On Saturday November 23rd, 2013, the Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble Committee tied again with the tradition and held its Beaujolais Nouveau event this time on the second floor of the beautiful and well-known Herberger Theater Center, a perfect venue.
I am very happy to include the Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix as co-sponsor of this highly anticipated and successful event.
The success of the evening was, of course, largely due to the attendence of our guests who despite of the rain and cold weather were close to 100.
We were very honored to have among us, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Willis, Honorary Consul of France Mr. Gerrit Steenblik and Honorary Consul of Poland and Mrs. Bogumil Horchem.
We received countless compliments from the attendees who enjoyed every aspect of the evening: the delicious food, the music, the silent auction displays, the elegant and joyful atmosphere and the year's Beaujolais harvest.
As you probably know, Beaujolais is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular "vin de primeur", fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale, all over the world, on the third Thursday of November.
Our guests enjoyed Georges Duboeuf's 2013 Beaujolais, a very fruity, slightly tart wine with a pleasing aroma of a deep rich dark ruby color served in a commemorative souvenir glass.
As the evening unfolded, the guests had the opportunity to gather around the generous buffet campagnard, visit the silent auction, and enjoy the music of Cecile Hortensia, French Indie Folk singer, orginally from Grenoble - France. One of the highlights of the evening was the prize drawing of the 8 beautiful Beaujolais baskets.
I am very grateful to the 10 volunteers from Phoenix Sister Cities and Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix who assisted and helped us throughout the evening, by greeting and directing the guests, at the registration tables, at the silent auction and during the drawing.
It was an opportunity for the attendees to make new friends and a great occasion to foster understanding between American and French cultures.
Pictured (left to right): Honorary Consul of France Mr. Geritt Steenblick, Janine Bobin, Claude Bobin Grenoble Committee Chair
Pictured (left to right): Honorary Consul of Poland Mrs. Bogumil Horchem, Honorary Consul of France Mr. Geritt Steenblick, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles Mrs. Ruth-Elizabeth Willis, Janine Bobin, Claude Bobin Grenoble Committee Chair.
Pictured: Cecile hortensia, French singer-songwriter
Alex Sipes, Christopher Kontos and Collin Sleasman, local Phoenix musicians, will participate in the fourth annual Grenoble Music Festival in France from June 11 to June 22.
The festival committee invites musicians from its international sister cities to attend the week-long festival. Grenoble is one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities.
The three teens will attend several music workshops during the week, staying in a local youth hostel along with the other international musicians. The festival ends with a concert at the local St. Andre Square.
“We are pleased to be invited to participate in this international music festival,” said Sipes. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with so many musicians from around the world.”
In 2010, Sipes visited Catania, Italy, as a participant in the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange program while he was a student at Desert Vista High School. Currently a freshman at Arizona State University, he hopes to continue with his music and receive a Ph.D. in psychology. Kontos will be a senior next year at Desert Vista High School, and Sleasman is a junior at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Listen to their music
On February 8, the Grenoble committee held a membership reception at Sophie's restaurant in Phoenix. Approximately 25 people attended. The heavy hors d'oeuvres were superb and the wine was flavorful and terrific. The goal of such receptions is to develop camraderie and membership within the general community so as to further develop membership in Phoenix Sister Cities and the Grenoble sister city committee.
The committee plans other such events in the coming year and hopes that members of all the sister cities' committees join us for these delightful culinary and cultural events.