Joie de Vivre - a French cultural celebration - 2012


Avec La France Exhibit

202 E. Greenville Street, Anderson

Opens January 21, 2012- 10am


ACM will host a "petite" exhibit on the legacy of the French culture in Anderson County. From the earliest French Huguenot families in the Upstate to the global conflicts of WWI and WWII, museum visitors will experience some of the lasting impressions the French culture has made on Anderson County.

Versailles: A Personal Journey Through Its History

202 E. Greenville Street, Anderson

January 28, 2012- 10:30am


Join ACM curator Alison Hinman for coffee and croissants as she recounts her first visit to Versailles in April 1959. Included in the talk will be special facts about Versailles during the reigns of Louis XIV through Louis XVI. Told in a personal context, she will discuss her travels in 1959 compared to her most recent visit in April 2009.

Julia Childs’ French Cooking Class

303 S. Main Street, Anderson

January 30, 2012-6:30pm

$30 - call (864) 225-2021 for reservations

Master the art of French cooking!

Perfumes of France

202 E. Greenville Street, Anderson

January 31, 2012 - 5:30pm


Kimberly Cash from Dillards will discuss French perfumes.

Southern France: A Look Into the People, Geography, Culture & University

Chapman Room of the Thrift Library, Anderson University

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 7:00pm


Join Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Associate Professor of Management at Anderson University, as he takes a look at the characteristics of Southern France where he grew up and attended university. Southern France is an ideal place to visit because of the easy going nature of its inhabitants, beautiful countryside, rich history and exquisite cuisine. Discover how you can prepare for a trip of a lifetime!

Women on Wine

303 S. Main Street, Anderson

February 9, 2012- 6:30pm

$25 - Call (864) 225-2021 for reservations

Tasting Spanish wines with food, fun & fellowship!

Celebrating Fancy Nancy… Who likes everything French!

300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson

February 9th, 2012- 6:30pm (Main Branch - See below for other branches)

FREE, RSVP required - Call 260-4500, ext. 158

Girls ages 5-9! You and a grown-up girl (your mother, grandmother, aunt, older sister) are cordially invited to attend a Fancy Nancy Celebration at a library near you! Come dressed in your fanciest dress (feathers and glitter are trés chic!), which you’ll show off in a parade around the library. Play “Pin the Tiara on Fancy Nancy” and learn real French words. Enjoy petit éclairs and pink lemonade!

Schedule: Main Library, Thurs., Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., Belton Branch, Mon., Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m., Jennie Erwin Library, Tues., Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m., Lander Memorial, Wed., Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m., Iva Branch, Thur., Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m., Pendleton Branch, Tues., Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m., Powdersville Branch, Wed., Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m., Piedmont Branch, Thurs., Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m., Westside Community Center, Thurs., Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.


“Chocolat”- Film & Discussion

Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson

Tuesday, January 24, 2012- 6:00pm


The Anderson School of Theology for Laypersons will present a viewing and discussion of the film “Chocolat.” This light-hearted fable is set in a small town in rural France during the season of Lent. The town is awakened when a single mother moves to the town and opens a chocolate shop across the street from the church. When Vianne tempts parishioners and townspeople with her miraculous chocolate creations, the devout mayor and obstinate Christians join forces against her. The story is multi-layered and speaks to the universal human condition. And yes, we will enjoy tasting a variety of chocolates while we view the film!

Travel Film with the Anderson University Travel Club

Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson

Thursday, February 2, 2012- 1:00pm


Take a scenic tour of France without leaving your chair! Hosted by the Travel Club of Anderson University’s Lifelong Learning Institute and sponsored by the Anderson County Library.

“Julie & Julia”

Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson

Saturday, February 4, 2012- 2:00pm


Amy Adams and Meryl Streep star in this comedy-drama written and directed by Nora Ephron. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career in France with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days.


