Dear Alliance Française Members, While those many April showers are bringing their very generous share of May flowers, we're getting used to our new "normal", where mastering social distancing from our fridge is getting more challenging every day. At the Alliance, forced separation is making us giddy to fire up our webcams and get some virtual togetherness. Now that we know how to adjust our microphones and no longer handle our iPads like they are rabid coyotes, let's shush the pets and look at our May calendar with anticipation. We have quite a few new events coming up: We'll start the month with a Haiku Contest! Why a haiku? Because (almost) anyone can write a haiku in French regardless of your age and level of French. A haiku is a 3-line poem of 17 syllables. Every participant can enter up to 3 haiku for a chance to win a free membership! There will be 8 winners - that's 4 winners and 4 runner-ups. Submission deadline: May 15th. More information here The selected haiku will be published in our 2021 calendar - they will also be staged by the Theater workshop and set to music by Apero Sing. Crossing fingers, we might be able to stage a show for the Fête de la Musique - the French Music Festival - on June 20th! Observations Croisées Starting Monday 4 May, 1-1:30pm, Hélène Crié-Wiesner will host a weekly, online conversation about the differences between French and American cultures through a variety of topics. The first of this series will focus on how both societies cope with the current pandemic. In French. Sign up here to receive a Zoom invitation. Zoom Café Join us on Tuesday 5 May, 10:30-11:30am, if you're in the mood for an online chit-chat in French . A friendly way to get to know each other better and keep in touch until we can get together in person again. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link. Dress to Impress Starting Wednesday 6 May, Cathy Monnet from Easy Cuisine will start her weekly cooking series on how to impress your family with basic recipes that look sooooo stylish on the table! As a bonus, there will be a riddle or contest with each week' s recipe. Spoiler: the first recipe currently has no NAME. Cathy will welcome suggestions. The author of the funniest name for the recipe will get to choose the following week's recipe. Note: wait until you receive the recipe to get your creative juices started. Delivered to your mailbox every Wednesday in May. Apéro Antivirus On Friday 15 May, 5:30pm, have your Happy Hour drink ready and let your French flow for an hour of casual conversation. Here is the twist: we will talk about anything ..... EXCEPT viruses! You got it! We want POSITIVE vibes to start the weekend - or at any time for that matter. Sign up here to receive a Zoom invitation. Club de Lecture On Tuesday 19 May, 10-11am. This month's selection is "Vous plaisantez, M. Tanner" by Jean-Paul Dubois, a light-hearted and funny fiction book, certain to uplift anybody's mood, if that was needed. For members only. Sign up here to receive a Zoom invitation. For theater lovers among you, Molière in the Park will stream a virtual performance of The Misanthrope on Saturday 2nd May, 7pm. In English. The cast will perform from their homes in New York City, Milwaukee, and Perugia, Italy. A recording of the stream will be available on YouTube through May 6th. https://www.moliereinthepark.org/the-misanthrope-2020 This concludes our May newsletter. The French saying "En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait" - In May, do as you please - may feel a bit different for a few more weeks this year. We may have to replace road trips and birthday parties with backyard picnics and moonlight dancing, but at the end of the North Carolinian day, the sky is still the limit. The one thing that we cannot let happen under ANY circumstances is wearing last year's spring apparel in all the wrong colors. THAT, my friends, by French standards IS the unthinkable.. Happy month of May to all! The Alliance Team.