Friday, February 19, 2010

Next Fair on April 24th in Saratoga


The 5th Peninsula French Fair is returning to Saratoga to offer an exciting experience filled with culture, music and French traditions.

Saturday, April 24th 2010
10 am to 6 pm
at the Joan Pisani Community Center
19655 Allendale Ave. Saratoga, CA 95070
Free admission.

This year for the first time in addition to its usual French gourmet food, vendors and artists, the fair will also offer an educational forum of conferences. The leading subject will be French-American biculturalism in history, companies and our daily lives.

Program of the Day

10:00 am Opening
11:00 am Fashion Show
12:00 pm Modern dance performance by Harmony Dance Center
1:00 pm Official Inauguration
1:45 pm Conference by Dr Hilary Kaiser, historian, university professor and author
American soldiers in France during and after WWI and WWII fraternized with French women, many of these flirtations ended in bicultural engagements and marriages. Brought to the US by their husbands and fiances in the 1920s and 1940s, some 12,000 French women had to adapt to a new culture and life style. Like many of us when we move abroad , they faced issues of culture shock, language, stereotypes, French-American cultural differences and bicultural relationships.
Come hear Dr Kaiser talk about their experiences and how they managed.

2:30 pm Conference by Sylvia Kurpanek, intercultural coach
Particularly in Silicon Valley, many people work with co-workers, associates, and customer from different countries and backgrounds. Intercultural competence can help view differences as opportunities rather than difficulties. For this, getting an understanding on one's own culture and values, overcoming one's "fears" and insecurities, and learning to deal effectively with challenges in communication are important. Sylvia Kurpanek will talk about her experiences in helping clients attain intercultural competence using effective coaching techniques from Europe.

3:15 pm Stories for Children told in French by Les Petits Livres
4:00 pm Raffle by French American Kids
4:30 pm Singing performance by Dolce Voce Music Studio
5:00 pm Ballet performance by Cassand Ballet School & Company

Take part in our Raffle and win Prizes!

Support the French Fair! Get your ballon creation for $1 from 12 pm to 1 pm or buy French Fair tee-shirts.

Part of the proceeds of the French Fair goes to a local non-profit "Partners for New Generations".

Payment: cash and checks only. No ATM on site.

No picture of the products for sale at the fair is allowed.

For more information or to become a sponsor or showcase at the French Fair,
please email:

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