Images from our September Magazine
Visist to Château La Coste
All events listed are open to all AAGP Members. There is also a large range of regular events and activities to choose from including: French Conversation, Computer Club, Wine Club, Children’s Group, Regional Art and Cultural activities, Restaurant reviews and many more great activities, tips and ideas to help you get the best out of life in Provence! For contact information for any of these events please refer to the AAGP Newsletter or the Members’ section of the website.
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Contact Michel or Trevor.
18:30 to 20:30hrs
Champagne evening at Marietta’s to celebrate her birthday. 10€ to cover champagne and finger foods. Please contact Marietta to confirm if you can go.
We’re going to beautiful Cassis this month (learn more in the members section). If you love gorgeous sea views with a wonderful lunch, this is your opportunity! Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean and the hillside.
Special favorites include delicately cooked and seasoned fresh fish and beautifully prepared vegetables and salad from the market. We hope you can enjoy a delightful lunch and good conversation with us, on the lovely terrace if we’re blessed with good weather!
The Menu at 70€ includes Entree, Main Course and Dessert, as well as an Apero, a glass of wine and water. Without wine, the price is 60€.
The drive from Aix is about 45 minutes, and valet parking is available at the restaurant. Parking is also available at the public lot next to the restaurant.
Following Michele Sharma’s illuminating talk on the painter Joan Miro (advertised at short notice on The One List), the Arts Club is following up with a visit to the Musee Paul Valery in Sete to see the fabulous major retrospective of his work, followed by lunch. Please contact Gillian if you would like to come and/or need a lift.
‘The Young Philadelphians’, our film choice for November, is the story of the Philadelphia’s social elite. In a glossy melodrama of power & privilege Paul Newman plays Anthony Lawrence, a poor young lawyer who schemes to the top, & Barbara Rush, plays the society girl he hopes to win. Robert Vaughn scores strongly as the blue-blooded army buddy Newman risks his career to defend, in a sensational murder trial. Come & meet the ambitious, the scandalous & marvellous movers & shakers of ‘The Young Philadelphians’. This 1959 film with a stellar cast including Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Billie Burke was directed by Vincent Sherman.
Join us for the film, pizza, & film talk
Deanna & Gilles
Lunch at a new very reasonable restaurant in the 6e. Important: please contact Marietta to reserve.
Jane will be presenting ‘Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore’ by Robin Sloan. The novel was winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything - instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behaviour, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s ‘Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.
Please let Una know before Tuesday November 11th what you will bring for the potluck lunch, which follows the discussion.
The Arts Club is returning to the Cinema in Marignane, which is a great venue to see the Royal Opera/Royal Ballet retransmissions (centre of town, easy parking, delightful modern environment and great facilities). This time we are going to see Verdi’s searing early opera I Due Foscari starring Placido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Verdi’s opera tells the story of a father torn between love for his family and duty in a corrupt city.Tickets will be between 14 and 16 euros.Please contact Gillian if you would like to come and/or need a ride
We will meet on the parking space near the alembic of Riboux. From Riboux we will take a footpath, which passes through woodlands and leads to the top of the Massif de la Sainte Baume. We will have our picnic lunch in the chapel of the Saint Pilon. The difference in altitude is about 400 metres but there are no technical difficulties along the way so dogs and children are welcome.
We will take the same route to return to Riboux and enjoy (hopefully) the view overlooking the calanques and the coastline on our way down. Total hiking time will be about 4 hours. Make sure you wear suitable gear for winter temperatures, bringing enough food and water.
In order to be sure of things I ask all people wishing to come to let me know no later than the day before. My telephone number is 06xxxxxxxx (see members page).
Our November play will be the Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’. The play explores the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. It opened on Broadway in 1938, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was the most frequently produced American play of the 20th century.
The reading will start at 14.00 hrs. on Monday 17 November.
Please email me to get exact details of the edition and to let me know of your intention to attend so that the parts can be distributed.
Every year on the 3rd Thursday of November, France celebrates the arrival of their new wines. Chris and I are happy to open our house to allow some of you to savour the Beaujolais Nouveau, We will choose a few of the wines recommended by a local cave in Les Milles, cave des Vignerons. Bread, cheeses and cold meats will be available to help soak up the very strong wines. The cost will be no more than 10 euros per person, which you can pay me on the night.
Please let me know by Tuesday 18th November so that I can order the food.
Please contact me. Directions will be sent to you when you reserve
10:00 to 12:00hrs
Venue in members section. Contact Marietta for more details.
Come and join us for lunch at a Japanese restaurant in the centre of Aix. The choice of sushi, sashimi or even European is entirely yours.
Please contact me by Tuesday 18 November to book your place. Looking forward to seeing you. If you have a favourite place that you would like to share or would like to organize a lunch, please let me know.
14:30 to 16:30hrs
Venue in members section. Contact Marietta.
17:00 to 19:00hrs
Venue in members section. For details see Arts Club special announcement on page 8.
Venue in members section.
“Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings. William Bradford, Ye Governor of Ye Colony.”
--William Bradford (1590-1657), Pilgrim father and second governor of Plymouth colony.
This was the Invitation to the first American Thanksgiving. Now we of the AAGP INVITE ALL OUR MEMBERS, THEIR CHILDREN AND EXTENDED FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND GUESTS TO JOIN WITH US, AMERICANS AND CANADIANS, TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING IN A CONVIVIAL ENVIRONMENT WITH TRADITIONAL FOODS AND A SPIRIT OF APPRECIATION FOR ALL THAT WE SHARE.
We will have a fun; Family oriented Thanksgiving with all of the food served at the table. We’ll have all the traditional foods: turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie and whipped cream.
Please make your reservation early so that we can be sure there is room for all.
Time: 16:00 for aperitif and 17:00 for dinner, the traditional time for this feast.
Cost: 28€ for members, 10€ for their children up to and including age 12;
35€ for guests and 18€ for their children up to and including age 12.
This includes aperitif, the meal with desert, wine and coffee.
Please make your checks payable to AAGP and send them to Michel. Please specify the number of children and guests included in your reservation. RESERVATIONS WILL BE MADE UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR CHECK. CHECKS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 22 NOVEMBER. This will enable us to confirm the number of guests with the restaurant so they can order the turkeys and other goodies!
Questions regarding the Dinner? Email or call Mary Lou or Kathleen.
As well as all the specials listed above, don’t forget the Regular Activities that offer new skills, fun and friendship all year round. Contact details are in your yellow Members’ List book.
Monday (fourth): Play Reading Group 14:00hrs
Tuesday: Bridge 14:00hrs
Tuesday (after the board meeting, usually the first): Computer Club 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Wednesday (second): Ciné Club 10:30hrs
Thursday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Friday: French (Aix) 9:45hrs - 11:45hrs
Saturday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Sunday (first): Pétanque 10:30hrs