Workshop for Middle/High School Students
Wednesdays Oct 28 – Nov 18 | 1 – 3PM
Limit of 10 students

Drawing fundamentals (and more). Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing that help produce good compositions while experimenting with themes that stretch the imagination. We will use the current exhibit at Highland Center for the Arts ‘A Critical Balance’ as a jumping off point. Each class will build on the next and a mix of formal training with self direction will be the aim throughout the course.

Class taught by Gabriel Tempesta. Gabriel studied Illustration at Montserrat College of Art and produces fine art landscape and wildlife paintings from his home in Wolcott.

An 11:00 AM & 12:30 PM workshop.

Come learn the basics of birding as a family through active games about bird song, migration, and identification with Audubon Vermont. Discover how Audubon protects birds and their habitats through projects like Plants for Birds and opportunities to engage in community science programs. Perfect for adults and kids who are looking to bird together.

Raptor Life: Who Eats Whom?

A 1:00 PM show and a 3:00 PM show.

Meet live falcons, hawks and owls from VINS and learn more about food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of systems that support life. Examine the characteristics of raptors and their adaptations for life as predators on wing. 

This workshop is offered in conjunction with HCA’s A Critical Balance exhibition, showcasing the work of eight artists in an extraordinary display of endangered species.

HCA with WONDERARTS: SIP ‘N SHARE | WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER SALVE

Creativity and community collide during Sip ‘n Share nights. Order up a signature cocktail or pint of VT microbrew and sit down with friends new and old to make, mend, and create with some of our community’s most knowledgeable teachers.

Need an at home spa day? You can be well on your way with this Sip ‘n Share. Learn how to make this natural, restorative lotion with a super simple recipe you can recreate at home! Participants will leave with their own jar of shea butter and a cardstock recipe card.

All materials are included.

Click here to reserve your tickets with WonderArts.

Wander in Wonderland at HCA’s Trail with a Tale. Alice regards life as orderly – until she finds herself having to navigate a topsy-turvy world, much like the world in which we all now live. Meander through the meadow and meet the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and others in HCA’s new outdoor sculpture walk. Join Alice as she learns resiliency and self-reliance amid chaos. This accessible, grassy trail tells the tale of Alice in Wonderland in a whole new way. Great outside fun for all ages.

No reservations required. Starts at the giant yellow wicket on the lawn. Open dawn to dusk.

The Insurrection-Resurrection Service Circus

The Insurrection-Resurrection Service Circus is this summer’s contribution to the iconic Bread and Puppet Circus tradition beloved by audiences worldwide for nearly 2 generations — a bright, raucous melee of short acts governed by a brass band, addressing the heart of the current moment using diverse puppetry styles and spanning many moods, from slapstick to the sublime. 

Bread and Puppet’s founder and director, Peter Schumann, says the show is “a service for citizens, aliens & immigrants alike to demonstrate the ills that inspire uprising against callously incompetent government & the tragedies that result from that callous incompetence & call for resurrection.

After the shows Bread and Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.

More about Bread and Puppet Theater: 

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

To kick off HCA’s outdoor art installation, Wonderland, we invite you to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Join us for an afternoon of tea, scrumptious treats and meet some of the wild characters from the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland. 

Reservations and masks are required.

Wonderland 
Wander in Wonderland at HCA’s Trail with a Tale. Alice regards life as orderly – until she finds herself having to navigate a topsy-turvy world, much like the world in which we all now live. Meander through the meadow and meet the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and others in HCA’s new outdoor sculpture walk. Join Alice as she learns resiliency and self-reliance amid chaos. This accessible, grassy trail tells the tale of Alice in Wonderland in a whole new way. Great outside fun for all ages!



British super-Secret Circus agents, Honeymoon & Butterfly, are on a mission. Using their extremely high IQs, plunger arrows, and a huge stealth unicycle, their original comedy and “special” tricks are bound to save the day. The show is action-packed stunt-comedy for all ages. 

Jimmy D. Kennedy of JDK BBQ, famed chef/owner of the former River Run Restaurant in Plainfield, will serve his tried and true BBQ along with other Southern and Cajun specialties

Please reserve your seats in advance if you are planning to enjoy the show or dine at HCA.HCA will be adhering to social distancing guidelines and masks are required. Please bring your own chairs and blankets to stretch across the lawn and enjoy the evening’s activities if you choose picnic seating. Please, no outside food/alcohol permitted.

Thursday, September 24 | 6:00 PM
Friday, September 25 | 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 26 |11:00 AM, 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 27 | 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Since 2009 Vermont Vaudeville has been performing circus, comedy, and music shows in venues throughout Vermont for sold out crowds. These shows are an hour and a half of non-stop laughter and spectacle with a cast of recurring characters, guest performers from around the world, and the critically acclaimed Vermont Vaudeville House Band. This will be an outdoor, limited-capacity, socially distant variety show, or Vermont Vaudeville as you’ve never seen them before.

Join us on the lawn at Highland Center for the Arts for safe variety entertainment for the whole family.
Food by Miso Hungry and bar by HCA.
More Information & Tickets available at VermontVaudeville.com
All tickets $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance (no walk-ups).

GAAR/Mirror Theater present
Bernard Pomerance’s “Hands of Light”
Saturday, August 22 & Sunday August 23 at 7pm
A benefit for AWARE
Reserve your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bernard-pomerances-hands-of-light-a-benefit-for-aware-tickets-116385232363

And…a virtual program! https://www.playbillder.com/show/vip/Mirror_Theater_Ltd/2020/Hands_of_Light_80804