The long-standing German folk-festival tradition of Oktoberfest was celebrated at St. Garabed’s Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert on Friday night, September 15th. Over 140 people attended this family oriented, fun and “festive” evening, which was a huge success! Authentic German sausage, sauerkraut, potato salad and desserts were a highlight of the evening.  A selection of refreshing beers, games and contests, and the lively “Oom pah pah” musician added fun and entertainment to the night!  The children had fun in taking their turns at breaking the candy filled pumpkin piñata.

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who attended and supported the Oktoberfest fundraising event.  Many generous donations were received that night, as well as other donations received from those who were not able to attend.  The Church was able to raise approximately $3,000.00 to help towards the operating expenses of the Church.  Your support is very much appreciated.

These types of relaxed and casual events are a great opportunity for friends and families to come together for a fun evening.  The Parish Council is encouraged by the support of this type of event and plans to continue in the planning of   similar events for everyone to enjoy.

As we head into the Fall season, our calendar of events is very full.  We hope that you will all attend and support the upcoming Armenian Cultural Festival which will be held on November 14th and 15th.  This is our main fundraising event of the year, where we can celebrate with the community and enjoy our Armenian culture, foods, music and heritage.

Thank you for your continued support.