Baroque Music Concert

to benefit the scholarship fund

Sunday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.

Katie Clare Mazzeo (harpsichord) and Penny Hanna (viola da gamba)

Our member Katie Clare Mazzeo generously opens her beautiful house and offers a concert to allow our Alliance to raise funds for scholarships.

The program includes composers from the court of Versailles and beyond: Boismortier, Marin Marais, François Couperin, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Louis de Caix of Hervelois and a sing-a-long for the spectators!

Katie Clare Mazzeo began her career as a pianist but fell in love with the harpsichord and since it enjoys and performs harpsichord music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Penny Hanna began her career as a bassist and discovered the viola da gamba later. She also sings and plays the pipe in various styles of popular music. She is an enthusiastic aficionado of 14th century music.

Refreshments and snacks will be served after the concert.

Suggested Donation $15.00.

RSVP to Pauline Cantin, 831-375-1801,

The Darker Side of Napoleon

by Norman Stokle

Saturday, April 12 at 11am
MIIS, Morse Building B104, Van Buren Street

Conference 70mn in English in partnership with MIIS followed by a “questions and answers”

Dr. Stokle will explore several areas of the life of Napoleon, how the events of his early life have influenced his subsequent actions and relationships. Separating fact from fiction, he will explain how Napoleon built his own legend.

Norman Stokle was born and raised in England. He spent most of his life teaching the French, French culture and literature in American universities as well as Paris. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

This event is open to all. Come with your family and friends and let them discover the Alliance Française.

RSVP with Pascale Richards, 831 324 0101,

Suggested Donation to grow the scholarship fund. Those who wish can meet after the conference for lunch with the speaker at Jack’s Restaurant.

Poetry Contest

Saturday, March 29 2pm

In partnership with MIIS, the Monterey Alliance Française offers a poetry contest open to all students taking French classes in the region. Students, introduced by their teachers, recite either their own poems or those of French or Francophone poets. After the jury announces the best reciters and poems will receive awards in the presence of Gisèle Kapuscinski, a member of our Alliance and creator of this contest.

Your presence and support will be great encouragement for those students who have chosen to learn French and to promote the French language.

Irvine Auditorium, MIIS McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Potluck wine and cheese tasting

Sunday, March 16 at 3pm

Hosted by Christian Viollaz, Chez Christian Real Estate, 704 Broadway Street, Suite C, Seaside

Parking is on the main street as well as private parking, entrance south side.

To celebrate La Francophonie Week (that takes place from March 16 to 23) Christian Viollaz, our host, invited us to the opening of its newest real estate agency with a warm and welcoming setting. Bring cheese and wine from a French-speaking country or a French region with some accompaniments (bread, raisins, nuts …) and we share our knowledge and taste cheeses and their origin, the idea being to taste cheeses and wines from a country, a region, Christian will explain the different types of cheese making and will lead a discussion about regions of origin of French cheeses.

See the March bulletin for details.

Tribute to Eric Satie


Tribute to Eric Satie

Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano
Pascale Richards-Deliens, lecture

For the first part, Pascale will evoke the life and work of Eric Satie, French composer, eccentric, unclassifiable, a friend of Debussy and father of artistic movements of the early 20th century. Then Melinda, will speak (English) about Erik Satie’s music. The second part, Melinda will perform his known and lesser-known works accompanied by Pascale Richards’ reading.

  • Hot and cold snacks and some drinks will be served after the concert.
  • Suggested Donation $15.00. The funds raised will be used for scholarships and grants.
  • This event is open to all. Come with your family and friends and let them discover the Alliance Française.

See the bulletin for details.

Candlemas and crêpes tasting

Saturday, February 1 – 3pm Epiphany and galettes tasting

PATISSERIE BECHLER, 1225 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove

This year, Chef Gerard Bechler that will flip crêpes for us. Each guest will receive 2 large crêpes with a glass of “sparkling cider” for $6.75. It’s up to each individual to pay at the counter.

It is essential to RSVP before Thursday, January 30. See bulletin for details

Epiphany and cake tasting

Sunday, January 5 at 2pm

Hosted by Madame Geoffrey de Sibert.

The French Alliance offer traditional cakes and champagne. In order to have enough refreshments, it is important to RSVP before January 2.

This event is open to all. Come with your family and friends and let them discover the Alliance Française. The house will be marked with balloons. Please consider parking along the lane on the right. There will be several parking places at the top left, in the court, for people with walking difficulties. Free for members, $5.00 for non-members.

Déjeuner de Noël

Déjeuner de Noël will be Sunday, December 8th at noon. We need your reservations before Monday, December 2 at the latestIt will be held in a private dining room with round tables, a nice Christmas decor and a piano. Chef Herman, renowned for its excellent cuisine offers the following menu  at $ 37.00 per person :

Green and red mixed salad, half poached pear topped with warm goat cheese and nuts, papaya, chips
Pan seard filet of salmon encrusted with sweet basil, yellow tomatoe fondue and squash Provencal
Croustillant de canard with potatoes au Gratin, celery root, sweet and sour red cabbage
Warm Christmas pudding , with ice cream and sliced strawberries
Water, coffee and tea are free. The house wine (Merlot, Chardonnay or Chiant) is extra.

At the end of the meal we will sing traditional French Christmas carols.

See bulletin for more information.

Wine Tasting

Samedi 23 Novembre 15h
chez Catherine Zahm

We ask you to bring a bottle of wine and / or a snack (cheese, grape, or appetizers). It would be great to have bottles of different prices, different varieties and from different countries. We will pack the bottle to hide the label and we will apply it a number. Participants will try to find the variety, country of origin, and give their opinion on the quality of the wine (1 á 10), and the price they would pay for that bottle. It will be interesting to know what our palate decide without using the label of the bottle.

So that we can organize this event, please RSVP before November 20 to Catherine or Pascale (see bulletin).
If you are interested in car-pooling, either as passenger or driver, please also tell Pascale.

After the French Poets’ Visit

After their visit to our Alliance, the two French poets, Isaline Remy and Linda Bastide, extend their heartfelt thanks and send us the story of their visit to Carmel.