Wednesday, Aug. 9
Visits to Armenian Cultural Organizations
We cordially invite you to join us for this exciting tour of Armenian cultural institutions in our area. Many Armenians who immigrated to the USA settled in Boston, which soon became an early cultural center for Armenians in America. They established Churches and Cultural, Educational and Benevolent Institutions and the first Lodge of our brotherhood, Ararat Lodge #1 in Cambridge, MA on July 4, 1916.
- NAASR: Belmont. The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research was formed in 1955 to foster Armenian studies and build a worldwide community to preserve and enrich Armenian culture, history, and identity for future generations. NAASR accomplishes this through scholarship, grants, publications, lectures, and conferences. It has a library of over 27,000 books as well as an extensive book store on Armenian subjects. A noteworthy early accomplishment was NAASR’s establishment of the first Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies at Harvard University followed by its support in establishing 18 similar University chairs in the USA.
- ACF: Armenian Cultural Foundation is a private library and museum overlooking beautiful Mystic Lake in Arlington. Its rare collection of books and manuscripts is housed in a Greek revival mansion with stately surroundings and exquisite oriental rugs and Tiffany lamps. The ACF features an extensive collection of Armenian periodicals and newspapers, literature and manuscripts of famous Armenian, English, French and Russian authors.
- AMA: Armenian Museum of America: Founded in 1971, the AMA (originally Armenian Library and Museum) is based in the heart of the Armenian Community in Watertown. It is the largest and only independent Armenian museum in the USA. AMA was formed to provide a repository of over 6,000 Armenian artifacts with a goal to preserve and present to the public the history, culture and art of our rich Armenian history.
- Armenian Heritage Park: Downtown Boston. The K of V Ararat Lodge spearheaded the formation of this organization in 2002, uniting all Armenian organizations in MA, to develop the Armenian Heritage Park, memorializing the contributions of Armenian immigrants to Massachusetts. It took one decade to accomplish this objective. The Park is located in a prime downtown area of Boston. Spearheaded by an Executive Committee of Ararat Lodge members, the project was undertaken to build this unique Park and raise an Endowment fund to maintain it. The striking sculpture in the Park symbolizes the experience of Armenian immigrants. A labyrinth adjacent to the sculpture makes the Park a “must see” destination point for visitors and local residents.
Thursday, Aug. 10
Family Night at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center in Watertown, MA
Surf and Turf Dinner including: New England Clam Chowder, Steamers, Baked Potato, Corn of the Cob, Coleslaw, Whole Lobster, and Steak. Kids menu available. We will be entertained with traditional Armenian music by a live Armenian Kef Band along with a Disc Jockey. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes. Buses leave hotel at 5:30 PM Cocktails begin at 6:00 PM. Dinner served at 7:30 PM
Friday, Aug. 11
100th Anniversary Celebration
From its grassroots beginnings, the Knights of Vartan has notably entered its second century of service. As we conclude our first centennial, the Knights of Vartan extend an invitation to all of our brothers, sisters and guests to partake and witness the Centennial Celebration of Ararat Lodge, the first lodge... A grand celebration is planned with emphasis placed on infusing the younger generation with our well versed organization of the Knights and Daughters. We will dance to the great sounds of Elie Berberian and his band; the evening will be full of surprises which will keep our guests on the edge of their seats. To make this event notable, the committee has decided to donate the net proceeds of the evening and has added a special fundraising effort for Friday night. All of the profits will be donated to the construction of the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill, MA, which is in the Arakadz Lodge district. Make sure you don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the past and build the future.
Cocktails at 7:00 PM - Dinner at 8:00 PM - Presentation and Performance at 9:00 PM
Friday, Aug. 11
DOV Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Traditional Daughters of Vartan Luncheon with Avak Dirouhie Sona Manuelian and musical program.
Saturday, Aug. 12
Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
An evening to celebrate the newly installed Avak Tivan and Avak Khorhourt. The evening will include a wonderfully prepared 3 course plated dinner, presentation of National College Scholarship Recipients and presentation of Knights of Vartan Man/Woman of the Year.
Cocktails at 6:30 PM. Procession begins at 7:15 PM followed by presentation of the flags and dinner.