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Color Easter Eggs—the Armenian Way!

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2016 at 10:40 pm

We have all dyed Easter eggs the traditional way with store bought food colors. This year try something different using your leftover onionskins. That’s right! No need to buy anything. So easy to make. Just save the skins from yellow onions put them into a pot of water with your eggs, and voila! You will have beautiful and uniquely colored eggs that you can use in your egg-cracking contest, another fun Armenian tradition.

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The recipe and egg-cracking instructions are included in the children’s book, Mariam’s Easter Parade. In this lighthearted story, Mariam might be too small to help with the Easter preparations, but she is clever enough to celebrate with her own special parade!

The book is based on life in “the old country” in the early 1900s. Easter is a major holiday for the Armenia people. Not only do they celebrate their Christian religion, but they also mark the occasion with food, festivities, and egg-fighting contests.

Mariam’s Easter Parade is available on Amazon.com as well as many independent books stores.  

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Upcoming Events—Hope to see you there!

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm

We pleased to announce the following events:

March 28, 2015—Bowers Kidseum, 1802 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Author Marianne Markarian and illustrator, Margaret Markarian Wasielewski, will read from their new children’s book, Mariam’s Easter Parade, and share Armenian Easter traditions during the Live Storytelling events at the Bowers Museum Kidseum on Saturday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. They will also demonstrate Armenian egg-cracking contests and make ribbon wands with the children during the Live Storytelling event. For more information, call 714-567-3694.

March 29, 2015—Curious Cup Bookstore, 3817 1/2 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria

Marianne and Margaret will visit Curious Cup Bookstore in Carpinteria from 11 am. to 1 p.m. They will read from Mariam’s Easter Parade, demonstrate how to color Easter eggs using onion skins, and play the Armenian egg-cracking contest. Children and their parents are invited to join in on the fun! This event is free. For more information call (805) 881-3230.

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April 19, 2015St Paul United Church of Christ, 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd. Cincinnati Oh. 45247

Margaret will donate a book and read from Mariam’s Easter Parade at 11:45 a.m. following the Sunday service. For more information, call (513) 385-9077.

Hope to see you there! More events coming soon in Chicago, Detroit and Portland.

Pomegranate Publishing Donates New Book to Cincinnati Libraries

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2015 at 8:16 am

Margaret Markarian Wasielewski, illustrator of the recently published children’s book, Mariam’s Easter Parade, donated copies of her book to the Blue Ash, Maderia, and Sycamore Public libraries. Through its Learning About Other Cultures (LAOC) program, Pomegranate Publishing has donated 50 books to libraries and schools throughout the country.

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Through generous funding from The Wasielewski Family, the LAOC program aims to promote acceptance through cultural awareness.

“We believe that the earlier kids gain an understanding of cultural, religious and racial differences, the greater likelihood they will have
of tolerating those differences as adults and passing that tolerance
onto the next generation,” said publisher Marianne McCarthy.

Mariam’s Easter Parade is a light-hearted story of young girl who might be too small to help with the Easter preparations, but she is clever enough to celebrate with her own special parade! Easter is a major holiday for the Armenia people. Not only do they celebrate their Christian religion, but they also mark the occasion with food, festivities, and egg-fighting contests. The book includes a recipe for traditional Armenian egg coloring and instructions for playing the egg-cracking game.

Wasielewski is an award-winning artist and member of the Cincinnati Art Club and the Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Detroit, Cincinnati, Florida, and Chicago.

Mariam’s Easter Parade is available at Amazon.com as well as independent bookstores in the area.