Memorial Church to Host Annual Fair May 20-21


Several members of the Armenian Memorial Church fair committee members gather in preparation for the Annual Fair to be held on Friday evening, May 20 and Saturday May 21.They are (back, l to r) Armen Dohanian, Scott Yerganian and Gregg Ohanian, and front (l to r) Vicky Tomasian and Roberta Vanderkyl.

Several members of the Armenian Memorial Church fair committee members gather in preparation for the Annual Fair to be held on Friday evening, May 20 and Saturday May 21.They are (back, l to r) Armen Dohanian, Scott Yerganian and Gregg Ohanian, and front (l to r) Vicky Tomasian and Roberta Vanderkyl.

WATERTOWN — The Armenian Memorial Church of Watertown will hold its Annual Fair Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 (rain or shine). On Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., the church will serve dinners and desserts. The entire fair will be open on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The traditional Armenian meals will include vegetarian meals. Visitors may enjoy eating at tables under the tent or may purchase take out orders if they prefer.

The entire fair features an Armenian delicacies table, a sale of household merchandise at bargain prices and a variety of vendor’s tables.

The women of the Church who are known for their fine cooking have been preparing the Armenian delicacies. They recently held an all day mante making session, producing hundreds of the petite Armenian dumpling-like treats. They will be featured on the baked goods table along with paklava, kadayif, cheoreg, koufte, eetch, cheese beureg and many other baked specialties.

Roberta Vanderkyl of Watertown is chairing this year’s committee which includes Gladys Clinton of Watertown, Armen Dohanian of Belmont, Kimberly Kamborian of Watertown, Gregg Ohanian of Woburn, Caroline Sultanian of Waltham, Vicky Tomasian of Belmont and Scott Yerganian of Boston.

While the fair is the largest fundraiser of the year, the church sets aside 10 percent of the proceeds to benefit a worthy charity. This year’s funds will be donated to the Syrian Relief Project at the First Armenian Evangelical Church of Montreal, Canada. The church has dedicated itself to help refugees who have entered Canada legally looking for a new life. In addition to food and clothing, members assist the refugees with finding housing and employment. This humanitarian effort helps the refugees to settle in the Montreal area and start their new lives on a strong footing.

The Armenian Memorial Church is located at 32 Bigelow Ave.