Armenian Picnic

Our gardens will be spilling into the pathways and we’ll be getting ready to pull the onions and garlic because it will be time to marinate the shish kebab! Cooking and sharing food is a way to sharpen our senses, to connect us with the land and the bounty it produces. When you think about it, cooking and baking celebrate the magic of fire and water…touchstones in our lives.

Armenian Picnic

We're making plans to bring together musicians, dancers, cooks and special makers for a day that we're fondly calling "Mid-Coast Maine meets the Middle East".  Everyone is welcome and the festivities will start and 11:00 and finish by 4:00 in time to catch the sunset over the Bay.  Stay tuned for more details and the opportunity to purchase meals in advance (last year we were sold out very quickly).  All of the profits will be sent to a Makers Workshop in Yerevan to support older Armenian craftspeople in need.

Order Meal Tickets

Online ticket sales are now closed.  We are sorry that you missed the shish kebabs this year but join us for other wonderful middle eastern foods.

Armenian Girl

Guest Musicians

Leo Derderian

Leo hails from the Armenian enclave of Indian Orchard, (Springfield) Massachusetts. A Nuclear Engineer by trade, he enjoys Middle Eastern music and has played the oud since the age of 13. His style is clean, delicate and dynamic. Leo has performed for Presidential events while living in the DC area and many picnics, weddings and Armenian activities throughout Massachusetts and New England. During the covid pandemic Leo comforted and delighted many Armenians isolated in nursing homes with his playing over telephone lines.

This is Leo’s first engagement in the state of Maine.

Bob Arzigian

Bob ArziganBob Arzigian grew up in New England just north of Boston, MA  where at a very early boyhood age revealed his natural love and talents of Mid-Eastern rhythms and music. By age twelve he began to play the Dumbeg (Middle Eastern hand drum) at several area church picnics and ethnic festivals. At age fifteen he broadened and redirected his playing interests towards the Middle Eastern stringed instrument known as the "OUD”. Bob considers himself most fortunate to have performed over the years with many of New England's finest Armenian, Greek and Arabic musicians including Artie Barsamian, Fred Elias, Mike Sarkisian, Roger Krikorian, Ken Kalajian, Leon Janikian, George Righellis, and Mal Barsamian.  Bob now resides in Florida and summers in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where he hopes to continue his passion for performing and sharing the rich cultural sounds of Armenian and Middle Eastern music.

Armenian Picnic Snaps