Please join us for our annual fundraiser. We’ll be serving up cool cocktails and gourmet summer fare, bidding wildly on silent & live auction items and taking one chance after another on amazing “Open Door Prizes.” The Hyannis Sound will provide the soundtrack for this very fun event, honoring Ruth and Jim Clark and celebrating all who have helped preserve, restore and open the doors at Highfield Hall & Gardens…including you! RSVP Yes! by July 5, 2016.
Tickets are $250 per person and include 3 “Open-Door Prize” tickets. All proceeds benefit Highfield Hall & Gardens and help us continue to bring incredible and memorable cultural experiences into our community. For tax purposes, each ticket is valued at $150. Additional donations to Highfield Hall & Gardens are 100% tax deductible. Reservations are limited; we expect this event to sell out. All reservations will be held at the door the evening of the event. Valet parking is provided. Questions? Please call Lisa Walker at 508.495.1878, ext. 311 or contact via email.
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6:00 Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres, Silent Auction Opens on the Back Porch
6:15 The Hyannis Sound, First Performance
6:40 Gourmet Summer Fare, Back Porch and Under the Tent
7:00 The Hyannis Sound, Second Performance
7:20 Silent Auction Closes
7:40 The Hyannis Sound, Final Performance
7:50 Welcome, Executive Director Peter Franklin, Under the Tent
8:00 Live Auction Opens
8:45 Dominican Republic Raffle Drawing
9:00 Auction Check-Out Opens and Evening Adjourns
PICTURE THIS. La Romana, DR. You’re cruising down the Caribbean coast with the top turned down and the radio turned up. The DJ spins hot merengue music into the speakers. Your friends toss around plans for cigars, rum, chocolate and one local delicacy after another. There’s nothing but beaches and sugar cane fields in your rear-view mirror – plus a sea of green, green as in golf courses. There’s your destination: Costa Mar in the Casa de Campo resort. This luxurious, oceanfront home sits on the 17th fairway of Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog golf course, rated among the best in the world. Other top courses are a cart-ride away. Four private master suites* make everyone’s day. And, the complete services of a cook, butler and maid make this a very heavenly, seven-night stay. The resort is your playground. Play tennis. Play polo. Swim, sail, skeet-shoot and shop. And, when you need time-out from play, the spa’s another indulgent place to enjoy life the Dominican Republic way.
*There is also a bunk room for six additional guests
Donated by Polly & Mark Kisiel $20,000 Value
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO MACHRIHANISH DUNES
The Long and Winding Road (A83) leads to Paul McCartney’s Scottish farmhouse. The beautiful byway also leads to one of Scotland’s most secluded outposts and best-kept secrets: Machrihanish Dunes on the Kintyre peninsula. Your party of four will spend five very indulgent nights in a luxurious stone cottage at this seaside resort. You’ll have every amenity imaginable at your fingertips. Five restaurants and pubs, a fitness center, the Serenity Spa and the most natural golf course in the world are just a few steps away. In Scotland, true links golf courses are not created, they are born of the land. The routing, as well as the positioning of tees and greens, follow nature’s plan, so the Machrihanish Dunes golf course is ever-changing, ever-challenging and ever-so naturally beautiful. Unlimited golfing meets unlimited adventures here. Discover ancient castles, gravestones and forts and the magnificent paintings inside the Davaar Island Caves. This rugged and romantic corner of the world has so much to offer, everything from whiskey, walking and wildlife tours to fishing, swimming and the best surfing in the entire Kingdom. So dust off your passport and get ready to bid. Life on the moors is plentiful, but be forewarned. Every stay leaves you wanting so much more. (Meals are not included.)
Donated by Willowbend, Mashpee
A CAPE COD FISH FEAST
At the best parties, everyone usually winds up in the kitchen. This party starts (and stays) there. You and seven friends will have a private cooking lesson in a home on Chappaquoit Island. The theme is Fish Feast. Our Culinary Director Gail Blakely and celebrity chef/best-selling cookbook author Sarah Leah Chase are your instructors and hosts. Bring an appetite. Take home cooking tips, wonderful memories and an autographed copy of Sarah’s New England Open House Cookbook.
