La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York

FeFANY

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The purpose of this organization as set forth in the Certification of Incorporation shall be:

1. to create an awareness of the culture and heritage of North American French

2. to foster expressions of this heritage among Franco-Americans

3. to promote the use of the North American French language and

4.to promote communication with other French-speaking peoples.

 
 

ABOUT US

ACTIVITIES

CONTACTS

FRENCH IN NY STATE

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 

PLANNED EVENTS

 

FeFANY PAST EVENTS

GENEALOGY

MUSIC & GROUPS

PLACES OF INTEREST

READ, SPEAK & STUDY FRENCH

THINGS PAST

 

THE VENUE

***** Trip to Canyon Country *****
Presented by La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York
September 26 - October 04, 2016

You're Invited! Special Travel Presentation
Hampton Inn
Monday, February 8, 2016 - TIME 6:00 PM
1442 Western Ave, Albany, New York, 12203 Please RSVP: 528-785-3338 or lisa@plazatravel.net
For trip details click here.

 

***** JOIN US ON  A  MONTRÉAL BUS TRIP *****
May 13 – May 16, 2016

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York is sponsoring a wonderful bus trip to Montréal.
The price includes 3 nights in a suite at the Springhill Suites Old Montréal*; buffet breakfast each day; a group dinner Friday night; a half day sightseeing tour of Montréal; a sugar shack experience at Sucrerie De La Montagne, which includes a horse drawn wagon tour and a traditional hearty French Canadian lunch with live music; and an optional trip to the Botanical Gardens.  There will also be lots of free time to explore on your own or shop.
A deposit of $100 is due at the time of booking. 
Prices per person are:  Single $855, Double $590, Triple $540, Quad $510
For more information, or to sign up, call Lisa Laforest at Plaza Travel on 785-3338 or E-mail at lisa@plazatravel.net. Click here for itinerary.

*The Springhill Suites is connected to the Auberge Saint-Gabriel; opened in 1754; it's the oldest restaurant not only in Canada, but in all of North America.

 

*****WHAT'S NEW*****

FeFany Past Events: Christmas Brunch 2015
GENEALOGY: FrancoAmerican Gravy
GENEALOGY: Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire Biographique du Canada
PLANNED EVENTS: Old Songs Concert Series

 

*****French Film – “Manon of the Spring”*****

Troy Public Library, Saturday, February 20, 1 pm, “In this sequel to Jean de Florette, the infant daughter of the first film Manon (Béart) has grown into a beautiful, but shy, shepherdess living in the idyllic Provençal countryside. She plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land led to tragedy years earlier.” It stars Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, and Daniel Auteuil; Claude Berri directed. Some nudity. (Released 1987, 113 minutes, with English subtitles.)
Film review; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091480/

 

*****Mi-Carême (mid-lent) Brunch*****

The Venue, Saturday, March 5, at 11 am to 2 pm, Please join us for a delicious breakfast buffet catered by Joe Forget.  Send checks for $23.00 per person to FeFANY, PO Box 354, Cohoes, NY 12047.

 

*****Wine Tasting Fundraiser*****

Sunday, April 10, 2 to 5 pm, The Venue, 65 Congress St., Cohoes, La Fédération invites you to our “Pull Out All the Stops” wine tasting fundraiser. Proceeds will help seed the restoration fund for the historic 1886 pipe organ in the balcony.  Sample wines with old friends and new, enjoy live music and finger food, and tour the creatively refurbished event space.  $20 at the door per adult: bring a friend and the second ticket is $15.

 

*****Saint Jean-Baptiste Day proclaimed in New York*****
06-24-2014 First


Senator Neil D. Breslin and Assemblymember John T. McDonald III presented Resolution J2953 to La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York. The resolution proclaimed June 24, 2015 as Saint Jean-Baptiste Day in the State of New York and was adopted by both houses in June.