Joie de Vivre! ~ A French Celebration

Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University

Friday, January 27, 2012- 7:30pm

$25 adults/ $12 students Call (864) 231-6147

Join the GAMAC Orchestra with internationally acclaimed pianists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers for a truly memorable performance of Camille Saint Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.” Experience Joie de Vivre…the joy of living…with great music!

Chanson du Jour

Anderson University- Daniel Recital Hall

Tuesday, February 7, 2012- 7:30pm


Join Dr. Tommy L. Watson, Associate Professor of Music at Anderson University, for this unique recital. Featuring over 100 years of classical and popular songs from the French vocal repertory, the performance will be sung entirely in French. Translations will be made available to enhance the experience.

The Anderson Symphony in Paris

Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University

Sunday, February 19, 2012-3:00pm

$15 adults/ $7 students- Call (864) 231-6147

The Anderson Symphony Orchestra salutes the City of Lights in this French inspired afternoon of Pops favorites!

Chant St. Valentin (Singing Valentines)

Montessori School of Anderson

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

$15 (includes love poem, song, and sweet treat)

Valentine's Day Cards too are said to have originated in France. A young Frenchman, Charles, Duke of Orleans is said to have written the first written Valentine's Day Cards. The Duke who was captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 is said to have written a poem or ‘Valentine' to his wife while imprisonmed in the Tower of London. Email or call (864) 226-5344 by February 10 to order.


Huguenot Worship Service

Boulevard Baptist Church

Sunday, January 15, 2012- 5:00pm


Visual Art

“Impressions of France” Exhibit

Anderson Arts Center

Friday, January 6 - February 4, 2012 - Opening reception January 6- 6:30pm


“Impressions of France” featured artists: Barbara Ward, Marcee Musgrove, Lynette Hineman, Beverly Simmons, Seymour Simmons, David Douglass, Ellen Hargis, Dee Vees, Antonia Devine, Terry Roueche, Jassmine Monroe

“Mode Avant”~ Fashion Forward

Belton Center for the Arts

Saturday, January 14, 2012- 7:00pm- Opening Reception


Belton Center for the Arts is the perfect place to view the exclusive variety of local artist creating haute couture fashion artwork. With the unique display of classic to contemporary designs, this exhibit is the first of its kind in South Carolina. Nearly 30 artists will exhibit their magnificent artwork. This exhibition explores the glamorous and cutting-edge of fashion.

Special Events

Winter Night Gala

202 East Greenville Street

Friday, January 20, 2012- 7:00pm

Call for Reservations (864) 260-4737

Join the ACM Friends Board and dance to the music of Those Guys! Enjoy wonderful French food at the opening of the “Avec La France” exhibit.

Fashion Show & Lunch

Anderson 5 Career Campus- Mosaic Theater

February 10, 2012- 11:30am

Small fee for lunch

A student organized fashion show focusing on accessories for the winter and spring seasons. Cosmotology students will design hair and makeup fashions. Business students will handle promotions and culinary students will prepare lunch!

Dinner Club at The Bleckley Inn

The Bleckley Inn- Dining Room

January 19, 2012- 6:30pm

$50/person (includes tax and beer/wine)

Five-Course Meal featuring a French-themed menu to coincide with Joie de Vivre - A French Cultural Celebration Winter 2012. Special guests, Helen and Shayna, from Viva! il Vino will choose and describe the wine. Call 225-7203 to reserve your spot. We encourage you to fill a table of 8.

The Cutting Edge of Spring

The Belton Center for the Arts

February 18, 2012- 12pm

$18/person (includes lunch)

The show, produced by Tica Tallent, will display a variety of upcoming women’s spring fashion collections from Belk. The strolling fashion show of local models will warm up your excitement for spring!

Closing Festivities

Mardi Gras Cocktails

The Belton Center for the Arts

February 21, 2012- 6-9pm


Bring a mask and your appetite for this delightful closing celebration of Joie de Vivre! Featuring delicious food and wonderful entertainment, this is an event you will not want to miss! All proceeds to benefit the 2014 Anderson International Festival.