La Fédération Franco-Américaine 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.


















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

FRENCH IN NEW YORK STATE: Cooperville, Clinton County, New York.

PLANNED EVENTS: Saturday April 29, 2017, Dinner and wine at Amorici Vineyard. DETAILS BELOW

PLANNED EVENTS: July 7, 2017 – July 10, 2017, Bus Trip to Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York City, DETAILS BELOW



Sunday, May 14,2017, Concert by Josee Vaschon at Guilderland Public Library.
Saturday, May 20, 2017, French Film, Troy Public Library.
Sunday, June 25, 2017, French Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Waterford, NY.



*****Du vin et du pain en campagne*****
Dine with wine in the countryside

Join us for a wonderful dinner at Amorici Vineyard in Valley Falls, NY, on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 pm. $60 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Federation’s annual awards to area students studying French. The buffet dinner includes one glass of wine, French bread, a salad, Coq au vin (chicken in wine sauce), Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Quiche (with seasonal vegetables), Haricots verts (green beans), scalloped potatoes, Fresh fruit for dessert, Coffee & tea. (Additional wine available for purchase.) 

Only 34 tickets are available. FeFANY members are encouraged to make reservations for themselves and family/friends in early February because this spring dinner will be advertised to the public starting February 16. Make check payable to FeFANY and send to FeFANY, PO Box 354, Cohoes, NY, 12047. Call Yvette with questions (518) 272-5061.


*****Concert by Josée Vachon – Guilderland Public Library – May 14th, 2:00 PM*****
Free Concert Sunday

La Fédération franco-américaine du NY and the Guilderland Public Library (GPL) cordially invite you to enjoy singer-songwriter Josée Vachon in a free concert of beloved French songs, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2 pm to 3:30 pm, in the Helderberg (large) meeting room, Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY. Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American heritage for more than 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia, as well as her own compositions. Vachon has recorded 12 solo albums in French and two with Franco-American folk group Chanterelle. Questions? Contact Margaret Lanoue, GPL, at 518.456.2400 ext. 2.



*****Bus Trip to Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York City.*****

July 7th - July 10th, Celebrate Bastille Day and all things French at a fun and festive afternoon of food, wine, culture, and entertainment.  Presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Bastille Day has been New York’s largest public celebration of France’s Independence Day (July 14, 1789) and its historic friendship with the United States.  The trip includes: round trip deluxe motor coach from Latham to New York; three nights at the Four Star Omni Berkshire Place Hotel; Hotel tax and baggage handling.  For information, pricing or to register, call Lisa Laforest (518) 785-3338.


*****FALL 2017 TRIP*****

Calif trip 2017

Calif 2017

We are already planning our Fall 2017 trip:  Treasures of Northern California.  The itinerary is San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Tuolumne and Yosemite. The dates for the trip are September 24 through October 2, 2017.

For more information contact Lisa LaForest at Plaza Travel Center, 623 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY, 518-785-3338.


*****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.



My the goals of the Fédération , as stated in its Constitution, Article II – purpose, states that “The purpose of this Corporation as set forth in its Certificate of Incorporation shall be: 1. “to create an awareness of the culture and heritage of the North American French:” [p. 1 as rev. 6/87].

How does one go about “creat[ing] an awareness of the [French] culture?  Some ways are obvious.  The Fédération holds its Christmas brunch, celebrates the feast of St. John the Baptiste every year with a French Mass followed by a reception and, this year, it celebrated the feast of St. Joseph with a Latin Mass.  It sponsored programs on such topics as genealogy in conjunction with the Guilderland Public Library and will sponsor a concert of Josée Vachon, partnering with the Guilderland Library.  It inaugurated a French film series which has been well received.  It has planned trips to Québec City and Montréal and has organized a trip on Lake George aboard the ship Le Lac du Saint-Sacrement. 

In the past, the Fédération has celebrated  Twelfth Night [la fête des Rois] as well as Mardi Gras, sponsored a well-attended square dance program and has retraces the fur traders’ route from Lachine to Albany for Albany ‘s 300th anniversary, a two week undertaking complete with authentic costumes and songs.  It has taken part in the Festival of Nations and had a French language program called “La Petite École.”

“Heritage,” the second half of the Fédération’s mandate, cannot be explained or the goals of both “culture and heritage” ca not be attained without understanding their roots.  These roots are found in the Francos’ history.  I have been a citizen of this country for over 59 years but, even though we communicate in English and hear the same English words, what we hear is interpreted differently because history has made us different.  “Culture and heritage” cannot explain this phenomenon.  Only history can.  Unfortunately7, some historians write the history of their nation in positive, I would say sometime in glowing terms.  Example: Lewis and Clark discovered the Rocky Mountains.  Wrong!  They were discovered by La Vérendry in 1742-43.  Lewis and Clark “discovered the Rocky Mountains in 1805.  [Of course the natives had known about them for centuries.]  The land beyond the Appalachians were settled by Americans, people such as Daniel Boone.  So our history text tell us.  Wrong again.  The first settlers of the Mississippi River Valley were French.  Yes, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri among other states, were first settled by the French but you won’t find that in American history books.

Why am I writing in this vein?  It’s very simple.  The historian has the duty to write history the way it happened.  To be true to his profession, he must not choose between one fact and another.  He must include both.  This means that he has the duty to write history with its shortcomings as well as its achievements. with its warts as well as its sunny complexion.  To omit the warts condemns us to repeat pass mistakes.  It condemns us to reinvent the wheel over and over again.  Ignoring history makes us complacent, unprepared when we have to face and solve problems.  Ignoring history keeps us in the dark and the “light at the end of the tunnel” eludes us.  The harder we try, the further away seems to be the solution.  When we think that we have the answer within our grasp, we realize that is was only a mirage. 

As an historian, I strongly believe that I do not have the choice of relating only the positive.  I do not have the choice to write about some facts while ignoring others, simply because they are unpleasant or upsetting.  To do so is to betray my profession.




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

2016 - 2017 Newsletter dates

For issue of cut off date for material Mailing date
May April.26 April 28
June May. 26 May 30
September Aug. 25 Aug. 29

We will do our best to hold to these dates. 

*****April - avril 2017 NEWSLETTER ARTICLES*****


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 our Newsletter Committee, consisting of Bernie Ouimet, Francoise Ouimet, and Yvette Alexopoulos, 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 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.

Board Meetings for 2016-2017

April 11
May 9
June 13

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.


It has been brought to our attention that there is a misunderstanding concerning the renewal of Fédération membership. Per the Fédération’s Constitution/By-Laws, our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Since membership dues become our operating money, renewals must be paid by August 31st for us to plan and carry out events from Sept–June. As a reminder, the dues are $15 for individuals and $18 for families.

There are no newsletters in July and August, and the Board does not meet. Each spring, we try to remind members to renew; however, some years our reminders have been late. And many members have therefore been late renewing. 

As of the next fiscal year (July 1, 2017), the September newsletters will not be sent if your renewal hasn’t been received by August 31st. We ask that all members renew in July and August. We will add the July 1st renewal date on your newsletter label to remind you. We will also put a reminder in the May and June issues of the newsletter. Thank you for supporting the Federation’s activities!

Bernie Ouimet, President and Board Members