09.23.2017 Armenian Harvest Festival

Event - 2017.09.17 Armenian Harvest FestivalDate: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for traditional food, music, dancing, a rug weaving workshop, a lecture on grape cultivation in Armenia, and a show! Note that the evening performance will take place at the Rome Commons Ballroom.

Vendor Registration - 9/23/2017 Armenian Harvest Festival

The event is being hosted by the Norian Armenian Programs. In 2004, the University of Connecticut received a bequest from the estate of Alice K. Norian, to be used to educate students and the general public about Armenian culture and history, and to gather Armenian-Americans for both these purposes. Therefore the event is free and open to the public and there is no charge for vendors, as this is meant to support community engagement. Vendors should be setup by 11:30am and broken down by 5:00pm. PLEASE FILL IN ALL FIELDS MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK (*). YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION IF YOUR FORM WAS SUBMITTED SUCCESSFULLY.
  • Vendors should be setup by 11:30am. Breakdown can begin at 4:00pm

2017 Armenian Harvest Festival Release

Featured Activities

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 3 pm Concurrent Workshops:

Making Armenian String Cheese

by Maggie Stepanian

The Art of Rug Weaving

by Hayk Oltaci, Master Craftsman, Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries
Join Master Craftsmen Hayk Oltaci for a unique weaving workshop demonstrating the hand-made textiles of Asia Minor and Central Asia. Participants will learn the ABC’s of vertical rug weaving, including terms such as warp and weft, techniques such as knotting and the basics of design. You will actually practice the art of rug making by weaving a small piece on your own loom. All materials will be provided.

Hayk Oltaci–Hayko, as he prefers to be called–was born in Istanbul to Armenian parents. He came to New York City in 1988 with his wife; their two daughters were born here. With more than 35 years experience gained in the leading ateliers of Istanbul, Strasbourg, Paris and New York, Hayko is one of the most genuinely knowledgeable experts in fine oriental rugs and tapestries in the world. Hayko understands the subject down to the last knot. Widely respected both for his personal integrity and for the quality of his rugs and tapestries, Hayko works closely with museums and serious collectors, many of whom return to him again and again. For more information, please visit his website: http://hayko.com. His shop, Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries is in Long Island City, NY.

3:00 pm Afternoon Lecture: Filmmaking in Armenia (TBC)

4:00 pm Reception

5:00 pm Evening Concert: Huyser Music Ensemble

(Rome Ballroom, 2110 Hillside Road – Doors open at 3:30pm)


Bachigs [Lucine Tegnazian, Jewelry & Crafts]

Migrant by Moush [Ani Moushigian, Paintings]

Silk Heart by Abgaryan (Karine Abgaryan, Silk Scarves]

More coming soon.


Visitors may park in the Nathan Hale Parking Lot or the S Lot adjacent to the Nathan Hale Inn. (Permit is not required for parking on Saturdays). To obtain directions, use the map below and add your point of origin above the destination.

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