Fête de la Musique 2016

The AF will be holding a Fête de la Musique event this year! Started in France 40 years ago, the Fête de la Musique is now celebrated around the world on the first day of summer. On this day, everyone is free to express his musical talent and skills in all its forms, solo or in groups, in public or private. Any kind of music is allowed.

To celebrate the Fête de la Musique, the AF invites you to bring your SCORES, INSTRUMENTS, VOICE OR SIMPLY YOUR EARS, to share. We will play and listen to classical music, French folk songs, and more!

Given the normal effect of music, friendship, and the prospect of a libation, it would not be surprising to see some dancing going on. After the singing, playing and dancing, there will be drinks and snacks to share brought by people attending.

See the bulletin for the address and how to RSVP.

How the West Fell In Love with Japan

The Influence of Japanese Art on the French Art World

The Asian Art Society of Monterey Bay is sponsoring a presentation by Alliance Française Board Director Melinda Coffey Armstead entitled “How the West Fell In Love with Japan: 
The Influence of Japanese Art on the French Art World” on Tuesday, 14 June, Hacienda Carmel “Casa Fiesta” at 6:30 P.M. Dessert and coffee and tea will be served. Before the presentation, there is an optional dinner Robata Grill—Barnyard, at 5 PM. The $25 per person price includes hot tea, Miso soup, white rice, edamame, pokki, tofu, kakiage, eggplant, pork ribs, nikumaki, shumai, tempura, and gyoza. Deadline to pay is June 11 to: AASMB, Box 1336, Pebble Beach 93953. Questions and RSVP: Contact Lois at or 373-0312.

Melinda Coffey Armstead, Music Director of the Church in the Forest, classical pianist and art historian, will present an informative slide show on the influence of famous Japanese artists on the French art world. The opening of Japan in 1854 hit the French art scene with an intoxicating tide of images, objects and textiles that revolutionized the arts in France. Accompanied by a stunning slide presentation featuring Japanese netsuke, wood block prints, and works by French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Ms. Armstead will perform some Debussy pieces on the Steinway Grand Piano. Don’t miss this!

Reception Honoring Alliance Française Winners

On 12 March, the Lyceum, a local non-profit, sponsored Monterey County History Day at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina.  Local students were asked to write or present a poster on a historical theme.  Our AF chapter offered two prizes specifying that the subject matter must relate to France.  Three 12 year-old students rose to the challenge and wrote papers and created posters on subjects related to France.  Simone Jackson, member of our AF Board of Directors, was a judge. Thirty students and 50 guests attended the event.

The AF awarded $30 cash prizes and certificates to two students and a certificate of excellence to a third.  The participation of AF in this competition has certainly helped promote the French culture.  Many thanks to Pauline Cantin and Simone Jackson for their participation in this event.

A reception honoring the students will take place on Saturday, 14 May, 3:00 P.M., Pauline Cantin’s home, 17 Via Ladera, Monterey, CA. Mr. Tom Nelson, Executive Director of the Lyceum of Monterey, will attend. The students will speak about their research and present their posters about the following topics: The Dreyfus Affair; Baron Haussman’s Paris; Coco Chanel. Attendees are invited to participate by asking questions and adding their personal knowledge on these topics.  Please come and encourage these youngsters!

If you wish to attend the reception, please RSVP at 375-1801 or send an email.

Music and Poetry

On Saturday, 16 April, 3:00 P.M., Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, at Stevenson School, 3152 Forest Lake Road, all are invited to a special event celebrating French music and poetry, rewarding French students and their teachers for their participation in the 5th annual French Poetry Contest. Music will be provided by the following: Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano; Katherine Edison, soprano; Don Fischer, oboe; Linda Mehrabian, cello; Robert Armstead, bass-baritone. The poem/texts of the songs–works by Verlaine, Daudet, Anouilh, Prevert, and more, will be recited by local students before the musical performance. The winners of the competition for original poems in French will be announced and awarded prizes.

A Champagne Reception on the deck will be held after the concert.

The fees payable at the door are: $15 for member; $20 for the general public; free for students and teachers. There is no need to RSVP.

Si on chantait ?

French popular music: a lecture and live performance presented by two passionate French musicians.

Come join Alliance Française de Monterey on February 14, 2016 with 2 fabulous events (Limited Space).

  • Si On Chantait ! et Vive La Chandeleur will follow
  • Carmel Masonic Lodge on Lincoln Street between 7th and 8th Ave. Starting at 2:00pm.
  • Price $15.00 for member / $20 for non-member.

For PayPal, add $1 per ticket* – Send payment using PayPal (0ur chapter PayPal account uses the email address treasurer@afmonterey.org)

Make checks payable to “Alliance Française Monterey” and mail to Alliance Française Monterey, PO Box 3573, Carmel, CA 93921

*Those members who have their private PayPal accounts can save the $1.00 fee by paying from their own account and checking “Friends and Family.”

Presentation about Cocteau

On Sunday, 17 January, you are cordially invited to a presentation in French about the French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. The French writer Isaline Remy will make the presentation entitled “Cocteau: His Life and Works,” at 2:00 P.M., Pauline Cantin’s home, 17 Via Ladera, Monterey 93940. Please call to make reservations through Pascale Richards-Deliens at 831-333-6677 or pascale.deliens@yahoo.fr. This event will replace the monthly Soirée-Vidéo at Pauline Cantin’s home.

Please be kind enough to bring a snack and something to drink.

The presentation will include information about the Cocteau home, now a museum, at Milly La Forêt and the showing of his film La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) (1946, 96mn) with Jean Marais et Josette Day. Below, an introduction to the film, so as not to spoil the plot:

The plot of Cocteau’s film revolves around Belle’s father, who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from the Beast’s garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father’s place. The Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis, which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to the Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family and telling her that if she does not return to him within a week, he will die of grief.

Isaline Remy is an artist and literary journalist. She is passionate about different forms of art and literature. She received an award for Poésie de la Promotion Radiophonique from the Société des Poètes Français. Presently, she is Editor and critic of La Revue Indépendante and Le Courrier des Yvelines (hebdo, culture et loisirs). She has written the following, among others:

Fete de l’Epiphanie

…was a great success!

On Sunday, 10 January, we held our Annual General Meeting.  All members were encouraged to attend and we had an excellent turnout. The AF team presented the new team, ideas and plans for 2016.

La Fete de l’epiphanie – Delicious galettes and champagne were provided by the AF.

Come back next year for another wonderful, annual event!


Election Ballot for 2016-2017

It’s time to elect new officers! You may vote online, or print and mail the PDF available online.

AF Annual Holiday Party

Please reserve the date of the AF Annual Holiday Party!

  • When: Sunday, 13 December at 12:00 Noon
  • Where: Los Laureles Lodge, 313 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, (831) 659-2233
  • Cost: $32 per person for the lunch and gratuity
  • Menu: The menu is available online

Please see bulletin for how to reserve your place.

Blind Wine Tasting

Saturday, November 21

To celebrate the arrival of this year’s Beaujolais nouveau, we offer a blind wine tasting event. Each guest should bring a bottle of wine of their choice (and some snacks). Upon arrival, the label will be completely hidden and the bottle will be recognizable only by the number it will receive. Everyone will taste and score his assessments and reviews on a card distributed on arrival. Then the bottle labels will be unveiled labels and everyone’s oenological knowledge … tested!

For good organization, please announce before November 19 to Catherine Catherine Zahm (see bulletin).