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Highfield Hall & Gardens to host Floral Creation Night Out with Friends by Anna Holmes
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM
HH&G invites you to join artist and floral designer, Anna Holmes, for a friends’ night out and leave with a beautiful floral arrangement. Anna will be demonstrating how to create a gorgeous seasonal floral display. The workshop will discuss professional tips to create a long-lasting vase design without floral foam. You will learn best care practices to keep your flowers fresh, design principles & techniques that you can apply to all your designs for years of enjoyment. Arrangement will be a mix of colorful garden flowers, fruit, assorted foliage & vines.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to host Millinery Workshop with Rita Pacheco & Rosemary Rebello
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 2:00– 4:00 PM
HH&G is excited to offer a new one-of-a-kind hat making experience facilitated by exhibit designer Rita Pacheco, and milliner Elsie Rebello’s relative, Rosemary Rebello. Spend the afternoon making a hat, or fascinator, or both, in this hands-on artistic afternoon of Millinery and Tea. No experience necessary! Exquisite vintage flowers, hat forms, feathers, fabric, and ribbon are ready for your own modern expression.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to host a new spring Everlasting Flower Crown Workshop with Liana Rasmussen
Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 2:00– 4:00 PM
HH&G is excited to offer a new workshop to celebrate spring and upcoming Mother’s Day. Join Liana Rasmussen of Climbing Vine Design to create beautiful, colorful, wearable works of art! Learn to make your own flower crowns combining high quality faux flowers with fine floral design principles and the instant gratification of hot glue guns or Velcro adhesives. It’s easy to make a big and bold botanical impression – that will never fade!
Highfield Hall & Gardens hosts Scavenger Hunt!
April through the summer months
HH&G is excited to invite families from the surrounding communities to participate in an outdoor scavenger hunt. Families can search the Highfield grounds for designated items and receive a gift upon completion, while supplies last. This fun-filled activity will allow for children of all ages to experience the Highfield setting and enjoy the serenity and simplicity of the surroundings.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life…”
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
HH&G is pleased to announce a virtual talk presented by Larry Dapsis, Entomologist from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Larry Dapsis has been invited to share his knowledge about the seriousness of tick-borne illness – and most importantly-ways to safeguard yourself and your family from our region’s prime nemesis. Join us and others in our community via ZOOM to prepare and safeguard against ticks.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce new adult floral workshop Fairie House Designs with Anna Holmes
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 5:30 – 8:30 PM
HH&G is excited to invite adults to join in the Fairie frivolity this spring. Join artist and floral designer, Anna Holmes, for her brand new ADULTS ONLY workshop that will take you on an enchanting journey to create and construct your very own miniature fairie-world garden filled with magic. The workshop is designed for everyone to make a one-of-a-kind fairie house and part of the fun is the hunt for materials of your choosing ahead of time!
Highfield Hall & Gardens Virtual Supper Club series hosts Ruairi McKiernan; Author of An Irish Times No. 1 Bestseller, Hitching for Hope.
April 22, 2021 | 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Ruairí McKiernan is an award-winning social innovator, campaigner, consultant, writer and speaker named as one of the top 10 people leading social change in Ireland by global social entrepreneurs organization, Ashoka. Following the collapse of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger economy, Ruairí McKiernan questions whether he should join the mounting number of emigrants searching for greater opportunity elsewhere. McKiernan embarks on a hitchhiking odyssey with no money, no itinerary, and no idea where he might end up each night.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Hats by Elsie: A Milliner’s Treasure Exhibit
April 7, 2021 – May 29, 2021
HH&G is pleased to announce Hats by Elsie, an artful display featuring millinery tools, materials, and accessories from a New Bedford milliner’s business archive. Shown throughout the interior of Highfield Hall, this exhibition will be a first-time look into the work and business of Elsie Rebello, a creative entrepreneur, mother, and teacher who at the age of 92, has never stopped making hats.
