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Week 35:
November 17, 2020

Week 35: PREPPING FOR NEXT SPRING Fall is a busy season in the garden-- digging, dividing and moving perennials, planting new perennials and digging in spring flowering bulbs. There can be a lot of changes and additions to the garden this time of year. Sometimes it's hard to remember all that has been done! It is a good idea to identify the location of these changes so that they are not disturbed by early spring gardening. Plant labels, stick labels, or even stones, can be used. I usually place these identifiers on the north side of the plantings so [...]


Slice and Bake Cheese Straws
December 15, 2020

Week 38:  RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR GAIL BLAKELY These cheese straws make wonderful gifts as well as being a delicious addition to a cheese tray or cocktail buffet.  One of our volunteers, Karen Rawley, introduced them to us years ago and I still make them often.  This year I decided to add some cranberries to change it up a little, and everyone thought it was a great addition.  If you wish, you could also mix in a half cup of shelled pistachios when you add the cranberries. Email Gail [...]


SEA CHANGE: Meditations on Sustainability
Summer 2021

SEA CHANGE: Meditations on Sustainability SUMMER SEASON 2021 “Sea change” is a call to action that explores the interconnectedness of all living things: our responsibilities toward our environment, our efforts to recognize the fragility of our Earth, and the need to restore balance to preserve it. Elemental Artists: Debra Claffey, Patricia Gerkin, Donna Hamil Talman, Charyl Weissbach Elemental is a group of four exhibiting artists who met in New England Wax (NEW), a profes-sional organization of regional artists working in the medium of encaustic. “Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock." — [...]


Butternut Squash Sauce w/ Pasta
December 1, 2020

Week 36:  RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR GAIL BLAKELY This week’s recipe features pasta with a delicious butternut squash sauce– that you can make in just 10 minutes! This is such a simple sauce for pasta that it is almost elegant. Keep this “back pocket pasta” recipe for when you want to impress someone (else) or comfort yourself (or someone else). It’s the perfect comfort food for cold winter nights! Email Gail


Scallion Wrapped Asparagus
November 24, 2020

Week 35:  RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR KENDRA KOHLER Knowing this recipe would be posted a day before Thanksgiving I wanted to put something out for those that may be scrambling last minute to put something quick but beautiful on the table. With just 2 main ingredients and an adorable presentation, these little bundles of joy draw attention as if you put a lot of time and thought into it! Email Gail


Maple Roasted Delicata Squash
November 17, 2020

Week 34:  RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR KENDRA KOHLER While brainstorming for Thanksgiving side dishes, I knew I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite squash…delicata. They are so creamy and nutty and I love the look of the edible skin. One of my favorite veggies to roast are Brussel’s sprouts, so I added a couple other Thanksgiving worthy ingredients and I’m very happy with it! Hope you give it a try and feel the same way about it too! Email Gail


Week 34
November 10, 2020

Week 34: LEAF LITTER Lawn growth slows and eventually stops with the onset of shorter days and cooler temperatures of fall. It is said that we should leave the leaves, but a heavy mat of leaves should never be allowed to accumulate on the lawn. I continue to mow my lawn weekly at this time of year for leaf maintenance. Leaf litter in early November is light, so I mow the leaves (without bagging) and the shredded leaves are left to improve the lawn soil. Later in the season, when leaf accumulation is heavy, I mow and bag the [...]


November 10, 2020

Week 33:  RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR KENDRA KOHLER I love this warm, one-skillet dish, especially on a cool, autumn morning when I have time for a leisurely breakfast. Although, you can’t go wrong serving it for brunch, lunch or dinner! Shakshuka is a North African and Middle Eastern dish made by simmering tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, garlic and a few spices, then gently poaching eggs in the flavorful mixture. Scattering a 1/2 cup of fresh herbs over the top completes this attractive, vegetarian dish. Email Gail


Edges: Studio Art Quilters Association Exhibition
April 2021

Edges: Studio Art Quilters Association Exhibition APRIL 6th - JUNE 6thWe encounter many edges in our lives – the edge between water and land, land and sky, day and night, fall and winter, hope and discouragement. We can equally live on the edge, negotiating a path between difficult options or exploring life to its limits.Artists were invited to explore and present their own interpretation of the theme, “Edges”.JUROR:  Anastasia AzureAnastasia Azure hand-weaves dimensional art, exploring the grace of geometry. She shares her connection with our harmonious universe by creating contemporary wall sculptures and innovative jewelry. Combining metalsmithing with an [...]


