THOMASTON, Maine — Knox Museum presents KNOXFEST.French Edition 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house at the turn to St. George in Thomaston.
This year’s KNOXFEST celebrates France’s contribution to helping the U.S.’s early patriots — Henry Knox among them — win their revolution against the British crown, and found our country. Festivities will include a New Orleans-style dinner, Cajun dance band, and special appearance by the Marquis de Lafayette.
John Rowland’s Southern Hospitality Catering of New Orleans will bring some of their most popular dishes to the Thomaston event, including barbecued shrimp and grits, chicken and sausage jambalaya, and grilled Andouille and alligator. Guests will enjoy New Orleans salad, red beans and rice, and Chef Max’s award-winning Crawfish Monica, at five stations located in and around a big tent on Montpelier’s north lawn. Famous desserts Bananas Foster and Mardi Gras King Cake will complete the night’s feast, and a cash bar featuring beer and wine and a special signature cocktail will round out the menu.
During the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), France fought alongside the United States against Britain. French money, munitions, soldiers and naval forces proved essential to America’s victory over the Crown. In 1778, France recognized the United States of America as a sovereign nation, signed a military alliance, went to war with Britain, built coalitions with the Netherlands and Spain that kept Britain without a significant ally of its own, provided the Americans with grants, arms and loans, sent a combat army to serve under George Washington, and sent a navy that prevented the second British army from escaping from Yorktown in 1781.
All told, France sent an estimated 12,000 soldiers and 32,000 sailors to the American war effort, the most famous of whom was the Marquis of Lafayette. He became good friends with American commander in chief George Washington, as well as with General Henry Knox, in the process.
Musical entertainment at KNOXFEST.French Edition will be provided by Jimmy Jo’ and the Jumbol’ Ayuhs, a band that hails from the “bayous” of coastal Maine, and serves up music from Cajun Louisiana with a Down East accent. Featuring Jim Joseph on accordion, second fiddle, and vocals, and Pam Weeks on lead fiddle and vocals, the Jumbol’ Ayuhs play lively two-steps and waltzes that keep an audience on its feet all night.
Camden National Bank is KNOXFEST’s corporate sponsor.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for members, and $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and can be purchased online at www.knoxmuseum.org or by calling 354-8062 before 5 p.m. Friday, Aug.t 22. Tickets at the door, as available, will be $18 adults, $15 members, and $5 for children age 4 to 12. Kids under 4 are admitted for free.
For more information call 354-8062 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.