Hye Pointe Church Picnic Draws 600

By Robert Serabian

HAVERHILL, Mass. — On Sunday, August 24, 600 people attended the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe annual picnic on the grounds of the American Legion Farm. The fine weather drew crowds from five New England states. The picnic began with a Jashou service on the picnic grounds followed by a Requiem service in memory of departed members of the Hye Pointe Parish. Picnic attendees enjoyed excellent Armenian cuisine prepared by the church’s cooking crew.

Music for the event was provided by Hye Pointe’s own seven-piece Jason Naroian Ensemble, with Mal Barsamian on his saxophone. There was a surprise visit from Jay Baronian who sang and played a few songs. The church raffle had prizes totaling $1,000, as well as gift certificates to area restaurants and boutiques. Representatives from area clergy and city government were in attendance to meet the crowd, sample the cuisine, and enjoy the day. The Parish Council had an informational table on upcoming church activities, as well as plans for the new church complex.

The picnic drew attendees from the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Metro Boston, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and even a few from New York! The Hye Pointe church picnic reflects a tradition when picnics were held in wooded areas or parks outside of the cities. Each year the picnic attracts a larger following. The picnic provided an opportunity for friends, family and Armenians in the Merrimack Valley to come together and connect for the love of their church, culture, and community.

During the past year, the church has held a number of dinners which have been well attended by the community. These dinners will be held periodically throughout the year. For further information on the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, visit our new website at www.hyepointearmenianchurch.org.