There’s lots going on in June with shared meals to finish off the year’s courses and next week’s midsummer celebrations. We finish our first year of line dancing with a performance during Wednesday evening’s Fête de la Musique in Cluny. Hopefully with all the rehearsing we are doing nobody will put a foot wrong.
Christiane, left, putting us through our paces for the Fête de la Musique
Before that comes another midsummer event, the Feux de la St Jean. The men were out yesterday building the bonfire. On Friday morning they will be building the stage for the band, and Saturday will involve putting up the barnum and catering.
Here are some photos Chris took yesterday -
A bit of mechanical help this year
This photo reminds us if “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”
With the cock perched on top the team is ready for their picnic lunch
There’s another big event the following weekend of 23rd, 24th & 25th June. The Cant’Azé choir present their end of year concert, “La Magie des Chansons”. It will be the last time to hear the choir under the direction of David Aubrec. It’s at Azé church and everyone is invited for aperos afterwards.
Hopefully the fine weather will continue for all the outdoor events and we don’t get too many thunderstorms. Perhaps we will be dancing in the rain!
After a flurry of end of term dinners and performances we can relax and enjoy the holidays. (Yes, I know every day is a holiday for us!).
Midsummer was celebrated with the Feux de la St Jean at Blanot.
The team setting the bonfire
The music was provided by Duo Héritages who kept us entertained until the early hours. As soon as it was dark the bonfire was lit and the warm night became even warmer. The buvette did a roaring trade in cold drinks.
Our keep fit class celebrated with a meal in Blanot. The year’s torture must have had some effect because, despite the heat, many found the energy to walk over the hill from Cortambert. We met at the Auberge du Prieuré where we had a delicious yet healthy meal.
L’Auberge du Prieuré
La, la, la, la…….
A good time was had by all and we celebrated with the Burgundy song.
A successful year was terminated by a concert by our local choir, Cant’Azé. We went to the last of the three performances and the choir said a very tearful goodbye to Jacqueline Delaigue who has been in charge for the last twenty five years. She shared the direction of this concert with the incoming choirmaster, David Aubret.
The Cant’Azé Choir
David is boyishly goodlooking, and we enjoyed his talents the following week when we attended a performance of one of his groups, Du Vent dans les Cordes. David played the accordian with two violinists, Claire Vincent (also on viola) and Yves Marrilliet. We are used to the accordian/violin combination at ceilidhs so it was a treat to hear them playing classical music; the short pieces from Vivaldi, Chostakovitch and Puccini were my particular favourites. You too can enjoy them on www.dvdlc.fr.
Du Vent dans les Cordes
I have no doubt that the number of women joining Cant’Azé will rise when the choir meets again in September. But don’t think about the Rentrée yet. We have the two long months of summer to enjoy first.