American Tapestry Biennial 13
January 2021

American Tapestry Biennial 13 JANUARY 27th - MARCH 27th Highfield Hall opens 2021 with the American Tapestry Biennial 13, an installation featuring 35 tapestries from around the world. This will be Highfield’s first exhibition showcasing the international juried show featuring the finest contemporary tapestry weaving.  The prestigious American Tapestry Alliance works to foster awareness and appreciation for tapestries of superior quality, designed and woven by individual artists, and educate the public about the history and techniques of tapestry weaving. Tapestry reaches back to antiquity and for centuries was the only weaving technique that could produce pictorial and figurative [...]


Togetherness: The Front Steps Project
January 2021

Togetherness: The Front Steps Project JANUARY 27 - MARCH 27 Photographic essay conceived and produced by photographer Lee Geishecker and realtor Annie Hart Cool. Togetherness celebrates and documents a unique period in the recent history of Falmouth and the surrounding communities of Bourne, Mashpee, and Sandwich. Business owner and local photographer Lee Geishecker, together with realtor and community business organizer Annie Hart Cool, produced a visual diary of people in these communities affected by the unprecedented restrictions and limits to normal life brought on by COVID 19. The seemingly simple formula of photographing individuals in households, then sharing on [...]


Week 33:
November 3, 2020

Week 33: EVERGREEN FOLIAGE Every year, at this time, I get a lot of questions regarding dead and dying foliage in evergreens. There is dead and dying foliage, but it is a completely normal and natural occurrence in the fall as evergreens shed last year's growth from the interior of the plant. The end of the branch, the growing tip, should be green and budded and is the sign of a healthy plant. Some folks are concerned that there is more dead foliage this year than last and that is simply due to the fact that the plant has grown [...]


Week 32:
October 27, 2020

Week 32: PRUNING HYDRANGEAS The mild temperatures of this past winter and the absence of a late February early March cold snap resulted in the best mophead hydrangea (macrophylla) flowering in many years. The mild winter was unfortunately followed by one of the driest summers that we can remember and those beautiful hydrangea flowers went from blue to brown. It is common knowledge that macrophylla hydrangeas should never be pruned for fear of removing next years flower buds. They can, however , be cleaned. The dry, brown flowers can be removed by carefully cutting them from the stem at [...]


Week 31
October 21, 2020

Week 31: FAVORITE GARDEN TOOLS Like most gardeners that I know, I have my favorite pair of pruners. Pruners are probably the most important tool a gardener can have and finding the right pair becomes a very personal choice. The weight, grip and cut all come in to play in deciding on the right pair of pruners. I am not sure if we all develop the same affinity when it comes to choosing a trowel. For years I would grab the first trowel that came into sight and go about my work. I discovered the Hori Hori garden knife [...]


Week 30
October 14, 2020

Week 30: FALL CLEAN-UP IN YOUR GARDEN! The storm this past week brought more of the same, constant wind and little rain. One of my first tasks after storms like this is to walk the garden and pick up sticks. I walk the garden twice. I pick up sticks on the ground the first time through and pull sticks and branches from shrubs and perennials on my second. It is surprising how many twigs and branches can be found. We have talked in the past of leaving the leaves for the organic matter and fertilizer that they contribute. I [...]


Tilapia Ceviche
October 14, 2020

Week 28:  RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR KAY BENAROCH Traditional Peruvian style ceviche is made with tilapia but any mild white fish that is available is fine. This particular recipe is courtesy of author Analida Braeger. I’ve served this over the top of green salad accompanied by slices of avocado, chunks of fresh yellow tomatoes, and lightly pickled red onion. The recipe can be divided in half. Be sure to cover the fish with lime and orange juices. You can serve this as soon as the fish turns opaque – i.e. solid white – which takes [...]

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