Access at seashore locations
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Come Celebrate the Wonders of Wind at Highlands Fest 2008
The big day has arrived! Come to Highlands Fest 2008 this weekend, Saturday July 12th at the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore on Old Dewline Road in Truro. Join us as we celebrate and learn about wind energy at this “Wonders of Wind” event! Come rain or shine for all or part of the day; bring family and friends! Free activities will be held from 9AM – 1PM.
See the unveiling of twenty-foot tall kinetic wind sculptures and hear their creator, nationally renowned sculptor DONALD GEROLA, speak about his work that blends physics and art! Learn about wind as a clean source of renewable energy. Enjoy “Portrait of a Coast,” an award winning documentary about the Cape’s changing shoreline. Make kites to fly and take home! Bring a bagged lunch to our picnic grove, and enjoy learning about Highlands Center progress.
Schedule of Events!
9:00 -10: Payomet’s Performance Tent:View James Gabriel’s documentary, “Portrait of a Coast.” Discussion of the film to follow, led by Graham Giese of Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and Mark Adams of Cape Cod National Seashore
10–10:30: Meet in the Quad:Meet and speak with nationally renowned sculptor, Donald Gerola, as he unveils his monumental wind-based sculptures.
10-11:30: Atlantic Research Center Classroom:Poetry Reading- Tony Hoagland, Former Fellow of Fine Arts Work Center
Meet in the Quad: KIDS! Kite Making with Castle Hill!
11–11:30: Payomet’s Performance Tent: rofessional Storytelling: fun for the whole family!
Meet in the Quad:Meet and speak with nationally renowned sculptor, Donald erola.
11:30–1: Payomet’s Performance Tent:Wind energy lectures, in order of appearance: Richard Lawrence, Cape Cod Community College:
“Fundamentals of Wind” Lauren McKean, Cape Cod National Seashore and Austin Krcmarik, AmeriCorps Cape Cod: “Wind Feasibility Study for the Highlands Center”
“Seashore Becomes a Climate Friendly Park” Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact
“County-wide Efforts to Promote Wind Energy” Chris Powicki, Cape & Islands Renew - CIGoGreen: “Energy Action Plans for Residents & Visitors”
Meet in the Quad: KIDS! Pinwheel Making! Learn about wind with AmeriCorps Cape Cod!
Atlantic Research Center Classroom: NPS Scientific Research Findings on Display
Payomet Performing Arts Center’s Evening Performances:
5:00 PM (For a fee**): Kiddieshakes (Shakespeare’s The Tempest, for Kids)
8:00 PM (For a fee**): Full length version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest
**Call the Box Office for ticket info. and reservations at (508) 487 – 5400 or www.payomet.org**
“Highlands Fest” is a celebration of the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore. Our mission is to foster the unique cultural and natural heritage of Cape Cod by engaging in an environment in which scientific research, artistic creation, and educational programs can flourish.
This year’s Fest, The Wonders of Wind, is made possible by the Highlands Center Partners Collaborative, including Cape Cod National Seashore, Highlands Center Inc., Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
Directions: Take Route 6 to the Highland Light Exit in North Truro. Go East on Highland Road. At the end, take a right onto South Highland Road. After 0.6 miles, take a left onto Old Dewline Road. The Highlands Center is at the end of the road.
Did You Know?
The Old Harbor Life-Saving Station in Provincetown, MA is one of the few surviving, unaltered life-saving stations left in the country. The station was built in 1898 and is open in the summer months with a display of rescue equipment, and NPS staff re-enact the historic Breeches Buoy rescue drill.