La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York

 

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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.

 

THE BOARD EXPRESSES THEIR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO OUR PRESIDENT, BERNARD OUIMET, ON THE PASSING OF HIS MOTHER, LUCILLE GAGNE-OUIMET. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
http://www.fcfq.coop/avis-de-deces/lucille-ouimet-nee-gagne-78450/

 

 

 

*****UPCOMING FREE EVENTS – OPEN TO ALL*****
1 PM, Cohoes Public Library, 169 Mohawk Street

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Wagon Wheel Rug Weaving Demonstration

Francoise Ouimet will demonstrate Wagon Wheel Rug Weaving in the French-Canadian tradition. Join us and see how the artist uses a wagon wheel to create attractive rugs of various sizes. This is a traditional weaving technique used in the rural areas of Quebec. The art of rug weaving was handed to Francoise by her mother-in-law.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 – FILM “L’homme sur les quais” (The Man by the Shore)

A drama/history by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, in French with English subtitles
Life wasn’t easy in 1960’s Haiti under Papa Doc Duvalier, unless you belonged to the ruling class or the dictator's family, or were family friends. A young girl witnesses the brutality of the Tonton Macoutes  the private secret police that Papa Doc used to terrorize Haitians for 29 years. But she does not understand all the ramifications of what she sees. Through her aunt's fear, pain, and ultimate arrest, the young girl learns that life around her is not good and is filled with sorrow. The movie’s pace conveys how ordinary people feel trapped in this world.
(NOTE: mature themes and some brutality; running time: <2 hours)
** L'Homme sur les quais was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.**

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*****FEDERATION TRIP FOR OCTOBER 2015*****
FRENCH HERITAGE LOUISIANA

Louisiana Trip Presentation
La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York invites you to a free presentation on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:00 pm, at Plaza Travel Center, 3 School St., Latham, NY, 12110. The Federation is sponsoring a trip to Louisiana – “Heart of the South: A journey through New Orleans, Natchez, and Lafayette” – from October 11-18, 2015. To reserve a seat at the free presentation or for more information on the trip, contact Lisa Laforest, Plaza Travel Center (518) 785-3338 or lisa@plazatravel.net.

The Federation is continuing to progress with the October 2015 trip to Louisiana.  Please call Lisa Laforest at Plaza Travel at 785-3338 if you are interested. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND ITINERARY

*****FEDERATION EXHIBITS*****

The Federation is planning exhibits for next year.  The exhibits will deal with the French parishes in Cohoes and North Side.  If you have any photos that we could borrow, we would be most thankful for your lending them to us.  We will scan them and return them to you within the same week.  We would also like to have such items as Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and marriage certificates as part of the exhibit.  All items will be placed in acid free holders.  We would also like to do one of French-Canadian/Franco crafts.  It could be items made by your mother, grandmother, an aunt.  We would prefer old items rather than present-day ones.  Please let us know if you can help.

*****DOCUMENTS NEEDED*****

The Federation is missing certain documents.  They were probably misplaced over the years.  If any former Board members have copies of the minutes of the meetings, we would like to borrow them so that we could complete our collection.  Also, if you have newsletters that you no longer wish to keep, please let us know.  We’ll gladly accept them.  Thank you. Bernie

*****GENEALOGY*****

We know that some of our members have done extensive research on their family history.  If you would like to share this with our readers, please let us know.  If any of our members would be interested in serving on a genealogy committee, please let us know.  We would love to have a genealogy page but we do not have anyone to serve on the committee.

*****FRENCH CLASS*****

La Fédération is discussing the possibility of having a class in conversational French.  We need to know if there would be an interest in such a class before we ask for a commitment from the teacher.  If interested, please let us know.  Call B. Ouimet at 692-2690 or send an email to bouimet@nycap.rr.com. Thank you.

 

 

For other upcoming EVENTS see our tab at the bottom of the page.

 

*****FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK*****

March is almost done.  It’s been a hard winter.  Here in Easton, we have had at least 5 feet of snow.  In fact, we have had more snow than my relatives in Canada who live close to the American border.  But, I’m an optimist.  I’m going to sow some of my garden seeds this week or so I hope.  This being Holy Week, I will be quite busy playing at the Episcopal church of St. Matthew’s in Latham.  Their ceremonies are just different enough from the Catholic liturgy with which I am very familiar to throw me off at times, but I’m adapting.  In our newsletter for the months of important feasts, I always write an article having to do with the feast.  The reason is simple.  One can not speak of Franco culture without bringing in the religious aspects of their lives.  Their trinity of saints was peopled by St. Ann, St. Joseph, and St. John the Baptist.  Of course, each one had his/her prefered saint to whom he/she prayed but they were second rank saints as it were.  Easter was as important as Christmas.  The eating of Ham that had been brought to one of the parish’s “buccaneers” tasted so good on Easter Sunday along with the eggs. And, of course, there was the gathering of Easter water, supposed to have miraculous properties.  It was used to wash an eye that was bothering you, sprinkled in the windows during bad thurder storms and, of course, we drank it all day on Easter Sunday.  On Palm Sunday, all of us brought fir tree branches, the ones from the Christmas tree, to be blessed.  We didn’t have palms in the country.  They might have had them in the city but, as far as we were concerned, the city was another world.  The blessed branches were placed in every room of the house as well as in the outbuildings to preserve them especially for lightning and fire.  I miss some of these traditions.  Maybe it’s because I’m sentimental. In some ways, I hate changes.  But, maybe, it’s better to want to hang on to tradition while still being an optimist.  It’s certainly better than being a pessimist.  Pessimists are people who look both ways before crossing a one-way street.  At any rate, Happy Easter to one and all.


Bernie

 

 

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

2014 NEWSLETTER DATES
For issue of          Cut off dates for material            Mailing date
May                       April 21                                                 April 29
June                      May 21                                                 May 29

APRIL NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
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DESCENDANT REPORT FOR HENRI-EMERY HERPIN DIT POITEVIN.
LE POISSON D'AVRIL.
SEGUIN MUSIC COMPANY.
FRENCH-CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE WAR OF 1812 PART XIX.
CAN ANY SCIENTIST TODAY ACCEPT THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD?
SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE,
TOP LANGUAGES THAT ARE MOST USEFUL FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS AROUND THE WORLD.


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.
If not for their many hours spent writing, grooming and proofreading each month, we would not have a Newsletter. To Bernie and Francoise Ouimet our club is most appreciative. 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 me an E-mail at bouimet@nycap.rr.com or you may call me at 518-692-2690. You may also drop me a note at Bernard Ouimet, 205 Meeting House Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185.

MEETINGS - - -  Everyone is welcome, please join us.
APRIL 14, MAY 12, JUNE 9


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ All meetings are 6:00 pm at THE VENUE (the former St Joseph's Church), 65 Congress Street, Cohoes NY.
Our open informal meetings are for everyone.
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.  Thank you.

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