Kudos to Madeline. Fall Festival shows what Altamont offers best — an embracing welcome

— Photo by Ron Ginsburg

A scarecrow pays homage to the 1890 founding of Altamont and to the village’s first mayor, Hiram Griggs.

To the Editor:

This past weekend, the village celebrated the arrival of the new season, holding its second annual Fall Festival. Orsini Park was filled to capacity with craft vendors, local foods, and spirits from mead to whiskey and beers.

Talks on local history and food demonstrations at the Masonic Hall given by the chef of by Veronica’s Culinary Tavern, and games and fun for our young citizens in Schilling Park capped out the day’s festivities.

Despite the inclement weather, scores of people came into the village to enjoy what Altamont offers best, a community spirit and an embracing welcome.

The festival was spearheaded by the village, led by its newest and youngest elected official, Madeline La Mountain. Ms. La Mountain was raised in Altamont from an early age when her parents moved here.

The Enterprise reported when Madeline was elected that she “loves Altamont’s small time vibe” and “would like to see the village hold more community-oriented events.”  She promised to focus on social media to expand and encourage Atlamont’s “vibe,” so Altamont “would be seen as a place to visit.”   

I would say she has met her goals on all fronts! Great job and great event! I hope you’ll join me in giving her the kudos she well deserves.

Jim Gaughan

Mayor of Altamont

2005-2017