Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Week 31 2013



Hello!

Please excuse the delay in posting – the combination of wild electrical storms and liveboxes does not make a blog a simple process…  Still experiencing a few problems, so if you have sent an email with information I may not have found it yet…

Here’s a view of Ste Foy I wasn’t expecting to see last week!  Told to be ready to go out on Thursday afternoon, but no idea where… A little later I found myself at the airport in Ste Foy about to take a trip in a glider!  With clear blue skies and very little wind we soared above the Dordogne and over Ste Foy. An amazing experience :) 
 
If you are looking for things to do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne area, there is plenty to do, have a look below.

Have a great week,
Best wishes,
Helen

Week 31


25 July – 16 August : L’Ete Musical en Bergerac http://www.festivalbergerac.com/

Monday 29 July

Tuesday 30 July

30 July : Etape Gourmande Castillon-la-Bataille "L'Etape gourmande" animations place du XIV juillet de 9h00 à 13h00 avec Julie Andrieu et Joël Dupuch. Expositions, marché gourmand, jeux.

30 July 17h : Criterium Cycliste in Castillon La Bataille.  32 laps round a 4 km uphill course (and a bit of downhill!) on the slopes of Belves.  Featuring some of the riders hot from the Tour de France, unfortunately not Chris Froome this year, but he was here a few years ago!  This year we have Alberto CONTADOR, Richie PORTE and Thomas VOECKLER.  To see the line-up go to http://www.castillonlabataille.fr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=278&Itemid=1

30 July : Soiree en Rose Blanc.  An evening dedicated to tasting local Rose and white wines to the festive sounds of the bandas.  Call ahead to reserve a plate of tapas 05 57 41 21 79.  To add to the fun, wear something pink!

 
















30 July – 5 August : Exhibition by Painter Jeanne-Marie Musset at the Salle du Logis de Malet, Place Meyret, Saint Emilion

30 July  - Night market in Saint Emilion, Parc Guadet

30 July – Night market  in Eymet, Place de la Bastide. Over 60 stands.

30 July – Castillon la Bataille Night market, by the river.  There will be music and dancing
 
30 July - Le Pizou Night market

Wednesday 31 July

31 July : Party in the Park at Chateau Fayolle Luzac in Fougeuyrolles 33220

31 July -  Blasimon Night market. Entertainment by Folk/Pop group Terres Blanches
31 July – Monsegur Night market

Thursday 1 August

1 August 18h30 : Aperitif Musical by the Orchestre de CHambre de la Gironde at the Vieille Halle in Gensac.  Free Entry

1 August : Battle of Castillon.  Gates open at 19h, lots to do, see and eat before the amazing show 
starts as the evening gets dark at 22h30. http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

1 August : Guided historical tour through Castillon before heading over to the Battle

1 August : Gourmet Treasure Hunt in Ste Foy la Grande.  This unusual treasure hunt will introduce you to some local artists and shopkeepers in the heart of the old town.  For more information visit Vac’Dor Voyages by the Grand Pineuilh Leclerc.

1 August : Wine and Cheese evening.  An evening on a vineyard, when the winemaker joins with a cheese maker to make delicious flavour combinations in a beautiful setting.  .  For more information visit Vac’Dor Voyages by the Grand Pineuilh Leclerc.


1 August 21h15 : Guided flamelit historic walk through Ste Foy la Grande.


1 August – Night market  Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, Terrasse François Mitterand.  Entertainment by Atmosphere Guingette

1 August  Night market  in Duras.  Entertainment by George Smith – pop/rock/folk
Friday 2 August

2 August : Battle of Castillon. Annual re-enactment of the last battle of the Hundred Years War.  Watch this amazing show set in a huge open-air stage on the hills behind Castillon.  http://www.batailledecastillon.com/
 

2 August : Guided historical tour through Castillon before heading over to the Battle

2 August  17h - 19h: Vitrine du Pays Foyen Wine class : Appellation Bordeau and Bordeaux Superieur  €18/workshop. Contact Frédérique LEUSIE
" Association des Vignes aux Vins en Pays Foyen"
VITRINE DU PAYS FOYEN
Centre commercial Grand Pineuilh
Avenue de la Résistance
33220 PINEUILH
T- 05.57.41.21.79
Mail -
vignesauxvins@gmail.com

