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Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach
Oct. 20, 2021

Week 80: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM THE STAFF AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS, MICHELLE ITZKOWITZ This week's recipe features Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup with mushrooms and spinach. It's a healthy vegetarian soup recipe that is easy, fast, gluten-free and vegan adaptable! (Inspired from Pinch of Yum) Email Gail


Garden Tip 68:
October 14, 2021

Garden Tip 68: OVERWINTERING ANNUALS! Last week I spoke of preparing houseplants for the move indoors for winter. I move a few annuals in for the winter months as well. Garden centers cannot possibly carry all the varieties of annuals available to grow each season and they tend to switch things up year after year. For this reason, I dig and overwinter some of my favorite annuals to ensure that I will have them again for the garden next spring. These plants require a sunny spot indoors and will need a bit of pruning and shaping to keep them in [...]


Simple Fresh Fruit Cake
April 8, 2020

Week 3: This simple but delicious cake is based on a recipe that Martha Stewart developed years ago. It’s one of my favorite go-to desserts. Whenever I have some fresh fruit that I want to use up, I turn to this cake. This is the first time I made it in a cast iron skillet. I think I like it this presentation better than a pie plate or cake pan. It’s a little more rustic. What do you think? [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1] E-MAIL GAIL


Creamy Mushroom Soup
March 25, 2020

Week 1: Highfield's Culinary Director, Gail Blakely, selected Creamy Mushroom soup as this week's comfort food recipe. This soup turned out to be much better than the sum of its parts. The texture contrast between the two mushrooms was almost perfect, and the addition of a little soy sauce really brought out the mushroom-y flavor! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3] E-MAIL GAIL


Lessons from the Fairies

Your Utopia: Lessons from the Fairies Fairy Houses for Summer 2020 Invitational Returning to Highfield Hall & Gardens for summer 2020 – “Lessons from the Fairies” allows us to imagine what nature spirits can teach us about our lives, and the positive impact we can have on the earth. Your Fairy House Utopia can take many forms and we welcome proposals from individuals, couples, or families. We have room for up to 30 creations on the property and looking for originality, choice of materials, site sensitivity, a sketch, and a written description about what makes [...]


Unbound: Contemporary Rope Art
June 2019

Unbound: Contemporary Rope Art Curated by Marcia Young, Editor in Chief of Fiber Art Now Magazine June 30 – October 31 UNBOUND:  It’s unconventional, unexpected, and undeniably intriguing. This exhibit defines “rope” loosely as “any cord or strands of fibers united by being twisted, braided or threaded together.” Yet, in the hands of an artist, this common understanding leads to uncommon results. Marcia Young, publisher of Fiber Art Now, has brought together the work of twenty artists from around the country who have found unlimited expression in this seemingly mundane medium. Together, they have created a collection that is [...]


Time to Break Free: A Steampunk Journey
June 2019

Time to Break Free: A Steampunk Journey June 30 – October 31 DEBUTING AT HIGHFIELD: There’s an adventurous side to the Steampunk Artistic Movement, and Canadian fiber artist Dominique Ehrmann fully embraced it to break away from working two-dimensionally and create this grand, free-standing sculpture. The creation, her largest, mixes wood, steel, glass, and other materials with textiles. It also tells the story of a heroine — a quilt adventurer — who breaks out of her chains, moves through a time machine, and realizes her freedom.  Her friends — a punk-looking fox, faithful antelope, and wise raven--guide her every [...]


Crossing The Bridge: A Dialogue Between Four Painters and the Cape’s Artistic Legacy

Crossing The Bridge: A Dialogue Between Four Painters and the Cape’s Artistic Legacy Following a long line of artists who have found in Cape Cod a creative haven, Betty Carroll Fuller, Robert Henry, Jan Lhormer and Michael MacMahon each have made Cape Cod their home after relocating from various places. Highfield is excited to showcase their four distinctive styles of paintings which draw inspiration from either landscape, art history or personal narrative. Cape Cod has been known as a destination for artists since the early nineteen hundreds and was a haven for mid-century modernists and notable abstract [...]


