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2008 Press Release - Envoye à Maison!

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This is the press release for the 2008 Envoye à Maison! celebration, which was the event at which the bread oven was built. It is included here to provide the historical context for the oven's existence here in Cambridge.



Crandall Public Library

251 Glen Street, City Park
Glens Falls, NY 12801
518.792.6508 • fax 518.792.5251

For Immediate Release

Date: September 18, 2008
Contact: Todd DeGarmo, Director
Center for Folklife, History & Cultural Programs
518. 584.7300 x214, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Envoye à Maison!

A Franco-American Homecoming

Music, Dance, Crafts, Food Celebrating Quebec’s 400th Anniversary


Thursday–Sunday, October 2-5, 2008 the rural Washington County town of Cambridge will host a cultural exchange celebrating Quebec’s 400th Anniversary by linking upstate New York, New England, & Quebec artists & communities for a long weekend of music, dance, crafts & food.

Presented by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library and Hubbard Hall Projects, these largely free events will be fun for the entire family:


  • Community Bread Oven construction by Jean Laberge at the Freight Yard (behind Hubbard Hall)

Friday, Oct 3 — at the Bread Oven

  • 4-6 pm Tunes & Dancing – symbolic mixing of clay & straw at the Bread Oven • Hubbard Hall dancers with Bliss & Robbie McIntosh

Saturday, Oct 4 — Cambridge Library

  • 2-5 pm Quebec Crafts: snowshoes by Rejean Boisvert, dousing by Richard Roy, baskets by Adrien Landry, rag rugs by Francoise Ouimet
  • 6:30 pm Potluck Dinner (bring a dish to share) at the Beacon Feed Building (behind Hubbard Hall)
  • 8 pm Hubbard Hall Concert (donation to scholarship fund appreciated) • Club Carrefour, Memere Charron, Bernie Ouimet

Sunday, Oct 5 — Cambridge Farmers Market (across from the Cambridge Hotel)

  • 10 am – 2 pm • Live Stage: Club Carrefour, Memere Charron, George Wilson • Quebec crafts: snowshoes, baskets, dousing • Foods: Spoonful Catering’s meat pies, King’s donuts

Beacon Feed Building (behind Hubbard Hall):

  • 3 pm • Step Dance workshop
  • 4 pm • Community Dance with Club Carrefour
  • 6 pm • Farewell Dinner ($8/$4 under 12)



Envoye a Maison: A Franco-American Homecoming

Quebec Artists

Club Carrefour (Raynold Ouellet, Norman Legault, Benoit Legault, Francois Dumas)/music
Jean Laberge/bread oven
Richard Roy/dousing
Adrien Landry/baskets
Rejean Boisvert/snowshoes

New York Artists

Memere Catherine Charron/stories
Bliss & Robbie McIntosh/music
Bernie Ouimet/music
Francoise Ouimet/rag rugs
George Wilson/music
Hubbard Hall Dancers


Envoye a Maison! co-hosted by Hubbard Hall Projects, Inc, and the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Government of Quebec (Ministere de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition Feminine du Quebec), Le Centre de valorisation du patrimoine vivant, Corporation Les Vieux, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Vermont Folklife Center, New York State Council on the Arts, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Hubbard Hall Projects, Inc., and the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library.


Submitted by Todd DeGarmo, Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library