On Saturday, December 8, 2018, nearly 50 parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to visit the now renowned “Armenia!” Exhibit.
The day began with a prayer for the group’s safe travels, by our pastor Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, and a prompt 7 a.m. departure on a beautiful, yet cold winter day. Filled with joy and anticipation, and a small arsenal of snacks, the bus made its way to Manhattan, arriving at the Metropolitan Museum ahead of schedule.
After taking the much-anticipated group photo outside the Met, our large group divided into two smaller groups to experience “Armenia!” led by the Museum’s tour guides. Both groups were awed by the incredible exhibit, presenting roughly 140 objects ranging from art, religion and trade in the Middle Ages. The exhibit represented a literal walk through time, described by one tour guide as “a presentation of Armenia’s history through both time and space.” Each member of our group felt pride not only in the artistry, craftsmanship and preservation of the artifacts on display, but also in the fact that so many non-Armenian visitors were equally captivated by the exhibit of our ancient culture. That a world-class museum has given the Armenian exhibit such a prominent and important forum to share with the world fills us with gratitude and pride.
The day culminated with a visit to the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, which unfortunately turned into a drive-by photo opportunity due to the overwhelming throngs of tourists, described by some as “human gridlock.”
The festive and exciting atmosphere of the day continued on the ride home, as passengers continued to enjoy each other’s presence, bonding, creating new friendships, and enjoying a viewing of the classic “White Christmas”. Everyone returned home uplifted and overjoyed by their experience. We thank our group leader, Yn. Arpi Kouzouian for so warmly, energetically and ably leading us throughout the trip, as well as Crystal Transport and our bus driver Bedros, who helped ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for all.
Those who wish to see the exhibit are encouraged to do so before it ends on January 13, 2019. It is worth the trip!