FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THESE STORYTELLING EVENINGS?
Events at a private residence, usually in Paris, where a storyteller (author, entertainer, artist, musician, author, magician, opera singer, dancer, actor, expert in a particular field) tells a story around culture, lifestyle, entertainment, travel or the arts. The idea is to ENTERTAIN, AMUSE, EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN or any combination thereof.
WHO ATTENDS? 

25-30 Storytelling aficionados who hail from across the globe attend the actual event and dinner. However, anyone from around the world can join via LIVE-STREAM and only need to click on this link HERE at the designated time. There is no charge to join and virtuala guests can ask questions and comment.
WHAT IS THE DINNER MENU?

This varies with cuisines from the “four corners of the globe” and have ranged from Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Canadian, French, Cajun, French, regional French and oftentimes fusion. Vegetarian options are available. Wine, juice, and other beverages are served as well as a selection of teas and coffee with a delightful dessert.
WHAT IS THE COST and HOW DO I REGISTER?
38 Euros which includes presentation, dinner, wine, beverages, juice, dessert, coffee and a good time. RSVP HERE
Codes sent with payment.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HOST A STORYTELLING EVENING?
Yes! These events can take place at any location around the world where you can be the host and choose the Storyteller to feature. The physical event can be for your exclusive guests and others from around the wolrd can join via LIVE-STREAM. To discuss send message HERE.
HOW OFTEN ARE THESE STORYTELLING EVENINGS?
Once a month usually on a Saturday.
DO YOU WELCOME SUGGESTIONS FOR STORYTELLERS?

Yes!  This could be you, someone you know in Paris or someone who may be passing through.
WHO HAVE BEEN THE PREVIOUS STORYTELLERS?
See PAST EVENTS page     

Halloween & Thanksgiving at the Chateau de Percey

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            Breaking new!!! The annual Thanksgiving weekend this year will include Halloween festivities as well. All taking place at the beautiful Chateau de Perceywith grounds that feature a fountain, moat, trampoline, a maze or labyrinth, animals, swimming pool and more. View photos HERE. I would be delighted to share Halloween and the wonderful American holiday of Thanksgiving in this beautiful setting.        
           I have privatized the entire castle from Thursday Nov 1 – Sunday Nov 4th however you can always come earlier or stay later. The two main events are Thursday evening where the weekend will kick off with a Halloween Dinner and BASH with Thanksgiving Dinner and Talent Show on Saturday. Throughout the weekend a ton of activities planned at the castle. To name a few (details below) Halloween BASH, talent show, treasure hunt, moonlight tour of the maze/labrynth, castle grounds tour, canal walk, piñata and more. In the area, you will find local wine & cheese tasting, truffle market, art excursions, local art galleries, brocants, abbey’s, cathedrals and more.
           For accommodations, there are four beautifully appointed gites or apartments available with a total of 14 rooms. All have modern conveniences, spacious salons and fully equipped kitchens. Getting to the Chateau is easy by car, from the airport or train. I can arrange pick-up from the train station (Saint-Florentin – Vergigny) which is a 10-minute drive. Please refer to this linkwww.chateaupercey.com for photos, description of rooms, amenities, things to do in the area etc.. There are only accommodations for 30 and there has been a lot of interest so best to reserve sooner than later. What to bring……costumes, instruments, any sports equipment, other… What to expect…..a good time and sumptuous festive dining.
           I hope to share with you Halloween and an American Thanksgiving at a French chateau.

                                                     Yours in ghosts, monsters, turkey, and pumpkin pie,

                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                Bernadette
THURSDAY November 1

Arrive afternoon

16:00 Pumpkin carving and decorating for the Halloween Bash.

18:00 – Gathering at fireplace in the Main Hall for welcome with local cremant and appetizers followed by a 5-course dinner.

20:30 Halloween BASH: Entertainment – piano playing, spooky stories, contests (best scary costume and other), dancing, games and moonlight tour of the castle grounds and visit of the maze/labyrinth. Bring flashlights.

