As it is now an 11 year-old tradition, your Board of Directors has made an effort to ensure that our next annual gathering is at least as lively and as sociable an event as the previous ones. Many of you expressed satisfaction following the event from last year. This year, it will take place in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, site of the first battle between Wolfred Nelson's 200 Patriots and the 300 English soldiers of General Gore in 1837. The Patriots routed the English militia while loosing 12, whereas the British would have lost 60. Unfortunately 2 days later, in St-Charles, next parish south of St-Denis, another battle took place and the patriots were severely overpowered, loosing 56 men out of approximately 80 defenders while the English lost only 3. As you can appreciate, a lot of history is attached to the village of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu that is yours to discover during our annual gathering with the knowledgeable explanations supplied by the guides from La Maison des Patriotes. For those of you fond of history, there is quite a good description in Wikipedia: Lower Canada Rebellion
As to our annual gathering, we have now established a detailed schedule of the day.
First of all, we will experiment an optional morning program for the early birds. In Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu on the west bank (opposite St-Denis), Joanne Bordua and Michel Lozeau raise guinea fowl (pintade) and keep shop, offering a variety of tasty local produce. A visit to their farm would allow you to learn more about this kind of turkey from Africa, which is one of the dishes of our dinner, as well as about all the other products offered. After this visit, a ferry across the Richelieu River takes you to St-Denis where we have organized a visit of the beautiful restored church of St-Denis with comments by a guide from La Maison des Patriotes.
Those interested in this program can obtain additional information by visiting the website of the farm at: Les produits d'Antoine or contacting our editor Solange. After these visits, you can have lunch at a few places namely at "À la petite Bouffe", located on the main road, north of the village just before the canning plant of Bonduelle (formerly Aliments Carrière).
Here is the program in detail:
Optional morning program
Here is a translation of the menu:
Soup of the season or
Mixed green salad with old-fashioned dressing.
Followed by a choice of one of these three:
Tea, coffee or herbal tea
Drinks and wine are available at the restaurant but are at your own cost.
The entire Board of Directors is looking forward to meet and exchange with you on this unique occasion, where you will no doubt get to meet lots of Choquet-tes you did not know!
The following link sends you to the registration form you are kindly asked to fill out and mail back.
See you on June 15th!
Andre Choquette, pres.
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the 30th issue of La Choquetterie,
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ALEXANDER « BUCK » CHOQUETTE - GOLD FINDER
Finally! Here is the French translation of an unedited document – because it was not published by its author Henry W. Clark – and which tells of the thrilling life story of Alexander “Buck” Choquette. An ancestor of the Choquette families, unknown until now, who consecrated his life in search of and… of finding gold way before others did, the true pioneer of the Klondike. The original English document entitled Buck Choquette Stampeder© (153 stencilled leaflets) may be obtained at the Rasmuson Library at the Alaska University in Fairbanks or at the Wrangell Library in Alaska.
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