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First Friday celebrates Swiss heritage
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:00 AM
L’Escalade: The city of Geneva, Switzerland is depicted during the 1602 surprise attack by troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy.
Vevay continues a year-long celebration of Switzerland County's past and the area's connection to Switzerland with the "Fete de l'Escalade" during First Friday events in March.
The "Fete de l'Escalade" honors an annual festival held in Geneva, Switzerland, celebrating the defeat of enemy troops that attempted to scale the city's defensive walls, or escalade, in 1602. According to the legend in Switzerland, a woman climbed onto the ramparts and dumped a cauldron of boiling soup on the city's attackers, killing one person and encouraging townsfolk to defend their city and repel the attackers, a release said.
In celebration of "Fete de l'Escalade," a soup-tasting event will take place at Vevay's Community Art Center, 217 Ferry St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Several varieties of soup will be available from individuals, businesses and organizations during the event that commemorates Swiss ancestral heritage. The soup tasting is free and open to the public, Michele Thompson with Vevay Main Street said.
To add to the festivities, First Friday attendees carrying a soup ladle will be eligible to receive a ticket from businesses to be deposited by 9 p.m. at the Switzerland County Visitors Center, 128 W. Main St., for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2013 Flair for Wine event. The drawing for the Flair of Wine tickets will take place on or before May 6.
"There are so many people vying for those tickets," Thompson said. "They're getting pretty competitive."
Also during March's First Friday events, the Switzerland County Public Library, 205 Ferry St., will hold the fourth annual "Library after Lights Out" Carnival from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The carnival's theme will be superheroes with games, prizes, a costume contest and refreshments.
Everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero during the event.
Switzerland County resident Johanna Welch will sign copies of "The German Corner, A Love Story," during the First Friday events at the Visitors Center.
Welch and her husband, Jim, owned and operated The German Corner, sharing food and stories with their patrons for almost 40 years before retiring a few years ago.
Welch's book will be available for purchase during the event.
Mark Ford's display of work will open at the Community Art Center's Click during First Friday. Ford work will be on display throughout the rest of March.
Free carriage rides also will be available, weather permitting. Visitors should board near the Courthouse.
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