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  • 29 Jun 2017 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for Pétanque rain or shine. Last week we had a blind taste test between  identically priced Rosé wines. French Rosé bought at Costco vs. Spanish Rosé bought at Churchill's. Winner: French Rosé from Costco. Members brought some wonderful foods and we enjoyed a nice sit down dinner and conversation.

    Pics can be viewed here.

  • 19 Apr 2017 4:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Arts Midwest World Fest presents Le Vent du Nord

    Considered a driving “tour de force” in the progressive Quebec francophone music scene, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night hoedown, infusing traditional music with inspired and artful innovation. Since its founding in 2002, the members of Le Vent du Nord have toured the world as willing musical and cultural ambassadors. With masterful showmanship, the band uses fiddle, accordion, bass, hurdy-gurdy, piano, vocals, and foot percussion, combined with infectious energy and stunning musicianship, to deliver jaw-dropping performances.

    Le Vent du Nord is visiting Adrian as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest.

    Le Vent du Nord will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Madison High School Performing Arts Center, 3498 Treat Highway, Adrian.

    Ticket information

    Date and time:

    • Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
    Ticket prices:
    • Adult: $10
    • Student: $5
    • Madison High School Performing Arts Center, 3498 Treat Highway, Adrian
  • 07 Apr 2017 5:27 PM | Anonymous member

  • 02 Apr 2017 12:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Sound of Silents

    With its stunning camerawork and compositions, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" will be featured with live musical accompaniment on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art. The Sound of Silents series is free for members and $5 for non-members; tickets are available for purchase via
  • 06 Mar 2017 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a very successful 50th anniversary celebration.  The youth orchestra played from 6-7 pm  while guests sipped champagne and enjoyed appetizers. This was followed by Gene Parker and his band playing jazz while guests enjoyed a cajun dinner.  Emcee Chris Joseph announced raffles prizes throughout the evening and the winners of many wonderful silent auction items. Grand Prize winner of the trip for 2 to Paris was MariKay Murray. Desserts by So Sweet pastries were absolutely amazing and delicious.  For pics of this event follow this link >

  • 05 Mar 2017 2:31 PM | Anonymous member

    For what it is worth, here is a commentary on the mess of the French Presidential Election.  No matter what you read about it, it looks like it might be even more bizarre than our recent Presidential election!  Quel horreur!  Written March 3rd.

    Just one month ago, it seemed quite simple: on one hand there was the anti-establishment Marine Le Pen, who has strong plurality - but not majority - support, and is likely to win the first round in the French presidential election on April 23, 50 days from today. However, in the second round she was expected to lose to Francois Fillon.

    Since then, things have taken a dramatic turn for the chaotic. For those who have missed the escalation in events over just the past three days, here is a concise summary from UChicago's Daniel Nichanian, who in 13 short tweets has recapped the chaos that has taken place in the latter part of the past week:

    1. Right's nominee Fillon—ultra-favored till January—announced he'd been summoned to be indicted for giving family members fake public jobs.
    2. The right's faced complete chaos ever since. Manager resigned; centrist party dropped support, as did many Reps; mountain of anon sniping.
    3. Some on right trying to draft A. Juppé & collect signatures for him. Poll shows this wld totally upend race—but deadline in just 14 days.
    4. Fillon's solution? He's organizing a rally against the judicial branch (!) Sunday—he enlisted former leaders of anti-gay marriage movemt.
    5. Many more moderate leaders of French right are having breakdown over rally, refusing to attend & saying Fillon is using Le Pen's methods.
    6. All this has to help Le Pen & her anti-system campaign, right? Today, she was also summoned to face an indictment over fake public jobs!
    7. Le Pen's is a more traditional French scandal—less about personal enrichment like Fillon than about a pol party divesting public funds.
    8. So now Fillon & Le Pen—uber-favored to face each other in runoff up until January—both face indictments & are campaigning against judges!
    9. Just before this chaos, the 2 Left candidates—Hamon & Melenchon—broke off negotiations, hugely harming ea. other's chances to make runoff
    10. Green Party nominee, Yannick Jadot, dropped out just a week ago, endorsing Hamon; a small, tho insufficient move of left consolidation.
    11. So all this dramatically increases cryptic Emmanuel Macron's chances... while also leaving him to fear 11th hour right-wing switcheroo.
    12. The first round is in 51 days, & this is all wildly unpredictable. We still don't even know for sure who'll actually end up on ballot.
    13. Keep eye on clock, on how Fillon sustains omnipresent pressure to go, on whether Le Pen image suffers, & on left strategic voting. /end

