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Historic Highfield Hall of Falmouth, Cape Cod was built in 1878 as a “summer cottage” of the Beebe family. Its long history can be viewed here. Since extensive restoration was completed 5 years ago thanks to extraordinary support by donors and volunteers, the hall has become an architectural and cultural treasure of Cape Cod, hosting a variety of programs, musical events, and art exhibitions year round.

I had the pleasure of attending Holidays at Highfield several times during the past three weekends, as well as performing with our recorder group. Tempting aromas of fresh baked cookies and music continually filled the air. Here are a few of my favorite memories.

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Highfield Music director, Steinway Artist and Smithsonian Scholar Robert Wyatt gives an insightful talk on the history of holiday music.

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The Sansonnette duo of Barbara Blair and Ron Geering perform French tunes and answer questions about their fascinating instruments…

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Notescape harmonizes on holiday tunes to the delight of Highfield visitors…

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A magnificent array of sparkles and colors decorate both floors of the halls thanks to the cadre of volunteers that make this happen each year.

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I thoroughly enjoyed taking photographs for the Falmouth Museums on the Green houses during its annual Holiday Open House this weekend. The Falmouth Garden Club adorned the nooks and crannies of the historic Julia Wood House with Christmas greens and arrangements, as they have done for many years. New this year, over forty volunteers from the Falmouth Newcomers Club decorated the Conant House as well.  Congratulations to both clubs for an outstanding job!

Do yourself a favor and fit in a visit during the next two Thursday-to-Saturday weekends when the museum is open – the schedule is here.  Meanwhile, here are a few of my very favorite photos.

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My husband and I enjoyed a one-day vacation exploring Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet yesterday during the best month on Cape Cod. One of our discoveries was a hidden architectural treasure right at Rock Harbor in Orleans – the Church of the Transfiguration.  Built just ten years ago, the sanctuary is an amazing artistic achievement. Here are some images taken during a brief public tour.

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