Welcome to Bearsville
The Bearsville Theater sits on 16 beautiful acres in historic Woodstock, New York, the Catskill mountain town where the music revolution of the 1960’s began.
A multi-million-dollar renovation of the property was completed in 2022. Today it is a magical place renowned for its leadership in the world of music. Bearsville has become a perfect wedding destination for couples who love and appreciate the creative arts.
Our property offers six different locations with many opportunities to create a stunning and unforgettable celebration of love. Our facilities offer everything you need to make your wedding day stand out, including a park for the ceremony, a beautiful, world-class auditorium for the reception, restaurant fine-dining for rehearsal dinners and wedding breakfasts, an exclusive club for late night parties, and matchless, glamorous private greeting and dressing facilities in the theater itself.
We invite you to visit our utopian grounds to explore how we can work together to create an unparalleled experience for you and your guests.
In the three decades from 1960 to 1989, music impresario Albert Grossman built a utopian paradise at Bearsville to nurture his artists. As the manager of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band, Todd Rundgren and many others, Albert achieved his vision, setting fire to the old ways in whic music was created, recorded, performed, and appreciated in America and around the world.
A Note from Lizzie Vann – Owner
“Bearsville is a new venue that offers a very special destination for weddings in the Hudson Valley. My team and I began a $5m renovation in 2019, just before the pandemic. We took an authentic, fascinating piece of musical history, and converted it into a picture-perfect setting for celebrations. With high-class cuisine, and a professional staff dedicated to taking care of you and your guests, this remarkable and beautiful space can be a canvas for designing and producing a treasured, unique event.
Nestled on 16 magical acres of woodland, Bearsville was created 50 years ago as a home for the world-famous stars of the music scene, with facilities to write, record, rehearse and perform in a bucolic setting just far enough, but not too far, from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Today we offer you our Mid-Century-Modern theater, extensive lounge and VIP rooms, and sun-dappled gardens—as well as an outdoor stage, bluestone seating ‘pods’ and a woodland walk that celebrates the lives of the musicians who shape our world. Together, we will work with you to create a truly magical and unforgettable experience.”
Lizzie Vann MBE. Dr. (h.c.)
Your Wedding Team
Lizzie Vann and Gina Maloney’s mutual love of creating bespoke spaces and experiences led them to launch weddings at Bearsville. Their combined talents in crafting exceptional events in authentic, historic places, are at your disposal.
Owner and Founder
An environmentalist, Lizzie has dedicated her working life to taking the principles of eco-friendly living, and sharing them with others.
After establishing an award-winning and internationally recognized organic children’s food company between 1992 and 2008, Lizzie went on to build a green village featuring 100% renewable energy. This community achieved the top international building certifications – Platinum LEED status and Net Zero Energy – and set a precedent that has encouraged many others to follow suit.
When she moved to the Hudson Valley in 2013, Lizzie discovered the remarkable Bearsville Center, and in 2019 embraced its renovation as her next project. An ever-curious and thoughtful businesswoman who inspires small teams to give of their personal best, Lizzie set out to share the fascinating history of Woodstock in the 1960’s and 70’s. Bearsville now provides an exciting backdrop and an unforgettable destination for a truly distinctive wedding.
Wedding Planner Extraordinaire
Winner of The Knot’s “Hall of Fame” and voted Best Wedding Planner in The Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine.
Gina Maloney takes her clients on a journey to unlock their individual and heartfelt design inspirations and helps them identify their personal vision and style. She is a wedding planner who focuses solely upon getting to know her clients. She learns about their hopes and dreams – and then brings her aesthetic design expertise, project management skills and relentless attention to detail to every project.
Over the years, Gina has cultivated marvelous working relationships with a well curated vendor list. Her address book contains the best artisans, florists, photographers, musicians, caterers, master carpenters, landscape artists and furniture showrooms in New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley region. Gina developed her eye for design and event production during her early career in the fashion industry, where she ran her own men’s wear company, launched Diesel Jeans and served as the international Sales Director for Dolce Gabbana.