Almost anything sounds good in French. Even ‘Qui se sent morveux, qu’il se mouche’ sounds eloquent, no matter if it really means ‘Who feels snotty, let him blow his nose.’
But with plenty of hors d’oeuvres (another French contribution to our society) and French delicacies and cuisine being passed around for the taking, there wasn’t much of the Romance language being spoken Saturday evening at the Leora Brown School in Corydon, where the seventh annual French Night was held.
Though it was difficult to gauge the total number of people who attended due to the limited space in the quaint, old schoolhouse, a safe bet would set the number at a couple of hundred, said organizers.
In past years, the event was held in the CCHS cafeteria. Corydon French teacher Cheryl Bennett said holding French Night at the Leora Brown School was a bonus, especially considering the theme this year, ‘A Night at the Museum.’
‘We wanted something different and we wanted to play on diversity, and the schoolhouse fit in really well with what we were trying to accomplish,’ Bennett said. ‘(Leora Brown School) doesn’t have a cafeteria food feel to it like at school. This is a neat setting. It’s small and it feels more like we’re in a museum.’
French Night capped off French Week at CCHS, which helped educate those at school about French culture and its contributions to the world. A French art contest was held online ‘ where students and faculty tried to correctly identify a piece of art, its sculptor and year of creation ‘ and the cafeteria was spruced up with a French decor. French Club students and students in National Honor Society helped with French Night.
In addition to reproductions of famous paintings like the Mona Lisa and several pieces of student art on display, there were a half-dozen living statues, ranging from The Thinker to The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years and The Cold Girl. All of the parts were played by CCHS students.
‘We really didn’t have too much of a problem finding people to play the parts,’ said French Club president Ryan Burton, a senior who helped coordinate the event. ‘I asked my friends and then we picked out five that would be easy to do. We basically wanted to model the room after the Louvre,’ in France.
Both Bennett and Burton were pleased with the attendance.
‘It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. We had people showing up 20 minutes early, and we’ve had a good representation from school board members and administration and students,’ Bennett said.
French Night was sponsored by Community Unity and the Harrison County Community Foundation, which helped bring in and fund a traveling art exhibit called Teachers Discovery.