Review: Fall Open House FIAF French Classes Sept. 17, 2016

Cover image: French Trivia Party at FIAF © Bjorn Hanson

Bottom Line: A refreshingly chilled out family-friendly Saturday at FIAF, where guests attended free sample French classes and enjoyed a trivia battle with wine and cheese.

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Children’s storytime à la française © Charlotte Sivrière

Review: With an ambience sometimes resembling a commando raid on Black Friday, every year, FIAF hosts its annual Tuesday Open House and Ciné Salon. Wildly popular to the point of zealotry, crowds pour in over each other, invading every corner of the French Institute in search of free booze and cheese and leaving little room to breathe. This year, however, FIAF offered two free events in the same week!

Annual Tuesday Open House at the FIAF, 2015 © WhereNYC

Annual Tuesday Open House at the FIAF, 2015 © WhereNYC

In addition to its usual Tuesday bash on September 13th, FIAF also hosted a much more relaxed, family-friendly alternative on Saturday, showcasing its language classes for children and adults, library tours, and playing a fun game of trivia while mingling over a glass of wine and cheese plate. Perks included a 10% discount for those choosing to register for fall classes.

Structured, yet cheerful, Saturday’s free event featured a set of three interactive, 30-minute mini-classes for kids ages 2-13 and “Storytime” in the library, where they listened to children’s stories in French.

For adults, FIAF offered essential travel themed French classes for beginning, intermediate and advance levels. Grownup subjects included practical topics in French such as: asking for directions, shopping, and dining out to more cutesy, daring themes of how to flirt with potential bed-friends in a bar.

The FIAF Bastille Day is also an annual must-attend treat (c) Brittany Buongiorno

The FIAF Bastille Day is also an annual must-attend treat (c) Brittany Buongiorno

Following the free classes, library tours and scavenger hunt, grownups headed down to the Tinker Auditorium for an open wine bar and cheese mingle while testing their knowledge of Francophone trivia. With a chance to win an expensive bottle of wine, each team played for the kill in the best of five rounds. Randomly pairing the up guests proved to be the perfect icebreaker to chat new people. In the end, everyone won. Regardless of those unlucky in defeat still enjoyed free wine, cheese, pastries and charcuterie without having to deal with the mob of Tuesday’s Open House.

FIAF events are great for meeting new faces and enjoying French wine ©WhereNYC

FIAF events are great for meeting new faces and enjoying French wine ©WhereNYC

If you missed either open house events, you can still catch the action at First Tuesdays every month for free sample classes and FIAF members’ wine-filled meet-and-greets.

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