Under the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, a joint Anniversary Gala took place on Sunday 8th May, in the prestigious setting of the Yacht Club de Monaco, organized by both the organizing committees of the Hellenic Community of Monaco as well as of the American Club of the Riviera, to celebrate the 70th (and the 60th respectively) anniversary of their presence in the Principality. Read President’s Speech and view the photos here
April 2022 – Brunch at Le Manoir de l’Etang in Mougins
We had a wonderful Spring/Easter Brunch at Le Manoir de l’Etang in Mougins. A delicious brunch, an Easter Bonnet competition and lots of fun was had by all!
February 2022 – Nice Carnival Flower Parade and lunch at Le Méridien Hotel
It was a pleasure to see so many members new and old of the American Club of the Riviera and their guests, at our sold out Nice Carnival Flower Parade and Lunch hosted by our Governor Kate Bickers at Le Méridien Hotel. See the event photos here.
January 2022 – The Annual General Meeting at the Hotel Saint-Paul in Nice
The Annual General Meeting of the American Club of the Riviera took place on Saturday the 22nd of January at the Hotel Saint-Paul in Nice. The 2022 Board of Officers and Governors were elected and approved. 2022 Membership Dues and Initiation Fee were ratified and approved. The annual dues are 45 euros per person. The initiation fee, payable only by new members, will remain at the current level of 15 euros per person. You can read more about the 2022 Board of Governors by clicking here and the Presidents Report here.
November 2021 – Thanksgiving luncheon at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo
After an absence of nearly two years, we were able to resume our annual Thanksgiving event in grand style. Prince Albert II was our special guest of honor, his first visit, I believe, to the American Club of the Riviera since he became Sovereign of Monaco in 2005. We welcomed him in the Splendid Salle Belle Epoque of the Hotel Hermitage. A total of 130 ACR members and guests attended this event. After a few official photos, taken by the Palace’s photographer, and the playing of both the Monegasque and American national anthems, the festivities began with a glass of champagne and appetizers. We enjoyed the delightful lunch prepared by the Hermitage chefs, who were applauded while the dessert and coffee were being served. You can see the event photos here: Part 1 – Prince Albert & Part 2- The Speakers
October 2021 – Lunch at Jacques Chibois’ one-star restaurant at La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse
This event had been planned for March 2020 but we were able to reschedule it for the 28th of October 2021. Forty members of the American Club, including four of our current Governors and one President Emeritus, joined us at La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse for a fabulous lunch. Half of the restaurant had been privatized for us and we were able to enjoy our champagne on an outside terrace with a mix of succulent appetizers. The three-course gourmet meal had been prepared by Executive Chef Laurent Barberot, who joined our group after the meal to spend some time at each of our seven tables. He stayed a long time with us, as you will be able to see in our photos. See the event photos HERE.
October 2021 – Annual Gala Dinner-Dance at Hotel Negresco in Nice
This year’s Gala Dinner-Dance was held at the world-famous Hotel Negresco in Nice. Seventy-two of ACR members and their guests attended this event and, judging by the photos, seemed to have a great time. Even our younger guests enjoyed the evening and especially the dancing part. See all the event photos HERE
August 2021 – Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and Dinner at the Croisette Beach Restaurant
After an absence of one year, the Cannes Fireworks Festival came back in 2021, this time with all pyrotechnicians based in France. We enjoyed the dinner and the show on 24 August, which was the last one of the year and the theme for this year was a “Tribute to Sean Connery”. See the event photos HERE
August 2021 – Wine Tasting at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice
We enjoyed a wine tasting and luncheon at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice with the prestigious master sommelier, Anthony Taylor, of Maison Gabriel Meffre in Gigondas. His theme for our event was “A Discovery of the famous ‘Crus’ of the Rhone Valley”. We had the opportunity to taste six wines from some of the finest appellations (Condrieu, Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape, and Côte Rôtie) of this historical wine region – two white and four red followed by a wonderful lunch. See all the event photos HERE.
July 2021 – 🇺🇸 Independence Day BBQ at Le Lagon in Mandelieu
Governor Daniel Lacy was our Master of Ceremony at our American-style 4th of July BBQ, we sang American patriotic songs, led by ACR Vice President Cy Todd. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes. The three finalists in the ladies category were Estée Ingram, Christina Malmstrom, and Sue Black and the three in the gentlemen category were Marcel Brancaleoni, Pierre-Yves Tribolet, and Paul Landy. The winners by acclamation were Christina Malmstrom and Paul Landy. They each won a bottle of Miraval Rosé, commonly named the Brangelina Rosé, after its famous owners. We also had the surprise visit of General Consul Kristen Grauer, from the US Consulate in Marseille, who arrived just in time to participate in the signing of the patriotic songs. See all the event photos HERE.
October 2020 – Atelier du Vin at Belles Rives Hotel Photos
We had a lovely unofficial club event at the Belles Rives in their restaurant La Passagère, a one-star Michelin restaurant. The last ‘Ateliers du Vin’ of the season was a special 3-course gourmet dinner prepared by the Belles Rives’ Chef and was paired with US and French wines.