Donated by Gail Blakely and Sarah Leah Chase
FIREWORKS AT FENWAY FOR TWO
There will be fireworks at Fenway when the Red Sox meet the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 14 at 1:35 pm sharp. It’s Big Papi’s last season, and this is your chance to see how the nine-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion winds up his career. You’ll wind up at a fabulous restaurant after the game because dinner’s also included.
Donated by Sandy Smith
NANTUCKET & NOTCH
In the mood for a gold-winning, barrel-aged, single malt whiskey? That’s the spirit! Grab five friends and hop onto the Chairman of the Board’s custom motorboat, Comet. You’ll zip over to Nantucket and tour the Triple Eight Distillery*, which turns out five different vodka varieties, rum, the well-named Gale Force Gin and Notch Whiskey, the ultimate reward. Lunch is included. After all, you’ve worked hard for it. (*A visit to Cisco Brewers or Nantucket Vineyards can be substituted.)
Donated by Meg Pierce & Triple Eight Distillery/Cisco Brewers
FAIRY TEA PARTY
Fairy tales do come true. It can happen to you. Our resident fairy will host a magical and memorable tea party for your child and seven little friends at Highfield Hall. Or, make it a mother-daughter or family affair. The guest of honor will also receive a gift certificate for an American Girl Doll.
Donated by Lisa Willow Dunne
You’re not hitting the waves. You’re watching them – from a private beach house on Falmouth’s Surf Drive! Cue sunset, stir up the cocktails and put on your bib for this unforgettable Presidential Lobster Boil Dinner for six.
Donated by Barbara Meissner
FEELING OH-SO BLEU
Experience “La vie en bleu.” Choose three guests to join you for an intimate five-course dinner with wine pairing at the award-winning Bleu Restaurant. Chef/Owner Fred Feufeu is known for his creative French classics and “tasty departures” (Zagat 2014). He’s also known for his impeccable wine pairings, receiving many Wine Spectator Awards for Excellence. To that, we heartily say Salut!
Donated by Bleu Restaurant
CONCERT & COCKTAILS
Highfield’s Music Director and Steinway artist Robert Wyatt will perform at a private cocktail party for you and 30 of your closest friends. Host the party at your home or Highfield. The Casual Gourmet will provide white glove service, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you entertain in style. This just might be one of those evenings you will never forget.
Donated by Robert Wyatt and The Casual Gourmet
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
#1 TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
It’s Big Papi’s swan-song season. Hit a home run with two tickets to the Red Sox vs. San Francisco Giants game on July 20 at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway. (Grandstand section 17, row 6, seats 6 & 7, first base side – you bet!)
Donated by Bob & Debby First
#2 A WHALE’S TALE
You and your first mate will take a cruise aboard the Hyannis Whale Watch out of Barnstable Harbor in search of these gentle giants.
Donated by Marilyn Fox
#3 FLOWER POWER
We’ll bring the wine. You bring seven friends to this fun, floral-arranging class with designer Anna Holmes.
Donated by Flowers by Anna
#4 FLAVORS OF FRANCE
Say au revoir to your cookware and bid boldly on one of these gourmet copper sets from France Ville Deau. Each includes a recipe and ingredients from Highfield Culinary Director Gail Blakely.
A. Tall stock pot and oval sauté pan
B. Low stock pot and oval sauté pan
C. Rectangular roaster
Donated by Barbara Meissner
#5 A MOVEABLE FEAST
The party’s always moving when you have gift certificates to nine fabulous establishments: The 41-70 Restaurant, Asia, Bean and Cod, La Cucina Sul Mare, Landfall Restaurant, Liam Maquire’s Irish Pub, Osteria La Civetta, Quicks Hole Tavern and Simply Divine Pizza Company. We’ve tucked in Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, for kicks.
#6 COME SAIL AWAY
Styx charted #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Come Sail Away. You’ll chart a course from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard on this sailboat cruise for four. The “intensity” of the sail and length of the trip (up to 4 hours) are up to you! Two bottles of fine wine and a gourmet picnic lunch are non-negotiable.
