Richmond Art Society Winter Exhibition
Thursday 1st December. REA members are invited to a private viewing of the RAS winter art exhibition. RAS is twinned with Art Fontainebleau.
The exhibition is also open to the public on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Annual Christmas Dinner
Friday 9th December. 7.30 p.m. The Richmond in Europe Association Christmas Dinner will take place this year once again at Stein’s Restaurant in Kingston.
(We alternate between French & German restaurants each year. Sadly there was no dinner in 2020 because of the pandemic).
Monday 19th December 2.30 p.m. The Brandenburg Traditional Christmas Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Kensington.
Entrance is free for members of the U3A. Mince pies & mulled wine will also be provided free of charge. There is no booking fee. Once you apply the discount code BETTY there is no charge whatsoever.
For further details please click on the following link:
A tour of Farnborough Abbey
Napoleon III, the last Emperor of the French, died in exile in England & his body lies in the Imperial crypt of St. Michael’s Abbey Farnborough. David King will lead a tour of the abbey for REA members on a date which has yet to be confirmed in early 2023.
Napoleon had very strong connections with both Fontainebleau & Konstanz. As Emperor, he refurbished his favourite palace at Fontainebleau & he spent his childhood at Arenenberg on the shores of Lake Constance, overlooking the town of Konstanz itself. It was said that, as a consequence, he spoke French with a slight German accent. The famous portraits of both Napoleon & Eugenie hang in one of the magnificent rooms of their summer villa at Arenenberg.
Eugénie continued to visit her beloved villa long after the death of her husband. Her last visit was in 1906.
She died in 1920 at the age of 94 & was interred in the Imperial Crypt in Farnborough with her husband & son.
If you missed David King’s lecture on Napoleon III you can view a recording on the REA YouTube channel by clicking on the following link.
REA members are invited, as always, to the Fasnacht celebrations in Konstanz.
This year Schmotizer Dunnschtig is on 16th February.