August 2020 – Unofficial Evening Picnic at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
We’re still unable to organize any official club events but we did have an unofficial picnic at the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat for their enchanting “nocturnes”. We had a magical evening and there were at least 33 ACR members, some new this year. The entertainment was constant, from the mandolin and guitar players to the two ballet dancers performing between fountains, followed by a magnificent water and light show to the tune of classical music.
July 2020 – Unofficial Event 4th July American Independence Day 🇺🇸
All associations being forbidden to organize a gathering of more than 10 persons, we mentioned to our members by email that a few of our Governors would be meeting for drinks at the Carlton Beach Club in Cannes on the 4th of July between 6 and 8 pm and we suggested that they were welcome to join us, everyone being responsible for his own drinks. It was a great success as some 50 of our members did show up, most of them respecting the social distancing rules.
May 2020 – 🎬 Cannes Film Festival Movie Trivia Quiz 🎞️
This was our very first virtual event of the year, but probably not our last. Organized by Vice President Judy Nash, with the help of Membership Coordinator Helen Irving and her husband Rob, the quiz questions were prepared by Film student Gabby Deganutti, daughter of ACR members Daniel and Julie Deganutti. President Emeritus Burton Gintell was the big winner, with 23 correct answers out of 30.
March 2020 – EVENT CANCELED at La Bastide Saint Antoine, Grasse
In the face of the unpredictability of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Board of the ACR have decided not to schedule events for the coming couple of months. We will keep a careful eye on the prevailing public healthcare advise, and the moment we can safely hold an event, we will be in touch with you directly … and we have lots of super ideas for the future. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves.
February 2020 – EVENT CANCELED Nice Carnival Flower Parade and lunch at Le Méridien Hotel
On 26th February, we received word that Mayor Estrosi had canceled the upcoming and final Nice Carnival events due to health concerns related to the coronavirus. We, therefore, had to cancel the event we had planned for the 29th, which would have consisted of lunch at Le Méridien Hotel and a viewing of the Flower Parade from the Hotel’s 1st-floor restaurant.
January 2020 – Annual General Meeting and luncheon at Hôtel Le Saint-Paul, Nice
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The American Club of the Riviera was held on January 18th 2020 in Nice. The agenda included the President´s Report, Financial result, ratification of the annual membership fees and election of the 2020 Officers and Governors. We enjoyed a guided tour of the beautiful Chapel next door, followed by a 3-course luncheon.
December 2019 – Pre-Christmas Live Jazz Evening & Dinner at Royal Antibes Hotel
Our last event this year was a Jazz evening at the Jazz Lounge, Royal Antibes Hotel. While enjoying a three-course dinner, we listened to singer Léah Kline (Dutch-American) and The Spirale Trio (all French), Laurent Rossie on piano, Philippe Brassoud on bass and Jérôme Achat on drums. Thank you to Burton Gintell, President Emeritus who organized this event.
November 2019 – Our annual Thanksgiving Day celebration at Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo
Members and friends of the American Club gathered around an elegant lunch table in Monte Carlo at Hotel Hermitage’s beautiful Salle Belle Epoque, on Thanksgiving Day. We sang the US National Anthem and the National Anthem of Monaco, read the President’s Proclamation and announced an Honorary Member, Cynthia (Cy) Todd. It was the perfect Thanksgiving feast.
October 2019 – Guided tour and lunch in the medieval village of Apricale, Italy
Our October event was a visit to Apricale, Italy. We learnt from an American insider’s view what it is like to live in Apricale, the culture, history and land of the Druids. We tasted cuisine to the highest standing and enjoyed a lively talk by Cynthia Milani on what makes the Italians so Italian, the French so French and the Americans so American.
September 2019 – Our famous annual Gala Dinner-Dance at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes
This year’s Gala Dinner-Dance was held at the luxurious Carlton Hotel in Cannes. Members and friends enjoyed a delicious three course dinner, paired with fine wines. We enjoyed a great atmosphere in the exquisite Ballroom and danced to music selected by DJ Mark Dezzani and many of us in the arms of two professional dancers.
August 2019 – Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and dinner on the Croisette Beach
The USA in competition with Germany, Italy, Austria, Sweden and France.Their musical theme was: “American Rhapsody” – A cultural journey round the United States of America through its diverse musical heritage. It was spectacular and we hope they win.
July 2019 – 4th July celebrations in Villefranche-sur-Mer
The 4th July celebration in Villefranche-sur-Mer was a lot of fun and very hot. We enjoyed watching a parade, pin-up show, line dancing, music and a wonderful dinner at the famous La Mère Germaine.
92 happy guests celebrated dressed in red, white and blue. Karen Doyle won the prize for best outfit.
June 2019 – Tour of the International Perfume Museum’s Gardens (MIP) in Mouans-Sartoux
Our June event took us to the International Perfume Museum´s Gardens (MIP) in Mouans-Sartoux, a delicious lunch at “La Cantina” and an interesting guided tour of Espace d l´Art Concret (EAC). Thank you to the Event Manager Laurent Paty and his wife Helene for organizing such an interesting day.
May 2019 – Festive Club Lunch in Cannes during the 72nd International Film Festival
The annual luncheon during the Film Festival was held at La Plage Barrière le Gray d’Albion Restaurant on the Croisette welcoming 96 guests. New this year was a music/film quiz organized and performed by John Jones. Table 2, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” won the quiz. A special thank you to Judy and Jonathan Nash who organized this fabulous event.
