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WHATS ON IN UZEGE AND PONT DU GARD

FROM WEDNESDAY 5th JANUARY 2022

And a happy and healthy new year to you all.

It all seems pretty quiet on the Western front as the saying goes, especially as many events may have been cancelled following the recent government directives.

Advance notice of a really tasty day on Sunday 9th January. If you like truffles or would like to learn about them, then there’s a treat in store.

The Uzès tourist office has organised a special truffle discovery day.

Starting at 09 am from the Tour Fenestrelle a horse drawn carriage will take you to visit Diane and Jean Luc Vial, truffle producers in Montaren for a truffle tasting session together with a glass of something rather nice from the Duché d’Uzès. Between 12h30 and 15h00 a special lunch will be prepared in a private room at the Maison d’Uzès with the chef Christophe Ducros and wines from the Domaine de Grappes et d’Ô. It’ll cost 125€ and you’ll need to book on uzes-pontdugard.com

Wednesday 5 JANUARY

 

And in Uzes today at the Place aux Herbes you’ll find the Truffles stand, so you can get an idea of what’s in store for you over the weekend.

Staying in Uzes, there’s an exhibition called “Dioramas” put on by the MJC, (Maison des Jeunes, or rather the Uzes youth club.) The works depict daily scenes in 3D and these have been produced by young people aged 7-14 during a plastic arts workshop run by Marie Schenck. Entry is free it’s on until 17 Jan at the MJC, Place de Verdun

Vallabrix

The Mediathèque is hosting a display of poster art by Eric Badaud. The private viewing is 7 Jan at 7pm, and the exhibition runs untl 28 Jan.

St Quentin la Poterie

Happy en chansons – (Happy in Singing) is back again at the CSI PMF (family social centre) There’s a musical programme with singing, a music quiz, karaoke and an apero dinatoire (quite a lot of nibbles over a glass or three). All being well, unless there are further Covid restrictions, it starts at 6 30 pm and goes on until 9 30 pm. It costs 6€ at 6 Avenue Léon Pintard

Thursday 6 January

Uzes

Café les Petites Mains is running a baby gym for 1 to 3 years from 10 am until 11 am, but you must book your places on lespetitesmainsuzes@gmail.com

Sanihac et Sagriès

Now for something a little more serious – the mediathèque is hosting a photography exhibition of works by Jacques Vermorel with suffering as the central theme

Friday 7 January

St Quentin la Poterie

The exhibition Graphix by Nath Loiseaux will be open for viewing 10 am to 1pm and 3 pm to 6 pm at the Label LN Galery, 4 rue du Dr Blanchrd. This will run until 14 Jan

Saturday 8 January

St Hilaire d’Ozilhan

Each Saturday morning, there’s a “Green market” produce on offer comes from producers within 20 km of the village and most are organic

Meynes

The Comité des Fêtes in Meynes has arranged for bull running displays in the town’s stadium each Saturday in January with two different bull herds each time. The first run will be at 11.30, followed by a music aperitif with a DJ. At 2 30pm there’ll be another bull run display with 5 bulls from each herd. This event will take place on Saturday 8th., Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd Jan

Entry costs 4€ but free for under 10’s. Mask and pass required.

Uzes

There’s a guided tour of the town starting at 2 30 pm from the Place Albert 1er. You’ll need to book on 04 66 22 68 88

Comps

You may have noticed in the run up to Christmas many shops and stalls selling little figurines which are used in making the family’s traditional crèche scenes. They’re collected over many years and then get passed down through the generations. Each weekend until 23 January, there’s the opportunity of discovering a little more of this provençal tradition by visiting the big Christmas crèche scene which is in the Comps church. It’s open to viewing from 10 30 am until 12 and then from 2pm until 5 30 pm.

Dions

The Guinguette de Dions is holding a loto dinner from 5 20 pm It costs 20€ pp including 3 loto cards. Extra cards are available on site.

Sunday 9 January

Uzes

There’s a concert with an eclectic programme and diverse range of instruments for classic and contempory music lovers at the Temple in Uzès starting at 4pm.

There’ll be members of the Primrose Viola Ensemble for Mozart, Beethoven by a Viola trio, there’s a cimbalom, which I discovered via Wikipedia, is an elaborate stringed instrument a bit like a piano which originated in Hungary and used in small music ensembles by central European Roma (Gypsies) and a Koto, which is used for traditional Japanese music. Should be good.

Entry costs 15€

Monday 10 January

Uzès

Les Petites Mains is running a baby massage session from 10 am until 11 am . You’ll need to reserve, bringing baby’s changing mat, a towel and baby massage oil, preferably organic.

Tuesday 11 January

Garrigues Sainte Eulalie

Every second Tuesday of the month, your little ones aged up to 3 years are invited to come along to the Library for story time with Betty and Regine. Tuesday 11th features puppets. It’s free, but a good idea to book your place

And finally,

Note for your diaries, 14, 15 and 16 January is the famous Uzès Truffle festival weekend. It kicks off with a Soirée Vigneronne at the Ombrière on the Friday. There’ll be 20 professionals on hand showcasing their wines and demonstrating how well wine and truffles go together.

The Soirée costs 45€ and you’ll need to book your place on 04 66 20 42 70

If you’re new to Uzès or you haven’t been here for this festival, you’re in for a treat. The Place aux Herbes is taken over by truffle sellers, truffles and wine tasting, and there are even demonstrations of truffle hunting with a pig and a dog. And of course there are truffles on all the restaurant menus, it’s quite something else.

Mmmm I can smell them from here

here “ being a beach in Martinique (hopefully, Covid notwithstanding) so there’ll be no further “What’s On” until my return early Feb.So until then, stay safe, stay healthy and keep listening to Radio Fuze

Écrit par: Gerald

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