Ararat Center News
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(GREENVILLE, NY) – The 3rd Annual Ararat Center Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 in Upstate New York. The past two years, hundreds of people have attended this Armenian-styled picnic held on the scenic grounds of the Ararat Center located in Greenville, NY, just 30 miles south of Albany.

Once again, more than 500 people are anticipated to participate in this year’s event which will feature Armenian music by the Philly Kef Band, an Armenian dance performance by the Sipan Junior Dance Group of Albany, delicious food including barbecued chicken and lulu kebob meals, and fun for young children with a bounce house.

An added feature to this year’s festivities includes a variety of vendors selling Armenian jewelry, photos, books, and specialty foods.

Also, a program by the St. Vartan Session “A” campers will be held, as well as a special presentation made to the Rev. Fr. Paree Metjian honoring his leadership during the inception of the camp program back in 1980.

The Ararat Center, purchased by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) in January 2004, is now the permanent home of the St. Vartan Camp program. Many other Armenian and ecumenical groups have also discovered the benefits of this beautiful, 65 acre facility which sits on the edge of the Catskill Mountains.

To download a festival flyer, click here. RSVPs for the Festival are also requested in order to ensure enough food for all. To RSVP, please call 212-686-0710 ext. 20 or e-mail