September 30, 2016


WICE’s Fall Open House attracted a dynamic group of people interested in learning more about the organization’s cultural activities and its wide range of acclaimed courses. 

Held at Dorothy’s Gallery in Paris, on Sept. 20, the event brought together members and newcomers, for a fun-filled evening of wine-tasting, prizes and course presentations.

The latter included classes on cooking, creative writing, languages, wine tasting, the visual arts and cultural studies, while visitors also received information about WICE’s guided walks and tours of France’s cultural institutions. Several lucky guests went home the winners of exclusive prizes.

Here are some pictures of the Open House, taken by WICE photographer RAYE.  

WICE members check out the wine list at Open House. (Photo by RAYE)
A visitor signs up at reception, entering the draw for prestigious prizes. (Photo by RAYE)
Members of the WICE Board pose for a picture. (Photo by RAYE)
Visitors receive information about courses and activities. (Photo by RAYE)
A few of the many volunteers at Open House. (Photo by RAYE)

September 12, 2016


Fun with WICE (Photo: Raye)

Exciting courses. Membership discounts. A chance to meet new friends. An invitation to expand personal and professional horizons. And loads of prizes!

These are just some of the attractions of WICE’s Open House, taking place Sept. 20.

Those who register to attend, and actually turn up on the day, stand a chance to win an exclusive cooking demonstration at the famous Cordon Bleu school, which has a gleaming new campus by the Seine.

This prize, valued at around 95 euros per person, is among several that will be on offer at Open House for which participants will be entered in the draw. Additionally, visitors will learn about WICE and its extensive range of programs.

WICE President Mary Sipper
(Photo: Meredith Mullins)
"Attending WICE's fall Open House is a great way find out about WICE's many cultural and educational offerings and to get to know the people – WICE’s dedicated team of volunteers and instructors – who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make them happen,” says WICE President Mary Sipper. “I hope to see you there.”

Participants at the event can browse information about classes on cooking, wine tasting, creative writing, cultural studies, languages, and the visual arts. They will equally learn about guided walks and visits to France’s numerous cultural institutions.

And they will be entered in draws for these other impressive prizes:

- An opportunity to win a Paris Day Bike Tour for Two, courtesy of Fat Tire Tours,

- A Picnic to Go for two people plus a 30-minute Photo Session at either the Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Garden, or Notre Dame area, with Pictours Paris,

- A chance to own a hand-colored etching, numbered and signed by the artist Nancy Wilson, from Maison Conti,

- Vouchers for the My American Market store,

- Two complimentary tickets from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées – a stunning art deco theater that puts on opera productions and concerts during the year.

- Two tickets for a theatre production with THEATRE IN PARIS , a company that presents French plays with English subtitling,

Those who sign up for a course during Open House will receive 50% off their WICE Membership fee (terms and conditions apply).

Open House takes place from 3 pm to 7 pm at Dorothy's Gallery, 27 rue Keller, 75011 Paris.

As one current WICE member emphasizes, it’s an event not to be missed.

September 4, 2016


(A version of the following article appeared in a recent edition of Expatriates magazine. Please watch this space for more information about the WICE Open House on Sept. 20.)

Even with all its advantages, living abroad can sometimes be a challenge. But there are groups that can make the experience more fulfilling and fruitful – groups such as WICE.

Formed in 1978 by a number of ex-pat American women, WICE serves the English-speaking community in Paris and has become an organization that lives up to its motto: You’ll Fit Right In.

WICE offers a wide range of courses and networking events. Members can follow classes in cooking, wine tasting, creative writing, cultural studies, languages, and the visual arts. They can also participate in guided walks and visits to museums and other cultural institutions.

New courses, starting September 2016, are now available to view at Interested members can reserve immediately. 

WICE member Anna Sipurzynska
samples French red wine.
Former participants in the various workshops have had many positive comments, noting that the courses have contributed to both their personal and professional development in different ways. The Creative Writing workshops, for instance, support those who have always wished to write stories, while the Wine-Tasting courses enhance knowledge about Europe’s vast variety of wines.

Members seeking to improve their language skills can join conversation groups where they practice French or English and learn the intricate rules of grammar; and budding or experienced artists and photographers get to create work in a city made for art.

WICE will host an Open House on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, from 3:00pm - 7:00pm (15h:00 to 19h:00). This will be held at a famed art gallery in the 11th arrondissement – Dorothy’s Gallery, 27 rue Keller, 75011.

Visitors will have the opportunity to connect with fellow members and volunteers; to meet the people who create WICE’s courses; to speak with some of the instructors; to sign up for workshops; to find out about other events for the autumn program; and, of course, to join WICE.

Registration for the Open House, and actually turning up on the day, also gives one the opportunity to take part in a draw for an exclusive visit to Le Cordon Bleu's new cookery school, based on the banks of the Seine.

WICE is conveniently located in the 15th arrondissement.  The office is open Monday - Friday 10:00 - 15:00. Tel: 01 45 66 75 50.

More information is available on the website at

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