St. Leon Armenian Church Will Host Food Festival

Sept 19 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fair Lawn – St. Leon Armenian Church will host its 77th Annual Food
and Arts Festival from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20 at the church on Saddle
River Road.

St. Leon Armenian Church parishioners will treat visitors to
traditional shish kebab, pilaf and other specialties that residents
have come to enjoy year after year. Dining on premises or “To-Go/Take
Out” remains the same as in the past, but several innovations have
been added to the weekend so that there is something for everyone.

Performances by the Zulal and Arekag choruses and two outstanding
dance groups, Agh’tamar and the Antranig Dance Ensemble will entertain

Art enthusiasts looking for interesting media and subjects will be
charmed with the Art Exhibit featuring Armenian artists and their

Avid bakers will be delighted with a “Live, Laugh, Love and Make
Choreg” instruction in the art of making the ever-popular braided
yeast rolls.

For youngsters, a basketball tourney for ages 10 and up in teams
of three for 3-on-3 basketball games will take place on Saturday
afternoon. Teams will be matched based on age and ability so beginners
through advanced are welcomed. What is an Armenian gathering without
playing a few sets of backgammon? A tournament for serious players
and a “clinic” for beginners will be featured. A sign-up board will
be onsite.

Throughout the weekend a Festival Gift Shop will feature authentic
handmade items, many crafted in Armenia by artisans. For the very
first time in its history, the parish council will offer guided tours
of the sanctuary with an introduction to Armenian Apostolic traditions
of worship.

Arekag Chorus composed of 20 young vocalists will entertain on Friday
evening. The Zulal performance will be Saturday evening. Come and
discover this trio of choreographed acapella voices that are superb.

The Antranig Dance Ensemble in traditional costumes will dance with
astounding skill.

The Akh’tamr Dance Ensemble of 20 young talented dancers will stir
audiences with lively music and dancing exploits on Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon attend Once Upon a Time. Join Armenian mavens
for “round table chats” and gain insights into Armenia to discover
never-before-known facts of an ancient heritage.

Admission is free to all events.

St. Leon is located at 12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn. Parking
is ample, although early arrival is advised for optimal spot. For
information, call church office at 201-791-2862.

From: A. Papazian

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