Petals and posies are fine for some young women. Maria Mokhiber and Heather Britt preferred petals and poses during the late 1980s. Both were chosen tulip queens for Albany’s annual Tulip Festival. Mokhiber wore crown and cape in 1988; Britt succeeded her in 1989.
The 11 finalists for Albany’s tulip queen met the press on April 27, 1988. Standing in the top row are Heidi Dembling, Virginia DonVito, Jill Hutson, Debra A. Lawrence, Marisa Nunziato and Lisa Plew. Standing in the bottom row are Maria Mokhiber, Lisa Petrone, Christina VanDeloo, Keely Robelotto and Patricia Vogel. Mokhiber was chosen queen during the annual May festival.
Maria Mokhiber, left, has a royal reaction as she is announced the queen of Albany’s 1988 Tulip Festival. Ready to give up her cape and crown is 1987 tulip queen Ann Marie Dolan.
Tulip queen hopefuls stand and smile in 1989. From left are Melissa Boncardo, Sandra Besso, Amy Naple, Michele Kendrick, Diane MacPhee, 1988 tulip queen Maria Mokhiber, Heather Britt, Erin Monoghan, Jacqueline Jones and Karen O'Brien.
Heather Britt wears a smile and a sash as she is escorted by Albany Mayor Thomas M. Whalen during the 1989 Tulip queen coronation.
Lauren James, 2, enjoys the 1989 tulip crop at Washington Park in Albany. Young Lauren might have dreamed about becoming a tulip queen herself one day.