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ARARAT CENTER ANNUAL FESTIVAL WILL CELEBRATE BURNING OF MORTGAGE

Greenville, NY – The 6th Annual Ararat Center Festival, scheduled for Saturday, July 11 in upstate New York, will focus celebrations on the facility mortgage burning that took place earlier in the year.

Over the past five years, hundreds of people have attended this traditional Armenian-styled picnic held on the scenic grounds of the Ararat Center. This year will be no exception as more than 500 people are anticipated to participate in this annual event which will feature Armenian music by a special assembled Festival Ensemble, entertainment by the Sipan Dance Group of the Capital District, delicious food including slow-cooked barbecued chicken and luleh kebob meals, and fun for young children with a bouncity bounce and snow cones. In addition, this year’s Festival will once again showcase a variety of vendors selling Armenian jewelry, photos, books, CDs, perfumes and more.

A brief program, presided over by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), will be held in the mid-afternoon to thank all those who contributed towards the purchase and ongoing improvements of this facility that is now owned outright by the Diocese since the mortgage payoff in January. More information will also be shared about the $1.5 million dollar endowment fund campaign that is being initiated by the Board of Directors so that the future of the Ararat Center can be secured for generations to come.

Admission and parking are free for this event, which will be held rain or shine under the 60 by 100 foot Sepastia pavilion. The Festival is also an outstanding opportunity to tour this beautiful facility which is located 30 miles south of Albany nestled on the edge of the scenic Catskill Mountains. The various buildings and recreational areas of the Ararat Center have been named to represent historic Armenian regions. Individuals are welcomed to sponsor a building of their choice to honor their family ancestry. More information on this will be available during the Festival.

Contact your local parish to inquire about group transportation to the Ararat Center for this day’s long event.