NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The only place to be on Saturday, June 15, is at the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary’s annual Summer Picnic. Enjoy an afternoon of dancing to traditional, live Armenian music, feasting on delicious kebab and paklava sundaes, taking a chance on a Super Raffle, and purchasing great finds at a rummage sale or buying unique gift made in Armenia.
“The St. Nersess Picnic has become a much anticipated family day out activity,” said Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Seminary Dean, adding, “There is so much to do all in one beautiful location all while supporting the Seminary and its many beneficial programs.”
Performing exquisite traditional Armenian dance routines during the mid-afternoon at the Picnic, will be the Akhtamar Dance Ensemble of the Armenian American Support and Educational Center – Hye Doon of New Jersey. This ensemble, directed by Sylva Asadourian, was formed in 2000 by a group of parents wanting their children to maintain the culture and heritage of the Armenian nation.
New to the Picnic line-up this year is a Tavloo (backgammon) Tournament. For only a $5 registration fee, anyone of any age can enter the tournament. The winner will be awarded the first ever St. Nersess Tavloo Tournament Championship trophy as well as receiving Seminary memorabilia.
Additionally, children and teens will be able to partake in activities and games throughout the day for a nominal fee, including a bounce house and other entertainment surprises.
General sponsorships are being secured to help underwrite the cost of this event so that all proceeds on the day of the Picnic will directly benefit the ongoing mission of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, which is to prepare leaders in ordained and lay ministries through graduate degree and continuing education programs.
“I encourage you to consider becoming a sponsor for this event,” encouraged Steve Mekenian, Seminary Board treasurer. “There are six sponsorship levels ranging from $25 to $1,000 and allows the perfect opportunity to support a valuable institution that has given so much to the Armenian church community over the past 52 years.”
Buy your Super Raffle Tickets!
Also, the Seminary has again launched a Super Raffle with winners being announced the day of the Picnic. Only 300 tickets are available for this raffle, with each ticket costing $50 each. The three cash prizes awarded will be $3,000, $1,500 and $500.
For more general information, to become a Picnic sponsor, purchase a Super Raffle ticket with great odds at winning, or to register for the Backgamon Tournament, please contact the Seminary office at 914-636-2003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking and admission are free for this event that will be held rain or shine. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit, relax, and take in the afternoon’s sights, sounds and flavors.
* All photos taken by Diran Jebejian