Armenian Festival celebrates over 100 years

June 8 2013

Armenian Festival celebrates over 100 years

Updated: Saturday, June 8 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

WATERVLIET — This weekend, St. Peter Armenian Church is holding it’s
103rd annual Armenian Festival.

The St. Peter Armenian Church community established the parish in
1899. Before building their new house of worship in Watervliet in
1971, the church was first located in Green Island and later in Troy.
The very first Church Picnic opened to the community was held in 1910.
That ‘Picnic’ is now known as the annual Armenian Festival!

In addition to Armenian food and pastries, there are new features
this year: live authentic Armenian Music featuring the John Berberian
Ensemble with John Berberian on the oud, Mal Barsamian on clarinet,
Harry Bedrossian on keyboard and vocals, and Charles Dermenjian on the

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