April 2019 – Guided tour of Château de La Napoule and lunch by the sea
We had a guided tour of Château de La Napoule and lunch at La Boucanier lounge restaurant in Mandelieu, situated in an exceptional setting at the foot of the Château de la Napoule. La Napoule Art Foundation (1951), was incorporated by an expatriate American, Marie Clews, as a memorial to her late husband. Together the couple spent 17 years restoring the Château de La Napoule, a medieval castle, which now houses the Clews Collection and hosts international programs in the arts.
March 2019 – Club weekend in Marseille, the second largest city in France
Our March event in Marseille, included a visit to the US Consulate, overnight stay and dinner at the Radisson Blu hotel, a privatized panoramic sightseeing tour to the key features of Marseille. We did a guided walking tour from the Vieille Charité through Le Panier, the oldest district in France and ended the day with the famous Bouillabaisse.
February 2019 – Visit to the car collection of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco and lunch
We visited Prince Rainier III’s car collection on the Terrasses of Fontvieille – we saw almost 100 cars of all ages and the Lexus from the 2011 Royal Wedding. Also on display were racing cars, which have competed in the Rallye de Monte-Carlo and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Next was a visit to l’Orangerie, founded in 2015. The owner, Philip Culazzo showed us how the organic product is made from Monaco grown oranges. We enjoyed a 3 course lunch in a charming local restaurant, l’Aurore sur le Vieux Rocher.
February 2019 – London & Capital Free Financial Seminar, Cannes
London & Capital hosted another free financial seminar, this year at the JW Marriott in Cannes. The topic this time was: As we enter 2019 the question is: Are we in a crash or a correction? 10 Years after the last downturn are we heading for a recession? Is the worst behind us?
January 2019 – Annual General Meeting and luncheon in Le Saint-Paul, Nice
The Annual General Meeting of The American Club of the Riviera took place on January 19, 2019 at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice. The 2019 Board of Officers and Governors were elected, updated Statutes and By-Laws approved and ratified. 2019 Membership fees ratified and remains the same as in 2018. 51 members and guests attended the luncheon which followed.
December 2018 – A Taste of Nice & Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at Opéra de Nice
We enjoyed a guided tasting tour in Nice Old Town followed by Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” musical at the Nice Opera House. We discovered Nicoise cuisine, the history, culture and heritage, and sampled the “treize desserts de Noël”, mulled wine, candied fruit and more. Wonderful Town is Bernstein’s most famous musical with West Side Story. The Choir of Nice Opera performed the story of the two sisters who aspire to be writers and actresses with music performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice.
November 2018 – Annual Thanksgiving Celebration at Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo
Members and friends of the American Club gather around an elegant lunch table in Monte Carlo, celebrating the important Thanksgiving Day. Several VIP guests were also invited to participate in our tradition. We sang the US National Anthem and the National Anthem of Monaco, read the President’s Proclamation and announced an Honorary Member. We enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal served by Chef Witz and his team at Hotel Hermitage.
October 2018 – Visit of the Villa Nobel in San Remo, Italy, followed by Lunch
The October event took place in San Remo including a guided tour of Alfred Nobel’s home Villa Nobel. When he died, he had 93 factories in 20 different countries producing 66.500 tons of dynamite.
We then enjoyed a hearty Italian lunch at Villa Sylva next door. Thank you to one of our Governors Laure Mazzara for organizing this interesting event.
September 2018 – Gala Dinner and Dancing at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat was our address for the annual Gala Dinner and Dancing. We gathered in the Volupte Garden for aperitif, followed by a gourmet dinner at the hotel’s seaside Club Dauphin. 90 guests had a wonderful evening in the utmost luxury and sophistication. We also enjoyed a quiz organized by DJ Mark Dezzani and dancing to familiar music.
August 2018 – Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and Dinner on the Croisette Beach
We were at one of the finest Cannes Croisette beach restaurants L´Ondine, watching the international fireworks competition. It was a marvelous and awe-inspiring evening as Cannes arranged the Philippines Dragon Fireworks and synchronized music. 102 members and guests had a memorable sparkling evening.
July 2018- Flags will be waving and our pride is high! 4th of July Event
The 4th July BBQ welcomed 73 guests to Le Lagon in Mandelieu for a festive and colorful celebration. Daniel Lacy, the Event Manager, ensured that we were warmly welcomed, we sang American songs, played Bingo, enjoyed lots of food and a special Birthday Cake and more. DJ Mark Dezzani played favorite music and Consul General Simon R. Hankinson gave a tribute to 4th July and special thanks to France. Prizes were won for best red, white, and blue outfit, quiz and Bingo game.
June 2018 – Guided tour of Antibes Old Town & Picasso Museum, followed by a Lebanese lunch
We had a fabulous in Antibes with a guided tour of the Old Town and the Picasso museum. Monaco’s ruling family constructed The Chateau Grimaldi in the 12th century. In 1946 the Chateau was the home for six months to the artist Pablo Picasso and is now The Picasso Museum. Picasso, and his widow Jacqueline, donated works to the museum, many of which were made down the road in Vallauris at the Madoura Pottery. 64 happy guests enjoyed a Lebanese meze. Thank you to Judy and Jonathan Nash who organised this fabulous day in Antibes.
