Monthly Archives: July 2015

Florida Armenians Gearing Up for Return to Asbury 2015

Asbury2015finalinvite1Return to Asbury is pleased to be going into its 4th revival year in a row – and it is bigger and better than ever. With over 260 tickets sold so far, and prices set to go up on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, now is the time to join hundreds of Armenian Americans from across the U.S. in one of the oldest traditions – kef on the beach!

There’s something for everyone – join us at the Watermark Lounge for a welcoming cocktail on Friday night, then play Tavloo with the best of them on Saturday morning, and be sure to get some sun on the 7th Avenue beach Saturday afternoon (look for the Armenian flags!), or grab a drink poolside as the sun sets. Finally, this year’s attendees will become part of the first Armenians to attend a Kef at the Historic Asbury Park Convention Hall! You will be surrounded by hundreds of friends and family, making memories to talk about for years to come.

This year’s much-awaited ‘Armenian Kef Weekend on the Beach’ will feature the amazing Artsakh Band and…..the return of the Vosbikian Band to Asbury Park, NJ for the first time in over 40 years! This will be a one-night-only performance so don’t delay.


  • Armenian Kef Night Adult tickets: $85 before July 22, $100 after.
  • Armenian Kef Night Student tickets: $65
  • Armenian Kef Night Child (age 6-12) tickets: $45
  • Children 5 and under are free

All adult kef night tickets include one free premium liquor drink.

Grab your friends and family and come to the beach this summer. Be a part of something that’s bigger than all of us – tradition!

And while you’re having fun, tag us in your social media posts using #AsburyKef. Like and tag our facebook page, and follow us on Twitter @AsburyKef.

Hotel rooms in Asbury Park can be found through the links below:





  • Friday 5:30 PM: Happy Hour at Watermark Lounge (21+ cash bar)
  • Saturday 11:00 AM: Tented Tavloo Tournament on the Beach ($30)
  • Saturday 12:00 PM: 7th Avenue Beach Party
  • Saturday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Poolside Happy Hour (cash bar)
  • Saturday 8:00 PM: Armenian Kef Night ($85 before July 22, $100 after)


Live Music, Mezze, and Cash Bar


Steve Vosbikian, Sr.- Clarinet
Steve Vosbikian, Jr. – Sax/Vocals
Greg Vosbikian – Oud
Samuel Vosbikian – Dumbeg
Christopher Vosbikian – Dumbeg
Michael Vosbikian, Jr. – Saxophone
Glen DerHagopian – Dumbeg
Haig Hovnanian – Zils/Tambourine
Stephen Hovnanian – Vocals
Jimmy Kzirian – Dumbeg/Vocals
Ara Dinkjian – Keyboards



Anto Vartanian – Vocals
Jimmy Kzirian – Drum Set
Steve Vosbikian – Clarinet/Zurna
Aram Hovagimian – Keyboard
Anthony Deese – Keyboard


Proceeds to benefit Camp Haiastan, Camp Nubar, and St. Vartan Camp.

Sponsored by the New York Armenian Students’ Association. Event planning provided by Florida Armenians.

We thank the following organizations for their support:
agbu * acyoa * agla ny * armnet-ny * armnet-dc
ayf * fund for armenian relief * knights of vartan
birthright armenia * homenetmen * soar



In Memoriam: Meline Manoukian

Melanie ManoukianMeline Manoukian of Boca Raton, Florida passed away at Hospice in July 2015. She had been a resident of Boca Raton since 2003 coming from the Boston area. Meline was born in Istanbul, Turkey to parents who survived the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Meline’s husband Berj, who recently passed away, loved her so much he called for her to rest with him in everlasting peace.

My mom was a true mom. She was wonderful, special, caring, loving, giving, generous, kind and sacrified for all. I thank you for everything you taught and did for me; you will always be in my heart. Love your daughter, Melinda.

Meline was a member of the Armenian Church Women’s Guild and the Daughters of Vartan. Meline is survived by her children and grandchildren.

Services will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at St. David Armenian Church, 2300 NW 51st St., Boca Raton, FL.

Burial will be at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA in the near future. In lieu of flowers, Melinda and Melissa request donations be made to either St. David Armenian Church of Boca Raton, FL; St. Mary Armenian Church of Hollywood, FL; or St. James Apostolic Armenian Church of Watertown, MA.

For more information, or to offer your condolences, please visit the Glick Family Funeral home page for Melanie here.

In Memoriam: Angel Tersakian

Angel TersakianAngel Tersakian of Boca Raton, Florida passed away peacefully at Hospice on Friday, July 10, 2015. She had been a resident of Boca Raton for 31 years coming from the Boston area to be with her children. Angel was born in Istanbul, Turkey to parents who survived the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The family moved to Holland in the late 60’s, then to Boston in the early 1970’s. She is survived by son Melkon Tersakian (Laura) and daughter Marta Batmasian (James); four grandchildren: James and Armen Batmasian, Michael and Olivia Tersakian. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins around the world.

Funeral Services will take place on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 5:00pm at St. David Armenian Church, 2300 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. David Armenian Church. Glick Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.