La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York



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 promote communication with other French-speaking peoples.

Please remember our dear friend and board member Lise Toch.





***** 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.


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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


For prices and itinerary

For reservation form

*****Panache Quartet - Quebec  fiddlers*****
See our EVENTS tab for details

                   *****FUTURE EVENT*****

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.


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

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






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

For issue of         Cut off dates for material             Mailing date
May                       April 23                                                 April 29
June                      May 24                                                  May 30
September         August 23                                            August 29

Franco-American Day
Father Gabriel Richard, Congressman
Did you know that?
The Recipe of the Month
L'Ile Verte Fire
2014 calendar
For Genealogists
From the Editor
A preservation of Character
Events Surrounding Jesus' Crucifixtion

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 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 8, May 13, June 10
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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.

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