St. Leon Armenian Church in New Jersey to host 77th Annual Food and Arts Festival

St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, will host its 77th Annual Food and Arts Festival from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20 at the church, reports.

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.

Performances by the Zulal and Arekag choruses and two outstanding dance groups, Aghtamar and the Antranig Dance Ensemble will entertain audiences.

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

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 Akhtamr Dance Ensemble of 20 young talented dancers will stir audiences with lively music and dancing exploits on Sunday afternoon, according to the report.

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