Roland Celette’s Farewell Party at the French Embassy

Guests partied by the pool in front of La Maison Francaise. Before the party ended after midnight, some guests even ended up in the pool. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

A gift for Roland Celette, wrapped in the party invitation. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

A paella the size of a Smart car, from downtown restaurant Taberna Del Alabardero.

The party took place on the large plaza in front of La Maison Francaise, which is anchored by a pool and gilded sculpture. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Friends of Roland Celette, among the many at the farewell cookout: Ruth Poupon, owner of Patisserie Poupon, Audrey Poupon, Doriane Talbot, and Susan Calloway, owner of Susan Calloway Art. Ruth and Susan’s businesses are next door to each other in Georgetown. Roland Celette loved to visit both.

Dorothy McSweeney, Susan Norton, and Bill McSweeney were among the guests. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

From Filmfest DC, Director Tony Gittens, and Shirin Ghareeb. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

The atmosphere at the farewell party for Roland Celette was casual, fun, and French. Here are Ivan Zabaloieff and Susan Calloway. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

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