FRIDAY November 2

Breakfast: Muffins (assorted types), baguette, butter, jam and juice delivered the evening before with coffee and tea provided in rooms. Breakfast at leisure in your rooms

11:00 Tour of chateau gardens, grounds, maze/labyrinth and church in back of castle

Lunch Option: Box lunch can be provided to picnic at castle, along the river or take-away

Activities at the chateau: Pinata making and breaking (time to be determined), pony petting, badminton, trampoline, swings, relax in the garden, read a book, canal walk, biking and more.

Activities in the area: See this site link HERE for details. Options include local wine & cheese tasting, art excursions, local art galleries, brocants, abbey’s, cathedrals, walk along the canal, bike, visit the marche in Chablis, Truffel market in Noyers-sur-Serein, 30 minute drive from the chateau and listed on the 100 most beautiful villages in France.

Dinner: Dine out at a local restaurant or Dinner Option Pizza at the castle.                                                                                                          

SATURDAY November 3

Breakfast: Muffins (assorted types), baguette, butter, jam and juice delivered the evening before with coffee and tea provided in rooms. Breakfast at leisure in your rooms

Lunch Option: Box lunch can be provided to picnic at the castle, along the river or take-awayActivities at the castle: REHEARSE for the talent show (piano available). Need ideas…poetry reading, singing, playing an instrument, skit, improv, charades, jokes, karaoke, dancing…the sky is the limit! Be sure to bring any instruments, props, costumes etc..

Help with Thanksgiving decorations and preparations.

Activities in the area: See this site link HERE for details. Options include local wine & cheese tasting, art excursions, local art galleries, brocants, abbey’s, cathedrals, walk along the canal, bike, visit the marche in Chablis, Truffel market in Noyers-sur-Serein, 30 minute drive from the chateau and listed on the 100 most beautiful villages in France.

18:00 Thanksgiving Dinner starting with cremant and canapes followed by a full Thanksgiving menu

20:30 Talent Show in the Main Hall A piano is available ideas…poetry reading, singing, playing an instrument, skit, improv, charades, jokes, karaoke, dancing…the sky is the limit! Be sure to bring any instruments, props, costumes etc.

SUNDAY November 4

Breakfast: Muffins (assorted types), baguette, butter, jam and juice delivered the evening before with coffee and tea provided in rooms. Breakfast at leisure in your rooms

11:00 Treasure Hunt

Lunch Option: Box lunch can be provided to picnic at the castle, along the river or take-away
Afternoon Departures

TRANSPORTATION:
On site under FAQ http://www.chateaupercey.com/faq-2/   you will find ALL info  on various ways to arrive. Here are more specifics…if arriving from Paris by train/TER. You will want to go from   GARE DE BERCY (PARIS)    TO   SAINT-FLORENTIN – VERGIGNY. Here is link. http://www.sncf.com/fr/trains/ter     CLICK BILLETS then put  GARE DE BERCY (PARIS)  – SAINT-FLORENTIN – VERGIGNY.     Is approx 30 Euros one way. Lots of DIRECT trains which will be 1.5 hours.  I can arrange pick up from Saint-Florentin – Vergigny which is only a 10-minute drive from the castle.   Leaving on Sunday is same as I can get you to the train station at Saint-Florentin – Vergigny. I will be at the castle from Wednesday to Monday so feel free to come early and/or stay longer even if I am not there. 

PACKAGE COST: for weekend not including rooms: 140€ per person 70€ E children under 12. In addition to a ton of fun includes:
All activities at the chateau: Halloween BASH, Treasure Hunt, Talent Show, Chateau and Grounds Tour, Moonlight Tour, Breakfast X 3 (assortment of homemade muffins, baguette, butter, jam, juice, coffee and tea), Halloween 5 course meal with cremant and traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with cremant

Note: All meals include local cremant served with appetizers.Feel free to bring any alcohol. Local wines will be available for purchase