Highfield Hall & Gardens Presents History At PlayTM, LLC’s Critically Acclaimed One-Woman Event, Chronicling a Sensational Life of the Inventor of Spread
Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
HAP, LLC brings Lamarr’s incredible story direct to the comfort of your home via Zoom on Thursday, sponsored by Highfield Hall & Gardens. The performance Tinseltown Inventor™: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr runs approximately 60 minutes and is followed by a real-time Q&A with viewers. Suitable for ages 13 and older.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Edges,
A Juried Exhibition of the Studio Art Quilt Associates
April 7, 2021 – June 5, 2021
HH&G is pleased to announce a new exhibition Edges, featuring 35 contemporary art quilts made by Massachusetts and Rhode Island members of Studio Art Quilt Associates: SAQA. The co-curators, Elaine Cominos Hickey and Sue Colozzi, chose the theme “edges” because 0f the many physical and conceptual meanings available to artists. An edge can be a physical line or border marking a limit, something all stitched quilts have in common.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce our newest online Culinary Series, Meet the Chefs / Ethnic Cooking, every Thursday this Spring. Beginning March 2020 through April 2020
HH&G is pleased to announce two exciting culinary programs once again taken from the Highfield kitchen straight into your home via real-time ZOOM classes. Culinary Director, Gail Blakely along with Kay Benaroch and our newest addition Michelle Itzkowitz are excited to launch their robust program complete with trending recipes, comfort foods and delectable treats!
Highfield Hall & Gardens Virtual Supper Club series celebrates Women’s History month with Dr. Marcia Macedo of the Woodwell Climate Research Center
March 11, 2021 @ 6 pm – 7:30 pm
HH&G is pleased to announce Dr. Marcia Macedo, Water Program Director at the Woodwell Climate Research Center, for the Supper Club Series’s next installment. Dr. Marcia Macedo takes a unique view of Amazon forests – seeing the forests for the streams.
Virtual Supper Club series celebrates Black History month with author/historian Skip Finley
February 25, 2021 @ 6 pm – 7:30 pm
HH&G pleased to announce author and historian Skip Finley as our next Supper Club guest speaker in honor of Black History month. Skip is a renown historian and will speak on his latest publication Whaling Captains of Color – America’s First Meritocracy which encapsulates the best stories from over 50 Whaling Captains of color and share the story of America’s First Meritocracy.
Highfield Hall & Gardens Virtual Supper Club to feature the 5th Annual Robert Burns Supper: An evening of whisky, poetry, haggis, and merriment
Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 6:00-7:30 pm
HH&G will kick-off the Winter Supper Club Series with a special virtual 5th Annual Robbie Burns Supper. Join us (virtually) for a fun and festive evening of “toasting” and “roasting” the Lads and Lassies while paying tribute to the National Bard of Scotland, Robert Burns (1759-1796). The evening will feature a three-course Scottish dinner (including a bit of haggis!) prepared by Eat Your Heart Out Catering.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce
Togetherness: The Front Steps Project
January 27, 2021 – March 27, 2021
HH&G is pleased to announce a photographic essay featuring families, individuals, and businesses during the early weeks of the COVID-19 quarantine. The seemingly simple formula of photographing individuals and sharing on social media became much larger and more powerful as it brought friends and strangers together. Falmouth-based photographer Lee Geishecker and local realtor Annie Hart Cool were motivated to connect people during the lockdown.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce ATB13: American Tapestry Biennial 13
January 27, 2021 – March 27, 2021
HH&G is pleased to announce ATB13, the 13th Biennial exhibition Organized by the American Tapestry Alliance featuring the finest examples of contemporary tapestry weaving from around the world. Highfield Hall’s debut installation of the prestigious Biennial offers southern New England its first look at this international exhibition.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce a Two-Part Knitting Workshop The Knitted Cowl: Vintage Pattern and Fasteners during Holidays at Highfield
December 3rd & 10th @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
HH&G is pleased to announce a new educational program designed for teens and adults who want to take their knitting skills to the next level with experienced teacher and practicing fiber artist Barbara McLacklan. Using vintage fasteners that include buttons or clasps plus a mid-century pattern Barbara created a “Cowl Knit Kit” complete with everything a knitter needs to complete a seasonal hand-made cowl, also known as a versatile neck warmer or scarf.
Highfield Hall & Gardens presents the 14th Annual Holidays at Highfield
The 2020 holiday season is here, and Highfield Hall & Gardens is ringing in the winter months with its 14th annual Holidays at Highfield fundraiser. Holiday enthusiasts will appreciate this year’s theme focused on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” designed and produced by the multitalented Event Designer, Rita Pacheco. The doors will open on November 27th and extended through December 13th, between 12 PM and 6 PM every Thursday through Sunday. This event has been a holiday staple in Falmouth, Massachusetts for many years, and is not to be missed this year with a debut of its new outdoor experience, The Winter Woodland Village.
