Thursday, July 10, 2003

Vive la France at Montgomery party

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MONTGOMERY - Francophiles and all others looking for some good family fun are invited to this weekend's 14th annual Bastille Day celebration.

Whether you're listening to the strolling accordionist, munching on a hearty piece of quiche or savoring the scents of lobster bisque, you can join the 10,000 people who are expected to rejoice in all things French.

The annual festivities are held in honor of Montgomery's sister-city relationship with Neuilly-Plaisance, a suburb of Paris.

"It's really just an excuse to have a party," said Becky Cole, a Bastille Day organizer. "It's the biggest event in Montgomery, and everybody just is happy and having a good time. It's just so family-friendly."

This year's festivities begin with a picnic at 7 p.m. Friday at Terwilliger Lodge in Dulle Park. There will be live Cajun music at the event, and the food will be prepared by Le Cezanne French Pastry.

Everyone is welcome to the street fair that will be from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Treats from 16 local restaurants, including Le Cezanne and La Petite France, will be available.

Entertainment will include the Sycamore Community Band, Larry Smith Puppets, H-Bomb Ferguson Blues Band, Queen City Blues Festival and The Menus.

At 1 p.m., there will be LePetit Tour de Montgomery Tricycle Races for children 2 to 8 years old.

Anne Cappel, a native Frenchwoman, met her husband, Mike, while attending the University of Cincinnati more than 10 years ago. They live in Montgomery, along with their children, Charlotte, 11; Pauline, 9, and Maxim, 8.

She looks forward to Montgomery's Bastille Day celebration, which will allow her to get a taste of France before heading to her homeland for a summer vacation.

"It's such a fun place to be," she said of the festival. "It's really all about having a good time and celebrating this French-American friendship.

"It feels really good to find this Bastille Day celebration right here in Montgomery." In Paris, she'd have to wait till Monday.

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