Tamar Kanarian and Angela Aghajanian

After the AYF Olympics

On Labor Day at 10:19 a.m., AYF alumna and volunteer extraordinaire Tamar Kanarian posted the following words on Facebook: “Home. Let the post-Olympic misery begin.” This one statement could easily sum up this entire article. For those of us who regularly attend the AYF Olympics, Tamar’s [more...]

September 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Four-hundred meter medalists Tamar Changelian (Detroit), Tarvis Hintlian (Providence), and Shayna McCarthy (New Jersey)

AYF Olympics Highlights, Detroit Wins at Home

I seem to never learn that it is nearly impossible to do everything, have fun which includes performing the Saturday picnic band, and still write an article on time. That is the AYF Olympics: lots of friends, family, food, athletics, kef, and sleep deprivation. None of the regular attendees would [more...]

September 1, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Detroit Juniors

Detroit Hosts Midwest Junior Games

By Adrenee Asadoorian In the words of Karekin Nejdeh, “If you wish to know the future of a nation, look at its youth.” The future is looking bright for the AYF-YOARF with the success of the Midwest Junior Olympic Games hosted by the Detroit “Kopernick Tandourjian” Chapter. The motivation [more...]

September 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Detroit golfers

Friday at the AYF Olympics

Friday is when the AYF Olympics swing into full gear. The day began with the Tennis players and golfers gathering in the lobby, getting coffee, and preparing to leave for the courts and course. It was a perfect day for both golf and tennis. It was a mostly sunny day in the mid-70s with a slight [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rosemary Alashaian, Judy Gavoor, and Araksi Dinkjian

Thursday Night at AYF Olympics

We arrived at the Adoba Hotel, the Olympics Headquarters, around 6 p.m. It is good to be in Detroit, the D, the motor city, home to Armenians whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents hailed, for the most part, from Kghi, Van, and Sepastia. It was uplifting to see the Armenian flag flying [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Our car over-packed and ready to go to Detroit

Tebi Detroit

Toward Detroit… well toward Dearborn and the Hyatt Regency… now called the Adoba Hotel. Things change. That is the nature of life. Our car over-packed and ready to go to Detroit There are some things about the AYF Olympics that do not change. What hasn’t changed is the excitement [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The author with Ungers and an Ungerouhi in front of the Cathedral at Ani

A Letter to Grandma Catchouny

Dear Grandma Catchouny, How are you? Sorry that we haven’t talked in a while. Boy, do I have a lot to share with you. I’m honored to be the first of your descendents to go back to your home city, Van. It was just one of the many places that I saw on my trip through Historic Armenia, which was [more...]

August 24, 2014 // 1 Comment


Impressions from AYF Camp Haiastan

AYF Camp Haiastan, Thank You for My Second Home By Sanan Malkadjian There aren’t many words to describe the feeling of being “home” again. Emotions rise and smiles become the norm as you make the AYF Camp Haiastan grounds your home for two weeks. Right when you reach the steps of camp, you [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Gakavig children’s publication on June 14 launched its two latest CD’s, “Oror Ou Nani” and “Mankakan Donakhagh.”

Gakavig Unveils Two New Children’s CDs

LOS ANGELES—The Gakavig children’s publication on June 14 launched its two latest CD’s, “Oror Ou Nani” and “Mankakan Donakhagh.” “Oror Ou Nani” is a lullaby CD that includes excerpts from the Children’s Bible, presented in enjoyable and entertaining ways for both [more...]

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sona Dagley volunteering with COAF in Armenia

Teaching with COAF in Armenia

By Sona Dagley I am currently studying kinesiology and, luckily, have been placed with the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) to help plan activities for the kids in villages, to get them up and active. I originally came to Armenia to work with the Fuller Center for two weeks, but I wanted to make as [more...]

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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