‘Green Is the New Black’
WATERTOWN — The Armenian Tree Project (ATP) is commemorating its 20th anniversary with a series of events in Boston, Los Angeles and Yerevan. In Boston, a volunteer committee has organized a banquet in an unusual urban setting for November 8 of this year.
Nina Festekjian and Nicole Babikian Hajjar are the co-chairs of this large and diverse committee. The venue, the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse overlooking the Boston harbor, is a unique one for an Armenian event. Everything — music, food and art — in some way will have an Armenian “flavor.” The landscapes of Armenia will appear through a display of Arthur Hovhannisyan’s artworks. The Black Sea Salsa will perform jazz music with an Armenian twist. One of the guest speakers will be the actor David Alpay, the Canadian actor who played the leading role in Atom Egoyan’s film, “Ararat.” Festekjian said that elements of the event will remind the attendees of the connection between ATP and trying to remain environmentally “green.”