Jay Jochnowitz Staff writer
Section: LOCAL,  Page: B2

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 1988

Gearing up for the 40th annual Tulip Festival, Albany officials tuesday named the 11 finalists for Tulip Queen and announced the road in Washington Park would be renamed.

The Tulip Festival, scheduled May 6 through 9, will include a flower show, bike races, and activities in Washington Park to celebrate the coming of spring. Mayor Thomas M. Whalen III said in a City Hall new conference the city has gained what he considers an international reputation for its tulips.

With thousands of bulbs planted in Washington Park last fall and timed to come into full bloom next weekend, the city will begin the festival May 6 with a noon proclamation at State and Pearl streets. Also planned for the weekend are:

*Tulip Flower Show in St. Peter's Church Guildhouse at 107 State St., featuring floral, artistic and horticultural displays. The show will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7.

*Tulip Criterion Bike Race, expected to include 250 amateur and professional racers on a half-mile course in Washington Park. The race, sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation, begins at 10 a.m. May 7.

*Tulip Pageant and Coronation, featuring a parade and the crowning of the Tulip Queen at the Washington Park Boathouse at noon May 7. The queen, to be chosen from among the 11 finalists, receives a trip to the Netherlands and other prizes.

*Pinksterfest, a celebration of spring featuring a jazz festival, crafts, food, art, theater, music and dancing in Washington Park. More than 375 vendors from the East Coast, Canada, and the Midwest are expected for the event, which runs from noon until 6 p.m. May 7 and 8.

*Renaming Washington Park Road "Albany Plan of Union Avenue," honoring the city for the local congress which drafted an early plan of unification for the British colonies in America. The event is scheduled for noon May 7 in Washington Park.

*Kinderkermis, which is Dutch for "Children's Fair," running from 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 7 and featuring clowns, puppets, magicians and a contest for the best ethnic costumes.

*Royal Tulip Ball, a benefit for the Volunteer Center of Albany in the Albany Hilton at 6:30 p.m. May 7.

*Children's Opera, featuring the work of local composer Leonard Kastle at 7 p.m. May 8 in Albany High School.

*Tulip Queen's Luncheon, also at the Albany Hilton, at 11:30 a.m. May 9.

The finalists for Tulip Queen are Marisa Nunziato, Heidi B. Dembling, Virginia M. DonVito, Jill Hutson, Debra A. Lawrence, Maria D. Mokhiber, Lisa M. Petrone, Lisa A. Plew, Keely Robelotto, Christina F. VanDeloo, and Patricia H. Vogel.