Saturday, 22 November 2014

Throwing a party?

The French hardly need an excuse to throw a party.

Voie Verte - Saint-Gengoux-le-National
That was proven quite recently with the Fête de la Voie Verte. Did the former railway, now cycle path, celebrate its 20th birthday? Was a new stretch recently inaugurated? Were not so long ago mopeds and racing bicycles banned from the Voie Verte? No. nothing like that. Some people of the various Offices de Tourisme felt it was time for a party, and what more of an excuse does one need?

Bicycles and stands
The villages between Chalon-sur-Saône and Saint-Gengoux-le-National convened a meeting, invited some entrepeneurs (artisans, wine growers, restaurateurs, musicians) to set up a stand, and bingo, a party was born.

Cyclists and walkers passing the former station of Saint-Gengoux had quite a choice. There was a guitar duo, an animator offering games around his two covered wagons, a woman demonstrated pyro-engravings on wood, there was food from a restaurant in Étrigny, a stand with drinks and snacks from the Office de Tourisme in Saint-Gengoux, honey from a farm in Joncy, somebody who processed mother of pearl for jewellery from Mont Saint-Vincent…
In a word, there was something for everyone. And the theme for the next party? Maybe the Fête des Fêtes?

Music and demonstrations
The proprietors of La Tuilerie de Chazelle are always on the ball when it comes to events in the vicinity.

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