May 2018- Memorial Day Ceremony and lunch in Les Arcs en Argens
A small group attended the Memorial Day Ceremony with a large number of flag bearers, French & US Armed Forces, Navy, and several Officials. It was an emotional experience and a reminder of the brave people who fought for future generations to live in peace. The day continued with lunch in Les Arcs at Le Logis du Guetteur, followed by a guided tour of Chateau D’Esclans; home of “Whispering Angel”. An impressive story and well worth a visit.
May 2018 – Lunch on the Beach in Central Cannes during the 71st International Film Festival
Members, guests and specially invited members from Club Danois, British Association de Menton and Canadian Club in Monaco had an enjoyable luncheon.Vegaluna beach restaurant delivered and so did all invited speakers. Thanks to Jonathan Lippman, Mario Haddad, Al Lieberman and Dr. Brian Mehling. As per tradition, Burton Gintell prepared a film quiz which was enjoyed by all. 132 guests attended making it a record Film Festival luncheon.
April 2018 – A guided tour of the Medieval Town of Ventimiglia-Alta and Italian Lunch
Ventimiglia Alta, the beauty of the hidden bays deserves its name. We learnt a lot from Sandro, our guide and were pleasantly surprised of the City’s history. After a 2 hour guided tour, we enjoyed a hearty lunch at Stella Marina, a lovely place by the sea. Both worth coming back to. 44 happy members and guests had a wonderful day which was an event recommended by one of our members. Thank you to Peggy Simon.
March 2018 – Free Financial Seminar in Monaco from London & Capital
Another fully booked Seminar was held, this time at the Novotel in Monaco, where the topic was “The year of Trump. What impact this has had on US citizens living in Monaco and France and how to create a plan taking into account your investments and taxes”. This was the 3rd free seminar offered by London & Capital to members of our Club. A big thank you to speakers; Managing Director Daniel Freedman and Charles (Chuck) Lubar.
February 2018 – 85th Fête du Citron and lunch at Casino Barrière Menton
This historical day was covered in snow and zest of oranges and lemons of La Fête du Citron. The joint event with The British Association of Menton was truly enjoyable and memorable. A guitarist welcomed us with beautiful music. We made new friendships while enjoying a nice lunch which ended with a tasting of Philip Culazzo’s liqueur made of oranges from Monaco, L’Orangerie. Despite the snow, we were over 80 guests.
February 2018 – Mimosa forest, Mimosa fair in Tanneron and lunch in Auribeau
We enjoyed the “Mimosa Fete” and tasted and purchased some of the local specialities. The atmosphere was wonderful and well attended. A full restaurant “Le Moulin du Sault” awaited us in Auribeau. The lunch was well presented, tasty and generous. We welcomed 58 guests, made new friends and enjoyed many interesting and fun conversations.
January 2018 – Reception, Annual General Meeting, & lunch at Le Manoir de l’Etang, Mougins
The Annual General Meeting took place in the hills behind Cannes, in Mougins, once home to Picasso at Le Manoir de L’Etang. A manor house, built in the 19th century. A new slate was unanimously elected. The new President, Mrs. Beathe-Jeanette Lunde and Treasurer Richard Leblond gave the President´s and Financial report including upcoming events. A delicious 3 course lunch followed which everyone enjoyed.
December 2017 – Lunch and Gershwin Concert by the Nice Philharmonic at the Opera House
Our last event of the year – for members only – was a great success. We filled the ‘library’ room at Le Grand Balcon and our member Dr. Cindy Egolf – the orchestra conductor – gave us a lovely talk about “listening” during our lunch. Everyone enjoyed the Gershwin concert and came away with a better understanding of this wonderful composer of the 1920s and 1930s.
November 2017 – Traditional Thanksgiving Celebration lunch Hotel Le Negresco in Nice.
A great time at the typical Thanksgiving lunch in Nice at the hotel Negresco. A huge crowd had signed up and they all enjoyed the tours of this famous hotel; the super lunch; the speeches; and particularly the comments by the new members. Everyone had a wonderful time.
October 2017 – 15th annual conference of the Association of American Clubs in Lisbon
The American Club of Lisbon, on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, made our 15th Annual Conference of
a tremendous success and appreciated by all who were there. In addition to Lisbon, our sight-seeing and restaurants included the towns of Cascais, Sintra and Belem. Our sincere thanks to their President, Anne Taylor, and Board Member, Joao Pestana Dias, for making our visit such a wonderful long weekend.
October 2017 – a memorable day in the Var
We all had a wonderful day in the Var – 3 locations and all superb – enjoyed in the lovely sunny hot day of Saturday 14th October. First our guided visit to the sad occurrences of the Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial. Then our superb lunch at the Restaurant Saint Endreol amid beautiful country scenery and finally a visit to the vineyard Font du Broc for wine tasting and a visit to the lovely surroundings.
October 2017 – free Financial Seminar in Nice
A crowd of American couples and singles also living in France or Monaco were happy to meet the 4 specialists from London & Capital and learn what they should or should not invest in. American and French tax laws are conflicting and all those there had an opportunity to ask their own questions. A super buffet of snacks, wines and drinks followed.
