Voski Ashoun - October 15, 2023
A beautiful fall day for Voski Ashoun this year. Held, again, in Terry and Naïry's backyard, we gathered to celebarte fall and each other. Leroy provided some interesting wines and spirits for tasting. Snacks were available and a fire was available for making S'Mores. Everyone (20 of us) who attended had a great time.
ACOM Picnic - 2023
The annual ACOM Picnic was held June 11th on a beautiful summer Sunday. Naïry and Terry hosted the party in their backyard. 30 people attended and ages ranged from ~1 year to 90+ years, a real multigenerational gathering. The food was great as is always the case with our Armenian Potluck picnics. Everyone enjoyed the company and attendees were able to catch up on everyone's life events.
ACOM held its annual Genocide Remembrance on April 23rd 2023
This year ACOM was joined by the Minnesota Historical Society as a co-sponsor of the event.
The event was held in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center main building in the Capitol area of St. Paul.
This years program was focused on the resiliance of Armenian Culture after the Genocide of 1915. Speakers covered various topics: housing, history, poetry, music, dance, language and alphabet and church architecture. The event was emceed by Steven Usitalo - ACOM President. More than 60 people attended and comments from the attendees after the event were very positive.
For those who were unable to attend, a video of the event is below:
Gaghant/Valentine’s Day Party – 2023
After a great start to ACOM’s 40th year, our midwinter party took a 2 year “Pandemic” break and a year with a cancelled in-person party. This year the party was on again in-person but with a later start date that was closer to Valentine’s day.
ACOM Hosted an In-Person Voski Ashoun - 2022
This years Voski Ashoun, hosted by ACOM, took place ion a somewhat chilly Fall day this year. This year the date and time for Voski Ashoun was on Sunday, October 16. The day was a bit cloudy but the sun did poke out a couple of times. Temperatures hovered in the low 40s with variable wind.
The fourth presentation in the series "What is it like being Married to an Armenian" was held Saturday, September 10th 2022 at the Merriam Park Library.
Panelists for this fourth session were Lowell Johnson (Andrea) and Jim Favre (Margaret). Steve Usitalo moderated the session and the attendees were taken on a fascinating journey to local areas and, also to broader ares of the World icluding Armenia itself. Members of the audience contributed supporting stories for the two panelists. ACOM provided some light refreshments after the formal session.
ACOM Gaghant 2022
Plans were well underway for a return to a traditional in-person Gaghant for 2022. However, the best laid plans got laid low by that insidious virus that is still around and interfering with our everyday lives and with our celebrations. We had found a new event space at a community center in Roseville (MidPointe fell victim to the times and to some destructive violence during early 2020 and had ceased to exist). We had the caterer (Mim's again) ready to go, band (Music Mundial) signed up and early preparations in hand when we found out that we didn't have the numbers of people confirming their attendance to make it economically feasible for ACOM to hold the in-person event.
ACOM Special Presentation !!
This was an in-person meeting that took place at the St. Paul Merriam Park Library on January 8th 2022 starting at 3PM.
Artyom Tonoyan introduced his edited book of Russian news articles about Nagorno-Karabagh. Artyom talked about the development of the book and presented some intersting insights into the background of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh. He indicated that he had read, either in the original or in rigorously translated Russian, accounts of the conflict over the last 30 years. His expert take on the region's Geo-Political climate was extremely interesting for the attendees.
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.