Attend an Old-style French Social Gathering June 13 at Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-159 For Immediate Release: June 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., – Felix Vallé House State Historic Site will host a traditional French veillée on Saturday, June 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Ste. Genevieve.  This old-style French social gathering has become a summer tradition at the historic home, which is located on the corner of Merchant and Second streets. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Les Amis, the veillée will feature candlelit tours of the Felix Vallé home and entertainment for all ages. It is free and open to the public.

Staff and community volunteers in period attire will perform French folk dances.  Typical dances, like the Gavotte, will be re-created on the lawn in the garden, and attendees will be invited to participate.  In addition to the local French folk dancers, the event will feature special entertainment by “Dance Discovery.”   This historic dance troupe adds festivity, color and music to historic events throughout the St. Louis region.  Their dances and costumes reflect the Lewis and Clark era (1804-1806). 

Also at the veillée, children, as well as adults, will enjoy hearing a French folktale in the garden.  Guests will be entertained by the adventures of "Little John and his Animals" and "Fair Margaret," authentic tales from Old Mines, another early French community.  Madeleines, an old-style French cookie, other treats and lemonade will be served on the back porch of the home. 

For more information, call the historic site at 573-883-7102 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at