September 2017 – Our famous black-tie dinner dance at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat
Over 90 members and friends enjoyed the beautiful grounds of the Gand Hotel du Cap Ferrat for our aperos, and then down to their Club Dauphin for dinner and dancing. Everyone enjoyed the super meal and the great DJ. A great evening for all.
August 2017 – dinner and firework concert at the 3.14 Beach Restaurant on the Croisette
We had a very big turnout for our annual dinner and firework concert – 84 people – and everyone enjoyed the evening dinner and firework concert. We learned more about this day, the anniversary of Cannes’s liberation in 1944, from our speaker, George Kundahl, author of “The Riviera at War”.
July 4th 2017 – U.S. Independence Day Celebration – Broadway Classics in Nice
A beautiful setting with lovely views over the Nice bay. Our members and guests had a lovely American Independence celebration with dinner at the beach restaurant Castel Place in Nice and a wonderful cabaret of Broadway classics provided by Amy Christianna Blake and her quartet of backing musicians.
June 2017 – Guided visit to village of Gorbio and wonderful lunch at Le Beau-Sejour restaurant
A beautiful day welcomed us to the village of Gorbio. An interesting tour of the old village and a superb lunch at the lovely restaurant. We will all go back.
May 2017 – Financial Seminar for Americans in France & Monaco
This event at the Nice Negresco hotel was totally full and we had to unfortunately refuse many people. However we will hold another financial seminar for Americans in France & Monaco, as the information provided by London & Capital was very interesting to all our attendees.
May 2017 – Lunch on a central Cannes beach during the 70th Film Festival
There was a huge turnout for this special event. The speakers were all highly appreciated and good fun had by all.
Jonathan Lippman spoke about Italian Actresses to reflect the Film Festival poster this year of Claudia Cardinali in 1956. What an incredible knowledge he has.
April 2017 – Italy! The lovely 13th century village of Dolceacqua and a hearty Italian lunch
With thanks to our Dolceacqua member, Cindy Egolf, our April event was to the lovely 13th century village just above the town of Ventimiglia. We arranged for everyone to see the background (in English) of the whole valley at the 3D ‘Visionarium’ in the old town next to the beautiful church. This was the weekend of the flower festival (CARRUGI IN FIORE) in Dolceacqua.
We had lunch at a superb agriturismo. This farmhouse restaurant (Locanda degli Ulivi) was at the very top of the hill with wonderful views across the valley and they served many courses in their garden on a beautiful day.
April 2017 – Piano Recital
The Association Ars Antonina, in partnership with the Cultural Affairs Directorate of the Monaco Government, presented a recital of the brilliant young Russian pianist, Anna Tsybuleva, at the Théâtre des Variétés in Monaco. All those attending gave her a standing ovation.
March 2017 – Visit to Haut Cagnes and lunch at Le Cagnard
Visit to a very interesting village and a lovely lunch. Everyone enjoyed the outing and all the tables were great fun. Special little speeches that made everyone laugh. The American Club of the Riviera seems to be going from strength to strength and again this outing was sold out before the cut-off date.
February 2017 – Violets in Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Provencal lunch
Everyone enjoyed our visit to Tourettes-sur-Loup – and the violets smelled wonderful.
January 2017 – Reception, Lunch and AGM in Villefranche-sur-Mer
Everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed the amazing sea view on 3 sides of this lovely restaurant. The AGM took just 30 mins and a new slate was unanimously selected. Your President, Mr. Burton Gintell, took a few minutes to talk about the upcoming events for 2017 and introduced the members of the new slate and also those who had memories of the American fleet who left Villefranche on 20th January 1967.
Mozart in Jazz Concert at Theatre Croisette December 2016
Quickly sold out, all attending thoroughly enjoyed the unusual event. The piano player, Dimitri Naiditch from the Ukraine, conducted the orchestra in Mozart and also played jazz.
Christmas Local Beer Tasting & Lunch
Everyone attending thoroughly enjoyed the illuminating tutored beer tasting by Daniel Deganutti, one of our Governors. Thereafter a very enjoyable French 3-course lunch produced by an accomplished chef at the nearby Pastry Plaisirs.
Tuesday, 8th November – Election party at MonacoUSA
Americans elected a new president on 8th November and MonacoUSA had a wonderful party of all nationalties to watch live voting results from the 50 states on a giant TV screen as well as take selfies with Hillary and Donald.
Our Traditional November 24th Thanksgiving Celebration Lunch in Monaco
As in past years, members and friends of the American Club of the Riviera shared an elegant and traditional turkey lunch table at the splendid Salon Bellevue at the Café de Paris in Monte Carlo to celebrate the cherished family holiday of Thanksgiving. Before lunch we had a great mingling of everyone there over the champagne reception.
There was a turnout of 160 persons including honored guests from the US Army in Paris. All enjoyed the day and we had very positive feedback.
14th Annual Conference of the Association of American Clubs in October 2016
Presidents and Members came from many American Clubs all over Europe for this conference and wonderful social events at Stars ‘n Bars, Monaco Yacht Club, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Oceanographic Museum.In this chaotic world of 2016, we all gathered and shared ideas, experiences and hopes, in a convivial spirit, irrespective of our diverse earlier histories and current residences. Old friendships were affirmed and new ones created.