ROOMS are 90€ per night per ROOM whether single, double or triple occupancy. For bookings of a gite/apartment/room contact Lara directly. Email: info@chateaupercey.comCell: 07 85 26 36 75. If you are single and would like to share a room let Lara know as other singles coming may wish to share. There are four gites/apartments, all with various number of rooms and 14 total. All are equipped with lave-vaisselle, four, micro-ondes, hotte, plaque de cuisson, frigo, congélateur. All gites have a full bathroom, WC shower and/or bath, lavabo. Some of the rooms have an « ensuite » meaning adjoining/private bath and/or shower, lavabo and WC.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PHOTOS/DETAILS OF GITES CAN BE VIEWED HEREwww.chateaupercey.com

                                             

Next Storytelling Events


 

Halloween & Thanksgiving
Weekend  at the 
Chateau de Percey
Nov 1-4
Details HERE
 
Nina Starsong
Jazz Chanteuse and Medium
Saturday, Nov  24th
Details HERE
  Sarah Tullamore
Actress and Singer

SATURDAY, September 15th
Details HERE
 





November 1-4, 2018

Halloween menu is at the inspiration stage with details posted soon andn will include such delicacies as Nasty Nibbles, Vampire Delights, Zombie Poison Skulls, Chopped Bat Wings, Eyeballs, Witchhair pasta, Bucket of Bones, and Tongue of Lizard. All served with Voodoo Punch and a Bewitching Dessert.

 

Thanksgiving Menu

Cremant & Canapes

Smoked Salmon Mousse
“Faux Gras” – Mushroom, Pecan & Lentils w/ herbs & hint of Cognac

Spinach Cashew Parmesan Spread w/zest of Ginger & Cumin
above on crackers and pain de campagne

Carrot Fennel Potato Soup
laced with Cream, Chestnuts & Maple Syrup

 

Roasted Turkey with hint of Sage & Rosemary
with figs, chestnuts, potatoes
Gravy

Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce with zest of Orange and Ginger

 

Side Dishes

Rice & Bread Stuffing with Celery & Apple

Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple

Corn Bread

French Green Beans
Seasonal Crudites – Vegetable Medley with herb dip


Dessert
Pumpkin Pie

 with Speculous crust & dollop of whipped cream

Assorted Chocolates

 

Beverages

Cremant served with Canapes, Juice, Coffee, Tea

Feel free to bring any alcohol. Local wines will be available for purchase

 

 

 

 

The Host
Bernadette Martin

Welcome and Bienvenue! If you have read the Frequently Asked Questions on the FAQ page, many of your questions about the Storytelling Evenings may have been answered so you might ask…….what’s my story? I felt the extract below from an interview conducted by Sean Ryan – Communications Consultant gives you a snapshot. Sean has attended 17 out of 25 Storytelling Evenings.IMG_0701 2 3BD 2

Tell us about your story…where you grew up?
Originally from Los Angeles I am of Irish, German, and French descent and have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US.   After a first degree in French followed by an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management I embarked on a career in branding on the client and advertising agency side holding positions in Asia, Europe and North America. In 2002 I moved to Paris which coincided with transitioning from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur. Having lived in Paris since 2002 I feel truly « Euro-American ». A long distance swimmer (former long distance runner) and Bikram (hot) Yoga practitioner I find my « zen » in the H2O doing endless laps. My favorite Tibetan proverb, « Happiness is not at the end of the road, it’s the road that brings happiness ».
What is your “day” job?
As Founder of Visibility Branding   I help professionals identify, clarify and message their personal brand (online & offline) using storytelling. I am  a Personal Brand Strategist, Storyteller, eReputation Analyst and author of « Storytelling about Your Brand Online and Offline 
» These Storytelling Evenings are a brand extension of my « day job » and are a chance for me to welcome guests from all walks of life and nationalities where the common thread is a desire to hear a good story, and share an amazing meal and convivial evening together. For more on my “day” job visit my site or go the the Visibility Branding PAGE.
Why did you decide to launch your Storytelling Evenings in June 2014?
I have been an expat for most of my life, the last 14 years here in Paris.  What triggered the launch was, to use the French expression, a “concours de circonstance”.  Having moved into a larger apartment, this allowed me to welcome guests chez moi (tapping into my love for entertaining and meeting new people), as well as cook (designing menus inspired from my travels),  and more importantly provide entertainment around Storytelling…..my passion.
Where do you find the Storytellers?
Some approach me having heard of these events. However, for the most part they are people I know well. An example is my good friend Ayke Agus a world class pianist, violinist and author of Heifetz as I Knew Him . She will feature when she passes through Paris this year. Others are recommended or people I meet here in Paris. I have the reputation as the “networking queen’ with affiliations and membership across a range of professional and cultural associations such as Toastmasters, Professional Women’s Network, Arts & Arena, American University Clubs of France, Paris Women of Success, Project Management Institute, my alumni association Thunderbird School of Global Management and others. At events is where I often meet potential storytellers where my innate curiosity in hearing other people’s stories prompts me to ask if they would like to feature.
How do you see the future progression of these Storytelling Evenings?
I plan to continue hosting these events wherever I live and in parallel with my professional career. I do plan on keeping these events intimate, on a small scale with ever changing delightful menus and chez moi.


