successful event. We were also lucky enough to sit down with Doris Proulx who was named Franco-American of the Year at the event.
We want to thank everyone that took the time to talk to us and everyone that visited our table at the event. It’s great to hear that people are enjoying the show. Just a note about the audio in this episode, it was my first time using portable audio equipment, so the levels aren’t as high as the interview with Tim. I hope this doesn’t distract anyone from listening to the interviews because there are a lot of great stories being shared. I’m still learning and I thank everyone for bearing with us.
I also want to thank my friend Adam Bargmeyer who was super kind and mailed us portable audio equipment that made all these great interviews possible. Without his generosity this episode wouldn’t have been possible.