Saints Vartanantz Nostaliga Night - A Most Memoriable Evening
On June 18th, some 75 parishioners gathered for a most enjoyable evening to share their cherished memories of Sts. Vartanantz, when originally located in Lowell, and after the move to Chelmsford. Nostalgia Night was indeed a fun evening to just sit back and enjoy listening to many personal experiences which recall our parish life over the past years.
Prior to the start of the evening program, parishioners were able to view a magnificent photo exhibit, which was spearheaded by the efforts of Bonnie Yousefian and Alan Manoian. A number of parishioners also contributed pictures. The exhibit is being showcased in the newly revitalized church library, which has undergone a major clean up. The exhibit, which will be open to the public throughout the 2016 anniversary year, was officially opened at the Saturday evening’s Nostalgia Night. Sandra Boroyan, Centennial Committee Chair, expressed her profound appreciation to the many parishioners who rolled up their sleeves to clean the library in preparation of the photo exhibit. According to Sandra, “restoring our church library to feature the many photos which celebrate our rich parish history, was truly a herculean effort by many hardworking volunteers.”
After parishioners enjoyed a fine table of light refreshments provided by the Women’s Guild, welcoming remarks offered by Der Khachatur and Sandra. Deacon Ara Jeknavorian began the “nostalgic” evening with a narrated slide show highlighting the work and dedication of many of our earlier and current parishioners. According to Deacon Ara, “It was a humbling experience to share many photos that bring back so many great memories of the parishioners who have made great contributions to our church.“ Then, a number of parishioners shared their fondest memories of what has made Sts. Vartanantz – whether in Lowell or Chelmsford - a great place to experience and exercise their Armenian Christian Heritage. Nostalgia Night is one of the four major parish activities to mark the centennial observance of the consecration of the original Sts. Vartanantz Church in Lowell (1916). Upcoming activities include Choir Recognition Day (Sept. 11), Gala Centennial Banquet (Oct. 15), and Divine Liturgy and Reception with His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate (Oct. 16).