Inside Highfield Hall

In Review: Inside Highfield Hall Please click below to see images of past exhibits inside Highfield Hall by location. First Floor Main entrance to Highfield Hall Main Hall and Ballroom Main Hall into Dining Room Main Hall into Dining Room Main Hall, by Staircase and Office Ballroom, West Ballroom with pedestals Ballroom, East with plenum Dining Room, South Ballroom, West corner display Dining Room, North Dining Room with easels West Wing, [...]


Modern Wax: New Art From Old Beginnings

Modern Wax: New Art From Old BeginningsMay 18 – July 8, 2014Artist reception: June 29, 1:00 – 3:00 pmThe exhibition title refers to both the ancient history of encaustic and the extraordinary versatility of this medium, making it the perfect vehicle for modern artistic experimentation, encouraging freewheeling combinations of methods and materials and the blurring of lines between sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking. From the curators’ perspective, a grand historic setting such as Highfield Hall is an intriguing venue for present-day art, quite different from the usual “white box” gallery, and our goal is to create an artistic confrontation between [...]


Holidays at Highfield 2018

THIS EVENT HAS CONCLUDED 2018 Holidays at Highfield Engage all your senses as you stroll through the beautifully decorated mansion. Enjoy live entertainment, indulge in culinary delights, and revel in the lush decor by designer Rita Pacheco. Every room features a unique vignette meant to showcase Highfield’s signature offerings: world-class music, crowd-pleasing culinary, and stunning art. On the main level of the house, browse the Gift Gallery and purchase locally-sourced, handmade treasures. Down the hall in the Billiard room, take a moment to relax and savor tasty homemade treats with family and friends in the Holiday Cafe. The [...]


Ruth Clark: 1929 – 2017

Ruth Clark: 1929 - 2017 Highfield Hall & Gardens and our entire community lost a true friend and visionary with the death of Ruth Clark on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Ruth was always a beacon of strength and inspiration during the entire restoration of Highfield Hall & Gardens. She was appointed to the Executive Committee of Highfield Hall & Gardens on November 29, 2001. After serving on the Board of Trustees for the maximum term of 9 years, she was elected Trustee Emeritus. Ruth’s tenacity and “can do” spirit played a key role in bringing Highfield Hall & Gardens from [...]


James M. Clark (1922-2015)

James M. Clark: 1922 - 2015 Philanthropist James “Jim” McConnell Clark, of Woods Hole and Palm Beach, FL, passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. Mr. Clark was the son of Edna McConnell Clark and Van Alan Clark and is the husband of Ruth P. Clark. Jim Clark was born in 1922 in Suffern, New York, into a family that included brothers Van Alan Clark, Jr. and Hays Clark. Their grandfather, David McConnell, founded the Avon Corporation.  McConnell was a door-to-door book salesman in New York State in the 1880s. As an incentive, he offered potential customers a [...]


Fragment House by Danielle Krcmar

Fragment House by Danielle Krcmar Located behind the mansion Danielle currently serves as Artist in Residence at Babson College and has exhibited widely in the New England area.  Her extraordinary sculpture, Fragment House, is the first interactive, environmental artwork that has graced the lawns of Highfield Hall & Gardens. It calls attention to Beebe Woods as the backdrop for Highfield Hall and the domestic components of Highfield’s architecture and history.


The Spirits of the Garden by Alfred Glover

The Spirits of the Garden by Alfred Glover Located in the Sunken Garden The life that inhabits the branches of the tree is protected and watched over by spiritual entities, fairies, angels, good doer. So the tree represents the portals and passageways between the spiritual, and the living. These sprites are represented by the glass inserts in some of the branches! These spirits often seek the cover of trees and wooded areas. They are sometimes mistaken for lightning bugs, or even shooting stars! They can be found wherever life exists! Visit website [...]


A Wind in the Door by Angela Tanner

A Wind in the Door by Angela Tanner Located in the West Garden A fairy tale gate that announces the presence of things unseen. When open, it allows humans and other earthly creatures to pass. When closed, fairies, spirits, and other wind-borne creatures can still move through it, and the sounds of the gate panels are the only evidence that they were here at all. The gate is not only inspired by things that dwell in Beebe Woods, but also by the fantastical creatures in some of the artist’s favorite childhood stories. Books are portals to the imagination, and [...]

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