September 17, 2016 Dinner-Dance – “Swell-egant Elegant Party 2 – the Sequel”
Everyone loved the reception down by the sea – and the dinner-dance to follow – at the 5* Belle Rives Hotel Plage. The unexpected high wind soon abated and all had great fun.
“I’m with you once more under the stars, and down by the shore an orchestra’s playing, and even the palms seem to be swaying”(Cole Porter: “Begin the Beguine” – 1935)
Interesting free beer tasting in Nice – Thursday 18th August 2016
On Thursday, 18 August, the new beer shop in Nice of one of our Governors, Daniel Deianetti, held a “Meet the Brewer” evening with Andy Colgan of Colgan’s Brewery. Re told stories, answered questions and offered tastings of his beers. Andy is a native Australian, so (mostly) fluent in English! Not an American Club of the Riviera event
Fireworks Concert & Dinner on 29th July in Cannes
A wonderful firework concert enjoyed by all, on a marvelous evening to be on the beach.
Concert of Lyric and Sacred music in Biot on 6 July 2016
Monaco U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup – Saturday 18th June & Sunday 19th June
American Club of the Riviera members were invited to participate in the 1st edition of the Monaco U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup, initiated by the Monaco U.S. Business Forum co-founded by Susan Feaster, who is an American Club of the Riviera Governor. This was a private invitation-only event where American Celebrities challenged European Celebrities to win the Monaco U.S. Celebrity Cup and to promote the upcoming Ryder Cup France 2018. Play was on Sunday morning 19 June at the Royal Mougins Golf Club.
The highlight of this event was the presentation of the U.S. Monaco Celebrity Cup trophy presented by H.S.H. Prince Albert II to the winning U.S. or European Team. This presentation took place the evening of the golf tournament at a Black Tie Gala held at the Yacht Club of Monaco.
11th June 2016 – Galimard perfumery in Grasse & lunch at the Auberge du Vieux Château in Cabris
Everyone very much enjoyed their guided visit to the Galimard perfume factory, making their own cologne there, and the lunch in the marvellous high village of Cabris.
14th May Lunch on the Vegaluna Beach in central Cannes during the 69th International Film Festival
This was again one of our most popular events with 85 attendees! It was a clear blue sky and beautiful hot day and everyone very much enjoyed the beach lunch. The speakers were amusing and interesting and the famous film quiz created an incredible buzz. The winning table was awarded a 2016 Film Festival bag with all the interesting contents – and they chose one of the lovely ladies at their table to be the recipient.
Principality of Seborga National Day: Welcome cocktail, Tour, Gala VIP dinner, and Dancing
The Prince and Princess of Seborga extended a special invitation to the American Club of the Riviera for the National Day Celebration of the Principality of Seborga on August 20th to be received as special VIP guests. We were quickly sold out. 70 of our members and guests very much enjoyed the full evening.
27th April – “Where do you call home?” – in Nice
A very interesting debate with a good panel of 4 members including the American Club of the Riviera President, Mr Burton Gintell.
Anna Fill of The Riviera Woman was a great moderator.
Not an ACR event – Concert of American Music – Sunday 24th April in Nice
We thought you may be interested in this group playing American music in Nice.
23rd April – Nice Philharmonic concert at the Opera House
This event was fantastic and we quickly sold out. We were fortunate to also have with us the orchestra conductor of the afternoon concert at the Opera House next door – Mr. George Hanson – and also the principal cellist of the orchestra – Zella Terry – and both spoke in a very interesting way. Several people told us it was the best event they had ever been to. Dr. Cindy Egolf taught us many things and her directing all the tables representing different instruments was technically brilliant and most enjoyable. A fun day for all present.
19 March 2016 – Guided visit to Oceanographic museum in Monaco
Everyone loved the guided visit to the magnificent Oceanographic Museum. The guides were super and gave everyone a fascinating knowledge of the nature and habits of the fish, mammals and coral they have their…….and some of us actually stroked a shark.
20th February 2016 – Guided tour of Olive mill and lunch at a Provence country restaurant
All our members and friends loved the day. Intrigued by the tour of the Mill which makes the olive oil from local olives; enjoying the tasting of various olives and oils; savouring the fascinating original Mill shop and its contents; loved the Mas Geranium and their delectable lunch on a glorious sunny day – which permitted us to take our apero and coffee outdoors. Most will certainly visit again.
23 January 2016 – Reception, Lunch and AGM at the Westminster Hotel, Nice
A large number of members and friends enjoyed our reception, AGM and lunch at the Westminster Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. A selection of photos from previous events was displayed on a large screen to the delight of all those present.
January 2016 – New Year “Champagne Sabling”
The beautiful Château les Crostes invited the Danish Club for sabling and a great lunch. We had an “American Club table” and everyone had the opportunity to taste the Château’s wines. A lovely day in the beautiful Var countryside.
December 2015 – full day guided excursion – “In the footsteps of Cézanne”
An interesting full day to Aix-en-Provence with the main emphasis on Paul Cezanne, the stages of his life and work.
Thanksgiving Lunch Celebration in Monaco – Thursday 26th November 2015
A wonderful lunch celebration in the Grand Salon of the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco.
151 guests shared our time together and a good time had by all. We were honoured to have amongst our members 2 veterans of the American military who read the President’s proclamation between them. Our guest, Commander Thomas R. Winkler of the US navy, gave a wonderful speech.
