Ararat Center News
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Greenville, NY – The 4th Annual Ararat Center Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 in upstate New York.  The past three 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, delicious food including 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 also showcase a variety of vendors selling Armenian jewelry, photos, books, and specialty foods.

But perhaps the most exciting event highlight will be the ribbon cutting ceremony of the pavilion project and classrooms that have been under construction for the past eight months.  This 60x100 foot pavilion with five attached classrooms will greatly enhance the overall use of the Ararat Center.  This “magnificent” structure as described by many, is a must see, as well as the recently installed commemorative brick walkway and Founding Faithful monument.

Bus transportation from the Watertown, MA area, Worcester, MA area, and Fair Lawn, NJ is available.  For more transportation information, please contact Michael Zeytoonian directly at 508-634-2957 or email him at

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.

For more information about the Ararat Center or to download a Festival flyer, please visit  RSVPs for the Festival are also requested in order to ensure enough food for all.  To RSVP, please call 212-686-0710 ext. 120 or e-mail