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Wonders of Wind at the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore
Celebrate the “Wonders of Wind” at the Highlands Center at Cape
Cod National Seashore
Join us at Highlands Fest 2008, a celebration of The Wonders of Wind, on Saturday, July 12th
at the Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore in Truro. Come rain or shine for all or part of the day and bring your 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.
9:00 -10: Payomet screening of James Gabriel’s documentary, “Portrait of a Coast,” with discussion led by Graham Giese (Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies) and Mark Adams (Cape Cod National Seashore).
10–10:30: Meet and speak with sculptor, Donald Gerola.
10-11:30: Kite Making (Castle Hill); Poetry Reading by Tony Hoagland (Fine Arts Work Center)
11–11:30: Payomet’s Storytelling; Meet and speak with sculptor, Donald Gerola.
11:30–1: Wind energy lectures by guest speakers from CIRenew, Cape Cod Community College, Cape Light Compact, and Cape Cod National Seashore.
KIDS: Learn about wind as a source of renewable energy! Make a pinwheel with Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod!
5:00 PM (For fee with Payomet): Kiddieshakes (Kids version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest)
8:00 PM (For fee with Payomet): Full length version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Call the Payomet Box Office for ticket information and reservations at (508) 487 – 5400.
“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?
In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.