    * * *

    There's more.

    According to AFP, the French Republican party will hold a political committee on Monday, instead of Tuesday, to review the case of its presidential candidate Francois Fillon.  While Senator and Fillon’s closest ally Bruno Retailleau say the meeting “has no importance" on BFM TV, some speculate that it may finally force Fillon to step down and hand over the campaign to Alain Juppe.

    As a reminder, Juppe was favorite to become France’s next president last year before he was overwhelmed by a late surge in support for Fillon during the nomination battle. With prosecutors preparing to charge Fillon with embezzling public money, some Republicans are looking to Juppe to jump back in to salvage their party’s hopes in the first ballot on April 23.

    Meanwhile, more than 60 politicians have said they could no longer support Fillon, who is set to be charged for the embezzlement of public funds despite his protests of innocence. Juppe, the 71-year-old mayor of Bordeaux, featured on the front page of Le Parisian newspaper with a report that he is telling allies he is ready to run if the party wants him. One official who was in Juppe’s primary campaign suggested he is unlikely to return, while the mayor himself couldn’t be reached for comment.

    There's more: Juppe's potential return would threaten to drain away centrist voters who gravitated toward Macron rather than Fillon, potentially jeopardising Macron's recent surge in the polls. Indeed, the latest Odoxa survey of 951 people on March 1 and 2 showed that Alain Juppe, who was defeated by Fillon in the Republican primary, would now lead if he was back in the race.


  • 14 Jan 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year almost 20 members celebrated "Le Jour des Rois" at the Alliance. This was another very successful event. To view  some pictures and learn about the history of this event look under our Articles & Stories on our website or follow this link.  

  • 03 Jan 2017 3:28 PM | Anonymous member

    "No modern philosopher has been more influential than Rousseau, or more misunderstood. There is scarcely a modern intellectual or political movement whose seeds cannot be seen, rightly or wrongly, in some aspect of Rousseau’s thought — the French Revolution, communism, fascism, contemporary communitarianism, as well as the politics of compassion and political leaders who take on the role of public comforters."

    Read more at:

  • 03 Jan 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member

    "On  September 5, 1661, by order of Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet, France’s finance minister, was arrested at Nantes by d’Artagnan, commander of the King’s Musketeers, assisted by one of his men holding the cavalry rank of sergeant, Bénigne de Saint-Mars."

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  • 03 Jan 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous member

    libbeydolls_online2_exhibitionOct. 28, 2016–Feb. 12, 2017
    Gallery 18

    The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were the product of the World War I aid effort. The porcelain factories at Limoges and Sèvres aided in the recovery by putting wounded soldiers, out-of-work artisans and young men back to work making French novelties. Out of their production came this collection of 78 fashion figures, depicting French style from A.D. 493 to 1915. The dolls were purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey at the Permanent Blind Relief Fund’s Allied Bazaar in New York, in what was hailed as the “greatest single purchase made at the Allied Bazaar.” (The dolls sold for $30,000, the equivalent of about $680,000 today.)

    The Libbey Dolls are connected with prominent French couturier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jacques Doucet, who created the dolls’ clothing, using inspiration from works of art by great French artists like Nicolas Lancret and Louis-Léopold Boilly, as well as drawings and engravings from late 19th-century fashion publications. The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story will explore the extraordinary story of this collection while showcasing French fashion design and the strong connection between fashion and the art world.

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