Old Friends and New at the MAABN Summer Party

Another Great Evening at Château Ricard!

The MAABN’s Summer Party was a huge success again, attracting a large number of members and guests with many new faces and a few “old acquaintances” among the attendees.

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The True Ones in full swing

On a perfect, warm evening, the grounds of Château Ricard provided the ideal setting for our traditional “sports meeting”, with the aptly-named “Winners” team taking the gold medal in a hotly-contested program of events that included welly-whanging, a waiters’ race, sack race and a painters & decorators relay.

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The ancient art of welly-whanging


The musical entertainment was provided by the multi-talented True Ones, with an eclectic mix of numbers that took the partygoers through to early morning.  As usual, Just Caroline revealed her culinary talents with delicious organic food and home-made desserts (the cheesecake was a masterpiece!).

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Just Caroline’s famous barbecue

Once again this year, our tremendous sponsors and partners donated some fantastic prizes for the MAABN Tombola. Lucky winners went home with vouchers for hotel stays and green fees English lessons, magnums of champagne, collector items, Amazon vouchers and lots of other goodies.

A surprise guest was former US Consul and MAABN co-honorary president Phil Richards who, along with current honorary co-president and UK Consul Simon Taylor were offered special gifts in recognition of their past and present support.

It was particularly pleasing to see a number of people for whom this was the first attendance at an MAABN event. We hope to see them again at our Language Apéros in Marseille and Aix, which resume in September.

In the meantime, we would like to thanks our hosts, Ricard and  our faithful sponsors and partners and to wish everyone a great summer vacation!

All photos © Robert Hale / rhalefoto.com