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Independence Day Paris Parties

Independence is what July is all about. Whether Canadian (July 1st), American (July 4th), or French (July 14th), we will be celebrating freedom this coming month.

So you won’t seem as uninformed as I felt when Parler Paris Assistant Lynda Sydney, a Torontonian, mentioned “Canada day,” here are some basic facts about our various commemorative days of liberty:

July 1st, Canada Day

On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, called upon all Her Majesty’s loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name “Dominion Day.” On October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as “Dominion Day” became “Canada Day.” Quebec provincial governments under the Parti Québécois refused to recognize the celebration. Due to a particularity in colonial New France, Quebec celebrates Canada Day by mass movements of people changing residences. This is known as Moving Day.

July 4th, Independence day, USA

Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. Most Americans simply call it the “Fourth of July,” on which date it always falls. The holiday recalls the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At that time, the people of the 13 British colonies located along the eastern coast of what is now the United States were involved in a war over what they considered unjust treatment by the king and parliament in Britain. The Declaration of Independence, signed by leaders from the colonies, stated this clearly, and for the first time in an official document the colonies were referred to as the United States of America.

July 14th, Bastille day, France

Bastille day, is the symbol of the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the French Republic. On May 5, 1789, the King convened the Estates General to hear their complaints, but the assembly of the Third Estate, representing the citizens of the town, soon broke away and formed the Constituent National Assembly. On June 20, 1789, the deputies of the Third Estate took the oath of the Jeu de Paume “to not separate until the Constitution had been established.” The Deputies’ opposition was echoed by public opinion. The people of Paris rose up and decided to march on the Bastille, a state prison that symbolized the absolutism and arbitrariness of the Ancien Regime. The storming of the Bastille, on July 14, 1789, immediately became a symbol of historical dimensions; it was proof that power no longer resided in the King or in God, but in the people, in accordance with the theories developed by the philosophers of the 18th century. For all citizens of France, the storming of the Bastille symbolizes, liberty, democracy and the struggle against all forms of oppression.

Independence Day for me conjures up juicy burgers on the barbecue grill. Every year here in Paris, I re-enact a back yard barbecue as well as I can, but without the back yard. I buy lean ground beef, burger buns, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup and relish and I ask American friends to join me, adding Cole slaw, baked beans, potato chips, pickles, brownies, ice cream and watermelon to the equation.

A real home-made American-style burger can be absolutely heaven and the memories of the sounds of “hmmm” in unison as we all took our first bites, the juice running down our cheeks, are forever branded on my brain. Lynda remembers Canada Day much like I remember Fourth of July — with fireworks, barbecues and gatherings with family and friends.

We have not been able to uncover any organ

ized event here in Paris on July 4th for the American Community — what a shame that no one has taken on this project.

Bastille Day takes on even more fanfare here in France. On July 13th, we put on our dancing shoes and swingy skirts for the annual Bals des Pompiers. At 40 of the fire stations around Paris and the Ile de France, band stands and beer stands will be erected and manned for an all-night fest (9 a.m. to 4 a.m.) either one or both nights of July 13th and 14th.

The station at 7, rue de Sevigné in the 4th is one of the city’s finest…two big beautiful Marais courtyards, filled with strong able heroes and damsels wishing they were in distress. There is nothing quite as sexy as a French fireman…I know one American woman who met her mate at last year’s party. You can bet I’ll be there!

For more information scroll down to “Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings” or visit and for the list of balls, visit

Then on July 14th, we can all kick back and relax by watching the annual parade down the Champs-Elysées (11 a.m. starting at the Arc de Triomphe), before heading to the Champs de Mars for a picnic in the evening as we wait for the sun to set and the incredible display of fireworks over the Eiffel Tower to begin. The French are piro-geniuses…there is nothing quite as exciting as seeing the bursts of colorful light silhouetting the statuesque Grande Dame herself.

For more events in and around our Independence Days, scroll down!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. If you don’t receive your Parler Paris or French Property Insider newsletters the week of July 25th…that’s correct! That whole week, I will be soaking up the rays on the Dalmatian Coast (Croatia) with my favorite camarade, my daughter, Erica. August 1st we’ll be back with mother-daughter team photos of our adventure on the Adriatic coast. Now that she’s a young aspiring photo-journalist, you’ll be seeing more of her snappy shots.

Special Apology to Readers

To Parler Paris Readers…

This is a formal and public apology to my readers for my poor “choice” of words in Monday’s newsletter reporting on the Gay Pride Parade. So many of you faithful followers wrote me to point out the error in my words.