2 August – St Michel de Montagne Night market
 
2 August - Villefranche de Lonchat Night market
2 – 10 August : 22nd edition of the international festival of street art in Libourne.  Over 140 shows in the town over the week.  To see the full programme go to http://www.festarts.com/

Saturday 3 August

3 August : Battle of Castillon http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

3 August : Guided historical tour through Castillon before heading over to the Battle

3 August - St Méard de Gurçon Night market

3 August : Dinner and Jazz in Gensac.

3 – 4 August : Loubes Bernac en fete!  On Saturday commencing at 7pm, in front of the Marie, a dinner and dancing.  The menu, Aperitif,Melon, salad compose, Grilled lamb, French beans, salad and cheese, fruit tart and coffee with wine.  20 euros with children under 12, 10 euros.
Please remember to bring your own plates, cutlery and glasses.  On Sunday in
addition to rambles both on foot and motor bikes, a wine fair, a vide
greniers there will be throughout the day, a soap box derby for
professionals and amateurs.  The day will finish with a fire work display.
At noon there is Paella for lunch, adults 13 euros under 12, 7 euros and at
7pm a grill at 8 euros.   Reservations must be made for all the meals before
1st August either at La Poste in Loubes-Bernac, Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to
noon, on 05 53 92 77 00 or in the evenings at 05 53 94 77 90 or 05 53 94 74
19.  For more information , but not reservations, e-mail
ronald.marsh@wanadoo.fr
 
3 August 21h : Eté en Concerto at  Ste Croix du Mont Church
Vivaldi - Concerto pour basson en fa, RV 488
soliste : Diego Chenna
Grieg - Suite Holberg
Villa Lobos - Ciranda das sete notas
soliste : Diego Chenna
Mozart - Divertimento en ré, KV251

3 – 18 August : Les Arts au Chateau in Saussignac.  Watercolours and pastels.  Featuring Peter Thomas, Lelie Abadie, Jean Claude Papeix and Jean Charles Peyrouny

3 – 4 – 5 August : Fete Local in Montcaret.  Starting on Saturday with a disco at 22h.

Sunday 4 August

4 August : Brocante in Gensac – this in BIG!

4 August : Brocante Vide greniers at Branne.

4 August : Festivities continue in Montcaret with a collection of historic vehicles and a live evening show.  Find out who is performing and more details http://www.montcaret.fr/?page_id=452

4 August : Vide Greniers at Doulezon 33350

4 August : Soap Box Darby at Loubes Bernac as part of their fete.  Also a vide grenier and wine fair.

4 August : Vide grenier, arts and crafts and an exhibition of old cars at Cleyrac
 
4 August 17h : Concert - ORFEO DI CRACOVIA : Händel - Teleman
Eglise de Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes,
ORFEO DI CRACOVIA
Händel - Teleman
Direction : JP. MENUGE
Entrée 12€ - Etudiant 8€ (gratuité -12 ans)
* concert suivi du verre de l'amitié
  
4 August 18h : Eté en Concerto by Orchestre de Chambre de la Gironde
Gensac Church.
Vivaldi - Concerto pour basson en fa, RV 488
soliste : Diego Chenna
Grieg - Suite Holberg
Villa Lobos - Ciranda das sete notas
soliste : Diego Chenna
Mozart - Divertimento en ré, KV251

Coming up…

CONCERT:  "Les cordes et voix magiques d'Ukraine" un concert exceptionnel  le lundi 5 août à 20h45 au centre culturel de Castillon Entrée 15 euros, gratuit pour les moins de 12 ans.  Réservations possibles par Email: jeanmarclachaize019@orange.fr

"Music for the Queen"
Coubeyrac - lundi 5 août 21h
musique baroque à la cour d’Angleterre
Annabelle Cavalli, flûte à bec / Florian Vogt, clavecin
Orchestre de Chambre de la Gironde

