AFGR Chapter News October

Meeting with the French Consul of Chicago

This past Tuesday, September 25, several members of the AFGR board had the opportunity to meet with the French Consul in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix and Honorary French Consul (Detroit) Jean Mallebay-Vacqueur. Much of the conversation, hosted by Jane Larson and Witte Travel, turned on how the French consulate can help our chapter promote French programs.

 l-r: Susan VandenBerg, Leslie Matthews, Ellen VanderMey, Jean Mallebay-Vacqueur, Guillaume Lacroix, Jane Larson and Sue Murphy

l-r: Susan VandenBerg, Leslie Matthews, Ellen VanderMey, Jean Mallebay-Vacqueur, Guillaume Lacroix, Jane Larson and Sue Murphy

Presentation on the Historic Cemeteries of Paris

In this two-week session at Aquinas College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Steve Soper will explore the four most popular cemeteries of Paris: Passy, Montmartre, Montparnasse and of course Père-Lachaise. You’ll meet some of the world’s greatest artists, musicians, writers, and many of France’s most revered historical, cultural and intellectual treasures and hear some truly amazing stories, stories that live on in stone and local memory. They’re all dead of course but that doesn’t stop the French from leaving notes, stones, Metro tickets and otherwise paying homage not just to a person but also to their own history. 

In the second week we’ll focus our attention on the incredible art open air museum that is Père-Lachaise where we’ll examine just a few of nearly 2,000 works of art. Between the stories and the art you’ll soon understand why more than 3 million people visit this cemetery every year.

For more information visit OLLi online.

To get a head start visit: www.pariscemeteries.com.

 view of Paris from Père-Lachaise, c. 1820

view of Paris from Père-Lachaise, c. 1820

Fall Wine Dinner at Nonna’s Trattoria in Ada

Sunday, October 28. Details will follow soon.

AFGR Book Club

The next book club selection will be the 2018 release of Ann Mah's first attempt at a novel, The Lost Vintage. We previously read her Mastering the Art of French Eating.

We will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30pm at Schulers.

France 24 The French Fifth Republic Turns 60!

Postcards from Paris