***** MID-LENT BRUNCH *****
Our survey shows that quite a few of our members are interested in a mid-lent (mi-careme) brunch. The board has decided to have a brunch on Saturday, April 5. La mi-Careme always fell on the Thursday of the fourth week of lent and it was similar to Mardi Gras. However, we are holding it on Saturday since this is probably more convenient for most who want to attend. The menu will be cucumbers in heavy cream, hash brown potatoes, ham cooked in beer – it’s a great way to use flat beer – maple flavored sausages, scrambled eggs, mint peas, gingered carrots, and apple crisp. There will also be tea, coffee and juice. Joe Forget will be the caterer once again and we are sure that he will do a great job for us. It will be at the former Saint-Joseph’s church, now called The Venue, and it will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Price for the brunch is $ 22.00; $10.00 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. Please make out your check to La Fédération franco-américaine du New York. Your check must accompany your reservations Please indicate the number of people for whom you are making the reservations. Do not send cash. Mail your check to our P.O. Box in Schaghticoke. See address on back page of newsletter. Come and bring a friend.
*****QUEBEC IN AUGUST*****
La Fédération franco – américaine du NY
Québec City Bus Trip
With an optional tour of the Ile d’Orléans
August 29 – 31, 2014
A cultural trip with a wonderful opportunity to view church architecture, sculpture, paintings and to visit and explore Québec City
Hotel Chateau Laurier Québec
1220, Place George-V Ouest
Québec City, Canada
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*****Panache Quartet - Quebec fiddlers*****
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Our French Mass for La Saint-Jean-Baptiste will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Church as in the past. It will be on Sunday, June 22 and will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Please note that this year the Mass will be at 3:00 p.m. instead of 2:00 as in past years. Father L’Arche will be with us once again and we hope that he will be able to stay for the reception this year. Please come and bring a friend. You do not have to be Catholic to attend the Mass. Everyone is welcome. We will be singing some of the traditional French hymns and, of course, all of the parts of the Mass will be in French as in past years.
*****FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK*****
Our first film series in many years was a success. While we only had ten people at the last showing, I believe that the reason for this was the misunderstanding/miscommunication with the library. We will repeat the project next year and will put in place safeguards so that this doesn’t happen again. Our Christmas brunch was a success, the best ever attended. Those who came enjoyed themselves. We thank all of our members who took time to fill out the survey. It is a great help to us. According to the survey, quite a few members were interested in a Mid-Lent ( Mi-Careme) brunch, which we have planned for Saturday, April 5. It is open to all, not just Federation members. We hope to see many of you there. We are once more planning our trip to Quebec/Ile d’Orléans and again, it is for anyone interested in making the trip, not just our members. Unfortunately, we we’re unable to give our membership a break on these two events. The Board and I are looking for ways to do this in the coming year. Now that we have our tax free number we will no longer have to pay sales tax on materials bought for the Federation’s use. We will again have our 50/50 raffle to coincide with our French Mass in June. Tickets will be sent with the May newsletter. We know that you will be generous. It is one of our three sources of income and is very important to us. The other two are the Christmas raffle of baskets of cheer and the membership dues. As we do more programs, this stretches our financial abilities to do so and these raffles become that much more important. The Federation is not making any money on the Quebec trip. We decided that we didn’t want to raise the price of the actual cost by tacking on an extra five dollars. We may make a few dollars from the brunch depending on how many people attend. People who have come to the film series have been very generous and we thank them. From the two films, we received $40.50 in voluntary contributions. This helped to defray the cost of the receptions following the films. We are always looking for events that may be of interest to you, our members. Please let us know what you would like. Your suggestions are always welcome. Thank you. Bernie
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