News Release 175

Attend a French social June 11 at Felix Valle House State Historic Site

Volume 39-175 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 1, 2011 – Attend an old-style French social gathering on Saturday, June 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve. The "veillée," or evening social gathering held in French households during the early 1800s, has become a summer tradition at the historic home, which is located on the corner of Merchant and Second streets. The historic home will be open for candlelight tours for the evening event, which is free and open to the public.

Visitors can spend the evening in a historic atmosphere and watch French folk dances performed by site staff and community volunteers in period costume. Typical folk dances, like the Gavotte de Pont Aven, will be demonstrated on the lawn in the garden. Special dance performances that evening will feature “Dance Discovery” from St. Louis, a group noted for their re-creation of Lewis and Clark-era English country dances. Everyone at the celebration is invited to learn one of the dances and join the troupe of dancers in the grande finale.

Children as well as adults are welcome to hear a French folktale in the garden. Guests may hear 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.

While in Ste. Genevieve that weekend, visitors can take in a variety of other activities throughout town that are part of the French Festival highlighting the music and culture of the region.

For more information, call the 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