The unveiling of the memorial plaque dedicated to Sébastien Cholet on Sunday, August 26th 2001 at Aubigné-sur-Layon, benefited greatly from the wide journalistic coverage surrounding the event because it was an important part of the 8th annual manifestation of the
of the Patrimony --- wine --- art in music and gastronomy.
This feast draws each year thousands of visitors
from the surrounding great region of Angers-Saumur-Cholet. It happens that
Aubigné-sur-Layon lies at the centre of the triangle formed by these three
cities. Four days prior to the event, on Wednesday August 22nd, in
order to publicize the 2001 edition of this Feast, the Saumur edition of Le
Courrier de l’Ouest, published in Angers, carried a four-page supplement
entirely devoted to the Feast of the Patrimony. Since the unveiling of the
memorial plaque constituted one of the major events, much attention and space
was devoted to Sébastien Cholet and to his story, to that of the farm known
as “Les Chollets” and to Albert Cholette, honorary president of the
Of the numerous articles presented in that
supplement, three are reproduced here. One, entitled Sébastien Cholet, a
Mysterious Departure, gives very interesting information on the history of
the farm known as Les Chollets which can be traced back to the Middle
Ages. In a second article entitled Quebec and the Descendants of Sébastien
Cholet, one can read : “on the 26th of August much attention
will be devoted to the Cholette families from Quebec, from Canada and from the
United States”. The third article relates the history of the marriage of Sébastien
Cholet to Ann Heard and of the origin of the Cholette family in America.
Articles which appeared in the four-page supplement of the Saumur Edition of Le Courrier de l'Ouest published in Angers on Wednesday, August 22nd 2001, entirely devoted to the Feast of the Patrimony that was to be held in Aubigné-sur-Layon
In its edition of Saturday, August 25th, Le Courrier de l'Ouest reminded its readers that "Tomorrow, Sunday August 26th, the village of Aubigné-sur-Layon, covered with flowers, offers thousands of reasons to come and discover it". That article presented a picture taken the night before of Albert Cholette and mayor Philippe Lamy on the occasion of the gastronomic dinner that took place at the Inn of Éventard in Angers.
Another article, in the August 26th edition, relates the ceremony that took place the previous day at the town hall when Albert Cholette was made an honorary citizen of Aubigné-sur-Layon by mayor Philippe Lamy. The picture taken on that occasion shows : Philippe Lamy, Albert Cholette, a representative of the Quebec Pavilion, wine-grower Jean-Paul Cochard and Claude Bourron, president of the Association of the Patrimony.
On the day following the Feast, the August 27th edition of Le Courrier de l'Ouest presents a picture of Albert Cholette unveiling the memorial plaque dedicated to his ancestor Sébastien Cholet, in the presence of Claude Bourron and of Philippe Lamy. Another picture shows the Fountain of the Coteaux du Layon wines which Albert Cholette had been invited to inaugurate in his capacity as honorary president of the Feast of the Patrimony. Jean-Paul Cochard, president of the Association of wine-growers of Aubigné-sur-Layon had admitted :"This is the production of all the wine-growers in Aubigné-sur-Layon. It was prepared three months ago and we mixed everything so as to obtain the most sympathetic equilibrium possible. We 'teased' it a week ago to make sure that it was as expected".
Many other articles which appeared in the August 22nd, 25th, 26th and 27th editions of Le Courrier de l'Ouest keep referring to the story of Sébastien Cholet, to everything surrounding it and to the unveiling of the memorial plaque.