Here are a couple of comments I received correcting my statement that “many people around us have chosen this alternative lifestyle”:

“A wee correction: being gay is not an “alternative lifestyle” that is “chosen.” There is growing evidence that homosexuality is biologically determined – people don’t choose to be gay any more than they choose to have red hair or blue eyes. My godson (now 21) was pretty obviously gay from the time he was 2 years old!”

“I know your comment was sincere, but, in fact, as any truly gay/lesbian/bisexual person (and their loved ones) know, it is not at all a ‘chosen alternative lifestyle,’ but rather a matter of whether or not one chooses to accept oneself as one truly is and thus, even share the ‘news’ with others, especially with those who may be supportive.”

So, I stand corrected and now more aware than ever — the point of Gay Pride, no?


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Calendar #64
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Paris, France

We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to appear, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney: [email protected]

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Laughing Matters in Paris presents:


July 5 and 6, 8:30 p.m.
La Java
105 rue du Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris
Metro: Goncourt or Belleville (watch out Belleville might be closed for a face-lift after 8 p.m.)

Tickets at the door 20 euros and 17 euros

Visit for details or send check to
Beer Necessities 104 quai de Jemmapes Paris 75010



Theatre: TWO

TWO, a British Comedy by Jim Cartwright (of Rise and fall of Little Voice fame) is playing in English on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. at Theatre Darius Milhaud. Starring two Anglo-Irish actors, Kim-Michelle Broderick (Sex on a Stick) and Paul Barrett.

Theatre Darius Milhaud
80, allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de Pantin



The following further readings have been organized by Moving Parts with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.

Plays in English:

July 3 Georgia Smith “Dilemma”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
December 2005 onwards available dates
Program subject to change
Latest version always available on the website:
or send an e-mail to Stephanie [email protected]
to receive the monthly mailings
For further information contact Stephanie Campion at

Art and Culture

La Capitale Galerie
Photography “Poétique du Regard”
June 13 – July 2, 2005

Peggy Ford-Fyffe King
Ayako Takaishi

18, rue du Roule, 75001 Paris
[email protected]


Festival of Jewish Culture
Le Yiddish à l’Honneur
1st Edition
June 15 to 30

Thirty free events to discover and rediscover the Yiddish world and its vital artistic contributions.

Venues for the exhibitions, conferences, theatrical performances, concerts, films and activities for the kids include both Marais “Mairies” (city halls), the Maison de la Culture Yiddish, la Sorbonne, l’Institut Polonais, le Centre Medem, le Mémorial de la Shoah, le Synagogue Nazareth, l’Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, l’Ecole de la rue des Hospitalières St-Gervais and others in the neighborhood.

For a complete list

ing, visit

Literary Events

Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:00 p.m.

The publishing houses JOCA SERIA from Nantes, TURTLE POINT PRESS from
New York, THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS VII and DOUBLE CHANGE invite you to a poetry reading to celebrate the publication of WHITMAN HOM(M)AGE 2005/1855, an anthology of contemporary American and British poets on Walt Whitman.

The reading will feature: Guy Bennett, Bill Berkson, Jorie Graham, Sarah Riggs, Stephen Rodefer, Andrew Zawacki with their translators and with a guest appearance by painter Trevor Winkfield and publishers Brigitte and Bernard Martin (joca seria editions)

Reid Hall/Columbia University in Paris
4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
Metro: Vavin on line 4

For more information:
[email protected]

Musical Interludes

Friday, July 1, 2005 9:00 p.m.

Rare Birds
Jobic Le Masson – piano
Rasul Siddik – trumpet
Peter Herbert – contrabasse
Aldridge Hansberry – drums

At Le Franc Pinot
1 quai de Bourbon, Ile St. Louis 75004 Paris
M° Pont Marie
[email protected]


Paris Jazz Festival
June 4 to July 24, 2005

Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris

Free concerts starting at 1:30 p.m.
Entry into Parc Floral de Paris: 4 euros, Tarif réduit 2 euros

RER Vincennes, Métro: Chateau de Vincennes



The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance Newberry; Sharpe
and Spirituals

The American Church
Metro Pont Alma, Invalides
Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:30 p.m.

The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance Newberry
and Spirituals

Eglise St-Severin
Metro St-Michel
Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Friday, July 1, 2005

Canada Day Party for all Canadians in Paris!

Embassy of Canada
37 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris
Metro: Franklin Roosevelt or Alma Marceau
For more information visit
http://[email protected]
(ID card required)


Bals des Pompiers
Wednesday, July 13
9:00 p.m. till 4:00 a.m.

Forty stations (13 in Paris) open their doors to the public with music, drink and snacks.

