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Father’s Day Brunch in Naples

Naples Fathers Day Brunch-2017
By Frank Avakian Stoneson
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) in Naples celebrated Father’s Day on June 18, 2017, with residents of the local Armenian Church community enjoying brunch and fellowship at a nearby country club. It was the latest event in the community’s ongoing outreach effort to the Armenians in Southwest Florida.

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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.

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.