5 August : Disco and Fireworks in Montcaret to close the fete.

And finally…
Franco British Week part 2  

This is to whet your appetite for the FBW with descriptions of some of the events which make up our week of “camaraderie” between the French and English speaking communities.
The Week has as its precursor, an art exhibition, from 21st to 25th August in Salle Paul Broca in the square of Ste Foy la Grande.  This will have the works of 3 artists who live and work in Pays Foyen.  Peter Thomas (pastels) and to know more see his web site www.peterthomaspastels.com Ule Berger a sculptor, and Claude Groschene a water colourist whose work you can find on www.boutiquedesartistes.fr 
How about combining an evening at the cinema, with an English language film, together with an Italian meal Restaurant Luceti in rue Victor Hugo are offering  a special Resto-Cine meal at 16 Euros together with a ticket for Cinema La Breche which will be showing the English language films on Monday 26 August and Saturday 31 August.  Reservations are essential on 05 57 41 24 50
For more information keep reading this blog!!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Week 30 2013



Hello,


I’m loving the sunshine, this month is more than making up for June!  We had a lovely sunny weekend and visited the Basket and willow-weaving fair in Issigeac, I just love all the different shapes that they weave and colours that come from the willow.  This year there were even some chairs.

I’m off to the Battle this weekend, they have already had some record breaking evenings, on Saturday night they served 963 meals.  It’s a really good evening, I’m such a fan!  If you haven’t been there, then why not?  For more information go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

Whatever you do, and there’s plenty to choose from, have a good week.  If you’d like an event to be included in the blog, just send me the information and I’ll add it in.

Best wishes,

Helen

Week 30 2013

 
Monday 22 July


Tuesday 23 July

23 July 21h : Concert by ‘Slovanda’ at Salle Clarisse Brian, Ste Foy la Grande as part of the Musitineraires.  To find out more go to http://festival.paysfoyen.com/

23 July : Night markets in Saint Emilion, Eymet  and Castillon

Wednesday 24 July

24 July : Open rehearsals for the OCG.  To see the times go to http://ocg.free.fr/spip.php?rubrique11

24 July 21h : Jazz concert by ‘French Touch’ at the Centre Cultural, Castillon la Bataille.  We went along and saw them last year and had a lovely evening.  Reservations 06 80 72 65 60 To read about them go to  http://www.sudouest.fr/2013/07/19/boris-vian-le-jazzman-revisite-1118957-2820.php

24 July 21h : Cajan, Blues, Creole concert by ‘Maringouins’ at the Salle Clarisse Brian in Ste Foy la Grande as part of the Musineraires.  To find out more go to http://festival.paysfoyen.com/

 









24 July : Night markets in Blasimon and Monsegur

Thursday 25 July

25 July : Bergerac Summer Music festival starts.  There are 2 shows in total throughtout the region, each one held in a beautiful venue.  To find out more about the concerts and their locations go to http://www.festivalbergerac.com/



25 July  : Les Jeudis Gourmandes at Parc du Château in Eymet.

25 July 21h15 : Torch lit guided tour around Ste Foy old town.

25 July : Winemaker’s Quiz-rally.  An amazing discovery of local wine producers who open their doors and introduce you to the secrets of wine.  For more information visit Vac’Dor Voyages by the Grand Pineuilh Leclerc.

25 July : Tapas and wine evening.  Let Elizabeth guide your tastebuds through the paring of wines and tapas. For more information visit Vac’Dor Voyages by the Grand Pineuilh Leclerc.

25 July : Night markets in Ste Foy La Grande and Duras

Friday 26 July

26 July 21h : Concert by ‘Heureuz Zarar’ at Chateau Rabouchet in Pineuilh as part of the   To find out more go to http://festival.paysfoyen.com/
Musitineraires.

