The American Friends of the Château de Compiägne

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2016 Holiday Celebration On December 5, 2016, we gathered at the beautiful home of members Rick and Jen Gardner for our second annual Holiday Celebration. We enjoyed an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, French-inspired sweets, camaraderie, and a whole lot of holiday spirit. We were able to admire the Gardners’ 7 (yes, 7!) Christmas trees, […]

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SAVE THE DATE: FRANCE PAVILION IN RALEIGH – FEBRUARY 9 – 12, 2017 After previous editions in New York, Washington, DC and Miami, France Pavilion will be coming to Raleigh, February 9 to 12, 2017. France Pavilion, is a curated art exhibition of French (and “France-inspired”) contemporary artists working on all media (painting, sculpture, photography, […]


A Remarkable Trip to Compiägne and Burgundy!: Several AFCDC members took an amazing trip to Compiägne in May! This lovely trip enlightened and delighted visitors as they got an up-close-and-personal look at our magnificent Château, the city of Compiägne, and other treasures of the Picardie region. (Click the title to read more)


Raleigh Sister Cities Art Exhibit: Our friends at Raleigh Sister Cities are hosting an art exhibit titled “Art from Raleigh Sister Cities” through the end of July. The exhibit features 51 works created by 17 artists from Raleigh’s sister cities in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK; Compiegne, France; Rostock, Germany and Nairobi, Kenya. Co-curated by Lee Hansley, proprietor […]


THE STORMING OF THE BASTILLE, PART 1 by Meg Segal   In the years leading up to the French Revolution, a series of events triggered significant socioeconomic changes. The formal system of government at the time was known as the Ancient Regime, and the groups within it were labeled “Estates”. The First Estate was the Roman […]


Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Husband Host AFCDC – NC Anniversary Event! It has been one year since we launched the American Friends of the Château de Compiägne – NC Chapter. It’s true, time certainly flies when you’re having fun and the past 12 months have been an absolute joy! Our launch event was one for […]

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Meeting with the French Consulate’s Cultural AttachÇ On January 14th, Patty Briguglio, our Committee Chair, and Wendy Burden, Vice-Chair, met with Alexandre Durand, the Cultural AttachÇ to the French Consulate in Atlanta They discussed several possible upcoming events and initiatives involving the arts, which we hope to share in the near future. Stay tuned! Patty Briguglio and Patty […]


Picardie – A Taste of Its History and Its Wines Picardy (Picardie as written in French), lying between Paris and the Pas de Calais area, is a relatively unknown region of France, even for the French. Nestled in one of the most significant centers of Western Europe between Paris, Amsterdam, and London, Picardie was the […]