Aug 31 2014

Festival held at St. Mark Armenian Church

By Sy Becker

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Hundreds came as they do every year to
celebrate Armenian culture and traditions. The traditional dances
helped families work up an appetite for the famous Armenian food. It
was truly a festive occasion for church members of all ages.

Church member Stephen Diefenderfer told 22News, "It's awesome, it's a
good fundraiser for the church and I just love seeing people come
together through Armenian culture. I look forward to it."

Since we're such a mobile society and so many of us move away, it
takes events like the St. Mark Armenian Church festival to reunite
those who had been very close down through the years.

"We have so many friends here, this church is like a family to us and
to the whole community. Everyone gets along great, we have an awesome
time, and the food is always the best," said Jane Kapoian, a longtime

Those who came to eat, dance and socialize enjoyed the best of all
worlds. They spent an important part of the Labor Day weekend savoring
the culture and camaraderie of their beloved Armenian church.