Saturday, July 07, 2001

Montgomery's Bastille Day fest celebrates ties

By Emily Biuso
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — America's birthday has come and gone, but July 14 marks another celebration here — the 12th annual Bastille Day festival.

        Bastille Day is a national holiday in France commemorating the storming of the Bastille Prison during the French Revolution on July 14, 1789. It was then that the country changed from a monarchy to a republic.

        The street festival, which will run from noon to 11 p.m. in downtown Montgomery, will include food, music and art.

        “It's a little slice of France in Montgomery,” said Jane McConnell, chairwoman of the festival.

        The celebration is an outgrowth of Montgomery's Sister City relationship with Neuilly-Plaisance, a suburb of Paris.

        On several occasions, the two cities have sponsored cultural exchanges.

        This year the festival will kick off on Friday night with a special French picnic prepared by Jean-Robert de Cavel, chef at the Maisonette.

        The picnic will begin at 7 p.m. at Terwilliger's Lodge in Dulle Park, Montgomery.

        Mr. de Cavel plans to serve poached salmon, duck, lentil salad and tabouli, said Brigitte Cordier of the French American Trade Council, one of the groups sponsoring the picnic.

        Tickets, which are $25 and must be purchased in advance, are available by calling Brigitte Cordier at the French American Trade Council, 513-852-6510.

        Festival entertainment will include a strolling accordionist, H-Bomb Ferguson, Manny Batule-Jazz Quartet, Out All Night, The Menus and the Sycamore Community Band.

        The French Bistro will feature 16 food booths sponsored by local restaurants.

        For kids there will be Cincinnati Zoo animals, a magician, a clown and tricycle races.

        A French Art Exhibit will be at Universalist Church, and Frederic Pissarro, great-grandson of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, will unveil his annual Bastille Day poster at 1:30.


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