Bastille Day

More than 750 people enjoyed the Norton’s annual, free Bastille Day celebration, which this year occurred on July 15 – the first time the event was held on a Saturday. Attendees swayed to the gypsy jazz and romantic French songs of the local quartet Les Nuages (The Clouds); participated in French lessons led by the Multilingual Language & Cultural Society of West Palm Beach, as well as Spotlight talks about masterpieces  in the collection by French artists; sampled tasty crepes and baguette sandwiches; took part in button- and pin-making art activities for all ages in the central courtyard; learned about the French Connections: Photography exhibition during a Curator’s conversation led by J. Rachel Gustafson; and watched plein-air painter Hope Reis create an artwork before their eyes. The sleeper hit of the day, however, may have been the screening of the 1956 French film, The Red Balloon, which never fails to tug on one’s heartstrings.