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

HISTORY & GENEALOGY

MUSIC & GROUPS

PLACES OF INTEREST

READ, SPEAK & STUDY FRENCH

THINGS PAST

 

THE VENUE

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

HISTORY & GENEALOGY: French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut
HISTORY & GENEALOGY: Periodical Source Index

PLANNED EVENTS: Sunday, March 19, 2017, Traditional Latin Mass, St. Mary’s Church, Amsterdam, NY DETAILS BELOW
PLANNED EVENTS: Saturday, March 25, 2017, French Film, Troy Public Library, DETAILS BELOW
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

FeFANY PAST EVENTS: Christmas Brunch 2016 pictures

 

*****SAVE THESE DATES*****

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

 

 

*****LATIN MASS AT ST. MARY’S, AMSTERDAM*****

churchTo honor French-Canadian traditions, FeFANY members are invited to a sung Traditional Latin Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph on Sunday, March 19, at the historic St. Mary’s Church, 156 East Main St., Amsterdam, NY, 12010. Mass begins at 4 pm with Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche officiating. Afterwards, there is an optional gathering for dinner at the Raindancer Restaurant (www.raindancerrestaurant.com) in Amsterdam at your own expense. Call Bernie by Thursday, March 16 to indicate your interest in dinner: 518-692-2690.

 

*****French Film – Troy Public Library –March 25th,1:00 pm*****

Bon Cop, Bad Cop.  “This thriller-comedy-action film brings together two male police officers with very different styles – one from Québec and the other from Ontario – to solve a murder that occurs on the border of the two provinces”.  Filmed in various Canadian locations, the dialogue is a mixture of English and French. This film is rated R for adult content and some violence. As a courtesy, please call the Troy Public Library at (518) 274-7071 to reserve a seat.

 

*****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*****
The Fédération is cosponsoring this event. There is no charge for this concert. 

 

*****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.

 

 

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

It is with sadness that we report the death of one of our members, Mrs. June Cherniak.  We offer our condolence to the family.  She was very involved in the Spindle City Historic Society of which I am a member.  She was the treasurer of the Society and was very meticulous in the keeping of the financial records.  She was always there for all events and activities.  She loved the history of Cohoes and worked hard to make it known.  She and other members met with various people to make sure that the Society had their backing or at least understood what was needed in Cohoes in order to preserve its history.  The society has a collection of photographs, some artifacts as well as bank records of what used to be the Cohoes Savings Bank.  Like the Fédération, what they lack is a repository for what they have and what they could have if only they had a place to store them.  June was involved in all of these and wished for a museum for Cohoes.  There are a number of abandoned buildings in Cohoes that would lend themselves to such a project.  Might it be possible for the city to convince one of the owners of one of these buildings to donate the property to the city for this purpose?  It would be a tax write off for the owner and an inexpensive way for Cohoes to acquire a building and turn it into a museum, something that the city sorely needs.  It might be possible for the various organizations of the city to work together with the city administration and make this dream a reality.

Bernie

 

FROM THE EDITOR

This edition contains an article that is disturbing to say the least.  I proposed to publish a few more articles in the same vein.  Many of us think that these things could never happen here.  These are things that happen in other countries, those that have authoritarian or dictatorship governments.  Yet, we interned Japanese Americans during World War II, We refused to admit a boatload of Jewish refugees fleeing Germany from the Nazis.  We tried our best to eradicate the Native Americans from their land and ended up giving them reservations, land that no one else wanted. Many Americans feel that our country is being taken over by Hispanic-speaking people.  History does repeat itself when we become careless.  A little more than 100 years ago, French Canadians living here were called the Chinese of the east, Franco American women were forcibly sterilized and the Ku Klux Klan harassed them.  My mother, who lived in Cohoes for quite a number of years, worked at Troy Town and Troy District shirt companies in the 1950s and 60s and was told more than once “to go back where she came from.”  Students from our parochial schools, including St. Joseph, were told by ignorant French teachers that “they spoke bad French.”  Franco students in public schools were punished if caught speaking French.  These were the 1950s.  We pride ourselves as a melting pot where all nationalities came and built America.  Maybe it is true – new Americans are cute - “from afar.” BERNIE.

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
     
2017
April Mar. 23 March 29
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. 

*****March - mars 2017 NEWSLETTER ARTICLES*****

COLONISTS AND COLONIZING IN THE ILLINOIS COUNTRY
AMERICAN CITIES FOUNDED BY THE FRENCH
FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS
UNITED STATES PLACE NAMES OF FRENCH ORIGIN
UNKNOWN WOMEN OF QUEBEC
ENGLISH WORDS OF FRENCH ORIGIN
RECIPE OF THE MONTH / RECETTE DU MOIS
YVAN MAHEUX, LUMBERJACK CAMP COOK
CROYANCES ET DICTONS POPULAIRES


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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 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.

Board Meetings for 2016-2017

2017
January 9
February 14
March 14
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.

*****MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL*****

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

 

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