A “Swell-egant Elegant Party” of dining and dancing by the sea at the hotel Belles Rives
Our September event was a wonderful 20s evening thoroughly enjoyed by everyone there. Great food, amazing location, beautiful coloured sky, professional DJ, entertaining and good music, fun dancing, super tributes to Burton Gintell, etc. We will have to arrange another evening event as so many wanted a repeat.
Leger museum and a Michelin starred restaurant for lunch
October 2015 – Because of the terrible floods on the French Riviera, the Verrerie de Biot was washed out in the mud slides on the night of 3 October, so we took members and guests to the wonderful Leger museum nearby and then to the planned Les Terraillers restaurant where we enjoyed an incredible lunch. After lunch the owner of the Verrierie showed us the terrible damage to the whole glass-blowing area, roof, furnaces, etc. and also welcomed us to the International Glass gallery which had miraculously remained intact. The small temporary shop of the famous Biot bubble-glass was open and some of our members and guests bought pieces.
Annual Conference of the Association of American Clubs in Geneva – 29 October to 1 November 2015
We all had a wonderful weekend in Geneva and it was fun meeting again the Presidents and members from other American Clubs. There will be another AAC conference next year in a different country.
November 2015 – a string quartet concert with an American accent
A very enjoyable Sunday afternoon concert by this lovely female group – and an early dinner for some of the American Club attendees.
Firework Concert & Dinner on the 3.14 Plage – Saturday 15th August 2015
A great evening of dinner and firework concert enjoyed by all. Held on a central Croisette beach right underneath the firework display and opposite the firework barges in the Cannes bay. Argentina displayed wonderful fireworks choreographed to music. Everyone thought the food was delicious. We also wish to tell you that Burton was recently interviewed for the radio – CLICK HERE to hear it!
Our member’s songs at the Jazz à Juan festival on 14th July FREE
The 14th in France was National Day (Bastille Day) and all acts were free to the public courtesy of the Ville. What was unique this year is that one of our American Club members, Vaughn Duck, had penned lyrics to eight songs that were performed by Sonny Axell and his band in a very jazz style – at 6.30 PM in the park across the street from the Juan Les Pins Petite Pinède and again at 11.30 PM. All who were there enjoyed it tremendously and had dinner in-between the 2 concerts.
Saturday 4th July American Independence Day
A very enjoyable and casual BBQ with wonderful live American songs – and fireworks in the bay of Villefranche below. Everyone had a super time with great food and wines throughout the evening.
Sunny Bank invitation for JUNE 18 OR JUNE 27
The American Club members were invited to view the Albert Retirement Apartments on the Sunny Bank site in Mouans-Sartoux.
Saturday 16th May – Lunch on the beach in Cannes during the 68th International Film Festival
One of our most popular annual events and we had 94 attendees! This year we arranged our lunch in the very middle of the Croisette right in the midst of all the atmosphere of this International Festival. The lunch was delicious, as were the industry speakers and the famous film quiz. And it was a wonderful sunny summer day in a delightful setting.
13 June -Visit to Renoir’s last house & gardens in Cagnes-sur-Mer
A wonderful event enjoyed by the sell-out group of members and friends on our guided visit to Renoir’s last house & its gardens in Cagnes-sur-Mer, conducted by the author of “The French Riviera and Its Artists”, followed by a book-signing and lunch nearby at the port of Cros de Cagnes.Everyone particularly enjoyed John Baxter’s amusing personality, his knowledge at the guided tour and his later Q&A.
18 April 2015 – We created our own work of ceramic art in Vallauris
Our members and guests thoroughly enjoyed their day in Vallauris. The brilliant ceramist Donique Allain gave a marvellous explanation of how each person could paint their own design and during our gourmet lunch at Cafe Llorca, he fired them at 800 degrees! The results were wonderful – what an artistic lot we are! After lunch we walked in the footsteps of Picasso and visited the Madoura foundry.
Tuesday 21 April – Danish Club event – Easy level hiking
A free easy hike through the forest situated between Roquebrune and Bouverie.
Wednesday 29th April – classical concert in Monaco
The Monaco-based charity, Association Ars Antonina, which supports and nurtures exceptional young musical talent, held a concert featuring the cellist Laura van Heidjen, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2013. There was a discount of 20% to members of the American Club of the Riviera.
American Rodeo – 1st, 2nd, 3rd May
The American Rodeo was held in Puget sur Argens for 2015. There were cowboys riding bulls and wild horses; American cars and motorbikes; country dancing; and many stalls with American articles.
Tuesday 5 May – Danish Club event – Boule Cup 2015 in Vence
The Danish Club was pleased to invite the members and guests to attend the annual Boule Cup in Vence.
Invitation to a vernissage on Saturday 11th April 2015
The American painter Alexander Mihaylovich (New York 1958) invited members of the American Club to his Vernissage at the Royal Mougins Resort at Mougins on the 11th of April.
Tuesday 12th May
Danish Club event – Easy hiking at La Motte
Tuesday 19th May – Danish Club event – opera – The Tales of Hoffmann
An opera by Jacques Offenbach held in Théâtre le Forum in Frejus.