26 July : Battle of Castillon.  One of the biggest shows in the Gironde.  To find out more go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

26 – 27 – 28 July : Fete de la Dordogne en Feux at Ste Terre Plage.  Friday night starts the festivities with a Soirée Avalanche de Mousse… Take one large foam machine and a disco, mix together and enjoy…




















26 July : Night markets in Flaujagues (If you mention to Les Guinots  that you read about the market in the blog they will give you a welcome aperitif!) and Villefranch de Longchat

Saturday 27 July

27 July from 8h : If you like old cars aand motorbikes then head over to Vignonet.  The day includes a visit to a local winemaker, a vide grenier and a chance for 6 – 14 year olds to have a go at motocross in a secure set-up.  The evening will include a meal and fireworks. Read more about it here http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/fr/agenda.html?m=07&id=849

27 July – 7 August : The 26th Festival de Gensac by the Gironde Chamber Orchestra (OCG). The first Concert Decouverte is at 21h at the church in Lapouyade.  To reserve a free place call 05 57 49 42 89

27 July 17h: Concert de fin de stage choral Pro Musica at the Eglise Notre Dame in Ste Foy as part of the Musitineraires.  To find out more go to http://festival.paysfoyen.com/

27 July : Battle of Castillon.  One of the biggest shows in the Gironde.  To find out more go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/




















27 July 19h30 – 23h30 : Chateau Font Vidal in Juillac hosts their annual Marche d’ete.  Music by Blues/Rock group ‘Brother Jack’, Consider reserving a place (or a table) as space is limited 05 57 40 55 58

27 – 28 July : Portes ouvertes at Chateau Galouchey in Gensac.  See the poster for full details of all the events over the 2 days.

Sunday 28 July

28 July : Lussac Foire a tout
 
28 July : Sainte Foy la Grande, les Puces du cœur de la Bastide

28 July 18h : Gironde Chamber Orchestra (OCG) concert Decouverte held at Gensac church. Reservations 05 57 47 43 69 / 15 57 47 46 67.  Adults €18 Children €5.  To see the full programme go to http://ocg.free.fr/spip.php?article45






Coming up…


Franco British Week

24 to 31 August



Many towns and villages, particularly here in SW France, hold a Franco British Day or even a weekend, but in Ste Foy la Grande we are unique in devoting a whole week to bring together the French and English communities.  All the events during the week are aimed not just to be pleasurable but to enhance the integration of our communities.

Based in Ste Foy la Grande but also encompassing the whole of Pays Foyen, the programme varies from an Art exhibition to a quiz night, from themed dinners to wine tasting, from sport to cinema, from a garden visit to games for the young, and culminating in a grand picnic on the Saturday.

A fun feature is the “design a hat competition”.  During the coming weeks many local shops, services and your local Marie, will display the FBW poster and have the detailed programme for you to take, but more about the “Design a hat competition”  in our next blog.  So watch this space.

A word of advice, if you see an event which want to enjoy – book early!!! 

 


















And finally…


And there he was… watching the world go by… Have you seen this flowerpot man in the area?

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Week 29 2013



Hello!

I love fireworks!  And these were the fireworks from Castillon on 14 July.  We stood on the end on the bridge and we were so close to the fireworks that it was like they were just for us…

This one is for my Mum...
We also went to the vide greniers in Castillon and I saw this interesting collection on one of the stands. 

Hopefully by now, you will have seen the new page, especially for the Night Markets which are becoming a popular way to spend your evening (and no arguing about what to eat, and who will do the washing up…)  If you hear of any more, then please let me know and I’ll put them onto the page.  Keep an eye on the Night Market page as it will be updated and the changes may not make their way onto the Newsletter page.

Have a great week – the Battle of Castillon starts this weekend, and it’s easy to buy your tickets online, or pop into the office in Castillon, just next to the church.

Best wishes,
Helen

 

Week 29 2013

Monday 15 July
 
Tuesday 16 July

FRANKLIN FARM 
Tuesday 16th July 12.15 till 12.45 at the gite complex of Helen Furniss, Keirmasi, Le Matelin, 24230 Lamothe Montravel. They are situated between St Michel de Montaigne and Lamothe Montravel, off the D9. Their is a website www.keirmasi.com to help find the exact location. If you need help finding it take my cellphone number with you 0609106284 so I can guide you in.
Tuesday 16th July 1.30 till 2.30 next to the church at St Méard de Gurçon 24610. 
We will have lamb joints, various chops and minced lamb. British sausages and dry-cured bacon. Please refer to our website for prices www.franklinfarm.fr 
If you would like something specific please get in touch so I can reserve it for you or if you have transport problems and live close to one of these locations please get in touch so we can organise an alternative solution.
Helen Franklin on 0553 823771 or 0609106284
SIRET:47845018200017

