Olana Summer Party - Rip Van Winkle

Image: Joseph Maresca

A 19th century fable,
A 20th century bridge over the Hudson River,
A 21st century vision to reunite Thomas Cole and Frederic Church….


Supporter Reception: 4-5 pm
Main Cocktail Event: 5-7 pm

This year’s cocktail party features top regional chefs who will create hors d’oeuvres inspired by this year’s theme, paired with wine, craft beers and signature cocktails. Our celebration will be along Olana’s Ridge Road, with spectacular views of the Hudson River, the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and the fabled Catskill Mountains.

Higher-level supporters are also invited to a private reading of Rip Van Winkle by David Rockefeller Jr. on Saturday, September 21, 3 PM at Four Winds, Livingston, NY.

We have had an overwhelming response to this year’s event and have created a waiting list for interested ticket-buyers. If you would like to join our waiting list, please contact Mabel Bermejo at 518-751-6901.

To learn more about Host Supporter and Sponsor benefits, CLICK HERE.


Martha McMaster & Sheldon Evans

Our generous supporters will also be invited to a private reading of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle by David Rockefeller Jr. in his family home, Four Winds. A reception will follow, and space is very limited.

The Olana Summer Party: Rip Van Winkle Photos

Beth Schneck Photography


Interior Designer Sheila Bridges is inspiring the decor of the Main Cocktail Event with her iconic Hudson Valley toile.


“It has been more than twenty-five years since I was
first introduced to New York’s Hudson River Valley.
I became a homeowner there after being seduced by its natural beauty, architectural vernacular and spectacular landscapes. I designed Hudson Valley Toile for reasons not dissimilar to those that inspired my Harlem Toile De Jouy: as a way of sharing personal stories and visual tropes, poking fun but also raising questions. Each of the vignettes in my original wallpaper, which is hand-printed in the Hudson Valley, lampoons one of the positively quirky, sometimes challenging, yet ever-changing points of view deeply woven into the curious culture and beautiful backdrop that has shaped my experience in the historic Hudson Valley.”

Sheila Bridges


Hudson Wine Merchants, Hudson, NY
The Hudson Standard, Hudson, NY
Nine Pin Cidery, Albany, NY
Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company, Catskill, NY
The Wick: A Tribute Portfolio, Hudson, NY

Music by DJ Javier Peral


Top regional chefs.

Deer Mountain Inn, Tannersville, NY
Gaskins, Germantown, NY
Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, Hudson, NY
Lucky Dragon, Rhinebeck, NY
Peck’s Arcade, Troy, NY
The Swell Party, Kinderhook, NY
Swoon Kitchenbar/Le Perche, Hudson, NY
Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions, Hudson, NY


Knickerbocker League — $5,000 

Regina Aldisert
Joe Baker
Erin Hawker & Jon Furay
Susan & David Rockefeller
The Wick: A Tribute Portfolio

Irving’s Circle– $2,500

Carolyn Marks Blackwood & Gregory H. Quinn
Paul Cassidy & Vernon Evenson
Renee & Stephen Clearman
David de Weese & Anne Heller
Laurel Durst & Edward Strong
Alan & Judith Fishman
Meredith Kane & Richard Sharp
Robin & David Key
James LaForce & Stephen Henderson
Colin & Katrina Stair
Helen & Peter Warwick

Nine-pin Patrons — $1,500

Beekman Arms
Stuart Breslow & Anne Miller
Columbia Memorial Health
Margaret Davidson & John Stein
Matt & Amy Davidson
David Forer
Hudson Valley Wine Magazine
Sven & Barbara Huseby
Tom Krizmanic
Ricky Lark & Rickey Shaum
Isabel Church Livingston
Mason Civic League
Christine Oaklander
Laura Pedersen & William Pietersen
Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST
Deborah Roberts & Al Roker
Emily Sachar
Sean Sawyer & Michael Susi
Pamela Thomas & Sedgwick Ward
Kay & Maynard Toll
Leslie B. Vosshall & Kevin J. Lee
Karen Zukowski & David Diamond
The Zweben Team at Douglas Elliman

Rip’s VIPs — $500

Assemblymember Didi Barrett
Brooke Allen & Peter Aaron
Architecture Research Office
Jimmy Asci & Josh Schulteis
Elliot & Vicki Brown
Serra & Glenn Butash
Lisa Camillieri & Simon Smith
Sue Chapman & Robert Brooke
Chris Chi & Paul Warren
Sarah Coffin & Thomas O’Connor
B. Deborah Cohen & Edgar M. Masters
Rosalind Daly & Glenda Ruby
Catherine Del Spina and Jerry Shereshewsky
Lois Dickson & Andrew Humphrey
Andrew S. Dolkart & Paris R. Baldacci
Pat Doudna
Evenerable Group, Ltd.
Fingar Insurance
Scott Frankel & James Joseph
Max Friedman & Tom Romich
Floss and Sandy Frucher
Olivia Fussell & Francis Finlay
Kristin Gamble
Joseph V. Garry
Carlos Gonzalez & Kathy Stewart
Lisa Grabowski-Combs & Donald Combs
Great Performances
Jan and Lester Greenberg
Jean Hamilton & Richard McCarthy
Conrad Hanson & Brendan Kelly
Gurnee & Marjorie Hart
Amy & Matt Hausmann
Susan Hendrickson
Judith Hernstadt & Will Roseman
Edward Hoe & Lisa Bouchard Hoe
Gary O. Holder & Todd M. Whitley
Josephine Lea Iselin
Chris Jones & Bert Goldfinger
Katherine & Keith Kanaga
Bindy & Stephen Kaye
Debra Kay & Steven Horowitz
Joyce & Kenneth Ketay
Kinderhook Bank
Nancy Kyle & Jack Fraser
Gail Wittwer-Laird & Joshua Laird
Peggy Lampman Real Estate
Larson Architecture Works
Linda Lavin
Despina Leandrou & Michael Laudati
AD Lubow Creative for a Cause
Peter Lyden
Hermes Mallea & Carey Maloney
Alice & Michael Martell
Lisa Fox Martin
Nina Matis
Illiana van Meeteren & Terence Boylan
Deborah & Stuart Minton
Michael Moy & Joe Sniado
Christina Neault & Kimberly Friday
Barbara Oliner & Robert Ritter
Carsten Otto & DeWayne Powell
Hal Philipps & Greg Kendall
Erik Piecuch & Alex Wright
Debra Pollard
Tim Runion & Vipul Nishawala
Janet R. Schnitzer
John Schobel & Daniel Schmeder
Betsy & Al Scott
Allan & Julie Flicker Shope
Bruce Shostak & Craig Fitt
Jane Smith & Jules Anderson
Mark Strieter & Tony Machado
Peter Tcherepnine
Marcus Teo & Seth Johnson
Jane Trombley
Jay & Eileen Wallace
Arete Warren
Tom Watson & Jay Laudato
Wheelock Whitney, III & Sandro Cagnin
Williams Lumber & Home Centers
Kate Wood & David Sprouls

Sponsors (in formation)

Hudson Wine Merchants