Donated by Bill & Lauren Huyette, Doc & Paula Taylor and Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
#7 WOODS “HOLE-IN-ONE”
This is a rare chance to see why the members-only Woods Hole Golf Club has been well above par for over a century. Tee off with your party (2-3 mates, depending on the season), then have lunch prepared by an award-winning chef at the newly-renovated clubhouse overlooking Buzzards Bay and Quisset Harbor.
Donated by Fred Greenman
#8 RIDING THE RAILS
Take a sentimental journey with your sweetie aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad Dinner Train. The candles are lit. The music’s divine. And, as the train pulls out of the station, your five-course gourmet meal is served among the stunning backdrop of the Cape’s woodlands, sand dunes and salt bogs.
Donated by Cape Cod Central Railroad
#9 CLOSET ENCOUNTER
Meet Kristin Garvey of KG Style for a 2 ½-hour closet therapy session. Whether you want to edit your wardrobe or rearrange it to make every closet encounter easier, she’ll find the perfect solution
Donated by KG Style
#10 THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Six friends. Six hours. Nothing but deep sea fishing. Yes, this cruise out of Plymouth is quite a catch. The folks at Captain John have been fishing New England waters for more than 60 years, so they know what kinds of fish people want – and more importantly – where to find them in the depths of Stellwagen Bank or Cape Cod Bay. Bring your own rods and reels or rent them. Bait, expert advice and adventure included.
Donated by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours
#11 A CUT ABOVE
Personalize a gorgeous maple cutting board with your name or decorative logo.
Donated by Village Trading Company Gift Store
#12 ALL ABOUT ART
Own an original oil painting of boats in Woods Hole Harbor by award-winning artist Doug Rugh, and receive a two- hour art lesson from his artist wife Hillary Osborn.
Donated by Hillary Osborn and Barbara Meissner
#13 SWEET LIBERTÉ
Three masts. Eight sails. 77 feet. Just add wind for an exciting sail with captain Chris Tietje and crew on the magnificent schooner Liberté.
Donated by Liberté, the Schooner
#14 BOOK NOOK
Take home the summer’s hottest reads by authors Martha Kelly, Emma Straub and Terry McMillan, plus two stunning half-shell candles.
Donated by Eight Cousins Bookstore & Green-Eyed Daisy.
#15 FITNESS PASS
Here’s something you simply can’t pass up: a one-month unlimited pass to Falmouth’s #1 Fitness and Pilates Studio.
Donated by Uptown Body
#16 BYE-BYE BIPLANE
Rumor has it Amelia Earhart landed here. You will too – after you and your guest have taken a thrilling 35-minute flight in a replica of a 1930s Waco YMF-5 biplane. Your high bid today will take you up, up and away for breathtaking views of the Cape’s bridges, beaches and canal.
Donated by Cape Cod Airfield
“OPEN DOOR PRIZES”
Everyone at this fabulous party has a chance to win one of these fabulous door prizes.
YALE WHIFFENPOOFS’ PERFORMANCE
A one-year “Advocate” membership to Highfield Hall & Gardens, plus reserved seats for two to the Yale Whiffenpoofs’ performance at Highfield on August 25, 2016.
COLLEGE LIGHT OPERA COMPANY PERFORMANCE
Tickets for two to a CLOC performance at historic Highfield Theatre during the 2016 season.
CAPE COD THEATRE PROJECT PERFORMANCE
Tickets for two to attend a performance written and developed on Cape Cod by the Cape Cod Theatre Project.
CAPE SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE
Tickets for four to attend a Cape Symphony performance during the 2016/2017 season.
NATIONAL THEATRE’S LIVE BROADCAST AT FALMOUTH ACADEMY
Tickets for two to attend one of the National Theatre’s Live Broadcast performances presented at Falmouth Academy’s Morse Hall.
FALMOUTH THEATRE GUILD
A one-year membership to the Falmouth Theatre Guild and tickets for two to any FTG performance during the 2016/2017 season.
TJO SPORTS CENTER GIFT CERTIFICATE
A $100 “Turf or Tennis” gift certificate. Rent the field or a batting cage, or reserve court time at the Falmouth Sports Center, Cape Cod’s premier sports facility