Past Events

Natalia Lazarus
Director, Producer, Actor and Founder of the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center
” A Picasso”

Johannes-Maria Lansche
Dancer, Choreographer, Actor and Bikram Yoga Instructor

Dr Marie Holm
Cognitive Neuroscience and Positive Psychology Researcher
“Blending Science & Spirituality”

Judith Merians
Hollywood Studio Executive, Literary Agent, and Entertainment Attorney
“Making Movies & the Marriage of Creativity & Business”

 

Sandy Beky
Sustainability Advocate, Founder of Kyosei Leadership
“The BUZZ on Bees”

Dr. Lorraine Tilbury
Veterinarian and Toxicologist
“Practicing Emotional Agility in your Life – an Approach Inspired by Horses”

Owen Lean
Magician, Street Performer
Stand-up Comedian

Testimonials

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RSVP/CONTACT

RSVP directly HERE. Your seat is guaranteed with payment. Link is http://visibilitybranding2015.eventbrite.com

 

 Send message if you have QUESTIONS, SPEAKER SUGGESTIONS or OTHER

 Bernadette Martin
E: bmartin@visibilitybranding.com
T: 33 (0) 6 33 41 70 01
Normally the event location (chez moi)  is 55 Boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris, France
Easy access: across from metro Richard Lenoir line 5. Close to Bastille lines 1,5,8
Wheelchair accessible

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Visibility Branding offers career development services to Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Academic Institutions, Corporations, and Associations in the form of individual sessions, workshops, courses, modules, presentations and keynotes. These can be delivered on-site or virtually.  The “red thread” methodology that flows throughout the Visibility Branding process is based around the four C’s of a strong brand. CLARITY, COVERAGE, CONSISTENCY, CONSTANCY and the use of STORYTELLING. Selected services are the following with a full list on the Visibility Branding site HERE.

COACHING: Identifying and clarifying your personal brand (what makes you UNIQUE), as well as your direction, goals, target and Call To Action (CTA)
The BIO: Creating compelling and captivating stories and narratives for various versions of the BIO tailored to the target. Placement purposes: LinkedIn SUMMARY, site, blog, Twitter, association sites and other.
ACCOMPLISHMENT STORIES:  Creation of well-structured accomplishment stories for online (LinkedIn, site, blog, Twitter, etc.) and offline (interviews, presentations, etc.) purposes.
LINKEDIN: Profile “makeover” and training on LinkedIn with direction on optimizing your presence and advice on how to make your profile stronger.
CV/RESUME and COVER LETTER development:
INTERVIEWING & PRESENTATION SKILLS:
VIDEO: Advise on use of video as a brand-messaging platform. This can be a VIDEO BIO with advice on script and coaching of delivery and/or Video Storytelling.
ONLINE IDENTITY or e-REPUTATION: Identification of your Online & Offline Visibility with ongoing monitoring using selected tools.
For full list of services please visit the Visibility Branding site.

www.visibilitybranding.com