For more information visit
For the list of balls, visit


PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: July 12th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed August.

This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers



MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Cocktail Buffet.

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Patricia Westheimer, Business Writing Expert and Author

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: The Latest Trends. How Mastering Them Can Enhance Your Careers

Patricia Westheimer moved to Portugal from the USA in 1991. While in the States she was the Director of Westroots Business Writing Services. She trained business executives and employees in effective writing and speaking skills. In Portugal she has continued to work with companies and individuals to help them develop clear, concise, audience-based documents and speeches. She is also the principle author of Scott, Foresman’s Executive Writing Series, eight books in all. Her books, The Perfect Letter, Power Writing for Executive Women and How to Write Like an Executive have been translated into French. She has also written, How to Write Complaint Letters that Work.In addition to teaching, Patricia is also a journalist for The Portugal NEWS with her weekly column, “On the Brighter Side” as well as her feature length interviews and articles. She will speak to us about “Latest Trends in Business Communication and How Mastering Them Can Enhance Your Careers.”

Bring your questions and comments, even your business communications.
She’s here to help you with all of them.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.




Thanks for reserving via return email!
Or call Patricia:
[email protected]




Happy hour. Dinner. Presentation. Discussion.


Sunday, July 3
Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.

Astrologer, Healer and Popular Author

Astrology, Karma and Mission in Your Life

While working for 30 years as an astrologer, Rosine wondered why some people, even though under the influence of good planets do not meet people and have relationships with them. She realized that some people simply do not know how to initiate relationships. Her book addresses that.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.

Patricia’s Tel:
[email protected]


27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.

Jim Haynes Atelier
A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris
[email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html


WORDS THAT SELL! English Language Copywriter

Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at [email protected]



Tell your French friends!

Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at or [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group


Parlor Times —
3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l’Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

Lecture and Reading Series
July 4 – 7, 2005

Open to the general public. WICE membership is not required for this special event.

Readings are free to all. There is a 10 euro fee for the lectures for non-PWW participants. Lectures run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at WICE.

Registration appreciated, walk-ins are possible but limited spaces available. Books by the authors will be available before the lectures.


Writing the Journey with Judy Reeves: Monday, July 4

Can Writers Have Friends? with Katharine Weber: Tuesday, July 5

Exploring the Darkside with James Bonnet: The Anti-Heroic Journey: Wednesday, July 6

Tone Words with Mark Leech: Giving Shape to Writing, Thursday, July 7

July 4, 5, 7, 2005

Monday, July 4: Patricia Painton Scholars: fiction writers Chia-Pei Chang, Christine Vovakes and poets featured in the WICE arts journal Upstairs at Duroc Michelle Noteboom and Matt Reeck at WICE, 7 p.m. Metro: Duroc.

Tuesday, July 5: PWW Writers in Residence: Floyd Skloot, Katharine Weber. at The Village Voice, 7 p.m., 6 rue Princesse, 75006. Metro: Mabillon

Thursday, July 7: PWW Writers in Residence: Elizabeth Cox, C. Michael Curtis, and Honor Moore at The American Library, 7:30 p.m., 10 rue du Gal Camou, 7th, Metro: Ecole Militaire, RER C : Alma.

All events are subject to modification. Call WICE at if you have any questions or want confirmation of an event.

Paris Writers Workshop:
[email protected]

PWW is a special annual event of WICE, a nonprofit educational and cultural association in Paris, France.

For Our Bay Area Friends

The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering
information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

What’s On in the City

Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…


Paris Jazz Festival
June 4 to July 24
Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris


Festival of Jewish Culture
Le Yiddish à l’Honneur
June 15 to 30


8th Edition of Festival Soirs d’Été
June 21 to July 14, 2005
3rd Arrondissement


Paris Summer Sales!
Starts Friday, June 24 through July 23
For a complete listing of sale dates throughout France visit:


Giant Couscous at Place d’Aligre
Saturday, July 2, 12th, 6:30 p.m.


Paris Ciné Rando
From 3 to 12 July and


Bals des Pompiers
Wednesday, July 13
9:30 p.m. till 2:30 a.m.
For more information visit
For the list of balls, visit


Bastille Day
Thursday, July 14

Parade begins 11:00 a.m at the Arc de Triomphe

Fireworks at sundown
Champs de Mars/Eiffel Tower


Cinema en Plein Air 2005
July 19 to August 27
Parc la Villette


Paris Plage
July 21 to August 20
Daily 7 a.m. to midnight


Le Raid Dingue de Paris
22-23 July, 6th, 18th, 13th


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