The event is open to the public using a timed-entry schedule to maintain the health and safety for all visitors. Highfield Hall will continue to implement the existing COVID-19 safety and health protocols, while offering the public an outdoor and indoor-themed experience to remember. Key highlights of this event will include:
Highfield Celebrates! An Evening of Magic and Mystery
Featuring the World’s Greatest Magician & Hyperbole Expert, Michael Pisciotta
Dec. 10, 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Highfield Hall & Gardens presents a special holiday fundraiser edition of the wildly popular Virtual Supper Club Series. Join us Thursday, December 10th, for an interactive evening of magic and mystery with acclaimed performer Michael Pisciotta. Dinner provided by The Glass Onion. The evening will also include a live auction and paddle raise hosted by auctioneer extraordinaire, John Terrio. This is perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening with small group of friends or family.
Highfield Hall & Gardens Debuts Festive Wreaths for Holiday Season
Start the holiday season off right with a personal touch from Highfield Hall & Gardens! HH&G will offer holiday-themed wreaths for purchase during the 2020 winter season. Created from materials found on the grounds, the decorative wreaths will add a bit of Highfield’s whimsical and welcoming spirit to any storefront or home. This first-ever initiative seeks to build community among Falmouth’s local businesses and current Highfield members.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to hold 14th Annual Holidays at Highfield Fundraiser, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce the return of the Holidays at Highfield! Opening on November 27th, 2020 and running through December 13th, 2020, this annual fundraiser has been a staple local tradition for many years, and this winter season is no exception. Although the existing COVID-19 safety and health protocols will be in place, Highfield will offer the public an outdoor and indoor holiday- themed experience to remember!
Highfield Hall & Gardens to add workshop for exhibit at the Holidays at Highfield The Winter Wonderland Village Workshop
October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce a new fall workshop to help facilitate and encourage participation in the Winter Woodland Village, a new exhibit during the Holidays at Highfield 2020. Folks are encouraged to create a scene using natural elements, featuring representations of woodland creatures in a holiday theme and Anna Holmes will work with each participant to help bring their vision to fruition.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Crafting Your Genealogy: Writing the Story of Your Ancestors taught by author Kathleen Brunelle.
Four Tuesdays from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm beginning October 27th
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce a writing workshop dedicated to genealogy and ancestry. Bring generations of your family to life in this four-part course! Learn how to use genealogy to craft a compelling narrative and share the story of your ancestors. Author Kathleen Brunelle will lead both experienced and novice writers who have interest in family history in methods of inquiry to inform and guide their storytelling.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Artists Talks related to Ancestry + Legacy
September 26th – October 24th
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce a series of artist talks in conjunction with Ancestry + Legacy, the exhibition currently on view at Highfield Hall. The public is invited to meet the artists and learn the stories and layers of meaning expressed in the art. Artists will speak on their art primarily, answer questions, and engage in discussion about the themes.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce the fall exhibition, Ancestry + Legacy.
On view September 2nd, 2020, through October 31st, 2020
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce the exhibition Ancestry + Legacy, featuring artists Jon Moore, Nate Olin, Jan Lhormer, Richard Neal, Jackie Reeves, Kimberly Sheerin, Jon Cira, and Hollis Engley, and Mark Chester. Ancestry + Legacy is a meditation on how past, present, and future are inextricably intertwined. Artists in the show contemplate how their own unique ancestries influence both their present lives and future legacies.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Summer Camp for Young Screenwriters Presented by Christopher Santos
Tuesdays in August, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020 from 10 am – 2 pm.
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce a writing workshop introducing teens to the visual language of film. Students will build screenwriting skills in this summer camp for young writers and filmmakers ages 13 – 17. All movies begin with a script, and this workshop gives you the opportunity to learn the essentials of script formatting and visual storytelling, and to develop your ideas from pitch to script, just as professional screenwriters and filmmakers do.
Highfield Hall & Gardens in collaboration with the College Light Opera Company (CLOC) Introduces “Making a Musical from Scratch: How a New Musical Goes from an Idea to Opening Night on Broadway” with Andrea Grody presenting remotely
Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 from 5:30-7 pm
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to offer “Making a Musical from Scratch: How a New Musical Goes from an Idea to Opening Night on Broadway.” This streamed lecture featuring Broadway Music Director and CLOC (College Light Opera Company) alumna Andrea Grody will focus on the various processes involved in creating musicals today. Following the lecture will be a live Q&A over Zoom with Andrea Grody herself.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce the summer exhibition,Your Utopia: Lessons from the Fairies Highfield Hall’s latest Fairy House installation.
On view July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce the exhibition Your Utopia: Lessons from the Fairies, fairy house creations made by artists, families, and young children.
