“Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stone, and good in everything.”  As You Like It (Act II, Scene 1)

 Together with Processional Arts Workshop (a non-profit arts and puppet pageantry troupe) The Garrison, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Hudson Highlands Land Trust invite the community to the first-ever, Highland Lights, a celebration of art and nature. Highland Lights invites neighbors to create collaborative works during free public workshops and culminates in a fantastic outdoor procession of lights and lanterns through The Garrison paths. 

On Sunday, April 17, 2022 neighbors will gather for a fantastic outdoor procession of lights and community-built lanterns through The Garrison paths as we inaugurate the ecological restoration of this beautiful landscape and celebrate the coming of spring. Festivities will culminate with music and beverages. 

The procession will wend its way along the contours of the site, embodying both a symbolic return from exile for the living things depicted and a journey into new possibilities for the site and the Festival. Festivities culminate with a communal fire, music, and beverages.

Leading up to the processional, we invite the community to join guest artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop during a month of free, weekend workshops to create giant lanterns inspired by recent habitat surveys and the crowd-sourced observations of area birders, botanists, and amateur naturalists. Learn more about the workshops here.