3 March – Classical concert in Monaco
The Monaco-based charity, Association Ars Antonina, which supports and nurtures exceptional young musical talent, will pay tribute to its founder, Jacqueline Ollier (1932-2014), in a memorial concert at the Théâtre des Variétés, Monaco on Tuesday, 3rd March at 8pm. The programme will feature extracts from her favourite works by Bach, Chopin, Dvorak, Gershwin, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Schubert performed by eminent international artists as well as some new emerging talent. (REDUCTION: 20% discount to members of the American Club of the Riviera on production of their membership card at the box office)
March – A guided visit of the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet with a renowned Paris-based….
…. art historian, followed by a gourmet lunch a few minutes away in the artistic center of the Old Village
Le Cannet greatly inspired the art of Pierre Bonnard, and our March event took us to his eponymous museum there. Our visit was greatly enriched by the insights of art historian Christophe Boïcos, who was with us from Paris thanks to the generosity of ACR members Clydette & Charles De Groot. We lunched at the remarkable Bistrot Saint Sauveur on the street of that name in the very nearby Old Village of Le Cannet, where Chef-Owner Claude Sutter provided a creative menu and wines.
February 2015 – ‘Champagne’ tasting and lunch at Château les Crostes
We had a fun and enjoyable Sabling and tasting of the fine “champagne” with the Danish Club at the Chateau les Crostes. In case you don’t know what is “sabling”? It is taking off the champagne cork with a well-aimed (very sharp) saber!
February 2015 – American night! The Superbowl Game from Phoenix
Information on two locations showing the American Superbowl Game on Sunday evening 1st February, in Cannes and Nice.
February 2015 – Menton – guided visit of Palais Carnolès Museum and Citrus Garden – & lunch & concert
In the morning, we visited the Carnolès Palace, built in 1717 at the request of the Prince of Monaco, Antoine 1st Grimaldi, who wanted to create his own little Versailles. The guide then showed us around the magnificent garden with the most important collection of citrus trees (137 specimens), which had received the French distinction of “Jardin Remarquable”. Following this we had a reception and lovely lunch at the Petit Prince restaurant just across the road. An afternoon concert back at the Carnoles Palace completed a lovely day.
A great 2015 to all our members and friends.
We wish all a healthy and happy 2015 and look forward to seeing you soon.
January 2015| Musee Massena Visit & Lunch
Our first event of 2015 – reception, lunch, and Assemblée Générale at the glorious Negresco Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, preceded by a private guided visit of the nearby Musée Masséna. ACR member Mme Madeleine Deschamps, art historian and designer, kindly offered to give an introductory talk about the Empire collections of this delightful museum. Thoroughly enjoyed by all present.
November 2014 |Thanksgiving Celebration in Monaco
The venue this year was the splendid Salon Belle Epoque at the Hôtel Hermitage. This is truly Thanksgiving done to the highest standards, with a traditional American feast of turkey and all the trimmings, preceded by a Champagne reception. The company was our friends and families, as well as honored guests from the US Air Force. 165 attendees loved the event and many sent us thanks for the arrangements.
November 2014 | Association of American Clubs
The 12th annual conference of the Association of American Clubs (“AAC”) was held in Paris from Thursday evening November 13 to Sunday brunch November 16, 2014, and many members of the 50 American Clubs of the world participated. It was a well-enjoyed conference with many interesting events in Paris.
October 2014 – Do you love the English theatre?
We were at the SET Theatre (South of France English Theatre) last night in Valbonne and enjoyed the psychological thriller ‘Dial M for Murder’ by Frederic Knott. This is an iconic play, and the film was made world-famous by Grace Kelly, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
October 2014 – Another fun event for you to attend
We were invited to join the Commonwealth Club of the Riviera for a morning of pétanque (boules) on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 at 10.30am at Mandelieu bowling (pétanque) site. This was a no-cost event and everyone had a great time.
September 2014 | Remembering F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lunch at the Belles Rives Hotel, Juan les Pins, Cap d’Antibes
“Noon dominated sea and sky—even the white lines of Cannes, five miles off, had faded to a mirage of what was fresh and cool…. It seemed that there was no life anywhere in all this expanse of coast except under the filtered sunlight of those umbrellas….” —Tender Is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
October 2014 | Happy Jazz
The American Club of the Riviera was happy to announce another event in October, in co-operation with the Danish Club of the Riviera – where our members have the privilege of the Danish Club Member prices. The Jazz Kings’ home base is Club Royal in Copenhagen and we are privileged to attend
October 2014 | Matisse Vence
Film Director / Producer (and ACR Member) Barbara Freed began our day of Art & Gastronomy in Vence, by presenting her award-winning documentary film A Model for Matisse: The Story of the Creation of the Vence Chapel within the chapel itself. Henri Matisse considered this Chapel to be the masterpiece of his life’s work. Following this inspirational morning, we lunched at Les Bacchanales, the Michelin starred restaurant of Christophe Dufau.
August 2014 – Fireworks on the Beach
A wonderful evening of friends and fireworks to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Cote d’Azur on 24th August on the 3.14 Plage.
July 2014 | July 4th at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat
4th of July reception and dinner under the stars at everyone’s favorite place: the splendid Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, where a Jazz trio performs on the terrace for our enjoyment. This is a Palace Hotel (above 5*).