The ACOM Annual Picnic returned ths year after a year off due to COVID-19
Sunday June 27th startied at 3:30PM
Aftewr a year of virtual events, ACOM began to return to normal by hosting the summer picnic. It was held in the backyard of Terry and Naïry on a very pleasant June Sunday afternoon. ACOM supplied beverages but all who attended were asked to bring their own food. No grilling this year. Twenty seven people attended and enjoyed each others company after more thn a year apart. See the photo gallery for pictures of the event.
A pool party is scheduled for August 8th this year and will be hosted by Laurel Gregorian. Details to follow later. The picnic showed us that we can, again, have in-person events and our calendar will reflect this. Stay tuned.
ACOM Genocide Commemoration
April 24, 2021
Virtual by ZOOM
On Saturday evening April 24th 2021, ACOM hosted a Genocide Commemoration event. This meeting was, again, a virtual one due to CORONA-19 virus considerations. The event was hosted by Naïry Digris and Terry McGibbon. The featured speaker this year was Artyom Tonoyan and the Q&A period was moderated by Steven Usitalo. Following the presentation, there was a series of four musical performances by members of the ACOM community. Click on Picture to see Video
ACOM presents: A conversation with Prof. Joachim Savelsberg regarding his new book: Knowing about Genocide: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles. (The book can be accessed and downloaded through the above link.) Moderator, Peter Hajinian. The event was virtual and was recorded. For thos who mwere not able to attend the event a video recording of the presentation can be found HERE.
Doug Tiffany and Steve Usitalo
This was our first Virtual meeting for this series. So no socializing with beverages and appetizers but we still had a great session. Nairey Digris was the session moderator. Doug and Steve were joined by their spouses for this session since it was a virtual meeting. This created a new dynamic in the discussion where there was a couple interaction. Previous sessions did not have this interesting interaction. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. 25 people participated in this enjoyable session.
The annual ACOM Gaghant was held this year on Sunday, January 3, 2021 via Zoom. Hosted and emceed by John Parker-Der Boghossian (ACOM President), the celebration began with some introductory remarks by John. The current board of ACOM was then introduced, followed by the presentation of the elected new vice-president, Steven Usitalo, and a new board member-at-large, Alarica Hassett.
Voski Ashoun (Golden Autumn) 2020 Edition
ACOM held the 2020 Voski Ashoun celebration in Virtual space this year due to the COVID-19 Virus. We used the Zoom platform as we did for the 2020 Genocide Commemoration.
Since these Zoom events are recordable, we are providing a link to the recording of the event for those who were unable to attend via Zoom.
There was time before the start time of the event for participants to socialize. John Parker-Der Boghossian, ACOM President, lead the event which featured Armenian artists. Peter Hajinian represented creative story writing artistry, Andrea Johnson presented poetry reading from her own poems and also from other Armenian Poets, and a Video showcasing Henry Gregorian performing Armenian pieces on the violin. Those who attended had a great time and we hope that those who view the recording are equally pleased. Manmy tganks to the people who put this event together:
John Parker-Der Boghossian, Peter Hajinian, Andrea Johnson, and Terry and Nairy along with Henry for the Music Video.
Click HERE for a link to the Event Video
Ararat Beckons (1995, 49 mins, Dir. J. Michael Hagopian, Narrator Mike Connors; in Armenian & English) Documentary of the 1st Armenian Expedition to Mt. Ararat.
A film of striking beauty and mystery on the first Armenian Expedition to reach the summit of Mount Ararat. Where many have failed and some even lost their lives, Masis and Gregory Parseghian and Hamlet Nersesian succeeded. Overcoming the hardships of incarceration, altitudes, they accompanied their goal through sheer will and perseverance. The film became a reality after four shipments of film were smuggled out of Turkey over a 2-year period. Ararat Beckons is more than a film of adventure.
It is a poetic statement of the historic bond between a mountain and a people, a father and son.
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What was it like growing up Armenian in ... 13th in the series
ACOM's popular series "Growing up Armenian in.." returned for a 13th session on Sunday March 8, 2020. Panelists were Alarica Hassett and Martin Azarian. The discussion was moderated by John Parker-Der Boghossian.
Kicking off our 40th year, the annual ACOM Gaghant party was held on January 10th, 2020 at MidPointe Event Center in St. Paul.
As usual, our guests were welcomed to the event and for this special year, everyone attending was presented with a red 40th Year Anniversary tote bag displaying ACOM’s new logo. Also, during check-in, "Hye Bingo" cards were given out. The aim of the bingo player was to find people who had the characteristics detailed in the bingo boxes and get those people to sign off on the box. This was a great ice-breaker that encouraged guests to mingle and socialize.
The second in a series of panel talks featuring spouses of Armenians was held Sunday November 3 at Keljik's Oriental Rug store in South Minneapolis. A great venue for an interesting afternoon. 24 people were in attenjdence to hear Donna Azarian and Leroy Erickson talk about their experiences with their Armenian Spouses. A more detailed written narrative is yet to come. In the meantime use the two links below for a replay of the event.
For an audio recording of the session click HERE.
Link to a video of the event - HERE
For pictures from the event click Read More