The house and gardens are open for exploration, so come discover different interpretations of Utopia found nestled along the paths, nooks, and crannies on the property.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce Farm to Table and Sizzlin’ Summer Fare Outdoor Summer Culinary Programs, every Wednesday all Summer
Beginning June 17, 2020 through September 2020
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce two exciting culinary programs happening outdoors on the lawn or on the porch, bearing current health concerns top of mind for all participants.
Highfield Hall & Gardens introduces author Kathleen Brunelle, presenting Helen Gertrude Randall: The Mystery Unraveled
Join on ZOOM June 16, 2020 @ 5 – 6 PM
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce the return of Kathleen Brunelle, author of “Cape Cod’s Highfield & Tanglewood: A Tale of Two Cottages.” Kathleen will speak about her latest research on the controversial Helen Gertrude Randall. Known at the time as Gertrude Randall, she operated a nutrition and health spa at Highfield Hall during the 1930s.
Highfield Hall & Gardens presents Looking Up, an environmental science lecture series through 2020.
Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce the next talk in the series Looking Up. Highfield Hall began the year 2020, welcoming the Cape Cod community to a
family-focused science series, Looking Up presented by experts from the area’s finest scientific research institutions. Please join the Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Nipam Patel, PhD, on May 20th at 5pm for Insights from Novel Research Organisms: From Crustaceans Limbs to the Beauty of Butterflies.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduce the Spring Culinary Series, Out of the Pantry Cooking – Fridays in May 2020, from 11 am -12 pm
Highfield Hall & Gardens takes the Highfield kitchen straight into your home via real-time ZOOM classes. Without missing a beat, Culinary Director Gail Blakely offers a new class experience for the community with Out of the Pantry Cooking, featuring recipes that call for simple ingredients most likely found in the pantry already. Don’t shop! Instead stay home and stay safe with Gail and meet for an hour online with a community of beginning and experienced students where everyone has a front row seat.
The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation Awards $100,000 in Grants.
The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation awarded $100,000 in grants to 31 nonprofit organizations at a reception hosted at the Falmouth Museums on the Green on March 11. Twenty-eight nonprofit organizations serving the Falmouth community received General Grants to address emerging opportunities, launch creative initiatives, or to cover the cost of small, one-time projects.
Highfield Hall & Gardens to introduces the Spring exhibition “60/60: Over 60 Pieces of Art by Women Over 60” a juried Art Show at Falmouth’s Highfield Hall produced by Art Because…
Opening June 2, 2020, through August 2020
Highfield invites the community to the spring exhibition of art created by women who came of age during the 1960s. We are women. We are artists. We are over sixty. What do we have to say? We were teens & young adults in the 1960’s. Now, sixty years later, what is it we want to say to the world through our art? Let’s look at over sixty pieces of art by women over sixty who all grew up in the sixties. Then maybe we can answer some of these questions.
Highfield Hall & Gardens’ own Jo Ingersoll, Co-Executive Director, Chief Interpretation and Engagement Officer and an expert on late-nineteenth century design, and textiles, curates a one-of-a-kind show honoring the concept of home and its physical, spiritual, and symbolic elements.
Personae Gratae: Begin at Home, January 2020.
The show opens the 2020 season for the house and frames the historic home, Highfield Hall, as a valuable cultural resource from our past. The exhibition honors the notion of home, and places the Victorian period house in its greater historical context. The scope of the installation will include objects from the late-nineteenth century, decorative arts and artifacts of the Colonial Revival movement, and galleries showcasing contemporary art.
World-Renowned Sculptor Patrick Dougherty To Create Monumental Stickwork Sculpture at Highfield Hall and Gardens Installation Begins Monday, June 3
Internationally-acclaimed sculptor Patrick Dougherty brings Stickwork to Highfield Hall and Gardens, beginning June 3. Drawing inspiration from the area, Dougherty will work with a team of community volunteers over a three-week period to create and build a site-specific, one-of-a kind, large-scale stick sculpture of woven branches on Highfield’s front lawn.
Holidays at Highfield Will Engage All Your Senses and Inspire Fresh Holiday Decorations, November 2018
This year’s Holidays at Highfield will engage all your senses with the sound of music, culinary delights, scents of fresh cut holiday greens, and elegantly arranged décor inspired by nature. Many of the annual holiday favorites including the curated local artist gift gallery, Any Soldier letter writing project, international crèche collection, and visits from Santa will also be part of the family fun event at Highfield Hall & Gardens from November 23 through December 2, 2018.
