Mum’s the word

Previous Mum Queen and her Court (photo by Dion Ogust)

Saugerties’ Seamon Park will be blooming with chrysanthemums on Sunday, October 14, and the village is holding its 47th annual Mum Festival to celebrate. There will be ample opportunity to admire the pink, lavender, yellow, orange, auburn, white and purple flowers, which were first cultivated in ancient China, where the chrysanthemum was valued as a healthful herb and food. The mum was introduced in Europe in the 1600s, and the popularity of this full-bodied bloom – each petal is a tiny floret – has grown to the point where it is the signature fall flower.

The Festival will feature a Mum Queen, live music, arts-and-crafts booths, martial arts demonstrations, face-painting and an art contest. There’ll also be lots of food.

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The 47th Annual Mum Festival will be held in Seamon’s Park on Route 9W on the north end of the Village of Saugerties from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free.

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