The 70th annual Albany Tulip Festival takes place this Mother’s Day weekend. Festival goers will stroll through a colorful landscape of over 100,000 blooming tulips in Washington Park while enjoying live music, food vendors, local crafts, Dutch traditions, and more.
At the heart of this Capital Region tradition is the crowning of the Tulip Queen, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at noon. The next day, Mother’s Day, the newly-crowned Albany Tulip Queen will join Mayor Kathy Sheehan to announce 2018’s Mother of the Year.
The City of Albany announced the finalists for Tulip Queen and Mother of the Year in a press release last week, introducing the public to ten incredible women from the Albany area.
Tulip Queen Finalists 2018
While only one of these remarkable young women will be crowned the 70th Albany Tulip Queen on Saturday, all five will work together on community service and literacy advocacy initiatives as the 2018 Albany Tulip Court.
Sawyer Cresap, Age 23, Albany
Sawyer, a Syracuse University graduate, works as the Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator at the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. Sawyer has served in AmeriCorps, volunteered as an art instructor with 4H, and assisted locally with the Ronald McDonald House.
Katherine Donnelly, Age 23, Latham
Katherine is a Sage College graduate and is working towards a Dental Hygiene degree at Hudson Valley Community College. Katherine works as a pediatric dental assistant. Her most rewarding volunteer experiences include Special Olympics, Joseph’s House and Shelter, and Sage Allies.
Xavia Francis, Age 18, Albany
Xavia will graduate this spring from Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls. She will attend the University at Albany this fall. She volunteers with Grassroots Givers, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and as a photographer for the Scholastic Talent Showcase.
Natalie Joseph, Age 18, Guilderland
Natalie, a sophomore at the College of Saint Rose, has volunteered with the Albany County FosterParent Appreciation Brunch and annual Foster Care Awareness Walk, the Ronald McDonald House, local juvenile diabetes initiatives, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Elizabeth Stenard, Age 19, Albany
Elizabeth is a freshman attending Hudson Valley Community College. She has volunteered as a teaching aid at Mater Christi School and summer camp, cooked meals at St. Joseph’s House and was an Albany High School Key Club member.
20th Annual Mother of the Year Finalists
The City of Albany and St. Peter’s Health Partners are proud to recognize compassionate Capital Region moms in the 20th Annual Mother of the Year Contest. The contest celebrates mothers who are committed to their families and communities while serving as positive role models and touching the lives of those around them.
Joan Duffey of Watervliet, nominated by her son, Kevin Duffey
Joanne Joseph of Ballston Spa, nominated by her daughter Alison Joseph
Harriet Lovelady of Albany, nominated by her daughter Linda McNeal
June MacClelland of Wilton, nominated by her friend Nicole Fortier
Kathleen Shaw of Cohoes, nominated by her daughter Savannah Jones