Driving approximately 40 miles, about 1 hour.
Enjoy a self-serve breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options: always a hot option (eggs, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.) fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, variety of breads.
Introduction to instructors, French review: classes designated into two levels, generally between 9-11 per class. Texts and DVDs issued. Lectures are organized around a cultural theme that generally puts grammar and vocabulary into a spoken/written context from the outset. Lecture 1: Review of pronouns, verb forms, useful expressions, grammar, vocabulary and prepositions. Each day will build on these foundational skills.
Bag lunch at the Lodge or on the move.
Cooking demonstration by Denis Mareuge, Master Chef/Restauranteur. Having cooked for Julia Child on multiple occasions Denis may prepare a regional Cassoulet or classic Boeuf Bourguignon...always from the freshest of ingredients to a gourmet finish. Sprinkled with many tales of French kitchen culture, Swiss Hotel school and, of course, Julia Child. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze, a snack or a pre-dinner drink (BYOB).
Dinner at 6 pm in the dining room. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Evening activities begin at 7:30. French movie nights or interacting with locals and special guest lecturers/entertainers. Lecture possibilities include (in no particular order) "Why Quebec Separatism is Necessary", "Life as a Mayor in Small-town Quebec", "Why I Left France for Quebec", "My Life as a Chef in Rural Quebec", "Ginette St. Andre's Mezzo-soprano Concert", "A Career in Border Security", "Keeping The Sutton Hills Safe for Wildlife", "Travels With My Blues Guitar", "Dance Me to The End of Time", "Why Not Move to Quebec with Pierre Leblond, Real Estate Man". Movie: Jules et Jim, Francois Truffaut, 1962.