Jazz Pianist Alan Broadbent

April 19, 2015 by Beth Colt

Highfield welcomes back New Zealand jazz pianist Alan Broadbent, a two-time Grammy winner and perennial sell out. Playing with New York bassist Don Falzone, Highfield’s magnificent Mason & Hamlin concert grand will sparkle with the sounds of classic jazz. More at

Highfield Hall: Welcome Back! Open House

April 12, 2015 by Beth Colt

Stop by Highfield Hall for a day full of fun activities for the whole family. The day begins with a Highfield Estate tour at 12:30 pm and children’s activities from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. From 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm there is a reception for artists in the spring exhibitions, Modern Man, John Cira and David Kelley with refreshments provided by White Lion Baking Company. Highfield Garden Coordinator Terry Soares will be on site to talk about Highfield’s new garden program and recruit volunteers. The event concludes at 3:00 pm when Highfield Music Director Robert Wyatt will play his favorite songs of spring. More at

Meet the Chefs Series: Jean-Jacques Paimblanc

March 29, 2015 by Beth Colt

Chef Paimblanc has trained in some of Europe’s top establishments, and is a founder (along with Jacques Pepin and Julia Child) of the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts at Boston University.  We are privileged to have him join us once again to demonstrate some of his favorite dishes.

Violinist Alexi Kenney

March 22, 2015 by Beth Colt

Alexi is a winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild competition and studies at The New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein. Praised by Strings magazine for his “beautiful aching tone” he is drawing attention for his unique style, poise, and musical intellect. Alexi has also been a top prizewinner at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International competition. He will be ably abetted by Yannick Rafalimanana, himself an award-winning concert pianist, who performs recitals and chamber concerts regularly throughout Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Irving Berlin: A Robert Wyatt Lecture

March 19, 2015 by Beth Colt

It was truly a “ragtime to riches” path chosen by the immigrant Russian Jew Israel Baline. A teenaged waif slumming an existence in the Bowery during the earliest years of the twentieth-century, Irving Berlin, as he was later known, began writing songs before he knew how to read music. A self-taught and rather pathetic pianist, he morphed into a genuine musical icon by the age of 23 and remained the standard bearer for all songwriters until his death at the age of 101. Perhaps Jerome Kern describes it most succinctly: “Irving Berlin has no ‘place’ in American music—Irving Berlin IS American music.”

Curtis on Tour – The Aizuri Quartet

March 13, 2015 by Beth Colt

Formed in the fall of 2012, the Aizuri Quartet–quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music–is a culmination of years of music-making between its members, from their studies together at Curtis and The Juilliard School, to their collaborations at storied chamber music festivals like Marlboro, Caramoor and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. Individual members of the quartet have won top prizes in such competitions as the Primrose International Viola Competition and Astral Artists National Auditions, and have appeared throughout North America and Europe with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Musicians from Marlboro. More at

$25/$20 members

A Fine Winter’s Night

December 21, 2014 by Beth Colt

A Fine Winter’s Night Sunday, December 21st, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm Highfield Hall & Gardens A Fine Winter’s Night, the holiday concert from Irish duo Matt & Shannon Heaton, features original and traditional music to help usher in the winter holidays. With an appealing blend of voices, guitar, bouzouki, Irish flute and whistle, the Heaton’s music and stage show is simultaneously homegrown, refined and timeless. Having built their act from years of touring together, the husband-and-wife Heatons have grown into thoroughly entertaining performers. They bring to the stage a depth of shared experience, a love for Irish music and a fondness for their audiences nationwide. The concert will also include a lively performance of traditional Irish step dancing with Boston-based Kiernan Jordan. Hot cider and homemade cookies round out this heart-warming seasonal program. $35/$30 members. Contact for further information or call 508-495-1878, ext. 2. Highfield Hall & Gardens, a beautifully restored 1878 mansion and estate, is Cape Cod’s premier historic site and a magnificent setting for experiencing the arts and exploring nature. Surrounded by spectacular gardens and woodlands, Highfield hosts art and history exhibitions, music concerts, culinary classes and public programs. The Hall is available year-round for programs and functions and will re-open for regular visitation on April 1, 2015. The grounds may be enjoyed any time. Highfield Hall is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth. Directions and information about programs and private rentals can be found at or by calling (508) 495-1878, ext. 2.

Duke Ellington Story: Recital and Lecture

November 8, 2014 by Beth Colt

A unique recital/lecture exploring the life of Duke Ellington with Robert Wyatt at Highfield Hall.

Historic Highfield Hall & Gardens (Falmouth MA lodging)

July 17, 2014 by Beth Colt

Falmouth MA near Woods HoleWoods Hole is a village of the town of Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod,  and Historic Highfield Hall and Gardens is three miles up the road.  Highfield Hall is a restored house surrounded by gardens and now used for art exhibits, cultural gatherings and events.  The Woods Hole Inn is a perfect jumping off point for your Falmouth, MA lodging to explore Highfield Hall and the arts on Cape Cod.

This season at Highfield Hall, don’t miss the exhibit called “Portals and Passageways.”   As you drive up Highfield Drive, you will see trees that have been “yarn bombed” with brightly colored knitting.  This fabulous burst of color turns an everyday forest into a gaggle of well-dressed statues, anthropomorphizing trees into stately ladies on a stroll from the Hall.  What a perfect welcome, a cheeky hello if you like, to this unusual exhibit.

The guided walk starts with “Fragment House,” a glass sculpture by Danielle Krcmar made with sea-glass suspended from wire and steel.  Stepping in this little cubicle, you look back up at the main house and reflect on the nature of habitats, the joy of windows, and the wonder of scale.  Poetry is carved on glass panels, the light glints on the fragments, and the summer wind breezes past you for a magical effect.  You know what they say about people in glass houses…

As you wander the paths around the gardens, you will find other wonders from local artists — a series of mirrors installed in thin strips like trees in the woods (Andrea Thompson), a mossy path leading to a beautiful copper beech tree (Wendy Bagley), a geodesic peat moss hut called “Pan’s Portico” (Ben Silva), a felt covered sign inviting you to explore “Hither and Yon” (Salley Mavor) and much more.  These sculptures and installations remind us of our relationship to the wild, of the nature of man’s need to build shelter, of the beauty of the dappled sunlight in the forest, of how lucky we are to have such skilled artists and craftsmen living on Cape Cod.

Great credit for the very existence of this resource in town goes to a group of dedicated preservationists who reclaimed Highfield Hall from the jaws of the wrecking ball and turned it into one of the best arts resources on Cape Cod.  Special thanks to Jim and Ruth Clark, and others, for leading the charge.  Our town is a better place for their generosity.  One visit to Historic Highfield Hall will convince you, and if you are looking for the perfect lodging Falmouth, MA, please check out the rooms at the Woods Hole Inn, just three miles down Woods Hole Road from this cool spot.

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Ruth and Jim Clark at Highfield Hall