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Armenians in Naples Meet Designer Michael Aram

(L-R) Frank Avakian-Stoneson, Michael Aram, Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian

(L-R) Frank Avakian-Stoneson, Michael Aram, Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian

By Frank Avakian-Stoneson
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

NAPLES, FL – Members of the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) parish community were honored to attend a special showing by Michael Aram, the world-renowned artist and designer of his Spring 2017 fine jewelry and home collection on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples. In addition to the preview of his collection, there was an engaging Question and Answer session with the artist, with highlighted discussion about the Noah’s Ark sculpture designed by Mr. Aram for presentation to Pope Francis by the Armenian Catholicos as a gift on behalf of the people of Armenia during the Pope’s visit to Armenia last June.

Mr. Aram also discussed the strong emotions felt during the design and sculpting of ‘Migrations,’ a piece to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which is displayed on the plaza of the Diocese of the Armenian Church headquarters in New York City for public view.

We all left in awe of the talent and humbleness of Mr. Aram, who is so proud to be an Armenian American. The ACSWFL thanks community member Cherie Dunnigan, herself a jewelry designer, for providing us with the invitations.

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Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Schedule for 2016-17 Season

By Frank Avakian Stoneson
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

Armenian CrossNAPLES, FL – The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) hosted an ‘After Summer Breakfast’ on Wednesday, October 5th at the Original Pancake House in Naples, FL. About 30 of our local parishioners attended the event, and everyone had a delicious breakfast and enjoyed getting together with one another. The ACSWFL also discussed plans for the first Badarak of the season, which will take place on Saturday, November 5th with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian, pastor of St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park, FL.

ACSWFL Badarak services are held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL 34104 at 1:30 PM.

Below is the ACSWFL schedule for the 2016-17 season:

  • Saturday, November 5, 2015: Badarak and light lunch with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian;
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016: BADARAK CANCELLED;
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017: Badarak and Armenian Christmas Dinner with V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan;
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017: Badarak and Bake Sale with Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian;
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017: Badarak and Poon Paregantan Banquet with Primate of the Armenian Church of America, H.E. Archbishop K. Barsamian;
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017: Badarak and Lenten Lunch with Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian.

For special prayers and/or Hokehankist, please contact Frank Avakian Stoneson at (239) 213-0246 or stonesons@embarqmail.com.

Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

On February 21, the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) celebrated the Divine Liturgy with over 100 parishioners in attendance. Sub-deacon Jack Dikranian assisted at the altar. Guest organist Louise Yardumian and 12 choir members were present to help mark the special occasion, the 15th Anniversary of the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida, with beautiful music.

The anniversary banquet, hosted by Frank and Susan Stoneson, followed at Vanderbilt Country Club. Guest speakers Oscar Tatosian, former Chairman of the Diocesan Council, Fr. Tateos Abdalian, Carole Meghreblian, Chairperson of the Parish Council, spoke about the history of the ACSWFL. Entertainment was provided by Mrs. Yardumian who played several piano selections.

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ACSWFL Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 7: Bake Sale, Lunch, and FunFest in the Church Hall: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 13: Badarak – Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian; Annual Lenten Luncheon to follow in Trinity Hall. Advanced reservations only.

All services are held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida at 1:30 pm.

For more information about the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida, please contact Carole Meghreblian by phone (239) 348-3809 or by email carolemeghreblian@gmail.com.

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