WATERTOWN, Mass. (A.W.)—New York Times Best-Selling Author Chris Bohjalian’s 22-city book tour promoting The Sandcastle Girlsarrives in Watertown this weekend, as Bohjalian delivers remarks and signs books at Boston Kermesse on Sat., July 21, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Hairenik Bookstore will be selling copies of the book on site.
The third annual Boston Kermesse Armenian Festival will be held in Watertown from Fri., July 20 to Sun., July 22 at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC), and will showcase Armenian culture and cuisine—with live music by internationally renowned musicians, art exhibits from local artists, traditional Armenian food, and gourmet tastings from local food vendors including Tutunjian Wines, Eastern Lamejun, Massis Bakery, and Fastachi.
Last year, the open-air festival attracted over 5,000 guests from the Greater Boston area and beyond, raising proceeds to benefit the ACEC, a non-profit organization tasked with sustaining and nourishing Armenian culture and education through the community center.
This year, the event will feature performers Harout Pamboukjian, Arman Hovhannisyan, the John Berberian Ensemble featuring Onnik Dinkjian, the Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble, the Karen Kocharyan Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi, and Classic Groove. Festival-goers will be able to experience authentic Armenian cuisine with cooking demonstrations from local chefs including Ani Catering & Takeout and Armenian Market Bakery, and shop the latest collections of bangles and necklaces from Alex and Ani Jewelry.
Perfect for kids of all ages, the festival will also include a meet and greet by Wally of the Boston Red Sox, as well as a Gladiator Joust and Bounce House.
The weekend-long festival is open from 6-11 p.m. on Fri., July 20; 12-11 p.m. on Sat., July 21; and 12-7 p.m. on Sun., July 22, at the ACEC, 47 Nichols Ave. in Watertown. There’s free admission to children’s entertainment, exhibits, vendors, and food. Ticketed admission is for the entertainment portion only: $25 for adults and $10 for children for admission to the Harout Pamboukjian performance on Fri., July 20; $30 adults, $10 children for admission to the Arman Hovanisyan event on Sat., July 21; and $15 adults, $10 children for admission to the John Berberian Ensemble on Sun., July 22. Two-day ($45 adults, $15 children) and three-day ($55 adults, $20 children) all-access passes are available.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.boston-kermesse.org.