Annual Starry Starry Night Benefit Coming Virtually on Friday, October 2

Participants will enjoy Hudson Valley spirits and refreshments plus an entertaining program featuring Herb Alpert, Amy Helm, Happy Traum with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Mary Stuart Masterson, Dar Williams, and more.


Special Thanks to Dean Temple and Alex Tuller (Drake Creative) plus Ann Weiser and Neil Krupnick

The Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization will host its annual Starry Starry Night benefit virtually on Friday, October 2. The highlight of the evening is the 7 p.m. premiere of a Walkway-inspired video featuring entertainment by internationally known musicians with ties to the Hudson River Valley including Herb Alpert, Amy Helm, Happy Traum with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Dar Williams, plus appearances by Mary Stuart Masterson and others recognizable to those that love the Walkway.

The celebration pairs perfectly with the Walkway’s Party and Gift Box featuring the best in Hudson Valley drink and refreshments including a choice of wine from Millbrook Vineyards, whiskey from Tuthilltown Distillery, or beer from Mill House Brewing Company via Dutchess Beer Distributors. Your tipple is accompanied by local charcuterie and cheese sourced by Main Course Catering, griddled bruschetta, smoked almonds, cake balls for dessert from Auntie Liana’s Baked With Love, Ma and Pa’s kettle corn (the same kettle corn available in the park), select artisanal products, Walkway souvenirs, and more.  Party and Gift Boxes cost $150 ($100 non-alcoholic) and are strictly limited in supply. A portion of the purchase price is tax deductible. Secure yours now at walkway.org/starrystarrynight.

Before, during, and after the evening’s video presentation, a carefully curated online auction featuring one-of-a-kind local experiences, luxurious getaways, health and beauty products, and rounds of golf will be open to all.

“While we will surely miss seeing all of our friends in person under our magnificent clear-top tent at the Walkway this year, this virtual event is the next best thing to connect everyone to what they love most about Walkway Over the Hudson while respecting social distancing,” said Elizabeth Waldstein, Executive Director, Friends of the Walkway.

All proceeds from Starry Starry Night support the Friends of the Walkway and their mission to add amenities to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, host engaging community programs and events, undertake capital construction projects, support the volunteer Ambassadors, and much more. It is through the generosity of those that love the Walkway that the Friends have been able to build welcome centers on both approaches to the bridge, construct the 21-story glass enclosed elevator, improve the guests’ experience by offering walking tours and informational signage about the Hudson Valley, and add an electric tram to the park to assist visitors with mobility challenges, and more.

Starry Starry Night is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors (current as of September 16). To see a complete, updated list with links, visit walkway.org/starrystarrynight.

Ursa Major: Entergy, Nuvance Health, One Dutchess, Dr. Lucy R. Waletzky, and Michael Fleischer and Michael Dupree.

Cassiopeia: Ann Weiser & Neil Krupnick, Bruderhof, Chronogram Media, Drake Creative, Herb Redl Properties, Hudson Valley Credit Union, iHeart Media of the Hudson Valley, M&T Bank, MidHudson Regional Hospital and Health Alliance Hospital, members of the WMCHealth Network, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley, Royal Carting Service Company, Siegrist Construction, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank


Bellefield Development Partners, (an affiliate of T-Rex Capital Group, LLC) | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties | Ron Carleton | Ralph P. Cautela | The Chazen Companies | Kevin Cleary and Holly Wahlberg | CPL | Dunkin Donuts Hyde Park | Vernon Evenson and Paul Cassidy | Benjamin Hamblen | Clay Hiles | Hudson Valley Cancer Center | Sean and Adriana Kearney | Ron and Cathy Lane | Thomas P. Lepre | Robert and Sarah Levine | Dr. Mikki Meyer and Howie Schwartz | Murphy Wealth Management | Kip Bleakely O’Neill | Fred and Anne Osborn | Trish and Mike Prunty | RBT CPAs LLP | Rose & Kiernan | Harris Safier | Small World Wealth Management – Northwestern Mutual | Kathleen Smith and Christian Rohrbach | Nevill and Karen Smythe | John Storyk and Beth Walters-Storyk – WSDG | Scott and Lisa Sweeney | Elizabeth Waldstein | William A. Smith & Son Insurance | Woodstock Chimes


Carol Gordon Consulting | Eastdale Village Town Center | New Corn Crib Greenhouse | PainPoint IT Solutions | Rondout Savings Bank | Ruge Subaru | Marianne Waldstein