Meeting with Roger Gaston

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Can you introduce yourself ?
I was born in the Gers in Samatan and, at the age of 20, I became a teacher in Lot et Garonne in Samazan where I taught more than 20 years.Back automatic line
Today, I am one of the creators of the ATP dating back to the year 1977 originally created for the learning of Occitan dances.Back automatic line
For 3 years now, we have been living at the craft house where we teach Gascon lessons, traditional dances, polyphonic songs, diatonic accordion and the Gascon theater. Every month, a vigil is organized at the cinema Plazza or the house of crafts, in the form of conferences.
In the building where we are, there is also the museum part with a permanent exhibition, named « Over memory ». We find the cultivation of hemp, linen with the manufacture of fabrics hence the name of the exhibition : We start from the thread to the manufacture of the fabric.

Why the Val de Garonne ?
I met and married a marmandaise and since I’m practically marmandais !

If there was a place to recommend in Val de Garonne ?
The canal and its greenway for bike rides. One of the projects I look forward to is that of the transversal way from Marmande to Casteljaloux.

Your most beautiful meeting in Val de Garonne ?
Mrs. and Mr. Menara. They expose here all the work of a life through the museum.

If the Val de Garonne was a season ?
Autumn for the sweetness of colors and because the fall is the result of what brought us the spring, it is the harvest season, the harvest.

If the Val de Garonne was a gastronomic specialty ?
The chicken boiled because we find everything in it : meat, stuffing and vegetables.

If the Val de Garonne was a country ?
Peru. I was 10 years old, and at school the first color geography books appeared. I remember a picture of Lake Titicaca with an Indian on his reed bark paddling ... And I thought to myself, « One day I’ll see this in real life » and 50 years later, while I’m ’I was preparing to go to Canada, I happen to see this same photo on a local newspaper ... For me it was obvious, it was a sign ... and I finally went to Peru. I have never regretted I found this beautiful country !

If the Val de Garonne was a tree ?
The plane tree because it is majestic with a beautiful bark and beautiful large leaves.

If the Val de Garonne was a color ?
Red because it is the color of blood, life and also the color of Occitanie ... It is also the color of the excitement and crazy ideas !

If the Val de Garonne was a party ?
We can not miss the Garorock !

If the Val de Garonne was an animal ?
A cock for the beauty of his plumage and his big mouth !

If the Val de Garonne was a Utopia ?
The utopia would be that intangible heritage (dance, language and traditions) should be recognized in the same way as built heritage.

And if there was a picture to do the Val de Garonne, which ?
A photo that would show the canal and the Garonne side by side with the Tertre in Meilhan and a garden in the foreground with tomatoes and you can see vineyards and strawberries.

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