 

*****Gerard Ouimet Award Presentation*****

2015 Award


Bernard Ouimet, former teacher at the Cohoes Middle School giving the Gerard Ouimet Award in memory of his father, to Mayam Mobil, an 8th grade student at the Cohoes Middle School, Cohoes, New York. Madison Turcotte is the 12 grade recipient of this award. These awards are presented by La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York, and are awarded to one 8th grade student and one 12th grade student with the highest average in French, and will continue their French studies at the next level. This award has been given each year since 1994.

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Our calendar for the year has been included in this issue.  A quick look will tell you that
the Fédération is much busier than it has ever been.  We are organizing trips, holding two brunches a year plus the reception following the French Mass in June, and are continuing our film series.  We have had a film from Haiti, we are having two French films and two Quebecois films.  We are still publishing our newsletter ten times year, sometimes more, and we have increased the number of scholarships.  This year, we are icluding Watervliet.  While there is no longer a French parish in Watervliet, there was one at one time, the parish of Le Sacré-Coeur de Marie which now exists under the name of the Sacre Heart of Mary Parish.  The parish was founded in 1881.  The first pastor was Father Eugène Roy.  Father Louis Leduc became pastor in 1883.  On April 2, 1885, a fire completely destroyed the church that was rebuilt soon after the fire.    In 1925, it had a population of about 1700.  The pastor was Father Pierre-A. Robillard.  He had been named pastor in 1914 to replace Father Alex[andre?] Ethier.  In poor health, Father Robillard had to take a leave of absence during which time Father Geroges Gratton replaced him as administrator.  The parish built a school where almost 200 students attended.  It was under the directions of the Sisters of Merci.  Father Robillard resumed his tenure in 1927 and remained pastor until 1939 when Father Napoléon Lapalme became pastor.    For this reason, we have decided to included one of their students in our scholarship program. In this way, la Fédération will underline the French history of the city.
Bernard


 

NEWSLETTER INFO; We encourage our members to send us articles or information pertinent to our goals.
The deadlines for submitting articles for the newsletter:

2015 - 2016 Newsletter dates

For issue of                                        Cut off date for material                              Mailing date
March                                                              February 22                                        February 27
April                                                                March 25                                             March 30
May                                                                 April 22                                               April 29
June                                                                May 27                                                May 30


                                                                

FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
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FRENCH LANGUAGE - SURPRISING FACTS
UNITED STATES PLACE NAMES OF FRENCH ORIGIN
ENGLISH WORDS OF FRENCH ORIGIN
FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS
METIS LABOR IN THE FUR TRADE
HISTOIRE ET CULTURE REGIONALE DU QUEBEC – LA LANGUE GALLO-ROMANE
RECIPE OF THE MONTH


ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
If any of our members
wishes to receive his/her newsletter as an email, please let us know. 
To our contributors we owe a BIG thank you. You have made Bernie's job so much easier. Please keep the articles coming. Articles can be on any subject just as long as they have something to do with French culture in general. The editor invites other Federation members to send articles for our newsletter.
To Bernie and Francoise Ouimet our club is most appreciative. If not for their many hours spent writing, grooming and proofreading each month, we would not have a Newsletter. THANK YOU.

If for some reason, you did not receive all the FRANCO NEWS/NOUVELLES FRANCOS issues, please let us know. We will be happy to mail the ones that were missed. You may send Bernie an E-mail at bouimet@nycap.rr.com or you may call him at 518-692-2690. You may also drop him a note at Bernard Ouimet, 205 Meeting House Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185.

MEETINGS - - -  Everyone is welcome to attend our open meetings, please join us.

FEBRUARY 9
MARCH 8
APRIL 12
MAY 10
JUNE 14

All meetings are 6:00 pm at THE VENUE (the former St Joseph's Church), 65 Congress Street, Cohoes NY.
All visitors are invited and welcome, members are encouraged to attend all meetings of the Fédération.

A reminder that memberships dues are due in June. 
Individual membership is $15.00.
Family membership is $18.00. 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION click here.