(L to R) Gail Abate, Mery Rosado, Fran Garofalo, Faye Wood, Angela Gaffney-Smith, Carol Zaloom, Andrea Cunliffe (Gail and Mery) staff at the Cafe and artists who have designed the Garlic Festival Posters at an exhibit of these posters at Cafe Mezzaluna in Saugerties, NY
The Garlic Festival is an annual event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties, NY. Each year over 50,000 people attend this 2-day celebration of "the stinking rose".
The money received from the festival goes back to the Saugerties community as Scholarships for students, Donations to non-profit organizations within the Hudson Valley, including programs such as the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Coats for Kids, Girl Scouts of America, Historical Society, Seamon’s Park, Saugerties High School Key Club, Saugerties High School Scholarships, Special Olympics, Kamp Kiwanis, Karing for Kids, Saugerties Library, School Supplies for Kids, Ulster Literacy, Toddler Town, Ulster Crime Victims, Seamon’s Park Holiday Celebration and various sports teams. They also give assistance with the purchase of community quality-of-life-enhancing facilities such as an ice skating rink, purchased in February of 1998, to better serve the communities’ diverse sports and other life interests. For more about the festival www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com