Racine Wisconsin 2020 MADAGH/Armenian Picnic
We NEED Your Help!
Since 1938 the vibrant Armenian community in Racine Wisconsin has hosted a community-wide Madagh/Armenian Picnic in Racine. People travel from near and far to partake in the festivities of the day. We as a church would have been well underway preparing Cheese Puffs/Penerlee (hand-rolled flaky pastry filled with gooey cheese), Sari Bourma & Pakhlava (handmade flaky layers of buttery phyllo dough filled with cinnamon-sugar walnuts & finished with cinnamon-scented syrup), and over 4,500 Sarma (delicately hand-rolled grape leaves stuffed with a vegetarian mixture of rice & vegetables) true Armenian delicacies for picnic-goers.
St Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church cares deeply about the well-being of everyone in our community and in light of the Coronavirus epidemic have suspended all in-person gatherings and Church services to date. We decided to postpone the annual Armenian (Madagh) which was originally scheduled for June 28, 2020, and have a drive thru only Madagh hand-out. This DRIVE THRU ONLY event will take place at 11-1pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at our church facility (St. Hagop Armenian Church, 4100 N. Newman Road in Racine). We will only be serving Madagh and pilaf as takeout items.
Our church relies on donations from everyone in the community. With the pause on our public worship and adjustments made to our Madagh, we face an especially significant income shortfall in our fiscal year. PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING GENEROUSLY TO SUPPORT OUR CHURCH. Donations are greatly appreciated, as through your contributions we will be able to continue the tradition of the Madagh along with maintaining our church for years to come!
Please visit this site to view the story behind the commemorative DVD seen in this posting. (https://racinearmenianmadagh.wordpress.com)
The word MADAGH [pronounced "MAH-dagh"] means 'offering', and the tradition of the Armenian Madagh goes back to the time of Abraham who was willing to offer his only son, Isaac, to prove his love, faith and obedience to God. But when God witnessed this great testimony, He asked Abraham to spare his son and instead offer a ram. Today, our Madagh is an expression of that same love, faith and gratitude to God for all that He has graciously bestowed upon us. The Armenian custom of commemoration is typically celebrated with community gatherings. Here in Racine, WI it is sponsored by St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church.
If you are in the neighborhood or would like to mail a check to the address below, please visit us at our church location on AUGUST 30th (11-1pm) for a drive thru Madagh hand-out. Donations will also be accepted at that time:
4100 N. Newman Rd.