Thursday, 21 June 2018

Week 25 2018

Coming up at on 21 June is the Fete de la Music traditionally held in France on midsummer’s day.  It all began in 1982 when the then Minister of Culture Jack Lang decided to revive the pagan Festival of St Jean.  He invited musicians from all walks of life to join together and give free concerts.  Over 30 years later the event has spread throughout the world.
This year 21 falls on Thursday and so there are Fete de la Music celebrations spreading through to the weekend.
There will be a concert near you to enjoy this coming weekend - enjoy!
Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a good time.
Best wishes,

Week 25 2018

Monday18 June
Tuesday 19 June
Wednesday 20 June
20 June 14h - 19h : Portes Ouvertes for the Ecole d'arts plastiques in Libourne. 

Thursday 21 June
21 June : Fete de la Musique and Night market in Castillon at the place General de Gaulle 
21 June : Fete de la Musique in Saint Quentin du Baron - this village has a great celebration.
21 June : Fete de la Musique at the Temple de Libourne

21 June : Fete de la Musique at the Bistrot Maritime in Libourne

21 June : Fete de la Musique in Libourne throughout the town.
21 June : Fete de la Musique in Porcheres

21 June : Fete de la Musique and Marche gourmande in Saint Medard de Guiziers
21-22 June : Fete de la Biere at the Salle Clarisse Briand in Ste Foy.

21 - 22 - 23 - 24June : Bonneville hosts Cote Jardin, the festival Nicole Cluzeau.  Find out who, what, where and when here.
Friday 22 June
22 June 16h30 : see the completion of the Mur Fou in Castillon. 
22 June : Music and football at the Comptior de Genes.

22 June : Feu de St Jean in La Sauvetat du Dropt. 
22 June : Fete de la Musique and a bite to eat at Saint Jean de Blaignac.
22 June : Big Ed and the Red Balls in Ruch 
22 June : Fete de al Musique in Ste Foy la Grande

22 June 21h : Soiree Chic & Choc in Caumont

 22 June : Feu de la Saint Jean in Porcheres.
22 - 23 - 24 June : Libourne Fete la Confluence.  Find out what's new on the waterfront in Libourne.

Saturday 23 June
23 June : Puces des Coutrieres. Everything you need for knitters and sewers in Mouliets et Villemartin.

23 June 12h : Dejeuner Gourmande at Domaine ferrant 
23 June : The students from Les Ateliers Schofield showcase their work in Pellegrue
23 June : Gensac fete de la Musique

23 June : Fete de la Musique in Bonneville 
23 June : Fete de la Musique and Marche gourmande, and fireworks at Camps sur l'Isle

23 June : Izon Fete de la Musique at Marche gourmande 
23 June : Soiree Jambon braise in Castillon. - great photo - no address! 

23 June 20h : Soiree entrecote with music from the Pyrenees in Margueron

23 - 24 June : Petanque championships in Ste Foy la Grande.
Sunday 24 June
24 June from 7h30 : VTT tracks, running and walking trails organised by Le Club La Roue des Moulins 
24 June : Vide Grenier in Porchers 
24 June : Vide Grenier, Foire a tout in Lamothe Montravel.
24 june : Vide grenier in Espiet
24 June : Vide grenier in Juillac
24 June : Vide Grenier in Moulon
24 June : Vide grenier annueal in St Vincent de Pertignas lieu dit Villeseque
24 June : Vide greniers in Libourne 
24 June : Chateau de Callac opens its doors to you, tastings, vintage car exhibition, pony rides, concerts...

24 June : La Fete de la Famille in Blasimon
Coming up...

And finally... 

The Maison d'artisans in Sauveterre announces it's summer programme for workshops.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Week 24 2018

St Jean be Blaignac
It’s June and the Marche Nocturne (Night Market) season is starting.  But what is a Night Market?  It’s certainly nothing like a farmer’s market.  Think of it as an open air food hall with added entertainment.  There are long communal benches in the centre and all around local food producers, restaurateurs and caterers have stands selling their produce – it’s like street food I guess, but with the added comfort of somewhere to sit.
How does it work?  You choose what you’d like to eat, buy it from the stand and take it back to the table to eat and share.  So, you can buy your bread from the baker, your wine from a local vineyard and choose whatever else you like the look of, perhaps a plate of charcuterie, a duck breast cooked on the wood from old vines, moules frites or an omelette with cepes.  You just never know what you might find…

Whenever we go, we like to be a little prepared, so, we have a ‘Night Market Kit’!  In my basket I have sharp knives and forks.  The cutlery provided can often be plastic, which can make a steak hard work… I also add wine glasses, a bottle of water and serviettes.  We have a tablecloth too, just for fun – and once I saw a group with a candelabra! 
There’s a page on the newsletter, specifically for the night markets – it’s an easily updated work in progress, so if your village or town is having a night market, or you’d like to recommend one, please let me know and I can include it.
Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.
Best wishes,

Week 24 2018

Monday 11 June
Tuesday 12 June
Wednesday 13 June
Thursday 14 June

14 June 19h30 : The Swing Guitar Trio in Concert at the Belvedere

Friday 15 June

15 -16 - 17 June the 3eme Grand Salon des Metiers d'Art in Rauzan

15 June 18h - 21h : Grand Apero on the Waterfront in Flaujagues (see more info below)

15 June 19h30 : Session #2 at Chateau La Fleur Picon , DJ, beers, wines and food - free entry

15 June 20h : Live music in Rauzan

15 - 16 - 17 June : Vernissage for the Photo Exhibition 'Sensationnel' at the Vieux Couvert, 6bis rue de la Temple in Gensac on Friday at 18h, exhibition runs through the weekend.

Saturday 16 June

16 June : vide grenier in Puisseguin

16 - 17 June : The Festival du Mouton ivre - it's all about the wool and the sheep, visit Gensac and discover the wonderful crafts and craftspeople who work with wool, felting, knoitting, spinning and weaving. Food and drink too.  The Romanie Dandies (they're good fun!) perform on Saturday night.

16 - 17 June : Notre Petit Maison, dance show in Castillon

16 - 17 June : Fete Locale in Petiti Palais et Cornemps

16 June 17h30 : Caribbean concert in Sauveterre at the Salle Sione Veil

16 June : Saint Phlippe du Seignal in fete!

16 June : Marche Gourmande at St Quentin de Caplong

16 June : From 16 June the inflatables are up and available on lac du Cadie in Mouliets.

16 - 17 June : Journees de l'Archeologie in Duras

Sunday 17 June

17 June : Vide greniers in Libourne

17 June : Vide Grenier in Minzac

17 June : Vide grenier and vintage cars and tractors (perfect place to take your Dad for Father's day!) in Eynesse

17 June : Vide grenier in Petit Palais et Cornemps

17 June : 104 en Fete at the Salle Clarisse Brian in Ste Foy la Grande

17 June 10h- 14h : Marche Bio at Chateau des Rochers in Belves de Castillon

Coming up...

And finally...

The people living in and around the banks of the Dordogne at Flaujagues invite you to join them at a Grand Potluck Aperitif. This fledgling association 'La Flaujagaise' welcomes all and is all about promoting and sharing the good life in the village and the surrounding areas.  They hope to move forward with events such as a Fete de la Riviere, a cine-club and much more.  Go along on Friday evening and find out more!  Everyone welcome, not just if you live in Flaujagues.  Seems to me a great way to get to know people in the area.