Contemporary Tapestry From New England and Beyond On View This Fall at Highfield Hall & Gardens, August 2018
Tapestry in New England & Beyond, on view September 9 through October 31 at Highfield Hall & Gardens, is a comprehensive and poignant exhibition featuring the work of more than 30 renowned contemporary tapestry artists. The exhibition marks the second collaboration with The Fiber Art Network/Fiber Art Now and includes work by artists associated with Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWINE), as well as selected works from artists across the country and Canada. Curated by Marcia Young, editor in chief of Fiber Art Now, the exhibition showcases the remarkably wide range of style, subject, and vision evident in contemporary tapestry weaving today.
Highfield Hall & Gardens Installs the Music Garden, a New Experience to Enjoy Music, Art and Nature, August 2018
There’s a new music garden at Highfield Hall & Gardens, another great reason to go outside and play on the lush grounds of this historic Falmouth estate.
Bluegrass on the Lawn is Back at Highfield Hall & Gardens with Boston-based Mile Twelve and Twisted Pine on Sunday, August 12, July 2018
For the eighth annual Bluegrass on the Lawn, Highfield Hall & Gardens will host its summertime outdoor music festival with Boston-based headliner Mile Twelve joined by Twisted Pine on Sunday, August 12th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Both bands have performed at major bluegrass festivals and toured internationally. Everyone is welcome to enjoy foot‐stomping entertainment for the entire family on the Highfield Hall lawn. Free-will donation.
Highfield Hall & Gardens’ Summer Art Exhibitions Showcase the “Unexpected”, June 2018
This summer at Highfield Hall & Gardens there are several unexpected twists: contemporary ceramics that rely on ancient firing techniques, whimsical art that defies boundaries, giant outdoor musical instruments, and a geodesic dome.
Highfield Hall & Gardens Showcases Work By Internationally Recognized Ceramicist Chris Gustin and Other Nationally Recognized Artists, June 2018
This summer Highfield Hall & Gardens will feature its first exhibition of contemporary ceramics with the work of internationally recognized ceramicist Chris Gustin and other nationally recognized artists. CrossCurrents: Movements in Contemporary Ceramics will bring together Gustin’s work along with eight artists with whom he has worked collaboratively during the last 40 years. Another section of the exhibition will showcase the work of 32 ceramicists that have come from across the United States to fire their ceramics in Gustin’s Japanese-style anagama kiln in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Spring Open House Celebrates the Woods at Highfield Hall & Gardens, May 2018
Highfield Hall & Gardens kicks off the 2018 season with a Spring Open House on Sunday, May 6th from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM with five inspiring art exhibitions which bring the woods inside and invite visitors to attend outdoor docent-led tours and a festive maypole celebration. Artist receptions, live music, floral, woodturning and carving demonstrations will also be part of this free community event.
It’s All About Art at Highfield Hall & Gardens’ Fall Open House on September 10, September 2017
Highfield Hall & Gardens will open its doors for a Fall Open House on Sunday, September 10 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Admission is free to this annual event that highlights the artwork of local and regional artists.
International Pianist Sandro Russo from Sicily to Perform at Highfield Hall & Gardens on Sunday, October 8, September 2017
For the first time on Cape Cod, international pianist Sandro Russo will perform at Highfield Hall & Gardens on Sunday, October 8th at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The program will include works by Debussy, Chopin, and Liszt.
Miniature Fairy House Exhibition Returns to Highfield Hall & Gardens, February 2017
Much to the delight of visitors young and old, fairy houses will reappear in the manicured gardens and wooded walkways of Highfield Hall & Gardens this summer. The exhibition begins at Highfield’s annual summer open house on June 25 from 12:30 pm–3:00 pm. The exhibition will run through September 4, 2017 and admission, which includes a fairy location map, is $5 and children are free.
A Greener Tomorrow at Highfield Hall & Gardens
Community Collaboration with Woods Hole Research Center & Tesla of Cape Cod, October 2016
Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth and the Woods Hole Research Center along with Tesla of Cape Cod are teaming up for a special community collaboration, A Greener Tomorrow on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Highfield Hall. The event will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 PM, beginning with an offer to test drive a Tesla followed by presentation by Dr. Max Holmes at 6:00 PM.
60th CWAJ Japanese Print Show Travels to Highfield Hall & Gardens, April 2016
The show of over 200 art works will travel to Highfield after its premier in Tokyo and will feature the top printmakers in Japan today. The exhibition will be held from June 23 to September 14, 2016. The opening reception will be on June 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and all are invited and welcome. The prints will be available for sale and will benefit the CWAJ scholarship and education programs and Highfield Hall & Gardens.
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