Wednesday, July 12, 2000

French consul to visit Montgomery

Visitor will attend Bastille Day festival

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — A visit by Alain de Kighel, consul general of France in Washington, D.C., and an exhibition of paintings by Frederic Bonin Pissarro, great-grandson of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, will highlight the city's fifth annual Bastille Day celebration Saturday.

(Dick Swaim photo)
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        The one-day annual street fair — noon to 11 p.m. in Montgomery's downtown, draws about 5,000 people each year.

        It is part of Montgomery's sister-city relationship with Neuilly-Plaisance, France.

        Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille prison. The exhibition of Pissarro paintings will be noon to 8 p.m. at the Universalist Church, said Mary Lou Rose, Bastille Day spokeswoman. The event will feature food from 15 restaurants.

        Music includes the Sycamore Community Band, Manny Batule jazz quartet, rock 'n' roll from the Menus, swing by Rich Uncle Skeleton and the blues sounds of H-Bomb Ferguson.

What: Montgomery's Bastille Day Celebration.

Where: Montgomery's Downtown Historic District, Montgomery Road.

When: Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

        One of the event's most popular attractions — Le Petit Tour de Montgomery — featuring youngsters in various age groups racing Big Wheel tricycles will be at 1 p.m. behind the Universalist Church.

        Children also will enjoy nine game booths, including a moonwalk, and animals from the Cincinnati Zoo will make an appearance.

        Gerry Harbison, co-chairperson of this year's celebration with Jane McConnel, said more than 150 volunteers will participate.

        “There are 80 in the Kid's Cabaret alone. We have volunteers who also serve as members of city commissions and others who have been helping for years,” Ms. Harbison said. The Twin Towers retirement community funded the $1,500 printing cost of Mr. Pissarro's poster.

        The Montgomery Sister Cities Commission sponsors Bastille Day with the city.



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