Walkway Plans Planetary "String of Pearls" POSTPONED TO MAY 11

Lecture and sky-view of a rare planetary “String of Pearls” on the Walkway Over the Hudson, Saturday, May 10

(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Bardavon and Walkway Over the Hudson are pleased to announce a special event featuring renowned astronomer Bob Berman in a special lecture under the stars called: The Planets Over the Walkway at 8:00pm on Saturday May 10, 2014.  Sky viewing with telescopes courtesy of the Mid-Hudson Astronomy Club will follow the lecture. (Cloud Date: Sunday, May 11, at 8:00pm. Call the Bardavon Box Office on May 10 to confirm a clear night).

The Walkway Over the Hudson will be the venue for a beautiful astronomical event. All the planets except Venus will form a "string of pearls" across the heavens. Even the near-mythical, rarely-seen Mercury will be splendidly visible. Renowned astronomer Bob Berman will conduct the fact-and-humor-filled exploration of this rare planetary alignment at the midpoint of the bridge, with the Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association setting up telescopes to provide close-up views of these beautiful worlds.

Author of seven books, Bob Berman is one of the best known and most widely read astronomers in the world. He is uniquely able to translate complex scientific concepts into language that is understandable to the casual observer yet meaningful to the most advanced. His dry, edgy wit also engages readers of such diverse publications as Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Mr. Berman has been a guest on the David Letterman show, and is heard weekly on WAMC Northeast Public Radio during NPR's Weekend Edition. Locally, his weekly column in the Ulster Almanac has been published since 1975. His newest and most epic, The Sun’s Heartbeat, published by Little, Brown is available at Amazon.com and elsewhere. It will also be available to purchase at Berman’s lecture event.


Tickets for Bob Berman on the Walkway are $5 and are available at: Bardavon Box Office - 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2072  ALSO UPAC Box Office 601 Broadway, Kingston  845.339.6088 or through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1510-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy. Visit www.bardavon.org.


Plus, if you Love the Night Sky you will love Beacon artist Melissa McGill who just launched her IndieGogo campaign, a crowd-funding initiative to raise funds to directly support fabrication of CONSTELLATION, a major new public art project launching in June 2015 at Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island, in the Hudson River. (Cover Photo)
CONSTELLATION will transform this ruin into a poetic and poignant experience for today’s explorers. The large–scale sculptural installation brings together light and form, and connects history to the present day. Hovering around the perimeter of a castle ruin, 17 points of light refer to features of a structure still standing, as well the structure that once was. For approximately 2 hours each night, as the sun sets, a new constellation will merge one by one with stars in the night sky. Thousands of people will experience CONSTELLATION via vantage points in Putnam, Dutchess and Orange Counties -- from the train, the road, kayaks and hiking/biking trails. FOR FREE. 
CONSTELLATION has endorsements from Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Terry Gipson, Scenic Hudson and Paul Gallay, Executive Director of Riverkeeper, among other key partners. Fifty-percent of the project's total funding goal has already been raised. Donation packages on IndieGogo range from $25 to $5,000. Anyone who donates even at the basic level is helping to raise 4 of the 17 lights, what the campaign is calling “Community Stars.”  100% of funds raised will support fabrication of each star.

For more information or to contribute, please visit: http://bit.ly/1qDEkpE