The Consulate General of France in New York City held a Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne reception on Monday, September 22, 2014 to honor several guests and hear about the fascinating Hermione Project.
The Guest of honor was Madame Ségolène Royal, French politician and the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, who is also the mother of the President of France, Francois Hollande’s four children.
The event was hosted by Consul General of France in New York, Bertrand Lortholary, and the Consul General of France & friends of Hermione – Lafayette in America.
The Hermione Project came about twenty years ago when a small group of visionaries met together in France and imagined reconstructing an exact replica of The Hermione, the French frigate that carried the young Lafayette to General Washington, pledging French support for the American insurgents.
The result turned the tide of the American Revolution. As the year-on-year reconstruction became a regional, now national, attraction in Rochefort, the idea grew to recreate Lafayette’s voyage on The Hermione with a historic return to the iconic port cities of the American Revolution, celebrating and reaffirming the historical relationship between the United States and France.
Guests at the reception learned about Lafayette’s Hermione Voyage of 2015. The Hermione sets sail to the United States in summer 2015, making landfall at Yorktown and then proceed up the coast to Mount Vernon, Alexandria/Washington DC., Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Greenport, Newport, Castine, Maine, and then on to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia before heading home to France.
Guest who attended included: Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Helen Appleby, Ambassador H.E. Gerard Araud, Renee Berger, Janna Bullock, Sharon Bush, Fernanda Capobianco, Hillary Cooper, Dovile Drizyte, Francis G. Dubois, Dee Dee Eustace, Mrs. and Mrs. Jonathan Farkas, Remi Forgeas, Bruno Fulda, Catherine Godbille, Elbrun Kimmelman, John Kluge, Patricia Kluge and Williams Moses, Inga Kozel, Helen Maclsaac and Eric Kuhn, Carola Mack, Daniel Morel, Pascale Richards and Nick Millard, David Lincoln Ross, Charlotte Sarkozy, Elena Stephanoupolus, Tracy Stern, Rachel Tashjian, and Miles Young
For more information on The Hermione Project, visit http://www.hermione2015.com/
Photographer: Max Lakner/BFAnyc.com