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Armenian Picnic


Mid Coast Maine meets the Middle East with food, music and dance.

An Armenian Picnic is a traditional party with food, music and community in the summer air…we’ve been doing it for as long as history has been recorded. Picnics are touchstones, we can reach back and feel grounded by ancient, resilient cultures that still thrive in Maine. A traditional meal is almost like a time machine- and every time we roast a skewer over an open flame, or even simply gather people around a table to share food, we tap into the same sense of satisfaction, pleasure and connection that humans have sought through all of our history.

On July 30th, we’ll dance to live Middle Eastern music, eat shish kebab, freshly baked Lamejun (Armenian flatbread) from the woodfired pizza oven and savory perogies served in the garden. We’ll satisfy our sweet tooth with homemade paklava filled with pistachios and walnuts and dripping in honey syrup. If you’ve been looking for a creative party for the entire family, this is the day to revel in all that is beautiful at the award winning Searsport Shores Ocean Campground…come for the day or stay for the week!

The Armenian music legend Leo Derderian and friends will fill the air with lively and familiar Armenian tunes on the Main Stage. On the second stage, the acclaimed Balkan Band of Maine, Kotwica! will sing songs and play dance music from Poland, Ukraine, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Beyond. By special request, Carolyn Okoomian Rapkievian will teach folk dances before and during the picnic for everyone’s pleasure.


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