Despite the mass resignation of all the members of the Saugerties Mum Festival committee two weeks ago, mayor William Murphy has vowed that the festival, which brings hundreds of tourists to the Village of Saugerties, will continue.
Without getting into specifics, Murphy said the committee made the decision to quit and that he is in the process of finding volunteers willing to serve on it. Murphy, town supervisor Greg Helsmoortel, village trustee Jeannine Mayer, and Greg Chorvas, the town’s superintendent of buildings and grounds, are the initial members of the new committee.
Any Saugerties resident who would like to serve on the committee, which also helps with the annual Saugerties High School Mum Bowl football game and assists with the selection of the Mum Queen and her court, should call village hall at 246-2321, or drop into village hall at 43 Partition Street.
The festival just celebrated fiftieth year. In addition to the more than 1500 mums planted annually throughout Seamon Park by village parks and buildings superintendent George Terpening and his crew, other festival features include vendors, a petting zoo and a photography contest, as well as flower arrangements by the Saugerties Society of Little Gardens.
Murphy also said he hopes to get some of the past mum queens involved in the committee, as well members of the school district community.