 16 July 18h - 20 h : Farmers Market at Ferme des Guardes in Saint Antoine de Breuilh

16 –19 – 23 - 24 – 26 – 27 July 23rd Musitineraires in Pays Foyen  6 evenings of music in Ste Foy and Pinheuil.  To find out more – what’s on where? And how you can be a part of it, go to http://festival.paysfoyen.com/

 









Wednesday 17 July

17 July : Night market in Blasimon with Mickael Vigneau and his accordion

Thursday 18 July

18 July  : Les Jeudis Gourmandes at Parc du Château in Eymet.



18 July 21h15 : Torch lit guided tour around Ste Foy old town.



  

18 July : Gourmet Treasure Hunt in Ste Foy la Grande.  This unusual treasure hunt will introduce you to some local artists and shopkeepers in the heart of the old town.  For more information visit Vac’Dor Voyages by the Grand Pineuilh Leclerc.
 


18 July : Wine and Cheese evening.  An evening on a vineyard, when the winemaker joins with a cheese maker to make delicious flavour combinations in a beautiful setting.  .  For more information visit Vac’Dor Voyages by the Grand Pineuilh Leclerc.

18 July : Night market in Duras featuring George Smith


18 – 19 – 20 – 21 July : Saint Emilion Jazz festival, to find out more go to http://www.saint-emilion-jazz-festival.com/




Friday 19 July

19 July :  Dan Jones is a Superb guitarist (note capital S!) and guitar teacher at St Laurent des Hommes music school.  He is playing this Friday with his Jazz Quartet  in Beaupouyet.

 


















19 July : Opening night of the Battle of Castillon.  This amazing show runs for 5 weekends throughout the summer and retells the story of the last battle of the Hundred Years War between France and England.   To find out more go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/  If you haven’t seen it yet – then why not????

 19 July : The 2nd Concert from the Mustinaires festival in Pays Foyen.  go to http://festival.paysfoyen.com/ for more information


Saturday 20 July

20 – 21 July : 20th Basket and willow weaving fair in Issigeac.  I love this fair and always come away with yet another basket – I just can’t resist
them…

20 – 21 July : Ruch en fete!  Night market 

20 - 21 July : Les Leves Fete Locale

20 July : Battle of Castillon.  One of the biggest shows in the Gironde.  To find out more go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

Sunday 21 July

21 July : Ruche en fete.  Vide grenier.  See the full programme on the programme.  Evening meal of Moules frites (Mussels and chips) followed by fireworks.

 

 
21 July 10h – 18h : Moulin de Moustelat open day.  Visit the working water mill on the Dordogne, near Pessac and see them making flour.  Lots of other things to do and see for all the family.  To find out more visit their website http://www.moulin-de-moustelat.com/


21 July : Brocante Vide greniers at Les Leves as part of the weekend fete.  See the full programme 


 





21 July : Vide Greniers at Espace Ausone in Montagne 33570

21 July : Coutras Brocante Vide Greniers



21 July : Brocante Vide Grenier at St Jean de Blaignac

21 July : Brocante at Eymet

21 July : Vide Grenier Brocante at Saint Surplice de Guilleragues, (between La Reole and Monsegur)

21 July : Pujols Vide grenier.  This is a very big event and is actually held on the D17 junction Castillon/Sauveterre.

21 July : The restaurant near the airport in St Foy is holding a Jazz Dinner and Concert featuring Djangophil Duo.  For reservations and information call 05 53 63 25 62

 

 21 July : Exhibition by Lesley Shell, a painter and video artist. Opening at 15h at Peyrarnaud, Douzains, 47330.


 












Coming up…





















And finally…

The Franco British Week are getting together their programme for the end of the summer.  They are proud to unveil their new Logo, so Keep your eyes peeled for events that they will be running.