The decision was an easy one to make.
When choosing the Maritime Festival’s Grand Marshal, a number of criteria come into play. We wanted someone who calls Greenport and the East End their home. We wanted someone who has given back to the community and honors its nautical history. We wanted someone who makes that history into a reality for our contemporary way of life. We wanted someone who enjoys teaching by example and sharing their knowledge with a younger generation. We wanted a person who is emblematic of the East End, its distinctive personality, its charm and its strength. And of course, we wanted someone who is just plain nice to be around.
That’s why the choice of Grand Marshal was obvious. Captain Pat Mundus’ name rose up to the surface like a bobbing buoy. She embodies all the Festival Committee’s standards, principles and wish lists. If you don’t know her yet, look forward to meeting one of Greenport’s most valuable citizens during the Festival. Most likely, you’ll find her aboard her beautiful sailing vessel, “Surprise”, at the Land & Sea gala held Friday night, leading the Parade on Saturday morning, or viewing a movie about her on Saturday night at the Greenport Cinema.
And don’t be shy. Put out your hand and say, “Hi”. In no time you’ll feel as if you have been friends forever.