Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Festival of Nations Planned October 26 in Watervliet
Watervliet, NY – A celebration of cultures and art will take
place on October 26 during the Festival of Nations event held at the Empire
State Plaza Convention Center in downtown Albany, NY.
“With such division taking place around the world today, it is nice to have
our community here in Upstate New York unify to appreciate one another’s
culture,” shared Rafi Topalian, President of the
Armenian Cultural Organization.
Nations participating in this 43rd annual Festival of Nations
include: Argentia, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burma, China, Dominican Republic,
Ethipoia, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Liberia,
Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia,
Scotland, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine.
The day will begin at 12 noon with a parade of the 27 nations
represented. In addition to a stage full
of native dances and music, the convention hall will be sprinkled with unique
crafts and delicious ethnic foods to savor.
The highlight of the day will be the crowning of the Miss Festival of Nations. St. Peter Armenian Church’s own Renee
Dearstyne will represent as Miss Armenia.
Renee, daughter of Rebecca & Michael Dearstyne and granddaughter of Victor
Khachikian, is a multi-talented 14-year-old prepared to take on the task of
proudly representing the Armenian community in the Capital District.
“We have always been fortunate to have beautiful and intelligent young
ladies participate as Miss Armenia, and this year we are very pleased to have
the talented and poised Renee Dearstyne as our representative,” expressed
Renee, a freshman, is enrolled in the Schalmont High School honors
curriculum and is also a member of the National Junior Honors Society. She has studied the piano for eight years,
and is part of the Capital District Youth Choral. Other interests include volutneering at the
Schenectady City Mission store, competivie dance and cheerleading, and
participation in several school clubs as well as a member of the Armenian
Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) and a St. Peter Sunday School
(Renee Dearstyne, 14, of St. Peter Armenian Church
in Watervliet, NY, will represent the Upstate New York Armenian community as
Miss Armenia during the 43rd annual Festival of Nations.)
Plan to attend and support Renee in her bid for Miss Festival of Nations
while taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of a wonderful afternoon appreciating
the cultural diversity of the Upstate New York community.
General admission is $5 for adult and $2 for children ages 3-12. For further information about the Festival of
Nations, please call 518-371-3737 or visit www.festival
of nations.net, or contact Rafi Topalian directly at 518-272-2000 or email
“I strongly encourage you to take the time to attend and enjoy an afternoon
of delicious international foods and wonderful cultural entertainment,”