Frenchtown Business & Professional Association

Bastille Day Weekend 2007


Bastille Day Celebration in Frenchtown, NJ

Overview schedule ~ Detailed, printable events schedule ~ Music ~ Historical Lectures ~ Performances

local folks celebrate Bastille Day 2006 in Frenchtown, NJ

Frenchtown's 9th Annual Bastille Day Fête

July 14-15, 2007

The 9th Annual Bastille Day Fête, sponsored by the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association, will be held on July 14th and 15th (11-6 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday). 

The town-wide fête will feature outdoor/tented events, as well as, in-store activities designed to appeal to the entire family.  Parking on the field next to the Frenchtown Inn on Bridge Street will be provided by the Frenchtown Lions Club.

Sponsoring partners for this year's Fête include  Coldwell Banker Hearthside Mitchell-Williams and Shenberger Insurance Services with additional children's gifts from Bank of America.

As usual, this year's event wil include Music, Historical Lectures and other Performances.


Musical highlights will include the annual appearance of Dave Rounsaville, a Hunterdon County native, who has appeared both nationally and internationally since the mid-sixties.  As singer/guitarist and Frenchtown "favorite", Dave's music spans genres and generations and will feature  arrangements that include many french favorites.  Dave will be appearing both days in the afternoon.

After an absence of several years, Les Boulevardiers, returns to perform from 12 to 3 each day on the porch of  TD BankNorth, at the intersection of Bridge & Harrison Streets.  The three person combo, Jerry Rife (reeds), Stephen Kleinman (guitar), and Erik Vagen (accordion), combine 120 years of professional experience and have appeared on television, broadway, and in concert halls throughout the country.  Easy on the ear, the music from these top musicians will provide the right amount of French atmosphere for strolling, dining, or shopping.

Appearing for the first time, the Hunterdon Harmonizers bring their unique American style to this year's French Fête.  On Saturday, two quartets, Untamed (Pat Cerillo, Tom Mariano, Art Cole, Jim Maitland) and Chordhouse Steps (Joe Dipaola, Rusty Williams, Don Reckenbeil, George Schwerdt)  will perform from 12 to 4.  On Sunday, Three Jerseys and a Penn (Al Byer, Ed Kunkel, Charlie Mohr, Ron Newsom) and Voice Odyssey (John Fiess, Lou Barile, Max Sabor, Carmen Olivo) will also appear from 12 to 4. 

As members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing, the Hunterdon Harmonizers join with approximately 35,000 other members in the United States and Canada and pledge to  "Keep the Whole World Singing".  In addition to their yearly appearances thorughout the county, the Harmonizers present an annual Holiday program.  This year's event, A Capitol Christmas, is a musical comedy extravaganza by Thomas Carr with musical staging by Vida Allworthy and will be held at Hunterdon Central High School on Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 PM.  (Ticket information: 908-806-6683)

Starting at 11:00 A.M., Common Ground, the "up and coming" classic rock group  composed of 5 teen musicians (Bridger Simmons, Aaron Payer, Josh Payer, Greg Scheckler, Conor Wright) promises to open each day's activities with a musical "bang".

Historical Mini-Lectures

Historical Mini-Lectures will be featured under a tented area located in the mews/courtyard where Route 12 meets Race Street at the National Hotel. Speakers, Dr. Lynn Miller, author of "French Philadelphia - The French Cultural and Historical Presence in the Delaware Valley", and Sal DeSapio, Kingwood Township Historian, will be making presentations concerning historical events in our area. 

At 2:00 P.M., Dr. Miller will cover select topics from his book which will be available for purchase and signing; and at 1:00 P.M., Mr. DeSapio promises to tell us "How Hunterdon County saved the American Revolution".


The Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, a unique, fun-filled group of entertainers,  features a  marionette performance followed by an interactive puppet-making demonstration.  Having performed at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Musikfest, this well-known troup is sure to please both children and adults.  Their performance will begin each day at 3:30 P.M. and can be seen on the porch of TD BankNorth.

Clown, Brenn Swanson, is a graduate of the esteemed Clown College and has appeared with Barnum and Bailey Circus and in 36 countries worldwide.  She comes to us from special performances in Georgia for 200 children diagnosed with Cancer. No stranger to Frenchtown, this stilt-walker is easily the "tallest" performer on Bastille Day. 

An American in Paris presented on Bastille Day in Frenchtown,NJA FREE outdoor showing of the film An American in Paris will run Saturday evening at 9:00 PM at 12 Bridge Street.  Picnics will be welcome on the grounds after 7:00 PM.  Sponsored by The Studio, Widow McRae House, and Apothecary, this annual "must-see" is one of the many store-sponsored events for the weekend.

FBPA Bastille Day Events for Frenchtown in 2007 will continur to be updated and published here as plans evolve.

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