AFdeGR News September

Pétanque Review

It did not pluie on our pétanque tournament August 14 at the Sovengard restaurant, even though it looked like it would. Thank you, teams, for your zest for the game and the camaraderie. We witnessed some really good playing. The final challenge placed Linda and P.J. FitzGerald, last year’s winners, against Josita Maouene and Adrien Mottin. Each a formidable team, but the ones who won the “coveted bottle of Ricard Pastis” were…Josita and Adrien. Félicitation!


You’ll find more photos of the pétanque afternoon at:

Next Event: Annual Fall Reception

Tuesday, September 17 is the date to put on your calendar for this year’s Fall Reception. It’s the occasion to invite friends to get to know Alliance Française de Grand Rapids, as well as to renew your own membership if you haven’t already done so. Members, if you have not received your emailed invitation, contact Ellen VanderMey ( If you are not yet a member and would like to be, and to receive an invitation, just click “Join” on our website’s home page: to download a membership application. It will be wonderful to enjoy each other’s company!

French Classes Begin this Month

Two eight-week French language classes begin in September: “Refresh Your French” begins Tuesday, September 24, and “Converse in French” begins Thursday, September 26, both at 7:00 p.m.

Our instructor this fall is Elizabeth Hill, who with a Master’s degree from Michigan State University, has recently moved to Grand Rapids to teach Spanish at an area school. Her first passion is the French language so she’s excited to have an opportunity to teach French two nights a week. No textbooks are required. Download a registration form with more details by clicking on “French Classes” at

Next Book Club Meeting

The English French Book Club, which meets to discuss books about France that can be read in English, is gathering on September 24, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Schuler Books Café, 2660 28th Street, SE, Grand Rapids. This month’s title is “Jacques Pépin: My Life in the Kitchen”. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact Marijke Wiersema:

French Film Festival

Many thanks to Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) for inviting the community to their French Film Festival. Four films, free of charge, are showing in the Bytwerk Theater on their campus:

“AMANDA”, Monday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

“PATIENTS”, Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.

“UNE SAISON EN FRANCE”, Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

“PARIS LA BLANCHE”, Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

A Conversation with French Painting

What do you like about painting? Dislike? And why? Through a critical review of several dozen 19th century French paintings we’re going to explore what is it about this particular form of art that touches us the most, what moves us to serious reflection, and what we can walk by with barely a thought.

We will examine technique, subjects and styles from a handful of men and women who managed in a mere 100 years to produce an incredibly massive amount of critically acclaimed work.

From portraiture to landscape, classical genres to romanticism and impressionism, the scale of French painting in the 19th century was truly awesome.

This audience-based program is designed to enhance our museum experience by helping us better understand what we like about art and, most importantly, why.

Moderated by Steve Soper.
September 13 and 22, OLLI, Aquinas College. More information.