Annual Summer Gala

Celebrating Our Home in the Hudson Highlands
Saturday, June 3, 5:00p  |  Boscobel

The remarkable marriage of nature and culture within the Hudson Valley has attracted artists and art lovers to this particular landscape since before the founding of our Republic. Now, at a time when support for the arts in America is at risk, we want to celebrate our home and its central role in our nation’s rich cultural legacy.

Raise a glass to our beloved Highlands and share in the announcement of a new programming initiative by Artistic Director Davis McCallum: the launch of HV Stories. This multi-year program focuses on works by and about the people of this great landscape, initiated in 2017 with Rhinebeck-based playwright Richard Nelson's THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA, which tells the story behind Benedict Arnold's nortorious attempt to betray West Point.


5:00p  |  Cocktails

6:00p  |  Performance and Welcome
OBIE Award-winning singer-songwriter Heather Christian, who composes music for the Festival and lives in nearby Beacon, will sing and introduce the 2017 acting company.

6:30p  |  Live Auction
Led by Sotheby's Executive Vice President C. Hugh Hildesley

Elegant Dinner and Dancing
to follow with the Alex Donner Orchestra

Our Annual Summer Gala is now at capacity! If you would like to learn more about supporting HVSF, please contact Catherine Taylor-Williams at 845.809.5750 x12 or


Place Your Bids!

We're looking forward to seeing friends and new faces on June 3... but even if you can't make it, you can still participate in our Auction! Peruse the items below, take a look at our Gala Auction Program, and contact if you would like to place an early bid. We'll bid for you on June 3, and if you win, we'll be sure to reach out to you. 


If you have dreamed of walking across Boscobel's great lawn and making your very own grand entrance on the stage, under the magical Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Theater Tent, here's your chance!

Penthouse in Florence

Relish a week spent in this romantic penthouse apartment in the historic heart of Florence, Italy. You will be just moments from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi museum.

Mark Bittman Hosted Urban Rooftop Garden Party

Join this American food journalist, author, and former New York Times
columnist for cocktails and dinner in one of the most spectacular urban
gardens in the world: the Battery Rooftop Garden.

A New York Theater Season Curated by Davis McCallum

What will be the next "must see" play in New York this year? Let HVSF’s Artistic Director, Davis McCallum, be your guide for a trio of plays, plus dinner and drinks for two in fall, winter, and spring.


Great Champagnes

This six bottle lot has two bottles each from three of the greatest Champagne houses: 2004 Bollinger Grand Annee Rose, 2004 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose, and 2005 Louis Roederer Cristal. Great for sharing at your next celebration!

Glorious Reds

This 12 bottle lot includes two bottles each of six different red wines: two French, two Italian, and two American. All have been cellared in a temperature and humidity controlled storage facility and are ready for drinking at your next dinner party.


Call all history buffs: join President George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and Alexander
Hamilton on stage! This riveting retelling by playwright Richard Nelson sheds light on Benedict Arnold’s treasonous plot, which took place right here, on the banks of the Hudson overlooking West Point — Arnold’s own command.

Revolutionary Redoubt Guided Tour

Experience a private tour for four to secluded sites integral to the founding of our Republic, led by Dr. Betsey Blakeslee, President of Friends of the American Revolution at West Point, Inc. The tour will be followed by an all-star dinner for four at the Historic Thayer Hotel or Zulu Time at West Point.

Scenes from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE in Your Home

Here is your golden opportunity to bring a world premiere play into
the comfort of your home! Invite friends to brush up on their Austen, as Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy come to life with scenes full of hilarious banter from one of literature’s most beloved stories.

Costa Rica Getaway: Villa Estrella

A sun worshiper's paradise located on the Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific coast! The beach of Punta Islita is less than a mile long and lies in a cove that also includes a beach named playa Corozalito, where you may be able to spot some Leatherback
and Hawksbill sea turtles nesting.

West Point Football Experience

GO ARMY! Cheer for Army’s Black Knights at the U.S. Military Academy’s Michie
Stadium. Watch as West Point cadets jump from a helicopter and parachute to the
field to deliver the game ball. Tailgate before the game in Black Knights Alley and watch the Cadet Regiment marching one thousand strong onto the field.

Performance in Your Home: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

Shakespeare’s classic tale of unwitting young lovers follows a familiar trajectory: Boys
make a pact to avoid the company of young women to concentrate on their studies. You and your guests will be delighted by this rare evening of comedy and love brought to vivid life by our eight up-and-coming Conservatory Company members, directed by Ian Belknap.