In 2014 the Alliance Française de Doylestown will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of monthly special events. These will include guest speakers, a screening of a French film at the County Theater with a wine-and-cheese party afterward, and a catered dinner.
Members meet for conversation in French every other Wednesday. There are both morning and evening sessions. Before the summer break there is a picnic to celebrate July 14th, the French national holiday.
Twice a year Central Bucks West students in Advanced French classes are invited to join Alliance members for lunch at a restaurant near the high school, during which French is spoken.
Some of the students also enjoy visiting evening tables rondes during the school year.
In June, the Alliance presents an award for excellence in French to one senior at each of the three Central Bucks high schools. The membership includes beginners, native speakers and everything in between.
Many of the participants studied French years ago and are now brushing up on it for travel, study, work or personal reasons. Newcomers, always welcome, often prefer to just listen at first. They soon gain the confidence to join in.
The Alliance is part of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, Inc., an international organization dedicated to promoting knowledge of French language and culture and fostering friendly relations between the American and French people.
One-year membership is $45 for those 18 to 59, $35 for those 60 and over, $55 for a couple, $15 for full-time students over 18.
The website afdoylestown.org lists meeting dates and times, and also the topics of conversation for morning and evening sessions. For more information, email email@example.com or phone 215- 345-0618.